IPL 2013: Shikhar Dhawan, Cameron White propel SRH to 178/3 against Mumbai Indians

Shikhar Dhawan scored his third fifty of the season as he helped Hyderabad to a good total © IANS

By Jaideep Vaidya
 
Mumbai: May 13, 2013
 
A couple of blistering knocks from opener Shikhar Dhawan (59 off 41 balls) and skipper Cameron White (43 not out off 23 balls) ensured Mumbai Indians have a steep task keeping their unbeaten record at home intact as the Sunrisers Hyderabad put on a daunting 178 for three on the board in their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter.

The Sunrisers got everything right, starting with winning the toss. White had no hesitation taking advantage of what looked like an excellent batting pitch and put his team in. White had statistics to back his claim too, saying that the “team batting first has won all the six matches here”. This was also the first time Mumbai were fielding first at their fortress overlooking the Arabian Sea.
 
The decision reaped dividends for SRH straight away as Parthiv Patel smacked Mitchell Johnson for four boundaries in the very first over. The Australian left-handed pacer, who has been Mumbai’s leading bowler this season, had recorded figures of two for eight against the Pune Warriors in their last match. Today, he conceded 11 more in the first over itself. Johnson is known to struggle against left-handers, and it was evident this evening as he erred with his line and length, and gave Patel juicy deliveries that begged to be whipped.
 
Fellow opener Dhawan then stepped in and cut Dhawal Kulkarni hard for six over long-on, before Patel drove the medium-pacer through the covers for his fifth boundary. The Sunrisers thus scored 31 in the first two overs, and forced Rohit Sharma to bring Harbhajan Singh into the attack in the Powerplay.

Bhajji did well to concede just five runs and calm some nerves, but Kulkarni gave Patel a reprieve in the next over bowled by Lasith Malinga, as he dropped an easy catch at mid-off. However, the 28-year-old could not celebrate his second life for long as a mistimed pull went straight down Ambati Rayudu’s throat at deep square-leg.
 
The Sunrisers, to their credit, did not allow the wicket to deter their surge. The in-form Dhawan provided a masterclass in aggressive, yet controlled, batting as he carried Hyderabad forward along with young Hanuma Vihari. He used his feet well and targeted the off-side as SRH reached 87 without further damage at the halfway stage. Dhawan soon brought up his third half-century of the season, off just 36 balls, with a slick cover drive off Malinga.
 
It took the curse of Admiral Nelson and a slower one from Johnson to get rid of Dhawan in the 13th over as the left-hander nicked to the keeper. At 111 for two, anything was possible; the match could go either way, but the Sunrisers skipper swung it their way with an aggressive cameo, including three fours and as many maximums.

White put on 55 with Vihari for the third wicket that came off just 40 balls, as the visitors pelted 33 runs in the last four overs to take them to a score that quite flattered their ‘weak’ batting line-up.

Brief scores:

Sunrisers Hyderabad 178 for 3 in 20 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 59, Cameron White 43*; Lasith Malinga 2 for 26) vs Mumbai Indians.

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