Sunrisers Hyderabad v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2013, Hyderabad May 1, 2013

Bowlers, Dhawan extend Sunrisers home run

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Sunrisers Hyderabad 130 for 3 (Dhawan 73*) beat Mumbai Indians 129 for 4 (Ishant 2-15, Mishra 2-24) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

This was a clash between the IPL's most powerful line-up and its most effective attack. Here was a line-up that had had just one failure in nine games. Here was an attack that was still to concede more than 130 at home. The Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers kept their home run going, stopping Mumbai Indians just short of 130 on a slow pitch which the visiting batsmen could never get going on, despite losing only four wickets. Shikhar Dhawan guided the chase single-handedly, peppering both square boundaries as he motored to his second fifty in three innings.

Apart from the pitch and the home attack, what went against Mumbai Indians was that they lost their four wickets in groups of two each, sucking out whatever momentum they had managed to build on both occasions. The first time it happened, a start of 32 in 4.2 overs was squandered. The second time, two batsmen, Dwayne Smith and Rohit Sharma, who had spent enough time in the middle to have assessed the wicket, fell in the same over.

It was Ishant Sharma who began Sunrisers' dominance. Sachin Tendulkar had whipped and lofted Dale Steyn for successive fours but Ishant's short of a good length stuff was to prove difficult to time. Tendulkar backed away and missed one that nipped in from that length. Two balls later, the in-form Dinesh Karthik reached for one that wasn't quite there for the drive, and sliced it to backward point.

As he usually does, Dwayne Smith took his time in the Powerplay but unlike normally, he found the runs weren't coming even during the middle overs. Ishant was bowling a superb line and length, and the two legspinners, Amit Mishra and Karan Sharma, were getting grip and turn.

Smith was dropped by Ishant at long-off in Mishra's second over but got a poor decision in the bowler's next, given out lbw after gloving an attempted sweep onto the pads. Four balls later, Rohit mishit in front of long-off and this time, Ishant made no mistake.

Ambati Rayudu and Kieron Pollard had seven overs to go, and managed to last till the end, but as evidence of how accurate the Sunrisers bowlers were, the partnership went over run a ball only twice in those overs.

Steyn came back well after an expensive opening over, signing off with six full and low balls in his last over. Thisara Perera wasn't far behind apart from the 20th over that went for 16, finding swing on his full deliveries.

Mumbai Indians don't have a bad attack at all, but Dhawan is not in bad form either after that Test debut against Australia. A chase of 130 could easily have got close - Sunrisers defended 126 here against Pune Warriors - but Dhawan was in a different mood.

Pragyan Ojha created some pressure, giving just 18 in four overs, but Sunrisers broke away in the 12th over as Rohit tried Smith. Dhawan and Hanuma Vihari took 15 off Smith's mediums. Dhawan bossed the attack after that, cutting, pulling and lofting over extra cover at will to end the game with a couple of overs left.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • espn12933223 on May 2, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    The strategy of batting first against SRH is surprising, especially on home ground. It is mind-boggling if a strong batting unit adopts it. SRH have a weak batting lineup, with only two batsmen to fear - Dhawan and Perera. Knock these two over and chances are that SRH will post a low total. Even with their strong bowling, chasing a total of 130-140 should be better because you can pace your innings knowing the target. Even if some of your batsmen score slowly, it is fine as long as ther are couple of big overs. This is what SRH typically do, with Vihari, Sangakara, Redy etc batting slowly to accumulate, and Perera to employ some big hits to chase low totals. With Dhawan and Sammy coming in there is more strength in batting but not much. Put some pressure and watch them crack.

  • NareshPodi on May 2, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Akshath is slowing the runrate in the powerplay overs.. There is no power in him to hit massive ones..

  • sachin_vvsfan on May 2, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    @deadite11 , @Suresh Reddy You guys forgot one important mention. Steyn!! I think MI will get him next season(Just like how they grabbed most DC players). I think DC gave away many players (like KP to delhi) for financial reasons. But SRH might not do that .You never know MI is like Ferrari F1 team and unfortunately spilling money just doesn't win always.

  • AravindxD on May 2, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    @kingowl a world class bowler is someone who must bowl well in any kind of wicket if a bowler cannot bowl on slow sluggish Indian wickets then he is not a world class bowler.If the so called Indian mediocre bowlers are able to bowl on slow wickets that do not support them,then why can't your so called world class bowler bowl well on the wickets.Foreign players must adjust to the conditions in India you can't expect the same wicket as they get in their respective home conditions.If a subcontinental player plays in Australia,they are not gonna get a rank turner,it would basically be a green top and he is gonna struggle for a while.If a sporting wicket is a wicket the has green top and supports your team's bowlers , then for those in the subcontinent it is rank turner that supports our bowlers.People are just making excuses since their countries bowlers are not able to bowl well on these Indian wickets and are getting hammered . ESPN CRICINFO pls publish

  • sichu_emerald on May 2, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    @ibbani: I understand your frustrations mate, CSK too good a team to beat, so you are very jealous of their placement and MI has lot of fire power, and they can beat any team any day...boasting Wankhade as thier fortress... and unfortunately today SRH only because of a bull dozer "Gabbar" Singh, the team has crossed over the line...otherwise it was MI who would've had 2 points in their belt.

    Take note of it please, the finalists will be CSK V MI...I am very sorry if it hurts you and I cant help it mate. :( P

  • Galle.Fort on May 2, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    I don't believe Sanga is a bad choice. Because he is a better captain and he has the ability to rotate the strike but White hasn't have the ability to do that. SRH has good bowling unit there for they don't need to much strikers. Sanga isn't really good t20 player but he can do anything he want. SRH don't have any experience indian batsman and it is one of failure. But now Dhawan is available. There for now they are strong team and young players gaining confident to performing. CSK is the most balance team in all IPL seasons.

  • dummy4fb on May 2, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    What is Akshath Reddy doing in the team? Dhawan would have been runout earlier in the innings because of him. Bring Parthiv back!

  • sunnu308 on May 2, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    Why talk about ex CSK staff. He was part of CSK for only 1st season i believe. When he was selector he was not even in CSK side. Dont take credit out of Hydrabad

  • hawk707 on May 2, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    Is the number of wickets taken also under consideration together with number of runs per overs when calculating run rate? Or else bowlers' effort will be completely ignored. IF NOT IN NEAR FUTURE WE MAY LOOSE SKILLED BOWLING FOR SURE. Justify.

  • Skilled90 on May 2, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    @why Sammy dis not bowl comments. If you had been genuinely following the team SRH in the previous match you would note Sammy had a hammy, so giving him time to recover would be the sensible thing, or do you all want him to limp andand and and and miss the next game? Some people want everything, don't even think before they comment. Also go check jp duminey health recently before asking why he is not in the team.