MI vs RR: 3 takeaways from the twenty-seventh encounter

MI vs RR: 3 takeaways from the twenty-seventh encounter

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.

IPL 2019: 4 most important players for Mumbai Indians

IPL 2019: 4 most important players for Mumbai Indians

As the Indian Premier League (IPL) is around the corner, everyone is expecting full of entertainment throughout the season. 

All the franchise have started preparing hard to give their best shot. Mumbai Indians are one of them. They are one of the most followed teams in India and last year they ended in the 5th position of the points table. This year, they will try to do better. Like every year, Mumbai Indian have a strong balanced team this year.

Right from the openers to middle order and bowling order – they are full of star-studded players like Rohit Sharma, Ben Cutting, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Jason Behendroff, Adam Milne etc.

Here are the 4 most important players who could play a crucial role for Mumbai Indians in this year’s IPL:

Rohit Sharma

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The captain of Mumbai Indians, Rohit Sharma is undoubtedly one of the most important parts of the team. He led the team three times to the final. He is one of the dangerous players who can give a flying start to his team as well as to help them in chasing.

He has scored 4493 runs so far and has 3 IPL titles in his name. However, his presence in the team always gives them extra strength. With IPL 2019 just 2 days away, it will be interesting to see how the team performs this year after last year’s embarrassing performance.

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Quinton de Kock

Quinton de Kock has been in a formidable form in the ODIs this year. He has scored 4 half-centuries and one century in the last 6 innings. Though Playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) last year in IPL, he couldn’t do well.

This ex-RCB player has the ability to damage the opponent. He can be a key player of Mumbai Indians (MI) in this season if he gets the chance in the playing XI.

Jasprit Bumrah

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Jasprit Bumrah is currently one of the best bowlers in the bowlers in the world. He is one of the best death bowlers in the limited overs cricket as well. His deadly yorkers trouble the batsman in every game. With his presence, Mumbai Indian’s pace attack is quite strong from the other teams.

Bumrah is captain’s go-to bowler. He has the ability to take wickets in the most crucial times. He has displayed his brilliance many times before and plays a key role in the team. He has the ability to turn the table single-handedly. However, this year’s IPL will play a big role as well prior to the mega event – the ICC World Cup.

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Mayank Markande

Apart from Rohit Sharma and Jaspreet Bumrah, the other player who will play a crucial role for the team is none other than Mayank Markande; who recently made his debut for India in the T20I games.

For him, it was the dream which started with Ambati Rayudu’s wicket at the Wankhede Stadium in the last year’s IPL season opener against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). After two overs, he picked up the wicket of MS Dhoni, the captain of CSK and finished his debut IPL match with a brilliant figure of 3/23 in four his overs spell.

He had scalped 15 wickets in 14 matches in the last season for Mumbai Indians. His impressive bowling made the owners retain him this year as well. The 21-year-old has done an incredible job for his state team Punjab in the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy as he finished the tournament as the highest wicket-taker of Punjab, with 29 wickets in six matches. He will try to continue his formidable form in the IPL as well.

5 worst releases by IPL sides for 2019

5 worst releases by IPL sides for 2019

A lot of surprises and shocks were in store as the eight franchises announced the names of the released and retained players.

While some non-performers were retained by some sides, some consistent yet silent under-achievers were released as well. After having looked at the worst retentions by IPL sides for 2019, we focus our attention on the 5 worst releases.

Mohit Sharma (Kings XI Punjab)

Mohit Sharma has made a name for himself as a silent achiever in the IPL. He has picked up more than 12 wickets in every season of the tournament that he has played in since 2013 and though his economy rate hovers around the 8.5-mark, Mohit’s ability to vary his line and length has fetched his rewards. He mixes up his slower deliveries, bouncers, and yorkers consistently, which has made life difficult for the batsmen over the seasons. With 23 wickets in 2014, Mohit was the Purple Cap Holder, an award given to the highest wicket-taker after every IPL season.

However, the medium pacer had an under-par 2018 season for Kings XI Punjab. He was never the main strike-bowler for the franchise and played only 9 games, picking up 7 wickets at an expensive economy rate of 10.85. However, considering his heroics and his experience, Kings XI would have done well to retain him for another year as the pool of Indian bowlers in the auctions is sparse.

JP Duminy (Mumbai Indians)

It would not be a hyperbole to suggest that JP Duminy has been vastly under-utilized in the IPL over the seasons. He has played only 83 IPL games thus far, scoring just over 2000 runs and has picked up 23 wickets – records that do not do justice to his talent. However, the all-rounder is having a season to remember for his national side South Africa in T20Is, scoring runs at an average of 52.66 and bowling with an average of 18.50. With Mumbai Indians struggling to find a decent spin all-rounder after Keiron Pollard’s slump, they could have bet their hopes on Duminy, who could have been the X-factor, especially if the tournament is shifted to South Africa.

Quinton de Kock (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Though the South African star was not released but traded instead, it can be termed as a baffling move. The keeper is one of the most dangerous openers in the world at the moment, and a strike-rate of 136.89 in 149 T20 games shows his power. The 25-year-old might struggled against spin in Tests, but he is a lethal player at the top and once he gets going, he often takes the game away from the rivals. De Kock got to play only 8 games in 2018, where he averaged only 25.12, but his past heroics in the previous years – he averaged 37 in 2017 and 40.66 in 2016 – implies that it might be a missed opportunity for RCB.

