Green’s ton maintains MI’s hopes

The Mumbai Indians have taken the necessary action. They exceeded their 201-run objective with two overs to spare, greatly enhancing their NRR. All that is left to do is wait and see. MI will need Royal Challengers Bangalore to lose against Gujarat Titans tonight or for the match in Bengaluru to be postponed in order to secure the final available playoff slot.

Are Rajasthan Royals eliminated?

Yes. They were competing in a three-way race with MI and RCB, but they are currently stuck on 14 points, which is insufficient to qualify. MI already has 16 points, and the only other team that can reach that total is RCB.

In a minute, MI vs. SRH

Rohit Sharma chose to chase, relying on the strengths and tradition of his team. He brought in Kumar Kartikeya’s left-arm spin to counteract the middle order’s right-handed batsmen. In turn, Markram provided chances for players like Mayank Agarwal and Vivrant Sharma, who together scored 140 runs for the first wicket and helped SRH reach 200, a nearly adequate total that may not have been enough on Wankhede’s actual pitch. And so it turned out, as Cameron Green’s 47-ball hundred and the game-winning single put MI in the running for the playoffs against the inexperienced SRH bowling attack.

A perfect pursuit by MI?

Yes, because they were never in a difficult situation. And a large part of that was due to Green being sent at No. 3, a position he has excelled in but hasn’t always been given the chance to fill. Rohit Sharma needed some time to settle in and find his way to a half-century, which would have been just his third in 41 innings, but his first IPL hundred and the speed at which it was scored—it’s the fastest hundred this season—also helped. After Ishan Kishan’s early departure, the 128 runs between the two batsmen came off just 10.2 overs and really got the chase going. In the same way, as Rohit did, Suryakumar Yadav arrived and assisted Green by giving him the strike. Suryakumar faced 16 balls, and nine of them were singles, which is unusual.

What about the SRH bowling?

Was the pitch favorable for batting? Yes. Was there terrible bowling? Yes, again. Particularly during the Green-Rohit stand for the second wicket, the bowling attack’s inexperience became apparent. It was clear from the way Green scored his runs—at a leisurely tempo and all over the park—that he had only faced Bhuvneshwar for one ball up until he was on 75*. The pace and control of Nitish Reddy, Umran Malik, and Kartik Tyagi were lacking, while Vivrant wasn’t quite the legspinner Markram had hoped for.

Since five of the SRH bowlers had a combined experience of 47 IPL games into this match, it would have been unfair to expect any better from them. Bhuvneshwar Kumar could only accomplish so much on his own, and it was obvious.

How else did SRH suffer?

Beyond the novice bowling and seeking the hoodoo? getting caught. Sanvir Singh, who was only playing his third game of the year, twice benched Rohit.

How did SRH go from 140/0 to barely 200/3?

It was due to the MI bowlers changing their lengths since they had been overly full early in the innings and had to wait almost 14 overs for the first wicket. As soon as he dragged his length back, Akash Madhwal was rewarded by dismissing both of the openers with short balls. In a cluster, as is typical following a strong partnership, wickets fell. Heinrich Klaasen and Harry Brook were both knocked back by Madhwal in quick succession as SRH could only score 43 runs in the final five overs. Before Green took over with his power-hitting, that’s where this game was lost.

Is there any good news for SRH?

Yes. Vivrant with the bat. The teenage hitter from Jammu and Kashmir batted expertly against pace and spin, scoring a fifty off only 36 balls. Mayank Agarwal also dazzled with a 32-ball fifty and a century-like celebration, but we know what he’s capable of. Is the SRH management aware of this as well? That’s an excellent question to think about as the new season begins.


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