Mumbai Indians bowled with a perfect plan on Sunday to defeat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 34 runs and snatch back the top spot they lost to Delhi Capitals a day before in the Indian Premier League.
A collective effort with the bat led Mumbai to 208-5 before they perfectly executed the bowling plan from the 15th over restricting Hyderabad to 174-7 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Following their third win in fifth match, Mumbai lead the table on net run rate after they were tied on six points with Delhi and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Hyderabad, meanwhile, suffered their third defeat and stay at the sixth spot with four points.
They are certain to be pushed further down in the table following Sunday’s second match between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab who are seeking their second win in the tournament.
At the small Sharjah ground where a score of 210 is also not considered safe, Hyderabad were cruising with their captain David Warner staying rock solid in the crease. With Warner yet to cut loose, they needed 79 from the last six overs which seemed plausible by recent precedents set in Sharjah.
Krunal Pandya bowled a lengthy 15th over that consisted of nine balls but he made sure Warner was left frustrated not letting him find the boundary. He conceded just nine runs and took the wicket of Priyam Garg — the half centurion from Hyderabad’s victory over Chennai.
Aussie James Pattinson did the trick when he forced his compatriot Warner to cut a widish delivery only to see the ball caught by a diving Ishan Kishan at the short third man. Pattinson conceded just five runs as Warner bowed out making 60 off 44 hitting five boundaries and two sixes.
Abdul Samad did hit Jaspreet Bumrah for a six and four in the 17th over fetching 14 runs but it was Kiwi Trent Boult who won the game in the 18th giving away just four runs. Bumrah took two wickets in the 19th over giving away just 10 runs as Hyderabad were left with an improbable task of getting 37 in the final over.
Kieron Pollard gave away just two runs in the final over. Jonny Bairstow (25 of 15) had given Hyderabad a quick start before Manish Pandey (19-ball 30) and Warner shared 60 runs to make Mumbai struggle in their defence. All three Mumbai pacers Bumrah, Boult and Pattinson took two wickets for the four-time champions.
Earlier, skipper Rohit Sharma (six) was out in the first over but Quinton de Kock shared crucial partnerships laying the foundation for big Mumbai total. He shared 42 runs with Surya Kumar Yadav (27) and 78 with Ishan Kishan (31).
De Kock made 67 off 39 with four sixes and as many boundaries. Hardik Pandya (28), Pollard (25) and Krunal (20 off four) made quick runs down the order leading Mumbai to a big total.