Cameron Green’s maiden IPL ton guides Mumbai to victory, playoffs stay alive

Cameron Green’s first century in the Indian Premier League (IPL) led the Mumbai Indians (MI) to a crucial 8-wicket victory over the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday. The win propelled the Mumbai Indians to fourth and kept their hopes of reaching the IPL 2023 playoffs alive. Green became the sixth player from the Mumbai Indians to score a century in the tournament and the third overseas player to achieve this feat for the five-time champions.

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Green was the highest scorer for MI with a blistering 100 off just 47 balls, while captain Rohit Sharma played a stunning innings of 56 off 37 deliveries. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mayank Dagar took one wicket each for the Sunrisers.

Chasing 201, Mumbai Indians lost their star opener, Ishan Kishan, in the third over of the match. However, Cameron Green and Rohit Sharma launched an assault on Hyderabad’s bowlers, scoring runs all around the ground.

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Meanwhile, the Sunrisers’ bowlers failed to find any assistance from the pitch and leaked runs at regular intervals.

Green reached his fifty off just 20 balls in the ninth over, before he and Rohit smashed Vivrant Sharma for 19 runs in one over. Rohit continued his onslaught, hitting three fours in a row off young speedster Umran Malik’s over. The duo put together a 100-run partnership in just the 11th over of the game.

Rohit completed his half-century in 32 balls, while Green continued to score at will. However, in the 14th over, Mayank Dagar provided the Sunrisers with a crucial breakthrough, dismissing Rohit for 56 off 37 balls.

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Suryakumar Yadav then came to the crease and joined Green, and the pair punished Malik for 20 runs in the 18th over, including three boundaries and a six. In the 18th over, Green took a single to reach his maiden century before guiding his team to an 8-wicket victory.

In the first innings, a solid opening partnership between Vivrant Sharma and Mayank Agarwal propelled Sunrisers Hyderabad to 200/5. Vivrant scored his first half-century in the IPL and was dismissed for 69 off 47 balls, while Mayank reached his first fifty of the season (83 off 46 balls).

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Rohit Sharma achieves double milestone

Mumbai Indians’ skipper Rohit Sharma accomplished a remarkable milestone in T20 cricket against Sunrisers Hyderabad. With his half-century, he became part of an exclusive group of players to have scored 11,000 runs in T20 cricket. The opener became only the second Indian player, after Virat Kohli, to reach the milestone.

Currently, Kohli holds the record for the highest number of runs in T20 cricket, with 11,864 runs. Rohit achieved the 11,000-run mark by hitting three consecutive boundaries.

Additionally, he achieved another milestone after completing 5000 runs for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Rohit made his IPL debut with the Deccan Chargers, where he scored 1,170 runs in 45 matches at an average of 30.79. His highest score for the Chargers was an unbeaten 76.

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He is also the most successful captain in the history of the IPL. Since taking charge of the Mumbai Indians, he has led the franchise to an impressive five IPL titles in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020. This season, Rohit has had a relatively modest performance, scoring only 313 runs for an average of 24.08 and strike rate of 134.91. He has managed to score only two half-centuries throughout the season.

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