With this win, Mumbai Indians have strengthened their hopes of reaching the play-offs even more, while the game of Rajasthan Royals is almost over.
Five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians defeated Rajasthan Royals by 8 wickets in a do or die match in the IPL 2021 season. In Sharjah, Mumbai showed their champion style and after restricting Rajasthan for just 90 runs, they registered a spectacular win in 8.2 overs for the loss of just 2 wickets. In this way, Mumbai also kept the hopes of reaching the playoffs alive, while Rajasthan is almost out of the tournament. Know the reasons for the defeat and victory- (Photo: IPL/BCCI)
Selection bets are absolutely accurate – Mumbai should have won this match in any case and in such a situation, the team made two changes in the playing XI. James Neesham was brought in in place of Krunal Pandya, while Ishan Kishan got a chance after sitting out for two consecutive matches. Both the players proved the decision right. Neesham took wickets along with bowling very economical first. In his 4 overs, Neesham took 3 wickets including Sanju Samson and gave away 12 runs. While entering the opening, Ishan did not give any chance to the Rajasthan bowlers and scored an unbeaten 50 in just 25 balls to win. (Photo: IPL/BCCI)
Coulter-Nile’s havoc – Like Neesham, Coulter-Nile also bowled very effectively. From the powerplay to the middle overs and even in the death overs, Coulter-Nile did not give any relaxation. Coulter-Nile took the wickets of explosive batsmen like Yashasvi Jaiswal, Glenn Phillips and David Miller. In his 4 overs, this experienced medium pacer gave only 14 runs and took 4 wickets. (Photo: IPL/BCCI)
Rajasthan’s batting flop show – In the last match against Chennai, scoring 81 runs in powerplay only and achieving the target of 190 runs before 18 overs, this time the team could only score 90 runs in 20 overs, they were also all out without. The team got a better start in the powerplay, but with the openers getting out within 6 overs, none of the other batsmen could stay on the crease. Batsmen like David Miller and Rahul Tewatia stayed, but the runs were not scored. The condition was that after scoring the boundary in 5.1 overs, Rajasthan did not get any further boundary till 18.1 overs. In the entire match, the team hit only 7 fours and 2 sixes. (Photo: IPL/BCCI)
Lost in the powerplay itself – the target was small, so the bowlers did not have much hope to defend. Still, the Rajasthan bowlers were expected to show some economy like Mumbai and stretch the match for some time, but this did not happen and more than half of the required target was completed in the powerplay itself. With the help of early attacks from Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan, Mumbai scored 56 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 6 overs. (Photo: IPL/BCCI)