Shahbaz Nadeem, the spin bowler of SRH, is happy to contribute to the win of SunRisers Hyderabad in a crucial match to qualify for playoffs and said the victory against Mumbai Indians (MI) who were the first team to qualify gives them a lot of confidence.
SRH defeated Mumbai by 10 wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday 3rd November at Sharjah. Shahbaz Nadeem picked two wickets in the match before David Warner, and Wriddhiman Saha’s heroics with the bat guided SRH to a massive win without losing a single wicket to overhaul the 150 runs target.
Shahbaz Nadeem: Hyderabad Have Momentum By Winning Last 3 Matches
Shahbaz Nadeem had figures of 2/19 in 4 overs which saw him being awarded MOM. Pacer Sandeep Sharma was, however, the pick of the bowlers returning with figures of 3/34 while Jason Holder returned with 2/25 and Rashid Khan too picked up 1 wicket conceding 32 runs.
“It always feels good to perform for your team and that too, in a crucial match. We had a little bit of pressure because this was a crucial match for us. But we won our last three matches and we have that momentum,” Nadeem said during the post-match press conference.
With this victory, SRH sealed their playoff spot as they now hold the third position on the points table and will face 4th placed Royal Challengers Bangalore in the eliminator at Abu Dhabi on 6th November. This was the team’s third consecutive win in the league beating the likes of Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai.
Shahbaz Nadeem: Feels Good To Beat A Good And Strong Team Like Mumbai
Mumbai Indians were asked to bat first, and despite Kieron Pollard’s 25 ball 41 and somewhat useful contributions from Quinton De Kock, Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan, Mumbai Indians could only manage 149 losing eight wickets. The likes of Rohit Sharma, Krunal Pandya and Saurabh Tiwary failed miserably and played too many dot balls to give an easy target for SRH to chase.
“So, we took it like just another match. It really feels good when you beat such a good and strong team. It gives a lot of confidence to our team,” he added.
SRH openers David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha played unbeaten knocks of 85 and 58 runs respectively to chase down the target in the 18th over easily.