Shikhar Dhawan scored 62 not out off 46 balls © BCCI
Shikhar Dhawan scored 62 not out off 46 balls © BCCI

In what turned out to be a thoroughly one-sided contest, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) defeated Mumbai Indians (MI) by a huge margin of 7 wickets and 10 balls to spare. Chasing a modest target of 139, Sunrisers Hyderabad scored 140 for 3 in 18.2 overs and strengthened their chances of making it to IPL 10 playoffs. Shikhar Dhawan’s 62 not out eclipsed Rohit Sharma’s 67 as the two batsmen celebrated their India call-up for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in style. For the winning side, there were several heroes in Moises Henriques, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddharth Kaul and Rashid Khan. Let us take a look at the highlights: FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) vs Mumbai Indians (MI), IPL 10 match 48

Mumbai Indians’ poor start: Electing to bat, Mumbai Indians had hoped to make most of the conditions as there was a warning of thunderstorm. However, they were off to a poor start, with none of their specialist batsmen barring Rohit making a mark. Parthiv Patel showed some form, scoring 23 off 17 balls, but fell to the famous knuckle-ball that has become a master weapon for several bowlers this IPL.

Mohammad Nabi makes it count: Playing only his second game, Nabi was presented with the challenge to bowl with the new ball. However, the Afghan was smart enough to come around the wicket and bowl in the line of the wickets, and even earned a wicket. He cleaned up Lendl Simmons, but deserved more than one wicket. Nabi finished with superb figures of 4-0-13-1.

Rohit Sharma’s fifty: On a forgettable day for Mumbai Indians, the only bright spot was the gritty half-century from their captain. Rohit started off slowly but recovered to post 67 off 45 balls with 6 fours and 2 sixes, his highest score this IPL. He pushed Mumbai Indians towards a total around 150. However, he was dismissed when Mumbai still had 11 deliveries left, off which they made a mere 12.

SRH bowlers shine: While the charismatic Rashid claimed 1 for 22 off his 4 overs, Kaul started off with a wicket off the first ball and nearly had another. Vijay Shankar spilled a catch at point, which robbed Kaul off his second wicket, but he went on to account for Nitish Rana and Rohit. Purple Cap holder Bhuvneshwar Kumar extended his lead in the table with 2 for 29.

Mumbai Indians’ plight: Rohit wanted his team to bat as long as possible. To meet the requirement Hardik Pandya was sent ahead of Kieron Pollard. However, Hardik struggled to connect and made a 24-ball 15 without a boundary, and Pollard could not do a lot towards the ending stages either.

Shikhar Dhawan’s timely knock: Earlier in the day Dhawan was ridiculed on social media after Indian selectors picked him for the India squad for the upcoming global tournament ahead of Gautam Gambhir. Dhawan has been consistent but not as good as Gambhir, the third highest run-scorer in IPL 2017 before today. However, Dhawan silenced one and all by hitting a match-winning 62 not out in 46 balls, 4 fours and 2 sixes; he also moved ahead of Gambhir and Suresh Raina to secure the second spot in the race for the Orange Cap.

Moises Henriques’ consistency: Henriques fell 6 short of what would have been his third fifty this season. He was dismissed for 44, but not before he added 91 for the second wicket with Dhawan in SRH’s chase.

Delhi Daredevils knocked out: A win for Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday night meant the door for an entry into the final four has shut for Delhi Daredevils (DD). On the other hand, a win in their last match will see SRH through to the next round.