Manish Pandey has shown massive consistency in the last few games of the ongoing 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Since being dropped due to poor form, Pandey has smashed three half-centuries in four games for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). He gained a lot praises for his brilliant knock of 71 runs last night against Mumbai Indians (MI) to take the game towards the second super over of the season. The 51st game of 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 to take the game towards the dramatic super over finish.
No.3 is a good position for him
After the game, SRH all-rounder Mohammad Nabi, who played a vital cameo of 31 runs to support Pandey in the final few overs, noted that the No.3 position is the best spot for the in-form batsman. “I think No. 3 is a good position for him. Over the last few games, he has consistently performed. It’s very good for the team as well because Bairstow and Warner have gone back home. Pandey has come and added strength,” quoted Mohammad Nabi during the post-match press conference.
They bowled brilliantly
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.
“We tried to hit big ones, but they bowled brilliantly. The ball was reversing with Malinga and Bumrah. And they bowled brilliant yorkers as well. I thought we’ll go for the big hits but it’s not possible to hit yorkers for six. That’s why we took singles,” Nabi added.
With this loss, the Sunrisers Hyderabad desperately needs to win their last game of the season against Royal Challengers Bangalore on May 4, to remain in contention for the playoffs. “It is disappointing because if we can’t win on such pitches and lose after coming so close, then it is bad luck for our team. The whole tournament we have come close and lost matches. In the last match (against RCB) we will give 110% and hope that we qualify for playoffs,” Nabi signed off.