The Asian Age

Chahar of Mumbai grabs 3 wickets to help team win by 13 runs against Hyderabad

Hardik hits bull’s eye twice as Mumbai run Sunrisers out

- AGE CORRESPOND­ENT

Hardik Pandya showcased his top-class fielding skills as Mumbai Indians beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 16 runs here at the M.A. Chidambara­m Stadium on Saturday.

Chasing 150, Sunrisers were bowled out for 137. Rahul Chahar and Trent Boult took three wickets each, but it was Hardik’s two crucial run-outs that changed the complexion of the match.

Sunrisers’ inexperien­ced middle-order failed to raise to the occasion once again as they slumped to their third consecutiv­e defeat.

Powerplay fetched Sunrisers 57 runs with opener Jonny Bairstow dictating the terms.

Bairstow (43 off 22 balls) who was striking the ball like a dream plotted his own downfall. The Englishman was out hitwicket while trying to paddle sweep left-arm spinner Kunal Pandya.

The required run-rate shot up as Mumbai conceded just seven runs between overs seven and 10. At the half-way mark, Sunrisers needed 77 off 60 balls.

The biggest turning point was David Warner’s dismissal. Hardik unleashed a stunning throw from point to catch Warner short of the crease. As an upset Warner (37 off 34 balls) walked back to the dressing room, Sunrisers found themselves in a familiar situation. The onus was once again on their muddling middle-order.

Vijay Shankar raised some hopes by clubbing Krunal for back-to-back sixes as the 16th over earned Sunrisers 16 runs.

The equation off 24.

Then, Hardik hit the bull’s eye yet again to run out Abdul Samad. With the pressure mounting, Vijay perished soon with Sunrisers still requiring 17 runs off seven balls.

Earlier, Kieron Pollard’s brilliant cameo powered Mumbai to a competitiv­e total of 150 for five. Pollard who was dropped on 18 by Vijay went on to frustrate Sunrisers by making 35 off 22 balls. He finished the innings with a flourish by hitting backto-back sixes of Bhuvneshwa­r Kumar in the final over.

After a solid start, Mumbai made 53 in powerplay. Warner brought Shankar into the attack and his change of pace worked wonders. Vijay dismissed Rohit Sharma (32 off 25 balls) who was looking in fine touch. became 31

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 ?? — IPL ?? Hardik Pandya (second from right) celebrates with teammates after effecting a brilliant run-out to dismiss Sunrisers’ David Warner.
— IPL Hardik Pandya (second from right) celebrates with teammates after effecting a brilliant run-out to dismiss Sunrisers’ David Warner.

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