Sunrisers Hyderabad players celebrate after the fall of wicket.(AFP)
Sunrisers Hyderabad players celebrate after the fall of wicket.(AFP)

IPL 2019: Sunrisers Hyderabad sneak into play-offs, script IPL history

Mumbai Indians topped the group with 18 points and a superior NRR in comparison to Chennai Super Kings, who finished second.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2019 08:26 AM IST

Sunrisers Hyderabad became the first team in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to qualify for play-offs with just 12 points in the league stage. Hyderabad joined Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals in the knock-out stage of the tournament.

Hyderabad’s hopes of making it into the play-offs suffered a massive blow on Saturday after they lost their last league match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. But Kolkata Knight Riders’ nine-wicket loss against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium ensured Hyderabad’s progression into the play-offs.

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Both Hyderabad (+0.58) and Kolkata (+0.03) finished the league stage with 12 points but Kane Williamson’s troops moved into the next round courtesy of a better Net Run Rate (NRR).

Mumbai Indians (+0.42) topped the group with 18 points and a superior NRR in comparison to Chennai Super Kings (+0.13), who finished second. CSK needed a win against KXIP to top the table but lost the match in Mohali by 6 wickets. Delhi (+0.04) too ended with 18 points but their NRR was worse than CSK and had to settle for third.

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This means Mumbai Indians will now take on Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 1 while Delhi Capitals will lock horns against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator. The winner of Qualifier 1 will progress into the final while the loser will play against the winner of the Eliminator for a place in the final on May 12.

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