IPL 2021: Mumbai Indians were knocked out of the play-offs race despite posting 235, their highest-ever total on Friday. Sunrisers Hyderabad got off to a fiery start, denying the defending champions an opportunity to do the improbable.
Mumbia Indians failed to reach the play-offs for the first time since 2018 (Courtesy of BCCI)
- MI posted 235, thier highest total in the history of IPL on Friday
- MI needed to beat SRH by 171 runs but Sunrisers went past 65 in just 6 overs
- MI have been failed to qualify for the play-offs for first time since 2018
Mumbai Indians gave it their all in a bid to do the improbable but their title defense has come to an end in IPL 2021 in their final league game against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Despite posting their highest-ever total of 235 in 20 overs, they have been knocked out from the play-offs race.
Mumbai Indians headed into the contest on the final league-stage matchday of IPL 2021, knowing they needed a mountain to climb as they had to win by 171 runs against SRH to leapfrog Kolkata Knight Riders and seal a place in the final 4 for the 3rd successive season.
However, they were not able to restrict the run flow on a superb batting pitch at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. SRH opener Jason Roy and Abhishek Sharma went hammer and tongs in the powerplay, stitching a 64-run opening stand in just 5.2 overs.
Mumbai Indians needed to restrict Sunrisers Hyderabad to less than 65 for an unlikely play-offs berth but the 2016 champions got to the mini landmark in just less than 6 overs.
Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav give it their all
Earlier in the day, Mumbai Indians showcased they would not go down without a fight as they came up with a commanding batting performance, hitting 235, the highest total posted in the IPL history outside India.
Ishan Kishan smashed the fastest fifty by a Mumbai Indians player as he got to the landmark in just 16 balls. He continued pummeling the SRH bowler and posted 84 from just 32 balls, hitting 11 boundaries and 4 sixes.
With wickets tumbling at the other end, Suryakumar Yadav showed glimpses of return to peak form, hitting 80 in just 40 balls.
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