Wriddhiman Saha and David Warner chased 150 runs against the Mumbai Indians (MI) team and ensured a 10-wicket win. With this victory, the SRH Team are through to playoffs and the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are eliminated.
The MI team posted 149 runs for 8 wickets in the allotted 20 overs. The SRH team had to beat the top 3 teams to qualify for the playoffs this season. They managed this with style.
Sandeep Sharma turned out to be a menace in the powerplay. He finished off with 3 for 34. The MI team managed to recover in the middle overs but Shahbaz Nadeem was able to break them once again.
The intervention of Kieron Pollard could bring 149 on board. The bowling did not have the required firepower as Trent Boult and JaspritBumrah were resting. David Warner managed to make his highest score in this season. This was 85 runs off only 58 balls and even Saha proved his value as a hitter so that the SRH team could waltz up their way to the playoff.
This win of the SRH team meant that the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) lost out on the playoff spot.
Part 1 of the Unheralded:
Sandeep is a medium pacer who has been steadfast even under pressure. He could dismiss Rohit Sharma for 4 and even battled back after a pasting by de Kock to knock over the stumps.
As known, early wickets are able to stall an innings in T20 but Suryakumar Yadav would not let this happen. Thinking clearly, he was able to help the MI team come back to a position of strength.
They were 78 runs for 2 wickets after 10 overs.
Part II of the Unheralded:
The MI team had proven often that they could be a threat even when Bumrah, Boult, and Pandya rested. The SRH team had to tear the launch pad of the MI team. This time the spin was used by the SRH team.
Nadeem is a diligent cricketer as he is often given a lot of responsibilities. The SRH team often matches him with big hitters like Shane Watson and AB de Villiers. Nadeem bowls the orthodox left-arm but can even then outsmart big-time players.
This time, he got Yadav stumped for 36 off 29 balls. After 3 more balls, he managed to get Krunal Pandya caught for a duck.
Kieron Pollard soon decided that enough was enough and hit 41 runs off 25 balls. He managed to bring up the total to 149.
The MI team refused to give Warner any room when the innings started. The wicket-keeper was able to kick the SRH team into gear.
After the captain of the SRH team joined in the fun, the powerplay was over with 56 for 0. The required run rate for his team was a little above 6 per over. This was one of the most important games of the season.