After suffering two consecutive losses, Sunrisers Hyderabad finally managed to register their first points in the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) following an emphatic seven-wicket win over Mumbai Indians at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium on 18 April.
Skipper David Warner anchored the run-chase for Hyderabad who notched up the paltry total of 142 runs with 15 balls to spare. The swashbuckling left-hander recorded his second half-century this season and remained unbeaten at 90 runs.
The Aussie opener got his side close to the total and then took calculated risks to see them through. His 59-ball knock was decorated with seven flamboyant fours and four towering sixes. Young Deepak Hooda provided adequate support to his captain with a crucial cameo of nine-ball 17.
The hosts suffered an early blow in their chase as their opener Shikhar Dhawan (2) continued to struggle against the new ball. Moises Henriques (20) tried to stitch a partnership with Warner but the right-hander was sent back to the pavilion by Tim Southee in the 11th over.
Eoin Morgan (11), too, couldn't stay at the crease for long as Southee got the better of the England captain in the 15th over. However, an exciting 45-run partnership off 19 balls between Warner and Hooda sealed the game for Hyderabad.
Defending champions Mumbai never appeared in control of the game today. Barring Southee's spell of 3-24, none of the Mumbai bowlers looked threatening against the batting might of Hyderabad. Mitchell McClenaghan (0-33), Harbhajan Singh (0-38) and Hardik Pandya (0-29) conceded over nine runs an over for their side.
If their bowling looked disappointing, Mumbai's batsmen were also not up to the mark. The star-studded lineup comprised of Martin Guptill (2), Parthiv Patel (10), Rohit Sharma (5) and Jos Buttler (11) failed to make their presence felt today.
The visitors lost their first four wickets for a mere 60 runs and if it wasn't for Ambati Rayudu (54) and Krunal Pandya (49*), Mumbai would have found themselves with a much lower total.
Hyderabad's bowling unit justified their captain's decision to field first with an impressive showing. Barinder Sran was the pick of the bowlers for the home side with influential figures of 3-28 in his spell of four overs.
The victory has now propelled Hyderabad to the sixth spot, while Mumbai find themselves at the seventh position with three losses in four games.
Here's a look at some of the key statistics from the IPL 9, Match 12 between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians:
- Sunrisers Hyderabad David Warner has now scored 3,089 runs while chasing in T20s - the second highest by any batsman. Chris Gayle, with 4747 runs, is the only batsman ahead of Warner.
- Sunrisers Hyderabad scored 33 runs in the powerplay - the third lowest in an innings in the IPL this year. It is also the joint third-lowest powerplay score of the home team at this venue.
- David Warner has now recorded fifty-plus scores on 28 occasions in T20 run-chases. He is only behind Chris Gayle who has achieved the feat 40 times.
- Bipul Sharma's last over for Sunrisers Hyderabad went for 26 runs - the second most-expensive over in the IPL this year. Hyderabad's Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who conceded 28 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore, holds the infamous record for the most expensive over this season.
- Sunrisers Hyderabad recorded their first win against Mumbai in the IPL since 2014. They have lost their last three matches against Mumbai.
- In his last ten run-chases in the IPL, David Warner boasts of five fifty-plus scores at an average of 42 and a strike-rate of 160.16.