SRH were restricted to 193/8 in their 20 overs while chasing 236 runs for victory against Mumbai Indians in the 55th match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Mumbai Indians needed a miracle to seal KKR to play for the playoffs on Friday. Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav’s batting aided to 235, their highest total in IPL. The bottom-placed side finished 42 runs short of the target with Pandey’s unbeaten 69. By the time the last Power Play over got over, Mumbai’s dreams had shattered. The Knights had cruised into the play-offs as the fourth team.
Talking about Ishan Kishan, a good innings can do wonders to confidence. His form returned against Rajasthan Royals, excelling with an unbeaten 50 off 25 balls. He continued in the same stratum on Friday, completing his half-century from just 16 balls. There was no stopping Rohit and Kishan as Jason Holder went for 18 in an over. Kishan was severe on anything pitched short as he pulled with disdain. Runs showered as the Mumbai Indians warriors dealt mostly in fours and sixes where 50 came up in 3.4. Kishan’s stormy performance of 84 from 32 balls came to an end when he chipped behind. Suryakumar took over from where Kishan had left. One of the prime factors why Mumbai Indians failed to make an impact was because of the failure of Kishan and Suryakumar, who had held the innings together on several occasions. While Kishan’s innings was about brute power and slogging, Suryakumar (82 off 40 balls) relied on flair and timing.
One of the prime factors why Mumbai Indians failed to make an impact was because of the failure of Kishan and Suryakumar, who had held the innings together on several occasions. Kishan and Suryakumar’s return to form may have come a bit late in the day for Mumbai Indians but it will serve as good news for Team India ahead of the T20 World Cup.