In the last qualifier game of the season on Sunday, Mumbai Indians easily defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 9 wickets with 3.5 overs remaining. With 18 points and a better net run-rate, Mumbai Indians ended up at the top of the IPL Points Table.
It was a must-win game for KKR in order to qualify for the Playoffs, but they failed to put up a fighting total on the board. This also resulted in Sunrisers Hyderabad to move forward to the Playoffs.
Earlier, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bowl first. After a good start, KKR failed to score runs in the middle over and ended up with just 133 runs in their 20 overs.
For Mumbai Indians, it was the pace attack who did all the damage. Lasith Malinga grabbed 3 wickets whereas Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya picked 2 wickets each.
It was a pretty comfortable chase for Mumbai Indians, reaching the target in 16.1 overs with just one wicket down.
They will play against Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings in the ‘Qualifier 1‘ on 7th May at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the Mumbai Indians victory:
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 5, 2019
That's that from the league stage of the #VIVOIPL.
Mumbai Indians win by 9 wickets and are now the table toppers. pic.twitter.com/F3V0Ga7OsY
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 5, 2019
SRH becomes the first team to qualify for the play-offs with just 12 Points…
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) May 5, 2019
Cakewalk for Mumbai, party time for Hyderabad, lights out early in Kolkata
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 5, 2019
Mumbai Indians finish 🔝
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) May 5, 2019
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 5, 2019
The firsts in the IPL points table:
-> First edition of IPL where all teams ended up 11+ points
-> SRH became the 1st team to finish in top four without 7 wins
-> DC became the 1st team to not finish in top two even with 9 wins in an 8-team tournament#IPL2019 #MIvKKR
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) May 5, 2019