In a super exciting match that ended in a super over with scores tied on 162 at the end of 20 overs, Mumbai Indians (MI) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in an IPL cricket match at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Thursday to become the third team to seal their spot in the knock out stage after Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Delhi Capitals (DC).
Required to score nine runs of six balls in the super over, Kieron Pollards’ brace of the third ball gave MI the home victory and pushed them up to the second position in the league table ahead of DC with 16 points from 13 matches and a net run rate (NRR) of +0.321. Hardik Pandya who opened the super over innings, blasted a six off the first ball followed by a single to set up MI’s crucial win. DC also on 16 points from 13 matches have a NRR of -0.096. SRH remained fourth with 12 points from 13 matches and NRR of +0.653.
Either Kings XI Punjab or KKR on 10 points from 12 matches can challenge SRH for the fourth slot. SRH play their last match against wooden spoonist RCB on Saturday at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
Replying to MI’s 162 for five after skipper Rohit Sharma chose to bat on winning the toss in the home match, SRH scrambled to 162 for six in 20 over with Manish Pandey putting up a strong fight. At the second time out SRH were on 115 for five requiring 48 runs off 24 balls with Manish at the crease and it looked it MI would ease to a win. But Manish and Mohammad Nabi had other ideas 49 invaluable runs for the sixth wicket. The last ball six by Manish of Hardik Pandya tied the scores pushing the match into the super over.
With four teams vying for two spots in the knock out stage, the competition between MI and SRH was expected to be very intense. The MI batting was a stop start stop kind of an innings with opener Quinton de Kock of South Africa managing to carry his batting through the innings. SRH fared worse and started losing wickets at regular intervals after the first wicket partnership, which was its early bright spark.
The absence of Australia’s David Warner and England’s Jonny Bairstow had a telling effect on the SRH batting as they were denied an explosive opening partnership as in the earlier stages of the league. SRH, however, were off to a positive start with Wriddhiman Saha and New Zealander Martin Guptil adding 40 runs for the first wicket before Saha fell to Jasprit Bumrah. Saha who had crashed Bumrah to the boundary could not keep his intended cut down and Evin Lewis at point took the catch.
Bumrah struck again when he had Guptill leg before wicket, a decision which the batsman sent to the third umpire but lost the review under the Decision Review System. Left-arm spinner gave MI more to cheer as he got the wicket of Kane Williams off his very first ball with the decision again going the DRS way. With on-field umpire Nandan declining the MI appeal, the home team sought the DRS and got a positive decision much to the chagrin of SRH team.
Earlier, Rohit and de Kock added 36 runs for the first wicket in 5.2 overs. Rohit seemed to be in good nick on a newly laid wicket but miscued an intended hook shot of left-arm medium pacer Khaleel Ahmed for Mohammad Nabi of Afghanistan. De Kock was a little uncertain to start but later in the innings, he started to play some powerful strokes to take SRH to a competitive score.
Suryakumar, who joined de Kock at the fall of Rohit’s wicket, started off with a bang by slamming the first ball that he faced to the square leg fence for a four. He kept the scoreboard ticking quickly but fell to Khalid Ahmed with Rashid Khan taking a neat catch.
While Khaleel Ahmed picked three wickets conceding 42 runs, Rashid Khan (also from Afghanistan, 0 for 21 – just one run in his first over and fifth of the innings), Nabi (one for 24) and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar (one for 29) bowled disciplined spells to prevent SRH running away with a big score. De Kock’s unbeaten 69 came off 58 balls with two sixes and six fours.