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IPL Season 9: Warner powers Sunrisers Hyderabad to maiden win

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There was relief more than joy on the face of Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner as the spunky Australian smashed an unbeaten 90 off just 59 balls to power his team to a long overdue first win of IPL Season 9, at the expense of the beleaguered reigning champions, the Mumbai Indians, who slumped to their third defeat of the season.

Another decisive toss decided the game, with the team chasing picking up their 11th win out of 12 games in the IPL so far. The flip of the coin went the way of the hosts, the Sunrisers Hyderabad, who gleefully accepted the opportunity to chase.

The Mumbai Indians' batting effort was a sorry tale of woe wherein barring one over from Bipul Sharma which went for 26, the Indians produced absolutely nothing of note at either end of the innings. Mumbai struggled to 40-2 in the powerplay with openers Martin Guptill (2) and Parthiv Patel (10) failing to fire.

Ambati Rayudu, bumped up to no.3 anchored the innings, making a crucial 54 off 49 balls. Rohit Sharma dropped to no.4  contributed just 5 runs, while Jos Buttler failed once again, making just 11.

Krunal Pandya earned a surprise promotion to no.6 and provided some important runs, ruining Bipul's bowling figures, which were looking rather impressive at 3-0-14-0 before he was smashed for 4 sixes in his final over, three coming off Pandya's bat.

It did little to really help Mumbai's cause though as they struggled again at the fag end of the innings with Mustafizur Rahman and Bhuveshwar Kumar doing the job with the ball. Young Barinder Sran meanwhile picked up three key wickets and was the star of the show.

Chasing a paltry total of 142-6, the Sunrisers unsurprisingly lost Shikhar Dhawan for just 2, bowled off his pads by Tim Southee.

Moises Henriques' continued presence at no.3 continues to surprise, with the Aussie allrounder making a slow 20 from 22 balls to keep Mumbai in the hunt. Warner too was making slow progress, getting to his half-century off 42 balls. When Eoin Morgan became Tim Southee's third victim for another slow 11 from 12, the game was still very much in the balance at 100-3 midway through the 15th over.

However, Warner found another gear, and was given some useful support by Deepak Hooda, who chipped in with a quickfire 17 as the Sunrisers eventually cruised to victory with 15 balls to spare.

The win sees the Sunrisers leap off the foot of the table and rise to 6th, while the Mumbai Indians slip to 7th, and have played a game more than everyone else in the league, so are certain to stay in the bottom two for a while.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad travel to Rajkot next to take on the Gujarat Lions on Thursday, while the Mumbai Indians take on the Delhi Daredevils in the 4pm game on Saturday.

Teams:

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Eoin Morgan, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha (wk), A Ashish Reddy, Bipul Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mustafizur Rahman, Barinder Sran

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Martin Guptill, Hardik Pandya, Jos Buttler, Ambati Rayudu, Parthiv Patel (wk), Harbhajan Singh, Krunal Pandya, Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah

Mini Scorecard:

Mumbai Indians 142/6 (20 overs, 7.10rpo)

A Rayudu 54 (49) B Sran 3-28 (4)

K Pandya 49 (28) B Kumar 1-17 (4)

Sunrisers Hyderabad 145/3 (17.3 overs, 8.28rpo)

D Warner 90* (59) T Southee 3-24 (4)

M Henriques 20 (22)

Sunrisers Hyderabad win by 7 wickets