Aaron Finch for once took a back seat as David Warner fired the Sunrisers Hyderabad to just their second win of the Pepsi IPL 2014.
In an early battle for the wooden spoon, the Sunrisers faced the reigning champions Mumbai Indians, the final game to be held in Dubai.
Rohit Sharma won the toss and put Finch and his men in to bat, despite the Aussie coming into some hot form in the past week. After a scratchy 44 on Sunday, Finch was immediately into his stride with two crisp boundaries in the first over.
Sunrisers v Royals, April 18, Royals won by 4 wickets
Kings XI v Sunrisers, April 22, Kings XI won by 72 runs
Sunrisers v Daredevils, April 25, Sunrisers won by 4 runs
Sunrisers v Super Kings, April 27, Super Kings won by 5 wickets
Indians v Sunrisers, April 30, Sunrisers won by 15 runs
Royal Challengers v Sunrisers, May 4, 3.30pm BST
Royals v Sunrisers, May 8, 3.30pm BST
Daredevils v Sunrisers, May 10, 11.30am BST
Sunrisers v Indians, May 12, 3.30pm BST
Sunrisers v Kings XI, May 14, 11.30am BST
Sunrisers v Knight Riders, May 18, 3.30pm BST
Sunrisers v Royal Challengers, May 20, 11.30am BST
Super Kings v Sunrisers, May 22, 3.30pm BST
Knight Riders v Sunrisers, May 24, 3.30pm BST
Qualifiers, 27-30 May
Final, June 1, 3.30pm BST
After winding up the opposition – as is customary with Warner – the Australian opener kicked into overdrive and began a staggering assault on the MI attack as he passed 50 with a shower of sixes.
Warner was out in the 19th over for 65, attempting a reverse slog over midwicket off Corey Anderson but it brought in Darren Sammy, one of the in-form finishers in world cricket.
Sammy and Rahul (46) fell in the dying overs but SRH posted 172-5 to put them in a commanding position and leave MI needing their highest score of the tournament to secure their first win.
The champions lost leading batsman Sharma in the second over to a loose drive against Bhuvneshwar Kumar to put them up against it.
A ferocious Dale Steyn bouncer removed another danger-man in Corey Anderson and Ben Dunk was bowled by Sammy after threatening to break loose, making it 32-3 after the powerplay.
Ambati Rayudu and Kieron Pollard bided their time before an over of 19 from Amit Mishra put Mumbai back in with some kind of a chance.
Rayudu holed out to Warner in the deep for 35 but it was just one of those days for the big West Indian all-rounder, who reached 50 off 37 balls before taking 27 off the 17th over with three huge sixes.
Harbhajan and Aditya Tare fell cheaply before Pollard’s innings of 78 – including six sixes – was ended in the final over, leaving Mumbai 15 runs short and lifting SRH above Delhi Daredevils in the league table.
Finch: 16 off 15; SR: 106.66; 3 × 4’s, 0 × 6’s
Will Jackson, Finch Watch Correspondent
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