Indian Premier League, 2020
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Date & Time: 03 November 2020
RR: 8.79 | Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Mumbai Indians by 10 wickets
Right then, we are done and dusted with the league stage of this year's Indian T20 League. Four teams, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore have survived the high demand of this tournament and now they will get ready for the playoffs. Next up, Mumbai will be in action again as they lock horns with Delhi in Qualifier 1 on the 5th of November in Dubai. The match will start at 1800 local (1400 GMT). We hope to have your company for that crunch encounter. Until then, cheers!
The Man of the Match for this game is Shahbaz Nadeem. He starts off by saying that he has been playing this way from the past couple of years and he was looking to give his 100 percent in all the games and it worked out this evening. Adds that he has been working hard on his carrom ball for some years and he thought about bowling them against the Mumbai left-handers. Talking about his round-arm action, Nadeem replies that it bounces sometimes when it pitches on the seam part and adds that it depends on how you release the ball. Tells that when you contribute for your team, you feel good and he feels that everyone in the bowling unit has been performing well. Mentions that it is a small ground but with the pitch turning slow, if you bowl in the right areas, it works.
The winning skipper of Hyderabad, David Warner, starts off by saying that he is feeling good now especially after what happened in the game against Punjab. The Aussie is happy that they restricted Mumbai to just 150. Credits his bowlers for their performance and as the openers, they just wanted to see the game through. Feels there is a good atmosphere in the dressing room and the whole management is a family and they have a never give up attitude. Says that even though there are injuries, they still find a way. Reminds that Kane Williamson missed out last year and Jonny Bairstow took his place and was absolutely fantastic. Mentions that with Saha opening, they are finding a good balance. Shares that in 2016 also, they were in a similar position where they had to win all their games to win the title. Adds that the whole team is passionate and they came out very motivated in this game. Tells that he prides himself to give a good start to them and fortunately, the last couple of games have been great. Talking about the next encounter against Bangalore, he says that they are a great team and he is excited about that challenge.
Hyderabad's mentor and batting coach, VVS Laxman is in for a quick chat! He says that he is proud of the entire group and especially after that game against Punjab. Adds that the bowlers after losing Bhuvneshwar Kumar have stepped up. Praises Saha for his performances since he has started playing. Mentions that they wanted to keep things simple and they took each game as it came and there was a lot of energy when they were fielding. Laxman is very proud of the team as the positivity was always on show. Feels that Warner leads from the front and that in the last three games, he has played really well. Further says that Warner is an amazing person in the dressing room. About their next encounter, VVS replies that they know that Bangalore are a good side and even though they beat them in the last game, this will be different. Tells that they are confident and will look to stick to the basics.
Mumbai skipper, Rohit Sharma says that it was not the day to remember and calls it probably the worst performance of the season for them. Mentions that losing wickets at the start didn't make it easier. Admits that they didn't play good cricket. Rohit is happy to be back, was going through some tough times and is looking forward to playing some more cricket here. Informs that his hamstring is absolutely fine. Regarding the dew factor, Sharma replies that they play at Wankhede, where there is always dew and you can't be demotivated with the toss, you still have to come out and execute the skills and have the belief. Adds that when you take wickets in the Powerplay, it becomes tough and they have seen that in this season. Shares that Boult and Bumrah were just rested and they are absolutely fine. Tells that it's a funny format and it's always right to focus on the present and leave this performance behind. Calls it a good challenge to play against Delhi.
Earlier in the evening, Hyderabad's bowling was also on the money. They were focused and motivated and hardly put any foot wrong. Their bowling, especially, in the middle overs was incredible and they finished well at the backend too. Superb work with the ball and it was nicely backed up by their openers. Hyderabad now jump to the number 3 position in the table and will be delighted with the way they have peaked in the past few games.
A target of 150 was scaled down by the Orange team without breaking a sweat. David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha showed positive intent and gathered 56 runs in the Powerplay. From there onward, it was all too easy. Mumbai's bowling wasn't too penetrative and they struggled throughout. Dew could be a factor but they were poor right from the start. A day to forget for the defending champions.
Outstanding victory for Hyderabad! It was a stroll in the park for them against the best team of this edition and they have stormed into the playoffs. Kolkata are the last team to get knocked out now.
James Pattinson is back on for Mumbai. 2-0-22-0 so far. Hyderabad just need 13 now.
Nathan Coulter-Nile is back into the attack. 2-0-18-0 are his figures so far.
Dhawal Kulkarni is back on. 2-0-13-0 so far.
DRINKS! This game is all but done and dusted. Warner and Saha did not want to leave this to anyone else and have batted really well to make sure that they are sitting strongly with 7 overs left to go. They just need 28 runs and it looks like one of these two will score the winning runs and ensure that Hyderabad are in the playoffs.
Rahul Chahar (2-0-18-0) is back on.
Krunal Pandya into the attack for the first time this evening. Can he break this partnership?
James Pattinson is back for another spell with Mumbai in desperate need of a breakthrough.
Drinks break! Hyderabad have come out with positive intent and made full use of the Powerplay. Both the openers looked for boundaries and found it at regular intervals as well. Now, they have a platform set and would hope for a smooth ride towards the target. Mumbai need to dry the runs to create pressure. Interesting middle phase coming up. 94 needed off 84 balls.
Another bowling change. Nathan Coulter-Nile to bowl the last over of the Powerplay. He went for 11 runs in his previous over.
Change in bowling. 40 runs in 4 overs and now Rohit Sharma has given the ball to Rahul Chahar. This could backfire.
James Pattinson into the attack now.
Nathan Coulter-Nile to operate from the other end.
We are back for the chase! The openers of Hyderabad, David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha walk out to the middle. Dhawal Kulkarni will start with the ball. Off we go...