Sandeep, Nadeem and Warner put Sunrisers in the playoffs; Knight Riders out
Sunrisers had to beat the top three teams in the IPL to qualify for the playoffs this season. And they did
That brings to an end the league stages of this IPL. The playoffs look like this:
MI vs DC, winner goes to the final, loser goes on to play the third playoff
SRH v RCB, winner goes on to the play the third playoff, loser goes home
Third playoff: between the loser of the first match and winner of the second. Winner goes to the final, loser goes home
See you at the playoffs
Shabaz Nadeem, Man of the Match: "I don't get a lot of games. I am used to not getting so many games. when you get your chance, you give your 100%. I have been working hard, on the carrom ball, for the last two years. I thought it was the right time to use it. The round-arm ball too. Sometimes it doesn't bounce if it lands on the leather. If it lands on the seam, it turns a lot. When you are contributing to the team, it boosts you up. If you see our bowing unit, everybody is doing his job for the last few games. It is a small ground but as you pitches are turning slower so if you pitch in the right areas, it is difficult to hit."
David Warner: "Feeling good now. After that dreadful loss against Kings XI. Obviously they rested a couple of players, but to hold them to 150 on this ground is outstanding. Nadeem, to go for 18 in his four against a side with so many left-hand batsmen, is exceptional. There is great resilience in the side. We always out our best foot forward. A lot of the credit goes down to the franchise owners. We looked back to 2016 when we had to win every game to win the title. When you have your backs against the wall, you have nothing to lose. You just saw how much that dropped chance hurt Rashid, the passion with which we play. I pride myself on giving the team a great start. That is my duty and responsibility. Fortunately we haven't had to chase a big total. RCB are a very good side. They have a lot of dangerous players. We beat them in the2016 final. Another do-or-die game. Hopefully we can carry the momentum from this game."
Rohit Sharma: "Not the day we want to remember. probably the worst performance of the season for us. We wanted to try a few things but unfortunately it didn't go our way. Losing wickets at the top doesn't help. We knew the dew was playing a big part, and we wanted to take the toss out of consideration. I am happy to be back on the park. Looking forward to a few more games here and see how it goes. The hamstring is absolutely fine. Two ways to look at the dew. We play at Wankhede, which always has dew. So we don't want to be demotivated when we lose the toss. We didn't have enough runs on the board, which didn't put any pressure on us. If you take wickets in the Powerplay, even if there is dew, it can put pressure on them. It is a funny format. You keep doing well. I know you want to remember those two wins against DC but you have to stay in the present and keep doing the small things and keep ticking the boxes. You want to leave tonight behind you as quickly as possible. We will get back to the drawing board tomorrow."
Warner punches the air and then hugs Saha as SRH enter the playoffs at No. 3. Three straight wins, and all three against the other three teams that await them in the playoffs. This also means the end of the road for KKR, but this is just blind luck that SRH were playing the last game, and it happened to be against a side that was already assured of the top position. SRH meanwhile can only play the cards in front of them, and they have played them superbly. They won the toss, and executed all their plans to win comprehensively. Their bowlers love these slow conditions, but now they will face RCB in Abu Dhabi where the quicker bowlers have had a better time
Pandya is back now
Within a shot of the playoffs now
Revanth Reddy: "I don't know why people don't often mention this but SRH is one of the consistent sides in IPL apart from Chennai and Mumbai. This is the 5th consecutive time they are in the playoffs."
"SRH has done this before - reaching play off as 4th Team and winning the IPL" gururaj, this time they will be third
Round the wicket to Warner