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Twitter Reactions: Jasprit Bumrah’s calmness in Super Over powers MI to the playoffs

Manish Pandey played a valiant knock of 71, but it went in vain.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo: IANS)

The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai was a witness to an absolute cliffhanger between the Mumbai Indians (MI) and the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). The contest went right down to the Super Over and it was eventually the home team, led by Rohit Sharma, that didn’t just win the encounter but also became the third team to qualify for the playoffs in this edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

De Kock plays a lone hand

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Mumbai could only manage 162 for five in their 20 overs. Rohit Sharma started with a flurry of fours before mistiming a pull-shot off speedster Khaleel Ahmed. The Mumbai captain looked good for his 18-ball 24. Suryakumar Yadav was promoted to number three and he scored 23 runs off 17 balls with three boundaries and a six. He became Khaleel’s second victim.

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Evin Lewis couldn’t deliver this time and he was dismissed by Mohammad Nabi. On the contrary, Quinton de Kock, the other opener didn’t give up and notched a fifty. He remained not out on 69 from 58 though he couldn’t accelerate enough at the death. Hardik Pandya started from where he left against KKR and he got 18 off 10 before giving his wicket away to Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Rashid Khan went wicketless, giving away 21 runs.

Pandey holds fort

The Sunrisers made a brisk start and scored 40 runs in the first four overs. Wriddhiman Saha played some delightful strokes in his knock of 25. Martin Guptill, playing his first match, got 15 off 11. Jasprit Bumrah brought Mumbai back into the contest as he dismissed Saha and Guptill off consecutive balls. The Sunrisers slumped further as Krunal Pandya trapped their captain Kane Williamson plumb in front.

Krunal picked up his second wicket as Vijay Shankar perished in a quest to up the ante. Hardik came to the party and removed Abhishek Sharma. In the last five overs, SRH needed 57 runs. Meanwhile, Manish Pandey carried on and scored his third fifty this season off 37 balls.

Mohammad Nabi came in and scored 24 off 17 balls. In the last two overs, SRH required 29 runs and Pandey hit Bumrah for two fours to bring the target down to 17. Nabi got out after scoring a 20-ball 31. Defying all odds, Pandey kept his calm during the knock of 71, most importantly he pulled off a last-ball six to send the game to a super over.

Bumrah steals the deal for Mumbai

In the one-over eliminator, Bumrah had the onus for MI even as Pandey and Nabi came out. Unfortunately for SRH, Manish was run out in the first ball. Nabi smacked Bumrah for a six but was cleaned up on the next ball. Hence, the hosts needed only nine runs to win the game.

Pollard and Hardik came to bat for Mumbai and Rashid had the leather in hand. Pandya muscled the first ball for a six to take Mumbai to the brink of victory and they home there with balls to spare.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the cliffhanger of a contest:

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