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Warner, Saha carry the bat, carry Hyderabad into IPL playoffs

Openers David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha carried the bat with another century stand in crushing 10-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians to lead Sunrisers Hyderabad into the Indian Premier League playoffs on Tuesday.

Needing an outright victory at the Sharjah Stadium to snatch the last available berth for playoffs, Hyderabad restricted Mumbai to 149-8 in 20 overs. Warner and Saha once again proved a better opening pair as they eased the chase with a solid 151–run opening wicket partnership.

Hyderabad reached the target in just 17.1 overs to fix November 6 Eliminator date with Virat Kohli’s Royal Challangers Bangalore.

Warner was unbeaten on a 58-ball 85 hitting 10 fours and a six. Saha repaid for the trust he was put in as an opener scoring 58 off 45 with seven fours and a six.

Hyderabad captain David Warner plays a shot against Mumbai Indians. PHOTO: BCCI/IPL

Hyderabad’s victory meant a heart-break for Kolkata Knight Riders who were pushed to fifth on net run rate after they were tied on 14 points with Hyderabad. League toppers Mumbai will be taking on Delhi Capitals on Thursday with the winners sealing a place in the final.

The losers of the Qualifier will then play Eliminator winners in the second Qualifier on November 8. The final is set for November 10 in Dubai.

Rohit Sharma returned for Mumbai in the last league match of the tournament, but the skipper was headed back early. Quinton de Kock (25) hit two sixes and boundaries apiece but Hyderabad managed to contain rest of the Mumbai batsmen barring Kieron Pollard.

The total would have been different had there been no Pollard fireworks for Mumbai.

Mumbai managed to reach 149 courtesy of Pollard’s 25-ball 41 that included four sixes and two boundaries. Surya Kumar Yadav made 36 off 29 with five fours, while Ishan Kishan, pushed down the order after arrival of Rohit, was out for a 30-ball 33.

Sandeep Sharma took 3-34 for Hyderabad with Jason Holder and Shabaz Nadeem also picking up two wickets apiece.       

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