Sunrisers Hyderabad, thanks to a terrific bowling performance led by left-armer Ashish Nehra on a perfect batting track, drubbed Mumbai Indians by 85 runs in the Indian Premier League at the Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Stadium here on Sunday night.
With this win, Sunrisers has 12 points from nine matches and Mumbai 10 points from 10 games.
Mumbai’s gamble of chasing the target backfired in the Power Play itself as Nehra came up with a splendid spell of 2-0-14-3. This was after the ever-effective Bhuvneshwar Kumar luckily got an lbw verdict against opener Parthiv Patel (0) on the sixth ball of the innings.
Nehra struck the big blow when he had Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma play away from his body on the off stump only to drag the ball on to the stumps. Soon, the big fast bowler surprised Ambati Rayudu with extra bounce to edge a catch to the fielder on the circle. Nehra also sent back Jos Buttler, forcing another edge of an away-going delivery which was caught by a diving Naman Ojha behind the stumps.
Left-armer Barinder Sran was spot on with his accuracy too, inducing a simple catch from the hard-hitting Krunal Pandya straight to Dhawan at midwicket. Soon, with Kieron Pollard too disappointing to leave the innings in tatters at 49 for six in 8.4 overs, it was virtually all over for Mumbai Indians.
This, even before Mustafizur Rahman bowled a single ball. The Bangladesh left-arm seamer eventually finished with a creditable three-wicket haul to ensure that there were no more heroics at the end.
Earlier, Sunrisers scored a challenging 177 for six after being put in to bat, thanks to captain David Warner’s belligerence (48, 33b, 7 x 4, 1 x 6) at the top and resilience of his partner Shikhar Dhawan (82 not out, 57b, 10 x 4, 1 x 6) as the two put on 85 runs for the first wicket off 59 balls.
Warner continued his vintage form with the willow, coming up with some extravagant strokes on either side of the wicket off both pace and spin. There was panic in Mumbai camp when he hit offspinner Harbhajan Singh’s second ball of his first over for a huge six over long-on and then cut to the fence. But soon, the wily customer had reason to smile when he lured Warner to loft straight to Kieron Pollard in the deep. It was a result of his clever ploy to bowl marginally wide of off stump to deny Warner the width and freedom to go for those big strokes.
Soon, however, Mumbai’s hopes of restricting Sunrisers to a modest score were thwarted by the efficacy of Dhawan and the aggressive intent of Yuvraj Singh (39, 23b, 3 x 4, 2 x 6) as the two put on 85 runs for the third wicket off just 49 balls.
For Mumbai, ironically, both fast bowlers Tim Southee and Mitchell McClenaghan failed to provide the breakthroughs and were expensive.