With a one-sided win, Mumbai's playoff hopes remain intact; RR out of the top 4 race
Rajasthan Vs Mumbai: With a one-sided win, Mumbai's playoff hopes remain intact; RR out of the top 4 race In IPL Phase-2, the 51st match of the tournament was played between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday. Where Mumbai Indians won the match in a one-sided fashion by 8 wickets.
Mumbai had a target of only 91 runs, which the team achieved at the loss of 2 wickets in 8.2 overs. With the win, Mumbai's chances of making the playoffs still remain intact. The team has 12 points from 13 matches and Rohit & Co has reached the 5th position in the points table. However, RR is now out of the top-4 race. So far this season, the teams of CSK, Delhi Capitals and RCB have qualified for the playoffs.
There is currently a competition between KKR and Mumbai for fourth place. In terms of net run rate, Kolkata (+0.294) is in the best position. With today's win, Mumbai's run rate (-0.048) has become much better. MI have to play their next match against Hyderabad. If Mumbai wins against SRH, then they will have 14 points. After this, Mumbai will have to hope that RR beat KKR in their next match. If KKR registers a win against Rajasthan, then they will easily reach the playoffs. Punjab's run rate is much less than Mumbai and KKR, so they are almost out of the top 4 races. Chasing the target, Mumbai's first wicket fell in the form of Rohit Sharma (22). Chetan Sakariya got his wicket.
Suryakumar Yadav (13) also got his wicket early to Mustafizur Rahman. But the team adopted an aggressive attitude from the beginning and won the match very easily. Rohit Sharma became the 7th player in the world and the first player from India to hit 400 sixes in T20 cricket. Ishan Kishan played an unbeaten inning of 50 runs in 25 balls. This was his 7th fifty in the IPL. Playing first after losing the toss, RR got off to a very poor start. The team lost its first 5 wickets in just 50 runs. In 20 overs, the team could score only 90 runs for the loss of 9 wickets. Not a single player from the Royals could show the courage to stand on the wicket.
Evin Lewis (24) was the top scorer. Nathan Coulter-Nile took 4 wickets for Mumbai. RR's first wicket fell as Yashasvi Jaiswal (12) and his wicket came in the account of Coulter-Nile. Evin Lewis (24) was dismissed by Jasprit Bumrah and showed the way to the pavilion. James Neesham, playing his first match in Phase-2, broke the back of the Royals by dismissing Sanju Samson (3) and Shivam Dubey (3). Glenn Phillips (4) and Rahul Tewatia (12) were picked up by Coulter-Nile and Neesham. David Miller (15), popularly known as 'Killer Miller', was also a flop. Coulter-Nile takes him out of LBW.
RR 90/9 was the lowest score of the season. Before Rajasthan, RCB had scored 92 against Kolkata. This was only the second win of the defending champions Mumbai in six matches of the UAE leg. Earlier, the team had defeated Punjab Kings by 6 wickets. In the match, RR included Shreyas Gopal in place of Mayank Markande and Kuldeep Yadav in place of Akash Singh in the playing XI.
Mumbai also picked up Jimmy Nisham in place of Krunal Pandya and Ishan Kishan in place of Quinton de Kock. both teams RR- Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (w/c), Shivam Dubey, Glenn Phillips, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Shreyas Gopal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakaria MI - Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (w), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, James Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jayant Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult