Sunrisers Beat Mumbai By 15 Runs
Sunrisers Hyderabad 172-5 (Warner 65) beat
Mumbai Indians 157-7 by 15 runs
Indian Premier League 2014, Dubai
The Sunrisers Hyderabad handed the Mumbai Indians a fifth consecutive Indian Premier League 2014 defeat with a 15-run win as the tournament bade farewell to Dubai and the United Arab Emirates.
The final match before the competition heads to India was a high-scoring one, the Sunrisers defending 172 for five by limiting the Mumbai Indians to 157 for seven in reply.
David Warner top scored for Hyderabad, who shuffled their batting order to have him in at number four, with 65 and KL Rahul made 46.
Mumbai struggled in reply but thanks to Kieron Pollard smashing 78 in 48 balls kept themselves in the game.
However, needing 20 to win from the final over proved beyond them, Irfan Pathan (2-10) removing the dangerous Pollard to leave the reigning champions stuck at the bottom of the table.
Pollard had played almost a lone hand, striking some fearsome blows including three fours and six sixes, having come to the crease with the score on 31 for three in the sixth over.
He was given some support from Ambati Rayudu, who made 35 before he also fell to Pathan, but he had been left with too much to do.
Dale Steyn (2-20) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2-20) also grabbed a brace of wickets, one each at the start and end of the innings and Darren Sammy bowled Ben Dunk for 20.
The Australian replaced compatriot Michael Hussey at the top of the order and hit four boundaries before things started to unravel for Mumbai, who lost Rohit Sharma and Corey Anderson for one apiece to slip to eight for two.
That swiftly turned to 31 for three and the Sunrisers, despite a few nervy moments, including when Pollard blasted 22 runs from one Amit Mishra over, held on for just their second win.
They had earlier overcome a less-than-perfectly-fluent start themselves to post an excellent score, largely thanks to Warner.
Aaron Finch (16) and Shikhar Dhawan (6) fell cheaply but number three batsman Rahul and Warner put on 111 together for the third wicket.
Warner crunched a four and four sixes, finally out for 65 in 51 balls while Rahul played his part with 46 in 40.
Sammy and Naman Ojha both struck 10 in four balls to add some important late runs for the Sunrisers.
Anderson (2-18), Zaheer Khan (2-26) and Lasith Malinga (1-28) were the wicket-takers but the Sunrisers, just as they did against the Delhi Daredevils, once again showed that if their batting line-up works, they are more than a match for anybody.
This was an improved display from Mumbai but they head to more familiar shores with a huge amount of work to do - on and off the field - if they are to force themselves into contention for the play-offs.
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