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MI beat SRH in super over; book playoffs berth

Mumbai, May 2 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 5/2/2019 1:03:18 PM IST

Mumbai Indians defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad via Super Over at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday to become the 3rd team after Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals to reach the playoffs of Indian Premier League.

Sunrisers Hyderabad must now beat Royal Challengers Bangalore in their final group game on Saturday and hope the other results go their way to seal the fourth playoff spot.
Manish Pandey led an incredible run chase for Sunrisers Hyderabad after the two big ticket overseas batsmen - Martin Guptill and Kane Willamson failed to make an impact. Pandey remained unbeaten on 71 and added 49 for the 7th wicket with Mohammad Nabi as SRH pulled off a thrilling tie to take the game to a Super Over - the 2nd of the season.
Chasing 163, Sunrisers Hyderabad lost openers Wriddiman Saha and Martin Guptill to Jasprit Bumrah after a rapid start. Kane Williamson has been far from his best this season and he laboured his way to 3 before missing a sweep against Krunal Pandya - the ball hit the pads and he was out lbw.
In the absence of David Warner, Martin Guptil and Kane Williamson were expected to stand up and fill the void but their cheap dismissals left Manish Pandey with a lot of work.
Vijay Shankar never found ant momentum and became Krunal Pandya’s second wicket while Hardik Pandya dismissed Abhishek Sharma as SRH slipped to 105 for 5 in the 15th over. With the asking rate climbing up, Manish Pandey was key Sunrisers.
He was looking good and had Mohammad Nabi for company at the other end. 
In a heroic effort, Manish Pandey led the chase for SRH single-handedly till he found support in Mohammad Nabi. It was a lost cause for Hyderabad but the pair of Pandey and Nabi held their nerves to pull off a tie. 
SRH sent Manish Pandey and Mohammad Nabi to face Jasprit Bumrah in the Super Over. However, the pair could not repeat their heroics and Pandey was run out in the 1st ball while Bumrah castled Nabi off the 4th ball and SRH managed only 8, setting MI 9 to win the Super Over.
Hardik Pandya hit Rashid Khan for a six off the 1st ball and then he and Pollard kept their calm to pull off a Super Over victory for Mumbai Indians.
Earlier in the evening, Mumbai Indians decided to bat after Rohit Sharma won the toss.
Rohit Sharma led a quick start for Mumbai Indians but Kane Williamson introduced his spinners - Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan to slow the hosts down. Rohit, who was looking good for a big score, fell to Khaleel Ahmed in the 6th over after Nabi took an easy catch at mid-on.
Rohit Sharma’s opening partner Quinton de Kock took his time to get going but Suryakumar Yadav played a nice little cameo (23 off 17) and added 54 for the 2nd wicket with de Kock to set MI up nicely on a pitch which Yadav later described as sticky.
Run scoring was not easy on this Wankhede pitch. Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan and Basil Thampi bowled excellent first spells and managed to stop the dangerous Evin Lewis, Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard from playing destructive innings.
Quinton de Kock hit the slowest fifty of the 2019 Indian Premier League but accelerated towards the end of the innings to remain unbeaten on 69 and help Mumbai Indians set Sunrisers Hyderabad post a challenging target.
Mumbai Indians now have the chance to finish in the top 2 in the points table if they beat Kolkata Knight Riders in the final group match of the 2019 Indian Premier League on May 5.
Brief scores: 
Mumbai Indians - 162/5 (Quinton de Kock 69, Rohit Sharma 24; Khaleel Ahmed 3/42)
Sunrisers Hyderabad- 162/6 (Manish Pandey 71*, Mohammad Nabi 31; Hardik Pandya 2/20, Krunal Pandya 2/22)

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