Rajasthan Royals (RR) registered a comfortable win over Mumbai Indians (MI) by 4 wickets at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Saturday, April 14. 


Rajasthan Royals won the toss and elected to field first. Asked to bat, Mumbai Indians’ openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock gave a flying start. Their big hitting helped them to score 57 runs in the powerplay. They didn’t slow down the scoring s they put up 92 runs in 10 overs without losing a single wicket. However, they lost few wickets in between in quick succession and Hardik Pandya’s quickfire 28 helped them to reach 187.

Chasing 188, Rajasthan also got off to a flying start. They added 59 runs in the powerplay before Ajinkya Rahane’s dismissal in the seventh over. However, Joss Buttler was there at the crease. However, they also lost a few wickets in the death overs. But Buttler’s 89 off 43 and Shreyas Gopal’s 13 off 7 guided them to a comfortable victory.

Here are the three talking points from the game:

Mumbai failed to capitalize after a blazing start

Mumbai Indians came to bat first after losing the toss. Rohit Sharma, who missed the last game due to injury, returned in the squad. He along with Quinton de Kock opened the innings. After two overs’ silence, Quinton de Kock broke the barrier and hit K Gowtham for a long-on six and two consecutive boundaries in the third over.

The very next over was seen Rohit Sharma took on Kulkarni for three boundaries. Their big hitting abilities helped them to put up 57 runs in the powerplay. However, they didn’t slow down their scoring and started hitting all over the park. It became difficult for the bowlers to get past them when they became set in the middle. They added 96 runs in 10.5 overs before Jofra Archer handed over the first breakthrough.

Rohit Sharma was dismissed for 47 off 32, including six boundaries and a six. Quinton de Kock finished his half-century in the 12th over. However, the middle order batsmen Suryakumar Yadav (16), Kieron Pollard (6) and Ishan Kishan (5) failed to capitalize after a blistering start by the openers. Pollard, whose heroics helped Mumbai to win their last game, was seen struggling to score.

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Along with de Kock’s 81, Hardik Pandya tried his best by adding a quickfire 28 off 11. Apart from them, no other batsmen were able to contribute much. Had they able to add some more runs, Mumbai would have reached the 200-run mark after getting a flying start.

Joss Buttler’s blitzy innings

Chasing the competitive total, Rajasthan started in a great way. Openers Ajinkya Rahane and Joss Buttler got off to a flying start. However, Rahane was dropped by Rohit Sharma in the very first over. Buttler took on Alzarri Joseph hitting boundaries from the second over. Along with him, Rahane too took on Behrendorff for boundaries in the third over. Their constant big hittings helped them to put up 59 within the powerplay.

However, Rahane fell for 37 off 21, including six boundaries and a six. Buttler, on the other hand, stood strong at the other end. He took on Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya for over-boundaries and reached his fifty in the 10th over. While Buttler took on every bowler, Sanju Samson also supported well. 

In the 13th over off Alzarri Joseph, Buttler started with a maximum by hitting a straight back down the ground. The next four balls went for consecutive boundaries in the extra cover, backward point, and third man region respectively. The last ball of the over went for a maximum over wide long-on. Buttler scored 28 runs in the single over before his dismissal in the next over for 89 off 43, including seven boundaries and as many sixes. His stormy innings helped Rajasthan to win the game comfortably.

Bowlers failed to restrict Rajasthan

Mumbai has a strong bowling lineup with Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Alzarri Joseph, Jason Behrendorff, Mayank Markande, etc. But they somehow failed to take wickets after getting an early wicket. None of the bowlers was able to bowl in a proper line and length apart from Jasprit Bumrah.

After a flying start and later an 87-run stand between Joss Buttler and Sanju Samson, Mumbai bounced back brilliantly. While Bumrah dismissed Samson in the 17th over, Krunal Pandya struck twice in the 18th over when he picked up Rahul Tripathi and Livingstone for mere 1. Bumrah again dismissed Steve Smith for 12 and Rajasthan lost 4 wickets within 4 runs. 

While Bumrah bowled at an economy of 5.75, Jason Behrendorff and Alzarri Joseph bowled at an economy of 10.33 and 17.67 runs per over. Even, Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar also bowled at an economy more than 8. This showed a dismal bowling performance from all the bowlers who failed to restrict Rajasthan after taking four wickets in four runs. If they were able to restrict them, the result would have been different.

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