After being asked to bat first, RR openers set up a solid platform as the Sanju Samson-led side were 140/2 in 16 overs. However, Jasprit Bumrah’s death bowling masterclass restricted them to just 171 before Quinton de Kock’s unbeaten 70 and Krunal Pandya’s 39 took MI home with ease.
Mumbai Indians got back to winning ways as they recorded a comfortable seven-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals and consolidated their position at No. 4 on the points table. The defending champions came into this encounter with a win-loss record of 1-5 against RR, but that barely had any impact on Rohit Sharma and co as they brushed aside the RR challenge.
On a good batting track, RR failed to capitalize on the foundation laid by the top three as they could muster just 31 runs in the last four overs and 80 runs in the last 10. It was Jasprit Bumrah who showed why he is the best in the business.
171 looked well under par, and RR were at least 15 runs short. Jos Buttler even said in the mid-innings break that they were looking for a total in excess of 180. MI barely looked in any trouble during the run-chase and wiped out the target in a clinical fashion.
It was Rohit Sharma who won the toss and inserted RR into bat first. Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal were watchful in the first four overs as Trent Boult, and Bumrah bowled very tight first spells. Once they were taken off, the RR openers went out on the attack as they plundered 27 runs in the last two powerplay overs.
Buttler struggled early on but found his tempo pretty quickly. He continued to attack and looked set for a big score, but his knock was cut short by Rahul Chahar, who had the England wicket-keeper batsman stumped in the 8th over. Sanju Samson continued the momentum and struck three boundaries in his first six balls, while Jaiswal struck a six as well. However, the latter chipped one back to Chahar to give him his second scalp of the day.
Yet, the foundation was laid, and at 91/2, RR were pretty well placed. However, Shivam Dube got stuck in the middle overs and just couldn’t get going. He sucked the momentum out of RR’s innings, and Samson’s flow at the other end got affected, as well as the RR skipper couldn’t really get a lot of strikes.
Samson and Dube batted together for 7.5 overs and added just 57 runs. Moreover, out of those, Dube scored 28 but faced 27 deliveries in that partnership. Both Samson and Dube were dismissed in successive overs as RR huffed and puffed their way to 171. Dube could muster just 35 off 31 balls while David Miller faced just four balls (scoring 7) in the entire innings.
In reply, Rohit Sharma could really get off to the start that he would’ve wanted to, but Quinton de Kock took the pressure off him from the other end. The left-handed wicket-keeper batsman finally found some form after scratching around for four innings. De Kock raced away to 29 off 19 as he helped MI get to 49 in the powerplay with the loss of Rohit, who was dismissed by Chris Morris on the last ball of the sixth over.
Even after the powerplay, the RR bowlers couldn’t really put the brakes. Suryakumar Yadav came in and played his shots while de Kock continued on his merry way. Once again, Yadav batted beautifully before he threw away another good start. It was Morris again who got RR the breakthrough. However, by the time MI lost their second wicket, they had wiped out half the runs, and it was the 10th over.
Krunal Pandya was promoted to No. 4 after Ishan Kishan had been dropped for this game. The left-handed Baroda all-rounder batted really well alongside de Kock. The latter notched up his half-century (first of this season) off 35 balls while Krunal took a few balls to settle down. Once the latter got his eye in, he struck two fours and as many sixes as de Kock was content at rotating the strike at the other end.
The duo shared a 63-run stand for the third wicket before Mustafizur Rahman knocked over Krunal. Kieron Pollard walked in at No. 5 and scored an 8-ball 16 to wrap up the run-chase in the 19th over. De Kock remained unbeaten on 70 and also won the player of the match award.
MI would’ve been happy with this performance as they bounced back well after two back to back defeats. They remain at No. 4, but they have moved away from the four-point tie between multiple sides.
