Sunrisers Hyderabad continued their perfect start to the IPL 2018 campaign as they made it two wins out of two with a last-ball, one-wicket victory over defending champions Mumbai Indians on Thursday.
Playing their second-consecutive game on their home turf, Sunrisers’ bowlers once again came to the party as they restricted Mumbai Indians to 147-8 in their 20 overs. In reply, the hosts overcame a middle-order collapse before overcoming the visitors in a nail-biting finish.
Here, we look at the key talking points from the clash at Hyderabad.
ROHIT FAILS TO MAKE MOST OF REPRIEVE
Mumbai Indians would have got off to the most-disastrous-start possible were it not for a huge reprieve from Deepak Hooda. Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma played three dot balls to start off the hosts’ innings but he launched Sandeep Sharma’s fourth delivery high in the air over mid-on where Hooda made good ground to get to the ball.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad all-rounder however, failed to grasp on to the chance much to the relief of the home fans. Rohit’s joy though, was short lived as he flicked Aussie speedster Bill Stanlake straight into the hands of Shakib Al Hasan at square leg. Managing to score just 11 runs, it was a second-successive dismal outing for the skipper in the 2018 campaign after he perished for 15 in the tournament opener against Chennai Super Kings.
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SUNRISERS HYDERABAD HAVE BEST BOWLING ATTACK IN IPL
When the squad lists took shape after the IPL auctions, Sunrisers Hyderabad’s bowling attack was being touted as one of the best on paper. After their opening two matches, they are well on their way to crowning themselves as the best bowling attack in the tournament.
They had restricted Rajasthan Royals to just 125-9 in the previous match to set up a comfortable victory for the side. On Thursday, despite missing the indisputable leader of their bowling attack in Bhuvneshwar Kumar through an injury, they made Mumbai’s highly fancied batting line-up look ordinary.
With the likes of Shakib Al Hasan, Rashid Khan, Billy Stanlake and Siddharth Kaul all playing their parts to perfection, it is becoming difficult to look beyond the Sunrisers as the favourites for the title.
Sunrisers Hyderabad ALWAYS has excellent bowlers. Always. That’s who they go for in their auctions.
— Pabalo Escobar (@Fable_chubb) April 12, 2018
RASHID KHAN COTNINUES TO LIGHT UP THE IPL
Coming into the tournament, Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan was always going to be one to watch out for with his unquestionable credentials in T20 cricket. On Thursday, the teenager showed why he is so highly sought after as he put on an exhibition on how to master the art of T20 bowling.
Rashid’s express pace leg-spin was almost impossible for the Mumbai batsmen to navigate as his subtle variations kept dumbfounding them. The Afghan man bowled 18 dot deliveries in his four-over spell which is the joint highest by any spinner in IPL history.
Castling Ben Cutting’s stumps with a ripping googly, Rashid finished with excellent figures of 1-13 to give his side the upper hand.
What if no one ever figures out how to score runs off Rashid Khan? What then?
— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) April 12, 2018
MARKANDE THROWS SPANNER IN THE WORKS IN HYDERABAD’S CHASE
The home side were cruising in their chase of 148 with Shikhar Dhawan and Wriddhiman Saha going great guns at the top. Just when it looked like the hosts would run away with it, young Mayank Markande caused havoc with his leg-spin.
Playing in only his second IPL match, the 20-year-old removed Saha first up after reviewing a turned-down leg-before appeal. He then had the ominous looking Dhawan caught at the boundary ropes before deceiving Manish Pandey with the flight to make it three wickets from as many overs. He made it four in four soon after as he had Shakib chopping on to his stumps as Mumbai came roaring back into the clash.
His four strikes along with Mustafizur Rahman’s dismissal of Kane Williamson reduced the hosts to 107-5 from 62-0 to give the visitors a sniff of a chance in defending their paltry total.
