The Sunrisers Hyderabad survived a late collapse to clinch a one-wicket victory against the Mumbai Indians in Hyderabad on Thursday.
The head-to-head battle stood even at five apiece as the 2016 champions, Sunrisers Hyderabad, took on the three-time winners and defending champions the Mumbai Indians.
The Sunrisers elected to bowl first on their home turf and their bowlers delivered. The hosts restricted MI to 147-8 with all their bowlers picking up scalps.
Their three seamers stepped up, taking two wickets each, Sandeep Sharma (2-25), Billy Stanlake (2-42) and Siddarth Kaul (2-42) stepping up for their skipper.
Evin Lewis (29 off 17), Suryakumar Yadav (28 off 31) and Kieron Pollard (28 off 23) made small contributions to their side but lost their wickets at crucial points.
Lewis hit three fours and two sixes before he was dismissed by Kaul. Yadav (2×4, 1×6) and Pollard (3×4, 2×6) both scored 28, but were dismissed by Sharma and Stanlake respectively.
It should have been a simple chase for SRH, but Mayank Markande hushed the home fans, taking four important wickets. After a great start from Wriddhiman Saha and Shikhar Dhawan who scored 62 in 6.5 overs, the 20-year-old took four scalps to shock the Hyderabad fans.
Saha (22), Dhawan (45 off 28 balls), Manish Pandey (11) and Shakib Al Hasan (12) all lost their wickets as SRH were reduced to 107-5 in 13 overs.
Needing just under a run a ball to win, Yusuf Pathan and Deepak Hooda (32*) played sensibly to bring the hosts within 12 runs from victory with 14 balls remaining, but Jasprit Bumrah struck twice to remove Pathan (14) and Rashid Khan (0).
Mustafizur Rahman (3-24) shifted the game in his side’s favour, dismissing both Kaul and Sharma to reduce SRH to 137-9 by the final over.
A six from Hooda brought the game level. Needing three off three, Stanlake and Hooda both hit singles to tie the game. Stanlake smashed a four to claim a one-wicket victory for his side.