Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday night inflicted a 10-wicket crushing defeat to Mumbai Indians and secured a place in the playoff stage by knocking Kolkata Knight Riders out of the competition. Both Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders now have 14 points each but the team led by David Warner have a 149-8 in 20 overs with a better net run-rate.
Batting first Mumbai Indians struggled to put up a total of 149-8 in 20 overs with Kieron Pollard scoring 41 in 25 balls. Sandeep Sharma claimed three wickets, while Jason Holder and Shahbaz Nadeem shared two wickets each.
The run-chase by Sunrisers Hyderabad began on an aggressive note as Warner and Wriddhiman Saha made their intention abundantly clear. Both reach their fifties in 34 balls each. While Warned remained unbeaten at 85, Saha too carried his bat by playing a knock of 58 not out. Both achieved the target with 17 balls to spare.
Reacting to his side’s defeat, Rohit Sharma said, “Not the day we want to remember. probably the worst performance of the season for us. We wanted to try a few things but unfortunately it didn’t go our way. Losing wickets at the top doesn’t help. We knew the dew was playing a big part, and we wanted to take the toss out of consideration. I am happy to be back on the park. Looking forward to a few more games here and see how it goes. The hamstring is absolutely fine. Two ways to look at the dew. We play at Wankhede, which always has dew. So we don’t want to be demotivated when we lose the toss. We didn’t have enough runs on the board, which didn’t put any pressure on us. If you take wickets in the Powerplay, even if there is dew, it can put pressure on them. It is a funny format. You keep doing well. I know you want to remember those two wins against DC but you have to stay in the present and keep doing the small things and keep ticking the boxes. You want to leave tonight behind you as quickly as possible. We will get back to the drawing board tomorrow.”
Warner, for his part, said, “Feeling good now. After that dreadful loss against Kings XI. Obviously they rested a couple of players, but to hold them to 150 on this ground is outstanding. Nadeem, to go for 18 in his four against a side with so many left-hand batsmen, is exceptional. There is great resilience in the side. We always out our best foot forward. A lot of the credit goes down to the franchise owners. We looked back to 2016 when we had to win every game to win the title. When you have your backs against the wall, you have nothing to lose. You just saw how much that dropped chance hurt Rashid, the passion with which we play. I pride myself on giving the team a great start. That is my duty and responsibility. Fortunately we haven’t had to chase a big total. RCB are a very good side. They have a lot of dangerous players. We beat them in the2016 final. Another do-or-die game. Hopefully we can carry the momentum from this game.”
Shahbaz Nadeem was declared Man Of The Match.