South African fast bowler Dale Steyn’s key breakthroughs went in vain, as the Sunrisers Hyderabad slipped to a 20-run defeat at the hands of the Mumbai Indians – in Saturday’s important Indian Premier League fixture at the Wankhede Stadium.
The Sunrisers, who have finally found a place for both Steyn and fellow pace ace Trent Boult in the playing XI, restricted Mumbai to 157 for eight, but managed an insufficient 137 for eight in reply.
Steyn removed half-centurion Lendl Simmons and the diminutive Parthiv Patel, completing a haul of two for 38 in four overs. Boult, meanwhile, went without a wicket – but was substantially more economical than the Proteas pace ace en route to figures of none for 27 in four.
Tail-ender Steyn, too, perished for a duck. He was one of Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga’s quartet of victims. Malinga was named Man of the Match on the back of a telling four for 23, including a rare maiden – and the dismissal of Australian David Warner.
Malinga, understandably, continues to gain selection ahead of South African Marchant de Lange, who is a fringe member of the extended Mumbai squad. The victory was only Mumbai’s second in seven attempts this season, leaving Hyderabad fifth in the standings.