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Finch Watch: Sunrisers win crucial match against bottom side Indians

— 1 May 2014

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 Schedule:

    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

  • The out-of-form skipper Shikhar Dhawan edged Zaheer Khan to slip in the third over to depart for six and expose the fragile SRH middle order.

    Finch made room to hit the spinner over cover to move on 16, but tried to repeat the shot against Zaheer in the next over and only succeeded in finding Ben Dunk on the edge of the circle to depart with the score on 38.

    David Warner, who was demoted to number four to add substance to the SRH middle-order, joined the impressive Lokesh Rahul at the crease as the runs continued to flow steadily.

    Rahul, an Indian under 19 batsman, looked particularly good and was very composed at the crease as the pair milked the slower bowlers from Mumbai and prepared for a final onslaught, reaching 89-2 at the second strategic timeout after 13 overs.

  • 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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