Sunrisers v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2014, Hyderabad

Rayudu, Simmons fifties in clinical Mumbai win

The Report by Abhishek Purohit

May 12, 2014

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Hattangadi: Pathan's over cost Sunrisers

Mumbai Indians 160 for 3 (Rayudu 68, Simmons 68) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 157 for 3 (Finch 68, Warner 55*) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Lendl Simmons and Ambati Rayudu hit half-centuries to lead Mumbai Indians to an emphatic win over Sunrisers Hyderabad. The victory, Mumbai Indians' third in nine matches, kept the defending champions' campaign barely alive. Sunrisers Hyderabad were tied down after choosing to bat for all but the last two overs of their innings. David Warner helped his side take 33 off those two to push the total to 157, but it hardly mattered, as Simmons and Rayudu put on 130 runs for the second wicket in 14.3 overs to haul Mumbai Indians home with eight balls to spare.

Mumbai Indians lost CM Gautam second ball of the second over to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, but Simmons and Rayudu kicked on after a sedate start. The release came when Irfan Pathan was brought on following a couple of tight overs each from Dale Steyn and Bhuvneshwar. Simmons, who had tried to slog Steyn without success, found Irfan's pace to his liking, and slammed him for a couple of sixes and a four.

Lendl Simmons plays off the back foot, Sunrisers Hyderabad v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2014, Hyderabad, May 12, 2014
Lendl Simmons made 68 off 50 at the top of the order © BCCI

Rayudu welcomed Amit Mishra with a charge and a straight six, and Mumbai Indians weren't looking back, with the boundaries coming regularly. Simmons did not let the legspinners settle and swung Karn Sharma for a four and a six. Rayudu gave the same treatment to Irfan as the allrounder went for 29 in two overs.

Shikhar Dhawan went back to Steyn in the 13th over but Mumbai Indians were approaching 100 by that time. Rayudu and Simmons took the fast bowler for a four each. Sunrisers had a chance in the next over but KL Rahul put down a top-edged skier off Simmons at deep midwicket with the batsman on 59 and the team score on 110. Simmons and Rayudu fell in successive overs for 68 each eventually but the game was almost over by then.

Dhawan felt Sunrisers were about 20 runs short on what he had called a good batting surface at the toss as he chose to bat. Dhawan himself scratched around for a while before being bowled by a full inswinger from Lasith Malinga. Rahul ran himself out going for a non-existent single but Aaron Finch had looked in nice touch all along.

He drove Corey Anderson crisply down the ground for fours and went after Pragyan Ojha, lofting and driving the left-arm spinner repeatedly through the off side for boundaries. Warner joined Finch and hit the odd boundary as well but the pair was not able to dominate amid some tight bowling from Harbhajan Singh and Jasprit Bumrah.

Finch holed out off Malinga in the penultimate over for 68 off 62 but Warner stepped up and launched the fast bowler for a couple of sixes. He ended the innings with successive fours off Kieron Pollard to finish on 55 off 31. Given Sunrisers' reputation of successfully defending moderate totals at their home ground, 157 did not appear to be an easy chase, but Rayudu and Simmons made it look so.

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Posted by CricketMaan on (May 13, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

While encouraging to see Rayudu and Rahane perform as expected in IPL, their struggle overseas cannot be ignored. Rayudu to some extent did show can bat in NZ, but Rahane was disappointing. With WC in NZ, can these two keep selectors, MSD and Duncan interested? I still believe Rayudu ahead of Rahane is better as the former is more sutied for shorter version while both are brilliant in the field. With likes of GG and Yuvi showing some form, a good build up to WC and games against England on green, hard pitches will test this lot of players. on the same note sad to see Irfan, Umesh all wade away so fast.

