Playing at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians defeated Aiden Markram-led Sunrisers Hyderabad by 14 runs. This is the first instance since IPL 2020 when MI have won three matches in a row in a single season.
It was Cameron Green’s unbeaten 64 from 40 deliveries that propelled the Mumbai Indians – the five-time champions – to 192-5 from their 20 overs on April 18, the 15th anniversary of IPL.
Rohit didn’t play a big knock after being put in to bat first in Hyderabad – where he started his IPL career while playing for Deccan Chargers (now defunct) – but made his arrival special by completing 6000 IPL runs.
Young left-arm pacer Arjun Tendulkar – who made his IPL debut in the previous game – took his maiden IPL wicket in the final over of the match and sealed the victory for his team.
Cameron Green slams maiden IPL fifty
Green – the second most expensive player of IPL 2023 – came in after the loss of Rohit Sharma (28) in the fifth over, with Mumbai 41-1, and put on 46 for the next wicket with Ishan Kishan (38) before the second Indians opener was caught by Aiden Markram off Marco Jansen’s bowling.
Jansen swiftly dismissed Suryakumar Yadav, too, but Green, with able support from Tilak Varma, put the Indians in control.
As Green clipped his way to a first IPL half-century, Varma plundered 37 from just 17 deliveries to up the run rate, with the Sunrisers set a daunting target.
Harry Brook fails to impress
Harry Brook’s departure in the second over presented a stuttering start to Hyderabad’s chase, with Rahul Tripathi following soon after.
Mayank Agarwal offered stubborn resistance but saw Aiden Markram, Abhishek Sharma and Heinrich Klaasen – who blasted 36 from 16 balls to give the Sunrisers hope – come and go before finally succumbing on 48.
Against the odds, Hyderabad had a slim chance heading into the final over, from which they required 20 to win, but Tendulkar – son of Indian cricketing legend Sachin – rounded out the win with a superb show of death bowling to have the Sunrisers out for 178 with one ball remaining.
All-round show from Green
Before young Tendulkar stole the show, Green was Mumbai’s star performer with the bat and stepped up with the ball, too.
The Australian finished with bowling figures of 1-29, taking the key wicket of Sunrisers captain Markram for 22.
Another Tendulkar shows early promise
Arjun Tendulkar has quite the legacy to live up to, but he made his mark in some style with a fantastically composed final over.
And his big moment came with the wicket of Bhuvneshwar Kumar to finish with figures of 1-18 in the most economical performance of all Mumbai bowlers.
“I just had to focus on what was in hand, the plan, and executing it, that’s all,” said Tendulkar. “Me and dad talk about cricket, discuss tactics.”
(With Agency Inputs)
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