The bowling hunting pack of SRH came good to wrap up Mumbai Indians to a paltry 92, to serve them an embarrassing 85 run loss and also surge ahead to the top of the table in IPL 2016 standings.
All five bowlers from SRH were at their best and they had some brilliant batting to defend as well. A well-etched innings from Dhawan, backed up effectively by Warner and Yuvraj Singh, went a long way in ensuring that their bowlers didn’t have to work too hard. After setting a target of 178, a sensational spell of bowling from Ashish Nehra broke the backbone of MI’s batting line-up in the first five overs. MI, reduced to 30 for 5 in the fifth over, never recovered from that poor start and were bowled out for 92 in the 17th over.
In pursuit of 178, the defending champions lost Parthiv Patel to the last ball of the first over, courtesy Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s in-dipper. In the very next over, Ashish Nehra forced the MI captain and their man-in-form Rohit Sharma to drag one back onto his stumps. Returning to bowl his second over, Nehra surprised Ambati Rayudu with extra bounce off the surface, and the batsman could only watch as the ball took the shoulder of his bat and lob to short thirdman. Nehra nipped out Jos Buttler in the same over and MI’s chase was in tatters. It was brilliant exploitation of conditions from old warhorse; where the MI bowlers were guilty of not hitting the fuller length as often as they should have, Nehra landed the ball full and made good use of a lively pitch – which was freshened in the second half of the match by the effect of lights.
Earlier in the evening, after being put in to bat, Sunrisers Hyderabad were steady at the start with David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan adding 23 runs in the first three overs. But when Harbhajan Singh was introduced into the attack in the fourth over, Warner teed off; he hit the off-spinner over the ropes second ball and then sliced one through point to pick up a boundary. With momentum established, Warner continued to attack the MI bowlers, picking up three boundaries in the next couple of overs. SRH were 50 for no loss at the end of the Powerplay phase; Warner was the dominant batsman at this stage scoring 37 from 22 balls, while Dhawan had made 13 from 14 balls.
The two left-handers extended their association to 85 runs when Warner attempted to hit Harbhajan Singh over the top in the tenth over but holed out to Kieron Pollard on the boundary. The SRH captain made 48 from 33 balls. A brilliant catch from Rohit Sharma ended Kane Williamson’s short stay at the crease and SRH were reduced to 91 for 2 in the twelfth over. Yuvraj Singh (39 from 23 balls, 3 fours, 2 sixes) was dismissed in a bizarre manner in the final over Dhawan remained unbeaten on 82 – made from 57 balls; it wasn’t the most flashy innings from the left-hander, but he shouldered the responsibility and batted through to the end, in the process bringing up his third half-century of the season.