The Sunrisers Hyderabad beat the Mumbai Indians and clinched victory in a game that had no shortage of drama amid an electric atmosphere in Hyderabad. The game came down to the wire as Billy Stanlake struck his first boundary of the IPL to win the game for the Sunrisers.
The Sunrisers, chasing a modest score of 148, were cruising at 136 for 5 after 17.3 overs following a solid foundation laid by Shikhar Dhawan and Wriddhiman Saha.
Requiring just 12 runs from 15 balls, Yusuf Pathan attempted an unnecessary pull and was caught by Kieron Pollard of Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling. Rashid Khan, who was the star for Hyderabad with the ball, followed Pathan back to the pavilion the very next ball. Mustafizur Rahman followed it up with an incredible penultimate over, conceding just 1 run and picking up two crucial wickets to turn the game on its head.
Requiring 11 to win off the last over with just one wicket in hand, Deepak Hooda who was a spectator amidst all the carnage at the other end, kept his cool. Ben Cutting was given the duty of bowling the last over and started off with a low full-toss that was hit for six over extra cover adding another twist to the tail. The pressure seemed to be too much for Cutting as he delivered a wide next ball. He bounced back with a dot ball followed by three consecutive singles to give Mumbai one last chance to force a super-over. With Hooda off strike, it was up to the 6 feet 8 inch fast bowler Billy Stanlake who was playing the second game of his IPL career to seal the deal. Stanlake obliged by lofting the ball over mid-wicket, sending the ecstatic home crowd into a frenzy. Deepak Hooda finished on 32 not out off 25 balls.
When asked about the thrilling encounter during the post-match presentation, Sunrisers skipper Kane Williamson said, “It was one of those games that came down to the wire. The surface was quite different to the last one we played on and we were a little slow to adapt. All in all, I thought the bowling effort was outstanding and then in the batting, we scrapped away. Hooda at the end was outstanding. It was nice to get across the line.”
Rashid Khan was named man of the match for his astounding spell of bowling that saw him concede just 13 runs in 4 overs. This included an incredible 18 dot balls which added up to 75% of his deliveries. When asked about his performance at the post-match presentation, Rashid said, “Yeah, dot balls are very crucial in taking wickets in such a short format so that was the plan, to bowl as many dot balls as possible.”
Mayank Markande of the Mumbai Indians picked up 4 wickets in the second innings and in the process received the Purple Cap with a total of 7 wickets in the tournament so far. Shikhar Dhawan’s efforts during the game helped him regain the Orange Cap from Andre Russell.
This win propelled the Sunrisers to the top of the IPL standings, while Mumbai drops to sixth after losing both their opening games.