MI, Mumbai Indians, like every season started off with 3 losses and now are at third place in IPL 2023. Suryakumar Yadav getting back to form and Ishan Kishan finding his rhythm has helped the team. Even though Rohit Sharma is not in form for MI, his captaincy has been good. With 12 points, they have given themselves a realistic chance to qualify for Qualifiers. MI has won by 6 wickets and with 21 balls against RCB.
This is the most frightening feature for many opponents. MI batting looks strong. Tilak Varma impressed one and all in the first half. Nehal Wadhera is doing the same in the latter half. Bowling of MI is still a big worry but they seem to be finding better options as the season progresses. MI won the toss and elected to field first. Faf du Plessis and Glenn Maxwell, once again came good for RCB. Virat Kohli(1), Anuj Rawat(6), Mahipal Lomror(1) failed. Faf du Plessis(65) and Glenn Maxwell(68), Dinesh Karthik(30) helped RCB reach 199/6 in 20 overs. Jason Behrendorff(3/36) got important powerplay wickets for MI.
Ishan Kishan(42) helped MI put up 51 in powerplay without losing a wicket. But he and Rohit Sharma(7) got out in the same 5th over to Wanindu Hasaranga. Rohit Sharma has been more than 3.5 metres down the wicket but still DRS ruled him out. Suryakumar Yadav scored 83 runs off 35 balls. He accelerated from 18 from 14 and made it easy for MI to win. Nehal Wadhera scored 52 from 34 balls and put on 140 runs partnership for 3rd wicket with Suryakumar Yadav. MI once again on the back of their middle order batting prowess.
Suryakumar Yadav got Player of the Match award for his innings. Many seniors called his innings one of the best ever in T20 cricket. MI with 12 points got to 3rd place and improved their qualifier chances. LSG looking clueless with KL Rahul absence and RR failing to convert their winning chances, MI looks certain for playoffs. RCB, KKR, Punjab Kings, RR are on 10 points. LSG with 11 points is in better position for now. Last league stage looks interesting and exciting in IPL 2023, like never before.
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