The Kolkata Knight Riders have been knocked out of the 2020 IPL as Sunrisers Hyderabad avenge the Mumbai Indians in a must-win the game to qualify for the playoffs. All Thanks to David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha’s unbeaten partnership of 151 and Shahbaz Nadeem’s two early wickets ensured that SRH gets to pass that playoffs qualification.
It all started at the toss as David Warner the Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper won the toss and elected to bowl first at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. SRH made one change to their playing XI as Priyam Garg was included in the side at the expense of the all-rounder Abhishek Sharma. Whereas Mumbai Indians rested their speedster’s Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult as Dhawal Kulkarni was given his first game of the season.
Sunrisers Hyderabad Knock Kolkata Knight Riders Out Of IPL 2020
Batting first Mumbai Indians struggled all round as Quinton De Kock and Rohit Sharma failed to provide an explosive start to the side. In the middle order, Ishan Kishan and Surya Kumar Yadav stitched up a decent partnership before Shahbaz Nadeem ran through the batsmen in the middle overs. In the end overs, Kieron Pollard scored 41 runs off just 25 balls to take Mumbai Indians to a fairly average total of 149/8 at the end of 20 overs.
Sunrisers Hyderabad in the chase played it smart as David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha finished the chase without losing a single wicket as Warner ended up on 85 whereas Saha finished with 58 runs under his belt. With this sublime win over Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers have knocked Kolkata out of 2020 IPL.
You need to give your 100% every time – Shahbaz Nadeem
The man of the match of today’s match between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad was Shahbaz Nadeem for picking up two crucial wickets early on in the innings. At the post-match presentation, Nadeem said that it was important for him to prove his calibre in the limited opportunities he gets in the season. He went on to reveal how he’s been working on the carrom bowl for the last couple of years and has been trying to effectively use them in this season of the IPL.
“I have been playing like this for the last couple of years. It is important that whenever you get your chances you need to give your 100% and that’s what came out today. I have been working on the carrom ball for a couple of years and I thought it was the right time to bowl it because they have a lots of left-handers in their side,” Shahbaz Nadeem said.
“Contributing to the team boosts you. Everyone has been contributing and my job is to fit in. This is a very small ground but the pitches are turning slower, so as a spinner if you pitch it in the right areas, it does work,” he added.