Sunrisers, having Mustafizur Rahman and Rashid Khan in their ranks, might have still felt they were in with a chance, but the lack of grip and turn off a dew-slicked pitch doused it. That Mustafizur conceded 34 runs in 2.4 overs summed up the impact of the dew. Parthiv Patel had made early headway in the chase with a slap-happy 39 off 24 balls. By the time he fell, Mumbai Indians needed 74 off 60 balls. Nitish Rana then worked his way through the middle overs with Krunal Pandya, but it was Harbhajan who fittingly sewed up the win. The chasing team has now won each of the last six IPL games at the Wankhede Stadium.

The strangle I
Harbhajan and Lasith Malinga got the ball to skid into Shikhar Dhawan and cramped him for room. The only real loose ball to Dhawan in the Powerplay was a waist-high full toss, which he punched straight to cover point. He eked out only seven runs at strike rate of 46.66 – his second lowest in the first six overs in the IPL, when he has played at least 10 balls.

Dhawan and Warner break free
Mitchell McClenaghan, introduced after the Powerplay, let Dhawan off the hook with a brace of length balls. Dhawan opened up his hips and powerfully swatted one over the midwicket boundary. He then manufactured his own length by jumping down the track, taking a half-volley and belting it to the cover boundary.

Warner had looked fidgety against the new ball as well, but found fluency against the old one with four boundaries off five balls in the middle overs.

 The strangle II

At 81 for 0 in 10.1 overs, Sunrisers might have set their sights on a rousing finish, but they were in for a rude shock: they lost 7 for 72, including four in the last three overs. It was Harbhajan who set the collapse in motion, dismissing Warner for 49 and Deepak Hooda for nine in successive overs. He finished with 2 for 23 and ceded the stage to Bumrah who throttled Sunrisers further with his yorkers and slower dippers. Bumrah capped the innings with better figures of 3 for 24 but much of the strangle was down to Harbhajan’s accuracy.

Parthiv and Rana go bang
In stark contrast to Sunrisers, Mumbai Indians held nothing back in the Powerplay. Despite the early loss of Jos Buttler and Rohit Sharma, Parthiv scythed full balls through the covers and pulled shorter ones over midwicket. His blows at the top perhaps freed up Rana, who began with an shovelled six off Mustafizur over fine leg. Rana also smartly saw off Rashid, who conceded just 19 despite the dew. The match was all but over when Rashid was done in the 15th; Krunal made sure of things with a flurry of boundaries over the next couple of overs.

Brief Scores

Sunrisers Hyderabad: 158-8 (David Warner 49, Shikhar Dhawan 48, Jasprit Bumrah 3-24, Harbhajan Singh 2-23) lost to Mumbai Indians:159-6 in 18.4 Overs (Nitish Rana 45, Parthiv Patel 39, Krunal Pandya 37, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3-21)

Man of the Match: Jasprit Bumrah

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