Bowlers shine as SRH sink Mumbai

Sunrisers Hydrabad bowler Siddharth Kaul celebrates the wicket of Mumbai Indans batsman Mitchell Mcclenaghan during the IPL match played in Mumbai on Tuesday. PTI Photo

Sunrisers Hyderabad produced a stunning bowling performance under pressure as they defended a small total of 118 to beat holders Mumbai Indians by 31 runs in a low-scoring but engrossing IPL match here on Tuesday.

Mumbai bowled out the visitors for a paltry 118 in 18.4 overs but then made a heavy weather of the modest target on a lively Wankhede Stadium track to be bowled out for the season’s lowest total of 87.

The visitors’ bowling attack struck to their task brilliantly to bundle out the strong home team batting line-up in 18.5 overs as Mumbai slumped to their fifth defeat in six matches.

This was the second-lowest total defended in IPL history.

Suryakumar Yadav (34) and Krunal Pandya (24) were the only batsmen to prosper to some extent against the fired-up Sunrisers’ attack sans injured bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Billy Stanlake, whose IPL season is over.

Leg-spinner Rashid Khan bagged two wickets along with Basil Thampi while medium pacer Sidharth Kaul grabbed three. Sandeep Sharma, Mohammed Nabi and Shakib Al Hasan took one wicket apiece.

The victory, the fourth for Sunrisers, lifted them to the third spot on the table while MI remained rooted to their seventh spot with just two points from six games.

The hosts lost the wickets of Evin Lewis (5), Ishan Kishan (0) and skipper Rohit Sharma (2) for single-digit scores inside the Power Play period.

Suryakumar repaired the damage to some extent with Krunal Pandya who hit a few sparkling drives for fours before being trapped by leggie Rashid Khan who also accounted for Kieron Pollard (9).

Earlier, Mumbai bowled and fielded with purpose to bowl out a depleted Sunrisers for a measly 118.

Captain Kane Williamson (29 with 5 fours), Yusuf Pathan (29) were the main scorers for the Sunrisers who lasted 18.4 overs after they were invited to bat.

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