Chase pays off as Mumbai beats Sunrisers in IPL by 4 wickets

Apr 13, 2017, 01:31

After younger brother Hardik Pandya's pyrotechnics against KKR, it was elder brother Krunal's turn to play a lovely cameo as his 37 off 20 balls was largely instrumental in Mumbai Indians knocking off a tricky target of 159 in overs. On the other hand, Mumbai Indians have a lot of things to worry about despite their victory against KKR. Pacers Ashish Nehra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Henriques have complimented each other well and will surely test the Mumbai batsmen. Well, with the Mumbai Indians facing the defending champions in today's match, it will be interesting to see which team has the last laugh!

Mumbai have welcomed their star bowler Lasith Malinga and spinner Harbhajan Singh into their squad.

Vary of the statistics; MI Captain Rohit Sharma will be hungry for redemption - what a fitting script it would turn out if in front of their home crowd at Wankhede. Though Hyderabad had a massive start and the opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner built a partnership of 81 runs for the first wicket while rest of the batting line-up couldn't do anything special.

SRH get themselves off to a decent start thanks to a cautious opening stand between Warner and Dhawan. Rana's 36-ball knock of 45 was studded with three boundaries and two sixes. MI will hope their senior pros - skipper Rohit Sharma, West Indian power-hitter Kieron Pollard and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh - compliment the youngsters if they are to make a match against a formidable opposition like the Sunrisers Hyderabad. In next seven overs they could score only at a rate of 7.57, making 53 runs while losing seven wickets!

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Warner hit the first ball of the 11th over for a six by switching to the right-hander's grip but spooned a catch behind the wickets when he tried to repeat the same shot of the next ball.

Sharma's form at the top of the order is very crucial for the entire team's batting performance, especially during when the openers fail to fire.

Harbhajan got rid of Deepak Hooda soon after and Sunrisers totally lost their way after a McClenaghan full toss crashed into Dhawan's leg stump before India quick Bumrah struck three times. Hardik took the important wicket of Yuvraj Singh at a crucial stage in the first innings and gave away just 22 runs in his three overs.