Moises Henriques and Shikhar Dhawan, with a 91-run stand for the second wicket, provided just the platform they required to register a comfortable seven wicket win against Mumbai at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad on Monday.
Chasing a modest, victory target of 139, Sunrisers shrugged off a dismal start - a rare failure by captain David Warner, trapped lbw trying to flick left-arm pacer Mitchell McClenaghan in the second over of the innings - to romp home. Chasing a middling total, Dhawan thumped a drive through the cover region for his first boundary of the innings. Dhawan's 62 came off 46 balls with six boundaries, including two sixes while Henriques' 44 came off 35 balls with six fours.
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bat against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their IPL match, here today.
Sunrisers' position on the table remained unchanged, but they stayed afloat as the race to the playoffs got tighter.
It was also the last league game for SRH at Hyderabad and Warner also thanked fans for constantly supporting them. Below them are Kings XI Punjab who trail them five points but have two games in hand. Whether that had a role to play is debatable but Nabi was getting sharp turn, especially away from left-handers Nitish Rana and Parthiv Patel.
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Earlier Mumbai were held back from a challenging total by a good bowling performance from Hyderabad, predictably spearheaded by Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2-29) and Siddharth Kaul (3-24).
Hyderabad captain Warner exploited the slowish nature of the wicket, as he introduced Afghan off-spinner Nabi in the second over and the latter gave no rooms for the Mumbai batsmen to go for shots.
Rohit found himself at the wicket in the fifth over with opener Lendl Simmons (1) and number three Nitesh Rana (9) failing.
Siddarth Kaul did the damage with the ball for Hyderabad, claiming 3-24 and accounting for three of Mumbai's top four batsmen.
McClenaghan delivered a ideal yorker in the second over which floated in at the middle stump and hit Warner directly on his left pad.
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Earlier, Mumbai Indians were tied down by the spin duo of Mohammad Nabi (1-13) and Rashid Khan (1-22).
Rohit started slowly with ones and twos but got into groove once set his eyes in. A phase which saw Rohit cart leggie Rashid Khan over long-on and hit three classy fours in Moises Henriques' first over.
The edition's leading wicket-taker Bhuvneshwar then did the job for Hyderabad by removing Kieran Pollard (5) and Karn Sharma (5) as Mumbai were restricted to 138/7.
They added 60 runs for the fourth wicket before Rashid separated them by dismissing Pandya. But just when Mumbai needed him to carry on, going for a pull, Rohit played on a delivery from Kaul.
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