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    Mumbai Indians run out in the final round match

    Mumbai Indians run out of runs in the final round of the IPL. Mumbai had batted first and completed their mission with the challenge that the playoffs were only possible if they won by a big margin against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Mumbai, who opted to bat after the toss, put on an incredible total of 235 for nine in the allotted overs.

    With this, the history of the franchise so far has been revised. Not only in the IPL, but also in the T20 (Champions League T20), it is Mumbai’s highest total ever. It is also the highest score by a team in the IPL this season. Earlier, Mumbai’s highest total in the IPL was 223 runs. In 2017, Mumbai beat Punjab Kings by six wickets. Four years later, in Abu Dhabi, the record has been set by Rohit Sharma and his team. Mumbai’s other highest total is 219 for six (against Chennai Super Kings, 2021) and 218 for seven (against Delhi Capitals, 2010).

    Opener Ishant Kishan (84) and middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav (82) were the main contributors to Mumbai’s unbeaten fifty. When Ishaan laid the foundation for Mumbai, Surya was tasked with finishing. He completed this successfully. Ishant hit 84 off just 32 balls, including 12 fours and four sixes. He needed just 16 balls to complete his fifty. It was also the fastest fifty of a Mumbai player in the IPL. Surya hit 82 off 40 balls, including 13 fours and three sixes. Captain Rohit Sharma (18), Karen Pollard (13) and Hardik Pandya (10) were the other two batsmen to cross the line.

    Sunrisers beat Hyderabad by 42 runs but Mumbai Indians were eliminated from the IPL playoffs. Mumbai beat Hyderabad by 42 runs. Mumbai could have reached the playoffs only if they had won by a margin of over 171 runs. Hitman and his team gave the Orange Army a record victory target of 236 runs. Hyderabad ended the innings with 193 for eight in the allotted overs. Captain Manish Pandey was the top scorer with 69 not out. He hit seven fours and two sixes in 41 balls. Jason Roy (34) and Abhishek Sharma (33) were the other notable contributors.

    Why MI needed to restrict SRH under 65?

    In multi-team events, the NRR plays a pivotal role as there are chances of two or more teams finishing with the same number of points in their kitty.

    KKR did manage to win only half of their 14 league stage matches but they did not let their NRR go below 0. They finished the league stage with an NRR of +0.587, which is better than that of 3rd-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore (-0.159).

    MI have a poor NRR of -0.048 and had an improbable task of keeping their hopes alive. With 6 wins from 13 matches, MI presently sit at the 6th spot in the points table.

    They need to defend the total of 235 to climb to the 5th spot and finish with a same number of wins as KKR. If they lose today, the defending champions will continue to sit at the 6th spot.

    Punjab Kings, who presently sit at the 5th spot, also have 6 wins in their account. They finished their league stage campaign at a poor NRR of -0.001.

    KEY HIGHLIGHTS

    • # Mumbai Indians have crashed out of IPL 2021
    • # The Rohit Sharma-led side had to restrict SRH under the 65-run mark to keep their chances alive
    • # MI are favourites to win the contest as SRH are chasing a huge target of 236

    Mumbai Indians (MI) became the 4th and last team to get eliminated from the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 as they failed to restrict Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) below the 65-run mark. While SRH are chasing a huge target of 236, they only needed to score 65 runs to rule MI out of the tournament.

    The moment Manish Pandey ran for a single off Trent Boult, MI became the final team to get eliminated from the league stage of IPL 2021. MI, who have a poor NRR of -0.048, had to defeat SRH by a big margin of 171 runs in order to keep their chances alive. While they did put up a big total 235, it was a tough ask from the bowlers to restrict SRH under 65. Delhi Capitals, Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders are 4 teams which have made it to the playoffs.

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