The odds were stacked against SunRisers Hyderabad. Their opponent in a match to win, including the latest in the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) competition phase, Mumbai Indians had more than beat them in the first clash between the teams in the tournament. Despite having a net run rate in the positives, SRH had only 12 points and came fifth on the table, just below Kolkata Knight Riders (14 points), who would have prayed that Mumbai, the table heads, would win tonight. Still, SRH overcame the chance to upset the most successful team in the tournament to date by beating them by 10 wickets.
SRH was led in every way by the enigmatic David Warner, who hit an unbeaten 85 of just 58 balls and added a continuous lead of 151 points with Wriddhiman Saha (58 of 45 balls) to make a mockery of Mumbai’s 149 for 8.
Along the way, SRH recorded their third victory in the trot and incidentally defeated all the other teams that qualified with them for the play-offs to secure a place in the last four.
Howeverm SRH was helped by Mumbai to rest some of their key players – Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult and Hardik Pandya didn’t play on Tuesday.
“They let a few players rest, but keeping them on this ground to 150 was great. A lot of credit goes to the bowlers, (Shahbaz) Nadeem was fantastic,” Warner said after the game.
Nadeem took two wickets in the middle overs while Rashid Khan got one wicket when the SRH spinners tightly encircled the Mumbai batsmen, preventing them from turning at any point.
Then Warner and Saha did their thing and gave shelter to the defending IPL champions. Warner praised the all-round commitment of the team that helped make the playoffs for the fifth consecutive time since their title-winning run in 2016.
“We have a never to say” that attitude “and that’s how we approach every game. We had a few injuries (Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mitch Marsh were ruled out due to injuries) but they’re here in the mind and we’re doing it for them,” Warner said.
“Kane (Williamson) missed last year due to injury and Jonny (Bairstow) took his place, and was absolutely fantastic. We were looking at 2016, we were in the same situation where we had to win every game to win the title.”
And they defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2016 final, their opponents for the Eliminator on November 6.
“RCB is a great team, very well led by Virat. They have a lot of danger in their side. We beat them in the 2016 final and I look forward to the challenge in a do or die game,” Warner said of the upcoming knockout clash.
Losing captain Rohit Sharma called the outing “probably our worst performance of the season.”
“We knew dew would play a role and we wanted to disregard the coin toss, but we didn’t play cricket well today,” Rohit complained after the game.
This marked Rohit’s return to the Mumbai XI after missing four games due to a hamstring injury. Although he didn’t get going with the bat, he was fired for four points, the comeback on the field made him happy.
“I was happy to be back, it’s been a while. Looking forward to playing a few more games here, let’s see what happens. It (hamstring) is fine, absolutely,” said Rohit.
Rohit greeted the Warner-Saha show that took the game away from his team, adding, “They played good shots in the power play, and that helped them. If you take wickets in the power play, even when there is dew, you can. exert pressure on the opposition. “
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