Abu Dhabi: Mumbai Indians (MI) have shattered their dream of winning IPL 2021 for the third time in a row. The five-time winner is on the verge of being eliminated from the group stage of IPL 2021. In fact, Kolkata Knight Riders's (KKR) stunning 86-run win over Rajasthan Royals on Thursday has dampened Mumbai's spirits.
Even if Mumbai Indians beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Friday, they will also have 14 points at par with Kolkata. However, it will be extremely difficult to surpass Kolkata in the net run rate. Mumbai Indians will have to win by 170 runs against Hyderabad to overtake Kolkata in terms of net run rate. If Mumbai is forced to lose the toss and bat second, Kolkata will be sure of a place in the playoffs. Cricket is called a game of uncertainties and teams have performed miraculously many times in this game.
For example, who can forget the India-Australia Test match in Kolkata in 2001? Even after playing the follow-on, Team India beat Australia. Mumbai Indians will now have to do even bigger in the match against Hyderabad. First, Rohit Sharma will have to win the toss in any case so that the second batting does not come. Even if Mumbai wins the toss, they will have to score more than 200. At the same time, a victory by a margin of more than 170 runs will have to be registered, otherwise, MI will be out of playoffs.