It took them two bites at the cherry, but in the end Mumbai Indians prevailed over Sunrisers Hyderabad via a super over to become the third team to qualify for the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) play-offs.
Mumbai posted 162-5 in their regulation 20 overs after skipper Rohit Sharma elected to bat first bat and looked on course for a win, with SRH requiring 17 runs to prevail off the final over in their chase.
However, Manish Pandey belted a six off the final delivery bowled by Hardik Pandya to force the match into the tournament’s second super over where Mumbai held their nerve finally to seal the win.
Jasprit Bumrah turned out to be Mumbai’s hero in the super over with the pacer picking up two wickets in just four deliveries to restrict SRH to a mere eight runs. In response, Mumbai batsmen Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard knocked off the required nine runs off just three balls to land a big blow on Hyderabad’s play-off ambitions.
DE KOCK CARRIES HIS BAT IN SCRATCHY FIFTY
On a day when Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma failed once again with the bat, his fellow opener Quinton de Kock registered his fourth half-century of the campaign while carrying his bat through.
However, it wasn’t the most fluent of knocks from the South African who struggled for timing throughout his innings. The southpaw missed out on full tosses while his well struck shots found the fielders in a scratchy display \, which mirrored Mumbai’s batting struggles as a whole on the day.
De Kock took a painstaking 48 deliveries to bring up his 10th IPL fifty \, but it was still a crucial knock which held the Mumbai innings together.
KHALEEL REAPS THE REWARDS FOR EXCELLENT SUNRISERS BOWLING DISPLAY
A major reason for Mumbai’s struggles to score big on a decent pitch was the disciplined bowling efforts of Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Bhuvneshwar Kumar who together conceded just 74 runs between their total quota of 12 overs.
But while it was the India seamer and Afghan spinners who curtailed Mumbai’s rate of scoring, it was pacer Khaleel Ahmed who reaped the rewards when it came to wickets despite having an expensive outing.
The left-armed fast bowled conceded 42 runs from four overs but picked up the three crucial wickets of Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav. It took the youngster’s tournament tally to 12 wickets in just seven games and he is now only behind Rashid (14) in the wicket-taking charts when it comes to the Sunrisers’ bowling unit.
PANDEY TURNS HERO FOR SRH IN WARNER’S ABSENCE
It was SRH’s first test with the bat since David Warner’s tournament exit and it was one they just about cleared with Manish Pandey continuing his second coming. Despite being given a flying start by openers Wriddhiman Saha and Martin Guptill which saw them collect 60 runs in just five overs, SRH’s run chase completely derailed once Jasprit Bumrah picked off Saha and Guptill with successive deliveries.
Post the openers’ fall, only Manish Pandey was able to hold his own while the pressure built up at the other end for the visitors. Mumbai’s spinners Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar bowled economically in the middle overs to set up a grand finish where Pandey took centrestage.
The right-hander registered his third fifty in four games and stepped up just when his team needed it the most. With seven runs required to win off the final delivery and SRH’s hopes all but vanished, Pandey pulled off a monstrous six to force the match into a super-over and hand his team a lifeline.
Mumbai Indians: 162-5
Quinton de Kock: 69 not out (58)
Khaleel Ahmed: 3-42
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 162-6
Manish Pandey: 71 not out (47)
Jasprit Bumrah: 2-31
After their blistering start to their respective 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) campaigns, it looked like both Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders were certainties to finish among the four play-off places.
However, with the business-end of the tournament now upon us, things have gone sour for both franchises with their IPL 2019 play-off hopes now riding on a prayer ahead of their showdown in Mohali on Friday.
Both the teams will have their eyes on the result of Thursday’s Mumbai Indians v Sunrisers clash where they will desperately be hopping for a victory for the former. A Sunrisers win on Thursday will be the least-favourable outcome for both sides and will only make their task a tad more improbable.
PERFORM OR PERISH FOR BOTH SIDES
With both teams currently tied on 10 points, there are plenty of permutations and combinations that could see them yet book a place in the top-four. However, one thing is clear.
A defeat for either side on Friday will very well be the end of their play-off ambitions given their vastly inferior net run-rates compared to both Mumbai and SRH.
Among KXIP and KKR, it is the latter which looks better placed to advance to the play-offs given their net-run rate is still positive compared to the former’s which is negative. Even then, Ravi Ashwin and his Kings XI side will feel more confident given that they play both their remaining encounters on their home ground at Mohali.
So far in five IPL 2019 outings at Mohali, Kings XI have managed to win four with their sole defeat coming against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
GAYLE POWER V RUSSELL POWER
Friday’s crunch clash will see two big-hitting West Indies stalwarts go head-to-head with Chris Gayle and Andre Russell lining up on opposite sides.
Together, the two players have smashed 82 sixes between themselves in the IPL 2019 edition with Russell alone accounting for 50 of them.
While Gayle has so far amassed 448 runs for KXIP this season at an average of nearly 45, Russell has collected 486 runs at an average of nearly 70. Both the batsmen have been scoring those runs at a frightening clip with Gayle’s strike-rate hovering around the 161-mark while Russell has been smashing them at a rate of over 207.
The sixes will be expected to flow in Mohali when these two take the field and how the ‘Universe Boss’ and ‘Dre Russ’ fare on the day might very well decide the final outcome of the clash.
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, David Miller, Simran Singh (wk), Ravi Ashwin (c), Murugan Ashwin, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Mohammed Shami.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (c and wk), Sunil Narine, Rinku Singh, Piyush Chawla, Harry Gurney, Sandeep Warrier.
A win for Mumbai will make them the third team after Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals to confirm their berth in the play-off clashes.
For the Sunrisers, a win will not guarantee a play-off qualification just yet but it will put them in a great position to finish in the top-four.
Will Mumbai secure their play-off qualification or will SRH come out on top despite the absence of David Warner? Find out by following the ball-by-ball updates below from the Wankhede stadium.