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IPL 2020: SRH coast their ship home into the playoffs by beating MI

SRH took on MI at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday. It was a high-stake match for two teams, KKR and SRH. The result would end either’s chance of getting into the Play-Offs as it was also the last game of the group stage. An SRH win would see KKR out and an MI win would see SRH out. The former happened and SRH qualified for the Eliminator. SRH beat MI by 10 wickets in the one-sided match. Let’s analyze both the innings.

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#1. The First Innings:

MI was the team to bat first. There were a lot of changes in the MI side from the previous game. Captain Rohit Sharma was back in the team. Hardik Pandya who was already rested before was joined by Jasprit Bumrah, and Trent Boult, who were rested in yesterday’s match. Instead, Dhawal Kulkarni was called up in the squad and the Aussie duo of Coulter-Nile and Pattinson were also included. MI opened with De Kock and Sharma as usual. Sharma got out early. De Kock was looking in terrific touch. He hit Sandeep Sharma for a couple of sixes and a four before getting bowled out off an inside edge while trying to hit another six.

Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan hung around for a long time, building an excellent partnership for the MI. After SKY’s dismissal, Krunal Pandya and Saurabh Tiwary were also dismissed quickly. Ishan Kishan and Pollard played well. Kishan also got out in a similar fashion to De Kock. MI had an extremely poor run rate before Keiron Pollard finally decided to take matters into his own hands. Pollard started raining sixes in the death overs scoring about 20 runs in one of those. MI managed to set a target of 150, thanks to Pollard. The star bowlers for SRH proved to be Nadeem and Jason Holder. Sandeep Sharma also scalped 3 wickets but was a bit expensive in terms of economy.

#2. The Second Innings:

Considering the high standards that this IPL edition has set in terms of runs scored, 150 seemed like a minuscule target. SRH sent out the left-handed – right-handed combination of Saha and Warner to open the innings. These guys took SRH home in just 17.1 overs. The best thing about it was that they only hit 2 sixes in the entire inning. The rest of the runs came through fours that were hit through some excellent cricketing shots. Both the batsmen scored quick half-centuries. Warner was phenomenal with a strike rate close to 150. Saha seemed like a good anchor to the innings. On the bowling side, Pattinson and Krunal Pandya proved to be the most expensive bowlers for MI. Chahar was also expensive.

SRH won convincingly, thus knocking KKR out. Resting some players was a good decision on MI’s part since they need their key players up and running for the very important games that are lined up in the near future. They will have to go all out against the Capitals in order to make it to their second consecutive IPL final. SRH still has a long road ahead. They will have to win two more matches before they make it to the final. If the current form continues, even SRH has the complete potential to win this edition. Let’s see how things unfold. Till then, stay tuned!

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