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IPL 2016 – SRH vs MI: Warner Powers SRH To Maiden Win

By on April 19, 2016

Sunrisers Hyderabad 145 for 3 (Warner 90*, Southee 3-24) beat Mumbai Indians 142 for 6 (Rayudu 54, K Pandya 49*, Sran 3-28) by seven wickets…

David Warner was not at his assertive best in Match 12 of the 2016 Indian Premier League against Mumbai Indians, but the Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper did more than enough with the bat to hand his team their first win of the tournament with a brilliant unbeaten 59-ball 90-run knock at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad on Monday.

After a disciplined bowling attack from SRH restricted MI to 142 for six, Warner carried the team on his shoulders on a wicket where stroke-making did not come easy and took his team home with seven wickets in hand and 15 balls to spare.

The win opened SRH’s account in IPL after three matches, while MI crashed to their third defeat in four games despite Ambati Rayudu scoring a fifty in his 100th IPL game and Tim Southee claiming three wickets. Barring Southee, none of the MI bowlers posed any kind of threat to the SRH batting line-up, especially to Warner, and it was a case of overcoming the slow nature of the Uppal track than the MI bowlers for the home team.

IPL 2016 - SRH vs MI: David Warner

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In defense of 142, Southee provided MI with the perfect start when the New Zealander cleaned up Shikhar Dhawan with a brutal yorker in the first over of SRH’s innings.

Dhawan departed for two extending his poor run with the bat since ICC World T20 this year, but Warner did not allow MI to take charge of the proceedings, hitting Mitchell McLeanghan for a six and a four in the very next over. Southee though bowled well while McLenaghan and Jasprit Bumrah ensured that Warner was kept under check in the early going.

One down Moises Henriques started slowly and at the halfway stage, SRH managed only 66 runs with Warner scoring the bulk of the runs. Henriques perished in the 11th over, when a returning Southee got a fuller delivery to just move away after pitching, forcing Henriques to nick it to wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel.

In walked Eoin Morgan and his primary objective was to get Warner on strike and he did what was needed. Warner proceeded to his 25th IPL fifty off 42 balls and despite losing Morgan for 11 to Southee, the Australian upped the ante and scored his next 40 runs in just 17 balls.

Deepak Hooda helped himself to a couple of fours and eased some pressure of his skipper and Warner then finished the game in style hitting McLeanghan for two sixes in the 18th over to hand his team two points.

Earlier, after being put in to bat MI’s newest recruit Martin Guptill (2) failed to set the stage on fire on his IPL debut falling to Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the first over of the match. But Ambati Rayudu’s 49-ball 54-run knock and Krunal Pandya’s quickfire 49* off 28 balls ensured that MI finished with a respectable total on the board.

SRH bowlers had started off well reducing MI to 43 for 3 by the eighth over and ended strongly giving away just 31 runs in the final five overs. Bhuvneshwar was the pick of the SRH bowlers returning a miserly spell of 4-0-17-1, while Mustafizur Rahman again impressed in the death overs. Barinder Sran reaped the rewards for his counterparts’ effort finishing with three wickets.

After losing Parthiv Patel (10) to Sran and Rohit Sharma (5) to a run-out early on, MI rallied courtesy a 63-run stand for the fifth wicket between Rayudu and Krunal Pandya. Pandya, who came in after the fall of Jos Buttler (11), tonked spinner Bipul Sharma for three consecutive sixes in the 14th over that went for 26 in total to build some sort of momentum for his team.

13 runs came of the next over bowled by Mustafizur, but when it looked MI might finish strong, Bhuvneshwar and Mustafizur bowled two tidy overs to derail the momentum. Rayudu perished to Sran in the 18th over, while Mustafizur got rid of Hardik Pandya in the next. Bhuvneshwar bowled a tidy last over giving away just six runs as MI ended at 142/6, which eventually proved a bit too less for Warner and Co.

Source: Times Of India

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