The defending and five-time champions Mumbai Indians defeated Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets in their sixth match of IPL-14 played at Arun Jaitley Stadium here on Thursday.
Mumbai had set a target of 172 runs, which they achieved at the loss of three wickets in 18.3 overs thanks to an unbeaten 70 from wicketkeeper batsman Quinton de Kock and an excellent 39 from Krunal Pandya. Mumbai lost the wickets of skipper Rohit Sharna (14), Suryakumar Yadav (16) in addition to Krunal. Keron Pollard was unbeaten on 16 runs.
Earlier, the 2008 champions team, batting first, scored 171 runs for 4 wickets in the stipulated 20 overs after losing the toss thanks to a brilliant performance by their top-order batsmen. This includes 41 of Jos Buttler, 32 of Yashasvi Jaiswal, 42 of captain Sanju Samson and 35 of Shivam Dubey. Rahul Chahar took two wickets from Mumbai. Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Bault also had one success each.
How was Mumbai’s innings
Rohit Sharma for Mumbai and Quinton de Cock Started off tight. Although Rohit did not appear in color today. He was not able to time the ball. He was neither getting the gap nor was the ball coming in the middle of the bat. After all, he scored 14 runs off 17 balls and was caught on long on off Chris Maurice. Rohit was in Confusion. He was caught in between driving the ball on-drive and away from the fielder. Finally, Chetan Sakaria took a simple catch.
Yadav opened a few hands
Suryakumar Yadav however came and opened some hands. He hit three fours. And at a time when it seemed that this Mumbai batsman is now frozen, then he caught Butler off a slow ball from Maurice. It was a slow ball. Yadav wanted to play it over the fielder but the ball went to Butler. Mumbai’s score was 83 for two wickets.
Earlier, Rajasthan Royals scored a respectable total of 171 runs against defending champions Mumbai Indians on the back of their top-order batsmen.
How was Rajasthan’s batting
The 2008 champions, batting first after losing the toss, lost 4 wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. It includes 41 of opener Jose Butler, 32 of Yashasvi Jaiswal, 42 of captain Sanju Samson and 35 of Shivam Dubey. David Miller seven and Ryan Pollen were unbeaten on 8 runs.
Rahul Chahar took two wickets from Mumbai. Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Bault also had one success each. Unlike the last few matches, Rajasthan openers got off to a brilliant start, adding 66 runs for the first wicket.
Rajasthan’s first wicket fell as a butler. Rahul Chahar took the wicket of Butler, who hit three fours and as many sixes on 32 balls. After this, Jahar was also hunted by Jahar on a total of 91.
Jaiswal’s good innings
Jaiswal hit two fours and an equal number of sixes in a 20-ball fast innings. After this, captain Samson and Shivam themselves took the responsibility and took the score to 148 runs. The pair were broken by Boult while bowling Samson. The captain hit five fours off 27 balls. Only 10 runs were added to the total that Bumrah gave the fourth blow to Rajasthan by dismissing Dubey. Dubey faced 31 balls with two fours and as many sixes. Miller remained unbeaten on four balls and seven runs with the help of a four and Parag scored eight runs with the help of a four off seven balls.