Abu Dhabi: Defending champions Mumbai Indians thrashed Sunrisers Hyderabad by 42 runs in a high-scoring game here on Friday, but their impetuous effort was not enough to take them to the IPL play-offs. Also Read – RCB vs DC Highlights IPL 2021 Match Updates: KS India, Glenn Maxwell lead Royal Challengers Bangalore to 7-wicket win over Delhi Capitals
After scoring 235 for nine, Mumbai needed to restrict SRH to 65 or less to qualify for the play-offs ahead of KKR, but that didn’t seem to be the case. SRH posted 193 for eight, with stand-in captain Manish Pandey scoring an unbeaten 69 off 41 balls. Also Read – IPL 2021: KS India slams Royal Challengers Bangalore for 7-wicket win against Delhi Capitals for last-ball six
This is the first time in three seasons that five-time champions MI have not made it to the last four after lifting the trophy in the previous two editions. Also Read – IPL 2021 Match Highlights Today SRH vs MI, Match 55 Cricket Updates: Mumbai Indians fail to qualify for playoffs despite 42 run win vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
MI needed a miracle and the script turned out in their favour, at least in the first innings, when they opted to bat and posted a huge score.
Ishan Kishan (84 off 32) and Suryakumar Yadav (82 off 40) scored half-centuries as MI meant business from the start.
But it was not for MI as they failed to restrict SRH to their intended target even though they won the match comfortably.
Even though MI and KKR ended their round-robin engagements with 14 points from as many matches, the Kolkata outfit jumped in Rohit Sharma’s favor on net run rate.
Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings will face off in Qualifier 1 on Sunday, while KKR will face Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Eliminator on October 11.
Chasing 236, Jason Roy (34 off 21) and Abhishek Sharma (33 off 16) dismissed SRH for 64 in 5.2 overs.
But SRH lost their plot soon after the openers were dismissed with two strikes by Jimmy Neesham – first accounting for Sharma and then Abdul Samad.
Pandey (69 off 41; 7×4, 2x6s) and Priyan Garg (29) shared a 56-run stand for the fifth wicket before Jasprit Bumrah removed the stand.
Pandey played a captain’s innings and kept SRH in the hunt, albeit mathematically, scoring 50 off 30 balls.
Scoring 70 off 24 balls was always a daunting task for SRH and it happened as Pandey remained unbeaten.
Earlier, MI’s opener – Kishan and skipper Rohit Sharma (18 off 13) meant business and showed intent from the start.
Kishan, in particular, was in a belligerent mood as he went hammer and tongs and did not spare a single SRH bowler to score his half-century in just 16 balls, which was the fastest half-century of the season.
It was raining fours and sixes in every over for Kishan as MI scored 78 runs in the first five overs.
It looked like child’s play for Kishan as he thumped Rashid over deep midwicket to complete the team’s 100 in 7.1 overs.
Kishan was finally out in the 10th over when he dismissed Wriddhiman Saha behind the stumps off Umran Malik.
After Kishan’s dismissal, SRH pulled things back due to some smart captaincy from Pandey, who replaced Kane Williamson with an elbow injury.
A courageous Pandey brought young left-arm spinner Sharma into the attack in the 13th over and the bowler showed his captain’s confidence to stand a chance of taking a hat-trick by dismissing Kieron Pollard (12) and Neesham in the last two balls of the over. repeated.
Yadav, who was not at his best in the second leg so far, rose to the occasion when it mattered and took the responsibility of guiding MI’s innings after Kishan’s dismissal.