Mumbai Indians will leave the UAE shores without a single victory in the first leg of IPL 7 as the defending champions slumped to their fifth straight defeat after losing against Sunrisers Hyderabad by 15 runs yesterday.
Powered by David Warner's fighting 65-run knock and his stellar 111-run partnership with Lokesh Rahul (46), Hyderabad overcame a shaky start to score a competitive 172 for five after being invited to bat.
After losing three quick wickets, Mumbai fought through big-hitting Kieron Pollard (78) and Ambati Rayudu (35 off 27) but all they could manage was 157 for seven in the end.
Pollard prevented it from becoming a one-sided match with his scintillating 48-ball knock, embellished with six sixes and three fours.
Irfan Pathan bowled Pollard in the first ball of the final over, in which Mubai needed 20 runs. It was Pollard, who had brought Mumbai this far and his wicket at the crucial juncture dashed hopes of the defending champions.
SCORES IN BRIEF
SUNRISERS HYDERABAD: 172 for 5 (Rahul 46, Warner 65; Khan 2-26, Anderson 2 -18)
MUMBAI INDIANS: 157 for 7 (Rayudu 35, Pollard 78; Kumar 2-17, Pathan 2-13)
Result: Sunrisers Hyderabad won by 15 runs.