IPL 2021: Mumbai thrash Rajasthan by 8 wickets, keep playoff hopes alive

by Sports | 06-10-2021 | 353 views

Sharjah: Rajasthan Royals' total of 90/9 was never going to be a huge hurdle for Mumbai Indians, but they achieved it in some style riding on Ishan Kishan's 25-ball fifty here on Tuesday.

It took no more than 8.2 overs for Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai to seal their win and inch closer to the playoffs spot. Mumbai sit fifth in the points table, level on points with fourth-placed Kolkata Knight Riders after 13 matches.

Royals, meanwhile, are seventh in the table of eight with 10 points.

Earlier, Mumbai Indians restricted Rajasthan Royals to 90/9 in 20 overs in the must-win Indian Premier League match for both teams. Nathan Coulter-Nile was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets while Jimmy Neesham, who was included in the XI in place of Krunal Pandya, bagged three.

Barring the opening wicket stand of 27 runs between Evin Lewis and Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rajasthan failed to raise a challenge as Mumbai struck at regular intervals.

Lewis top scored with 24 runs while five others, including skipper Sanju Samson, were dismissed for single digits. Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma had won the toss opted to field. For MI, Ishan Kishan replaced Quinton de Kock at the top of the order.

For Royals, left-arm pacer Kuldip Yadav will make his IPL debut. He has replaced Akash Singh while leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal replaced wrist spinner Mayank Markande.

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