Mumbai Indians beat Sunrisers Hyderabad to register their second successive win at the Wankhede Stadium to move to the third spot in the points table on Wednesday (April 13).
Warner blasted his way to 49 off 34 balls, with the help of two sixes and seven fours, while his opening partner Dhawan made 48 in 43 balls as the two left-handers put on 81 for the first wicket in just over 10 overs. While it was Jasprit Bumrah and Harbhajan Singh who combined to take 5 wickets to restrict SRH to 158 for 8, Nitesh Rana scored 45 off 36 to finish the chase in 18.4 overs. Pacers Ashish Nehra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Henriques have complimented each other well and will surely test the Mumbai batsmen.
However, in both the games so far, the openers have frittered away a position to get a big one; MI will want Buttler to play freely, but want him to can convert the start into a big score.
When Yuvraj Singh got out cheaply to Hardik Pandya, Mumbai Indians looked well in control with the Sunrisers under check at 123 for 4 in the 16th over.
Deepak Hooda too fell to Harbhajan Singh soon after, while Dhawan fell on 48 to McCleneghan.
SRH get themselves off to a decent start thanks to a cautious opening stand between Warner and Dhawan.
The 20-year-old left-armer, who was named the best emerging player last year after taking 23 wickets for the champions, played his first match of the season yesterday, just a day after flying from Bangladesh to Mumbai.
MI banked on a partisan support and some late batting heroics to see them to their first win of the new Indian Premier League season, and that home support and the-away-side-shall-not-win-at-this-ground feeling will be needed when they host SRH. Tamil Nadu's Vijay Shankar was the other change for SRH in place of Bipul Sharma.
Where did Sunrisers Hyderabad lose?
Having both Rashid and Mustafizur in the same lineup will only bolster SRH's already formidable bowling attack, and if there is one team capable of stopping the Mumbai Indians batting juggernaut at home, it certainly are the Sunrisers Hyderabad. In the orange corner, we have Sunrisers Hyderabad, led astutely by David Warner, buoyed by the performances of Rashid Khan and Co. and by the return of Mustafizur Rahman, who will look to continue their ideal start to the campaign.