After a heart-breaking loss in their last match, Mumbai Indians faced Sunrisers Hyderabad in the bid to win their 2nd match of the tournament; while Sunrisers Hyderabad desperately needed a win to kick-off their IPL campaign.

Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians
Date 18 Apr 2016
Venue Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium
145/3 (17.3)   142/6 (20)
Sunrisers won by 7 wickets

Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and elected to bowl first.

It is an interesting fact that in the IPL 2016 so far, out of the 11 matches played, only once has the team batting first won the first match which means clearly it’s a season wherein a team’s batting is put into great test for it takes great planning to execute a run chase, as modest as the total in front of a team might be – chasing is never easy.

Perhaps the above stat made way into the Sunrisers Hyderabad dugout and after winning the toss, they elected to bowl first.

Rohit Sharma sacrifices the opening slot

Mumbai Indians were forced to make a change due to Lendl Simmons being ruled out of the IPL 2016; Martin Guptill (New Zealand opener) was given his cap to play for MI (by Ricky Ponting), opening alongside Parthiv Patel, this meant that Mumbai India’s captain, Rohit Sharma sacrificed his opening slot and was set to bat in the middle order.

For a team that’s struggling in IPL 2016; Hyderbad relied on it’s bowlers for some early inroads and they were provided that with the early dismissal of Martin Guptill, departing after making 2 runs to Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.

The next batsman to make his way into the middle was Ambati Rayudi (shocking to say the least, considering Rohit usually bats top 3), however there wasn’t any acceleration on the run rate with it being powerplay overs and the pressure was visible on Parthiv Patel, who too departed cheaply after making 10 runs.

Rohit Sharma finally came into bat at 2nd down – a position that one usually wouldn’t associate with the Indian opener, having never batted successfully in the middle order (in domestic cricket and at international level).

Rayudu and Sharma hoped to get innings back onto the track but a suicidal run call resulted in Sharma losing his wicket and Mumbai Indians finding itself in all sorts of trouble at 43/2.

Buttler followed Sharma to the pavilion 3 overs later, nicking a delivery down leg and giving an easy catch to Naman Ojha at slip. Mumbai Indians were 58/4, suddenly the team at the bottommost of the points table seemed to have found a new level of energy – things were starting to go their way.

K Pandya steals the show

The next move can be called shocking from Mumbai Indians, promoting K Pandya (the lesser known of Pandya brothers) to bat ahead of his brother, Hardik Pandya but a move that worked wonders for them and it was his 49* which guided Mumbai Indians to a total worthy of being defended i.e. 142.

In their reply, Sunrisers Hyderabad got off to a cautious start after losing Dhawan early in the innings to a toe-crushing yorker from Southee, Dhawan tried to get himself out of the way but when the ball’s in the block-hole, it’s really hard to play it off unless you’re on the front foot, today wasn’t to be Dhawan’s day.

Warner unlike in his usual style showed very little signs of aggression, striking at just more than a 100 off 100 balls in the first 6 powerplay overs, this is against his usual style of play but having lost an early wicket – there was no point of senseless hitting, Hyderabad needed his presence at the crease to make full use of his aggressive play against Mumbai’s weaker bowlers during middle overs. Hyderabad was going at less than 6 runs to the over, with 30/1 in 6 overs.

Things didn’t seem to improve for Hyderabad as the calm and collective Ausssie all rounder in Moises Henriques departed after he made 20. But, Warner rightly didn’t allow the pressure to get into him and made use of the middle overs and started to free flow, playing his natural game – giving the run rate the much needed move on, Morgan on the other end looked visibly out of form, finding it hard to time the ball.

A blinder from Hardik Pandya to dismiss Morgan

It however still took a special catch from Hardik Pandya at the boundary to get rid of Morgan and as they say “when a team is down and out, a catch and a dive here and there makes momentous difference”. After a blinder from Pandya at the boundary, Sunrisers Hyderabad needed 21 off the last 4 and with Warner still at the crease; they were favorites to pull this off and they made no mistake.

Warner’s finishing touches guide SRH to their first win in IPL 2016

3 sixes from Warner – 2 off the 1st deliveries of the 16th and the 17th over and then the match winning stroke in same over from McClenghan (17th over) – the finishing stroke was an absolute whack over to the leg side boundary seized the game for Warner’s side courtesy to the captain’s knock, having played through the innings and guiding his side to their first win of the season.

This win puts Hyderbrad ahead of Mumbai Indians in the points table, sitting at the 6th position with Mumbai at 7th and Kings XI Punjab at 8th.

Folks, the IPL is starting to open up and with 3 successive matches being won by the less favorite teams; tables are starting to turn.

On a lighter note, let’st just say, people are not being too kind to Dhavan.


Pre-Match predictions were as follows

Predicted XI

Sunrisers Hyderabad

David Warner (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Naman Ojha (wk), Deepak Hooda, Eoin Morgan, Ashish Reddy, Karn Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mustafizur Rahman, Barinder Sran.

Mumbai Indians

Rohit Sharma (Captain), Martin Guptill, Hardik Pandya, Jos Buttler (wk), Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Shreyas Gopal, Harbhajan Singh. Mitchell McClenaghan, Vinay Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah.

In Conclusion

SRH vs MI

The Sunrisers Hyderabad are a franchise cricket team based in the city of Hyderabad that plays in the Indian Premier League. The team is owned by Kalanithi Maran of the Sun TV channel Network. The Mumbai Indians are a franchise cricket team representing the city of Mumbai, Maharashtra in the Indian Premier League. The two teams played in the 12th match of IPL 9 on 18th April 2016 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium. SRH won the match.

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