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IPL 2014 – MI vs SRH: MI Batsmen Make Short Work Of SRH

By on May 13, 2014

Mumbai Indians 160 for 3 (Rayudu 68, Simmons 68) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 157 for 3 (Finch 68, Warner 55*) by seven wickets…

Well begun is half done. And for Mumbai Indians in their previous eight IPL 7 matches, they never really began well, and the result of that was the number seven position in the points table.

On Monday, against Sunrisers Hyderabad, chasing 158 to keep their hopes alive in the tournament MI finally started well courtesy Lendl Simmons and ended on the right side of the tie by seven wickets.

IPL 2014 - MI vs SRH: Ambati RayuduEven though, they lost CM Gautam in the first over, Simmons ensured that MI do not follow the usual downhill pattern, clobbering Irfan Pathan for 16 runs in the fifth over of the innings, setting the tone for a matching-winning 130-run stand off 87 balls for the third wicket with Ambati Rayudu (68).

MI had reshuffled their top three five times in eight games without much success, until Simons, who came into the MI squad as a replacement for Jalaj Saxena, arrived.

He scored a brisk run-a-ball 38 in his MI debut against CSK and versus SRH on Monday, guided MI to only their third victory with a 50-ball 68.

He started on a belligerent note putting SRH on the backfoot early on, before settling in for the crucial partnership and playing second fiddle to Rayudu. The SRH spinners – Amit Mishra and Karn Sharma – proved ineffective on home turf, the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal.

Fifties from Aaron Finch (68) and David Warner (55) went in vain as Rayudu continued his good form with the bat hitting his second consecutive fifty, reaching 68 off just 46 balls. The Shikhar Dhawan-led side were 20 runs short and the bowlers too struggled on a new Uppal track. Bhuvneshwar Kumar as usual started off with his customary wicket first up scalping Gautam, but the rest of the contingent failed to support the Purple Cap holder.

After Dhawan missed a trick by getting in Pathan to break the Bhuvneshwar Kumar-Dale Steyn partnership in the fifth over and hand MI the momentum, Pathan was introduced in the 12th over and once again, the medium-pacer, short on confidence was taken for 13 runs with Rayudu hitting a four and a six.

By the time Dale Steyn came in for his second spell, 65 was needed off 48 and when Rayudu and Simons took 12 runs off it, Dhawan was left scratching his head. From that point onwards, it was a cruise for MI culminating in a big seven-wicket win.

Veteran legspinner Mishra went for over 11 runs per over, while fellow leggie Sharma did slightly better conceding 25 off his 2.4 overs. But, it was Irfan Pathan who lost the plot getting hammered for 29 runs in his two overs. Moises Henriques chipped in with the wicket of Rayudu, but the match was all but lost by that time. Skipper Rohit Sharma then came in to finish off the game with a four to deep square leg with eight balls to spare.

Earlier, after a string of failures in IPL 7, SRH opener Finch finally came good scoring 68 runs in 61 balls, and along with his Australian counterpart, Warner, helped SRH reach a competitive total of 157 for 3.

Mumbai Indians, who got in spinner Pragyan Ojha in place of seamer Praveen Kumar for this game, leaked runs in the Powerplay and the death overs despite bowling well in the middle overs. Jasprit Bumrah (4-0-24-0) bowled exceedingly well at the death but Lasith Malinga (2/35) and Kieron Pollard (0/21) were taken for plenty, courtesy Warner’s lusty blows taking the SRH total past 150.

Finch and Warner combined for a stand of 63 runs for the third wicket that came off 54 balls, but Finch failed to get going in the slog overs. Warner, enjoying a good season batting at number four, though continued his good form clubbing 55 off 31 balls, reaching his fourth fifty of IPL 7.

Opting to bat first in their first home game this season, the Shikhar Dhawan-led side were off to a good start scoring 43 runs in the Powerplay overs, despite losing the skipper for 11 in the fifth over to Malinga, castled by a half volley.

Finch who had got starts in almost all the games, looked in good touch, starting off with a sweetly-timed punch of the backfoot off Corey Anderson, who opened the bowling for MI.
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By the time Dhawan departed, the Australian was batting on 17 with the help of three fours and when Ojha was introduced into the attack, Finch greeted the spinner with a six and a four in his first over. Ojha’s second over too was dispatched for runs with Finch again clobbering a four and six. The boundary was a well-timed drive to the offside while the six, a massive inside out drive off a tossed up delivery.

On 46, Finch lost KL Rahul (10) to Ojha and the run-rate dipped a bit between 10th and the 15th over. Harbhajan Singh, who had bowled well against CSK, again bowled a probing spell offspin (4-0-27-0) and had Finch in trouble on many occasions.

David Warner, who had joined Finch at the fall of Rahul’s wicket, took his time to settle but soon took over the run-scoring duties. The duo never really went all guns blazing, but was successful in rotating the strike and hitting the odd boundary. Malinga was good in patches and got the wicket of Finch as well, when the opener was holed out at long-off in the 19th over. But overall, the Sri Lankan had a bad day in the office.

After this win, MI rise to sixth in points table while SRH remain fifth with eight points after nine games.

Source: gocricket

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