Match 56, the last league game of Pepsi IPL 2015 was played between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday. After the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils ended in a washout, Hyderabad and Mumbai battled it out for the last slot in the playoffs. Much was at stake as the winner of this match was to finish 2nd on the points table and face the Chennai Super Kings in the qualifier 1.
Electing to bat first, the Sunrisers Hyderabad could only manage 113/10 in a knock-out situation. The Mumbai Indians chased down the target in 13.5 overs and qualified for the playoffs for the 5th straight year. They have been the only team apart from Chennai Super Kings to have achieved this feat.
Malinga, McClenaghan send Hyderabad top-order packing:
David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan walked out to bat and the latter was sent back early in the first over when Lasith Malinga had his off stump uprooted. In the next over, Warner (6) miscued a short delivery from Mitchell McClenaghan and was caught by Kieron Pollard at point. The Kiwi pacer struck once again as he dismissed Eoin Morgan (9) in the 6th over. In-form batsman Moises Henriques and KL Rahul then took the innings forward at a slow rate.
Spinners apply pressure, Sunrisers fold for 113
As the game progressed, Henriques and Rahul took their time to settle down and had started to play their shots. Just when Henriques (9) decided to up the ante, left-arm spinner J Suchith had him stumped. In the very next ball, Naman Ojha (0) was caught at cover and the situation became worse for the Sunrisers. Harbhajan Singh was soon introduced into the attack and the Mumbai Indians veteran wasted no time as he picked up the wicket of KL Rahul (25). Wickets continued to tumble and a couple of boundaries from no. 11 batsman Dale Steyn ensured that the Sunrisers went past the 100-run mark. They were finally bowled out for 113 in 20 overs. Mitchell McClenaghan was the pick of the bowlers as he ended with figures of 4-0-16-3. He was well complemented by Malinga (4-0-17-2) and Suchith (3-0-14-2).
Mumbai Indians opening batsmen cruise along, complete chase by themselves:
Chasing a paltry total of 114, Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel got off to a positive start. The Mumbai Indians opening pair comfortably negated the threat of strike bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Dale Steyn and scored easy runs. None of the Hyderabad bowlers seemed to pose a threat against the right-left combination and by the time the powerplay ended, all hope was lost.
The Mumbai Indians openers spared no bowler and cruised towards the target. Simmons (48) was dismissed caught by Shikhar Dhawan off Karn Sharma’s bowling. Rohit Sharma slammed a first-ball six to seal the match and the Mumbai Indians completed the chase in just 13.5 overs. Patel scored an unbeaten 51 while Simmons was equally brilliant in his knock of 48. Mitchell McClenaghan was presented the man of the match award for his brilliant performance with the ball.
Who will be Mumbai Indians’ next opponents?
The win saw the Mumbai Indians finish 2nd on the points table. They will now face two-time champions Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede stadium on May 19.
Sunrisers Hyderabad 113/10 (KL Rahul 25, Dale Steyn 19*, Mitchell McClenaghan 3-16) lost to Mumbai Indians 114/1 (Parthiv Patel 51*, Lendl Simmons 48, Karn Sharma 1/38) by 10 wickets.