Mumbai’s win over Sunrisers Hyderabad took them to 16 points with a net run rate of -0.044, and even though RCB may have scored 14 points in their last match, they already have a better NRR (0.180) . To overtake RCB’s NRR, Mumbai will have to win in 12 overs assuming RCB wins by one run.
“We came with the mentality of winning the game and not worrying about what might happen elsewhere,” Rohit said after the match. “What you can control, you can control and hope for the best. If we don’t get ahead, we have ourselves to blame. If we succeed, I give all the credit to the boys.” That’s the last thing you want – to be dependent on other results.
“Last year we did RCB a big favor, I hope the result is what we are expecting.”
“As we moved forward, we did a lot of things right,” Rohit said. “We lost a few games in the beginning and won three in a row. Important moments in the game that we missed… If I have to look back, there are many such moments. Here in the game against Punjab, we needed to be 30-34 off 18 balls ( 40). We could have played well there. Against LSG, the game was in our hands after the first half of the innings. But can’t focus too much on that. I’m sure people want to do well but sometimes it’s like It is not possible.”
Green: ‘The idea was just to win and put pressure on RCB’
Earlier, Green and Rohit, who came at number three, added 128 runs in 10.2 overs for the second wicket. Talking about the partnership, Green said: “It was absolutely amazing to be there with Rohit. We helped each other through it. Chasing 200 you have to show intent at the top. I am looking forward to hitting the spinners. Was trying and he was batting great against him.” Fast bowler.
“With me and Rohit batting, it’s great to know that you have Sky (Suryakumar Yadav). Seeing those guys in the nets and then you’ve got Pauly (Kieron Pollard) to help with the range hitting. We have It’s a pretty nice setup.”
Green hit eight fours and eight sixes in his unbeaten innings. However, in the end, when Green was on 99 and Mumbai needed just one run to win, he and Suryakumar refused to take byes. Green completed his century by hitting the winning single on the next ball.
“When we had 20 to get, I told Sky, just finish it,” Green said. “We’re obviously here to win the game first and foremost, so make sure you do that. Then we had a few runs left, we just got over the line.”
Green has spent the best part of the last four months in India, first as part of the Australian tour for Tests and ODIs, and now in the IPL. He said playing in the subcontinent is “valuable” in preparation for the upcoming ODI World Cup in India.
“Any time you can be exposed to subcontinent conditions – as an Australian you’re not really used to how much the ball skids down at times, how much it spins at times – here you get all that experience. He is very valuable for us who bats beautifully in different situations,” he said. “The last three and a half months that I have spent here have been very valuable and hopefully I will be ready to come back here again and I can pass it on to other people who come here.”