Delhi: Change in locations has worked for the Mumbai team. Though they have struggled with sluggish tracks at Chepauk, a slightly better pitch at Arun Jaitley stadium has helped MI register a win. Prior to this match, head to head record of MI vs RR stood at 12-12, showing that RR gave a tough competition to the defending champions. RR got to a good total as all the top-order batsmen contributed with some runs. RR posted 171 runs on the board, which MI chased with ease in 18.3 overs as de Kock (70*) and Krunal(39) starred for the Mumbai team.
Buttler starts well, but MI restrict RR in the death overs
MI Captain Rohit won the toss and opted to bowl first. This is the first match for MI where they are chasing in this season. Boult and Bumrah opened the bowling attack for MI and controlled the run flow during the first four overs. Though they couldn’t get any early breakthroughs, but they conceded at less than 6 rpo. Introduction of change bowlers opened the flow of runs as Buttler shifted to top gear and hit boundaries at will. Jaiswal also had hit a few boundaries, including a pull shot off NCN that yielded him a sixer. MI’s strike bowler this season, Chahar broke the vital partnership as he got Buttler stump-out and also accounted for Jaiswal in his next over.
Samson-Dube batted through the middle overs and scored at a reasonable rate. But MI pulled back the game after Boult and Bumrah were brought back for the death overs. RR could manage only 38 runs off the final 5. While Bumrah was economical with 1/15, Chahar played a key role by picking 2 crucial wickets at the expense of 33 runs.
De Kock ensures a comfortable chase for Mumbai
171 on this track is a par score. RR bowlers were bowling good line and lengths early in the innings, but slowly they were off track. Morris removed struggling Rohit for 14 runs in the last over of the PP. He also dismissed SKY in the 10th over of the innings when he was scoring boundaries at will. MI needed 80+ runs from the last 10 overs.
De Kock got to his fifty with a single off Unadkat in the 12th over. SKY’s wicket and Ishan’s absence opened the gates for the out-of-form middle order. But Krunal had other ideas. He took his time to get into the groove, but after settling in, he has hit a few hefty blows that brought RRR considerably down. Though Fizz bowled Krunal, it was only a matter of time before MI finished off the chase with Pollard and QDK at the crease. MI won the match with 9 balls to spare and by 7 wickets.
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