SunRisers Hyderabad confirms 3rd spot in Playoff by beating Mumbai Indian by 10 wickets heroic performance by Warner 85* and Saha 58* in Indian Premier League.

SunRisers Hyderabad has won the toss and elected to field first. Mumbai Indians making a comeback from an injury, Rohit Sharma (4) didn’t look comfortable against Sandeep Sharma, caught by David Warner at mid-off. Quinton de Kock hits Sandeep Sharma two consecutive sixes and one four but Sandeep comes back to bowl de Kock on the next ball. Suryakumar Yadav breezes away to 36 but Shahbaz Nadeem dismisses both Suryakumar and Krunal Pandya 0 to put SRH on top. Rashid dismisses Saurabh Tiwary 1 runs off 3 balls.

Kieron Pollard and Ishan Kishan set a platform for the final-overs attack but Sandeep bowled Ishan Kishan 33 runs off 30 balls to bring SRH back again. Pollard hits four sixes in the last two overs to make 41 off just 25 balls to carry Mumbai to 149 for 8.

Pollard hits four sixes in the last two overs to make 41 off just 25 balls(
Pollard hits four sixes in the last two overs to make 41 off just 25 balls(MI/IPL/BCCI)

Holder, Nadeem took two wickets, Sandeep got three and Rashid got one wicket.

Shahbaz Nadeem | MoM: (On playing only his fifth match of the season) I have been playing like this for the last couple of years. It is important that whenever you get your chances you need to give your 100% and that’s what came out today. I have been working on the carrom ball for a couple of years and I thought it was the right time to bowl it because they have a lot of left-handers in their side. The round arm delivery doesn’t bounce much, but it also depends where it pitches – if it pitches on the leather it stays low and if it pitches on the seam it bounces extra. Today I was looking to get it to skid from the leather. Contributing to the team boosts you. Everyone has been contributing and my job is to fit in. This is a very small ground but the pitches are turning slower, so as a spinner, if you pitch it in the right areas, it does work.

David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha have given SunRisers Hyderabad a great start in their chase of 150 and without losing any wicket duo derived SRH to the winning total with David Warner 85* runs off 58 balls comprising of 10 Fours and 1 Six and Wriddhiman Saha 58* runs off 45 balls comprising of 7 Fours and 1 Six.

Rohit Sharma | Losing captain: Not the day we want to remember, probably our worst performance of the season. We wanted to try a few things, it didn’t go our way. We knew dew was going to play a factor and we wanted to take the toss out of consideration, but we didn’t play good cricket today. I was happy to be back, it’s been a while. I’m looking forward to play few more games here, let’s see what happens. It (hamstring) is fine, absolutely. We play at Wankhede where there’s dew in the second innings. You have to back your skills, and believe that you can get people out. They played good shots in the powerplay, and that helped them. If you take wickets in the Powerplay, even if there is dew, it can put pressure on the opposition. It’s a very funny format. It’s always nice to forget was has happened, and focus on the present. They (Delhi) are a good side, so it will be a good challenge to face them. You want to leave this performance behind as quickly as possible. We’ll get back to the drawing board and figure things out.

SunRisers Hyderabad David Warner | Winning captain: It feels good now after that dreadful loss against KXIP. They rested a few players but to hold them to 150 on this ground was great. A lot of credit goes to the bowlers, Nadeem was superb. We were trying to be as clinical with the bat then, and it feels good. We try and put our best foot forward, and that stems from the franchise owners. They are great people and it is like a family. We have a never say die attitude and that is how we approach each game. We had a couple of injuries but they are here in spirit and we are doing it for them. Kane missed out due to injury last year and Jonny took his place, and was absolutely fantastic. But that happens in franchise cricket, we can play only four overseas players. We looked at 2016, we were in the same situation where we had to win every game to win the title. A dropped chance by Rashid Khan and his reaction shows how much it means to him. If we can take this performance and momentum into the next game we’ll be really happy. I pride myself on getting my team to a great start. That is my duty, my job. Fortunately the last few games have been great and we have been able to go in a positive manner. RCB are a great team, very well led by Virat. They have a lot of danger in their side. We beat them in the final in 2016 and I am excited for the challenge in a do or die game.


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