Nita Ambani’s Mumbai Indians on Friday crashed out of the Indian Premier League despite being the defending champions of the tournament. Mukesh Ambani’s side failed to qualify for the playoff stage due to inferior net run rate to Shah Rukh Khan’s Kolkata Knight Riders.
Batting first, Mumbai Indians piled up a total of 235-9 in 20 overs with Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav showcasing their batting skills. Kishan made 84 in 32 balls, while Yadav was out after playing a knock of 40-ball 82 runs.
Though Sunrisers Hyderabad batted valiantly, they could only score 193-8 in their quota of 20 overs. Stand-in skipper Manish Pandey remained unbeaten at 69.
In another match, Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Delhi Capitals by seven wickets.
Both Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians finished with 14 points each in as many matches, but Shah Rukh Khan’s side enjoyed the net run rate of 0.587 compared to Mukesh Ambani’s side’s0.116 net run rate.
The other three teams in the playoff are Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals. Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings will lock horns in ‘qualifier 1’ on 10 October, while Virat Kohli’s side will face the KKR in the ‘eliminator’ round on 11 October.
The final would be played on 15 October.