The situation was anything but favorable for SunRisers Hyderabad. Their rival in an absolute necessity dominate match, additionally the rearward in the association phase of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, Mumbai Indians, had beaten them extensively in the principal conflict between the sides in the competition. Notwithstanding having a net run rate in the positives, SRH had just 12 focuses and were set fifth on the table, just underneath Kolkata Knight Riders (14 focuses), who might have been appealing to God for Mumbai, the table clinchers, to win this evening. However, SRH defeated the chances to agitate the best group in the competition in this way far, thrashing them by 10 wickets.
SRH were driven all around by the mysterious David Warner, who crushed an unbeaten 85 off 58 balls and added a solid 151- run remain with Wriddhiman Saha (58 off 45 balls) to make a joke of Mumbai’s 149 for 8.
In transit, SRH enlisted their third success on run, beating every other group, by chance, who have equipped for the end of the season games with them, to book a spot in the last four.
However, SRH were helped by Mumbai resting a portion of their central members – Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult and Hardik Pandya didn’t play on Tuesday.
“They rested a few players but to hold them to 150 on this ground was great. A lot of credit goes to the bowlers, (Shahbaz) Nadeem was superb,” said Warner after the match.
Nadeem got two wickets in the center overs while Rashid Khan got one wicket as the SRH spinners put a tight chain around the Mumbai batsmen, not permitting them to start at any stage.
At that point, Warner and Saha did their thing and gave a stowing away to the shielding IPL champions. Warner hailed the inside and out exertion by the group that helped make the end of the season games for a fifth back to back time since their title-winning altercation 2016.
“We have a never say die attitude and that is how we approach each game. We had a couple of injuries (Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mitch Marsh were ruled out due to injuries) but they are here in spirit and we are doing it for them,” said Warner.
“Kane (Williamson) missed out due to injury last year and Jonny (Bairstow) took his place, and was absolutely fantastic. We looked at 2016, we were in the same situation where we had to win every game to win the title.”
Also, they beat Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2016 last, their adversaries for the Eliminator on November 6.
“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,” said Warner regarding the impending knockout conflict.
Losing commander Rohit Sharma called the excursion “probably our worst performance of the season.”
“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,” Rohit mourned after the match.
This was Rohit’s re-visitation of the Mumbai XI in the wake of missing four games because of a hamstring injury. In spite of the fact that he didn’t start the bat, he was excused for four runs, the rebound to field made him happy.
“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,” said Rohit.
Hailing the Warner-Saha show that removed the game from his group, Rohit added: “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.”
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