Chasing 151, SRH were off to a flying start with skipper David Warner (37; 34b, 2×6, 2×4) and Jonny Bairstow (43; 22b, 4×6, 3×4) racing to 67 in just 44 balls before the Mumbai Indians bounced back by getting both the openers.
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While Bairstow, in a freak dismissal, treaded on to his stumps, moving too deep in his crease while trying to sweep Krunal Pandya, Manish Pandey perished to another poor shot, spooning leggie Rahul Chahar to Kieron Pollard at long off. To make things worse for the Sunrisers, Warner was then run out while going for a tight single as Hardik Pandya fired in a superb direct hit from backward point.
01:11IPL 2021: Mumbai Indians beat Sunrisers Hyderabad to go top
Having taken four for 27 in the last game, Chahar delivered a double strike for MI in the 15th over, scalping his second wicket as Virat Singh lofted a wide delivery to Suryakumar Yadav at long off, and then a third as Abhishek Sharma swept him straight to Adam Milne at deep square leg.
The leggie finished with 3/19 in four overs, with pacers Trent Boult (3/28) and Jasprit Bumrah (1/14 in four overs) being brilliant as well. As the Sunrisers folded up for 137 in the final over, a big role was played by Hardik, who pulled off two sensational direct hits to run out Warner and Abdul Samad.
IPL 2021, Match 9: Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Sunrisers Hyderabad failed in their chase for the third straight time in the Indian Premier League as defending champion Mumbai Indians won by 13 runs on Saturday. (PTI Photo for IPL)
Local boy Vijay Shankar produced a good all-round performance, taking 2/19 in three overs and then scoring 28 off 25 balls, including two sixes, but it wasn’t enough to steer the Sunrisers home.
Earlier, Kieron Pollard bludgeoned sixes off the final two balls of the innings by Bhuvneshwar Kumar to take the Mumbai Indians to 150 for five.
In a T20 game, though, a small mistake can even cost you the match. Offered a sitter at deep mid-wicket by Pollard, when he was batting on 18 in the 18th over, Shankar made a mess of the golden opportunity, as he let the ball slip through his hands, leaving Khaleel Ahmed deprived of a certain wicket.
Pollard, smashed Mujeeb ur Rehman onto the roof of Chepauk with a ferocious pull in the 17th over. It was Pollard’s 200th six in the IPL, and at 105 metres, the biggest of this edition so far.