Posted by Nampally on (May 13, 2014, 13:12 GMT)

@Facebook User: The main reason for SRH loss today was the collective failure of its bowling. SRH prided itself with its economical wkt. taking bowlers. To be honest only one bowler- B. Kumar- performs consistently well in every match. Pathan has been very disappointing & is just a shadow of what he once was in his early 20's. Many Fans have criticised Dhawan's captaincy- which is poor at its best. At least last year he was a star batsmen ho scored heavily. Perhaps that was the reason he was awarded Captaincy. But he let the SRH Management down. 157 was a defendable total for SRH if only its Bowlers did their job. RH leg spin bowlers are easiest to hit if they fail in their length & direction. Mishra & Sharma gave 58 runs in 5.4 overs while Pathan gave 29 in 2 overs - 87 n 7.4 overs by these 3! With such bowling a team has no chance to defend even 200 total. That is the sad truth the SRH fans have to swallow. They face KXIP next. If the "bowling shows up" the SRH can still fight back.

Posted by eng_mdkhan on (May 13, 2014, 11:04 GMT)

Dear Pathan, I dont know if this gets through to you but I surely hope it does. Where is the Pathan of yore? It is as if we are seeing a bowler in his twilight. I strongly believe and you should too that you have a good 5 years ahead of you. With an economical run up, ability to swing and top level experience nothing stands in your way except your own belief. When I see you bowl these days at the pace you are bowling I feel you are holding back, why are you holding back? What have you got to lose? Invoke the champ within who used to make the best of batsman look ordinary, left the top orders in disarray and saw the team home be it with the bat or ball. Where is the champ everyone wants to emulate? Up the ante mate! Have faith, bowl with intent, pace and let the batsman sweat it out. Bowl like the champion you are, reassert yourself on the game and shut up your detractors. Over to you now looking forward to your response. Regards,

Posted by anver777 on (May 13, 2014, 10:23 GMT)

Irfan's lack of confident in bowling, made the chase easier & smoother for MI !!!! IP is a complete failure thus far... Sunrisers need some serious changes for next match otherwise no hopes for them..... Sammy is a T20 specialist & surprisingly he's benched for last few games in place of Henriques who had not shown anything special so far !!!!!

Posted by   on (May 13, 2014, 9:39 GMT)

@Jose Puliampatta....bro get your facts right...Ashok Dinda plays for RCB, not SRH!!! 2 overs from Irfan went for 29 yeah sure...but then he won the match for you the last time dese two met...!!! Steyn went for 21 in two, malinga went for 15 in one!!!

The luck we talk about is der with every team!!! Talk about the drop catch be Tare off Finch...two misfields that went for fours etc....!!! SRH would have been aleast a good 15 runs short!!

Posted by   on (May 13, 2014, 9:05 GMT)

This is the only way Mumbai can win, depend as little as possible on Rohit Sharma and you will never be disappointed.

Posted by MADHUR.KHOSLA on (May 13, 2014, 8:51 GMT)

MI must sack kumble and rahul sanghvi at once. These 2 were the only ones present with John Wright and Nita ambani at the player auctions. They should have guided the owners about the good local indian players. Instead they picked up very average guys like wankhede, suyal, marathe etc. John wright being a foreigner might not have known much about domestic indian players and can be given the benefit of doubt. Others like jonty, sachin, ponting & robin can't be blamed much since they were not part of MI's bidding team at the auction.

Kumble and sanghvi should be shown the door for contributing the most to MI's disastrous IPL7 campaign

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (May 13, 2014, 7:10 GMT)

Mumbai still has no chance . They have lost few too many till now.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (May 13, 2014, 6:50 GMT)

Bajji is bowling very well. His economy is good , taking crucial wickets. Why he is not considered in the death overs? What is Rohit Sharma trying to achieve by bowling Pollard in the 20th over? Pollard has been very expensive. Addition of Simmons won MI the game. His consistentcy is vital for MI's chances for a playoffs spot.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2014, 6:09 GMT)

It looks, there was something special about the number 68 in this match.

Finch:68...Simmons:68... Rayudu:68...?

Posted by   on (May 13, 2014, 5:53 GMT)

MI was lucky to win, partially thanks to the use by SRH, of the 'declining faculties' of Irfan and 'persistently erratic performance' of an over-rated Ashok Dinda.

