After amassing 235 out of nine, MI needed to limit SRH to 65 or less to qualify for the play-offs before KKR, but hopefully that wouldn’t happen. SRH finished 193 out of eight with alternate captain Manish pandey making an undefeated 69 with 41 balls.
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It is the first time in three seasons that the five-time champion IM has not entered the last four after lifting the trophy in the last two editions.
MI needed a miracle and the script worked out in their favor, at least in the early innings, when they opted to hit and posted a gigantic score.
Ishan kishan (84 of 32) and Suryakumar Yadav (82 of 40) hit the fifties like a whirlwind when MI meant business from the start.
But it was not for MI as they were unable to restrict the SSR to their desired goal, even though they won the match comfortably.
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Despite MI and KKR finishing their head-to-head matches with 14 points from as many games, the Kolkata team took a leap. Rohit sharmaThe net execution rate side.
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Chasing 236, Jason Roy (34 of 21) and Abhishek Sharma (33 of 16) got SRH to fly, adding 64 runs in 5.2 overs.
But SRH lost their plan shortly after the starters’ sacking with Jimmy Neesham hitting twice, first counting for Sharma and then Abdul Samad.
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Pandey (69 of 41; 7x4s, 2x6s) and Priyan Garg (29) shared 56 runs for fifth field before Jasprit Bumrah was dislodged from the stands.
Pandey played a captain’s stroke and kept SRH on the hunt, albeit mathematically, hitting his 50 of 30 balls.
It was always going to be an uphill task for SRH to hit 70 24-ball runs and it turned out that way with Pandey remaining undefeated.
Earlier, IM starters: Kishan and skipper Rohit Sharma (18 of 13) were serious and showed intention from the start.
Kishan, especially, was in a belligerent mood as he struck with the hammer and pliers and spared not a single SRH pitcher to get his fifty in just 16 balls, the fastest half-century this season.
It was raining limits and sixes for Kishan in all overs as IM ran to 78 runs in the first five overs.
It seemed like child’s play for Kishan when he hit Rashid over deep center to raise the team’s 100 in 7.1 overs.
Kishan finally walked away in the 10th when he beat a delivery from Umran Malik to Wriddhiman Saha behind the stumps.
After Kishan’s firing, SRH pulled things back, courtesy of a clever captaincy from Pandey, who replaced Kane Williamson with an elbow.
A brave Pandey led young pitcher Sharma, with his left arm, to the attack in the 13th and the pitcher regained his captain’s faith by eliminating Kieron Pollard (12) and Neesham on the last two balls of the over for a chance of a hat-trick.
Yadav, who had not been at his best in the second leg thus far, rose to the occasion when it mattered and took on the responsibility of guiding IM innings after Kishan was sent off.