IPL 2015: Mumbai Indians beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by nine wickets, Stars and flops
Designed by Srushti Takale

Mumbai Indians (MI) sculpt a spot in the play-offs by beating Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by nine wickets at Hyderabad on Sunday. SRH is out of the tournament as they languished to the 6th position in the points table.

SRH won the toss and elected to bat first. Their openers perished in the first two overs, a factor which hurt SRH massively. They were too heavily relied on their openers to get runs as a result of which their batting line up collapsed. MI kept chipping wickets at regular intervals and ensured that SRH never got back into the game. SRH’s lower middle order made some contribution which assisted them to cross the 100 run mark. They somehow managed to get 113 on the board from their 20 overs, courtesy to a cameo by Dale Steyn.

MI got a steady start as both their openers confronted the SRH pace attack with unmatched confidence. Parthiv Patel and Lendl Simmons stuck to their guns and anchored the MI innings to put up a solid opening partnership of 106 runs. Parthiv remained unbeaten on 51 off 37 balls. MI with this win has jumped to the second position in the points table and will face Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their first play-offs.

Turning Point: The first two overs witnessed the fall of two most consistent batsmen for SRH- David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan. SRH banked heavily on these two to bail them out, their failure affected SRH massively and probably cost the match.

Brief score:

Sunrisers Hyderabad 113 all out in 20 overs [KL Rahul 25(24), Dale Steyn 19(11); Mitchell McClenaghan 4-0-16-3, Lasith Malinga 4-0-17-2] lost to Mumbai Indians 114 for one in 13.5 overs [Parthiv Patel 51(37)*, Lendl Simmons 48(44); Karn Sharma 2.5-0-38-1] beat – by nine wickets.