Dhawan stars for Hyderabad as Mumbai crumble


Shikhar Dhawan starred as Sunrisers Hyderabad breezed to a comfortable 85-run victory over a woeful Mumbai Indians side playing their first home match in Visakhapatnam.

Dhawan struck 11 boundaries on his way to a brilliant unbeaten 82, hitting his stride in the latter stages of the innings, as Sunrisers reached 177-3.

It was a target that never looked like being reached, with Ashish Nehra (3-15) and Mustafizur Rahman (3-16) tearing through the Mumbai order to leave them all out for 92 in the 15th over.

David Warner (48) led the early charge for the Sunrisers, hitting five fours and a six during the powerplay, but he fell just short of his half-century when he was unable to clear Harbhajan Singh (2-29) over long-off.

Harbhajan removed Kane Williamson for two but Dhawan, with powerful support from Yuvraj Singh (39), ensured Hyderabad did not lose momentum.

India opener Dhawan took 43 balls to bring up his half-century but added a further 32 runs from the next 14 deliveries, capping a trio of boundaries off four balls from Jasprit Bumrah (0-35) in the 17th over with a clever flick beyond backward square leg.

Dhawan punished Bumrah again with his only maximum over square leg, with the target set at 178 despite the loss of Yuvraj to Mitchell McClenaghan (1-38).

Mumbai's chase never got off the ground. Parthiv Patel (0) and Rohit Sharma (5) fell in consecutive deliveries across the first and second over.

There was no chance of a recovery from there, with Nehra removing Ambati Rayudu (6) and Jos Buttler (2) before Barinder Sran claimed the scalp of Krunal Pandya (17) as Mumbai lost three wickets for just two runs.

Mustafizur's first ball resulted in the exit of Hardik Pandya (7) and he soon removed Tim Southee (3) and Mitchell McClenaghan (8) as Hyderabad cruised to victory.