Defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad strengthened their hold on the fourth and final play-offs spot of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as they thumped top-placed Mumbai Indians by seven wickets at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Monday.

Playing their final home game of the league stage, Hyderabad restricted Mumbai to 138/7 in 20 overs, before Shikhar Dhawan (62 not out off 46 deliveries) and Moises Henriques (44 off 35) shared a 91-run stand for the second wicket to steer them home with 1.4 overs to spare.

Following this win, Hyderabad, having 15 points from 13 games, eliminated Delhi Daredevils (eight points from 11 games) from the race to the play-offs. But Hyderabad’s place in the knock-outs are not confirmed, as fifth-placed Kings XI Punjab (10 points from 11 matches) can still qualify for the play-offs.

Only Mumbai have sealed their berth in the play-offs, while Kolkata Knight Riders (16 points from 12 matches) and Rising Pune Supergiant (16 points from 12 matches) are strong contenders.

Punjab will have to win all of their remaining three games to be in the hunt for the play-offs.

Hyderabad will travel to Kanpur to face Gujarat Lions in their final league game. Hence, going by their poor away record this edition, it was important for the David Warner-led side to win at home on Monday.

Coming into the game on the back of two consecutive losses, they needed to raise their game and they did.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, Mumbai initially struggled on a slower pitch and needed Rohit Sharma’s sublime 67 off 45 deliveries to get to 138/7 in a crucial match for Hyderabad as far as play-offs chances are concerned. Mumbai’s second-highest scorer was Parthiv Patel with 23.

The classy stroke-maker that he is, Rohit was the only batsman who could take on against Siddharth Kaul (3/24), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/29), Mohammad Nabi (1/13) and Rashid Khan (1/22).

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.

Nabi struck in his fourth delivery, running through the defence of Lendl Simmons (1). Nabi’s efective bowling resulted in another wicket as a desperate Nitish Rana (9) pulled medium pacer Kaul to Bhuvneshwar at mid-off, as Mumbai were reduced to 22/2 in 4.1 overs.

The next delivery could have been Mumbai three wickets down but Parthiv, at the personal score of 10, was dropped by Vijay Shankar at point off Kaul.

However, the left-handed batsman couldn’t make most of it as exactly 12 deliveries later, he hit straight a Kaul delivery to David Warner at long-on, as Mumbai reeled at 36/3.

Then, Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya (15) forged a 60-run stand for the fourth wicket to bail the team out of the trouble.

Rohit started slowly with ones and twos but got into groove once set his eyes in. He hoicked a leg-spinner Rashid Khan delivery over long-on to launch his attack. He targeted medium pacer Moises Enrique in the 14th over and collected three fours in the Australian’s over.

In the next over, Pandya lost his wicket, top-edging Rashid to Enriques at cover in the second ball, as Hyderabad lost their fourth wicket for 96.

Rohit then completed his fifty and further threatened the hosts with a four and a six against Mohammed Siraj and Bhuvneshwar respectively.

His innings ended when he played a Kaul delivery on to his stumps in the first delivery of the 19th 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.

Chasing the small target, Hyderabad suffered an early nightmare as captain and leasing run-scorer Warner (6) was plumbed in front of the wickets against left-arm pacer Mitchell McClenaghan in the first ball of the second over.

Then Henriques joined hands with Dhawan and the pair kept patience and played riskfree cricket after initial few quiet overs. By the end of Powerplay overs (6), they took Hyderabad to 43/1.

Having got a grip of the pitch, they stepped up the gear as Henriques employed hook and pull shots against medium pacers to good effect, while Dhawan used his feet and experience beautifully against the spinners, especially leg-spinner Karn Sharma.

Having collected 40 runs in the next four overs, the left-right combo put the hosts in command, with only 56 required from 10 overs.

The partnership was broken by paceman Jasprit Bumrah, who found a leading edge off Henrique and was holed out at short cover by Rohit.

Dhawan, however, completed his half-century in 35 deliveries, as he drove Hyderabad near Mumbai’s total.

