All-round Sunrisers clinches victory against Mumbai Indians

The free-stroking duo of opener Shikhar Dhawan and Moises Henriques put on a 91-run stand for the second wicket off 66 balls which effectively shut Mumbai out of the contest.

Shikhar Dhawan scored an unbeaten 62.   -  PTI

Defending champion Sunrisers Hyderabad dished out a brilliant, all-round performance to clinch a seven-wicket win in a crunch game against table-topper Mumbai Indians and stay in the race for a place in the playoffs of the IPL at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here on Monday night.

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Needing a modest 139, Sunrisers shrugged off a dismal start — a rare failure by captain David Warner — to romp home.

The free-stroking duo of opener Shikhar Dhawan and Moises Henriques put on a 91-run stand for the second wicket off 66 balls which effectively shut Mumbai out of the contest.

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The win saw Sunrisers take its tally to 15 points from 13 games and move to fourth in the points table.

Earlier, captain Rohit Sharma was the only batsman to show the required class and the technical competence against a very disciplined bowling attack, apart from the typically flamboyant start by southpaw Parthiv Patel.

Mumbai was off to a dismal start with David Warner’s gamble of opting for Afghan off-spinner Mohammad Nabi to share the new ball with Bhuvneshwar Kumar paying off — Lendl Simmons (1) bowled, going for the big heave.

In fact, he was so impressive that Nabi completed his quota of four overs at a stretch conceding just 13 runs.

Soon, a double blow by the ever-improving pacer Siddarth Kaul in the space of two overs — sending back Nitish Rana, who mistimed a pull, and Parthiv Patel, deceived by a slower one and still going for the slog to be caught brilliantly by David Warner in the deep — saw Mumbai struggling at 36 for three in 6.1 overs.

Then, a 60-run stand off 49 balls between captain Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya kept the bowlers at bay. A phase which saw Rohit cart leggie Rashid Khan over long-on and hit three classy fours in Moises Henriques’ first over.

But, it was Rashid who put Sunrisers back in the game luring Pandya into a big heave to be caught in the covers.

In fact, the Afghan duo of Nabi and Rashid gave away just 35 runs and claimed a wicket each.

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