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IPL 10, Match 48, SRH v MI : Sunrisers Hyderabad Player Ratings

Sunrisers Hyderabad stay alive in the hunt with a win against the Mumbai Indians.

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Sunrisers Hyderabad celebrate fall of Hardik Pandya’s wicket. (Photo: IANS)

The stage was set on Monday for a cracking game between defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad and the first boy of this season, Mumbai Indians. Mumbai were placed comfortably on the top, and they are the first team to qualify for the playoffs. But they did not want to lose the winning momentum at any rate, because in tournaments like this, once you lose your momentum, it becomes very hard to find your right composure again.

Sunrisers, on the other hand, were coming after two disappointing losses against Delhi and Pune, which should have been won by them. This match was almost like a do-or-die case for them, for if they would lose in this one, then a win on their last match also could not have guaranteed their place in the semis.

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It was more or less one-sided encounter, with Sunrisers shining bright for most of the game except bits and pieces. This win will take them an inch closer to the last 4. As of Indians, they would ideally want to bounce back as soon as possible, because though they are promoted to the playoffs, they would want to finish in the top 2 so as to get two shots at the qualifiers.

Let us have a look at the players’ ratings for Sunrisers Hyderabad:

1. David Warner- 4/10

Warner did nothing much to say about with the bat today. Just six runs in as many balls was not captain-like innings, but thankfully for him, he had many talented cricketers in his unit to finish off the game. Here he gets 4 marks because of shrewd use of his bowling ammunitions and a superb running catch to dismiss Parthiv Patel who was looking dangerous.

2. Shikhar Dhawan- 9.5/10

Many Indian cricket fans criticized the BCCI for picking Dhawan ahead of the in-form KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir for ICC Champions Trophy earlier this day. But all of them would be hiding their faces now, as Dhawan justified his selection with class. Chasing a low total can be tricky sometimes, and even trickier after losing Warner early. But he kept his calm and batted throughout, to guide Sunrisers to a much-needed win easily. His innings of 62 from 46 balls comprised of 4 boundaries and 2 over-boundaries.

3. Moises Henriques- 9/10

One hardly sees Moises having a bad day both with the ball and the bat. He is such a player who will contribute one way or the other, and today he chose it to do it with the bat. He and Dhawan steadied the ship of Hyderabad after the dismissal of Warner. His 44 of 35, with 6 boundaries, was a much-needed knock by the Sunrisers, for they wanted someone to stay out there with Dhawan until the end. Though he was not there until the end, but when he got out, there was hardly anything left for the away side. He was not good with the ball today, giving 15 runs in just one over.

4. Yuvraj Singh- 3/10

Yuvraj did not really contribute much today, with just 9 runs in 11 deliveries. But he gets the praise because of coming out to bat despite an injury. While you may praise him for that, you can also ask questions to the team management, because there was no need for him to come out to bat at such a comfortable stage and risk his participation further in IPL.

5. Vijay Shankar- 5/10

Vijay Shankar finished off the match for Hyderabad alongside Shikhar Dhawan. His cameo of 15 from 12 balls involved just a single boundary. He received some marks also because of the catch he took near the boundary to dismiss Pollard, for if he would have stayed there till the end, no one knows what score Mumbai would have put up.

6. Naman Ojha- 2/10

Had nothing to do with the bat today, and was very sloppy with the keeping gloves on. He cost Sunrisers a few extra runs which could have been proved costly. Having said that, he also took a good catch in the fag end of the innings to dismiss Karn Sharma.

7. Mohammed Nabi- 10/10

The Afghan all-rounder showed Warner what a mistake he was doing by not having him in the playing XI. He gave just 13 runs in his four overs, and maintained an economy rate of 3.25, that too in a T20 game. In addition to it, he took the first wicket of the innings. Lendl Simmons simply could not understand which way the ball will go and ended up exposing the stumps to Nabi.

8. Rashid Khan- 9/10

Another Afghan sensation who has turned on the mystery this year, had a good game tonight also. In four overs, he gave 22 runs, under run-a-ball. He picked up the wicket of Hardik Pandya, who never really got going today. He partnered his countryman Nabi quite well, and they both destroyed Mumbai’s batting.

9. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar- 8.5/10

The purple cap holder of this year’s IPL did no harm to his reputation and bowled exceptionally in the death. Kieron Pollard had no answers for his low full-tosses, and he eventually won the battle against him. He also picked up the wicket of Karn Sharma, giving just 29 runs in four overs.

10. Mohammed Siraj- 4/10

Siraj was not on target today, and was the only bowler with Henriques for Sunrisers who went for plenty. He went for 32 runs in his 3 overs, and also failed to put his name in the wicket-takers list.

11. Siddharth Kaul- 10/10

If Siraj was not on song today, Kaul made a name for himself. He picked up the wicket of this year’s find Nitish Rana in his very first bowl. He then decided to fool Parthiv Patel with a knuckleball, and then went on the get the wicket of the only batsman for Mumbai who was looking dangerous, skipper Rohit Sharma. After this, he bowled superbly in death overs, and went just for 24 runs in 4 overs, and picking 3 of the most vital wickets.

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