Chennai: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) middle-order continued to misfire as spinner Rahul Chahar and pacer Trent Boult fired Mumbai Indians (MI) to a 13-run win in their IPL match here on Saturday.
Defending 150, leg-spinner Chahar (3/19) stifled the middle-order before Boult (3/28) polished off the tail as SRH were bowled out for 137 in 19.4 overs.
Opting to bat, MI had a good start but Vijay Shankar and Mujeeb Ur Rahman claimed two wickets each as SRH stemmed the flow of runs in the middle overs.
However, Kieron Pollard managed to lift MI to 150/5 with the help of a 22-ball unbeaten 35 which included two sixes off the last two balls of their innings.
Jonny Bairstow smashed a 22-ball 35 to give SRH a rollicking start, while David Warner too managed a 36 off 34 but once the openers were back in the hut, the middle-order again failed to come to the fore.
Back at the top with his opening partner Warner, Bairstow amassed 18 runs from Boult in the third over with the help of three fours and a six.
Adam Milne was then treated with equal disdain, being hit for two maximums and a four as he bled 19 runs.
Krunal Pandya was then handed the ball but the result was the same as he conceded 13 runs with Bairstow and Warner smashing a six and a four respectively as SRH amassed 55 in 5 overs.
Lady luck smiled on MI finally when Bairstow stepped on the wicket while looking for a slog sweep off Krunal.
Chahar then removed Manish Pandey (2), while Hardik's direct throw found Warner short as SRH slumped to 91/3.
Chahar handed SRH a twin blow in his last over, dismissing Virat Singh (11) and Abhishek Sharma (2) -- both playing their first games of the season.
Shankar (28 off 25) cracked two sixes off Krunal to keep SRH in the hunt but he kept losing his partners as Abdul Samad (7) was sent packing by Hardik with another direct throw and then Boult produced a perfect yorker to rid get of Rashid (0).
Shankar too perished in the next over as SRH slumped to their third loss on the trot.
Earlier, Rohit Sharma (32 off 25) and Quinton de Kock (40 off 39) scored 53 in the powerplay after opting to bat but Shankar (2/19) and the Afghan spin duo of Mujeeb (2/29) and Rashid Khan (0/22) brought the Sunrisers back into the game.
Rohit completed 4000 T20 runs as a skipper and also surpassed Mahendra Singh Dhoni's record of hitting the most number of sixes by an Indian in the tournament.
The 33-year-old now has 217 sixes in IPL, one ahead of Dhoni. He occupies the third place in the overall list after Punjab Kings' Chris Gayle (351) and Royal Challengers Bangalore's AB de Villiers (237).
With Rohit and de Kock looking in full flow, it seemed MI will put up a big score.
However, MI soon slipped to 71/2 with Shankar dismissing Rohit and Suryakumar Yadav (10) in two overs.
While the MI skipper holed out to Virat in the sixth over, Suryakumar was caught and bowled in the ninth over.
Rashid and Mujeeb then tightened the screw on MI as the well-set de Kock next perished at deep mid-wicket in his pursuit for a big shot.
Pollard then joined Ishan Kishan (12 off 21) in the middle but the scoring remained difficult.
With MI at 107/3 in 16 overs, Pollard clubbed one over mid-wicket to break the shackles but Mujeeb soon dismissed Ishan with wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow taking a fabulous catch.
New man Hardik and Pollard couldn't produce their trademark hitting as the former holed out to Virat in the deep.
Pollard, who was dropped by Shankar, managed to smash the last two balls of the innings for two sixes as MI reached 150.