It could not have been on Sydney Cricket Ground on New Year's Day, but Billy Stanlake made his best Michael Bevan impression for the perfect time for Sunriser Hyderabad against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League overnight.
Deepak Hooda and Stanlake kept their nerve when Sunriser Hyderabad (SRH) won a thriller against Mumbai by a wicket in IPL on Thursday.
Hooda made 32 not out of 25 balls while Stanlake hit a limit from last delivery to win victory for Ben-spinner Mayank Markande (4-23) and paceman Mustafizur Rahman (3-24) had previously reduced Hyderabad to 5 -107.
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Chasing 148 to win, Shikhar Dhawan (45) and Wriddhiman Saha (22) gave Sunriserne a nice start.
Marking was eliminating both openers and Shakib Al Hasan (12) while Rahman had captain Kane Williamson (6) caught behind.
Hyderabad lost four wickets to 27 at a time, but Hooda and Stanlake guided the team to a nail finale.
Australian Allround Legs Cutting was given responsibility for bowling the final over to Mumbai. With SRH Hunt 11 running to win six balls, Cutting came out to the worst possible start and gave a tame full throw that was hammered by Hooda to six over the cover. He admitted a broad on the next delivery to leave SRH, who only needed four rounds from five balls.
When Stanlake was striking on the final ball in the match, his team needed another battle for victory. With all 11 Mumbai players in the inner ring, the tall timber knocked over the middle to send the home crowd wild.
"It was one of the games that came down to the lead. At the halfway stage I thought it would be scrappy because the wicket was slow. The last ball could go both ways so it was nice to win," said Williamson. Previously Mumbai was batted and finished 8-147. They lost skipper Rohit Sharma early to 11.
Evin Lewis (29) and Ishan Kishan put 37 in second place, but Mumbai then fell to 4-72.
Suryakumar Yadav (28) and Kieron Pollard (28) started a recovery before their team lost four wickets for 26 and were limited to a sub-par total. Rashid Khan, who took 1-13 in four overs and bent 18 dots, was called man-of-the-match when he helped Hyderabad to go on top of the team. There was another consecutive final defeat for Mumbai.
"It's still early days. Being on the recipient's second time is hard to digest. It was not a good enough total and our batsmen should have done better," Sharma said.