In a pulsating encounter in the Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians (MI) held their nerve to defeat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Super Over to book their spot in the playoffs. After the stipulated 20 overs, both the teams ended up with 162 runs. It led to the Super Over: the one-over tie-breaker.
Sunrisers batted first in the Super Over, bowled by Jasprit Bumrah. He gave away just eight runs and scalped both the batsmen. Mumbai Indians needed nine runs to win in the Super Over. Out walked Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard. Pandya sent the first ball bowled by Rashid Khan to a straight six. Then they calmly ran a single and a two in the next two deliveries to seal the match.
The Super Over was a lop-sided affair. However, the match was as thrilling and as spiritedly contested as any cricket match can be.
Mumbai Indians Post A Below Par Score
Mumbai Indians won the toss and batted first. They were off to a good start, with all the top three batsmen contributing handily. Among them only Quinton de Kock went on to play a substantial innings. He remained not out with 69 off 58 balls. His inability to raise the tempo of scoring towards the end overs is a cause of concern for the MI management.
There was not much support de Kock from the middle order either. Mumbai kept losing wickets at one end. Eventually they ended up with 162 for five. The form of Evin Lewis, another overseas pro, is also a worrisome factor.
Manish Pandey Leads the Chase
Hyderabad too got off to a flying start. They amassed 57 runs in the first five overs. Bumrah pegged them back with two wickets within the Power Play. Scoring became slower when MI introduced spinners at both ends. Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya gave away just 43 runs in their eight overs and Pandya grabbed two wickets too.
While wickets were falling at one end, Manish Pandey was playing serenely as if he was on a different pitch. He found an able alley in Mohammad Nabi for the sixth wicket. The duo added 49 runs in 31 balls.
When Nabi got out in the final over, SRH needed nine runs from two balls. Hardik Pandya was the bowler. Pandey could take just two runs in the fifth ball. He hit a six off the final ball to take the score to 162 for six and the match to a tie. But all this was vain, as Mumbai prevailed in the Super Over.