Harbhajan returned for his second spell to dismiss Warner and end the threatening stand.
Mumbai: Defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad crashed to their first defeat of IPL-10, going down to Mumbai Indians by four wickets at Wankhede Stadium here on Wednesday.
Defending a less than ideal 158, Hyderabad were stalled by a series of partnerships down the MI order. It still however, needed a late thrust from Mumbai’s fifth-wicket partnership of 38 between Nitish Rana (45, 36b, 3x4, 2x6) and Krunal Pandya (37, 20b, 3x4, 3x6) to boost the chase.
Parthiv Patel (39, 24b, 7x4) set a good platform alongside Jos Buttler but Hyderabad struck twice in quick succession through spin sensation Rashid Khan and old warhorse Ashish Nehra to peg them back before a fiery blast from Pandya took the hosts home with eight balls in hand.
Earlier, Mumbai’s bowlers started tightly and ended clinically to restrict Hyderabad to 158/8 as Jasprit Bumrah (3/24) showed yet again how good he is with the old ball at the death.
Sunrisers openers David Warner (49, 34b, 7x4, 2x6) and Shikhar Dhawan (48, 43b 5x4, 1x6) set the platform with an 81-run stand in 62 balls. However the visitors innings stuttered before Ben Cutting gave it some momentum with a 10-ball 20. But Bumrah and Lasith Malinga (1/30) were on the money at the end to give nothing away.
The visitors had a quiet powerplay managing just 34 runs with Warner doing the bulk of scoring with 26 and Dhawan consuming 15 balls for his seven. Malinga and Bumrah bowled tightly after Harbhajan Singh (2/23) had started the proceedings.
Dhawan though found his touch with two boundaries and a six of Micthell McClenaghan (1/42) in the seventh over. The visitors raised the ante with both Warner and Dhawan treating McClenaghan with disdain and also going after the Pandya brothers Hardik and Krunal.
Harbhajan returned for his second spell to dismiss Warner and end the threatening stand. Warner unleashed a switch hit for six but mistimed another and Patel took a stunner at full stretch. Harbhajan later dismissed Deepak Hooda also to cap an impressive spell.
The runs dried up as Dhawan was cleaned up by McClenaghan and Yuvraj fell in similar fashion to Hardik.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: S. Dhawan b McClenaghan 48, D. Warner c Patel b Harbhajan Singh 49, D. Hooda c Pollard b Harbhajan Singh 9, Yuvraj Singh b H. Pandya 5, B. Cutting b Bumrah 20, N. Ojha c Pollard b Bumrah 9, V. Shankar c Rana b Malinga 1, Rashid Khan c & b Bumrah 2, B. Kumar (not out) 4, A. Nehra (not out) 0. Extras: (lb 5, w 5, nb 1) 11. Total: (for 8 wkts, in 20 overs) 158.
FoW: 1-81, 2-105, 3-114, 4-123, 5-146, 6-147, 7-153, 8-155.
Bowling: Harbhajan 4-0-23-2, Malinga 4-0-30-1, Bumrah 4-0-24-3, McClenaghan 4-0-42-1, Hardik 3-0-22-1, Krunal 1-0-12-0.
Mumbai Indians: P. Patel c Kumar b Hooda 39, J. Buttler b Nehra 14, R. Sharma lbw b Rashid Khan 4, N. Rana b Kumar 30, K. Pollard c Dhawan b Kumar 11, K. Pandya c Cutting b Bhuvneshwar 37, H. Pandya not out , Harbhajan Singh not out
Extras: (lb 3, w1) 4
Total: (for 6 wkts, in 18.4 overs) 159
FoW: 1-28, 2-41, 3-79. 4-111, 5-149, 6-155
Bowling: Kumar 4-0-21-3, Nehra 4-0-46-1, Khan 4-0-19-1, Rahman 2.4-0-24-0, Hooda 2-0-18-1, Cutting 2-0-18-0