Making his debut for Mumbai Indians, Alzarri Joseph created one of the biggest records in Indian Premier League history, and that is to register the league's best ever figures. Joseph was on fire throughout the match as his figures of 6/12 helped Mumbai Indians defeat Sunrisers Hyderabad by a staggering 40 runs in Match 19 of the 2019 IPL.
Despite Mumbai posting a low total of 136/7 after being put to bat by the hosts, Joseph ripped through Sunrisers Hyderabad's line-up, seeing a collapse to dismiss the Orange army for 96.
Joseph made all the difference in the bowling department, ending with sensational figures of six for 12 in 3.4 overs, bettering the effort of Pakistan pacer Sohail Tanvir, who had taken six for 14 in the inaugural IPL edition in 2008. Hyderabad were all out for 96 in 17.4 overs. His figures topped the charts in these categories.
Best Bowling Figures in IPL history:
6/12 Alzarri Joseph, Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Hyderabad 2019*
6/14 Sohail Tanvir Rajasthan Royals R vs Chennai Super Kings, Jaipur 2008
6/19 Adam Zampa Rising Pune Supergiant vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Vizag 2016
5/05 Aanil Kumble Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajastha Royals, Cape Town 2009
Best Bowling Figures on IPL debut
6/12 Alzarri Joseph vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Hyderabad, 2019*
5/17 Andrew Tye vs RPS Rajkot 2017
4/11 Shoaib Akhtar Kolkata Knight Riders v Delhi Capitals Kolkata 2008
4/24 S Jakati Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Capitals, Johanessburg 2009
On registering the best figures in IPL history, Joseph calls it a dream.
"It is a dream. I could not have asked for a better start. I just backed my plans and it worked. My plan was to keep it simple and back myself. I know we had a game to win and I was focused on that (on why he didn't celebrate Warner's wicket). The boys are playing well and putting in a lot of hard work. The coaches are also helping us with their inputs," said the Man of the Match during the post-match presentations.
It was the third win for Mumbai Indians in five games while Hyderabad suffered their second loss in five matches.
Considering the stellar form of openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow, 137 was expected to be a comfortable chase for Hyderabad. But they both were dismissed cheaply and that exposed the middle order which had not been tested much courtesy the devastating run of the openers. It was the first time this season that Hyderabad lost a wicket in the first six overs.
The hosts needed 53 off the last 30 balls and ended up well short of the target with Joseph running through the opposition line-up.