Axar Patel (Kings XI Punjab)

The spinner who can bat was yet another release that raised eyebrows. Axar, who believes in variations for success has always been among the wickets and before 2018, had scalped 58 wickets at an average of 26.99. With an impressive economy rate of just over 7, Axar was the team’s go-to bowler but an injury in 2018 hampered his progress. He could play only 9 games for Kings XI, where he took only 3 wickets.
Moreover, Axar’s abilities with the bat cannot be discounted either. In 2016 and 2017, the player smashed balls at a strike-rate of 144.15 and 140.12, respectively, which helped his side pile on crucial runs in the death overs. His release this season on the back of an injury hence is disappointing.

Mandeep Singh (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

RCB’s mismanagement of Mandeep Singh was no secret in 2018. Despite batting lower down the order even though he prefers batting at the top, the cricketer managed to score more than 250 runs at a strike-rate of 135.48. With RCB having released de Kock, the pressure will once again be on Kohli and AB de Villiers in 2019 at the top, and Mandeep Singh, who has shown his class over the seasons, could have been a safe bet.

Players RCB should aim to get in the upcoming IPL auctions

Players RCB should aim to get in the upcoming IPL auctions

Indian Premier League will see the auctions for the 12th season taking place in Jaipur next month. RCB has always been in the news due to the presence of the dynamic duo of AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli, but the side has been unable to leave a mark. 

Ahead of the next edition, RCB have released players like Brendon McCullum and Sarfraz Khan, while Quinton de Kock has been traded to Mumbai Indians. Their bowling has been a matter of worry as well, and with most of the international stars leaving the IPL in 2019 half-way due to the World Cup, the teams would be focusing on procuring the services of domestic talent.

Here are some players RCB can target at the auctions.


Luke Ronchi

The T20 specialist was a part of the Islamabad United team that won the PSL and even won the Player of the Tournament award for his consistent showing.

With 435 runs in 11 games with a mind-boggling strike-rate of 182, Ronchi could be a potential game-changer on a flat Chinnaswamy wicket. The Kiwi player can open the innings, keep wickets and play in the middle order as well, and with McCullum released as well, RCB could potentially go after the Kiwi international.


Mohammed Shami

Though Shami has not been in the best of forms in the shorter formats for India in the last few months, he is a proven match-winner, who could be a real threat in the death overs.


The seamer has been released from The Delhi Daredevils camp for the 2019 IPL after playing for them since 2014. Shami had managed to pick up just 21 wickets in 35 games for them with an expensive economy of 9.14 runs per over. With Kohli preferring fast bowlers in his side, Shami could add a much-needed boost to the RCB line-up that already has Umesh Yadav and Tim Southee.


Heinrich Klaasen

South Africa’s Klaasen could be an ideal player to be slotted into the middle order for RCB.

Heinrich Klaasen

Over the years, the franchise has boasted of a heavy top-order, but once the top four are back in the hut, RCB have traditionally struggled to keep up with the momentum, which has caused them to lose more games than what they would have intended. Klaasen has a strike-rate of 158 in the shortest format and he will provide a wicket-keeping option to the side as well.


Thisara Perera

Thisara Perera is vastly underrated in the international scene, but he could be the X-factor for any team.

Thisara Perera

With a batting strike-rate of 145.41 and a bowling average of 25.88 in T20s, the Sri Lankan can not only strike it big but can be more than a handful with the cherry as well. RCB have struggled to find a consistent bowling all-rounder in the last few years – they had Chris Woakes last season but have released them ahead of the auctions – and with Perera being an almost like-for-like replacement to Woakes, one can expect RCB to go after him.


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IPL Match 45, Pre-Match Analysis: Battle for pride between RCB and DD!


IPL 2018 | Match 45 | DD vs RCB: Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore clash tonight in a knock-out tournament at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. This match will decide the fate of the teams this season with both in the position of needing wins and nothing less from all their remaining games. Both teams have placed at the bottom of the table and are struggling to gain footing and rise back up. 

RCB has strong batting power and as of late, sufficient bowling strength as well while DD hasn’t had any massive wins with Shreyas Iyer single-handedly trying to pull the team back on their feet. However, RCB hasn’t been able to execute good effort on both fronts and have faced too many last-over defeats. So this is a match of equals.

DD might bring back their trump card, Gautam Gambhir, who had disappeared from the matches after his stepping down as captain. Desperate times call for desperate measures? However, this team needs more ammunition on the bowling front with Prithvi Shaw, Iyer and Rishabh Pant already taking over the batting side. The likes of Trent Boult and Glenn Maxwell were to lead that area and Boult has delivered, however, Maxwell hasn’t been much of a “Big Show” this season. Maxwell may be facing replacement in this crucial match.

There have been no consistent performances in RCB with only Virat Kohli having a decent outing so far. At times, he has the support of AB de Villiers who if he delivers, he delivers massively. The likes of Quinton de Kock, Brendon McCullum, Sarfaraz Khan have all been a flop. Kohli will need to discipline the team into the capable bunch they are as they have no space left for mistakes now.

Will RCB finally rise out of the ashes and make a comeback? Or will DD’s luck turn around tonight? Watch to find out.