Mumbai Indians (MI) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Super Over in the 51st match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday and sealed a place in the playoffs.

While Manish Pandey starred yet again with the bat but for the third time this season, his fifty went in vain and he ended up on the losing side as MI knocked off 9 required runs in the Super Over with three balls to spare and became the third team after Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals to make it to the IPL 2019 playoffs.

Earlier, Khaleel Ahmed scalped three wickets as SRH did not let MI put up a big total on the board and restricted the home team to 162/5. Quinton de Kock top scored for MI, scoring an unbeaten 69, his fourth fifty in this season.

SRH in chase were off to a bright start even as they lost two wickets in the powerplay. However, MI spinners – Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar – did a remarkable job in the middle overs and did not let SRH cut loose even as Pandey did his bit to keep the scoreboard ticking.

While Mohammed Nabi and Manish managed to push the game into the Super Over, it was MI, who emerged triumphant.

Time for the Super Over:

MI in Super Over:

Hardik Pandya hits a six off first ball from Rashid Khan’s over and MI scored the remainder three runs in next two balls to win the match by three balls to spare. With this win, MI becomes the third team, after CSK and DC, to seal a place in the playoffs.

SRH in Super Over

Manish Pandey gets out run out on the first ball of the Super Over as he fails to complete two runs, courtesy his tiredness and Krunal Pandya’s brilliance in the field. Mohammed Nabi though has given SRH some hope as he hit a six before getting out, bowled. SRH score 8 in the Super Over.

20th over: Hardik to bowl the final over! 

19th over: Bumrah to bowl the penultimate over! 12 runs off the over as Manish Pandey hits Bumrah for two fours on the last two balls off the over. SRH are keeping themselves in the game. Need 17 off the last over. SRH 146/5 (Pandey 62, Nabi 24)

18th over: Malinga into his final over! Six off the last ball as Nabi ruins Malinga’s over. A much-needed big over for SRH. SRH 134/5 (Pandey 52, Nabi 22)

17th over: Bumrah returns! Seven runs off the over. Below-par for SRH as they need some big overs. MI are ahead in this game. SRH 122/5 (Pandey 51, Nabi 11)

16th over: Malinga returns! Fifty up for Pandey as he continues his good run of form and keeps alive SRH’s hopes of a win. Nine runs from the over. SRH 115/5 (Pandey 50, Nabi 5)

15th over: Hardik into the attack! He strikes in his first over. SRH five down as Abhishek Sharma departs for 2. Just four runs from his first over. SRH 106/5 (Pandey 46, Nabi 1) 

14th over: Krunal into his fourth over! Excellent work from the left-arm spinner. Vijay Shankar’s poor run of form continues. SRH four down. Onus on Pandey now. SRH 102/4 (Pandey 43, Abhishek 2)

13th over: Chahar into his final over! Just four runs from his final over. He returns with the figires of 4-0-21-0. Top stuff from the young leg-spinner. SRH 97/3 (Pandey 40, Vijay 12)

12th over: Krunal continues! Pandey is keeping the scoreboard ticking, at least from his end, as he moves into 30s. SRH move into 90s, meanwhile. SRH 93/3 (Pandey 38, Vijay 10)

11th over: Chahar into his third over! Four off the last ball but once again a very good over as Chahar concedes just six from his third over. SRH 86/3 (Pandey 33, Vijay 8)

10th over: Krunal into his second over! Another good over for MI. Just five runs off it as SRH move to 80 after 10 overs. They need 83 more in the last ten now. SRH 80/3 (Pandey 28, Vijay 7)

9th over: Chahar continues! Just five runs off the over as Chahar keeps things tight. SRH 75/3 (Pandey 26, Vijay 5)

8th over: Krunal into the attack! He strikes with his first ball. Kane Williamson’s poor run of form continues. MI are pulling back the things really well. SRH three down in chase. SRH 70/3 (Pandey 23, Vijay Shankar 3)

7th over: Rahul Chahar into the attack! He does well after conceding four on the first ball and goes for only two runs in the next five deliveries. SRH 65/2 (Pandey 21, Williamson 3)

6th over: Final over of the powerplay! Bumrah strikes again. Martin Guptill is out LBW. SRH have lost both their openers in the chase. But they have managed to score 59 runs in the powerplay. SRH 59/2 (Pandey 16, Williamson 2)

5th over: Change of ends for Malinga! Manish Pandey goes after Malinga. Two fours and a six as the right-hander moves to 16 off 5 balls. SRH score 17 off the over to move oast 50. SRH 57/1 (Guptill, Pandey)

4th over: Bumrah into the attack now! He strikes on the final ball of his first over. Saha departs for 25. SRH lose their first wicket after a brisk start. SRH 40/1 (Guptill 14)

3rd over: Sran continues! 17 runs from the over! Guptill and Saha go big as SRH reach the 30-run mark. The Kiwi batsman has hit a six and the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman has hit two fours. SRH 30/0 (Saha 16, Guptill 13)

