The 4th and the 5th side in the points table took on each other in the 37th game of vivo IPL 2016. An electric crowd was present in the beautiful stadium of Vizak (Vishakhapatnam).

The all-important toss under extremely hot conditions went in favor of the Mumbai Indians, who opted to bowl. They played an unchanged side from their last game. Sunrisers Hyderabad too didn’t change their winning composition and their captain in David Warner stressed the importance of the match in context of the points table rankings for the 2 teams.

Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Date 08 May 2016
Venue ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium
92/10 (16.3)   177/3 (20)
Sunrisers Hyderabad won by 85 runs

With Sunrisers Hyderabad being put into bat, their feisty captain knows no other way but to be aggressive from ball one – and that’s what HE DID. Smashing Southee off the very first ball of the match through the off-side indicated that he’s in good form.

Warner’s was looking to take the quick singles when available to keep the scoreboard in check along with a few boundaries was accelerating the run-rate and under intense humidity; an aggressive start from Warner meant that the middle order could take a little time to get settled and even his partner in Dhawan initially took a few overs to settle down.

Precisely the plans were falling into place for Hyderabad. Warner made a quick-fire 48 in 33 (7 fours and 1 six) before he got out to Harbhajan Singh – whom he was particularly looking to hit far into the stands but Singh’s continuous off-sideish bowling made it incredibly difficult to get the flexibility of opening the arms and aiming a big shot. But, it’s fair to say that by then Warner had done his job of getting the side to a flyer.

Soon after Warner, Williamson followed to the pavilion – playing the ball straight to midwicket, somewhat an easy weakness of the Kiwi batsman who otherwise also takes around 5-10 minutes to get completely going.

The highlight in the innings remain Yuvraj’s fiery blows in the last 5 overs along with Dhawan’s push on the accelerator to get some quick runs. Hyderabad made around 70 in the last 5, which taking Mumbai Indian’s bowling into consideration is incredible batting. Yuvraj after a while looked like the player we know him to be; big shots matched with quick singles – a pleasure to the eye. As expected with Dhawan though, he was going at the strike rate of 120 in the first half of his innings but ended with a strike rate of 145 – anchoring the innings to 177 with his 82 in 57.

The Mumbai Indians reply was one that was disappointing, lacked resistance at the pitch and application to see the success of the chase – easily their most disappointing performance with the bat this season.

Managing only a mere 92 in a chase of 178, the Mumbai Indians never really got going – neither any individual batsman nor any partnership. 5, 0 and 6 sums up their top 3 batsmen in Rohit Sharma, Parthiv Patel and Ambati Rayudu.

The indication of how poorly they played goes to show from the fact that the highest score comes from Harbhajan Singh, who made 21 – the fact remains that he’s in the side for his bowling and when he finishes as the highest run getter in the innings, it ought to be labelled a below par performance at this crucial juncture of the tournament.

3 wickets for the young (not) Ashish Nehra at 37 and 3 for the incredibly talented young (yes, actually) Mustafizur from Bangaldesh, who is 17 years younger to Nehra – broke through the Mumbai Indians batting order and got their side a crucial win in their faceoff with the team placed just below them in the points table – a confidence boosting performance this.

MI vs SRH Squads for 08 May 2016 Match 37

Mumbai Indians

Rohit Sharma (C), Corey Anderson, Jasprit Bumrah, Jos Buttler (W), Unmukt Chand, Marchant de Lange, Shreyas Gopal, Harbhajan Singh, Kishore Kamath, Siddhesh Lad, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Parthiv Patel, Kieron Pollard, Deepak Punia, Nitish Rana, Jitesh Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Nathu Singh, Lendl Simmons, Tim Southee, Jagadeesha Suchith, Vinay Kumar, Akshay Wakhare, Martin Guptill, Jerome Taylor

Sunrisers Hyderabad

David Warner (C), Ashish Reddy, Ricky Bhui, Bipul Sharma, Trent Boult, Ben Cutting, Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Siddarth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Abhimanyu Mithun, Eoin Morgan, Mustafizur Rahman, Ashish Nehra, Naman Ojha (W), Vijay Shankar, Karn Sharma, Barinder Sran, Tirumalasetti Suman, Aditya Tare, Kane Williamson, Yuvraj Singh

SRH vs MI Recap

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