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Mumbai Indians make it three in a row after Green heroics

Having outplayed Kolkata Knight Riders in their previous match, the Rohit Sharma-led team beat the Sunrisers by 14 runs

Our Bureau Calcutta Published 19.04.23, 06:28 AM
Mumbai Indians’ Cameron Green during his unbeaten 64 against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday.

Mumbai Indians’ Cameron Green during his unbeaten 64 against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday. PTI

Mumbai Indians seem to be slowly getting into their groove with some exciting batting and bowling performances.

Having outplayed Kolkata Knight Riders in their previous match, the Rohit Sharma-led team beat the Sunrisers by 14 runs in Hyderabad on Tuesday

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Legends Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar greet each other before Sunrisers Hyderabad’s match against Mumbai Indians on Tuesday

Legends Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar greet each other before Sunrisers Hyderabad’s match against Mumbai Indians on Tuesday PTI

Sunrisers Hyderabad began their 193-run chase on a positive note with Mayank Agarwal and Aiden Markram leading the charge after the early dismissals of Harry Brook and Rahul Tripathi.

Heinrich Klaasen then took on the Mumbai Indians bowlers with 36 off 16 balls but the Sunrisers’ challenge faded after his dismissal. Piyush Chawla had bowled his first three overs for just 22 and one wicket but Klaasen tore into him in his final over which cost 21 runs.

Washington Sundar will be cursing himself for that sloppy running after smacking Jason Behrendorff for two fours and seeing five wides down the leg side. Had he stayed put, it could have been a different story for the home side.

Sunrisers needed 20 runs off the final over and Arjun Tendulkar stuck to the plan of bowling wide yorkers. He also picked up a wicket in the process.

Cameron Green was their most successful bowler with 1/29. This effort came after his attacking display with the bat.

This was the Mumbai Indians’ third win on the trot.

Earlier, Mumbai had reached 192/5 despite two really good overs at the death from Bhuvneshwar Kumar who bowled the 17th and 19th for a total of 14 runs. He took the pace off, bowled cutters, knuckle balls and even pitched it short when the batters didn’t expect it.

Captain Rohit (28) and Ishan Kishan (38) put on 53 runs in the Powerplay overs. Rohit left in the fifth over but Ishan and Green held fort. Green (64) and Tilak Varma then took charge lifting the run rate in the middle overs.

Unlike the last game, it was Rohit who rushed off the blocks instead of Kishan at the outset. He took on Washington Sundar before going after T. Natarajan with two fours in three balls.

Markram then walked up to the bowler for some advice and Natarajan bowled a slow cutter on Rohit’s pads. The Mumbai Indians captain was deceived completely to miscue the ball to mid-off.

Rohit became the fourth batter to complete 6,000 runs in the IPL on Tuesday. He is the fourth batter after Kohli (6844 runs), Shikhar Dhawan (6477) and David Warner (6109) to reach the landmark in the tournament. The Mumbai Indians skipper scaled Mount 6k in his 232nd appearance.

Tilak Varma during his 17-ball 37 in Hyderabad on Tuesday.

Tilak Varma during his 17-ball 37 in Hyderabad on Tuesday. PTI

Kishan then finished the Powerplay with a six and two runs that could have been a six or a catch on any other ground. He heaved to the midwicket boundary, Agarwal put in a dive near the rope after a sprint but it was just out of his reach.

Marco Jansen returned in the 12th over to dismiss Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav. Kishan got a leading edge and then Surya chipped a catch down to mid-off. In both cases, Markram completed two excellent catches.

Varma (37) has been a revelation. He started off by scoring seven runs off his first eight balls before unleashing a barrage of sixes. After the two consecutive sixes off Jansen, he took on Mayank Markande’s leg breaks with supple wristwork and dispatched Bhuvneshwar’s slower delivery for a six.

Varma has more middleovers runs (479 at a strike rate of 137.64) than any other batter since IPL 2022.

Mumbai Indians always concentrated on keeping a healthy run rate and looked to make the most of the short square boundaries in every over at the Uppal stadium.

Green, who struggled to get his timing initially, got down to business after Varma’s dismissal. The Australian right-hander hammered three straight fours off Natarajan to bring up his half-century before collecting a straight six in a 20-run over.

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