Mumbai, April 12 (IANS) Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) squandered a great opening start before falling apart to post 158/8 against Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match at the Wankhede Stadium here on Wednesday.
From a comfortable 105/1 after the 13th over, the visitors lost seven wickets within a span of 53 runs to completely lose the track in the slog overs.
Put in to bat, Sunrisers were off to a steady start with skipper David Warner (49) and Shikhar Dhawan (48) putting on 81 runs before the Australian fell one short of his half century.
Mumbai started well with the experienced Harbhajan Singh and Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga giving away just five runs from the first couple of overs.
Warner broke the shackles in the third over with two consecutive boundaries off Harbhajan before milking Malinga for another two after the Lankan changed ends.
Dhawan, who by now had faced 16 balls for his seven runs, opened up with two fours and a six off Australian pacer Mitchell McClenagan as Hyderabad crossed the 50-run mark in the eighth over.
Coming back for his second spell, Harbhajan’s first ball was powerfully muscled over the third man boundary by a right-handed Warner for a mammoth six before the 36-year-old tweaker came back strongly the very next ball to dismiss the Aussie.
Warner, who had faced 34 balls and struck seven boundaries and two sixes by then, got a top-edge while attempting another reverse-sweep as wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel dived full length to complete a stunning catch at short point.
Two overs later, Harbhajan returned to bowl his final over and struck first ball with the wicket of Deepak Hooda (9), caught by Keiron Pollard at long-on.
In the very next over, McClenaghan provided the vital breakthrough in the form of a set Dhawan, crashing his leg-stump with a full toss after the southpaw faced 43 balls and sent the ball five times to the fence and once over it.
Next in, Yuvraj Singh (5) failed to recreate the magic he produced in the opening match of this IPL against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) when he played on a short of length delivery from Hardik Pandya.
Aussie all-rounder Ben Cutting (20) struck four boundaries during his brief stay which was ended by a full and dead yorker from medium pacer Jasprit Bumrah before slinger Malinga picked Vijay Shankar (1) to reduce the visitors to 147/6.
The final over saw Bumrah getting another couple of wickets — Naman Ojha (9) and Rashid Khan (2) — as Hyderabad failed to seize the momentum in the death overs.
Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 158/8 (David Warner 49, Shikhar Dhawan 48, Ben Cutting 20, Jasprit Bumrah 3/24, Harbhajan Singh 2/23) vs Mumbai Indians.