Just when it mattered the most, Sunrisers Hyderabad came up with a all-round display to thrash table toppers Mumbai Indians by 10 wickets in a must-win game and qualify for the IPL playoffs. (SCORECARD | POINTS TABLE | FIXTURES & RESULTS)
Skipper David Warner (81no in 57 balls) and Wriddhiman Saha (58no in 44 balls) lit up the last league game of the tournament with an unbeaten 151-run opening stand to chase down the 150-run target in 17.1 overs.
The bowlers had set up the game nicely for SRH by restricting MI to 149 for eight despite a timely 41 off 25 from veteran Kieron Pollard.
With their third straight win, SRH finished third in the points table with 14 points and a much better run-rate than Royal Challengers Bangalore, who finished fourth on the same number of points. Both teams play the Eliminator in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
The outcome also knocked Kolkata Knight Riders out of the competition with the Eoin Morgan-led side having an inferior run-rate with 14 points.
The fact that Mumbai rested star pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult for the game also made the task easier for SRH.
Mumbai Indians: 149 for eight in 20 overs (Kieron Pollard 41, Suryakumar Yadav 36; Sandeep Sharma 3/34).
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 151 for no loss in 17.1 overs (David Warner 85 not out, Wriddhiman Saha 58 not out).
11:24 PM IST: Qualifier 1 MI vs DC Dubai Nov 5
Eliminator SRH VS RCB Abu Dhabi Nov 6
Warner after the win
"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"
"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," Warner adds.
10:53 PM IST: "Probably the worst performance of the season for us. We wanted to try a few things but unfortunately it didn't go our way - Rohit Sharma after the match.
"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," Rohit
10:53 PM IST: SRH now qualify as NO 3 position beat Mumbai Indians. KKR knocked out; SRH face RCB in Eliminator in Abu Dhabi on Nov 6
10:53 PM IST: SRH Win knock KKR out of the playoffs; what a batting and bowling display by SRH. Bowlers struck at regular intervals and now Saha and Warner have done the trick.
SRH 147/0 (17) Saha 58, Warner 81, Need 3 in 18
10:51 PM IST: James trying to stop SRH from reaching the winning total in his over; Warner hits a FOUR of the 2nd ball and then sprints for a single; SRH bowlers did te job, Sandeep took 3 wickets, Nadeem 2, Holder 2, Rashid 1 and now Warner and Saha are just cantering to a win
SRH 144/0 (16) Saha 57, Warner 79, Need 6 in 24
10:48 PM IST: Coulter-Nile into the attack; FOUR of the second last ball; MI are certainly going into qualifier against DC on the back of a loss; while for SRH they will back themseleves to win 3 matches and a title; Nothing unusual the way they ahave batted MI have no answer Who are missing Bumrah and Boult;
SRH 137/0 (15) Saha 56, Warner 73, Need 13 in 30
10:41 PM IST: Kulkarni into the attack; Warner-Saha are now looking to finish the game no risks and no looking for shots; canter to 150-run target; 9 runs of the over
SRH 131/0 (14) Saha 55, Warner 68, Need 19 in 36
10:34 PM IST: Pandya into the attack and Warner Saha run a double, now they are taking on the feilding too. Pandya tries a bouncer sails over bowlers head for a four. 12 runs of the over; It is proving to be walk in the park for SRH, what a Rear-guard by the side. They were down and out but now on cusp of playoffs
SRH 122/0 (13) Saha 51, Warner 64, Need 28 in 42
10:30 PM IST: Chahar's first ball disappears for a SIX!!! flat and fast, Warner has reached his half-century, Saha also reaches his Fifty, SRH looking unstoppable; Warner now toying with the bowling; short and waited on backfoot pulls and through midwicket 13 runs of the over
SRH 110/0 (12) Saha 50, Warner 58, Need 40 in 48
10:28 PM IST: Pandya into the attack;he is mixing the balls and bringing on Variations; Saha Gets him off for a FOUR!!! another good over for SRH
SRH 97/0 (11) Saha 49, Warner 46, Need 53 in 54
10:22 PM IST: Chahar into the attack; Warner now using switch hit gets it to a single, Saha now goes inside out almost missed it Saha stretches to connect it for a single; One thing that has been good is that SRH pair are not adverse to running singles if boundaries are not coming; 5runs of the over
SRH 89/0 (10) Saha 43, Warner 44, Need 61 in 60
10:18 PM IST: Krunal Pandya into the attack; Saha just drives a short of length ball for FOUR!!! sliced it through third man, Next ball FOUR!!! again flicks it through midwicket.
