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SRH get over the line in a last ball finish against MI

SRH get over the line in a last ball finish against MI

Mumbai Indians (147-8) faced their second consecutive defeat in the last over as Sunrisers Hyderabad (151-9) clinched a 1-wicket victory in the close encounter.


Having lost the opening match against Chennai Super Kings in the last over, MI were expected to bounce back strongly in this game against SRH. The fact that SRH’s trump bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar was missing out the game due to a sore back further skewed matters in MI’s favour. However, following a turn of events, the victory remained elusive for Mumbai.

Having won the toss, Kane Williamson put in MI to bat first. Their opening partnership of Rohit Sharma (11) and Evin Lewis (29) was broken on the last ball of the second over when the Mumbai Captain was caught by Shakib al Hasan at square leg off a short pitched delivery by Billy Stanlake (4-42-2).

The following batsman Ishan Kishan (9) was then scalped by Siddarth Kaul 4-29-2) who carried his bowling form from the last match. Krunal Pandya (15, SR: 150) fell next to Shakib al Hasan (4-34-1) in an attempt to step up the scoring rate. After Pandya’s dismissal, Kieron Polland (28) and Surya Kumar Yadav (28) built a 38-run partnership which threatened to take MI to a good total.

However, both Pollard and Yadav were dismissed by Stanlake and Sandeep Sharma in quick succession. Sharma was playing this match in place of Bhuvneshvar Kumar and did his chances no harm as he ended with figures of 4-25-2.

The pick of the bowlers for Hyderabad though was Afghanistan leggie Rashid Khan who only conceded 13 run in his four overs and also picked up the wicket of Ben Cutting.

This led MI to a batting collapse as the team slided from 133-5 at one point to 147-8 in their stipulated 20 overs.

SRH began well on the back of the 62-run opening stand between Wriddhiman Saha (22) and Shikhar Dhawan (45) . Saha started the proceedings in the place of former skipper David Warner and played second fiddle to Shikhar Dhawan who seemed to fly away with the match. Dhawan was going at a strike rate of over 160 when he was dismissed by Markande (4-23-4) and fell five runs short of his half century.

After the dismissal of both these openers, the star-studded batting line up of SRH fell like a pack of cards with the likes of Kane Williamson (6), Manish Pandey (11), Shakib al Hasan (12) and Yusuf Pathan (14) failing to make an impact. It was wrist spinner Mayank Markande, the hero of MI’s first match, again for Mumbai who wreaked havoc with the ball and dismissed four of the top five Hyderabad batsmen.

The stand out performer for SRH was Deepak Hooda (32, 25b) who is touted as the next big finisher in the Indian circuit. Hooda not only held one end up but also scored quickly. After a hat-trick of ducks by Rashid Khan, Siddart Kaul and Sandeep Sharma, it was Billy Stanlake (5) who not only helped Hooda by giving him the strike but also finished it for SRH with a last-ball boundary off compatriot Ben Cutting.

In this match Shikhar Dhawan and Mayank Markande also bagged the Orange and Purple Cup respectively.

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