P.S. This new format for posting comments make many of us anonymous... either a nameless 'Facebook user' or an 'Android user'. It is 'funny', to say the least, to see 'a' Facebook user arguing with 'a' Facebook user; sounding like a self-contradicting split-personality. If my understanding of its use is right (I could be wrong), it is a backward step by the best Cricket site in the world! Hope this will be published, so that web developer can correct it, or Cricinfo can give guidance to the readers in this regard. Many of us have conviction in what we are writing, and do not need to hide ourselves. Jose Puliampatta.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2014, 5:32 GMT)

Every fresh auction creates net gainers and net losers; since every team both gains and loses. MI is the WORST NET LOSER. I posted this during the match. Understandably, it didn't get published within the commentary, since it would have taken the discussion away from THE match!

The missteps continues.

1. Wrong player retentions.

2. Failed bids for right players.

3. Bidding for the wrong players.

4. Not choosing ONE right coach, who would be THE guiding light.Wright could have been right; but wrongly surrounded by a galaxy of ex-stars.

5. Wrong application of CSR, by hiring a motley crowd of retired army of support staff; God alone knows, to do what! 6. Role confusion among the "Coaching Crowd".

7. Wrong choice of the playing XI.

It its rapid move from last year's top to this year's bottom... DD is the main, perhaps only, competitor in that free-fall.

Jose Puliampatta

Posted by   on (May 13, 2014, 5:21 GMT)

may be a good change in the Mumbai as the uppal pitch is more suited for the spinners.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2014, 5:20 GMT)

If MI win all their remaining games they are through to the playoffs but if they lose 1-2 matches,they have to say goodbye to the silverware.

Posted by dave3333 on (May 13, 2014, 5:10 GMT)

Mumbai must not play ojha istead they could have played praveen kumar or must have given the new block who is waiting in the bench a game. Corry anderson must bowl with new ball and the last overs are not to be given to pollard.Either rohit sharma could get one or two overs every game or corry anderson must be given the responsibility for the last over. I think if he bowls chennai mustnt have won that easily. So little changes here and there it will work miracles for Mumbai. Dont change the opening combination which is currently gaining momentum. Gautham will come Good.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2014, 4:25 GMT)

Dhawan should not open. SRH should send a pinch hitter. Even if he falls for zero okay, he might also come off. SRH could have been 176/8 rather than 158/5 for example. Play taylor and ask Ojha to open or play Rasool for Mishra to add variety. Irfan must be given the chance to use his swing. Sad to see him used this way as he is not fast enough. The idea is right but they need some risks at the top to score more. SRH need a quick fire start and someone else to take risks rather than only Finch or Warner.

MI must play Santokie and drop Corey. Also Ojha playing is not a good idea. But they don't have another spinner?

Posted by   on (May 13, 2014, 4:12 GMT)

Rohit Sharma's reaction to the four off Pollard's fifth ball was highly unappropriate. Foul words are becoming increasingly common in the IPL. Millions of kids watch this. Players should be careful and commentators shouldnt simply say that this is the show of frustration.

Posted by class9ryan on (May 13, 2014, 3:55 GMT)

Simmons really has exceeded the expectations, great work by him to hang in there and the runs followed after that. And, this is why you want to see Rayudu ahead of Raina in the One-Day outfit.

Posted by Marcel_Ci on (May 13, 2014, 3:53 GMT)

saving warner for second half of innings or saving duminy for the same purpose shows that these teams are lacking confidence. they have fear that if these players got out early they wouldn't even score in excess of 100. wrong & coward strategy by teams....

Posted by Greatest_Game on (May 13, 2014, 3:52 GMT)

@ Facebook User. When a player like Steyn is stranded by an incompetent captain who can't bat, he will go off the boil. Champions are there to win. When they know that the dice are stacked against them, every game, frustration takes it's toll. Steyn has nothing to prove - he is already a legend. All he wants is a CHANCEn to win. With Dhawan in charge, he hasn't a hope in hell! When Pathan walks out & simply hands the game on a plate to Mumbai, is Steyn supposed to be happy and full of cheer?

Steyn can only bowl 4 overs per match. Dhawan can bat for 20. Steyn has delivered 216 balls. Dhawan has faced 149! Dhawan scores 1.14 runs per ball faced. Steyn concedes 1.14 balls bowled. Steyn's economy is excellent. Dhawan's is worse than club level poor.If the batsman cannot make more runs than an economical bowler concedes, the team cannot win.

