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IPL PHOTOS: Mumbai Indians ease past champions Sunrisers

April 13, 2017 00:06 IST

IMAGE: Mumbai Indians celebrate the wicket of David Warner. Photograph: BCCI

Young guns Krunal Pandya and Nitish Rana played contrasting knocks as Mumbai Indians eased past defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad by four wickets in an Indian Premier League match in Mumbai, on Wendesday.

After younger brother Hardik Pandya's pyrotechnics against KKR, it was elder brother Krunal's turn to play a lovely cameo as his 37 off 20 balls was largely instrumental in Mumbai Indians knocking off a tricky target of 159 in overs.

Young Delhi left-hander Nitish Rana once again proved his worth as he anchored the chase with an invaluable 45 off 36 balls with the help of three boundaries and two sixes.

Krunal Pandya

IMAGE: Krunal Pandya hits a six. Photograph: BCCI

But it was the elder Pandya, who made a mockery of a target that could have been troublesome when Mumbai Indians were reduced to 111 for four in the 14th over.

Along with Rana, Krunal added 38 runs in 3.3 overs and Rana's contribution was a single. Krunal hit three fours and three huge sixes -- one each of Ashish Nehra, Ben Cutting and Rashid Khan.

It was the second victory in three matches for Mumbai Indians while Sunrisers tasted their first defeat in the 10th edition of the league.

Nitish Rana

IMAGE: Krunal Pandya hits a six. Photograph: BCCI

The target was an easy one but Mumbai did face some challenge and it was young Rashid Khan (1/19 in 4 overs) who bowled an immaculate line on a placid track. His googly fooled an experienced campaigner like Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma, who was trapped leg before wicket for four.

He bowled 12 dots and conceded a single six in his four over spell in-front of a capacity crowd.

Credit should be given to Rana for hitting Mustafizur Rahaman behind the square for a six and also effortlessly lofted Deepak Hooda's friendly off-break into cow-corner stand to keep Mumbai in touch with the scoring rate in the middle overs

Harbhajan Singh

IMAGE: Harbhajan Singh celebrates after taking the wicket of David Warner. Photograph: BCCI

Earlier, David Warner's 49 and Shikhar Dhawan's 48 were the significant contributions in an otherwise modest 158 for eight on batting friendly conditions at the Wankhede Stadium.

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh opened the bowling taking two for 23 while Jasprit Bumrah bowled brilliantly at the death getting three for 24 in his quota of four overs. Warner blasted his way to 49 off 34 balls, with the help of two sixes and seven fours, while his opening partner Dhawan made 48 in 43 balls as the two left-handers put on 81 for the first wicket in just over 10 overs.

Harbhajan, who opened the bowling had fantastic figures of two for 23 in four overs while Bumrah was once again brilliant at the death taking three for 24 in four overs.

The Hyderabad batting suffered once Warner was dismissed by Harbhajan in the 11th over as wickets fell regularly thereafter with only Ben Cutting (20), from the rest, reaching double figures.

Warner and Dhawan made a cautious start and then accelerated during the later stages once they got their eye in. David Warner

IMAGE: David Warner hits out. Photograph: BCCI

The first two overs from Harbhajan and Malinga yielded just four runs before Sunrisers captain Warner struck the off-spinner for a couple fours through the off-side.

The first six overs of Powerplay produced 34 runs and that too after the Sunrisers skipper Warner hit Malinga behind the wicket for two fours on either side.

The seventh over from McClenaghan was very productive with 15 runs coming off it.

With the run-rate picking up, 75 runs were on board after 10 overs but then the visitors lost four wickets in the next five overs to lose the initiative.

It took a stunning, full length diving catch by wicket keeper Parthiv Patel after he ran some yards to his left to send back Warner off Harbhajan when the batsman attempted a switch hit and provide Mumbai with the breakthrough in the 11th over.

Shikhar Dhawan

IMAGE: Shikhar Dhawan is bowled by Mitchell McClenaghan. Photograph: BCCI

Warner had struck a stunning six off a similar shot to the previous ball from the off-spinner who got his revenge immediately.

The crafty Harbhajan then picked up the wicket of Deepak Hooda (9) in his last over after changing ends as the batsmen went for a slog sweep trying but was caught at long-on.

McClenaghan got rid of Dhawan in the next over with a full toss that the batsman missed and got castled and after 15 overs the visitors were 118 for three.

When Yuvraj Singh got out cheaply to Hardik Pandya, Mumbai Indians looked well in control with the Sunrisers under check at 123 for four in the 16th over.

Ben Cutting made a quick-fire 20 in ten balls with four fours but there was none to provide a late thrust once he was yorked by Bumrah who then scalped Naman Ojha and Rashid Khan too in the final over.

With Mumbai bowlers on top, only 18 runs were scored in the last three overs.

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