Sunrisers Hyderabad condemned Gujarat Lions to a third straight defeat with a five-wicket win in the IPL today.
Shikhar Dhawan was the mainstay of the Hyderabad innings, finishing on 47 not out after hitting consecutive boundaries to wrap up the win.
The triumph was as much about the bowlers though as the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2-28) and Mustafizur Rahman (2-17) restricted Gujarat to just 126-6 in their 20 overs, Aaron Finch top-scoring with an unbeaten 51.
The total always looked under par and so it proved as Dhawan guided his side home with an over to spare.
Having been put in to bat, the Gujarat innings struggled to get going. Indeed, Kumar and Ashish Nehra (0-23) both started with maidens to leave the Lions scoreless after two overs – the first time in IPL history that an innings has started with consecutive maidens
Kumar then had Dwayne Smith caught in the third over and, after hitting a four and two sixes, Suresh Raina (20) became the swing bowler’s second wicket. A fantastic one-handed diving catch from Kane Williamson brought about the end of Dinesh Karthik (0) as Gujarat ended the powerplay on just 26-3.
That became 34-4 in the eighth over as Moises Henriques (1-24) got rid of Brendon McCullum (7). Finch and Dwayne Bravo led the recovery and gave them a solid base heading into the last six overs.
However, an outstanding catch in the deep by substitute fielder Vijay Shankar off the bowling of Barinder Sran (1-21) saw Bravo (18) back in the hutch. Finch looked like he would be joining him as he chipped the ball down to long off, only for David Warner to drop a simple catch.
The ever-economical Mustafizur then claimed his second wicket, Ravi Jadeja (18) caught at mid-off, but he was dispatched into the stands by Finch later in the over. The Aussie brought up his half-century off the final ball of the innings as Gujarat finished on 126 for 6.