Chase pays off as Mumbai beats Sunrisers in IPL by 4 wickets

Bangladesh pace sensation Mustafizur Rahman will likely be back in the playing XI for defending Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in their match against Mumbai Indians on Wednesday. Despite a very promising start last year, MI faltered midway and finished fifth in last year's IPL season; a poor record for the team with a proven track record. 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.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad have made the flawless opening to their title defence, winning their first two matches, both of which were played at their home stadium.

Mumbai wins the Toss and Bowl first. Though Hyderabad had a massive start and the opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner built a partnership of 81 runs for the first wicket while rest of the batting line-up couldn't do anything special.

Four of Rashid Khan's five wickets this season have been bowled or lbw.

On a wicket ideal for batting, 158 never seemed a threatening total as Mumbai, riding on quick-fire knocks from Parthiv Patel (39), Nitish Rana (45) and Krunal Pandya (37), raced through to the target to inflict the first defeat in three matches on the champions.

In the orange corner, we have Sunrisers Hyderabad, led astutely by David Warner, buoyed by the performances of Rashid Khan and Co. and by the return of Mustafizur Rahman, who will look to continue their flawless start to the campaign.

Firstly though, MI will have to think hard about what is their best team combination.

But he made his innings count in the next match and scored 29 off 11 balls to guide Mumbai to a four-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede. The bowlers of the team will include the names like Bipul Sharma, Ashish Nehra and Rashid Khan. Rashid Khan has been a revelation and for an 18-year-old playing on a stage as big as the IPL, in front of packed crowds, he has shown remarkable poise and control while practising a hard art. Umpires didn't notice that, and weirdly neither did Warner or Mumbai Indians players. They will be happy to keep rolling on their good performances.

  • Rosalie Stanley