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69th Match (D/N), Wankhede, May 21, 2023, Indian Premier League
(18/20 ov, T:201) 201/2

MI won by 8 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)

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Green century and Madhwal four-for help Mumbai Indians finish fourth

Mumbai complete fourth 200+ chase this season and set up eliminator date with LSG

Shashank Kishore
Shashank Kishore
Mumbai Indians 201 for 2 (Green 100*, Rohit 56) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 200 for 5 (Agarwal 83, Vivrant 69, Madhwal 4-37) by eight wickets
Mumbai Indians did what was asked of them quite emphatically, to win the game and move to fourth. And then after nearly five hours of waiting, had their playoff spot 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.
Only just briefly in their defence, Sunrisers had it under control when Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed Ishan Kishan early with the first three overs going for just 24. The turning point came in the fifth over when Rohit Sharma was reprieved on 12 by Sanvir Singh. He made them pay along with Green.

The Mayank-Vivrant show

But long before the carnage that the majority of the strong 30,000 crowd anticipated, Agarwal and Vivrant overcame a slow start to set the game up. 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. A part of this was down to some poor bowling by the spinners, who were all over the pace on a surface where there was hardly any purchase as the ball slid on nicely.
Rohit had a second reprieve, again by Sanvir on 51, but fell soon after. But when Suryakumar Yadav coolly walked in and lofted his first ball inside-out for four, it seemed as if he was in a hurry.
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.
1950 GMT: The report was updated after Mumbai's fourth-place finish was confirmed.

Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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