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Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard steady Mumbai Indians’ chase, amass 67/3 in 12 overs against Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2014

Ambati Rayudu © IANS (File Photo)
Ambati Rayudu © IANS (File Photo)

Apr 30, 2014

Mumbai Indians have managed just 67 runs for the loss of three wickets in 12 overs in their chase of Sunrisers Hyderabad’s 172 for five in this crucial IPL 2014 encounter in Dubai. Having lost their top-order in the first six overs, Mumbai Indians are slowly trying to get their chase back on track with the combination of Ambati Rayudu and Kieron Pollard in the middle. Following up Dale Steyn and Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s good work early on in the innings, Darren Sammy, Karn Sharma and Amit Mishra too have bowled quite tightly so far.

Rayudu would have been back in the pavillion by now, had Naman Ojha held on to the chance off Steyn’s third over. Steyn has been the pick of the Hyderabad bowlers so far, bowling mighty fast and getting ample amount of swing. Both Pollard and Rayudu have been in the middle for about six overs now, and will probably be looking to hit out now. The asking rate has climbed over 12 runs an over, and the batsmen need to find some big shots.

Earlier in the innings, chasing Sunrisers Hyderabad’s 172 for five to win their first IPL 7 encounter, Mumbai Indians didn’t start off on the brightest notes. They had a new opening pair in the form of Ben Dunk, who has replaced Michael Hussey in the line-up and Rohit Sharma, who promoted himself up the order to bring some change in fortunes.

But the ploy didn’t really work out for Mumbai as they lost their captain in the second over. Bhuvneshwar Kumar swung the ball into Rohit, and it crashed into his stumps breaking through his defence. Mumbai’s troubles didn’t end there. The out-of-form Corey Anderson replaced Rohit Sharma in the middle. But the New Zealander’s fortunes failed to change as he fell to Dale Steyn in the third over. He tried to duck under a not-too-high bouncer from Steyn, but ended up looping an easy catch to Naman Ojha.

Bhuvneshwar bowled well in tandem alongside Steyn. He followed up Steyn’s magnificent third over with an equally good fourth over. The Indian seamer conceded just a wide off the fourth over.

Leg-spinner Karn Sharma then replaced Steyn in the attack. Dunk welcomed him with a sweet uppish straight drive over mid-off for four. Dunk definitely liked the entry of Sharma into the attack, as he hit him for two fours in the leg-spinner’s first over. Replacing Bhuvneshwar from the other end was Darren Sammy. Sammy too got into the wickets column as he got rid of the dangerous-looking Dunk.

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