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MI outplayed by SRH in last IPL 7 match at UAE

On Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai MI were defeated for the fifth time in as many matches by SRH who cruised to a 15 run win. This match between MI and SRH being the 20th was the last of the scheduled matches of Pepsi IPL 7 held in UAE. Only Kieron Pollard with a solid knock of 78 kept SRH in doubt about a win against MI. But as Pollard he was removed before he could single handedly take MI to victory the SRH had nothing else to get worried about in match 20 of IPL 7 played at Dubai. Defending champions MI are now languishing at the bottom of the table as they have been win less in their UAE leg of Pepsi IPL 2014 hence unable to score any points.

Upon winning the toss MI Captain Rohit Sharma chose to field asking SRH out to bat first. MI brought in Ben Dunk instead of Michael Hussey in their playing XI. The SRH openers Finch and SRH Captain Dhawan got their team to score at a brisk pace with almost all of the runs flowing from the willow of Finch while Dhawan got out on 6. The SRH score stood at 21 for 1 in 2.4 overs. MI pacer Zaheer Khan though a paler shade of his original form was enough to claim Finch batting on 16 before he could stabilize upon his flying start and call the shots. Then Warner along with Rahul took SRH past their 100 in the 14th over laying a base for the death over smashing. Warner reached his 50 from only 41 balls exhibiting his candid brilliance. So much was Warner taken in by the momentum of his ambiance that he thrashed an above the waist no-ball from MI bowler Kieron Pollard straight into umpire Kumar Dharmasena, who was back on his feet despite taking a hit upon his left shoulder.

It finally took Corey Anderson of MI to get rid of Warner on 65 in the 19th over with SRH on 149 for three. Darren Sammy made 10 retaning the tempo of the match showing exactly the late and swift power hitting that he is known for before Anderson had him caught in the deep in the last ball of the 19th over. Rahul perished in the 20th over bowled by a brilliant Malinga after having scored 46 valuable runs and duly anchored the innings while Warner made merry at the other end. Naman Ojha made a sparkling unbeaten 10 with Irfan Pathan on 1 taking SRH to 172 for the loss of 5 wickets. The last seven overs of the SRH innings yielded an astounding 83 runs.

While chasing 173 set as target by SRH Rohit Sharma perished in the very second over the MI innings to the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Then Anderson followed soon, credited with a single run against his name being a victim to the fast and furious SRH pacer Dale Steyn. When Dunk floundered after an initial promise on 20 bowled by a Sammy delivery in the 6th over of the MI innings it seemed things were over for MI who were all but out on 31 for 3. Ambati Rayudu and Pollard together stabilized the MI innings making it a game for their team, spectators and the huge fan base of MI watching all round the globe. Though they fought out the battle at a feverish pitch it was still a tall order for Rayudu and Pollard as MI had conceded the initial advantage to SRH by losing a lot of overs early on without being able to score in accordance to the required run rate. The equation after 12 overs stated that MI still required a 106 to win.

At this point Pollard attacked Amit Mishra bowling his third over. The SRH spinner gave away 19 runs while both MI batsmen plundered runs of Karn Sharma as well. Then things tumbled out of the hands of MI as Rayudu left having made 35 caught in the deep off the bowling of Irfan Pathan. Pollard then launched an onslaught off Mishra’s last over to smash an amazing 27 runs to make it 31 needed off 18. Aditya Tare, 7 and Harbhajan Singh, 1 perished from the other end in the mean time. With MI requiring 20 to win from 6 balls Pollard was bowled by a superb Irfan delivery that put the match in SRH’s pocket while having Rohit Sharma looking away in shame. Pollard’s 78 came in 48 balls containing 3 fours and 6 sixes. In the 20th over Irfan conceded just four runs ending MI’s innings at 157 for seven while SRH registered a 15 run win. While Kumar claimed 2 wickets of his 4 overs conceding only 17 runs, Steyn gave away 20 runs from his 4 over spell to pick up 2 wickets also. Irfan Pathan ended up with figures of 2-0-10-1. The man of the match was awarded to Bhuvneshwar Kumar for his spell of 4-0-17-2.

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