One of the most balanced teams in the competition, Rohit and Co. have often pulled off some stupendous wins, where all the three departments have stepped up to the plate to over-power the opposition.
With a heavyweight top-order and some extremely destructive late-order batsmen, MI have often managed totals that have made the job for their bowlers much easier.
TimesofIndia.com here takes a look at the top five highest totals scored by MI in the past 12 editions of the tournament:
223/6 vs Kings XI Punjab in 2017
High scoring run-chases have been a delight to watch in the IPL. Fans inside the stadiums and across the world crave such competitions, where the chasing team just doesn’t bow down to a mammoth target and gives a fierce challenge to its rival. And one such run fest was witnessed during the Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians group encounter in Mumbai in 2017, when the hosts almost chased down an improbable target. MI achieved their highest ever total of 223/6 in this match, but unfortunately ended up on the losing side. Chasing 231 for victory, MI produced one of the most sensational run chases in the history of the tournament but eventually fell short by 7 runs. From openers Lendl Simmons (59) and Parthiv Patel giving a strong start, to the lower order batsmen going out all guns blazing in the final overs, MI put up a terrific fight before bowing out. Even after a rare Rohit Sharma (5) failure, the likes of Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya (30) batted out of their skin to almost snatch a victory for the home team. Pollard, the destructor-in-chief, played a scintillating 24-ball 50 not out knock, but just couldn’t take his team across the finishing line. Although MI lost the match but the effort of 223 for 6 in 20 overs is their highest total ever in the competition.
218/7 vs Delhi Capitals in 2010
Sachin Tendulkar was the icon player for the Mumbai Indians. Long after his retirement, the master blaster till date continues to be associated with the franchise and often provides crucial inputs and is seen guiding the youngsters. But during his playing days, Sachin was a force to reckon with. On one such occasion when he fired big for the team, Sachin’s cracking knock helped MI post 218/7 — their second highest total in the IPL. On March 17, 2010, playing against Delhi Capitals, Sachin took the Arun Jaitley Stadium by storm smoking a 32-ball 63 that laid the perfect platform for a gigantic total. The likes of Saurabh Tiwary (37-ball 61) and Ambati Rayudu (21-ball 34) who came lower down the order also played terrific knocks to help MI post a gigantic total on the board. Chasing a mammoth target, Delhi collapsed for a mere 120 in the 17th over, handing MI a big 98-run win.
213/6 vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2018
Rohit Sharma has been an exceptional leader for MI in the last few years. Not only has he been terrific with his captaincy but has also made sure that he leads from the front with his breathtaking batting performances. On one such occasion Rohit put on a batting masterclass, when MI locked horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore in a group match in 2018. Batting first, MI scored 213/6 — their third highest total ever in the IPL — where the majority of the runs came off the bat of the ‘Hitman’. Rohit (52-ball 94) along with opener Evin Lewis (42-ball 65) took the RCB bowlers to the cleaners, belting them all over the park. In the sensational 108-run partnership, both Rohit and Lewis looked unstoppable. Although Rohit, in that innings got out at the wrong time and missed out on a rare IPL ton, swashbuckling all-rounder Hardik Pandy’s cameo towards the end ensured that MI posted a gigantic total on the board. Chasing an improbable target, the powerful RCB batting lineup surrendered at 167/8, handing MI a 46-run victory.
212/6 vs Rajasthan Royals in 2010
After finishing in the lower half of the table in the first two editions, MI became a force to reckon with in the 2010 edition where with their power-packed performances they made it to their first ever IPL final. That year saw a flurry of positive changes in the team among which was the rise of its youngsters and comparatively lesser known faces. A combined effort helped the team reach new heights and made them stronger than ever. The youngsters, in the spotlight, proved their mettle in one such game against the inaugural winners Rajasthan Royals when Saurabh Tiwary and Ambati Rayudu took down the opposition bowlers. From a not so very safe position of 70-3, Tiway and Rayudu joined hands to stitch a sensational 110-run stand for the fourth wicket helping the team post 212/6 in 20 overs. Half-centuries from the duo in the middle helped MI post their fourth highest total in the IPL to post 212/6. Although RR gave them a tough fight in the chase with Yusuf Pathan scoring a mind-boggling ton off just 37 balls, Mumbai eventually went on to clinch the match by 4 runs.
212/3 vs Delhi Capitals in 2017
With a batting heavy line up MI have always been a side to fear. And when all their batsmen are in top form then things of course become way more difficult for the opposition. On one such occasion MI just decimated the Delhi Capitals in their own backyard in a 2017 group match. With all the top order batsmen in a mood to hit, MI ended up posting 212/3. From openers Lendl Simmons (66) and Parthiv Patel (25) giving a flying start (79/0) to Kieron Pollard coming out all guns blazing after being promoted up the order, MI that day were just unstoppable. Pollard, in particular wreaked havoc with his 35-ball 63 not out that proved to be the knockout punch for the home team. With a total of 15 fours and 11 sixes, MI posted their fifth highest total in the IPL. Shocked by the Pollard onslaught, Delhi succumbed to 66 all out, handing MI one of the most clinical wins in the tournament.