A clinical all-round performance from the Mumbai Indians saw Sunrisers slump to their first defeat of the tournament.
Mumbai put Sunrisers to bat and the visitors got off to a great start, thanks to David Warner (49) and Shikhar Dhawan (45). At one stage, it looked like SRH were set for a score well over 180, with the score reading 105/1 in 13 overs. But, to their credit, Mumbai Indians pulled things back brilliantly, thanks to some fantastic death over bowling Jasprit Bumrah (3/24) and Harbhajan Singh. In the end, Sunrisers could only manage 158/8.
In reply, Parthiv Patel (39) looked to be in great touch, manufacturing shots with ease. Though Jos Buttler’s promising innings was cut short by a fantastic slower ball from Ashish Nehra. There was a minor scare when Rashid Khan trapped Rohit with a googly before Parthiv threw his wicket away with a needless slog. But Nitish Rana (45) showed some maturity to guide Mumbai home in the company of Krunal Pandya (37) who played a blinder of an innings, even as Sunrisers struggled with the Dew factor.
SRH’s WINNING STREAK ENDS
Mumbai Indians continue their fine form at home. They have defeated the defending champions and have put in a complete performance to go with it. Nitish Rana hits a nicely-paced 45 off 36, while Hardik Pandya and Harbhajan Singh combine to apply the finishing touches. Mumbai win by four wickets and now have two wins under their belt.
KRUNAL PANDYA GOES BERSERK
This contest is getting over in a hurry. Krunal Pandya has just decided to finish things off quickly. He slams Ashish Nehra for a four and a six, and then goes one better against Ben Cutting, hitting him for one six and two fours. He raced off to 37 off 19 balls before falling to Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
PARTHIV FALLS AFTER FINE KNOCK
Parthiv Patel kept Mumbai Indians in the hunt with some sublime hits, but just when he should have carried on, he went for an ill-timed lofted shot off Deepak Hooda and was out caught in the deep.
SRH FIGHT BACK
Nehra, the old warhorse, knows a thing or two about getting his own back. And he’s done that in style as Jos Buttler is out bowled. Rashid Khan continues his stunning form with the big wicket of Rohit Sharma in his very first over. Mumbai in some trouble now.
Mumbai Indians have recognised the need to start well, and they have done exactly that. Buttler and Parthiv combine to score three boundaries off Nehra in the 2nd over.
SRH restricted to 158
Malinga and Bumrah bowled superbly in the last three overs, giving away only 18 runs as SRH could only get 158 in their 20 overs.
CUTTING FALLS AFTER CAMEO
Ben Cutting gave SRH some hope of a big score with some proper hits towards the end, but Bumrah nipped his innings in the bud with a perfect yorker to dismiss the right-hander.
Big blow this for SRH, Hardik Pandya strikes immediately after the strategic time-out as Yuvraj Singh is bowled for 5. SRH at in a spot at 123/4 in the 16th over. They need some big hits now.
The lack of big runs was beginning to get to the batsmen, and Warner finally wilts. He goes for a switch hit, but the edge loops up for Parthiv Patel to take a brilliant diving catch. The captain falls for 49, one run short of another good 50.
Deepak Hooda too fell to Harbhajan Singh soon after, while Dhawan fell on 48 to McCleneghan. SRH will look to really step on the pedal now.
DHAWAN GETS A MOVE ON
Shikhar Dhawan had gotten himself to a slow start in the powerply, scoring 11 runs off 17 balls. But when he faced Mitchell McCleneghan, he unleashed his true self, slamming the left-armer for two fours and a six in an over.
In the very next over, he got a huge slice of luck as a Krunal Pandya catch was ruled by the umpire as not out, with replays not clearly suggesting whether the ball hit the ground as Pandya tumbled to the ground after taking the catch at mid-off.
SRH get themselves off to a decent start thanks to a cautious opening stand between Warner and Dhawan.
I TOLD YOU
Mumbai Indians have won the toss and elected to bowl first. SRH have made two changes, with Fizz coming in for an ill Moises Henriques. Vijay Shankar comes in for Bipul Sharma. Mumbai go in with an unchaged XI
Well, our correspondent has spotted Ben Cutting and Mustafizur marking their run-ups, so it looks like Moises Henriques might sit out.
They’re just one of two unbeaten teams this IPL; they are the defending champions and they’re playing like champions. In the orange corner, we have Sunrisers Hyderabad, led astutely by David Warner, buoyed by the performances of Rashid Khan and Co. and by the return of Mustafizur Rahman, who will look to continue their perfect start to the campaign.
In the blue corner, and playing in front of their home crowd, the ever-dangerous Mumbai Indians, who showed in the last game against Kolkata Knight Riders that they’re not to be written off until the last ball has been bowled.
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MI vs SRH, Mumbai
Mumbai won by 4 wkts