Siddarth Kaul, Shikhar Dhawan propel Sunrisers Hyderabad to 7-wicket win
Sunriser Hyderabad took a big step in the qualification race as they beat Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets.
David Warner-led Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) emerged victorious against table-toppers Mumbai Indians at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad.
Chasing 139, SRH completed the chase in just 18.2 overs with 7 wickets remaining. Opener Shikhar Dhawan played an impressive knock of 46-ball 62 not out, including 4 fours and 2 sixes and also earned the Man of the Match award for the first time for his franchise.
Mumbai Indians had already qualified for the playoffs, and skipper Rohit Sharma decided to use this opportunity to experiment a bit, as he opted to bat first after winning the toss. Mumbai supporters would have instantly regretted this decision, as SRH’s Afghan spin duo Mohammad Nabi (1–13) and Rashid Khan (1–22) stemmed the flow of runs early on in the innings. Rohit Sharma hit a fluent 67 but the skipper didn’t get enough support from the other end. Hardik Pandya did stitch a partnership with Rohit but was out playing a rash shot off Rashid Khan. For Hyderabad, all bowlers were on the money and Siddharth Kaul was pick of them with figures of 3/24. Bhuvneshwar chipped in with two late wickets.
SRH also lost one of their openers, captain David Warner early on, but Moises Henriques and Shikhar Dhawan stabilised the innings in the first six overs of powerplay, and then went on to up the ante. Henriques was unlucky not to have scored his half century, as he mis-read a Bumrah cutter, but Dhawan stuck through to the end, to score an unbeaten 62 from 46 balls, to guide his side to a comfortable, and very important win. Dhawan went on to score his 28th IPL half century in the match.
Though this win doesn’t guarantee Hyderabad a place in the play-offs, this result, however, brings the curtains down on Delhi Daredevils’ IPL campaign this year.
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