After the Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad both ended their regulation twenty overs with 162 runs on the board, Match 51 of VIVO IPL 2019 – played at the Wankhede Stadium – had to be decided by means of a Super Over. The Mumbai Indians prevailed in the one-over contest; they first limited the Sunrisers to 8, after which Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard scored the runs required in three deliveries. The win ensured MI’s passage to the Playoffs.
Manish Pandey’s 71 not out – the highest score in the match – was a top-class innings, and it was his last-ball six that forced the match into the Super Over. But once he was run out off the first ball of the one-over contest, the Sunrisers were pushed to the backfoot. Mohammad Nabi struck a six off the third ball, but lost his stumps to Jasprit Bumrah the following delivery, leaving MI nine runs to get in their chase. Hardik Pandya struck the first ball bowled by Rashid Khan for a six down the ground to kill the chase at the very beginning.
In the evening, the Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided his batsmen would have first use of what appeared to be a fantastic batting surface. The hosts were off to a quick start with the captain himself collecting five boundaries in the first three overs, while Quinton de Kock joined in scoring back-to-back boundaries in the fourth over. The openers had added 36 runs in the first five overs when Rohit miscued an attempted hit over mid-on; he was dismissed for 24, made from 18 balls.
The remaining 14.4 overs of the MI innings was about fits and starts; there was only one instance – when de Kock and Kieron Pollard took 14 & 13 off the 17th and 18th over – that MI scored more than ten runs in consecutive overs. Barring de Kock, none of the other MI batsmen made more than 24; Suryakumar Yadav, back at number three, showed intent in his 17-ball 23, Hardik Pandya made 18 from 10 balls and Kieron Pollard made 10 from 9 deliveries.
The MI innings had four partnerships of note; apart from the opening stand of 36, there were partnerships of 54 (second wicket), 28 (fourth wicket) and 32 (fifth wicket).
The Sunrisers were outstanding in the field; after conceding 35 in the first four overs, they pulled things back very well. The planning and execution from their bowlers, and the support they received from the fielders deserves appreciation. Khaleel Ahmed was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Nabi chipped in with a wicket each. Rashid Khan was once again miserly, conceding just 21 runs in his four overs.
The Sunrisers’ innings was pretty much like MI’s earlier in the evening. The openers set up the chase with a brisk start; Wriddhiman Saha and Martin Guptill added 40 in four overs before they were separated. Then Manish Pandey struck a fluent half-century – his third in four innings since returning to the team, while Mohammad Nabi contributed a crucial 31 at the back end of the innings; it was their 49-run partnership that breathed life into the meandering run-chase.
For Mumbai Indians, the two spinners Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar were outstanding; they conceded only 43 runs in the eight overs. Jasprit Bumrah (2-31) and Hardik Pandya (2-20) were the other wicket-takers.
Standout batting performances
Quinton de Kock opened the innings and batted through the entire twenty overs; the left-hander collected two boundaries off Bhuvneshwar Kumar early on, but settled down for a long innings. He picked up several singles, and favoured the leg-side to score his runs; he brought up his half-century in 48 balls – and added 17 off the following ten deliveries to finish unbeaten on 69. De Kock’s 58-ball outing contained six boundaries and two sixes.
Manish Pandey has a reputation as a big-match player, and he took centre stage yet again; his innings contained drives, whips off the pads, powerful hits and a deft late cut too. He brought up his half-century with a flowing straight drive – reaching the milestone in 37 balls, and was forced to take a backseat thereafter as Nabi took control of proceedings. With the Sunrisers needing 25 off the last 8 balls, Manish collected consecutive boundaries off Bumrah to bring the equation down to 17 from the final over. And then, when Sunrisers needed six off the last ball to force the match into a Super Over, he duly deposited a length delivery from Hardik Pandya into the stands at long-on.
Standout bowling performance
Rashid Khan’s performance on Thursday evening – 4-0-21-0 – had class written all over it. He made an impact as soon as he was handed the ball to bowl the fifth over; after the Mumbai Indians openers had scored 35 in the first four overs, the leg-spinner tightened the screws immediately, conceding just one run in his first over.
Barring two deliveries in his final over – when Pollard drilled one down the ground and de Kock collected a boundary through fine-leg, Rashid was on the money every other time. He bowled the majority of his deliveries to de Kock, conceding only 10 runs off 16 deliveries. Despite having to bowl four one-over spells – he bowled the 5th, 11th, 15th and 18th overs – he still bowled 11 dot deliveries and finished with an impressive economy rate of 5.25.
The two spinners in the Mumbai Indians’ bowling attack were impressive too; Krunal Pandya returned figures of 2 for 22, while Rahul Chahar only conceded 21 runs in his four overs. Both bowlers landed the ball on a length consistently and mostly stuck to a stump-to-stump line. Krunal’s two wickets were those of Kane Williamson (dismissed LBW attempting to sweep an arm ball) and Vijay Shankar (who holed out to long-on).
Courtesy the eight quiet overs when they bowled in tandem, the required run rate – which was 7.43 before they came on to bowl – had jumped to 10.17.
Mumbai Indians: 162-5 (Quinton de Kock 69*, Khaleel Ahmed 3-42) tied with
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 162-6 (Manish Pandey 71*, Mohammad Nabi 31).
Result: Mumbai Indians won the Super Over.
Man of the Match
Jasprit Bumrah, for his two wickets in the main match and the one wicket in the Super Over.