Match 56 Nov 3: SRH seal the last playoff berth with a win over MI

Sharjah: SRH had to win this last league encounter to secure a place in playoffs while KKR prayed for MI win for them to stay in the top 4. MI rested 3 of their key players in this match while SRH had just one change. Rohit is back into the playing XI and told that he looks fit and fine. Firstly, SRH had control over 1st innings as they kept picking wickets at regular intervals and restricted MI to meager 149 runs. Running on Saha-Warner 151 run partnership, SRH blew off 150 run target with 17 balls to spare. SRH registered a 10 wicket win over MI.

Sandeep and Shabaz too good for MI batsmen

Sharjah has a track record for chasing teams as chasing teams won 5 out of the last 5 matches here. Warner won the toss and didn’t hesitate to bowl first. Though Rohit had a truncated run as he was dismissed for just 4 runs, De Kock brought a flourish to the innings by scoring 16 runs off the first 3 balls in the 3rd over of the innings. But Sandeep had the last laugh as he made De Kock play the full-length wide delivery onto stumps. Thereby Sandeep removed both the openers inside the powerplay.

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Till SKY was at the crease, it looked like MI had the control over the innings but as he got stumped out off Nadeem in the 12th over, MI’s innings got de-railed. MI lost 3 wickets in the span of 7 deliveries including SKY. Kishan stayed till the 16th over but couldn’t change the gears as SRH’s bowlers didn’t allow him to free his arms. A late blitz by Pollard in the last few overs which consisted of 4 sixers that included a hattrick of sixers against Natarajan took MI to 149. Sandeep picked 3 while Holder and Nadeem shared 2 wickets each among them.

MI bowlers look clueless without Bmrah and Boult

MI rested their key bowlers this match as this not a must-win game for them. They rested both Bumrah and Boult to give a run for Kulkarni and NCN. With less target to defend and dew setting up, the Secondary bowling line up of MI didn’t have much to offer. From 2.5 to 3.3 overs, SRH batsmen had hit 5 consecutive boundaries and that had set the tone for the chase before which Saha lofted for a six and a four off Coulter-Nile. There was no stopping for the Warner-Saha pair.

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Both the batsmen complemented each other very well. They brought up their personal 50-run marks in the 12th over. And in the process, a century-stand between them. MI looked like they lost the plot completely as they were lacking their strike bowlers to provide the breakthroughs. SRH saw off the chase in 17.1 overs and claimed the playoff berth. Shahbaz Nadeem was declared the Man of the Match for his excellent bowling performance.

SRH is gonna face RCB on Friday. While MI takes on DC the day after tomorrow at Dubai.

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