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IPL 2017: Mumbai too hot for Hyderabad to handle, lose first match of season

Mumbai Indians rode on an all-round effort to comfortably beat defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad by four wickets in their IPL 2017 encounter at Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday

Mumbai Indians' Nitish Rana in action during the IPL match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Mumbai on Wednesday. PTI
Mumbai Indians' Nitish Rana in action during the IPL match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Mumbai on Wednesday. Pic/PTI

Mumbai Indians beat defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad by four wickets in an Indian Premier League encounter at Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday.

Chasing a victory target of 159, Mumbai achieved the target in 18.4 overs with youngster Nitish Rana scoring 45 and veteran keeper Parthiv Patel scoring 39 off 24 balls. Rana's innings comprised of three fours and two sixes.

Krunal Pandya also played an attractive knock of 37 off only 20 balls.

Veteran Harbhajan Singh and young fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah put the brakes on the Sunrisers restricting them to 158 for 8 after a solid opening start.

Warner blasted his way to 49 off 34 balls, with the help of two sixes and seven fours, while his opening partner Dhawan made 48 in 43 balls as the two left-handers put on 81 for the first wicket in just over 10 overs.

Harbhajan, who opened the bowling had fantastic figures of 2/23 in four overs while Bumrah was once again brilliant at the death taking 3/24 in 4 overs. 

The visitors innings saw a slump once Warner got dismissed by Harbhajan in the 11th over as wickets fell regularly thereafter with only Ben Cutting (20), from the rest, reaching double figures.

Warner and Dhawan made a cautious start and then accelerated during the later stages. 

The first two overs from Harbhajan and Malinga yielded just four runs before Sunrisers captain Warner struck the off-spinner for a couple fours on the off-side. 

The Powerplay overs produced 34 runs and that too after the Sunrisers skipper hit Malinga behind the wicket for two fours on either side. 

The seventh over from McClenaghan was very productive with 15 runs coming off it.

With the run-rate picking up, 75 runs were on board after 10 overs but then the visitors lost four wickets in the next five overs to be put on the back-foot. 

It took a stunning, full length diving catch by wicket keeper Parthiv Patel after he ran some yards to his left to send back Warner off Harbhajan when the batsman attempted a reverse sweep and provide MI with the breakthrough in the 11th over.

Warner had struck a stunning six off a similar shot to the previous ball from the off-spinner who got his revenge immediately.

The crafty Harbhajan then picked up the wicket of Deepak Hooda (9) in his last over after changing ends as the batsmen went for a slog sweep trying to hit a top-spinner. 

McClenaghan got rid of Dhawan in the next over with a near-full toss that the batsman missed and got castled and after 15 overs the visitors were 118 for 3. 

When Yuvraj Singh got out cheaply to Hardik Pandya, Mumbai Indians looked well in control with the Sunrisers under check at 123 for 4 in the 16th over. 

Ben Cutting made a quick-fire 20 in ten balls with four fours but there was none to provide a late thrust once he was yorked by Bumrah who then scalped Naman Ojha and Rashid Khan too in the final over.

With MI bowlers on top, only 18 runs were scored in the last three overs.

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