Electing to bat first did not help Mumbai Indians as Uppal Ground of Hyderabad repeated the history of 2013 edition and the dreaded Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers restricted the strong Mumbai Indians to only 129 despite losing only 4 wickets. When everyone thought there is devil in the pitch for batsmen Shikhar Dhawan scored 55-ball unbeaten 73 runs to show the pitch just needed a different talent to play, taking his side to 4th consecutive win at home, as expected, with 2 overs to spare.
- SH won by 7 wkts
MOM: Ishant Sharma
Final Score: 129/4 (MI), 130/3 (SH)
6 overs: 41/2 (MI), 36/1 (SH)
10 overs 60/2 (MI), 61/2 (SH)
50 runs: 8.2 ov (MI), 7.4 ov (SH)
100 runs: 17 ov (MI), 14.3 ov (SH)
6s/4s: 2/12 (MI), 1/15 (SH)
Best Bowling: 18/0 Pragyan Ojha (MI), 15/2 Ishant Sharma (SH)
Best Batting: 38 Smith, 34* Rayudu (MI), 73* Dhawan (SH)
MI had a comparatively good start as openers added 32 runs, but the wicket of Tendulkar (12-ball 14 runs, 2 4s) in the 5th over put a brake on MIs run rate, as he was bowled by Ishant Sharma. Karthik followed two balls later without scoring caught by Karan Sharma. Ishant with his 2 wickets in the maiden over went on to receive Player of the Match award. Smith and Rohit Sharma needed almost 8 overs to add 42 runs. Both were sent back by Mishra in the 13th over. Rohit Sharma (run-a-ball 22 runs) was caught by Ishant, who has dropped Smith in Mishra’s last over. 4 balls later Smith 40-ball 28 runs, 3 4s, 2 6s) was leg before wicket. With 4/79 at 12.5 overs Rayudu and Pollard joined hands. Rayudu’s 27-ball 34 runs (4 4s) took them to 129/4. Pollard took 19 balls to score 14 runs hitting his only boundary on the last ball of innings.
For Sunrisers Karan Sharma opening the bowling had 25/0. Steyn had 27/0 while Perera was expensive in last over and returned the figure of 37/0. Ishant Sharma with a maiden had 15/2, while Amit Mishra had 24/2.
Sunrisers Chase of 130 runs
Johnson got his regular opening wicket in the 3rd over when he had Akshath Reddy (9-ball 7 runs, 1 four) caught by Dwayn Smith. Harbhajan bowled a maiden in 4th over to Sangakkara. But Shikhar Dhawan was batting on a different track. Sangakkara (run-a-ball 21 runs, 3 4s) was caught and bowled by Harbhajan Singh in 8th over as score read 53/2. After that it was Dhawan’s show. He was unbeaten on 55-ball 73 runs (8 4s, 1 six) as he ran a cheeky winning single. Vihari (23-ball 25 runs, 2 4s) wanted a glory shot to win and was caught by Rayudu on Kulkarni’s bowl. They added 74 runs for 3rd wicket. Sammy was unbeaten on 1 run.
Pragyan Ojha was the pick of MIs bowler with 18/0. But others were taken to task by Dhawan, Sangakkara and Vihari. Johnson (21/1 in 3 ov), Kulkarni (13/1 in 2 ov), Harbhajan (35/1), Malinga (23//0 in 3 ov), Dwayn Smith (15/0 in 1 ov) were expensive. Rohit Sharma (5/0) surprisingly did not bowl the second over.
Amit Mishra has finally overtaken Malinga in the overall highest wickettaker list of IPL.
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