Rajasthan Royals 171/4 (Samson 42, Buttler 41, Jaiswal 32, Chahar 2/33, Bumrah 1/15) lost to Mumbai Indians 172/3 (de Kock 70*, Krunal 39, Morris 2/33, Mustafizur 1/37) by seven wickets
Author: Sahil Jain
A collective effort from the bowlers helped DC restrict KKR to just 154/6 and that was despite a blitz from Andre Russell at the death. Chasing under eight runs an over, Prithvi Shaw completely decimated the KKR attack as he smashed his way to 82 and helped Delhi romp home with 21 balls to spare.
Delhi Capitals (DC) shrugged off their one-run loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in style as they recorded a thumping seven-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). It was a brutal knock by Prithvi Shaw that completely killed the run-chase and the KKR bowlers had no answers to the Prithvi Shaw carnage.
After winning the toss, Rishabh Pant asked KKR to bat first. It wasn’t a great start for KKR as they got off to a sedate start. They scored just 32 runs in the first five overs and had lost Nitish Rana as well who was stumped off Axar Patel in the fourth over. It was only in the last over of the powerplay that Shubman Gill broke the shackles with a couple of boundaries as KKR got to 45/1 at the end of the six-over mark.
After the powerplay, the KKR batters just couldn’t get going and just didn’t find the fence. Gill struck Axar for a six in the 8th over but apart from that there not a single four or a six KKR scored till the end of the 14th over.
And in this phase, they lost four wickets as well. Marcus Stoinis had Rahul Tripathi holing out at deep cover before Lalit Yadav struck twice in the space of three balls to leave KKR in trouble. Skipper Eoin Morgan was caught at long-on before Sunil Narine was knocked over, both in the 11th over to leave KKR 75/4. Gill who had got a decent start had slowed down and he holed out in the 13th over to give Avesh Khan his first wicket.
KKR were reeling at 82/5 in 13 overs and Russell was batting on 3 off 8 balls. It was only in the 15th over that Dinesh Karthik broke the boundary jinx with a slog-sweep off Axar Patel. Russell then started his blitz and got a boundary almost every over. The Jamaican all-rounder blazed his way to an unbeaten 45 off 27 balls (two fours and four sixes) as he helped KKR score 42 runs off the last three overs, propelling the two-time champions to 154/6.
However, that was never going to be enough as Prithvi Shaw almost killed the run-chase in the first five overs. The swashbuckling 21-year-old opener smashed Shivam Mavi for six fours in the very first over of the innings. Mavi started off the over with a wide and his 2018 Under-19 World Cup skipper belted him all over the Motera as Shaw became only the second batsman after Ajinkya Rahane to hit six fours in an IPL game.
That just set the tone for a blistering innings from Shaw. He continued in similar fashion and every bowler that came into the attack travelled the distance. It was only the introduction of Pat Cummins that saw the carnage stop for a bit as the premier Aussie fast bowler conceded just one run in the 6th over as he bowled five deliveries to Dhawan.
Shaw blazed his way to 48 off 16 balls at the end of the powerplay which took Delhi to the highest powerplay score by any team this season – 67/0. Dhawan wasn’t at his fluent best as he nudged around to reach 17 off 20 but Shaw’s brilliance was such that his sluggish innings wasn’t even noticed.
Shaw continued on his merry way and reached his half-century off just 18 balls. He did slow down a touch but the boundaries continued to flow at regular intervals. The Mumbai-born batsman decimated the KKR bowling attack. Dhawan was dismissed by Cummins in the 14th over and the 132-run opening stand was broken. Pant came in at No. 3 and struck a four and a six off Prasidh Krishna.
However, both Shaw and Pant were dismissed in the same over as Cummins picked up a couple more to finish with 3/24. Shaw was out for a fine 82 while Pant’s 8-ball 16 cameo came to an end. Stoinis struck a boundary to finish things off in style as Delhi romped home and recorded their fifth win of the season.
They now move to the second spot on the points table (10 points) and have nudged ahead of RCB due to a better net run rate.
Brief Scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 154/6 (Russell 45*, Gill 43, Lalit 2/13, Axar 2/32) lost to Delhi Capitals 156/3 (Shaw 82, Dhawan 46, Cummins 3/24) by seven wickets