Churchgate, Mumbai -
Young guns, Nitish Rana and Krunal Pandya once again proved vital for Mumbai Indians after registering a 4 wicket win over the Sunrisers. The David Warner led Hyderabad team has continued their top for from IPL 2016 and took home 2 comfortable wins. However, the Mumbai Indians put a stop to the 'Orange Army' at the Wankhede Stadium.
SRH fail to keep up the tempo
SRH started strong, with the Warner-Dhawan duo putting on a 81 run opening stand. Both batsmen closed in on fifties but weren't able to reach their milestone figures. A combined effort by the MI bowling led by veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh collapsed the Hyderabad middle order. Ben Cutting's quick fire 10 ball 20 was the only other double-digit score in that innings. The death bowling was on the money thanks to the exploits of Jasprit Bumrah who ended up with figures of 4-0-24-3.
A target of 159 was always going to be hard to defend but with Mustafizuir Rahman back in the pace attack and the young Afghan Rashid Khan in good form, SRH would have believed they had a fighting chance. Parthiv Patel (39 off 24) once again proved why he is such an asset in the shorter format by giving Mumbai a brisk start to their innings.
Captain Rohit Sharma once again failed to please the crowd and was dismissed cheaply by Rashid Khan. This was the 3rd consecutive innings in which Rohit has got out to a leg spinner! Nitish Rana's name once again features in the top scorers with his 36 ball 45 that steadied the MI batting till the end. Krunal Pandya chipped in with a valuable knock of 37(20) and made sure there wasn't too much to do for the lower-middle order.
MI's next game is scheduled for 14th April against RCB and with Virat Kohli likely to return to the XI, Mumbai will look to strengthen their batting and make sure the likes of Gayle, AB de Villiers, Kohli and Watson don't bat them out of the game.