Mumbai clinch Super Over thriller to enter IPL play-offs

Mumbai – Mumbai Indians on Thursday survived a 71-run blitz from Sunrisers
batsman Manish Pandey to clinch victory in a Super Over finish
and qualify for the Indian Premier League play-offs.

The match had ended in a tie after Hyderabad, chasing 163 for
victory, finished their 20 overs on 162 for six, with Pandey unbeaten in
his 47-ball knock at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.

South Africa’s Quinton de Kock stood out for Mumbai with his 69 not
out to guide the three-time champions to 162-5 after electing to bat
first in the Twenty20 tournament.

Paceman Jasprit Bumrah then returned figures of 2-31 from his four
overs and also restricted Hyderabad to just eight runs in the Super
Over. He was named man of the match.

The Kane Williamson-led Hyderabad could not play out their six
deliveries in the one-over eliminator after losing two wickets in four

“We are rewarded for some real hard work we have put in throughout
the tournament. We played consistent cricket and have the results for
it,” Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma said after the thrilling win.

“Bumrah has been brilliant for us. He keeps improving and he is hungry for more.

“Quinny (Quinton) has been really good for us but we need help from
the other batters,” Sharma said of his wicket-keeper batsman who has
amassed 462 runs in 13 games.

Hardik Pandya came in to bat along side Kieron Pollard for Mumbai in
the Super Over and hit leg-spinner Rashid Khan for a six on the first

He then took a single and Pollard completed the win on the third
delivery as Mumbai joined table-toppers Chennai Super Kings and Delhi
Capitals for the play-offs.

“A fantastic effort to get so close from Manish and the lower order.
It was a pretty good first half but we couldn’t get over the line,” said

“Rashid is world class and we thought he was our man. When it gets
down to the last ball, it’s a shame. But there is a game left.”

Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab are all in the race for the one remaining play-off spot.

The world’s most popular T20 tournament ends with the final in Hyderabad on May 12.


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Publish date : 2019-05-02 19:40:00

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