Mumbai Indians earned their spurs in the last league match against Sunrisers Hyderabad after producing a show-stealing bowling efforts t/hat lock in the chance in the IPL playoffs.
Electing to bat first, both the openers of Sunrisers Hyderabad, David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan failed to make an impression with the bat as they both were dismissed on consecutive deliveries.
Dhawan’s off-stump was splintered on Lasith Malinga’s last delivery of the first over, a perfect yorker-length delivery and Dhawan lost the battle against the pace. The next over started off with a loss of another wicket in the form of the in-form and consistent batsman, the leading run scorer of the tournament and the holder of Orange-cap, David Warner. Warner tried to top-edge Mitchell McClenaghan’s short-ball delivery and sends off the ball swiftly into the hands of Kieron Pollard. Sunrisers were reduced to seven for two in 1.1 overs.
The two new batsmen, Moises Henriques and Eoin Morgan struggled to rotate the strike and didn’t add much momentum. Another major blow came in the sixth over in the form of Morgan when McClenaghan trapped him into his cobweb of short-ball perfection. Morgan tried to cope up with the short-ball with an upper-cut but was caught at deep by the third man in charge, Lendl Simmons.
Soon after he departed, the scoreboard moved from 29-for-3 to 54-for-five by the end of ten overs. Tenth over brought troubles back for the Sunrisers, as back-to-back two wickets Henriques(11) and Naman Ojha(zero) were encountered off Jagadeesha Suchith.
The faith of Sunrisers Hyderabad was shaken as wickets were falling at continuous intervals. Hyderabad’s batting remained their bane as they were restricted by the Mumbai pacers to a paltry 113 for all from their 20 overs.
Left-arm fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan, who took the new ball finished with 3-16 from his four overs and clinched the man-of-the-match award for his effort. Lasith Malinga and Jagadeesha Suchith got two wickets apiece.
With a small total to chase and pressure been pulled-off from the back of Mumbai’s batsmen, the openers, Parthiv Patel and Lendl Simmons flourish and ensured that McClenaghan’s three-wicket-haul wouldn’t go to waste as Mumbai completed a below-par chase with 37 balls and nine wickets to spare.
While Parthiv Patel belted nine fours and smashed an unbeaten 37-ball-51, Lendl Simmons was unlucky as he was dismissed just two runs short of his half century. The latter made 48 off 44 balls including four boundaries and two sixes. Skipper Rohit Sharma finished off the game by remaining unbeaten on 7.
It was a piece of cake for Mumbai Indians served fresh by Sunrisers Hyderabad with a cherry on top as Mumbai confirmed their berth in the playoffs. The hosts paid respect of high order to the visitors. After this win, Mumbai jumped to the second position in the points table with 16 points from 14 games and will play the first Qualifier on their home-ground at Wankhede Stadium against Chennai Superkings on Tuesday, while Hyderabad are no more alive in this year’s tournament.