After a 42-run loss to Mumbai Indians in their last encounter of IPL 2021, Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Manish Pandey said that Mumbai Indians came hard on them during the match, something which they already knew ahead of the match. Pandey also mentioned that making a lot of changes in the playing XI did not work for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Manish Pandey led SRH in the game after skipper Kane Williamson and vice-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar could not play due to a niggle. While chasing a mammoth 236 for victory, SRH got a quick start by openers Jason Roy (34) and Abhishek Sharma (33). The openers made a 64-run opening partnership in just 5.2 overs.
Later, one-down Manish Pandey hit unbeaten 69 runs off 41 balls for the team. However, in the end, SRH could only reach 193-8 in 20 overs. After the loss by 42 runs, SRH finishes on the last spot in the points table with just 6 points.
We Knew MI Would Come Hard At Us And They Did: Manish Pandey
During the post-match presentation, Manish Pandey said that MI came hard on their team. He also said that their bowlers gave a few extra runs in the match.
“It was really hot, and it was an intense 20 overs. My calves are a bit cramped. I think the surface was the best of the tournament. We knew MI would come hard at us and they did. Our fast bowlers gave away a few extra runs that cost us in the end, but this was the best pitch of the tournament”, Manish Pandey said.
“We had a lot of changes in the side, that didn’t work for us. We were struggling in the first few games too, and had to pull ourselves up in the second leg but the whole team didn’t put in complete performances, despite some really good individual performances”, Pandey further said.
Earlier, Mumbai Indians smacked 235-9 on the scoreboard after the end of 20 overs. Batting as an opener, Ishan Kishan played a fabulous knock of 84 runs off 32 balls. With 11 fours and 4 sixes during his innings, the left-handed batsman also smacked the fastest century of IPL 2021 off 16 balls.
Suryakumar Yadav followed up Ishan Kishan’s innings with 40-ball-82. Yadav, who struggled with poor form in IPL 2021, smacked 13 boundaries and 3 sixes during his knock. Almost all SRH bowlers were hit for too many runs. Jason Holder picked 4 wickets while Rashid Khan and Abhishek Sharma picked 2 wickets each.
Delhi Capitals, Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Kolkata Knight Riders are the 4 teams that have qualified for plays. Now, Chennai Super Kings will collide with Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 1. RCB and KKR will battle against each other in the Eliminator match.