The other day SRH might have had it easy against Rajasthan but on Thursday, the Hyderabad franchise experienced what it takes to see a cakewalk becoming an uphill climb. Up against MI, the home team stuttered in the middle phase and later at the end, losing wickets in heaps, to go from a position of strength to be staring at defeat. The match was turned on its head with MI clawing their way back despite not having a great total to defend. But a calculated innings by Deepak Hooda in the death overs took SRH home, of course with a little help from last man Billy Stanlake, who stood up and hit a four on the last ball to outlast MI in a dramatic fashion at the Rajiv Gandhi stadium in Hyderabad.
If it was Mayank Markande who stung SRH with his four-wicket haul in the middle phase, it was the tag team of Jasprit Bumrah and Mustafizur Rahman who snared four wickets at the death to strangle the hosts. Thankfully, it was Hooda, who showed maturity and rotated strike to help SRH stay afloat. Bumrah and Mustafiz nearly snatched the victory but it was Hooda’s resolve which helped SRH remained unbeaten in the tournament so far.
SRH were placed really well at around the eighth over having put up 73/2 with Shikhar Dhawan dictating terms. But as they say in cricket, it’s not finished till its finished. As soon as MI’s young leg-spinner Mayank Markande returned for his second over, SRH slump began. First, it was Dhawan who played an irresponsible stroke to signal SRH third wicket and later it was an experienced Manish Pandey who displayed rash intent to make his way out at 89/4. Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan steadied the ship for a while before playing on to give Markande his fourth wicket.