Whatever the result, Mayank Markande has been simply outstanding. Two matches 7 wickets and has bamboozled some of the best players of spin. Has a great future ahead of him #SRHvMI
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 12, 2018
HYDERABAD COLLAPSE IN A HEAP AMIDST MOUNTING PRESSURE
Despite a middle-order collapse, the hosts were still looking good for a win with Deepak Hooda and Yusuf Pathan both getting off to a good start. At 136-5 with only 12 runs more to win in 15 balls, Hyderabad would have been favourites on any given day.
However, they lost the plot in 17th over with Pathan succumbing to Jasprit Bumrah’s short-ball. Rashid Khan joined Pathan in the dressing room in the very next delivery after being dismissed off a golden duck. There was more carnage to come in the 18th over as Siddharth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma both departing for ducks themselves to set up a roller-coaster of a final over.
A massive six off Hooda’s bat in the first delivery of the final over helped Hyderabad regain the edge before they won it off the final delivery of the match but not before the packed home support had been given an almighty scare.
Fantastic penultimate over from Mustafizur Rahman! Just 1 run and 2 wickets off it.
SRH are nine down. 11 needed off the final over.
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) April 12, 2018
After brilliant victories in both their matches of the campaign so far, head coach Stephen Fleming and South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis turned chefs for the rest of the camp.
New Zealand lamb chops seemed to be on the menu as off-spinner Harbhajan Singh took to Twitter to post a video of a shirtless Du Plessis donning the chef’s hat in the team hotel on Wednesday night.
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 11, 2018
The two-time IPL champions have only just returned to the competition after serving a two-year suspension. They secured a last-gasp victory over defending champions Mumbai Indians in the tournament opener before beating Kolkata Knight Riders on their homecoming in Chennai on Tuesday.
That will however be the only match to be played in front of their passionate and loyal home crowd this season after the decision was made on Wednesday to shift the franchise’s remaining games to Pune.
The decision was made due to ongoing unrest over a water dispute between the states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka that saw heavy protests outside the M.A Chidambaram stadium before the side’s clash against Kolkata Knight Riders.
The MS Dhoni-led franchise will now take on Kings XI Punjab in their next match, which will take place on Sunday at Mohali.
Rajasthan Royals continued their dominance over Delhi Daredevils in a rain-affected win.
Chasing a revised target of 71 after Royals had made 153/5 in 17.5 overs before the rain, Delhi could only managed 60/4 in reply. It was the Royals’ seventh straight win over Daredevils.
Ben Laughlin starred in the Royals’ defence of their target, taking two wickets and conceding only seven runs in his first over.
Dhawal Kulkarni’s sole over went for just four runs as well, as the Daredevils’ chase never got going. Colin Munro was run out off the first ball of the innings and Glenn Maxwell took too much time to play himself in when the required rate was over 12 an over.
The result meant a triumphant return to the Sawai Mansingh Stadium for Rajasthan following their two-year absence from the IPL.
“Good way to start at home,” Royals captain Ajinkya Rahane, who top-scored with 45 in the first innings, said after the match.
“We thought 71 was difficult to chase. When we were batting, we thought 165 to 170 would be good.”
Sanju Samson was adjudged man of the match for his 22-ball 37, which was propelling Rajasthan to that target score with ease before the match was stopped. Jos Buttler added a quick-fire 29 off of just 18 balls.
Despite the stiff target, Delhi captain Gautam Gambhir said his side had backed itself to chase it down, going by the nature of the wicket.
“It was a beautiful wicket to bat on. One of the flattest wickets,” he said. “I thought if we could contain them to 170, we had a good chance.”
That being said, Gambhir acknowledged the rain-revised score made the chase difficult.
“We had to go from ball one. There are hardly any balls, difficult for our batsmen,” he added.
It was a mixed day for the Royals’ star player Ben Stokes as his cameo of 16 off 12 balls was cut short, while he wasn’t entrusted with the ball at all during the chase.
He did, however, take a crucial catch in the final over.