Mumbai Bounce Straight Back
Mumbai Indians 160-3 beat
Sunrisers Hyderabad 157-3 by seven wickets
Indian Premier League 2014, Hyderabad
The Mumbai Indians bounced back from their weekend defeat to the Chennai Super Kings by beating the Sunrisers Hyderabad to keep their Indian Premier League 2014 hopes alive.
Given the poor start they made to the tournament, they must win the majority of their remaining games and they produced a solid all-round performance to defeat the Sunrisers who were making their first appearance of the season at home.
Batting first, the Sunrisers posted 157 for three as Aaron Finch and David Warner both scored half-centuries.
However, Lendl Simmons and Ambati Rayudu both made 68 as the Mumbai side overcame a small wobble late on to get home with eight balls remaining.
Finch hit seven fours and two sixes for the Sunrisers, elegantly stepping away to leg and hitting the ball over cover on several occasions as he anchored the innings.
He made 68 in 62 balls and although Shikhar Dhawan (11) and KL Rahul (10) fell cheaply, Warner added 55 not out in 31 balls to push Hyderabad up to a competitive, if not world-beating score.
Lasith Malinga took two for 35 and KL Rahul was run out after a mix-up with Finch but Mumbai's bowlers were impressive - only Kieron Pollard went for more than nine runs per over.
In reply, Bhuvneshwar continued his fine tournament by nipping out Chidhambaram Gautam (1) early before Simmons and Rayudu took Mumbai to the brink of victory with a 130-run stand for the second wicket.
West Indian Simmons hit five fours and four sixes, accelerating throughout his innings before he was bowled by Kumar for 68 in 50 deliveries. After struggling against Dale Steyn early on, he was able to expand his strokeplay against Irfan Pathan and Amit Mishra.
Rayudu scored even quicker, making 68 in 46 before he was caught and bowled at the second attempt by Moises Henriques.
There was to be no late fightback from Hyderabad though, as Rohit Sharma (14 not out) and Pollard (6 not out) finished off the job in calm fashion, even able to take 21 runs from Steyn's last two overs.
Kumar ended with two for 21 and Henriques one for 21 but the Sunrisers paid the price for not quite getting enough runs on the board and then compounding it with a few errors in the field.
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