Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bat against Sunrisers Hyderabad© BCCI/IPL
There was a collective sigh of relief among Mumbai Indians fans as Rohit Sharma called it right at the toss in their final league match of IPL 2021 against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday. Considering the current situation, Mumbai Indians have the only chance to make it to the play-offs by dropping the net-run-rate of Kolkata Knight Riders as if they had set a target. After winning the toss, Rohit had a big smile on his face as he knew that his and his team’s fate was still in his hands. Mumbai now need to score a big total and win by a margin of 171 runs or more to keep their chances of reaching the play-offs and taking a hat-trick of the IPL title alive. It will not be an easy task as teams have found it difficult to post big totals in the UAE this season and Mumbai themselves have faced a tough time with their batsmen struggling.
“We’re going to bat first, no option (smiles). The numbers are scary, but we’re going to give it our all. Let’s hope we can come out and do what we love to do.” It’s important to enjoy the game because well. It’s been a season for us on and off. It’s a great opportunity for us to do something that’s never been done before. Our batsmen haven’t come collectively and Have performed as a team in the UAE leg. But these guys have done very well for the respective teams. Just maybe. Two changes. Bringing Kunal back and Piyush Chawla back. Tiwary and Jayant Yadav Not to,” said Rohit after winning the toss.
MI’s current NRR is -0.048, which is why they face an almost impossible challenge of making the playoffs.
In their last game against RR, MI took an easy eight-wicket win after restricting their opponents to a total of 90/9 in 20 overs.
Nathan Counter-Nile and Jimmy Neesham finished with figures of 4/14 and 3/12, respectively, as RR struggled. Ishan Kishan also returned to form with an unbeaten half-century as MI kept their playoff hopes alive.
SRH, on the other hand, defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by four runs in their last game in a thrilling encounter.
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