2nd over: Lasith Malinga to bowl from the other end! Martin Guptill hits his first over but Malinga does well to concede not more than six runs in the over. SRH 13/0 (Saha 7, Guptill 6)

1st over: Barinder Sran to start the proceedings! Four on the first ball as Wriddhiman Saha and SRH get going but Sran does well in the remainder of the over to concede just three more runs. SRH 7/0 (Wriddhiman Saha 6, Martin Guptill 1)

MI innings:

Electing to bat MI enjoyed a brisk start as skipper Rohit Sharma got going, hitting as many as five fours in the first two overs. However, de Kock failed to match Rohit’s pace as the SRH bowlers managed to keep MI check and it cost MI their first wicket in the form of Rohit. While Suryakumar Yadav did not waste any time to get going, Khaleel, who had earlier dismissed Rohit, removed Suryakumar to give SRH their second wicket.

Evin Lewis followed Suryakumar soon after as Mohammed Nabi struck in the final over. The Afghan veteran ended with the figured of 1/24. Although Basil Thampi’s fourth and the innings 17th over, went for 14 runs, Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed Hardik Pandya for 18 before the big-hitting allrounder could inflict any more damage. While de Kock remained unbeaten on 69, MI could not go past 170.

20th over: Khaleel to bowl his final over! Krunal Pandya’s six on the penultimate delivery as helped MI cross the 160-run mark. Khaleel, meanwhile, scalps three wickets as SRH restrict the home team for 162/5. (de Kock 69, Krunal 9)

19th over: Bhuvi into his final over! Top over this is from Bhuvi. Just four off it. MI fail to go big. MI 151/4 (de Kock 67, Pollard 10)

18th over: Rashid into his final over! 13 runs in his fourth over as Pollard hits a six and de Kock hits a four. Rashid still goes for less than six/over. But will his final over give MI a momentum to finish on a high? MI 147/4 (de Kock 65, Pollard 8)

17th over: Basil Thampi in his final over! He struggles to hold his shape, it seems. 14 runs off the over as de Kock brings up his 4th fifty of the season. Will he go big in the last three overs? MI 134/4 (de Kock 59, Pollard 1)

16th over: Bhuvi into his third over! A big wicket for Sunisers Hyderabad as Bhivi dismisses Hardik Pandya. SRH have managed to push MI on the backfoot. MI 120/4 (de Kock 47, Kieron Pollard 0)

15th over: Rashid into his third over! Another good over from Rashid. Just four runs off it. MI 113/3 (de Kock 45, Hardik 13)

14th over: Basil Thampi in his third over! Is this the over that MI were looking for? 16 runs off the over as MI cross 100-run mark. Hardik hits a six and a four and de Kock has hit a four as well. MI 109/3 (de Kock 43, Hardik 11)

13th over: Nabi in his final over! MI have lost two wickets in quick succession. Nabi strikes in his fourth over. Evin Lewis departs for a run. MI 93/3 (de Kock 38, Hardik Pandya 0)

12th over Khaleel returns! Khaleel strikes again to give SRH yet another breakthrough. MI lose Suryakumar Yadav. MI 91/2 (de Kock 36, Evin Lewis 1)

11th over: Rashid into his second over! 5 runs from Rashid’s second over. He is doing well and so are SRH to keep MI in check. MI 81/1 (de Kock 27, Suryakumar 23)

10th over: Basil Thampi continues! Good over from the Kerala pacer. Just seven runs off the 10th over. MI near eighty. MI 76/1 (de Kock 25, Suryakumar 22)

9th over: Nabi into his third over! Nine runs from the over as Suryakumar Yadav goes big. He is counterattacking after Rohit’s fall. MI near seventy. MI 69/1 (de Kock 21, Suryakumar 22)

8th over: Basil Thampi into the attack! Not a bad start from the right-arm pacer even as de Kock hits a four on the fifth delivery of the over. MI 60/1 (de Kock 19, Suryakumar 15)

7th over: Nabi into his second over! 9 runs off the over. Suryakumar Yadav is looking good in the middle as MI cross 50-run mark. MI 53/1 (de Kock 14, Suryakumar 14)

6th over: Khaleel Ahmed returns! MI lose their skipper as Khaleel gives SRH their first breakthrough. Does the fifth over, where MI scored a run, get to Rohit? MI 44/1 (de Kock 11, Suryakumar Yadav 8)

5th over: Rashid Khan into the attack! Top start from Rashid here. Just one run from his first over. MI 36/0 (Rohit 24, de Kock 11)

4th over: Bhui from the other end! Quinton de Kock gets going now. Two fours for him in Bhuvi’s second over as MI score nine runs from the over to move past 30. MI 35/0 (Rohit 23, de Kock 11)