Yuvraj Singh (9) continued his inconsistent show as he drove a delivery from Malinga to Pandya at cover, with the home team at 112/3 in 14.4 overs. Dhawan and Vijay Shankar (15 not out) then saw the team home as Hyderabad posted their sixth win out of seven games at this stadium. (IANS Match Report)

Ball-by-ball highlight of the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians

 

 

 

 

11: 25 PM IST | SRH 140/3. Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets

 

 

18.2: SIX! Shankar picks the fuller delivery and launches it over long off for a maximum

18.1: Bumrah into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Shankar

11: 21 PM IST | 18 overs bowled, SRH 136/3. Sunrisers Hyderabad need 3 runs in 12 balls

17.6: Shankar takes a single to long on; retains strike

17.5: Dhawan takes a single to fine leg

17.4: Shankar gets on toes and guides the ball to third man for a single

17.3: Dhawan cuts to sweeper cover for a single

17.2: Dhawan takes a couple to cover

17.1: McClenaghan into the attack, starts with a single to Shankar to fine leg

11: 17 PM IST | 17 overs bowled, SRH 129/3. Sunrisers Hyderabad need 10 runs in 18 balls

16.6: Shankar takes a single off the last ball

16.5: Dhawan takes a single to fine leg

16.4: Dhawan takes 2 runs to long on

16.3: Shankar plays for a single to point

16.3: WIDE!

16.2: Shankar drives along the ground to long on for 2 runs

16.1: Malinga into the attack, Shankar plays a dot

11: 11 PM IST | 16 overs bowled, SRH 121/3. Sunrisers Hyderabad need 18 runs in 24 balls

15.6: Shankar takes a single to deep backward point

15.5: Dhawan takes a single

15.4: Dhawan plays over short cover for a couple

15.3: Shankar takes a quick single to short third man; Dhawan back into the strike

15.2: Vijay Shankar is the new batsman, gets off the mark with a couple to backward square leg

15.1: Jasprit Bumrah into the attack, starts with a single to Dhawan to long off

11: 05 PM IST | 15 overs bowled, SRH 113/3. Sunrisers Hyderabad need 26 runs in 30 balls

14.6: Dhawan takes a quick single to cover point; he retains strike

14.5: Dhawan plays a dot; good slow delivery by Malinga

14.4: WICKET! Yuvraj Singh 9(11) departs; easy catch at long off for Hardik Pandya; SRH 112/3 

14.3: Dhawan flicks to mid wicket for a single; FIFTY for Shikhar Dhawan

14.2: Yuvraj takes a single to mid wicket

14.1: Malinga into the attack, Dhawan takes a single (leg byes)

10: 58 PM IST | 14 overs bowled, SRH 109/2. Sunrisers Hyderabad need 30 runs in 36 balls

13.6: Yuvraj makes room and plays to mid on for another 2 runs off the last ball

13.5: Yuvraj takes a couple to mid wicket

13.4: FOUR! Yuvraj pulls the short ball from McClenaghan to backward square boundary; gets off the mark

13.4: WIDE!

13.3: Yuvraj plays towards point for a single; Yuvraj should leave the field, he is in pain

13.2: Yuvraj plays a dot; good yorker by McClenaghan

13.1: McClenaghan into the attack, Dhawan drives to sweeper cover for a single; HUNDRED up for SRH

10: 50 PM IST | 13 overs bowled, SRH 99/2

12.6: Yuvraj plays a dot to end the over

12.5: Bumrah drops a sharp bouncer to Yuvraj Singh’s helmet

12.4: Dot ball to Yuvraj; Yuvraj seems in the pain from his earlier fall in the field

12.3: Yuvraj Singh is the new batsman, starts with a dot to point

12.2: Dhawan takes a single to square leg

12.1: WICKET! Jasprit Bumrah strikes, Henriques tries to play towards leg side and gets a leading edge as the ball flies to Rohit Sharma at short cover. SRH 98/2 

10: 45 PM IST | 12 overs bowled, SRH 98/1

11.6: Dhawan plays a dot

11.5: Henriques gets an inside edge and the ball goes to short fine leg for a single

11.4: DROPPED! Henriques plays in the air back to the bowler, Harbhajan could not grab the opportunity

11.3: Dhawan takes a single to mid wicket

11.2: Henriques punches the ball to long for a single

11.1: Harbhajan continues, Dhawan flicks to long on for a single

10: 41 PM IST | 11 overs bowled, SRH 94/1

10.6: Dot ball to finish the over

10.5: FOUR! Short bouncer by Malinga is hammered by Henriques to deep mid wicket boundary; two in a row

10.4: FOUR! Low fast full toss by Malinga, Henriques guides it to long off boundary

10.3: Henriques plays a dot

10.2: Henriques pulls the short ball by Malinga for a couple to deep mid wicket

10.1: Malinga into the attack, Dhawan comes down the pitch and flicks the ball to mid wicket for a single

