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IPL Match 56: Mumbai take second place with thumping win against Hyderabad

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The Mumbai Indians completed a fairytale turnaround to their season by booking their place in the play-off game against the Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday with a thumping 9 wicket win over the Sunrisers Hyderabad, who appeared to still be reeling from their devastating late loss to the Royal Challengers Bangalore earlier this week.

The Sunrisers won the toss and elected to make first use of the pitch at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal. It proved to be a disastrous decision as they soon found themselves reeling at 7-2 with both openers Shikhar Dhawan (1) and David Warner (6) back in the pavilion. Dhawan was cleaned up by a quick yorker from Lasith Malinga while his Australian counterpart fell to a short delivery from Man of the Match Mitchell McClenaghan.

The in-form Moises Henriques looked to play himself in and made a painstaking 11 from 19 balls, while Eoin Morgan made 9 from 14 deliveries. McClenaghan picked up the second of his three wickets by getting rid of Morgan, while Henriques became the first of Suchith's two victims, the second Naman Ojha getting a golden duck.

At 51-5 the writing was already on the wall for the Sunrisers, and they did well to bat out their 20 overs, eventually getting bowled out on the last ball of the innings. Their total of 113 was well under par for this pitch, and the Mumbai batsmen breezed through their run chase, getting to the target inside 14 overs for the loss of just 1 wicket.

Parthiv Patel continued his excellent run with the bat, making an unbeaten 51 from 37 balls, while Lendl Simmons made a handy 48. Skipper Rohit Sharma came out in what proved to be the final over of the contest, hitting the first ball he faced for 6, before rolling the strike over to Parthiv to hit the winning runs.

The win propelled the Mumbai Indians to second place in the IPL standings as a result of them picking up 8 wins to the Royal Challengers and Rajasthan Royals' 7, despite being tied on 16 points. They will as a result get two chances of making the finals, with the first of those as early as Tuesday.

The Sunrisers meanwhile had two shots themselves of making the knock-out rounds, but successive defeats have cost them dearly and have resulted in an early return home for David Warner and his men.

Mini Scorecard:

Sunrisers Hyderabad 113 all out (20 overs, 5.65rpo)

L Rahul 25 (24) M McClenaghan 3-16 (4)

A Reddy 17 (15) J Suchith 2-14 (3)

Mumbai Indians 114/1 (13.5 overs, 8.24rpo)

P Patel 51* (37) K Sharma 1-38 (2.5)

L Simmons 48 (44)

Mumbai Indians win by 9 wickets