The Mumbai bowlers derailed the train of the Rajasthan batsmen on Tuesday at Sharjah, in what was a crucial match for both the teams. Fighting to assert claim to the top four spot, both Mumbai and Rajasthan were on equal footing before the match. However, while Mumbai are still in the race for the play-offs, while Sanju Samson’s men find themselves technically out of the same.
As it Happened
Rohit Sharma won the toss and chose to bowl first, thus bringing out Evin Lewis and Yashasvi Jaiswal to open. Like other times, the duo once again provided a fiery start to the Royals’ innings. However, after some initial strokeplay, Yashasvi Jaiswal got out to Nathan Coulter-Nile on 12. After a while, Lewis also got out on 24 to Jasprit Bumrah, followed the skipper to Jimmy Neesham.
With the wickets falling one after the other, David Miller and Rahul Tewatia hence tried to form a partnership in the middle overs, in the hopes of taking the total forward. But the stand was too slow and the duo of Coulter-Nile and Neesham struck to remove both of them. With all the Mumbai bowlers putting pressure on the batsmen, all that RR could thus manage were a mere 90 runs for the loss of 9 wickets.
Chasing the small target, the Mumbai skipper provided a flying start to the team. Although his new partner Ishan Kishan was slow initially, after he got out, he too began to hit the big shots. Along with Suryakumar Yadav, Kishan piled up the runs un quick time before his partner got out. However, it was not a problem for the 23-year old, who took his side home with a big hit with 70 balls remaining, that also helped him reach his 50.
Rajasthan Royals 90/9 (20) ( Evin Lewis 24 (19), David Miller 15 (23), Nathan Coulter-Nile 4-14 (4), Jimmy Neesham 3-12 (4), Jasprit Bumrah 2-14 (4) ) lost to Mumbai Indians 94/2 (8.2) ( Ishan Kishan 50 (25), Rohit Sharma 22 (13), Mustafizur Rahaman 1-32 (2.2), Chetan Sakariya 1-36 (3) ) by 8 wickets.
Man of the Match: Nathan Coulter-Nile 4-14 (4)