10: 36 PM IST | 10 overs bowled, SRH 83/1

9.6: Dhawan takes a quick single to long on; will retain strike

9.5: Henriques drives along the ground to long off for a single

9.4: Henriques pushes the ball back to the bowler, no run

9.3: Dhawan takes a single to deep square leg

9.2: FOUR! Dhawan plays reverse sweep between point and short fine third man to backward point boundary

9.1: Harbhajan Singh back into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Dhawan to point

10: 33 PM IST | 9 overs bowled, SRH 76/1

8.6: Dhawan takes a single to short third man

8.5: SIX! Dhawan comes outside his crease and sends the half volley from Karn Sharma over  long on for maximum

8.4: Dhawan pushes the ball back to the bowler, no run

8.3: Dhawan plays a dot to square leg

8.2: Dhawan plays a dot; good recovery by Karn Sharma

8.1: Shikhar Dhawan welcome Karn Sharma with a FOUR to backward square

10: 28 PM IST | 8 overs bowled, SRH 65/1

7.6: FOUR! Henriques hammers the ball to cover point boundary

7.5: Dhawan drives on the up to sweeper cover for 3 runs

7.4: Henriques takes a single to silly point

7.3: FOUR! Henriques pulls the short ball to backward square leg

7.2: Henriques plays a dot to short mid wicket

7.1: Hardik Pandya into the attack, starts with a single to Dhawan to off side

10: 25 PM IST | 7 overs bowled, SRH 52/1

6.6: Henriques plays a dot to end the over

6.5: Dhawan takes a single to long on

6.4: Leg byes (1 run)

6.3: Dhawan takes a single to square leg

6.2: SIX! Dhawan dances down the pitch and launches the ball over deep mid wicket  boundary

6.1: Karn Sharma into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Dhawan

10: 19 PM IST | 6 overs bowled, SRH 43/1. End of Power Play

5.6: Henriques plays for a single to mid on

5.5: Dhawan takes a quick single to mid on

5.4: Dhawan plays a dot to short cover

5.3: Henriques punches the ball to sweeper cover for a single

5.2: FOUR! Short and wide of the off stump by McClenaghanHenriques cuts the ball to backward point boundary

5.1: McClenaghan into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Henriques

10: 14 PM IST | 5 overs bowled, SRH 37/1

4.6: Dhawan plays a dot off the last ball

4.5: FOUR! Dhawan pulls the short ball from Bumrah to mid wicket boundary

4.4: Henriques takes a single to point; Hardik Pandya saves a certain boundary

4.3: FOUR! Henriques picks the good length and plays  of the up to extra cover boundary

4.2: Henriques flicks off the pads to deep mid wicket for 2 runs

4.1: Jasprit Bumrah into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Henriques

10: 10 PM IST | 4 overs bowled, SRH 26/1

3.6: Henriques takes a single to mid wicket

3.5: Henriques plays a dot ball to short cover

3.4: Henriques plays a dot

3.3: Dhawan walks down the track and plays on the up to long off for a single

3.2: Henriques takes a single to long on

3.1: Harbhajan Singh into the attack, starts with a single to Henriques to mid wicket for 2 runs

10: 06 PM IST | 3 overs bowled, SRH 21/1

2.6: Dhawan plays to extra cover for a single

2.5: FOUR! Dhawan picks the fuller delivery by Malinga and drives to extra cover boundary

2.4: Henriques takes a single to cover

2.3: Dhawan flicks to deep square leg for a single 

2.2: Henriques flicks to deep square leg for a single

2.1: Lasith Malinga into the attack, starts with 2 runs to Henriques mid wicket

10: 01 PM IST | 2 overs bowled, SRH 10/1

1.6: Henriques takes a single to mid wicket

1.5: Dhawan takes a quick single to cover point

1.4: Dhawan plays another dot ball

1.3: Dhawan plays a dot; good full-length delivery by McClenaghan

1.2: Moises Henriques gets off the mark with a single to deep mid wicket

1.1: Mitchell McClenaghan into the attack and David Warner 6(6) is yorked; Lbw says umpire. SRH 7/1

09: 54 PM IST | 1 over bowled, SRH 7/0

0.6: Warner takes a single to square leg for a single off the last ball

0.5: Dot ball to Warner

0.4: Shikhar Dhawan gets off the mark with a single to leg side

0.3: Warner takes a single to mid on

0.2: FOUR! Warner plays off the backfoot and cuts the ball to  sweeper cover, Warner gets off the mark