SRH 84/0 (9) Saha 41, Warner 41, Need 66 in 66
10:12 PM IST: Pattinson into the attack; tries to bounce the ball make it climb to rib cages of the batsmen. Both SRH batsmen are looking good and in control. Runs are ticking at around 8 per over. Just rotate the strike and keep the scoreboard ticking seems to be mantra
SRH 71/0 (8) Saha 31, Warner 38, Need 79 in 72
10:09 PM IST: Chahar into the attack , MI won't mind losing but they would like to enter qualifier on the back of a win. But Warner is looking unstoppable; Reverse sweep, he attempted a similar shot few overs back but it comes off now; wide of short third man FOUR!! and few singles later
SRH 65/0 (7) Saha 29, Warner 34, Need 85 in 78
10:02 PM IST: Coulter-Nile into the attack; Warner is now going hammers and tongs at the bowling; Hits FOUR!!! through mid-on fielder chasing has no chance;
SRH 56/0 (6) Saha 28, Warner 26, Need 94 in 84 TIME OUT!!! and KKR will be sweating in their hotel rooms. Warner is leading from the front;
9:57 PM IST: Rahul Chahar into the attack; Saha and Warner are now looking settled and now going for shots. Chahar is hit for a FOUR by Saha who then takes a single; Warner now sweeps the bowler for FOUR!!! SRH are galloping to the target
SRH 49/0 (5) Saha 27, Warner 21
9:52 PM IST: James Pattinson into the attack ; Warner likes more speed on the ball and it comes on to the bat nicely. Hammered for FOUR!!! through midwicket, cut through square and now through Point; James goes around the wicket to cramp Warner. but Warner steps back, Kishan manages to get a hand to it and aviod a certain boundary. 16 runs of the over
SRH 40/0 (4) Saha 22, Warner 17
9:47 PM IST: Kulkarni into the attack; Saha is beaten all ends up just about manages not to edge it; Kulkarni is using the slow surface well. Saha has now hit another FOUR!!! means no pressure on Warner runs are coming thick and fast Last ball dispatched for a FOUR!!!!
SRH 24/0(3) Saha 21, Warner 2
9:42 PM IST: Coulter-Nile into the attack; Saha gets a move on and back-to-back SIX!! and a FOURS!!!! for Saha. Six short of length and over mid-off; 4 he gets up and through mid-on
SRH 13/0(2) Saha 11, Warner 1
9:36 PM IST: Kulkarni is more of a swing bowler different from Boult and Bumrah who are quick. For Warner he is bowling just outside leg; 3 runs of the over;
9:33 PM IST: David Warner and Saha to open for SRH, while Dhawal Kulkarni to start for MI
9:20 PM IST: SRH need 150 runs to knock KKR out, Achieveable as MI are missing Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah; SRH have no option but to back themselves.
MI 149/8 (20) Pollard 41, Yadav 36, Kishan 33; Sandeep 3/ 34, Holder 2/25, Nadeem /19
9:14 PM IST: WICKET!!! Holder finally gets Pollard straight and Pollard misses the line and SRH Strike; This after Pollard had hit him for a SIX!!!!
MI 145/8 (19.3) Pollard b Holder 41; James 3
9:12 PM IST: WICKET!!! almost Pollard gone lbw Natrajan given by onfield umpire but this time Pollard reviews and survives 3rd time; Ball pitching outside leg. Next ball SIX!!!!! Pandey gets his hand with a jump at long-on but ball has been hit by a brut force; Next ball SIX!!!!76 m; Third SIX!!!! straight no chance for long on; fielders a egde of boundary trying to stop fours but the ball is flying over them
MI 139/7 (19) Pollard 35; James 3
9:05 PM IST: Holder finshes with a wicket and gives away 2 runs
MI 119/7 (18) Pollard 16; James 2
9:03 PM IST: Holder into the attack; gets WICKET!!!Coulter-Nile drives a slower ball and gets caught by Garg just at the egde of the inside circle at extra cover; Pattinson in for MI
MI 116/7 (17.2) Pollard 15; Nathan c Garg b Holder 1
9:00 PM IST: Sandeep hits Pollard on the pad and goes for referral; inside edge Pollard survives again but this time SRH are done with their one review but a good over 7 runs and a wicket
MI 116/6 (17) Pollard 15; Nathan 1
8:58 PM IST: Sandeep into the attack he has been expensive but has picked 2 wickets; WICKET!!!!! A knuckle ball is hit over the bowler by Kishan, Next ball Kishan is outside off stumps but chops it inside edge on to stumps; 3rd wicket for Sandeep
MI 115/6 (16.3) Kishan b Sandeep 27, Pollard 15;
8:52 PM IST: Natrajan into the attack now; ideal time for Pollard to get some batting practice. Natrajan changes angle goes around the wicket; low full toss and the big man just drives it past the bowler for a FOUR!!!!Next ball again Pollard targets the straight and gets it FOUR!!!!
MI 109/5 (16) Kishan 27, Pollard 15;
8:45 PM IST: Rashid drops Pollard a skier and a chance of his bowling; Almost gets him of his last ball; Pollard offers forward defense and gets hit on the pad, SRH go for review after onfield umpire adjusts not out. and it's umpires call after review, Pollard survives.
