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IPL 2020: Mumbai Indians demolish RR


Mumbai Indians faced the RR at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. MI continued its terrific form to beat Rajasthan Royals by 57 runs. MI’s squad was unchanged. It seems to have developed a winning line-up. RR did not include Riyan Parag in its squad due to some poor performances displayed by him in the previous matches. RR handed the debut cap to the young pacer Kartik Tyagi. Let’s take a look at how the game progressed.

RR against Mumbai Indians
(Image Source: Twitter) 50 for Jos Butler

The First Innings: MI came out to bat first. It had the usual opening batting pair of De Kock and Rohit Sharma. MI got off to a good start with the two posting 49 runs on the board in the first 28 balls. De Kock tried to hit a six off a short pitched delivery by the debutant Tyagi. The ball only managed to get the elevation and De Kock lost his wicket, being caught by Butler. Suryakumar Yadav was in next. He looked in a very good form. He had a decent 39 run partnership with Rohit Sharma before Sharma got out. Ishan Kishan who came out to bat got out on a golden duck, trying to hit Gopal for a six. Later Krunal Pandya came in to bat. However, his batting performance was in total contrast to the cameo he played in MI’s previous match. He managed to score only 12 runs off 17 deliveries and got out. Later his brother Hardik, came to the crease. Surya and Hardik enjoyed a long partnership of 76 runs. Surya hit a number of fours and sixes playing a lot of creative shots. He scored a terrific 79 at a strike rate of 168. Pandya was not very fast to score but still had a good strike rate of nearly 158. Mumbai scored 60 runs in the last 4 overs to post a mammoth total of 193 on the board.

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The Second Innings: RR had a huge task at hand. Trent Boult opened the balling for MI. In the first over itself, Yashasvi Jaiswal was caught behind and it was just the beginning of RR’s woes. The second over was bowled by Bumrah. Captain Smith failed to impress with the bat and was caught behind off Bumrah’s ball. The in form Sanju Samson was next to walk out to the middle. He faced three deliveries before getting out on a duck. RR was struggling at 12-3. The only man in form was Jos Buttler. He was putting up an excellent fight. But wickets kept falling like dominoes at the other end. The only convincing partnership was of over 50 runs between Curran and Butter. Buttler got out through a brilliant catch taken at the boundary by Keiron Pollard. By then, it was a lost cause for RR. Jofra Archer hit a few fours and a six, but that was it. RR were bowled out for a total of 136. Bumrah took 4 wickets for an economy of 5. Apart from him Boult also bowled really well.

Jasprit Bumrah Mumbai Indians 4 wickets RR
(Image Source: Twitter) Jasprit Bumrah took 4 wickets for Mumbai Indians against RR

Suryakumar Yadav was awarded the Man of the Match Award. RR still seem to be struggling. If they want to win matches their players need to find form soon. MI look pretty much sorted. The only thing they need to do is keep up the consistency. That’s all folks!

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