0.1: Harbhajan Singh to starts wth bowling attack for Mumbai Indians, begins with a dot ball

09: 50 PM IST | The Chase Begins! Sunrisers Hyderabad openers David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan are in the middle

09: 37 PM IST | 20 overs bowled, MI 138/7

19.6: McClenaghan takes 2 runs off the last ball to long on

19.5: WICKET! Bhvneshwar Kumar takes another wicket, Karn Sharma 5(5) edges the good length ball to wicketkeeper Naman Ojha; MI 136/7

19.4: Harbhajan gets off the mark with a single between extra cover and long off

19.3: Byes (2 runs); good change of pace by Bhuvneshwar Kumar

19.2: Harbhajan Singh is the new batsman, Buvneshwar bowls a yorker. No run

19.2: WIDE! 

19.1: Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bowl the last over, starts with the WICKET of dangerman Kieron Pollard 5(9). Low full toss by Bhuvi, Pollard hands an easy catch at deep mid wicket to Vijay Shankar. MI 132/6

09: 24 PM IST | 19 overs bowled, MI 132/5

18.6: FOUR! Karn digs the yorker to square third man boundary

18.5: Dot ball to Karn; good change of pace by Kaul

18.4: Low full toss by Kaul, Pollard pulls to backward square leg for a single; that ball deserved punishment

18.3: Karn Sharma gets off the mark with a single to sweeper cover

18.2: Karn Sharma is the new batsman, starts with a dot ball

18.1: WICKET! Kaul into the attack and bowls the wide and short ball outside off stump. Rohit Sharma 67(45) tries to pull it over mid wicket and drags the ball into his stumps. MI 126/5

09: 24 PM IST | 18 overs bowled, MI 126/4

17.6: Pollard takes a single off the last ball to mid off

17.6: WIDE!

17.5: Rohit comes down the track and hits the ball to long off for a single

17.4: Pollard takes a single to long on; Rohit Sharma back in strike

17.3: Rohit takes a single to mid wicket

17.2: SIX! Rohit picks the short ball and hits it over mid wicket

17.1: Bhuvneshwar into the attack, starts with 2 runs to mid wicket for 2 runs

09: 19 PM IST | 17 overs bowled, MI 112/4

16.6: Dot to end the over

16.5: Rashid beats Pollard with turn and bounce outside the off stump

16.4: Rohit takes a single to short third man

16.3: Rohit plays another dot; good bowling by Rashid 

16.2: Rohit plays a dot to short third man

16.1: Rashid continues, starts with a single to Pollard to cover

09: 16 PM IST | 16 overs bowled, MI 110/4

15.6: FOUR! Rohit plays to fine leg

15.5: Leg byes (1 run)

15.4: Rohit Sharma plays a dot; Yuvraj saved the boundary. Yuvraj getting off the pitch for some treatment

15.3: Pollard gets back in the crease and flicks the ball to backward square leg for a single

15.3: WIDE!

15.2: Rohit takes a single to long on; FIFTY for Rohit Sharma

15.1: Siraj into the attack, starts with a couple to Rohit to deep backward point

09: 09 PM IST | 15 overs bowled, MI 99/4

14.6: Rohit takes a single to point to end the over

14.5: Kieron Pollard gets off the mark with a single to short fine leg

14.4: Rohit takes a single to long on

14.3: Rohit plays a dot

14.2: WICKET! Hardik Pandya 15(24) departs in an attempts to play against the spin from Rashid Khan’s well tossed up delivery. hand an easy catch at short cover to Henriques. MI 96/4

14.1: Rashid into the attack, starts with a single to Rohit to mid wicket

09: 03 PM IST | 14 overs bowled, MI 95/3

13.6: Rohit takes a single off the last ball to deep mid wicket

13.5: FOUR! Rohit opens the face of the bat and guides the ball to square third man boundary; two in a row for Rohit Sharma

13.4: FOUR! Rohit Sharma plays on the up and punches the off cutter from Henriques between extra cover and long off

13.3: Hardik takes a single to sweeper cove

13.2: Rohit takes a single to sweeper cover

13.1: Moises Henriques starts the over with a juicy slow full delivery, Rohit Sharma welcomes him with a FOUR to sweeper cover

08: 59 PM IST | 13 overs bowled, MI 80/3

12.6: Rohit ends the over with a single to long off

12.5: FOUR! Rohit opens the bat and cuts the wide ball to backward point boundary

