Batting first, MI openers Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan added 41 runs in quick time. While Rohit scored 28 off 18, Kishan contributed 38 off 31. After the opening duo was dismissed, Suryakumar Yadav also fell cheaply for 7. Cameron Green (64 not out off 40) and Tilak Varma (37 off 17) then added 56 runs for the fourth wicket partnership.
Green hammered six fours and two sixes in his unbeaten knock, while Varma slammed two fours and four maximums. All-rounder Tim David also chipped in with 16 off 11 balls. For SRH, Marco Jansen claimed two wickets for 43 runs.
Chasing 193, SRH get off to a poor start. Harry Brook was out for 9, top-edging Jason Behrendorff. Rahul Tripathi fell for 7, try to play an angled-bat stroke. Mayank Agarwal and Aiden Markram featured in a 46-run stand for the third wicket.
Markram was out off 22 off 17, miscuing a big hit off Green to deep midwicket. Heinrich Klaasen scored a brisk 36 off 16. He went after Piyush Chawla, but also fell to the leg-spinner. Agarwal (48 off 41) never got going and hit a full toss from Riley Meredith to a fielder to be dismissed. In the end, SRH were all out as Bhuvneshwar Kumar was out for 2, giving Arjun Tendulkar his first IPL wicket.
Speaking after winning the game, MI skipper Rohit Sharma said, “I have got lot of memories here (in Hyderabad). I played three years here. Won a trophy as well. Love coming back here.”
On the youngster and his batting role, he added, “To settle them (youngsters) in is important for us. We had a couple of guys who hadn't played IPL before. We had to back them. They are coming into their own. I am enjoying what I am doing (with the bat). It is a different role. I am trying to set the tempo. Glad to get some scores in the powerplay. I understand one of us has to bat big. We have a long batting line-up. We want these guys to come out and bat freely.”
--By A Cricket Correspondent