Recent Match Report – Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Indian Premier League 2023, 69th Match |

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Shashank Kishore

Mumbai Indians did what was asked of them quite emphatically, to win the game and move to fourth in the IPL standings. After nearly five hours of waiting, their playoff spot was confirmed following Gujarat Titans’ win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengaluru.

Having chased down 201 courtesy a 47-ball 100 not out from Cameron Green, Mumbai needed RCB to lose their fixture, and that’s what happened in the end. Having got to 16 points, they now face Lucknow Super Giants in the Eliminator on May 24.

Victory at one stage seemed far-fetched for Mumbai when Sunrisers openers Mayank Agarwal and Vivrant Sharma blasted an opening stand of 140 in just 13.5 overs. Then Mumbai hit back in the death overs to take the momentum with them; Sunrisers managed just 32 off their last four overs. It seemed as if the slowdown at the time would prove costly, but the manner of Mumbai’s chase made it amply clear that even another 20 runs would perhaps not have made any difference.

The Mayank-Vivrant show

Vivrant ended the powerplay with two bludgeoning hits down the ground off Piyush Chawla to go from 10 off 16 to 27 off 24. The slow start wasn’t due to lack of trying, though. It was possibly a case of nerves and some good shots finding the fielders. He soon brought up his half-century off just 36 deliveries. Agarwal said ‘I’m in too’ as he galloped to his half-century by hitting Jason Behrendorff superbly inside-out over cover for six and scything the follow-up wide yorker behind point. His half-century was up off just 32 balls. Now, Sunrisers were beginning to get into overdrive.

Madhwal leaves a mark

Tasked to deliver the tough overs, Akash Madhwal brought Mumbai some interim relief when he had Vivrant caught at the boundary for 69. It was the highest score by an Indian in a debut IPL innings, and second-best overall. But any joy at having broken through quickly dissipated as the in-form Heinrich Klaasen helped himself to a first-ball four.

Agarwal then galloped towards a century, racing from 62 off 36 to 83 off 45, courtesy of a sensational takedown of Kumar Kartikeya and Chawla off successive overs. But his dismissal to Madhwal off a knuckleball dug in to have him heaving across the line and nicking, brought Mumbai back.

Sunrisers went for 19 balls without a boundary in the death overs as Madhwal also removed Klaasen and Harry Brook off consecutive deliveries to finish with 4 for 37. The last four overs produced just 32 as Sunrisers eventually just past 200 after a last-ball six by Aiden Markram.

The Rohit-Green run torrent

After removing Kishan early, Sunrisers could have had a second when Rohit mistimes a heave to midwicket. Sanvir put down a straightforward chance to open the floodgates. The next ball was pummeled over deep midwicket by Green. It was the difference between young Nitish Kumar Reddy having figures of 2-0-12-1 and 2-0-19-0 in the powerplay. Kartik Tyagi too kept bowling hittable lengths and compounded his misery by overstepping. Green hit four fours and two sixes off his first 10 balls to kick Mumbai into high gear. He soon brought up his half-century off just 20 balls, while Rohit went past 11,000 T20 runs as runs bled against spin with Sunrisers unable to have any grip over proceedings.

Suryakumar and Green next took down an erratic Umran Malik for 20 off the 16th to bring down the equation from 41 off 30 to 21 off 24. From there on, it was a walk home with two overs to spare, the winning runs also delivering Green a maiden T20 hundred as Mumbai ensured they did enough.
The 69th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 was between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). This was a much anticipated contest between two top-performing teams. The match took place in Dubai on April 18th and the final score was MI: 159/7 and SRH: 158/7.

Mumbai Indians came into the match with a strong batting performance. They had an exceptional opening stand of 109 runs between Hardik Pandya and Ishan Kishan. Pandya made a brilliant 92 off 59 balls – his highest IPL score – and Kishan chipped in with 44 runs off 36 deliveries. Despite that solid start, the MI batsmen were unable to maintain the momentum and eventually ended their inning at 159/7.

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s bowling team was up to the challenge and commenced a determined counterattack. They kept Mumbai Indians to a total lower than what the latter had hoped for. Credit for SRH’s tight bowling must go to St Martin who took 3/31 in his four overs and to Bhuvneshwar Kumar for bagging two wickets.

In their response, SRH batsmen comfortably tackled the MI bowling attack and were on course for a victory until Rashid Khan was dismissed in the 18th over. The SRH batsmen were unable to handle the pressure and to add to their woes, they also lost a wicket off the last ball of the match. This meant their total ended at 158/7 and their hopes of grabbing a win fizzled away.

The victory was therefore secured by MI, who are now placed third on the points table with 12 points. On the other hand, SRH is still stuck at the bottom with just 2 points. This was Mi’s second win in the tournament and they will look to continue their winning streak in the upcoming matches.

Overall, it was an exciting game between two of the most successful teams in IPL history. It is likely that these two teams will meet again in the knock-outs of the tournament. However, today’s result showed that Mumbai Indians are undoubtedly leading the way and they will be a force to be reckoned with in the tournament’s latter stages.

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