T20 is a batsman's game. When the batsmen fail, don't blame the bowlers! Any IPL team would take Steyn. SRH could not give Dhawan away!

Posted by cricpanther on (May 13, 2014, 3:40 GMT)

Best Thing for Mumbai Indians, Chief Selectors and Player auction authorized person, appoint Dean Jones!!! One of the best person, and knew India, domestic players better than anybody else!! India won the 2011 world cup, credit also goes for Dean Jones and Nikhil Naad reporter!! Deno has gave everything whatever he can deliver at the time of world cup, tips, areas to improve for Team India indirectly!!! Why not to appoint him for Mumbai India Chief Selector!! He is the BEST!!! Take the things resolved with root cause analysis!!! Prof. Dino!!!

Posted by   on (May 13, 2014, 3:38 GMT)

SRH doent played badly...pitch is doing a bit with new ball and SRH started beautifull by getting MIs first wicket and reduce their run rate to just 4 in1st 4 over..but the 1 over from irfan pathav swings the momentum heavily towads MI

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (May 13, 2014, 2:25 GMT)

Slow horse Mumbai will win this race.. and they will be the champion

Posted by   on (May 13, 2014, 0:17 GMT)

good job by team MI.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2014, 0:15 GMT)

Simmons should be man of the match ,,, ridiculous

Posted by   on (May 12, 2014, 22:51 GMT)

Golden Rule when playing Mumbai is to always bowl first if you win the toss. They're a very good chasing side in India.

Posted by moscowman on (May 12, 2014, 22:41 GMT)

I don't know how Sunrisers hope to win with slow scoring,less than a run a ball in T20 maatches. Woefully out of form Dhawan lets Rahul at No.3. He is so slow,just hits singles and an occasional boundary.while Warner,a regular opener comes later. Darren Sammy,a big hitter is benched and Henriques is chosen!!Why? Even Finch was slow for most of the part. DD also is doing this with Duminy warmjing the benches while crawlers are sent in advance.Both captains too are out of form. And though not in this match Umpiring is woefully inadequate. Shikar has to do something,even Gambhit and Yuvi have hit form. He can't say that he plays his usual way of attacking cricket .

Posted by   on (May 12, 2014, 21:20 GMT)

MI played very well but they have to do something about their fifth bowler and ojha should be replaced by PK. A win by some good margin against KKr will see them moving at no.4 in point table. best luck MI..

Posted by Nampally on (May 12, 2014, 20:59 GMT)

SRH's over reliance & over confidence in their Bowlers really let them down very badly today. Mishra & Karn Sharma were disappointingly poor. The SRH XI could be better balanced by inclusion of an off spinner like Rasool, who is also a fine all rounder. It makes little sense to have 2 RH leg spinners when a good off spinner continues to adorn the Bench. SRH batting started so poorly with 5 off the first 2 overs of Power play! To top it, when Dhawan got out for 11 they could have brought in Warner @#3 to speed up the scoring rate. Instead Rahul scratched up 10 off 13 balls. Only 18 runs off the 20th over brought SRH some chance of making it a fight. But then all bowlers except Kumar were too generous & MI had a great slug fest, winning the match with 8 balls to spare. Rayudu & Simmons gave a though whipping to the SRH bowlers. If SRH has plans of advancing they need to win 3 remaining Home games. Last year they advanced because they were invincible on home turf. Can they repeat that?

Posted by   on (May 12, 2014, 19:26 GMT)

I dont understand the reason behind SRH batsmens struggles, truly one of the most horrible sides in batting since ipl1, feels likes their batting talent gets stolen when they play for hyd team. The team is always short of runs & expecting the bowlers to defend scored between 130-160 most games is just too much to ask in this format. Today the blame lays with finch a bit, he batted 61 balls but scored only 68 kinda pathetic for being out there that long. Even simmons today was on 1 off 10 but scored 67 off 40 balls in the match. They had wickets in hand so they couldve started trying to smash the ball from 14th over. Dhawan also needs to bat better, utilize his bowlers better. Dont bowl bhuvi steyn in tandem first 4 overs then bring in irfan/ishant/etc. Bowl steyn>Ish/Ir>bhuvi>steyn>ish/ir>bhuvi. Thats 6 overs, then bring in the spin. Time to drop rahul from the side also, send naman up the order he looks like he can score some runs. Need better batting performances, 180-190 please!!!

