Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Explained: Bhuvneshwar Kumar's absence in today's game against Mumbai Indians


Sunrisers Hyderabad continued their good start to the Indian Premier League 2018 campaign as they registered a thrilling one-wicket victory over defending champions Mumabi Indians at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday.

With 11 needed off the final over, Hooda clobbered a six over cover to put Ben Cutting under pressure in the first ball, who followed it up with a wide that brought SRH right back into the contest.

Mumbai Indians on the other hand is filled with a galaxy of stars and are often known to be slow starters in a marathon tournament. Skipper Rohit Sharma needs to rediscover his form by taking cue from the other big names and then look at the bowling attack comprising of Jasprit Bumrah, Pandya brothers, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mustafizur Rahman.

Shikhar Dhawan led the charge with the bat as he scored an unbeaten half-century to take SRH past the target with 4.1 overs to spare. The chase was right on the track for the hosts when young spinner Mayank Markande broke the 62-run partnership in the seventh over, that too through a successful review against the original decision.

Chasing 148 to win, SRH finished at 151/9 in their 20 overs.

Maintaining the this year's trend, Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bowl first.

For Mumbai, Suryakumar Yadav (28), Evin Lewis (29) and Kieron Pollard (28) played cameo knocks each but failed to take their side to a competitive total after each of them good to a good start with the bat.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (C ), Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Wriddhiman Saha, Siddharth Kaul, Deepak Hooda, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Shreevats Goswami, Ricky Bhui, Basil Thampi, T Natarajan, Sachin Baby, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan, Tanmay Agarwal, Alex Hales, Carlos Brathwaite, Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Nabi, Chris Jordan and Billy Stanlake. Sandeep Sharma replaces him.

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