Mumbai Indian's Mustafizur Rahman with a brilliant penultimate over almost turned what was a Tiger derby on its head against Shakib Al Hasan's Sunrisers Hyderabad in a pulsating Indian Premier League game in Hyderabad yesterday.
But despite the excellent effort from the left-arm pace bowler in that eventful over in which he took two wickets and conceded just one run, Mumbai Indians failed to defend 11 runs in the final over and conceded a heart-stopping one-wicket defeat.
Billy Stanlake hit the winning runs off the last ball of Ben Cutting, who went for a massive six of the first delivery before conceding three singes after a wide. Deepak Hooda, who hit that crucial six over extra-cover, took Hyderabad over the line with an unbeaten 32 off 25 balls.
Hyderabad were supposed to win the game comfortably after restricting Mumbai to a modest 147 for eight. Shakib played his part in yet another tight bowling effort led by leg-spinner Rashid Khan, who ended with fabulous figures of one for 13 from four overs, which included 18 dot balls. After completing a brilliant catch at square-leg to see the back of Mumbai captain Rohit Sharman, Shakib, who was introduced in the seventh over, took the wicket Siddarth Kaul. He finished with one for 34 in his fours overs.
But it was Mustafizur, who played a more dominant role in the match against his former team. He made the vital breakthrough after Hyderabad raced to 73 for one in 7.5 overs. He dismissed Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson for six.
Hyderabad were well in sight of an easy win despite losing Williamson and Shakib, who scored a run-a-ball 12. They needed 15 runs from the last 18 deliveries with five wickets standing. But Jasprit Bumrah's two wickets of successive deliveries in the 18th over, that yielded only three runs followed by Mustafizur's gold-standard penultimate over gave Mumbai a sniff of an unlikely victory. But the defending champions eventually ended up at the receiving end of two consecutive close finishes after that similar margin defeat in the opening game against Chennai Super Kings. Mustafizur finished with three for 24 in his four overs.
SCORES IN BRIEF
MUMBAI INDIANS: 147 for eight in 20 overs (Sharma 11, Lewis 29, Yadav 28, Pollard 28; Sandeep 2-25, Stanlake 2-42, Rashid Khan 1-13, Shakib 1-34)
SUNRISERS HYDERABAD: 151 for nine in 20 overs (Dhawan 45, Saha 22, Shakib 12, Hooda 32 not out; Bumrah 2-32, Markande 4-23, Mustafizur 3-24)
Result: Sunrisers Hyderabad won by one wicket
Player-of-the-match: Rashid Khan