IPL 2013: Sunrisers Hyderabad stifle Mumbai Indians' powerful batting line-up

Sunrisers Hyderabad did well with the ball to set themselves a modest target © IANS

By Jaideep Vaidya

Hyderabad: May 1, 2013
 
An inspired show from the Sunrisers Hyderabad restricted the mighty Mumbai Indians to a below-par total at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter.

MI had piled on scores of above 170 in the last two games where they batted first. But today, against a strong SRH bowling line-up, Mumbai crawled their way to 129 for four, with just 40 coming off the last five — 16 of which came in the final over.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Mumbai opened with Dwayne Smith and Sachin Tendulkar as expected. The Little Master hit a couple of cracking boundaries to deep mid-wicket and long-on that oozed the vintage Tendulkar, and like on a number of occasions this season, gave his fans hope that he was on for a big one.
 
However, Ishant Sharma foxed Tendulkar (14) with a nipping off-cutter that found timber in the fifth over. A ball later, Dinesh Karthik (0) gave a simple catch to point after his concentration was disturbed by movement near the sightscreen. The two quick dismissals threatened to dislodge Mumbai, but in walked their most consistent batsman and captain, Rohit Sharma, to calm their nerves.
 
Rohit and Smith calmly went about the recovery — not being too extravagant, but gently carrying Mumbai forward at a run a ball. The duo put on 42 for the fourth wicket, before a see-saw of an over from Amit Mishra changed the course of things gain.
 
At 67 for two in the 11th over, Smith gave a catch to Ishant at long-off that should have been taken, but the lanky pacer spilled it over the fence and gifted Mumbai half a dozen. Sunrisers’ coach Tom Moody was seen with his head in his hands as Ishant gave a sheepish stare from the boundary. However, in Mishra’s next over, Rohit (22) gave Ishant another chance at the same spot, and this time the big man clutched on to dear life.
 
Smith (38) wasn’t to last long either as he was trapped glove-before-wicket going for a sweep off Mishra, but given out by the umpire. Smith looked disappointed as he walked back, and rightly so. A little bit of luck, and all of a sudden, the Sunrisers found themselves in the driver’s seat.
 
It was then the turn of Kieron Pollard and Ambati Rayudu to revive Mumbai. However, the Sunrisers, who were pumped up by now, conceded just 24 runs between overs 16 and 19 to ensure Mumbai did not cross the par score of 140. A fitting summary of Mumbai’s inability to shift gears was when Pollard’s first boundary in his 19-ball 14 came off the last ball of the innings.

Ishant (two for 15) and Mishra (two for 24) were the pick of the bowlers for Hyderabad. The latter fell just one wicket short of grabbing the Purple Cap from James Faulkner.

It’s a sluggish sort of surface, and SRH do not have the best of batting firepower in their ranks, but even they would bank on themselves chasing down 130 in front of their home crowd.

Brief scores:

Mumbai Indians 129 for 4 in 20 overs (Dwayne Smith 38, Ambati Rayudu 34*; Ishant Sharma 2 for 15, Amit Mishra 2 for 24) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad.

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(Jaideep Vaidya is a multiple sports buff and a writer at CricketCountry. He has a B.E. in Electronics Engineering, but that isn’t fooling anybody. He started writing on sports during his engineering course and fell in love with it. The best day of his life came on April 24, 1998, when he witnessed birthday boy Sachin Tendulkar pummel a Shane Warne-speared Aussie attack from the stands during the Sharjah Cup Final. A diehard Manchester United fan, you can follow him on Twitter @jaideepvaidya. He also writes a sports blog – The Mullygrubber )