David Warner © PTI (File Photo)
David Warner © PTI (File Photo)

 

Apr 30, 2014

 

With 12 overs down in the first innings, Sunrisers Hyderabad have managed 83 runs for the loss of two wickets against a disciplined bowling effort for Mumbai Indians (so far) in this crucial ongoing IPL 2014 encounter in Dubai. After enduring a mixed powerplay, David Warner and Lokesh Rahul have steadied the ship for Sunrisers somewhat, managing to build a partnership. After Aaron Finch departed with the score at 38 for two, Warner came to the centre and has hit out the bad balls, but has not swung his bat blindly.

 

Mumbai, on the other hand, will be quite happy with their work so far. Their bowlers have managed to keep things quiet in general. First up, Zaheer Khan bowled a wonderful spell, giving away just 20 runs from his three overs, and picking up both the openers. Malinga, like his usual self, has kept things quiet. And so has Harbhajan Singh. The experienced off-spinner has given away just 11 runs from his three overs so far.

 

Earlier in the innings, after losing the toss and being put into bat first, Sunrisers Hyderabad started off well, managing 10 runs off the first over from Zaheer Khan. Aaron Finch nicely guided away two boundaries off his pads in the first over to get things rolling under way. After using Lasith Malinga as the first change bowler in the last few matches, Rohit Sharma introduced the Sri Lankan speedster as Zaheer’s opening partner.

 

Malinga gave just five runs off his first over, getting some movement off the pitch. Zaheer continued for his second over, and immediately reaped the rewards for his captain as he got the opposition captain, Shikhar Dhawan. Dhawan hit a four on the up over covers, and then off the next delivery, Zaheer got his revenge as Dhawan could only manage a thick edge to Harbhajan Singh at first slip, who took a safe catch.

 

Hyderabad too changed some tactics as they sent in young Lokesh Rahul at No 3 instead of David Warner. Pragyan Ojha came into the attack in the fourth over, introducing some spin. The batsmen liked facing Ojha, accruing 10 off his first over. Finch greeted him with a lofted drive over extra cover for four. Then Rahul too drove him handsomely through the offside for another four.

 

Zaheer continued from the other end for his third over and the plot worked for Mumbai. Zaheer got the big wicket of Finch, who was looking dangerous in the middle. He tried to cut Zaheer over backward point, but presented a simple catch to Ben Dunk, who replaced Michael Hussey in the Mumbai line-up.

 

Sensing that Hyderabad had lost two of their most prolific batsmen, Rohit brought back Malinga for the final over of the powerplay. With the inexperienced Rahul and the new in crease Warner in the middle, it was actually a good ploy.

 

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