Hyderabad: A disciplined bowling performance was backed by a determined run chase as Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Mumbai Indians by seven wickets at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium at Uppal. The home team found inspiration from their two leading Indian bowlers, Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra, in restricting Mumbai to 129 for 4 on a slow surface after which Shikhar Dhawan reeled off a crisp 73 not out to seal Hyderabad's sixth win.
The problem for Mumbai was that none of their batsman handled the pitch as brilliantly as Dhawan did. They were twice checked by double-wicket overs which left the incoming batsmen needing to consolidate and ensure the scoring rate was healthy, but Ambati Rayudu was able to find the boundary only four times in the last five overs. Bizarrely, Kieron Pollard made 14 off 19 balls in the same period.
Mumbai were set back early as Ishant delivered two telling blows in the fifth over, bowling Tendulkar for 14 and then getting Dinesh Karthik to spoon a simple catch to point for 0. An Imperious square-drive off Thisara Perera first ball from Rohit Sharma, followed by a nonchalant push past mid-on off the next, hinted at something special but the Mumbai captain was limited to a run-a-ball 22.
Two wickets to Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra restricted Mumbai Indians to 129 for 4, after which Shikhar Dhawan made 73 to seal a seven-wicket win.
Soon after Ishant palmed a straightforward overhead catch over the long-off boundary when Smith lofted Mishra down the ground, Rohit repeated the same shot off the legspinner and this time Ishant made no mistake. In the same over, Mishra trapped Smith lbw for 38 though replays showed he gloved the ball as he lost balance and fell over on the sweep. With that wicket, Mishra became the leading wicket-taker in the IPL surpassing Lasith Malinga's 89.
Ishant bowled a tidy 15th over to finish with figures of 4-1-15-2 and Mishra (2 for 22) allowed just five in his last, the 17th. Mumbai managed 29 in the last three overs, of which 16 came off Perera in the 20th.
Hyderabad were steered home by Dhawan after Akshath Reddy (7) and Kumar Sangakkara (21) fell playing shots. Dhawan was judicious in his selection of which deliveries to go hard at and was especially strong on the off side as he cut and drove with power. His calculated assault against Malinga was superb: he used his feet to meet the ball on the rise with the pick of the shot being an inside-out blast for four.
Dhawan's fifty needed 40 balls and he didn't slow down after the second strategic break, cutting, flicking and pulling Johnson aerially, and was always alert to doubles. Supporting him in a stand of 74 in 58 balls was Hanumi Vihari with 25.