DUBAI- In the 20th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014, Sunrisers Hyderabad clinched a 15-run victory over Mumbai Indians, with a blistering 78 by Kieron Pollard taking them close to the target. Hyderabad were buoyed by excellent knocks from David Warner and KL Rahul to take them to a commanding total of 172 for five in their allotted 20 overs after they were in trouble early in the game.
Rohit Sharma continued to open despite being out of sorts in this tournament. Rohit’s tentative body language at the crease reflected his poor run at the crease and almost ran out his partner Dunk of the fifth ball of the first over. Dunk got on his toes and spanked Steyn for a boundary to show why he is so highly rated in the Big Bash. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar got the first breakthrough in what was a high class display of seam bowling, castled Rohit and Mumbai were on the back-foot.
Corey Anderson was promoted up the order at number three and it was a rather risky ploy with the ball seaming around. Steyn had Anderson all at sea in the first few balls and the burly New Zealander’s nightmarish run in the IPL continued when the speed-gun sent Anderson packing with a snorter of a delivery which the batsmen tried to scoop it past short-fine leg and was safely taken by keeper Naman Ojha.
Dunk tried to calm waters at one end which resulted in a couple of boundaries of Karn Sharma. That was followed by another full-blooded whip, that went through the fingers of David Warner at covers for another boundary. Sammy had the final laugh when a straight-ish delivery hit Dunk’s pad and deflected on to his stumps to leave Hyderabad tottering at 32 for three after six overs.
Hyderabad captain Shikhar Dhawan sensed blood and brought Dale Steyn for his third over. Steyn was at steaming in at a furious pace and another wicket should have fallen when a nervous prod from Ambati Rayudu nearly found Darren Sammy at first slip. Sammy should have tried harder and it Hyderabad should have had their third wicket. After a rather slow start, Kieron Pollard drove a couple of boundaries off Karn Sharma with the required run-rate mounting with every passing delivery. The spinners were tidy in the middle overs though, not giving much away. It was epitomised by Pollard trying to kick the ball to the fence of consecutive dot balls.
With the required run-rate touching 12, the Mumbai Indians were in need of inspiration and Kieron Pollard answered Mumbai’s prayers by smoking one over mid-wicket for a boundary and bludgeoning two massive sixes that comfortably crossed the boundary ropes despite mistiming those deliveries. Yet another boundary ensued and 19 came of the Mishra. The 14th over from Karn Sharma saw Pollard at ease at the crease with an enormous six over long on. Rayudu also got on the act and hit the leg-spinner for a four down the ground and Mumbai firmly in the reckoning for chasing down the total.
Hyderabad found an unlikely source in Irfan Pathan to break the partnership that was threatening to take the game away from the men in orange.
After the second strategic time-out the full wrath of Pollard willow was in full cry against Amit Mishra. Pollard first creamed two over-pitched deliveries by the leg spinner in the upper tier of the stands and creamed two quicker one down the ground for another six and a boundary that left every fielder unmoved. 27 runs came of the over and Mumbai wrested the initiative for the first time in the game. Hyderabad were under the cosh for the first time and Steyn was brought into the attack for the 18th over and immediately got Aditya Tare’s wicket with the batsmen trying to dab the ball past short third-man. Wicket-keeper Naman Ojha took a safe catch.
Bhuvaneshwar shrugged off a dubious wide that was awarded by umpire Kumar Dharmasena to bowl a tardy over and and heap pressure on Harbhajan Singh. Harbhajan tried a wild slash and only found Shikhar Dhawan at cover point. With Mumbai needing 20 of the last over and Irfan Pathan handed the ball in the last over and like it was a message to the selectors, Irfan sent Pollard back to the pavilion, yorking the West Indian off a scorcher. The final deliveries were equally impressive and only gave away a measly four runs to give Hyderabad their second win of IPL 2014 and inflicting Mumbai their fifth straight defeat.
A Finch c Dunk b Khan 16
S Dhawan c Harbhajan b Khan 6
K Rahul c Gautam b Malinga 46
D Warner c Gautam b Anderson 65
DJG Sammy c Pollard b Anderson 10
N Ojha not out 10
I Pathan not out 1
EXTRAS: (lb 5, w 12, nb 1) 18
TOTAL: (5 wickets; 20 overs) 172
FOW: 1-21, 2-38, 3-149, 4-161, 5-162
BOWLING: Z Khan 4-0-26-2, SL Malinga 4-0-28-1, PP Ojha 3-0-43-0, Harbhajan Singh 4-0-16-0, KA Pollard 4-0-36-0, CJ Anderson 1-0-18-2
B Dunk b Sammy 20
R Sharma b Kumar 1
C Anderson c Ojha b Steyn 1
A Rayudu c Warner b Pathan 35
K Pollard b Pathan 78
A Tare c Ojha b Steyn 7
Harbhajan c Dhawan b Kumar 1
C Gautam not out 4
Z Khan not out 1
EXTRAS: (b 2, lb 1, w 6) 9
TOTAL: (7 wickets; 20 overs) 157
FOW: 1-6, 2-8, 3-31, 4-108, 5-146, 6-149, 7-153
BOWLING: DW Steyn 4-0-20-2, B Kumar 4-0-17-2, KV Sharma 4-0-33-0, DJG Sammy 2-0-20-1, A Mishra 4-0-54-0, IK Pathan 2-0-10-2
UMPIRES: HDPK Dharmasena (SL), M Erasmus (SA)
TV UMPIRE: S Ravi (Ind)
MATCH REFEREE: AJ Pycroft (Zim)