3rd over: Mohammad Nabi into the attack! Good start from the Afghan veteran. Just four runs from his first over. MI 26/0 (Rohit 22, de Kock 3)

2nd over: Khaleel Ahmed to bowl from the other end! Rohit seems to be in a mood tonight as he hits 3 fours in the second over. 5 fours in the first two overs, all from Rohit’s bat. MI 22/0 (Rohit 20, de Kock 1)

1st over: Bhuvneshwar Kumar to start the proceedings! Rohit gets going without wasting much time. 2 fours in the first over for the MI skipper as the home team scores nine off the first over. MI 9/0 (Rohit 8, Quinton de Kock 0)

Here’s what the captains said:

Rohit Sharma: “We will bat first. It is a fresh pitch and looks it will play well. We are aware about the dew factor. But we have bowled well in those situation. We want to keep things as simple as possible. And see where we go. We are going with the same team.”

Kane Williamson: “This pitch will remain fresh for the entire match. We want to be aggressive with the new ball. Guptill comes in for David. And Basil Thampi comes in place of Sandeep Sharma. So, two changes for us. Last game was a strong performance for us. It is important that we try to build on that.”

Playing XIs:

MI: Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Rohit Sharma (captain), Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Barinder Sran, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga

SRH: Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Martin Guptill, Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson (captain), Mohammad Nabi, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Abhishek Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Basil Thampi

TEAM NEWS: MI have retained the same playing XI which played against Kolkata Knight Riders while SRH have made two changes to the team with Martin Guptill and Basil Thampi coming in place of David Warner and Sandeep Sharma.

TOSS UPDATE: MI have elected to bat against SRH.

The race to the playoffs

Five teams are chasing the two remaining IPL 2019 playoff spots and Mumbai Indians can take one today. If they beat SRH, they will have 16 points from 13 matches and will enter the playoffs without having to worry about their last match.

Sunrisers are placed at fourth spot on the IPL table with 12 points, just below MI who have 14 points. Williamson’s team has a very good net run-rate (0.709), and if they beat MI then they will be almost certain for the playoffs.

How can MI seal a place in the playoffs?

If Rohit Sharma’s MI can win one of their remaining two home matches, they will stay in the top four and progress to the playoffs.

The Hardik Pandya factor

If there has been one consistent performer for MI, it is Hardik Pandya. The allrounder has been in strong form with 355 runs in 12 matches, with 27 sixes and 25 fours. His bowling has not been as good as Pandya or MI would have liked, but a few big wickets and some electric fielding have added to his all-round value.

In the last match, Pandya smashed 91 from only 34 balls in a loss to KKR, which has left SRH wary of his batting.

Minus Warner, how will SRH go?

Australia opener David Warner, in a stunning performance, amassed 692 runs from 12 IPL matches before returning home. This means that he still holds the Orange Cap for most runs this season, and could still have it when the league ends.

Preview:

Hello and welcome to our coverage of the Match 51 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday.

When Mumbai Indians met Sunrisers Hyderabad the last time at the latter’s fortress, Alzarri Joseph’s annihilating spell (6/12), a record in the tournament’s stories history, saw the visitors register a 40-run victory.

This time the tables have turned. Mumbai, without the young West Indies pacer, host the Orange Army, who too are without their batting mainstays – David Warner and Jonny Bairstow – who left the squad to gear up for the ICC World Cup 2019. Both sides, itching for wins to seal a berth in the playoffs, lock horns in match 51 of the Indian Premier League at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday.

Sunrisers are placed at the fourth spot with 12 points, just below Mumbai who have 14 points from 12 games. With two games left for both teams, anything less than a win would do.

If Mumbai Indians win one of their remaining two home matches, they will stay in the top four and progress to the playoffs. Even if they lose both matches, Mumbai Indians could qualify on net run-rate if it remains higher than Rajasthan’s, Kolkata’s and Punjab’s. Should MI win both matches left, they could finish in the top two.

Beating KXIP by 45 runs on Monday has boosted Sunrisers’ playoffs hopes. That victory has kept them in the top four, and if they win their next two matches it would give them 16 points. Should SRH lose on of their remaining fixtures, a very good net run-rate (0.709) should be enough to take them forward on 14 points.

My Dream XI Team

Quinton de Kock (wk), Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Hardik Pandya (CAPTAIN), Krunal Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Jasprit Bumrah, Sandeep Sharma, Rashid Khan (VICE-CAPTAIN)

All to play for as playoffs spot beckons

Five teams are chasing the two remaining IPL 2019 playoff spots and Mumbai Indians can take one today. If they beat SRH, they will have 16 points from 13 matches and will enter the playoffs without having to worry about their last match.

Sunrisers are placed at fourth spot on the IPL table with 12 points, just below MI who have 14 points. Williamson’s team has a very good net run-rate (0.709), and if they beat MI then they will be almost certain for the playoffs. Click here to read more