HYDERABAD: By the time the first innings got over, Sunrisers Hyderabad found themselves in a commanding position against Mumbai Indians. All they had to do was chase down 143 runs. Although the opposition had a strong bowling line-up, SRH did not succumb to the pressure to get their first win in this year’s IPL.
Skipper David Warner came good again and scored 90 runs to take his side to the finish line. The usual suspect, however, was Shikhar Dhawan who disappointed again. He was completely foxed by a well directed yorker from Tim Southee in the first over itself. The batsman was caught in the crease as an inswinging delivery rattled the stumps.
Eoin Morgan was sent packing in the 15th over by Southee, thanks to a brilliant catch by Hardik Pandya who came running from deep mid-wicket to pull off a miraculous catch. With Warner scoring freely, he just needed a partner who could stay at the wicket till the very end with him. He found that support in the young Deepak Hooda.
Towards the 17th over it merely looked like a formality for Sunrisers, who just needed 10 runs to taste success.
As far as Mumbai Indians are concerned, It wasn’t a very auspicious start, as Martin Guptill, who made his IPL debut departed for just 2 runs off the 4 balls he faced.
The batsmen who followed Guptill also found it difficult to get going. The Sunrisers bowlers, for the first time in the tournament, lived up to the expectations. Putting Mumbai Indians into bat, on a green wicket, Hyderabad bowlers bowled the right lines from the start of the innings.
Barinder Sran was rewarded for his consistent bowling and picked up 3 wickets from his quota of overs. Mustafizur Rahman was his disciplined self and got a wicket too. Karn Sharma’s replacement for the match, Bipul Sharma was hammered for 40 runs.
It was a constant struggle for Mumbai batsmen to score runs. Krunal Pandya and Ambati Rayudu came together to steer Mumbai’s ship to a respectable total of 142.The only bright spot in their innings was when Bipul Sharma was hit for 26 runs in one over. The shift in the batting order too, proved costly for Mumbai, as Rohit Sharma demoted himself to the No 4 spot. He could only manage five.
MI 142/6 in 20 ovs (Rayudu 54, Pandya 49 n.o, Sran 3/28) lost to SRH 145/3 in 17.3 ovs (Warner 90 n.o, Southee 3/24).