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Mumbai Indians' Thrilling Chase Sets The Stage For Playoff Drama

  • Posted on May 21, 2023
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Mumbai Indians have pulled off a remarkable feat, chasing down a target of 201 with two overs to spare, giving their Net Run Rate (NRR)

Green's Spectacular Ton Revives Mumbai Indians' Playoff Hopes

Mumbai Indians have pulled off a remarkable feat, chasing down a target of 201 with two overs to spare, giving their Net Run Rate (NRR) a significant boost. Now, all they can do is sit back and hope for the best. In order for MI to secure the final playoff spot, they will need Royal Challengers Bangalore to lose against Gujarat Titans tonight or for the match in Bengaluru to be disrupted by rain.

 

Rajasthan Royals Out of the Race?

Yes, unfortunately, they are. The Rajasthan Royals, who were in a three-way battle with MI and RCB, now find themselves stranded on 14 points, which won't be sufficient for qualification. MI already has 16 points, and RCB is the only other team that still has a chance to reach that mark.

 

Rohit Sharma, backing his team's strengths and past achievements, chose to chase in their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
MI vs GT Highlights, IPL 2023: Mumbai Indians vs Gujarat Titans(PTI)


MI vs SRH: The Highlights

Rohit Sharma, backing his team's strengths and past achievements, chose to chase in their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). He brought in Kumar Kartikeya, a left-arm spinner, to counter SRH's right-handed middle order. However, SRH's opening pair of Mayank Agarwal and Vivrant Sharma had other plans. They put up a stunning 140-run partnership for the first wicket, setting SRH up for a competitive total of 200, which should have been challenging on Wankhede's true pitch. But MI had other ideas as Cameron Green, with his unbeaten century off just 47 balls, guided his team to victory and kept their playoff hopes alive.

 

Was MI's Chase Flawless?

Absolutely! They were in control throughout the chase. A major factor in their success was promoting Cameron Green to the number three spot, a decision that paid off handsomely. Green, who has excelled in this position before but hasn't always been given the opportunity, scored his maiden IPL century at lightning speed, making it the fastest hundred of this season.

 

His incredible knock also allowed Rohit Sharma to settle in and reach his half-century, a significant milestone for him. The duo's partnership of 128 runs came off just 10.2 overs, providing the impetus needed to chase down the target after the early dismissal of Ishan Kishan. Suryakumar Yadav played a crucial role, emulating Rohit's strategy by supporting Green and giving him the strike whenever possible. Interestingly, nine of the 16 balls faced by Suryakumar resulted in singles, a rare sight indeed.

 

How Did SRH's, Bowling Fare?

Was it a batting-friendly pitch? Certainly. But did the SRH bowlers struggle? Absolutely. The inexperience of their bowling attack was evident, especially during the partnership between Green and Rohit. Green had faced just one ball from Bhuvneshwar Kumar until he reached 75*, and it showed in the ease with which he scored runs all around the ground.

 

Nitish Reddy, Umran Malik, and Kartik Tyagi displayed pace but lacked control, while Vivrant Sharma couldn't quite fulfill the leg-spinning role Markram had hoped for. To be fair, the SRH bowlers, with a combined total of only 47 IPL matches, could only do so much. Bhuvneshwar Kumar's individual brilliance was overshadowed by their collective struggles.

 

What Else Let SRH Down?

In addition to their struggles, while defending totals and their inexperienced bowling attack, the dropped catches proved to be a major setback for SRH. Sanvir Singh, playing in only his third match this season, dropped Rohit Sharma twice, allowing him to capitalize on the chances given.

 

In order for MI to secure the final playoff spot, they will need Royal Challengers Bangalore to lose against Gujarat Titans tonight or for the match in Bengaluru to be disrupted by rain.
Cameron Green celebrates his ton. | (Credits: Twitter)


Why Did SRH End Up with a Subpar Total?

The shift in the length by MI's bowlers played a significant role. Initially, they were too full, but as soon as they adjusted and pulled their lengths back, they saw immediate success. Akash Madhwal, in particular, reaped the rewards by dismissing both the openers with well-directed short balls. Following a big partnership, wickets fell in quick succession. Madhwal struck again, claiming the scalps of Heinrich Klaasen and Harry Brook off consecutive balls, both clean-bowled. Consequently, SRH could only manage to add 43 runs in the last five overs, a period where the match slipped away from them before Green's power-hitting onslaught.

 

Any Positives for SRH?

Indeed, there were a few silver linings for SRH. Vivrant Sharma's impressive batting performance stood out. The young player from Jammu & Kashmir displayed excellent footwork against both pace and spin, reaching a fifty off just 36 balls. Mayank Agarwal also made a mark with his 32-ball fifty and an exuberant celebration, showcasing his immense talent. These performances raise questions for the SRH management to ponder as they head into the next season.

 

In a thrilling encounter, Mumbai Indians' exceptional chase and Cameron Green's heroic century have kept their playoff dreams alive. With the fate of the final playoff spot hanging in the balance, cricket fans eagerly await the outcome of the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Titans.

 

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