IPL 2018: Dhawan, Hooda hand SRH a nail biting win against Mumbai Indians


Shikhar Dhawan played a knock of 45 runs against Mumbai Indians today. Image Source: IPL

XtraTime Web Desk: Regarded as the most balanced side in this year’s Indian Premier League, Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Mumbai Indians in a nail biting game by 1 wicket in their second home game today. Chasing a total of 148 runs to win the home side won the game in the last ball, thanks to a brilliant batting by their star opener Shikhar Dhawan and all-rounder Deepak Hooda. Dhawan scored 45 runs in just 28 deliveries before getting out. He hit eight boundaries in this process. Hooda remained not out on 32 runs on just 25 deliveries.

Young wrist spinner of Mumbai Indians, Mayank Markande again showed his class today like the last game as he took 4 wickets of by giving just 23 runs in his allotted 4 overs. Batsmen like Wriddhiman Saha, Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey and Shakib Dhawan all failed to pick his mystery and got out one by one. Later in the chase, Jasprit Bumrah took two back to back wickets of Yusuf Pathan and Rashid Khan to give some hope to the visiting side but Hooda did the remaining job for the hosts to take them home.

In the last over SRH needed 11 runs with just 1 wicket left. Hooda hit a big six on Ben Cutting’s first ball with the equation showed 5 runs in 5 balls. After that it was a wide by cutting, then it was a dot ball. Then the last two batsmen took three singles and SRH needed just 1 run in the final delivery. Billy Stanlake hit the last ball for a four to hand the home side their second back to back win at home.

Earlier, Sunrisers Hyderabad’s bowlers once again put up a stellar show restricting a star-studded Mumbai Indians to 147 for 8 .

The much-vaunted MI batting line-up flattered to deceive as the likes of Evin Lewis (29), Suryakumar Yadav (28) and Kieron Pollard (28) got out after getting set which put brakes on their scoring rate.

The lower middle-order caved in badly as Sunrisers looked as potent an attack even without their premier India bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Such was the dominance of the Hyderabad bowlers that the back 10 of the MI innings fetched them only 69 runs with only 36 coming off last five overs.

Sandeep Sharma (2/25 in 4 overs) proved to be a like-for like replacement with his incisive swing bowling while Siddarth Kaul (2/29 in 4 overs) was once again impressive.

A lot of credit will got to Rashid Khan, who stifled the scoring during the middle overs with brilliant figures of 1 for 13 in 4 overs. Rashid bowled flat and fast with a mix of googlies and flippers. He bowled as many as 18 dot balls.

Skipper Rohit Sharma (11) was out trying to whip a delivery from Billy Stanlake (2/42) that grew big on him and the catch was taken at square leg by Shakib Al Hasan.

Ishan (9)’s maverick approach didn’t pay dividends as he failed to make most of a dropped catch by Sandeep Sharma as Siddharth Kaul had him caught at third man.

The normally dangerous Evin Lewis (29, 17 balls) started off well but tried to hit Kaul across the line only to find the off-stump knocked back.

The normally dependable Krunal Pandya closed his face to a Shakib Al Hasan (1/34 in 4 overs) delivery to offer a simple catch.

Stanlake hurried Pollard into ballooning one to Shikhar Dhawan at sweeper cover.

Sandeep then dismissed Suryakumar and Pradeep Sangwan off successive balls to ensure that MI don’t cross the 150-run mark.

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