Another comprehensive performance by defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) in the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) led to a fourth win in the tournament when Mumbai beat Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday by 57 runs in Abu Dhabi. Banking on a strongly lower middle class, Mumbai took calculated risks after losing to Quinton de Kock in the Powerplay and then let loose at death, skipping 51 in the last four to finish on 193/4. In response, Rajasthan lost three of their top four within the first six and despite Jos Buttler’s 70 off 44 balls crumbled to 136 all out in 18.1 overs.
Mumbai won the toss and chose to hit, and a half-centurion from their last match De Kock (23 out of 15) and skipper Rohit Sharma (35 out of 23) added 49 in the first five overs.
Suryakumar Yadav played the anchor with an unbeaten 79 out of 47 with 11 fours and two sixes, and although Rohit and Ishan Kishan (0) were sent off consecutive balls by Shreyas Gopal and Krunal Pandya (12 out of 17), looked out for its kind. Pandya’s 30 out of 19 helped Mumbai finish well.
In response, opener Yashasvi Jaiswal brought in the XI in place of an out-of-form Robin Uthappa, who was picked in the back of the first over from Trent Boult for Steve Smith, who hit number 3 and also got pecked at Jasprit Bumrah. the second.
Sanju Samson put a lead over Rohit at Boult to reduce the RR to 12/3 within the first three overs.
Mahipal Lomror (11 out of 13) added 30 with Buttler, but a stunning short mid-wicket dive catcher by substitute Anukul Roy spelled the end of Lomror.
Buttler looked good, hitting 4 fours and 5 sixes along his 10th IPL fifty, but his stay was cut short on the 14th by another piece of brilliance from Kieron Pollard, who took a remarkable juggling catch at the elongated gate to send the Englishman back into the cabin.
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Rajasthan was 98/5 at the fall of Buttler’s wicket and from then on it was a sad turn of events as with the rising asking price they lost their last five wickets for 38 runs.
Bumrah finished 4/20 at four overs and was well supported by fellow pacers Trent Boult (2/26) and James Pattinson (2/19). Rahul Chahar and Pollard each got a wicket.
Rajasthan has not lost three in a row since their emphatic victory over Kings XI Punjab last month when they took the highest successful chase in IPL history.
They are in seventh place even as Mumbai topped the table with eight points from six games.
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