12.4: Rohit plays a dot to cover

12.3: Hardik  takes a single to long off

12.2: Rohit takes a single to long off for a single

12.1: Bhuvneshwar Kumar into the attack, starts with a single to Hardik to cover

08: 55 PM IST | 12 overs bowled, MI 72/3

11.6: Hardik plays to long on for a single

11.5: Rohit takes a single to short cover; Rohit Sharma needs to bat till late in this Mumbai innings

11.4: Hardik takes a single to long on

11.3: Hardik plays another dot; Hardik under pressure

11.2: Rohit flicks the ball to backward square leg for a single

11.1: S Kaul into the attack, starts with a single to Hardik to long on

08: 51 PM IST | 11 overs bowled, MI 67/3

10.6: SIX! Rohit Sharma picks the tossed up ball from Rashid and lofts it over his head to straight boundary

10.5: Hardik takes a single to extra cover

10.4: Another dot ball

10.3: Dot ball

10.2: Dot ball to Hardik; turn and bounce for Rashid

10.1: Rashid Khan starts with a short ball, Rohit takes a single to mid wicket

08: 48 PM IST | 10 overs bowled, MI 59/3

9.6: Dot to finish the over for Siraj

9.6: WIDE!

9.5: Hardik plays a dot to short mid on

9.4: Rohit takes a single to long on

9.3: Hardik waits for the short the ball to come to him and guides the ball to third man for 3 runs

9.2: Rohit comes down the track and cuts the rising delivery from Siraj to sweeper cover for a single

9.1: Siraj into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Rohit

08: 41 PM IST | 9 overs bowled, MI 53/3

8.6: Dot ball to end the over

8.5: Hardik takes a single to backward point

8.4: Rohit takes a single to  mid-wicket

8.3: FOUR! Rohit Sharma uses the pace of Rashid and opens the blade to blade the ball to third man boundary; FIFTY for Mumbai Indians

8.2: Hardik takes a single to long off

8.1: Rashid Khan into the attack, beats the outside edge of Hardik

08: 37 PM IST | 8 overs bowled, MI 45/3

7.6: Single for Pandya to finish the over

7.5: Rohit takes a single to mid on

7.4: Hardik gets off teh mark with a single

7.3: Another dot ball to Hardik

7.2: Dot ball to Hardik

7.1: Nabi to bowl his last over, starts with a dot ball to Hardik Pandya

08: 32 PM IST | 7 overs bowled, MI 42/3

6.6: Rohit plays to mid wicket for a single

6.5: Rohit plays a dot

6.4: WICKET or not! Short bouncer hits Rohit Sharma on the helmet and ball flies to short cover; players appeal; umpire says NOT OUT!

6.3: Rohit drives to deep extra cover for another 2 runs

6.2: Rohit Sharma pulls to deep mid wicket for a couple

6.1: WICKET! S Kaul into the attack, Parthiv 23/17 plays in the air and David Warner takes an excellent catch at long on. MI 36/3, slow ball by Kaul doing the damage

08: 26 PM IST | 6 overs bowled, MI 36/2. End of Power Play

5.6: Dot ball to end the over

5.5: Another dot ball

5.4: Dot ball to Rohit

5.3: Parthiv takes a single to backward square leg

5.2: FOUR! Parthiv seeps the ball to deep mid wicket

5.1: Nabi continues, Parthiv cuts to sweeper cover for a couple

08: 22 PM IST | 5 overs bowled, MI 29/2

4.6: Single of the last ball to Parthiv to mid on

4.5: Rohit Sharma off the mark to mid wicket for a single

4.4: Parthiv takes a single to point

4.3: Parthiv takes a couple to deep mid wicket

4.2: DROPPED! Vijay Shankar drops Parthiv at point; how costly will that turn out to be?

4.1: WICKET! Siddarth Kaul into the attack, Nitish Rana 9(11) tries to pull and hands an easy catch to Bhuvneshwar Kumar at mid off; MI 22/3

08: 17 PM IST | 4 overs bowled, MI 22/1

3.6: Parthiv gets inside edge to leg side for a single

3.5: Parthiv plays another dot; turn for Nabi

3.4: Parthiv reaches out for the pitch of the ball and drives to short cover, no run

3.3: Parthiv plays another dot; turn for Nabi

3.2: Parthiv plays a dot; good bowling by Nabi

3.1: Nabi into the attack, Parthiv chips over bowlers head for a single

08: 14 PM IST | 3 overs bowled, MI 20/1

2.6: Rana plays a dot to point

2.5: FOUR! Rana drives the half volley to straight drive; classic off drive

2.5: WIDE!

