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Sunrisers Hyderabadput on a clinical performance at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad to annihilate the formidableMumbai Indians by seven wickets. Shikhar Dhawan, at his authoritative best, led SRH with an undefeated 73 after the home team bowlers had restricted MI to just 129.
Chasing a meager 130, Dhawan hit a couple of boundaries offDhawal Kulkarni in the second over. Mitchell Johnson provided the initial breakthrough, having Akshath Reddy (7) caught by Dwayne Smith off a slower delivery. Kumar Sangakkara played two gorgeous strokes to the boundary off Harbhajan Singhas SRH made 36 from their power play.
Dhawan stepped out to hit Harbhajan for a six before Sangakkara (21) departed caught and bowled. At the halfway stage, SRH were 61 for 2, still needing 69 runs. SRH put their foot on the pedal with three boundaries off Smith in the 12th over. Dhawan brought up his fifty with a brilliant cover drive off Lasith Malinga. The southpaw then smashed Johnson for two boundaries in the 15th over. Hanuma Vihari(25) who played second fiddle in the 74-run third wicket partnership with Dhawan fell with his team on the brink of victory; he was caught byAmbati Rayudu off Kulkarni. SRH eventually reached the target with 12 balls remaining.
Earlier MI won the toss and elected to bat on a slow wicket. Smith got MI rolling with a boundary off the first delivery. Smith hit the first six off Ishant Sharma in the third over. Sachin Tendulkar joined in with consecutive boundaries off Dale Steyn.Ishant Sharma struck twice in the fifth over to peg back MI. First he bowled Tendulkar (14) before having Dinesh Karthik (0) caught by Karan Sharma at point. Rohit Sharma hit Thisara Perera for consecutive boundaries as MI made 41 from their power play.
Smith was given a chance on 25 when Ishant Sharma dropped him off Amit Mishra. Rohit Sharma (22) holed out off Mishra before Smith (38) was adjudged leg before couple of balls later. Keiron Pollard (14*) and Ambati Rayudu (34*) struggled to score runs as SRH bowlers bowled some tight miserly lines. MI took 16 runs from the final over with three boundaries that eventually enabled them to finish at 129 for 4. Man-of-the-Match: Ishant Sharma
Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 129 for 4 (Dwayne Smith 38, Ishant Sharma 2-15) lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad 130 for 3 (Shikhar Dhawan 73*, Dhawal Kulkarni 1-13) by 7 wickets.
Chennai Super Kings avenged their first leg defeat to Pune Warriors India and galloped on with a convincing 37 run victory at the Subarata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune. CSK put up an all-round professional show to rout PWI, after posting 164 for 3 batting first. Then CSK restricted PWI to 127 for 9 in the run-chase.
Chasing 165, PWI got off to a brisk start as Robin Uthappa hit Ravindra Jadeja for a six in the very first over. Aaron Finch followed it with a boundary and a six off Albie Morkelin the second over. Finch hit Mohit Sharmafor a boundary in the third over, but the bowler came back strongly to have the batsman edge one through to the wicket-keeper. He followed that up by rapping Tirumalasetti Suman (0) leg before first ball.
Suresh Raina then ran out Uthappa (8) to have PWI reeling at 29 for 3. Steve Smith got off the mark with two boundaries. Sharma then had Yuvraj Singh (5) caught behind for his third wicket. Luke Wright (2) was run out by Morkel in the most unfortunate fashion when Smith's drive caught Morkel's boot to hit the stump, finding Wright short.
PWI lost another wicket as Abhishek Nayar (2) was run out after he was involved in a mix up with Smith. PWI were 68 for 6 at the halfway stage, still requiring 97 runs. Kane Richardsonshowed some fight with a boundary and a six off Ravichandran Ashwin in the 14th over. Smith (35) fell in the 15th over when he was caught and bowled by Jadeja. Bhuvneshwar Kumar provided some entertainment smashing Jadeja for a massive six in the 17th over. PWI lost Richardson (26) and Rahul Sharma (0) and then fell 37 runs short.
Earlier CSK were pegged back early as Kane Richardson breached past Michael Hussey's (5) defense. After a slow start, Wriddhiman Saha got a move on with a six and a boundary off Richardson. Rahul Sharma trapped Saha leg before the next over as CSK made only 29 from their Power Play. Raina and Subramaniam Badrinath put on 75 runs for the third wicket as they rebuilt the innings.
Raina was given a life on 16 when Wright dropped him off Ashoke Dinda. Badrinath hit consecutive boundaries off Sharma in the 12th over before Raina (63*) joined him launching Richardson for a six in the next over. Wright dismissed Badrinath (34) caught by Smith bringingMS Dhoni to the crease.
Dhoni got going immediately with a boundary and a six. Dinda's 18th over was taken for 17 runs as Dhoni slammed a massive six. The CSK skipper finished with an aggressive 45 from just 16 balls which helped CSK reach 164 for 4.
Man-of-the-match: MS Dhoni
Brief Scores: Chennai Super Kings 164 for 3 (Suresh Raina 63*, Luke Wright 1-12) defeated Pune Warriors India 127 for 9 (Steve Smith 35, Mohit Sharma 3-21) by 37 runs.