IPL 10: Mumbai Indians scorches Sunrisers Hyderabad

After the bowling unit had fared remarkably to restrict Sunriers to 158 for eight, the batting unit ensured MI sailed home with four wickets and eight balls to spare.

Nitish Rana... Anchoring the innings for MI once again...   -  AP

The target wasn't as big as Sunday's 179. The dew made as much impact at the Wankhede Stadium as it did three nights ago. And Nitish Rana anchored the Mumbai Indians (MI) chase to perfection as the home team overpowered defending champion Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in a lop-sided contest.

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After the bowling unit had fared remarkably to restrict Sunriers to 158 for eight, the batting unit ensured MI sailed home with four wickets and eight balls to spare.

While Jos Buttler failed to fire, Parthiv Patel made a telling contribution by going after veteran Ashish Nehra. However, once Patel lofted offie Deepak Hooda to Bhuvneshwar at long-on as the innings approach midway, and captain Rohit Sharm having perished off Afghan leggie Rashid Khan for his third single-digit score in succession, MI required Rana to put his head down.

The left-hander delivered to perfection as he avoided undue risks, yet punishing long hops. He scored 45 from 36 which included three fours and two sixes.

Krunal Pandya's quick-fire 20-ball 37 included a six over long-on and a four through backward square. He whacked Nehra over cow corner and smashed twin boundaries off Ben Cutting in the next over, ensuring MI cruised home with little trouble.

SRH pegged back

The task wouldn't have been so easy had the Mumbai Indians bowlers not pulled the plug on the Sunrisers lower middle-order in the death over. At 118 for three, with Yuvraj Singh at the crease and Harbhajan Singh, who bowled an impressive spell, having bowled his quota, Sunrisers were set for a par score of 180. However, the MI pacers conceded just 40 runs with five scalps in return to restrict the visitors to a sub-160 total.

Hardik Pandya, who slipped in his delivery stride of the first ball he bowled, got Yuvraj to play a pull back on to the stumps. Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah then struck block-hole at will to not let any of the SRH hitters go berserk.

Comedy of errors

A rare instance of batsman hitting the last ball for a four and still facing the next ball occurred in the first innings. David Warner, the Sunrisers captain, nudged Jasprit Bumrah's last ball of the sixth over, through third-man for a boundary. After the changeover Mitchell McClenaghan ran in to bowl to Warner, instead of Shikhar Dhawan. No doubt that the on-field umpires – C. K. Nandan and Nitin Menon, coming on the back of a bad match at the same ground three nights ago – did not notice that the batsmen had also changed ends. However, the onus also lies with Warner, who switched over swiftly to the other end after his chat with partner Shikhar Dhawan in the middle.