Hyderabad: Mumbai Indians dished out a clinical bowling display to bundle out Sunrisers Hyderabad for a modest 113 in a must-win final league game of the Indian Premier League cricket tournament, here on Sunday.
Left-arm pacer Mitchell McClenaghan (3/16) led Mumbai's bowling attack from the front and he was assisted well by left-arm spinner Jagadeesha Suchith (2/14) and Lasith Malinga (2/17).
Electing to bat, Sunrisers were put on the backfoot straightway by Mumbai as the hosts lost both their openers—Shikhar Dhawan (1) and skipper David Warner (6) -- early in consecutive balls.
While Dhawan's off stump was rattled by Malinga's slinging yorker in the last delivery of the first over, Warner top-edged a McClenaghan's well-directed short ball to Kieron Pollard as Sunrisers slumped to seven for two in 1.1 overs.
The two early wickets stifled in-form Moises Henriques (11) and Eoin Morgan (9) as the duo found it difficult to rotate the strike.
The pair struggled to a 16-run third-wicket partnership before McClenaghan dealt another blow in the sixth over in the form of Morgan, whose upper cut was holed out in the third man by Lendl Simmons with the scoreboard reading just 23.
Then Henriques and K L Rahul (25 off 24) joined hands and somewhat steadied Sunrisers' sinking ship with a fighting 28-run fourth wicket stand before Mumbai picked up three quick wickets to tighten the noose around the home team.
Suchith struck twice in the 10th over before veteran Harbhajan Singh (1/18) also registered his name in the wicket-takers list an over later.
Suchith dismissed Henriques and Naman Ojha in consecutive deliveries to stand on the verge of a hat-trick, which eventually did not materialise.
Suchith first foxed Henriques with a tossed up delivery and wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel made no mistake in whipping the bails off before new man Ojha chipped the next ball straight to Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma.
After that, the onus was all on Rahul to take Sunrisers to a fighting total but he too perished soon, playing on a Harbhajan delivery on to his off stumps.
Sunrisers' innings never got the momentum as they lost wickets at regular intervals.
Karn Sharma (15) and A Ashish Reddy (17) hung in there for a couple of overs before departing. In between Bhuvneshwar Kumar too failed with the bat becoming McClenaghan's third victim of the day.
Towards the end Dale Steyn (19 off 11) played a good hand to take Sunrisers close to the 120-run mark.