Sunrisers Hyderabad stunned Mumbai Indians by beating them comprehensively by seven wickets with 13 balls to spare. Riding on the brilliant half-century of Shikhar Dhawan, Hyderabad has cruised to comfortable win and kept their dominance at home. Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra played a crucial role in restricting Mumbai Indians, who boost of a line-up including Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik and Dwayne Smith, to a low total of 130. But it was a quick-fire 34 runs from Ambati Rayudu which helped Mumbai reach even that total in their 20 overs.
Here we bring to you the hits and flops of the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Mumbai Indians (MI).
Shikhar Dhawan: Dhawan played another sensational innings and took his side over the line with his brilliant 73 runs. His ability to stay at the crease till very end makes him a treat to watch as he pace his innings very well. He scored nine crisp fours with one six in his outstanding 73 runs knock.
Dwayne Smith: Dwayne Smith started a bit slowly but kept scoring the boundaries to keep the run-rate of over six. He smacked three fours and two sixes in his knock of 38 runs. Smith was unlucky as he was given out leg before wicket to a ball that hit his gloves first and then went on to hit the pad.
Ishant Sharma: Sharma bowled brilliantly against Mumbai Indians and got back to back breakthrough for his team as he dismissed Sachin Tendulkar and Dinesh Karthik. He bowled 16 dot balls in his spell of four overs and ended with the figures of 2/15.
Pragyan Ojha: Ojha was once again very economical in his four overs as he gave away just 18 runs. His bowling restricted the flow of runs and gave his captain an outside chance to turn the tables but it in vain as other bowlers didn’t adapt well.
Hanuma Vihari: Vihari looked good in his knock of 25 runs and did very well to put up a 74-run stand for the third wicket with Shikhar Dhawan. He was playing brilliantly against Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha and was knocking the balls for ones and twos very comfortably.
Ambati Rayudu: Rayudu played yet another brilliant knock of 34 runs off just 27 balls. His ability to convert those ones into twos is not just good for him but also help his team in maintaining the run rate. He scored four fours in his 34 runs knock.
Amit Mishra: Mishra was again amongst the wicket-takers and ended up picking two wickets including that of Dwayne Smith and Rohit Sharma. He gave away 24 runs in his four overs to restrict the flow of runs in mid-overs.
Dinesh Karthik: Karthik got out off the second ball that he faced and it was Ishant Sharma who took his wicket. He seemed quite disturbed by the sight screen and that might have taken a toll on his concentration.
Thisara Perera: Perera was smacked for 37 runs in his four overs. He was bowling some loose deliveries which were dispatched for four every now and then. He was the most expensive bowler for SRH as he conceded six boundaries.
Keiron Pollard: pollard made the mess in final overs as he kept hitting the ball for ones or twos. He was supposed to go for maximum but he failed to do so. He scored 14 runs off 19 balls that he faced. If he would have scored 10-15 runs more, then it would have not been so easy for Hyderabad.
Lasith Malinga: Malinga once again failed to rise to the occasion and gave away 23 runs in his four overs. He should have been made to bowl his quota of overs at one go, seeing the low total Mumbai Indians were defending.
Harbhajan Singh: Harbhajan started off well in his first over but he went for 35 runs because of his short deliveries which he kept bowling time and again and Sangakkara and Dhawan didn’t mind scoring off those deliveries.
By Amit Chopra
Indian Sports News Network