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Mumbai Indians beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in Super Over, qualify for playoffs

Mumbai Indians beat Sunrisers
Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard celebrates after Mumbai Indians won the super over against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Wankhede in Mumbai on Thursday

MUMBAI, May 3: Mumbai Indians prevailed over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Super Over to qualify for the IPL playoffs here on Thursday. The win propelled Mumbai to the second position in the pecking order.
Opting to bat, Mumbai Indians scored 162 for five in the allotted 20 overs, and then saw SRH end their innings at the same score.
Needing nine to win in the Super Over, Hardik Pandya hammered Rashid Khan for a six over long-off in the first ball and then Kieron Pollard took the side home with three balls to spare.
In the one-over eliminator, Sunrisers Hyderabad managed 8/2 with Jasprit Bumrah bagging the wicket of Mohammed Nabi after Manish Pandey was run out on the first ball.
Mumbai have 16 points from 13 outings and have a game left on Sunday against Kolkata Knight Riders, while Sunrisers Hyderabad are placed fourth with 12 points.
Hyderabad needed 17 runs off the last over and the equation was brought down to seven by the time Hardik braced up to bowl the final delivery. But Manish Pandey (71 not out off 47 balls) carted the all-rounder over long-on for a six to bring the scores level and force a Super Over, a first at the Wankhede Stadium.
Chasing 163, Hyderabad needed 41 runs from 18 balls, but Malinga (0-43) conceded 12 runs as the equation was brought down to 29 runs off 12 balls.
Then Bumrah (2-31) gave 12 runs in the penultimate over, with Manish Pandey hitting two fours.
Earlier, Quinton de Kock’s unbeaten 69 took the hosts to a respectable total on a difficult pitch.
For the visitors, the chase began with Wriddhiman Saha (25 off 15 balls) and Martin Guptill (15 off 11) adding 40 for the first wicket. But Saha was sent back by Bumrah.
Bumrah struck for the second time as he trapped Guptill in front of the wicket in the sixth over. Left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya (2-22) struck early as he trapped
Kane Williamson (3) in the eighth over, a decision which went in Mumbai’s favour after a successful review. The visitors were in a spot of bother at 65/3.
Then Pandey and Vijay Shankar (12 off 17 balls) tried to rally the innings with a 33-run stand, but Krunal struck again in the 14th over, sending Shankar back.
Hardik struck in his first over when Abhishek Sharma edged to keeper de Kock, after which Hyderabad were almost out of the contest. But Mohammad Nabi (31 off 20 balls) and Pandey brought the visitors back.
Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers dished out a clinical performance to restrict Mumbai Indians to 162 for five.
The Sunrisers, led by pacer Khaleel Ahmed (3-42), pegged Mumbai back after Rohit Sharma decided to bat. He was ably supported by the Afghan spin duo of Rashid Khan (0-21), Mohammed Nabi (1-24) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-29), while Basil Thampi (0-40) had an off day.
A late cameo from Krunal Pandya (9 not out off 3 balls) ensured Mumbai at least crossed the 160-run mark. De Kock, who hammered 6 fours and 2 sixes in his 58 ball-knock, lacked support from the other end.
The left-handed batsman, who opened the innings, made his intentions clear in the fourth over by hammering Bhuvneshwar for two fours.
He along with Suryakumar Yadav (23 off 17 balls) tried to rally the Mumbai innings with a 54-run stand for the second wicket after a well-settled Rohit Sharma (24) departed in the sixth over.
Surya gave Khaleel his second wicket after giving an easy catch to Rashid in the 12th over, after which there was a middle-order collapse for Mumbai with Evin Lewis (1) and Hardik Pandya (18 off 10 balls) falling in quick succession. West Indian Kieron Pollard (10) also could not display his usual attacking game. (PTI)