Sunrisers Hyderabad v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2015, Hyderabad May 17, 2015

Massive win helps Mumbai finish second


Mumbai Indians 114 for 1 (Patel 51*, Simmons 48) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 113 (Rahul 25, McClenaghan 3-16) by nine wickets

Lasith Malinga sent Shikhar Dhawan's off stump flying in the first over © BCCI

Combined figures of 5 for 33 from eight overs, bowled by Lasith Malinga and Mitchell McClenaghan, handed Mumbai Indians a place in the IPL playoffs. Mumbai ended in second place in the points table behind Chennai Super Kings, after a rousing nine-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Mumbai finished the match with 6.1 overs to spare to complete a great comeback to the season, which began for them with four consecutive defeats. Sunrisers, though, hardly turned up in their own ground despite having a head start when David Warner called correctly at the toss.

Warner's decision to bat first was a straightforward one given the sheen on the pitch, but it all fell apart in seven deliveries. Sunrisers' best batsmen this season have been Warner and his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan, by a distance.

Malinga got the ball to get under Dhawan's bat in the first over, sending him back for just 1. Next delivery, McClenaghan bounded in and got one to hurry into Warner who was caught nowhere playing the pull. The ball took a leading edge and fountained in the air, only to be gobbled up by Kieron Pollard who was coming in from point.

Malinga and McClenaghan gave away just 13 runs in the first four overs they bowled together. Eoin Morgan got a boundary off Vinay Kumar in the fifth over before McClenaghan hurried another to the batsman, this time Morgan top-edging to third man for a simple catch. McClenaghan added the wicket of Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the 17th over to finish with 3 for 16 from his four overs.

KL Rahul got a couple of fours, but then it was J Suchith's turn to stutter the home side further. In the 10th over, he first had Moises Henriques stumped for 11, before removing the out-of-form Naman Ojha for a first-ball duck, the batsman chipping to Rohit Sharma at cover. Rahul fell in the 13th over after he dragged a Harbhajan Singh short delivery on to the stumps for 25. From 61 for 6, there was very little hope remaining for the hosts.

Ashish Reddy, who was brought into the side in place of Bipul Sharma, struck the first six of the innings when he clouted Harbhajan over midwicket but he too fell the following over, caught at point. Dale Steyn knocked three fours in his 11-ball unbeaten 19 but it was never going to be enough.

Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel found three fours each in the first six overs of the small chase. Parthiv was the aggressor among the pair, adding fours quite regularly. Parthiv, though, survived a stumping chance on 34 when his opposite number Ojha couldn't gather Karn Sharma's googly in two tries, leaving Parthiv with little to do but plonk his bat back in the crease in time.

The legspinner Karn gave 22 runs in his second over, with Simmons cracking two consecutive sixes over midwicket after Parthiv had scored two fours off the second and third deliveries. Karn eventually took the wicket of Simmons, but by then, the batsman had made 48 off 44 balls with four fours and the two sixes, and with the score at 106. Parthiv remained unbeaten on 51 off 37 balls with the help of nine fours, and quite aptly, struck the winning runs in the 14th over.

Simmons and Parthiv added their second hundred-plus opening partnership of the season as Mumbai cruised to set up a clash with the table-toppers Super Kings for the first qualifier in Mumbai on May 19.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • ashok on May 20, 2015, 22:20 GMT

    Each team will has 2 to 3 v good batters and 1 to 2 v good bowlers. Sometimes it happens that (as with RBC, CSK) they have more world class batters. But its always what happens on the day that counts. Today RR was seen quite weak after initial weeks brilliance. DD and KP also boasted such a good line ups. so why didn't they perform? Most times its bigger cities that are coming out on top (CSk, KKR, MI). Would it be that more things are at stake, play with more passion, and have better management staffs? god knows.

  • Cricinfouser on May 18, 2015, 15:13 GMT

    @ IMTI MI did not won but SRH lost the match :O whats the differnce in this. MI forced the loss buddy. I would put a title to this article in another way !!


    SRH fans has to admit that fact , barring Warner & Dhawan, little contribution from Henriques and hardwork by Bhuvi , SRH is not a perfect team like Mumbai which dont depend on individuals. Yestedays result was sure after 7 balls. No other team except Punjab depends on just 4 players to win the game for them.

  • syed on May 18, 2015, 11:55 GMT

    MI did not won but SRH lost the match. I really dont like morgan, he cannot bat under pressure, his knocks came only when they were in a good position. Moses also succumbed under pressure after having a good run of form. Rahul and Ojha also cannot handle pressure. SRH needs batsman who can bat under pressure. I feel the each player should atleast perform in 4 matches out of 14 matches.

  • Venkat on May 18, 2015, 11:47 GMT

    When Australia was winning every game that they were playing in , be it a test or ODI , they were the most disliked team . Similarly , the consistency shown by CSK in every single IPL is very much to the dislike of followers from other franchise supporters. Only at Chepauk , even the opponents will be cheered for playing good cricket , as will be testified by teams from other countries. At the end of the day , we all like to see a good game of cricket . Let it not be spoiled by a distinct dislike to opposing teams.

  • ESPN on May 18, 2015, 10:37 GMT

    Bombay deserve to be in the play offs but should they have got the second position. It is not based on run rate but on one win higher than Bangalore team. If we consider matches abandoned due to rain, the better yardstick in order of preference over run rate is number of losses a team has suffered instead of wins as the criteria. BCCI should consider in future. Sundar ramaswami.

  • jayaesh on May 18, 2015, 10:34 GMT

    I agree with you @D.S.A regarding farcical IPL rules giving preference to number of wins rather than NRR, i am also in agreement with @INDIABARCAFAN : Problem is SRH has too many top order batters who either are your traditional openers plus problems are compounded when you have a batter with limited strokeplay like Vihari making the final XI and then batting at no.6, KL Rahul has the big shots but is unable to rotate strike as he has hardly played T20 cricket for Karnataka and batting him at no.5 or 6 also does not work but Rahul has potential in T20 as he can big sixes which Pujara can't.Tom Moody other day on social media was hailing Sarfaraz Khan and India's ability to produce young Cricketers but it is rather strange that SRH have not given a chance to highly talked Ricky Bhui who comes in at no.5 or 6 for Andhra, hits the ball a long distance and is a good finisher, just check his record at List A.SRH need to scout young Indian players better and then have faith in them

  • Dummy4 on May 18, 2015, 8:54 GMT

    MI vs RCB will be the best final.

  • Dummy on May 18, 2015, 8:35 GMT

    With Mc Cullum packing his bags to his country and Hussey with no magic touch of his, CSK stand no chance against the mighty MI. Can expect another performance like SRH from CSK

  • Dummy4 on May 18, 2015, 7:22 GMT

    Final will be played between MI and RCB.............

  • Dummy on May 18, 2015, 7:17 GMT

    Malinga u are a gem of a bowler ...he is the world best bowler

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