How quickly the night shifts. The roles reversed on Wednesday night, two days after a video of Hardik Pandya instructing Rohit Sharma where to field before shoving him to the boundary went viral. After MI recovered from Betway Sunrisers Hyderabad’s rampant attack, the former captain Rohit assumed command in between overs. Naturally, Hardik continued to be the captain, but for a brief while, Rohit took over as the decision-maker, arranging the field, and chatting with the bowlers, exactly like in the old days, when Hardik ran out of ideas.

Rohit Dafabet took matters into his own hands as SRH hammered 81 in the Powerplay and Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma made it rain sixes at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium. Reminiscent of the previous 11 seasons, MI took on the captaincy hat and made a few adjustments to the field, forcing Hardik to rush to the boundary. The footage shows MI fleeing from Head and Sharma’s attack in the ideal role reversal.

But what a game rummy glee it was. More than 500 runs were scored, which is a record for any T20 encounter, and 38 sixes were hit. As SRH thrashed 277/3, they easily broke the record for the highest team total in an IPL game, which had been held by Royal Challengers Bengaluru for 11 years. MI reacted with the highest IPL total in a chase, but it was obviously insufficient as the five-time champions finished with 246/5, 31 runs short of the target.

Head and Sharma reached their fifties with 19 and 17 balls, respectively. Head had the record for the fastest fifty by an SRH batter and was the first to arrive. However, it was only sustained for a few overs before Sharma improved it by a ball. It’s true that the pitch at Uppal was perfect for batting and helped batters, but nobody saw this kind of destruction coming. By the halfway point of the innings, SRH was cruising at 148/1, which was also the best score in the history of the IPL after ten overs. Chaos reigned. One that totally destroyed MI.

The world came closest to witnessing a recurrence of the tsunami that Chris Gayle had unleashed at the Chinnaswamy in 2013 thanks to SRH’s batting. As virtually every other ball was hauled away for six, those on cricket websites tasked with delivering real-time updates of the sport ran out of ideas for what to write and how to write the next piece. It was the same last night. Eleven years has passed between these two games, and the only difference is that yesterday all of SRH’s hitters enjoyed themselves at MI’s expense.

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