SunRisers Hyderabad pulled off a nerve-wracking three runs victory over Mumbai Indians in a must-win game at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday. Chasing a 194 runs target, Mumbai Indians were required 19 runs off 10 balls. But a wicket maiden by Buvneshwar Kumar in the 19th over restricted them to 190 for 7. This win will keep SRH alive in the IPL 2022.

Batting first, SRH posted 193 for six, thanks to Rahul Tripathi’s unbeaten on 76 off 44 balls. 

In reply, Mumbai Indians got off to a terrific start from their openers Rohit Sharma (48 off 36 balls) and Ishan Kishan (43 off 34 balls). The duo shared a 95 runs partnership off 64 balls. However, Rohit’s dismissal by Washington Sundar in the 11th over, fast bowler Umran Malik made inroads to initiate a mini-collapse. Malik, who has been hailed for his raw pace, was economical Tuesday night as he removed Ishan Kishan, Tilak Varma and Daniel Sams in quick succession to derail MI’s chase.

Rahul Tripathi’s heroic 

Earlier, Rahul Tripathi’s whirlwind innings came in a match when SRH needed to post a big total to make sure they win by a big margin to improve their Net Run Rate (NRR). He smashed three sixes and nine boundaries. In the 16th over, bowled by Daniel Sams, Tripathi hit two boundaries and a six to amass 16 runs.

Opener Priyam Garg smashed 42 off 26 deliveries, while Nicholas Pooran blazed away to 38 off 22.

Displaying his ability to build partnerships, he also shared two important partnerships – first, a 78 runs partnership with Priyam Garg and then another 76 runs partnership with Nicholas Pooran to lay the foundation of SRH innings.

Ramandeep Singh was the most successful bowler for MI, taking three wickets for 20 runs in three overs. Riley Meredith was the most expensive bowler as he conceded 44 runs in four overs. Sams gave away 39.

Economical Malik, intelligent Bhuvneshwar

With MI struggling at 127 for 4 in 15 overs, Tim David attempted to rebuild the innings with his cruising 18-ball 46. However, the right-hander’s onslaught on T Natarajan, who conceded 60 runs and went wicketless, was ended by the pacer himself when the batter tried to keep the strike for the next over.

After David’s dismissal in the 18th over, Bhuvneshkar Kumar, who took a wicket in the match, bowled a magnificent maiden over to keep SRH’s playoffs hope alive. In the 20th over, bowled by Fazalhaq Farooqi, Ramandeep Singh hit a four and six but MI were still short of three runs of the target.

Despite the win, SRH are 8th on the points table with 12 points from 13 matches.