IPL 2019: MI captain Rohit Sharma credits spinners for Super Over win against SRH
Mumbai Indians beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in Super Over after the match ended in a tie at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.Updated: May 03, 2019, 09:48 IST
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma gave credit to spinners Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya for their thrilling Super Over win against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday. The win helped MI seal a playoff berth and they also rose to No. 2 in the IPL Points Table.
The match had ended in a tie after Hyderabad, chasing 163 for victory, finished their 20 overs on 162 for six, with Pandey unbeaten in his 47-ball knock at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.
South Africa’s Quinton de Kock stood out for Mumbai with his 69 not out to guide the three-time champions to 162-5 after electing to bat first in the Twenty20 tournament.
Paceman Jasprit Bumrah then returned figures of 2-31 from his four overs and also restricted Hyderabad to just eight runs in the Super Over. He was named man of the match.
But MI captain Rohit Sharma believed the turning point of the match was the eight overs bowled by spinners Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar.
“Feels good knowing that we are among the top four now. I think the game changing moment was the eight overs of spin. They bowled very well and contained the batsmen which was very important at that stage,” said Rohit at the post-match presentation.
Sunrisers began the chase with Wriddiman Saha (25 off 15 balls) and Martin Guptill (15 off 11) adding 40 for the first wicket. But Saha was sent back by Bumrah. The MI Spinners then helped to stem the flow of runs.
Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya combined for just 43-runs in their 8 overs picking up 2 wickets. Rahul Chahar gave away 21-runs in 4 overs at an economy of 5.25 , joint most economical spell in the match. Chahar bowled 10 dot balls in the match, joint 2nd most along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Krunal Pandya on the other hand was hit for just 1 boundary in the match, least boundaries
conceded by a bowler in the match. picked up 2 wickets in his 4 overs giving away 22 runs at an economy of 5.50, 2 nd most economical spell in the match.
Rohit had a lot of praise for Jasprit Bumrah, who held his nerve in the death overs and also bowled a fantastic Super Over, restricting SRH to 8 runs.
“ He’s (Bumrah) been brilliant for us and he keeps improving every game and he is hungry for success. He wants to be out there and express himself and he understands that he is a lead bowler for us. He held the nerve in the crucial overs and in the Super Over as well,” Rohit said.
“Quinny (Quinton) has been really good for us but we need help from the other batters,” Sharma said of his wicket-keeper batsman who has amassed 462 runs in 13 games.
Hardik Pandya came in to bat along side Kieron Pollard for Mumbai in the Super Over and hit leg-spinner Rashid Khan for a six on the first ball.
He then took a single and Pollard completed the win on the third delivery as Mumbai joined table-toppers Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals for the play-offs.
(With agency inputs)