Mumbai Indians produced an authoritative performance in the final league game of the Indian Premier League in Hyderabad to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by nine wickets. The facile win helped them earn not only a playoffs berth but the bonus of the second position on the points table too.
The earlier match of the day, between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils, had washed out. At the end of the league formalities, three teams stood at 16 points each: Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals. Among these teams, the Mumbai outfit has recorded the most number of wins – 8. The other teams have managed just seven wins.
As the team with most number of wins, MI emerged in the second position. They will meet Chennai Super Kings in the first playoffs, while Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore will meet in the second playoffs match.
Mumbai Indians dominated the match right from the word go. The only thing that went wrong with them was the toss. David Warner won the toss and chose to bat first. But in just seven balls, Mumbai Indians landed two massive knock-out punches that left Sunrisers reeling for the rest of the match. Lasith Malinga bowled Shikhar Dhawan with the final ball of the first over. In the first ball of the second over, Mitchell McClenaghan produced a fierce short ball that forced a false stroke from Warner. Keiron Pollard caught the skier.
The two dismissals pushed SRH to back foot. Disciplined bowling and fielding by Mumbai Indians ensured that they stayed on the back foot for the rest of the innings. McClenaghan chipped in with two more wickets and Malinga got one more. J. Suchith scalped two, while Harbhajan Singh and Pollard took one each. SRH could not stitch together a single decent partnership. They were bowled out for 113 runs.
Sunrisers needed early wickets to make a fist of this contest. However, Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel started confidently. The MI opening duo put in a 106-run opening wicket partnership in 13.2 overs to put the match to bed. Simmons got out for 49 when the target was at hand-shaking distance. Patel remained not out on 50.
Mitchell McClenaghan is the man of the match.