Sunrisers v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2014, Hyderabad May 12, 2014

Rayudu, Simmons fifties in clinical Mumbai win


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

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.

Abhishek Purohit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sriram 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.

  • Ashok 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.

  • Mohammed 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,

  • Anver 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 !!!!!

  • Dummy4 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!!

  • Dummy4 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.

  • MADHUR 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

  • sam on May 13, 2014, 7:10 GMT

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

  • vas 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.

  • Dummy4 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...?