MI v RR – Just Cricket’s Commentary

Quick Recap

Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bat first. 

Although there were little contributions from De Kock, Rohit and Hardik, Suryakumar Yadav was the star of the day for Mumbai Indians as he scored an unbeaten 79 from 47 balls. He has scored the most number of runs for an uncapped player in IPL and once again was looking very good in the previous matches as well. He was not able to convert his starts in the previous games but went all the way today. It was a very good innings since he paced his innings well as he had to consolidate a bit in the middle when wickets fell around him and then shifted gears in the last 3 overs taking Mumbai to 193. 

Since coming out of Sharjah, the Rajasthan batting line up has looked very fragile. Once again they lost wickets early. Jos Buttler was the only bright spot. He was not in great form before this, but in this match he was able to take a bit of time in the beginning and later on accelerated and gave the Royals a glimmer of hope. But once he fell for a well made 70 off just 44 balls, they didn’t last for too long as Rajasthan got bowled out for 136.

Mumbai Indians look a very settled unit and all their players seem to be in good form which is a great sign for them.

Game Changing Moments

After Mumbai got off to a good start, Rajasthan Royals pulled it back with wickets through the middle. Gopal picked up 2 wickets in 2 balls and Archer came back into the attack to pick up a wicket as well. Having come back into the game, they let it slip in the last 3 overs. Mumbai Indians scored 51 runs in the last 3 overs which really shifted momentum and took the game away from Rajasthan. 

Areas to Focus

Rajasthan Royals need to figure out their best bowling combination. The death bowling really hurt them in this match. 

Jofra Archer is the best bowler in the team and should be bowling the first over of the innings to set the tone. In this match, he came into bowl after 3 overs and by that time the batsman were well set. 

Rajasthan Royals need to change their batting approach. Particularly Steve Smith and Samson seem to get dismissed the same way which means they have not learn from the previous games. With the inexperienced middle order, Steve Smith and Samson need to be much more consistent for RR to compete in this tournament. 

Underrated Performer of the Day

Although in a losing cause, Shreyas Gopal did a great job with the ball. It is always much more difficult bowling against a settled and inform team. As Mumbai were running away with the game at the half way mark, Shreyas Gopal came into the attack and picked up the wickets of Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan in 2 successive balls which got his team back into the game. He also bowled an over in the power play which is very difficult for a leg spinner and just gave away 4 runs.

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