Just as it happens so often, Mumbai Indians have officially come alive. Their hammering of Rajasthan Royals has closed the gap on the coveted fourth spot and they now are hot on the heels of Kolkata Knight Riders.
That said, they left it so late this time that their fate is not in their own hands anymore. And if KKR trounce Rajasthan Royals on Thursday night and maintain the superiority of their net run rate, then what Mumbai do against Hyderabad in this match would become irrelevant.
If they miss out on playoffs, though, it would be a strange development as you don’t often see IPL post-regular season without its most winningest side.
In their last game, Mumbai brushed aside Rajasthan by eight wickets, giving themselves a decent chance to sneak into the playoffs ahead of the final round of matches. Another one of those lopsided wins would do them a world of good, but they’d also need luck to be on their side.
Sunrisers Hyderabad are fresh off of causing another upset. They beat contenders Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday night.
Having posted a modest 141-7, they were supposed to struggle to protect that total but a lackluster performance by Kolkata batters in the run chase made the job easier for them.
Hyderabad pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar deserves credit for defending 13 runs in the last over despite bowling four of those final six balls to AB de Villiers.