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Mumbai Seal Playoffs Berth With A Staggering Victory

The 51st game of the fascinating Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 season between hosts Mumbai Indians (MI) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) was an absolute nail-biting expedition. After a long, intriguing battle of 40 overs, the match ended in a draw and then the matters proceeded into the Super Over. In the one-over eliminator, the MI duo of Hardik Pandya compensated for his final over bashing before Kieron Pollard finally sealing the playoffs berth for the three-time champions with a thrilling victory.

Earlier in the match, Mumbai Indians registered a fighting first innings total on the back of a fine half-century knock from Quinton de Kock. In the second innings, SRH in-form batsman Manish Pandey batted extremely well along with Mohammad Nabi to take the game towards the dramatic super over finish.

Quinton de Kock’s fighting half-century takes MI to 162

After winning the toss and opting to bat first, MI skipper Rohit Sharma sent in an early ultimatum to the opposition, smacking Basil Thampi for two crisp boundaries in the very first over of the innings. He then took Khaleel Ahmed on remand by hitting him for three fours in the next over. However, eventually Khaleel did manage to have the last laugh, dismissing the dangerous looking MI skipper in the final over of the powerplay. The duo comprising of Quinton de Kock and Suryakumar Yadav then joined hands to resurrect the MI innings.

The pair did stitch a fine partnership of 54 runs, however, the runs were coming at a very slow rate and thus, the scoreboard didn’t seem to be moving. Suryakumar failed to convert his start, while Evin Lewis got out without troubling the scorers much. De Kock brought up his fourth half-century of the season in 47 balls, but after getting to the landmark, he started picking up pace and smashed some vital boundaries in the last few overs to help MI finish with a fighting total of 162 runs. For SRH, Khaleel finished with three wickets to his name, while Nabi and Bhuvneshwar picked up a wicket each.

Pandey and Nabi’s phenomenal blitz take the matters to the Super Over

Chasing a stiff target of 163 runs, SRH also got off to a blazing start as opener Wriddhiman Saha stroked a boundary on the very first ball of the innings. Saha played an entertaining cameo of 25 runs off 15 balls which consisted of five boundaries before getting dismissed by Jasprit Bumrah in the fourth over. The new batsman, Manish Pandey did turn off the run flow, smacking Lasith Malinga for a total of 17 runs in the fifth over. But then Bumrah once again applied the brakes by removing Martin Guptill in the final powerplay over.

Left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya intensified the SRH troubles, dismissing SRH skipper Kane Williamson early and in turn left the visitors reeling at 65-3. MI bowlers kept on picking wickets on regular intervals due to which the required run-rate also started rising quite a bit. Just like de Kock in the first innings, Pandey also got strangled here amidst the run-chase with almost no support. However, after getting to his fifty, he then found a partner in Mohammad Nabi, who stroked a couple of fours and a six in the space of two overs to keep SRH alive in the chase. Towards the fag end of the innings, the matters became difficult for SRH, but first Nabi and then Pandey showed nerves of steel to stretch towards the super over.

Hardik Pandya seal the deal for MI

Firstly for SRH, Manish Pandey and Mohammad Nabi once again came out and it was Jasprit Bumrah with the ball in hand for MI. On the very first ball, Pandey got involved in a run-out dismissal. Nabi then smacked a six on the third ball, before eventually getting dismissed on the fourth ball and the target for MI was 9 runs to get from 6 balls.

Hardik Pandya started the matters with a staggering hit for six to reduce the target to just three runs. He then took a single off the next delivery and Kieron Pollard finished the game by taking a couple off the third ball and in turn steered MI to an astonishing win.

Brief Scores:

MI: 162/5 in 20 overs (Quinton de Kock-69*, Rohit Sharma-24; Khaleel Ahmed 3/42, Mohammad Nabi 1/24)

SRH: 162/6 in 20 overs (Manish Pandey-71*, Mohammad Nabi-31; Krunal Pandya 2/22, Jasprit Bumrah 2/31)

Super Over

SRH: 8/2 in 0.4 overs

MI: 9/0 in 0.3 overs

Result: Match tied. Mumbai Indians won the Super Over.