The Sunrisers Hyderabad regained the winning momentum with a successful defence of a below par 118 against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium. In short, they could.
Ankit Rajpoot ended the innings with an unforgettable spell of 4-0-14-5 fir which he was later adjudged as the "Man of the Match".
The stunning collapse: After restricting the Sunrisers to 6-132 on their home turf, the Mohali side would have had every intention of cruising to victory with Chris Gayle (23) and KL Rahul (32) posting 55 runs for the first wicket and looking at ease. The game changed with the introduction of Rashid in the eighth over.
Unfortunately for the bowler, his batsmen were unable to back up that performance, as Hyderabad were on fire with the ball. The innings was laden with three fours and one six. At 57 for 2, with only 76 required from 70 balls, it was still very much Punjab's game even if their two best batsmen had gone. With the two in-form batsmen at the top back in the hut early it was the real test for the middle order to flourish.
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Rajpoot's extra bounce and swing induced an edge from Shikhar Dhawan (11) which Karun Nair gleefully accepted at slips and then in his next over the pacer removed Wriddhiman Saha caught by Andrew Tye as the batsman went for a bad cross-batted slog. Always hard to catch under lights, but there are no excuses. Manish Pandey, who top-scored with 54 off 51, benefitted thrice. Yusuf Pathan (21) could not free his hands to the extent he would have liked as SRH only managed 132-6 with Ankit Rajpoot bagging a fifer off the last ball of the innings. From then on, Hyderabad bowlers completely dominated the game to script a memorable win. Pandey was dropped on 4 in the fourth over, off Barinder Sran by Ashwin, a steepler being put down at mid-off.
It could have been more trouble for the hosts but Tye dropped a dolly from Pandey off Rajpoot's next delivery to deny the bowler a hat-trick chance. That was off the last ball of the fifth over. Shakib Al Hasan holed out to third man and started walking towards the pavilion before he was called back as the replays showed Sran overstepping. Mayank Agarwal then reprieved Pathan.
Sunrisers have looked a balanced side with skipper Kane Williamson leading from the front with 259 runs and Kaul standing out with nine wickets in the tournament so far. Most would have expected them to wipe off 133 without much fuss.
It still didn't look enough at the halfway stage, but that's because nobody had budgeted for a miracle sequel.