IPL 2021: Mumbai Indians thrash lackluster Rajasthan Royals
The Mumbai Indians returned to victory in the 2021 IPL with a convincing seven wicket victory over Royals of Rajasthan Thursday. The great victory helped Mumbai Indians to stay in the top four and improve net run rate, while the Royals continue to struggle with just two wins in six games.
After being called on to beat first, Rajasthan started the game well with Buttler and Yashaswi Jaiswal scoring freely in the first seven overs. After the two openers left, Sanju Samson and Shivam Dube played some decent shots and sewn up a half-century partnership, but Rajasthan never seemed to take the game by the neck even. after having wickets in the hands.
Rajasthan ended up with 171 points on a good wicket in Delhi, which was probably 20 points lower for a very good score. The Mumbai Indians looked like themselves after dominating the match in the death overs, with Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult not allowing the Royals to face them even after having wickets in hand.
The Mumbai Indians started the chase cautiously and went all out on offense in the last 3 overs of the power play. Quinton de Kock struggling IPL 2021 so far he has regained his mojo by playing a winning shot of 70 points. The South African batsman stayed on until the end with Kieron Pollard playing a small cameo to end the match with nine more balls to spare
Krunal Pandya also rewarded the confidence of management and captain after being promoted to number four by scoring a quickfire 39. The Mumbai Indians can rely on this victory to race. The Rajasthan Royals will look to return to victory when they face another struggling team, Sunrisers Hyderabad, on May 2.
Royals of Rajasthan: 171/4 (Sanju Samson 42 (27), Jos Buttler 41 (32), Rahul Chahar 2/33, Jasprit Bumrah 1/15)
Mumbai Indians: 172/3 (Quinton De Kock 70 (50), Krunal Pandya 39 (26), Chris Morris 2/33 Mustafizur Rahman 1/37)