But alas! The batting lineup of Mumbai Indians go exposed right at the start of the game as Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan and Evin Lewis made way to the pavilion in the first 5 overs of the game leaving the team at the score of 54/3.
Hyderabad were motoring nicely at 73 for 1 before losing wickets in a heap to slip down the pole.
The left-hander calmly whipped the ball over the in-field on the on side to secure a thrilling win and endear himself to his new home fans.
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Billy Stanlake hit the winning runs off the last ball of Ben Cutting, who went for a massive six of the first delivery before conceding three singes after a wide. The Sunrisers slid from 62 for one to 94 for four and 137 for eight with leggie Markande upstaging Rashid Khan's remarkable returns of one for 13 from four overs as Mumbai managed 147 for eight.
The home side were cruising in their chase of 148 with Shikhar Dhawan and Wriddhiman Saha going great guns at the top. Sunrisers skipper Kane Williamson (6) also fell afoul of DRS, with the faintest of edges behind off Mustafizur detected. From a comfortable 73 for 1, Markande engineered a slide that found Sunrisers reeling at 107 for five. "As he's in his stance, I can see where he's trying to hit", said Rashid.
Suryakumar Yadav and Krunal Pandya (12), however, tried to steady the innings but the latter was sent packing by skipper Shakib Al Hasan.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have continued to shake off the absence of suspended captain David Warner to make it two from two in the Indian Premier League. Thanks to Hooda they achieved it.
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The swashbuckling West Indian opener did what he does best, as he got Mumbai Indians off to a flying start with some spectacular shots all around the wicket. The fact that SRH's trump bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar was missing out the game due to a sore back further skewed matters in MI's favour. There was more carnage to come in the 18 over as Siddharth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma both departing for ducks themselves to set up a roller-coaster of a final over. Rashid bowled flat and fast with a mix of googlies and flippers. That was the plan to bowl dot balls.
With the likes of Shakib Al Hasan, Rashid Khan, Billy Stanlake and Siddharth Kaul all playing their parts to perfection, it is becoming hard to look beyond the Sunrisers as the favourites for the title.
Stanlake got the prized of Pollard, who gave away an easy catch to Shikhar Dhawan at sweeper cover. Sandeep then dismissed Suryakumar and Pradeep Sangwan off successive balls to ensure that Mumbai doesn't cross the 150-run mark. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability, and data of the text.
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