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“Sharma is a better captain than Kohli!” Fans react as MI qualify for Playoffs

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In what may be one of the IPL classics, Mumbai Indians clinched a dramatic victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Super Over. Kieron Pollard hit the winning runs as MI became the third team to qualify for the playoffs after CSK and DC. However, the defeat threw SRH’s chances of a top four finish into quandary. Although they are still placed at the fourth position with 12 points, they may slip to the fifth with KKR and KXIP (who both have 10 points apiece) taking on each other on Friday.

The visiting team did reasonably well to bowl Mumbai Indian out for a competitive total of 162/5 with Quinton de Kock (69*) scoring the majority of the runs. Khaleel Ahmed again scalped three wickets while Rashid Khan was economical with the ball, but wicket-less. However, as expected, the Warner-less Sunrisers suffered in the second innings with the bat. Although they passed the power play with flying colours, SRH soon witnessed Jasprit Bumrah and Krunal Pandya swiftly running through their top and middle order.

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Having reduced the visiting team for 105/5, MI were certainly on the course of victory but for the excellence of one man – Manish Pandey, who scored a brilliant knock of 71*. May be Mumbai Indians became a bit complacent towards the end, but they let the in-form batsman have his say in the last over and failed to defend 16 runs. As a result, the game went to Super Over.

Nonetheless, SRH’s luck ran out in the tense Super Over, with their saviour Pandey being runout on the first ball itself. Bumrah then took the second wicket on the fourth ball to set the target at a measly 9 runs. Hardik Pandya closed the contest before it could even become interesting by scoring a six on the first ball in the following over.

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Soon, Twitter was flooded with Tweets congratulating MI for qualifying to the Playoffs under such dramatic conditions. Here is how fans reacted:

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Monish Gadiya
Monish Gadiya is the Head of Content at KreedOn. He is a thorough tech-enthusiast and believes that innovation is the answer to all the problems prevalent in the society. Monish graduated from University of Pune with a degree in Civil Engineering before pursuing a post-graduate diploma course in intellectual property rights. A die-hard football fan, he has represented his college at various football competitions.


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