IPL 2014 Match 20: Hyderabad add to Mumbai’s winless woes

Warner demolished Mumbai's bowling attack

Warner demolished Mumbai’s bowling attack

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The Mumbai Indians just cannot seem to catch a break in this year’s IPL as they lost their fifth game in a row by 15 runs to the Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai.

Australia batsman David Warner was the star performer as he scored an entertaining half-century, while Lokesh Rahul supported him brilliantly with a solid knock of 46.

Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma would have been pleased with his decision to bowl first early on after Hyderabad skipper Shikhar Dhawan was caught by Harbhajan Singh at first slip off the bowling of Zaheer Khan for six runs.

Aaron Finch scored 16 runs before he was caught by Ben Dunk at cover off the bowling of Khan.

Warner and Rahul stabilised the innings with a 111-run partnership, during which Warner brought up his half-century, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Corey Anderson.

Warner’s outstanding knock of 65 came off 51 balls and included one boundary and four sixes.

Anderson struck again just four balls later when West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy was caught by Kieron Pollard at long-on for 10 runs.

Rahul ended up making 46 off 40 balls, which included three boundaries, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Lasith Malinga.

Thanks to Warner and Rahul, Hyderabad finished on 172/5 off their 20 overs.

Khan and Anderson picked up two wickets apiece, while Malinga chipped in with one.

Chasing 173 to win, Mumbai got off to an awful start as they lost their top three batsmen for 31 runs.

Ambati Rayudu and Pollard steadied the innings with a 77-run partnership before Rayudu was caught by Warner at deep midwicket off the bowling of Irfan Pathan for 35.

Following Rayudu’s dismissal, Mumbai’s lower order completely collapsed.

Pollard ended up making 78 off 48 balls, which included three boundaries and six maximums, before he was clean bowled by Pathan.

Pollard hammered six sixes during his valiant knock of 78

Pollard hammered six sixes during his valiant knock of 78

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Due to the late flurry of wickets, Mumbai found themselves 15 runs short of Hyderabad’s target at the end of their 20 overs.

Pathan, Dale Steyn and Bhuvneshwar Kumar claimed two wickets each, while Sammy snapped up one.

Sharma was disappointed with his team’s performance, and said: “We spoke about trying to get wickets and in the last five overs a big score was on the cards. We fielded first because we wanted to see what we needed to chase. We’ve got to win all the games from here on. Let’s see what we can do in home conditions. We just have to stay positive, that’s all I can say. Not a great birthday for me.”

Dhawan praised his bowlers for keeping Mumbai at bay, and said: “Really tight. Bowlers bowled really well under pressure, especially Irfan and Bhuvi. I thought of Irfan bowling the last over and getting the main bowlers to pick up the wickets. Finding the groove now. The pitches here in the UAE have been very nice.”

In a rather surprising move, Kumar was named Man of the Match, and said: “I was looking to bowl well with the new ball. Steyn is mentoring us very well. Against Pollard my plan was to bowl him the yorker. Swing is my strength and that was how I got Rohit.”

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