Never a good sight to look back at

Hyderabad's Rashid Khan (second from right) celebrates the wicket of Mumbai's Kieron Pollard with teammates at the Wankhede Stadium yesterday.

21 - Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up 21 wickets against Kings XI Punjab in the 12 IPL games.

Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on Kings XI Punjab in the IPL T20 game tomorrow in Hyderabad.

SRH defended 118 at Mumbai's own ground and these are major worrying signs for Rohit Sharma and his team. And, that's what they did.

Mumbai's 20-year-old Mayank Markande took his wickets tally to 10 to be the leading wicket-taker in the IPL by clean bowling Mohammad Nabi (16) and Basil Thampi.

Taking strong exception to a few umpiring howlers in the ongoing IPL, the league's chairman Rajiv Shukla is learnt to have told match referees to speak to umpires about staying more vigilant during matches. But SRH has made some changes in the team.

It's only six matches down with eight to play but Mumbai's hopes of reaching the playoffs are looking like a lost cause. The fifth one struck Lewis' pads.

This is one the Indians know they let get away. One ball later, Saha perished for nought after being caught behind by Ishan Kishan off McClenaghan. McClenaghan bagged 2 wickets in his first over and Shikhar Dhawan along with Wriddhiman Saha were back with SRH 20/2. Rashid did, and how! Just when it seemed Shakib would be his ideal companion, Williamson ran him out and then inside-edged Hardik to the wicketkeeper to end his stay at the crease.

The pressure was back again on Mumbai after playing seven dots in two overs and scoring no boundaries.

The Indians were soon 61-4 after Krunal Pandya lost an appeal against lbw following a delivery from Rashid Khan. The West Indian had problems facing the moving ball and although he started the third over with a boundary, he fell to Sandeep Sharma in the same over. Mumbai were looking shaky at 17-2.

The other star performer of the day was medium pacer Siddharth Kaul. "The only thing was to bowl a little back to him, not give him too much room or too full that he could hit easily".

His first over was after Rohit's dismissal. He has just wasted a wicket with a risky run, as a result he is run-out by Suryakumar Yadav. Second placed are the Chennai Super Kings who have also displayed an impeccable performance so far. Yadav and Krunal looked more relaxed after that over till Williamson suffocated them with spin.

The wicket, no doubt was hard, double-paced and had turn. It wasn't expected of me but for my future, it was good for me since I learned form that.

Sunrisers have not named a replacement for Stanlake yet and are already grappling with injury concerns to their pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Panfya then claimed the key wicket of Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson (29) as the visitors sunk to 63-5.

  • Julie Sanders