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IPL Match 23: Mumbai Indians produce excellent bowling display to stun Sunrisers Hyderabad

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The Mumbai Indians took a giant step towards making a case for qualification for the knockout rounds of the IPL by beating the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 20 runs in a lopsided contest.

An outstanding bowling effort from Lasith Malinga and Mitchell McClenaghan set the foundation for Mumbai's win as the duo shared 7 wickets between them as Mumbai defended a paltry score of 157-8 with considerable ease.

The flip of the coin went the way of the Mumbai Indians, who had no hesitation in opting to bat first on what turned out to be a bit of a two-paced track.

Mumbai made a decent start to their innings with Lendl Simmons getting them off to another cracker, making an excellent 51 off 42 balls, excellent considering the quality of opposition he was facing with the ball in hand. His opening partner, Parthiv Patel chipped in with a run a ball 17 before he became Dale Steyn's first victim.

Unmukt Chand came and went rather quickly, falling to Praveen Kumar for 5. Skipper Rohit Sharma gave his side a bit of a boost in the middle overs, making a cameo 24 from just 15 balls, sharing a 51-run partnership with Simmons for the third wicket.

Both men fell in successive overs with Karn Sharma accounting for Rohit, while Steyn got rid of Simmons, ripping out his middle stump.

Kieron Pollard held the lower order together to get Mumbai past 150, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar continued to excel in the death overs, conceding just 13 runs from his last 2 overs, whilst picking up 3 wickets.

A target of 158 shouldn't have seemed too imposing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, but they lost skipper David Warner early for just 9 with Lasith Malinga picking up the big wicket.

Warner had been deprived off much of the early strike, but his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan made an excellent 42 from 29 balls before Mitchell McClenaghan had him caught at short mid-wicket, attempting to pull.

The departure of the lead duo led to a sharp decrease in the scoring rate, and the Sunrisers were in a spot of bother heading into the last four overs of the match at 114-4.

Gautam Vihari came out to the middle and took charge, taking 10 runs off the 17th over with Lasith Malinga facing the brunt of the youngster's wrath. The Sunrisers needed 34 from the last 3 for victory.

Some outstanding captaincy though from Rohit Sharma saw him bring back Mitchell McClenaghan for his final over, and the Kiwi delivered the breakthrough, getting rid of Ravi Bopara for 23.

Malinga then cleaned up the Sunrisers' long tail in the following over, taking 3 wickets in an over that saw just 1 leg bye conceded, killing the game.

Mumbai finally emerged victorious by 20 runs, a convincing target, especially in a low scoring contest.

Mini Scorecard:

Mumbai Indians 157/8 (20 overs, 7.85rpo).

L Simmons 51 (42) B Kumar 3-26 (4)

K Pollard 33 (24) P Kumar 2-35 (4)

Sunrisers Hyderabad 1 (20 overs, rpo)

S Dhawan 42 (29) M McClenaghan 3-20 (4)

KL Rahul 25 (27) L Malinga 4-23 (4)

Mumbai Indians win by 20 runs