Posted by   on (May 12, 2014, 19:18 GMT)

Another failure for steyn and co, it was anyhow par score for srh and according to the last year's performance it should have been defended. But we all know past is past. This year the biggest difference is steyn and with his inconsistent bolling through out the tournament is no more a threat to any of the teams.although he is economical but there is no cutting edge of his balling.the worst thing is if he goes for runs he can't overcome it and there is a certainty of giving away more. As we saw one six or four can change the whole complexity of his full quote. Srh needs to work it out otherwise it would be another story of the same.

Posted by rsurya on (May 12, 2014, 18:44 GMT)

Mumbai loves Pragyan Ohja very much, Mumbai provide education for poor children and also a chance in team for poor bowlers. Pragyan Ohja replacing Praveen Kumar is a tremendous decision by the old men at advisory roles. Simmons, Tare, Rayudu, ROhit, Pollard, Corey, Baaji, Praveen, Malinga, Bumrah, Shreyas Gopal(Atleast try him instead of sure shot failure Ohja).

Posted by naudurivsm on (May 12, 2014, 18:36 GMT)

Good match !! Good to see Mumbai keep themselves alive in the race for playoffs.

The noticeable point from this match 1. The highest score by batsmen was 68 and three people scored and got out at that 68. magic number !! And Rayudu got the MOM because he scored 68 from 46? 2. Dale Steyn's frustrations 3. Rohit's outburst at the mis-fielding in the final over - do a lip study and you will laugh at what he said. :))

Posted by   on (May 12, 2014, 18:13 GMT)

Aaron finch innings was so slow one of the main reason why sunrisers lost

Posted by   on (May 12, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

Job done... Mumbai... But its too late I guess ..

Posted by   on (May 12, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

just an off day guyz for SRH!!

Posted by   on (May 12, 2014, 18:08 GMT)

Atlast a clinical performance by MI.. They placed a wrong foot oly at the start by replacing praveen kumar otherwise a great game way to go mumbai

Posted by CricketChat on (May 12, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

First useful contribution by Rayudu in a winning effort for MI in a long time. Dhawan should drop himself from the team just like several captains did in last year's IPL. His contribution has been minimal with bat this season. Also, Irfan Pathan should be replaced with a more deserving local lad. He is just a shadow of former self. I feel this year could be last for Pathan brothers in IPL.

Posted by nammunavy on (May 12, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

remove the captancy of dhawan... finch nd warner should be open the innings. sammy is the good for captancy

Posted by   on (May 12, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

Good batting from simmons and rayudu. MI got a good start they could go ahead and win this one easy. I wonder what the Simmons haters will say now two games and he ent fail yet

Posted by Nampally on (May 12, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

Slow batting by SRH has almost lost the game for them with a total of just 139 on a perfect batting wkt. Mishra & karn Sharma are so wayward today that the match is well in control of MI. Rayudu & Simmons are virtually smashing the SRH bowlers with a flood of sixers & 4's. It is the same pitch where Warner & Finch were batting with S/R closer to 110 than 140 of MI. This should be a lesson for SRH not to put a low score & expect to wim. MI will walk away with easy win.

Posted by Desi_Cric_From_Germany on (May 12, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

short of atleast 15-20 runs.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2014, 15:46 GMT)

@65247 If you see some highlights of Corey Anderson bowling, you'll see he always gets the swing with the new cherry. Its more of a misconception (or arrogance might I say) that he doesn't swings it.

Posted by 65247 on (May 12, 2014, 15:05 GMT)

in the first over of the match,even corey anderson was swinging the ball well, so obviously kumar would have got atleast some swing, poor decision to drop kumar and to bring the out of form ojha

Posted by   on (May 12, 2014, 14:40 GMT)

may be a good change in the Mumbai as the uppal pitch is more suited for the spinners.

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