Mumbai Indians weaved magic yet again at the venue of their unprecedented third IPL triumph to come back from the dead, but were pipped at the finishing line by Deepak Hooda, the man who they doled out INR 3.6 crores for at the auction.
His unbeaten 32 constituted a sensational final-over six off a wide yorker off Ben Cutting that reduced the equation to five off five deliveries. A wide and three singles reduced it to one needed off the final delivery.
Billy Stanlake, the No.11, nervously examined the field, contemplated his options and then hoicked the slower delivery to the midwicket fence to deliver a one-wicket win and send a strong crowd of 30,000 into delirium.
Dhawan wicket triggers collapse
A slap to the extra cover boundary off his first delivery set the tone for yet another dominating knock. Without scoreboard pressure early in the chase, Shikhar Dhawan simply trusted his instincts and hit everything through the line to bludgeon his way to his second successive half-century.
The first one, against Rajasthan Royals, came off 33 deliveries. He was set to shade that by muscling his way to 45 off 27 balls, before falling off his 28th when he top-edged a sweep to Jasprit Bumrah at fine leg. This triggered a sensational collapse.
Markande and Mustafizur take it down to the wire
At 20, Mayank Markande's confidence to execute his variations have been impressive. He foxed Wriddhiman Saha with a shortish googly that beat the inside edge to hit the pad, with an lbw appeal given out on review.
Dhawan holed out to fine leg and Manish Pandey's ugly hoick resulted in a leading edge taken by Rohit at short mid-off. There were nerves in the Sunrisers camp now, and Shakib had them biting off their fingernails when he chopped on. They had sensationally slipped from 73 for 1 to 107 for 5.
This was still very much Sunrisers' game, but there were many more twists. Yusuf Pathan and Deepak Hooda brought them to within 12 runs of victory, before Jasprit Bumrah delivered two vital strikes.
Yusuf mistimes a skiddy bouncer to Kieron Pollard at midwicket and Rashid Khan was snuffed out by a full delivery that took the edge to the keeper.
Mustafizur Rahman then delivered a stellar penultimate over, taking two wickets and conceding just one to leave Hooda a herculean task. His modus operandi was simple: varying his length to cutters.
Sandeep Sharma's attempted scoop resulted in a catch to short fine, while Siddarth Kaul chipped one back as Mustafizur held on to a superb reflex-action catch. Now, with 11 off one over, Hooda exhibited tremendous calm to see the game through.