2.4: Nitish Rana gets off with FOUR to third man

2.3: Parthiv takes a single to mid off

2.2: SIX! Wide and pace by Siraj, Parthiv cuts over backward point boundary for a maximum

2.1: Siraj into the attack, Patel plays to point for no run

08: 09 PM IST | 2 overs bowled, MI 4/1

1.6: Dot ball to end the over

1.5: Dot ball to new batsman Nitish Rana

1.4: WICKET! Nabi had bowled the danger man Simmons 1(5); MI 4/1

1.3: Simmons plays to short cover for single

1.2: Parthiv takes a quick single to mid on

1.1: Mohammad Nabi into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Parthiv

08: 05 PM IST | 1 over bowled, MI 3/0

0.6: Dot to finish the over

0.5: Dot ball by Simmons to short third man

0.4: Parthiv Patel gets off the mark with a quick single to leg side

0.3: Parthiv plays another dot. 

0.2: Parthiv pushes the ball back to the bowler,  no run

0.2: WIDE! Bhuvneshwar Kumar drifting to leg side

0.1: Bhuvneshwar Kumar to start for Sunrisers Hyderabad, begins with a single to Simmons to mid on; first runs for Simmons and Mumbai Indians

07: 58 PM IST | The Match Begins! Mumbai Indians openers Parthiv Patel and Lendl Simmons are in the middle to start the proceedings!

07: 38 PM IST | Here is the final playing XI for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians

Team Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Nabi, Vijay Shankar, Naman Ojha (w), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul, Mohammed Siraj

Team Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Lendl Simmons, Parthiv Patel (w), Nitish Rana, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Karn Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga

07: 30 PM IST | TOSS TIME! Mumbai Indians Captain Rohit Sharma has won the toss and decided to bat first against Sunrisers Hyderabad at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.

07: 23 PM IST | THE HOST! 

Sunrisers Hyderabad after a good take off to the points table have suffered two defeats on a trot — lost to Rising Pune Supergiant by 12 runs; lost to Delhi Daredevils by six wickets. The team needs to bounce back to winning days to ensure a safe passage to the playoffs without any further hiccups.

SRH Captain David Warner has been leading the side with an impressive all-around performance so far. He is the current Orange cap holder with 529 runs from 11 matches and has led the team well on the field as well so far.

With the IPL tournament heading to a closure and the margin of error narrowing down, Coach Tom Moody and skipper Warner will have to get back to the drawing board and fill the loose ends in the team.

To begin with, Hyderabad needs to get rid of their dependence on their top order to fire in every game.

So far the trio of Warner (529 runs), Shikhar Dhawan (388 runs) and Kane Williamson (232 runs) have been a nightmare of the opposition bowlers from the word ‘play’.

 

 

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been in a phenomenal form and has started this years’ IPL right where he left last time. The Purple cap holder — 21 wickets in 11 matches — has been instrumental in providing the early breakthrough and bowl with a tidy spell during the death overs.

The Afghan IPL entrant Rashid Khan with 13 wickets in 11 matches has been a revelation and a treat to SRH management and the cricketing fans — minus the opponents.

 

07: 10 PM IST | FAIR WARNING HYDERABAD!

Having already qualified for the playoffs Mumbai Indians are playing having a fabulous IPL season so far.

Riding high on all round performance and three wins on a trot — beat Daredevils by 146 runs; beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by five wickets and beat Gujarat Lions in the Super Over — Rohit Sharma-led side looks a daunting challenge against for all other seven teams in the tournament.

The two-time IPL champions — the year 2013, 2015 — Mumbai Indians will come to this game with an aim to cement the top-two finish before the playoffs.

Right where all the IPL teams seem to be struggling in a case of an early removal of their openers, Mumbai Indians has the luxury of a strong core — performing as well.

The astounding figures of Nitish Rana (312 runs in 11 matches) and Kieron Pollard (294 runs in 11 matches ) completes the story of a team where the middle order has successfully cashed on the stable starts provided by their openers.

The exuberant experience of the players in Mumbai side is unmatched and the team appears will settle for nothing except the coveted IPL 2017 trophy.

 

07: 05 PM IST | Hello and welcome to the Match 48 of the 2017 Vivo Indian Premier League between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians slated to be played at Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad.

First Published | 8 May 2017 7:15 PM
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