MI vs SRH, IPL 2023, Highlights: Cameron Green century keeps Mumbai Indians in playoff chase | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Cameron Green recorded his maiden century, as captain Rohit Sharma slammed in a half-century to take Mumbai Indians to a commanding eight wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last league match of the IPL 2023 Sunday at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Put to bat, Sunrisers Hyderabad, riding Vivrant Sharma and Mayank Agarwal’s opening wicket partnership of 140 runs, recorded 200/5.
In reply, a dominant Mumbai Indian chased down the target with 12 balls to spare.
With the win, the Mumbai Indians moved into fourth place and kept their playoff hopes alive.

However, the fate of their playoff aspirations hinges on the outcome of the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Titans which is currently going on in Bangalore in rainy conditions.
If the competition between RCB and GT dies down, Mumbai will make it to the final four, but if the hosts win, they will qualify based on a better Net Run Rate. MI currently has an NRR of -0.044 versus RCB’s +0.180.
Green became the sixth Mumbai Indians batsman to reach an IPL century and the third overseas player to do so for the 5-time champions.
Green hit eight fours and eight sixes during his unbeaten 100 which came off just 47 balls. He added 53 runs with Suryakumar Yadav (25 not out) for the unbroken third wicket to carry MI over the line.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar drew first blood when he dismissed Ishan Kishan (14) in the third over. Rohit got a lifeline in the fifth over when Sanvir Singh dropped a hard catch at midwicket from Nitish Kumar Reddy.

But Green provided the impetus, as his four bounds and a pair of sixes took MI to 60/1 after the powerplay.
While Green bowled his fifty off just 20 balls, in the ninth over, Rohit got off to a modest start, hitting his first six on only the 22nd ball he faced.
MI skipper Rohit completed his second fifty of this IPL, off 31 balls, and his second wicket stand with Green took the total over the 100-run mark. Soon after, Rohit got another reprieve when Sanvir upended a regulation hold inside Kartik Tyagi’s cover.
However a sensational catch from Reddy caused Mayank Dagar to wildly celebrate Rohit’s wicket in the 14th over. Rohit’s 56 came off 37 balls (8×4, 1×6), after adding 128 off 65 balls with Green.

Earlier Unheralded Uttarakhand pacer Madhwal consistently nailed his yorkers to the death as Mumbai Indians limited Sunrisers Hyderabad to 200 for 5 in their last IPL meeting, here on Sunday.
With an eye to the Bengaluru weather, where RCB are facing the Gujarat Titans, Madhwal’s four wicket haul ensured SRH finished with at least 15 short of what could be considered a par score on a flat Wankhede rink.
This was after an opening century between Mayank Agarwal (83 from 45 balls) and debutant Vivrant Sharma (69 from 47 balls) who threatened to take the match away, in the IPL here on Sunday.
The pairing of Agarwal and Vivrant have put up the best opening stand for SRH this season, reaching 53/0 after the powerplay without taking too much risk, and finally putting up 140 for the seventh century stand of this IPL.

Courtesy of 4 for 37 by Madhwal, which included two lethal block-hole deliveries to clean up form Heinrich Klaasen (18) and Harry Brook (0), SRH managed only 26 in the last three overs.
For a bowling unit that has allowed the contests to get away, here at Wankhede Stadium on a number of occasions, MI have made regular inroads to keep SRH close at hand.
However, the task is unlikely for MI as they will need to score 201 from just 11.4 overs, or in 70 balls, to surpass Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Net Run Rate.
Playing in his third match this season and for the first time as an opener, the southpaw Vivrant has set a fine example of himself with strokes either side of the wickets.
Vivrant hit seven fours and a six to bring up his maiden IPL half-century in the tenth, while SRH navigated the first half of the contest unscathed and unperturbed by the MI players.

Agarwal also ended his drought, hitting a six and a four off Jason Behrendorff in the 13th over to bring up his first fifty this season, and celebrated with a gesture batsmen usually make when they reach the three-point mark digits: taking off helmet and arms outstretched.
On a favorable course with extremely hot and humid conditions, there was not much the Mumbai bowlers could do on what was again a suitable batting surface.

With no movement or turning from the surface, the MI bowlers had to contend with bowling disciplined line and lengths and, to their credit, never allowed the SRH openers to escape.
The first turn came in the 14th over when Madhwal caught Vivrat at deep half wicket, with his 69 off 47 balls (9 fours, 2 sixes) being the highest score since the first IPL for any Indian bowler in an innings of debut.


Madhwal continued to use the short ball well and in the 17th over, caught Agarwal behind for 83, who bowled off 46 balls including eight fours and four sixes.
(With inputs from PTI)


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