Hyderabad's captain, David Warner, thumped an unbeaten 59-ball 90 to help his side trump Mumbai by an impressive seven-wicket margin in the Indian Twenty20 competition in Hyderabad on Monday.
Warner won the toss and opted to bowl first and his decision paid rich dividends as Hyderabad's bowlers, led by Barinder Sran - who claimed three wickets - made the most of a green-tinged track that offered their fast bowlers assistance.
Mumbai, for most part, struggled to cut loose. Ambati Rayadu top scored with a 49-ball 54 and Krunal Pandya added a late 28-ball 49 to help their side post 142 in their innings. Mumbai's bowlers needed to make early in roads to help their side defend the below-par total.
Warner's opening partner, Shikhar Dhawan's horror run in the competition continued as he fell in the first over, to Tim Southee, for just two. Southee, who ended with figures of three for 24, was the pick of Mumbai's bowlers. But while most struggled to tackle the surface, Warner excelled.
Warner scored most of his runs square of the wicket as Mumbai's bowlers - barring Southee - bowled short on a track that eased out as the match progressed. Hyderabad needed to score at 7.10 from the onset to complete their first win of the competition and Warner's presence through their innings ensured they did just that.
Warner took time to get set and hit just two boundaries in the first seven overs. His 62-run stand, for the second wicket, with Moises Henriques helped put Hyderabad in command. Warner's fifty came from just 42 balls and included five fours and a six. All his boundaries against the quicks, apart from a big six down the ground off Jasprit Bumrah, came against the short ball.
The constant flow of runs ensured Hyderabad ended the chase with 15 balls to spare. Warner clubbed Mitchell McClenaghan for two sixes in the 18th over to complete the win. In all, Warner had hit seven fours and four sixes in his match-winning knock.
"I'll put it down to the bowlers. I asked them during the meetings to execute and back their plans. With two batsmen in, it looked like we could be chasing 160. The key thing today was the ball actually swung for 20 overs. Just about me playing my game, I got dropped again, and that ball normally deceives me, has been a theme throughout my career," Warner said.