Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals, 05 October 2021, 7:30 PM IST
Match Result: Mumbai Indians win by 8 wickets
Player of the Match : Nathan Coulter-Nile
Match Report : MI are picking up their pace. Their NRR has sky rocketed. A huge leap delivered by their bowlers and Kishan. They added Neesham at the expense of QDK for this game. One might have called them fools for this decision. But Neesham returned with figures of 4-0-12-3. NCN produced a brilliant performance too as he accounted for four wickets and Bumrah chipped in with a couple as well.
Kishan was brought back and he was on fire. A 25-ball 50 ensured the chase was just as how they imagined at the half way mark. MI go up to fifth in the points table. RR had their destiny in their own hands but not anymore. Their NRR and chances have had a gigantic setback today.
Sanju Samson | Rajasthan Royals captain: “It was a bit challenging wicket to bat on, it was tougher in the first innings. Coming from Abu Dhabi, playing in Sharjah was a massive difference. Can’t blame the batsmen a lot, but it was tough to bat in the first innings. Abu Dhabi had one of the best batting wickets, switching to Sharjah was tough.
Mindset – it’s a bit cloudy right now, we need to take some time off and then think about the next game. We’d definitely like to play a better game of cricket in the next game. We knew that they’ll be coming strong, in the powerplay they wanted to increase the run-rate. The wicket was a bit better than the first innings but they batted really well.”
Rohit Sharma | Mumbai Indians captain : “We had to come here and do what we had to do. The two points were very crucial for us. Once we had them bowled out for 90, we had a chance to finish it early. It is important to seize the game. We had to come out and bat freely. We had a chance to get the run rate in order. Was a perfect game for us. He is playing after a couple of games. I was there to take the risks. We know his ability.
We wanted him to spend some time and that is exactly what he did. If Jimmy wants to do another one, I will be happy. He is a solid guy and keeps the atmosphere buzzing. You need talks like these and got all the guys going after that. When you are under the radar, you need to get the job done. All the bowlers came together and did it for us. I feel in this tournament, any team is capable of beating anyone. KKR is playing before us and we will know exactly what to do.”
Ishan Kishan: It’s nice to be back opening and getting runs for the team and helping win by a big margin. Feeling really good, was much needed for our team to get momentum.
It was good to field first, got a good idea of the surface. Our plan was to play as straight as possible. Just play in the V was the plan and the batsmen executed really well.
Video of Ishan Kishan 50 in 25 balls : Winning Six : MI vs RRhttps://t.co/sNz1HhlbX6— avishkar govardhane (@avishkargovardh) October 5, 2021