Synopsis: Coast of Mumbai, meander of Rajasthan
DESPITE THEIR better start in the tournament – they did not lose a wicket on the power play – the Rajasthan Royals ended up with a score below 171 for 4, which was tracked down without too much trouble by Mumbai who rolled over them. 70 unbeaten Quinton de Kock.
Two matches in one of the most unsightly stadiums in the world, in Delhi, a pattern seems to be emerging. There are races to be done, but batsmen need to court timing, not chasing muscle power. David Warner found it to his detriment on Wednesday and a few drummers from Rajasthan meandered too much. They were looking for big, beefy hits, but they went too far to make a significant dent in the total.
The gentle timers, on the other hand, hissed pretty well. Kane Williamson the other night and Sanju Samson Thursday give weight to this theory. In fact, perhaps the smartest player of the day was Quinton from Kock from Mumbai. With Samson and Williamson, it was no surprise that they preferred timing because it is their natural game. However, de Kock can go pretty strong on the ball but against Rajasthan he chose to bet on timing.
Whether it was because he entered the game without a lot of points or because as a wicket keeper he had read the pitch well, he focused on getting positions from which he could kick. the ball in the holes. Like the way he pulled away and paddled Chetan Sakariya to the limit of thin legs in the third round. Or the way he led Mustafizur Rahman for a four in the third man before deploying a nice pickup shot for six over the square leg in the fourth.
Or the way he clocked a four at the right limit to Jaydev Unadkat at the ninth over. A rare instance where he attempted a push in the 14th, he nearly broke through halfway through, but Yashasvi Jaiswal, who rushed in from the midpoint, couldn’t hang on to a chance. difficult.
Meander of Rajasthan
They had lost wickets in a clutch in Powerplays in matches so far it seemed like a small win that they hadn’t lost any wickets until the end of the eight. It doesn’t matter if that’s the only positive thing for them in this game. Once Jos Buttler fell after a windy 41, the heats lost speed. The big striker Shivam Dube hit four limits with two sixes but could still barely score over a ball for his 35. He continued to swing and the ball continued to evade at the sweet spot. If only Buttler or Jaiswal, the other opener who had a good 32, had continued!
Buttler was about to start fake Mumbai who was guilty of playing too short against him when suddenly leg spinner Rahul Chahar corrected his length. He tore up a fuller one and passed it past Buttler who was loading it like a runaway train. Southpaw Jaiswal had just hit Chahar for a six and was trying to rotate the strike with an inward elbow, but found the leading edge of a googly to blow up a simple return.
They were 91-2 from 9.5 overs and although Samson skimmed five ovens in his 27-ball 42, no real ammunition came from anyone else. In the first game in Delhi, the Sunrisers Hyderabad also finished at 171, which was no problem for the Chennai Super Kings. Teams will need to aim for at least 190-200 to test the pursuit team in Delhi, at least that is what it looks like at this point.
Brief Notes: Rajasthan Royals 171/4 in 20 overs (Sanju Samson 42, 27b, 5 × 4; Jos Buttler 41, 32b, 3 × 4, 3 × 6; Rahul Chahar 2/33) lost to Mumbai Indians 172/3 in 18.3 overs (Kock’s Quinton 70 not released, 50b, 6 × 4, 2 × 6; Krunal Pandya 39, 26b, 2 × 4, 2 × 6; Chris Morris 2/33) by seven wickets.