MI lose to SRH by 31 runs

Our woes refuse to end!

Mumbai Indians crashed to their fifth defeat in six matches after a timid batting performance saw them lose to Sunrisers Hyderabad by 31 runs at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.

The evening began on a celebratory note with ‘Birthday Boy’ Sachin Tendulkar in the house, but even the MI icon’s presence couldn’t inspire our boys as they lost a low-scoring game on a slow pitch. Electing to field, our bowlers did phenomenally well to restrict Hyderabad to 118 in 18.4 overs but the batsmen did not rise to the occasion. Apart from Suryakumar Yadav, who made 34, and Krunal Pandya, who contributed 24, no other batsman got into double figures as we were bowled out for 87 in 18.5 overs. It was our joint-lowest total in the Vivo IPL.

Evin Lewis was the first to fall after he failed to put away a ball bowled on leg. Instead, he managed to edge it to the off-side where Manish Pandey took an easy catch. He made five. Ishan Kishan fell for a duck to Mohammad Nabi and Rohit Sharma played a poor shot off Shakib Al Hasan to be caught at slip for two. A 40-run partnership between Yadav and Krunal kept us in the hunt before Rashid Khan broke the partnership by trapping Krunal leg-before wicket.

Kieron Pollard hit a six to calm the nerves but fell soon after by edging Khan to first slip where Dhawan took his second catch of the night. Yadav, too, fell playing a needless shot. The top-scorer of the match picked Khan at deep mid-wicket off the bowling of Basil Thampi.

Siddarth Kaul then hurt us more by removing Mitchell McClenaghan and Mayank Markande in an over. Khan added to the pressure by bowling a maiden over. Kaul returned to bowl the 19th and removed Hardik to virtually seal the match. Hardik made three off 19 balls. Thampi finished it off by getting last man Mustafizur Rahman.

Mumbai Indians went into the game with an unchanged line-up while Sunrisers Hyderabad brought in Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammad Nabi and Basil Thampi. Their pacer, Billy Stanlake, has been ruled out of the season with a fractured finger.

Earlier, Hyderabad got off to a flier with a flurry of boundaries, but Mitchell McClenaghan brought us right back in it with a double strike in the second over. The Kiwi unsettled Dhawan with a delivery that took the inside edge and crashed into the left-hander’s knee cap, leaving him in a lot of pain. Dhawan received medical attention but fell on the next ball by leaving an awful lot of gap between bat and pad. McClenaghan, all pumped after watching the ball hit timber, used that energy to good effect by having No. 3 batsman Wriddhiman Saha caught behind for a second-ball duck.

New man Manish Pandey raced to 16 with the help of three boundaries. His knock ranked high on aesthetics but as has been the case all season, Pandey’s inconsistency cost him dear. The right-hander’s stay at the wicket came to a tame end when he drove Hardik Pandya straight to Rohit Sharma. A horrible mix-up between Kane Williamson, who was witnessing all the mayhem from the other end all this while, and Shakib Al Hasan made it 46/4. It was Suryakumar Yadav who found the stumps with a one-bounce throw from midwicket.

Hyderabad finished the Powerplay with 51 runs, but there was more misery coming their way. Hardik got the big fish, Williamson, on the first ball of the ninth over with a beautiful delivery that seamed back in and took and the edge for Ishan Kishan to complete his second catch of the night. Williamson made 29 off 21 with the help of five boundaries.

New batsmen Yusuf Pathan and Mohammad Nabi welcomed leg-spinner Mayank Markande with a boundary each. But the youngster wasn’t going to get bogged down. Making the most by the pressure created by Krunal Pandya, who conceded just three in his first over, Markande claimed Nabi with — what else — the googly. The ball sailed through the wide gap between bat and pad and clipped the leg-stump. Nabi made 14.

Pathan kept hitting the occasional boundary but seldom found support from the other end. Rashid Khan was the next to fall, nicking Jasprit Bumrah to Kishan for just six off nine balls. Markande returned to dismiss Basil Thampi to become the first bowler to pick up 10 wickets in the season. Expectedly, he reclaimed the Purple Cap for the third time in six matches.

Siddarth Kaul became the second Hyderabad player to be run out when he fell victim to some sharp work from Hardik at point. Hyderabad went 35 balls without scoring a boundary before Pathan hit Mustafizur Rahman for the first six of the night. Pathan, who sacrificed many a single to protect the tailenders, went for another maximum but his pull off the next ball went straight to Hardik at deep midwicket to bring the curtain down. It was Hyderabad’s second-lowest score in the Vivo IPL. Their lowest — 113 — came against us in the 2015 season.

Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 118 in 18.4 overs (Kane Williamson 29, Yusuf Pathan 29; Mayank Markande 2/15, Hardik Pandya 2/20) beat Mumbai Indians 87 in 18.5 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 34, Krunal Pandya 24; Sandeep Sharma 1/9, Mohammad Nabi 1/23, Shakib Al Hasan 1/16, Siddarth Kaul 3/23, Rashid Khan 2/11, Basil Thampi 2/4) by 31 runs.