Mumbai Indians (MI) ended their VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 campaign on a high as they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 42 runs in Match 55 in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav hammered 84 and 82 respectively and set up MI’s win.
Chasing 236, SRH were quick off the blocks as the opening pair of Jason Roy and Abhishek Sharma put up a 64-run stand. However, MI managed to strike in the powerplay as Trent Boult dismissed Roy for 34.
SRH lost three more wickets for 36 runs as Jimmy Neesham and Piyush Chawala shared the spoils, dismissing Abhishek, Mohammad Nabi and Abdul Samad.
Priyam Garg and Manish Pandey, who was captaining the side in absence of Kane Williamson, then added 56 runs together before Garg got out. While Manish, who had to bat through the cramps, scored a fine half-century on captaincy debut, MI restricted SRH to 193/8.
Earlier, MI, who needed at least a 171-run win to qualify for the playoffs, came out all guns blazing with the bat as Ishan Kishan tonked a six on the second ball of the innings and then creamed four fours in the second over bowled by Siddarth Kaul.
The left-hander continued to tonk the ball all around the park and went on to complete the fastest fifty of the VIVO IPL 2021 as he raced past fifty in 16 balls. While MI lost Rohit in the final over of the powerplay – courtesy an excellent catch from Mohammad Nabi off Rashid Khan, the team zoomed towards 83, courtesy Ishan’s onslaught.
Ishan and Hardik Pandya, who had replaced Rohit in the middle, hit a six each in the eighth over as MI moved to 112/1.
But SRH pulled things back a bit as Jason Holder and Umran Malik dismissed Hardik and Ishan, who hammered 84 off 32 balls, in the 9th and 10th over respectively. Three overs later, Abhishek Sharma, in his double-wicket over, got Kieron Pollard and Jimmy Neesham out.
From thereon, it was all a Suryakumar show. The stylish right-hander, mixed innovation with power-hitting and creamed 13 fours and 3 sixes to hammer 82 off 40 balls to power MI to 235/9.
Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 235/9 (Ishan Kishan 84, Suryakumar Yadav 82; Jason Holder 4/52) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 193/8 (Manish Pandey 69, Jason Roy 34; Jasprit Bumrah 2/39) by 42 runs.