It was never going to be a difficult run-chase,and Sunrisers Hyderabad,for the first time in the tournament,didn’t mess up and beat Mumbai Indians by seven wickets in Hyderabad today.
Mumbai just didn’t bat well enough to create some contest and served another reminder about the away success rate of teams doing well at home. After being unbeatable at home,Mumbai were a completely different side in away conditions.
The delivering batsmen failed to make a move on and the containing bowlers found it hard to get their lines right. Hyderabad opener Shikhar Dhawan was at his very best as the batsman,after missing some fixtures due to injury early on,scored his second half-century in the IPL 2013 to help his side cross the line.
Dhawan’s knock was laced by nine delightful boundaries and one hit over the fence. He was all at ease in the middle,and wasted no scoring opportunity. After the early departure of Akshath Reddy and skipper Kumar Sangakkara,Dhawan continued to do the bulk of the scoring,and was ably assisted by young Hanuma Vihari towards the end. Vihari couldn’t bat through,but played a decent hand in the middle.
It will be harsh to say that the Mumbai bowlers failed to deliver because there were not enough runs to play with. With the required run-rate just over six runs per over,there was never any urgency in the Hyderabad unit.
Both the captains wanted to bat,but Sangakkara,after losing the toss,was forced to bowl. Not much damage was done because of the toss as Hyderabad bowlers were right on the money,and didn’t allow the Mumbai batsmen to make a move.
After removing Sachin Tendulkar and Dinesh Karthik in quick succession,the home side kept coming hard during the middle overs of the innings.
Spinner Amit Mishra again proved to be the trump card for his side,as the leg-spinner sustained pressure after Ishant Sharma’s twin-strike rocked the visitors early.
Sharma was brilliant with the ball and gave nothing away in his quota of overs. He was hitting the right areas and kept a close check on the flow of runs. His partner Dale Steyn looked a bit off colour today,and didn’t make any additions to his wickets tally.
Today’s performance by Mumbai brought to light their over dependence on Rohit Sharma,who has been in brilliant touch. It was time that the team starts making equal contributions,but it wasn’t the case today.
None of the batsmen,barring Dwayne Smith,made substantial contributions to the board,and found it difficult in away conditions.
Ambati Rayudu’s late assault helped his side to a respectable total. Even the big-hitting Kieron Pollard was contained well by the home side. The West Indian was not in his destructive zone and managed only one boundary during his 19-ball 14 in the middle.
Toss: Mumbai Indians won the toss and elected to bat first.
S Dhawan,PA Reddy,KC Sangakkara(c & wk),GH Vihari,NLTC Perera,DJG Sammy,A Ashish Reddy,KV Sharma,A Mishra,DW Steyn,I Sharma
DR Smith,SR Tendulkar,KD Karthik(wk),RG Sharma(c),KA Pollard,AT Rayudu,Harbhajan Singh,MG Johnson,SL Malinga,DS Kulkarni,PP Ojha