Green, Tilak Varma, Chawla fire Mumbai Indians to third win in a row

Green, Tilak Varma, Chawla fire Mumbai Indians to third win in a row

Mumbai Indians 192 for 5 (Green 64*, Kishan 38, Tilak Varma 37, Jansen 2-43) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 178 (Agarwal 48, Klaasen 36, Meredith 2-33, Behrendorff 2-37, Chawla 2-43) by 14 runs

Two days after their top order made short work of a 186-run target against Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians’ middle order muscled an above-par total of 192 on a sluggish pitch against Sunrisers Hyderabad to set up their third straight win and take them two places up to the sixth spot on the points table. It was also the second day in a row in the IPL where a team defended a total successfully.

Mumbai will also gain confidence from the fact that their bowlers reduced Sunrisers to 127 for 5 in the 14th over without the help of Jasprit Bumrah and Jofra Archer, their main quick bowlers, and were largely ahead in the game. Heinrich Klaasen, Marco Jansen and Washington Sundar pulled out some big hits but couldn’t finish the job. The last over started with 20 required, and Arjun Tendulkar had the ball. It was a sequence of wide yorkers, which resulted in two wickets and just five runs scored.

The prime architects of Mumbai’s win were Cameron Green and Tilak Varma, who put on a stand of 56 in 28 balls and helped them score 83 off the last six overs before Green sent down some tight overs to finish with 1 for 29, including the big wicket of Aiden Markram.

Rohit lights up the powerplay

After opting to bowl, Sunrisers brought on Washington in the third over for the match-up against Rohit Sharma: 25 runs off 26 balls with three dismissals before this game. But Rohit turned it around by taking on the bigger leg-side boundary, which had the two fielders out. He hit two fours behind square, and then one through cover-point to hit the pedal.

Rohit continued to attack with his array of shots; he smoked T Natarajan over mid-on and ramped him for four more. It didn’t last long. Natarajan sent a slow cutter on the pads and Rohit chipped a catch to mid-off to leave for 28 off 18.

But Ishan Kishan then took over and took Mumbai to 53 for 1 at the end of the powerplay.

Vishal Dikshit is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

(With Inputs from ESPN)

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