Mumbai, May 2: Hardik Pandya saved himself from a major humiliation as he hit Rashid Khan for a six to ensure Mumbai Indians came out victorious against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL 2019 encounter whose result was decided via Super Over.
With seven runs required on the final ball of the 20th over in the second innings, Hardik was hit for a huge six by Manish Pandey. This resulted in the match going for a Super Over, second of the season.
After Bumrah conceded just 8 runs from his Super Over, Hardik hammered Rashid Khan for a six on the first delivery of Mumbai's response. With 3 more runs required from the next five, Mumbai reached home comfortably in the next two deliveries.
With that win, Mumbai Indians became the third team to qualify into the play-offs after Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals.
Manish Pandey smashed his third half-century in four matches and remained unbeaten on 71 off 47 deliveries to single-handedly take Sunrisers to the Super Over. With 17 needed from 6 balls, Manish Pandey and Mohammed Nabi together scored 16 which was bowled by Hardik.
However, Hardik prevented himself from becoming a villain in front of Mumbai's home crowd as he emerged as a hero with the bat.
The Baroda all-rounder struck 18 off 10 balls while batting for Mumbai in the first innings but it was the six against Rashid in the Super Over that he's going to remember for a long time.
The cricketing fraternity and fans hailed Hardik and Jasprit Bumrah for their match-winning efforts. Manish Pandey was also lauded for his knock as he single-handedly took his team home.
Here's how Twitterati reacted to Hardik's effort:
Wow! #MI made my day! What an entertaining match that was!#MumbaiIndians only team who knows how to entertain their fans! They always entertain us by last over finish and tonight #Superover. #Sunrisers fought hard but #MI finished as a better team! #MIvSRH #SRHvMI pic.twitter.com/uEOLfME9pl— Rahul Wadhwani (@WadhwaniRahul1) May 2, 2019
Delighted with the form of Manish Pandey. Always rated him and he has shown himself and everyone else that when in form he is a matchwinner. But consistency is a tough beast to tame.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 2, 2019
Taut game, among best I’ve seen. Hyderabad couldn’t make capital of opportunity created by Pandey. Credit to Bumrah. Tight over under pressure. However, getting even 8-10 runs in Super Over can be tough. @mipaltan hold nerve to make it to the play-offs. Well done Rohit & Co— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 2, 2019
kamaal karte ho pandey ji #MIvSRH— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) May 2, 2019
Super Overs are never easy. But batsmen must NOT run themselves out on 1st ball of the over! Because the next batsman has no freedom to play the rest of the over. It’s a fine line.. but do not run yourself out! #SelectDugout @StarSportsIndia #MIvSRH— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) May 2, 2019
YESSSSSSS!!! 💪 https://t.co/5hvaRjW3aJ— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) May 2, 2019
Remarkable from Manish Pandey. Six off the last ball for a super over👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻. Vivo IPL is on fire🔥🔥🔥🔥.— ian bishop (@irbishi) May 2, 2019
How good is the IPL!!!! Every game down to the wire 🔥🙌🏼 https://t.co/4Ccf9hjaAR— Sam Billings (@sambillings) May 2, 2019