The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai witnessed one of the most thrilling games of the IPL 2019 between the Mumbai Indians (MI) and the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). The match went right down to the Super Over and the host eventually came out as the winner, led by Rohit Sharma. They didn’t just win the encounter but also became the third team to qualify for the playoffs in this edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Despite having a decent start Mumbai lost the plot as they lost Rohit in the final over of the powerplay. After his dismissal, Surya Kumar Yadav and Quinton de Kock started building a partnership as they scored 54 runs for the second wicket before Yadav getting out in the 12th over and from there on, MI’s run-rate came down as from 90/2 in 12 overs, there were reduced to 119/4 in 16 overs with Evin Lewis and Hardik Pandya back in the dug-out.
However, the late fireworks of Kieron Pollard and De Kock helped Mumbai to reach the total of 162/5 in 20 overs. In the final over of Khaleel Ahmed, Pollard lost his wicket owing to a brilliant catch by the young Abhishek Sharma.
During the chase, the SRH openers, Guptill and Wriddhiman Saha started off well as they scored as many as 40 runs for the opening wicket in just 4 overs before the latter getting out in the 4th over Jasprit Bumrah. After his dismissal, Manish Pandey held to one end, but the other batsmen like Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma lost their wickets and SRH was struggling at 106/5 after the 15-over mark.
Manish Pandey and Mohammad Nabi added 49 runs for the 6th wicket before the latter getting out in the final over of Hardik. However, the drama started in the final over itself as they needed 17 runs in 6 balls and on the third ball of the over Nabi smashed Hardik for a six before getting out on the very next ball and SRH needed 7 runs off the last ball and Pandey smashed a six and the game went into the super over.
SRH only managed to score 8 runs of the super over of Burmah owing to a six by Nabi as they lost Naabi and Manish in just 4 balls. MI chased down the target of 9 runs in just 3 balls as Hardik smashed a six on the first ball of Rashid Khan.
Mumbai Indians – 192/4 in 20 overs (QDK: 69, R Sharma: 24; K Ahmed: 3/42) defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad – 162/6 in 20 overs (M Pandey: 71*; K Pandya: 2/22, J Bumrah: 2/31) in Super Over
Here is how Twitter reacted to the nail-biting game:
Easy win. India need to preserve Bumrah and Hardik. Huge assets to have.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) May 2, 2019
Very well played by Hardik. One big shot and a single allowed Pollard to just knock it and close it. @mipaltan into the play offs and @SunRisers now in that last week scramble. Anyone between KKR SRH KXIP can make it now.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) May 2, 2019
— Gaurav Sundararaman (@gaurav_sundar) May 2, 2019
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 2, 2019
Russell is the most destructive pace power-hitter and Hardik is the most destructive spin power-hitter. This IPL season Hardik has scored at a run rate of 12.54 runs per over against spin – that's +4.54 RPO above expectation based on the overs he has faced spin in. #IPL #MIvSRH
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) May 2, 2019
Teams who have qualified for the playoffs in this IPL:
Chennai Super Kings
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) May 2, 2019
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) May 2, 2019
— subramani badrinath (@s_badrinath) May 2, 2019
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) May 2, 2019
How good is the IPL!!!! Every game down to the wire 🔥🙌🏼 https://t.co/4Ccf9hjaAR
— Sam Billings (@sambillings) May 2, 2019
Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah will be so crucial for India with their current IPL form!
— Harnish (@harnishh16) May 2, 2019
Hardik Pandya in Super over be like :
— Pruthvi (@PruthviAhir9) May 2, 2019
*hardik pandya hits six*
English commentator: and its a six
Hindi commentator: "bahot hard, bahot hard"#MIvSRH
— prayag sonar (@prayag_sonar) May 2, 2019
Gives last ball 6 & takes the game to a SuperOver!! Hits 1st ball 6 & wins the SuperOver!! #HardikPandya 🙏💪
— CSK Guru official ™ (@GuruLeaks) May 2, 2019