Misfortune seems to be clinging onto Mumbai Indians this season as they once again go down and leave UAE with fifth loss. Chasing a daunting task of 173 Kieron Pollard and Ambati Rayudu kept Mumbai Indians hopes alive with a 77 run partnership after team once again got off to a disastrous star.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar in his first over removed Rohit Sharma (1)and then Dale Steyn did the damage for MI dismissing Corey Anderson (1). Ben Dunk (20) who replaced Michael Hussey looked good till Darren Sammy had his stumps rattled.
Rayudu and Pollard kept their wickets intact and took MI near the target. Pollard took the initiative to launch attack against SRH bowlers, Rayudu too joined in but a slower delivery from Irfan Pathan had better of him as he was caught at deep mid-wicket by Warner.
Mumbai Indians then needed 58 off 24 balls and Shikhar Dhawan handed ball to Amit Mishra. Pollard milked Mishra for 27 runs in his final over, he deposited first three balls into the stands, next ball for a four and then two doubles including a wide. Mumbai Indians were completely back in the game and Sunrisers seemed to have lost the plot.
Steyn bowled the 18th over and gave away only four runs with a wicket of Aditya Tare (7) to his name. Pollard faced just one ball in 19th over and that saw the required run rate hike.
Irfan Pathan was given the task to defend 20 runs in final over and he delivered snapping dangerous Pollard’s wicket on the very first ball. Pollard’s 78 came off 48 balls with three 4s and six 6s. With his dismissal MI’s hopes of maiden win were crushed. Pathan then gave away just four runs and saw his side beat Mumbai Indians by 15 runs.
Dale Steyn, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Irfan Pathan bagged two wickets each, while Amit Mishra went for 54 runs in his four overs without fetching a wicket.
Earlier Mumbai Indians won the toss and elected to field first. After losing two early wickets David Warner and KL Rahul then steadied SRH innings, the duo added 111 runs for the 3rd wicket. Warner’s innings of 65 included a four and four 6s. Darren Sammy and Naman Ojha’s lusty blows down the order propelled SRH to 172-5 in 20 overs.
Corey Anderson finished with match figures of 2-18 while Zaheer Khan also picked two wickets.
Man of the Match: Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Brief Scores: SRH 172-5 (Warner 65, Anderson2-18) beatMI 157-7(Pollard 78, Pathan 2-10) by 15 runs.