Rana, Pandya power Mumbai past Sunrisers

Rana, Pandya power Mumbai past Sunrisers

Rohit's men score second victory

Rana, Pandya power Mumbai past Sunrisers

Young guns Krunal Pandya and Nitish Rana played contrasting knocks as Mumbai Indians eased past defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad by four wickets in an Indian Premier League encounter here on Wednesday.

After younger brother Hardik Pandya’s pyrotechnics against KKR, it was elder brother Krunal’s turn to play a lovely cameo as his 37 off 20 balls was largely instrumental in Mumbai Indians knocking off a tricky target of 159 in overs.

Young Delhi left-hander Rana once again proved his worth as he anchored the chase with an invaluable 45 off 36 balls with the help of three boundaries and two sixes.

But it was the elder Pandya who made a mockery of a target that could have been troublesome when Mumbai Indians were reduced to 111 for 4 in the 14th over.

Along with Rana, Krunal added 38 runs in 3.3 overs and Rana’s contribution was a single. Krunal hit three fours and three huge sixes -- one each of Ashish Nehra, Ben Cutting and Rashid Khan.

It was the second victory in three matches for Mumbai Indians while Sunrisers tasted their first defeat in the 10th edition of the league.

The target was an easy one but Mumbai did face some challenge and it was young Rashid Khan (1/19 in 4 overs) who bowled an immaculate line on a placid track. His googly fooled an experienced campaigner like MI skipper Rohit Sharma (4). He bowled 12 dots and conceded a single six in his four over spell in-front of a capacity crowd.

Credit should be given to Rana for hitting Mustafizur Rahaman behind the square for a six and also effortlessly lofting Deepak Hooda’s friendly off-break into cow-corner stand.
Earlier, veteran Harbhajan Singh and young fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah put brakes on Sunrisers Hyderabad, restricting them to 158/8 after a solid opening start.

David 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 four 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.