Dale Steyn and Trent Boult finally came together in the same team as the Sunrisers Hyderabad went with five marquee bowlers in their IPL 2015 match against the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium, and the result of that was restricting the home team to a below-par total.
However, restricting a side to a lowish total is only a job half done isn't it, you still need to chase down those runs. SRH just do not function if David Warner and/or Shikhar Dhawan post a big score, and once the two left-handed superstars fell early enough in the chase, it was all MI as the IPL 2013 champions got that much-needed victory to start their work away from the bottom of the table.
Choosing to bat first, MI could only make 157/8 in their 20 overs as Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Steyn and the rest put the squeeze and the wicket-taking mojo on, but the reply was pretty timid once Dhawan (42, 29b, 7x4, 1x6) fell, with Mitchell McClenaghan (4-0-20-3) and Lasith Malinga (4-0-23-4), who picked up three wickets in the 19th over, leading from the front to stop SRH at 137 for eight.
It should have really been an easy chase on a ground where big scores is the rule rather than the exception, and it looked like it was going to be easy peasy as well the way Dhawan began the chase, going great guns and unfurling some outstanding shots all over the ground.
There was the reverse-sweep to third man, and also the touch/late cut to the same are; there was the patented cut and drive, as well as the beautiful jump down the track to the spinner and hit-him-where-he-wants shot, with those beautiful strokes taking SRH to 39 in the first four overs.
However, David Warner's wicket in the final ball of the fifth, from Lasith Malinga, put that wee bit more pressure on Dhawan, who then perished six balls later to McClenaghan, pulling a shot straight to Malinga at midwicket.
From there it was a train-wreck for SRH, as the likes of KL Rahul, who clearly still has plenty to learn about playing in this short format of the game, Ravi Bopara, Naman Ojha and Hanuma Vihari succumbed to the pressure to hand MI an easy win.
Earlier, the innings was a little disjointed from the Mumbai Indians, with Lendl Simmons (51, 42b, 6x4, 1x6) and Rohit Sharma throwing away good starts. Wickets kept tumbling constantly for MI and even if Kieron Pollard (33, 24b, 3x4, 1x6) tried his best to give the innings a little bit of his special blitz, it was not to be as it ended on 157. But then, who would have though, SRH would cave in a lot more easily.