Brilliant bowling from Siddharth Kaul and a stalwart batting permormance from Shikhar Dhawan have made the play-offs chances bright for the Sunrisers Hyderabad as they handed Mumbai Indians only their third loss of the Vivo IPL 2017. After having won the toss, Parthiv Patel alongside Lendl Simmons took the crease, ready to face one of the best bowling units. Simmons failed to deliver his usual best as Mohammed Nabi picked up his second IPL career wicket, causing an early damage for the Mumbai Indians. Before MI could convalesce, they suffered a double blow as Nitish Rana and Parthiv Patel walked back to the dugout in a short interval. The next partnership between Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya resurrected the innings without losing a wicket for significant duration. The Sunrisers kept pressurizing the batsmen with meritorious bowling. The Afghan duo of Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi were the most efficient bowlers. The duo conceded a paltry 35 runs in 48 balls. While Rohit Sharma reached his fifty, Pollard had replaced Hardik Pandya. A 45-ball 67 innings of Rohit Sharma ended when he became one of the three victims of Siddharth Kaul’s bowling. Highly expected Pollard was stumbling and was removed in the last over by Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. He also picked up Karn Sharma’s wicket in that over. Mumbai were only able to score 138, losing 7 wickets.
139 which seemed an easy target to chase, was initiated by Warner and Dhawan. A poor umpiring decision led to the loss of Warner’s wicket. Warner, who had hit only six runs, was given LBW despite an inner edge. Without him, the team has not performed well in many of the matches but it was not the case yesterday. Equanimity of Moises Henriques and Dhawan helped them contribute 91 runs to the team. The Portugal-born all-rounder was unfortunate to miss his fifty as he mistimed a slow delivery from Bumrah. Rohit Sharma preempted Karn Sharma to bring Yuvraj Singh in for Henriques. The veteran southpaw who injured himself in the earlier stage stage of the game struggled to pick the ball well and was eventually dismissed by Lasith Malinga for 9 runs. Shikhar Dhawan who was still at the crease, was supported by Vijay Shankar, who came in at number 5. With 26 to chase form 30 balls, the pair played sensibly with only two dot balls and a Vijay Shankar’s bboundary won the game for the home side. Shikhar Dhawan, whose standout innings made the win possible, was awarded the Man of the Match. Mumbai Indians will face KXIP and KKR in their upcoming games. SRH will be traveling to face GL in their last fixture and would be looking for a win as it would place them in the knockout phase of the tournament.