Rashid has bowled his quota 4-0-32-1
MI 98/5 (15) Kishan 25, Pollard 6;
8:38 PM IST: Nadeem back into the attack after a two-wicket over. KKR must be packing their bags; 3 runs of the over
MI 90/5 (14) Kishan 19, Pollard 4;
8:35 PM IST: WICKET!!!! Rashid strikes and Tiwary sharp catch behind the stumps. Spinners have bowled SRH back into the match. KKR must be packing their bags
MI 87/5 (13) Kishan 18, Pollard 2; Tiwary c Saha b Rashid 1
8:30 PM IST: Nadeem into the attack; beats Yadav quick work behind the stumps by Saha a WICKET!!!! Yadav st Saha b Nadeem 36 (29); Krunal is the next match in; WICKET!! Nadeem has Krunal caught by Kane Williamson at short midwicket as SRH finally have MI in trouble; but in walks Tiwary;
MI 82/4 (12) Kishan 15, Tiwary 1
8:24 PM IST: Natrajan into the attack and MI are now ambling on, No pressure at all.Half their mind will be on Delhi Capitals whom they face in first qualifier. Just 3 runs of the over
MI 81/2 (10) Yadav 36, Kishan 15
8:20 PM IST: Rashid again bowls a lose ball first up and Yadav is quick to dispatch it for a FOUR!!! sweeps it and beats deep square leg. Kishan has just dispatched Khan for SIX!!!! staright over bowlers head; MI are getting a move on and SRH will soon start calculating what they would like to chase
MI 78/2 (9) Yadav 34, Kishan 14
8:16 PM IST: Nadeem and Rashid now will have to create pressure in tandem. Yadav and Kishan have both been among runs and will certainly look to go for their shots. They have no pressure and nothing to lose; SRH need to create pressure and channces. Nadeem drops Kishan can prove costly; It was hit hard but SRH will have to take half chances
MI 65/2 (9) Yadav 28, Kishan 8
8:09 PM IST: Rashid will be the strike bowler for SRH and how his spell goes will tell what MI end up scoring. Bowls a good over 7 runs of it but importanly has managed to keep both the batsmen quiet.
MI 59/2 (8) Yadav 25, Kishan 5
8:05 PM IST: Natrajan into the attack and SRH need more wickets. They are fighting KKR for a spot in Playoffs and need a win here; Natrajan bowls a good over keep this quiet 4 runs of it. Rashid into the attack
MI 52/2 (7) Yadav 21, Kishan 2
7:59 PM IST: Nadeem into the attack misfield by Samad at square. The ball was timed well by Yadav past deep point; Next ball FOUR!!! this one through cover and extra cover Yadav is moving quickly and SRH need his wicket End of Powerplay; 9 runs of it
MI 48/2 (6) Yadav 19, Kishan 0
7:55 PM IST: de Kock has taken his liking for Sandeep, He doesn't have pace. first ball was wide of off stump, FOUR!!! through mid-off; Next ball SIX!!!! length ball out of the park over deep square; Another SIX!!!! over long-on But Sharma strikes gets his man Quinton de Kock b Sandeep Sharma 25 (13b). de Kock chops it on to stumps 16 runs and a WICKET!!! SRH will take it
MI 39/2 (5) Kock b Ssandeep 25, Yadav 10
7:49 PM IST: Holder into the attack; and Yadav in the form he is just hits a FOUR!!!! his second of the match flick over Midwicket, but Holder then pulls things back, slight changes in the field; a fielder moves closer to cut the angle; Slower ball but Yadav gets it through wide of mid-off Warner pulls and keeps it to 2 runs only
MI 23/1 (4) Kock 9, Yadav 10
7:44 PM IST: Sharma has got a huge WICKET!!! for SRH. Rohit Sharma c Warner b Sharma 4 (7b). It was knuckle ball and wide of length Sharma had to reach for the shot; Yadav walks in and hits the first ball for a FOUR!!! through covers
MI 12/1 (2.3) Kock 8, Yadav 4
7:38 PM IST: Jason Holder into the attack, with his height and will surely be faster than Sharma. de Kock walks across to flick it behind square but gets it almost right the next ball. Samad saves a certain four. dives in to stop some valuable runs. Sharma goes up and in the air over covers but the all falls short
MI 10/0 (2) Rohit 3, Kock 7
7:35 PM IST: Sandeep Sharma and SRH will be looking for early breakthrough and one sneaks almost through de Kock defenses, inside edge on to the stumps; MI are without their main strike bowler Boult and Bumrah; de Kock gets the first FOUR!!! of the night, flick of the wrist and ball races to midwicket
MI 5/0 (1) Rohit 1, Kock 4
7:29 PM IST: Rohit walks out with Quinton de Kock to open for MI; Sandeep Sharma for SRH
7:22 PM IST:Here's what Rohit said at the toss to answer a question on his fitness.
Is everthing fit and fine with you? Ans Yeah, Looks like it. You can't more out of The Hitman.
7:15 PM IST: SRH bring in Priyam Garg for Abhishek Sharma, while Rohit replaces Jayant Yadav. Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah rest, James Pattinson and Dhawal Kulkarni in playing XI.
SRH: David Warner (c), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan
MI: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Dhawal Kulkarni
7:02PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad have won the toss and elected to bowl first. Big news is Rohit Sharma is back at helm for Mumbai Indians