IPL: Rashid spins out Mumbai Indians

Rashid Khan scalped two wickets in a frugal spell as Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Mumbai Indians by 31 runs in a low-scoring Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday.

Rashid Khan celebrates the fall of a Mumbai Indians wicket in Mumbai on Tuesday.   -  AFP

Rashid Khan scalped two wickets as Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Mumbai Indians by 31 runs in a low-scoring Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday.

Playing without its strike bowler, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hyderabad defended 118 against a batting-heavy Mumbai Indians. With Rashid’s figures reading, 4-1-11-2, the visiting side stormed Mumbai. The Afghan spinner was supported by medium-pacers Siddarth Kaul (3-23) and Basil Thampi (2-4).

Coming out to chase a rather low total, the defending champion team was bundled out for 87 in 18.5 overs.

SCOREBOARD AND BALL-BY-BALL DETAILS

Despite Suryakumar Yadav’s gritty knock of 34, Mumbai failed to stop Hyderabad from clinching its fourth win of the season so far.

The visiting side was on the backfoot from the second over when Shikhar Dhawan took a painful knock on his knee joint. The blows from MI bowlers continued as the Sunrisers Hyderabad could only pick up 118 on a track, which acted a bit tough on the batsmen. Kane Williamson, however, played a knock of 29 off 21 balls.

Hardik Pandya and Mayank Markande were outstanding for MI. While the former frustrated batsmen with swing, the latter tricked the visiting side with controlled turn. Forced to take risks in an effort to put the bowlers under pressure, the visiting side kept losing wickets.

It was a similar story for Mumbai when it got out to chase the total, as it lost early wickets. Shakib Al Hasan lured Rohit Sharma into a drive, and the ball looped into slip’s hands.

MI needed calm heads at the crease after the Powerplay overs fetched only 22 runs. Krunal Pandya rose to the challenge and masterminded the chase in the company of a confident Suryakumar Yadav. But that effort was not enough, courtesy Rashid’s brilliant outing.

Keeping his cool, Rashid removed the in-form Krunal (24 off 20 balls) and dangerous Kieron Pollard (nine runs off six balls). With the batsmen failing to fire, the home team suffered its fifth loss — the third in front of home crowd.

HOW THEY FARED

The Top buy: The Mumbai Indians captain, Rohit Sharma, had a forgettable outing as he could score only two runs.  To add to the woes, his team lost the game.

The Rookie: Mayank Markande scalped two wickets, conceding 15 runs. With the bat, he contributed a run.