Kieron Pollard finally delivered with the bat this season. But as has been the case for the Mumbai Indians, the rest of their batting line-up couldn’t rise up to the occassion they went down to Sunrisers Hyderabad by 15 runs at the Dubai International Stadium on Wednesday. For the record, Mumbai have now lost all their five matches, remaining winless in the UAE leg of IPL-7
Chasing a competitive 172/5, Mumbai lost three quick wickets at the top. But Pollard (78, 48b, 3X4, 6X6) along with Ambati Rayudu (35) provided hope for the Mumbai Indians fans. Pollard was at his murderous best, and took a particular liking to leggie Amit Mishra.
Sadly for Mumbai, though, Pollard departed in the first ball of the last over, when they needed 20. And that was that.
Earlier, David Warner hit a blistering half-century and had for company Lokesh Rahul (46), who played the perfect supporting role in their 111-run stand as Sunrisers Hyderabad scored 172 for five. Warner began his innings slowly, but once he got hold of the nature of the deck, the Australian left-hander played like his usual self. He hit more sixes (4) than fours (1) in his 51-ball knock before departing towards the end of the SRH innings.
Zaheer Khan (2/26) bowled with good rhythm and succeeded in sending Shikhar Dhawan (6) and Aaron Finch (16) back to dugout inside the first five overs.
—With agency inputs