The Mumbai Indians march into the IPL play-offs
The race for a place in the Indian Premier League (IPL) playoffs is over, and we now have our top four teams. The Mumbai Indians qualified after winning their last game against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
A night of high drama as Mumbai qualifies for playoffs
It was a tense night at the Wankhede Stadium as both Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians fought to secure their spot in this year’s IPL Playoffs. Sunrisers put up an impressive performance, posting 200-5 with England’s Harry Brook getting out first ball in the penultimate over of their innings.
Mumbai needed a win to guarantee themselves a chance of making it into the top four playoff spots, but they got off to a shaky start when Ishan Kishan fell early. However, Rohit Sharma and Cameron Green steadied things with some excellent batting performances that saw them take control of proceedings.
Cameron Green had one of those nights where everything just clicked for him – he scored an incredible century from only 47 balls! It was his first-ever century in IPL matches, hitting eight sixes and eight fours along the way that helped his team get past Sunrisers’ target comfortably.
Royal Challengers Bangalore fall short despite Kohli’s heroics; Gujarat Titans go through to playoffs anyway!
The race for the last playoff spot came down to the wire, with Royal Challengers Bangalore needing a win against Gujarat Titans to progress. Virat Kohli led from the front and scored a sublime century off 60 balls in an innings that saw him hit 13 fours.
But it wasn’t enough as Bangalore lost five wickets in reaching 197, and despite their efforts, they fell short by six wickets. Shubman Gill was exceptional for Gujarat Titans, hitting an unbeaten 104 from just 52 balls which included eight sixes and five fours.
The IPL Playoffs schedule
The top four teams have now been confirmed – Mumbai Indians will face Lucknow Super Giants in the Eliminator on Wednesday while Chennai Super Kings will take on Gujarat Titans on Tuesday in Qualifier One. The winner of this game goes onto final on Sunday with the loser facing up against the victorious team from Eliminator.