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Jasprit Bumrah took three wickets as the Mumbai Indians eased their way to a four-wicket win over the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Being put in to bat first, the Sunrisers got off to a fantastic start as captain David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan put together an 81-run partnership before Warner was caught behind off the bowling of Harbhajan Singh for 49.
Deepak Hooda fell shortly after before Dhawan’s time at the crease came to an end when he was clean bowled by Mitchell McClenaghan for 48.
Sitting on 114/3 in the 15th over, the defending champions were still in a good position, but all that changed as Bumrah took over and spearheaded the Indians’ charge through the Sunrisers’ middle and lower order.
With none of the batsmen able to keep the Indians at bay, the Sunrisers ended up being restricted to 158/8 off their 20 overs.
Bumrah was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Harbhajan snapped up two and McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga and Hardik Pandya chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Chasing 159 to win, the Indians lost opener Jos Buttler early on as he was cleaned up by Ashish Nehra for 14.
Captain Rohit Sharma only managed to make four runs, while Parthiv Patel’s encouraging innings was halted when he was 39 as he was sent packing by Hooda.
Even though the Indians continued to lose wickets at regular intervals, Nitish Rana’s 45 and Krunal Pandya’s 37 ensured that they reached their target with eight balls to spare.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Nehra, Hooda and Rashid Khan claimed one wicket each.
Bumrah was named Man of the Match.