Suryakumar’s unbeaten 79 powers the defending champion; Boult, Bumrah and Pattinson derail Royals’ chase
In addition to having a battery of reliable all-rounders, one of the features of Mumbai Indians’ consistent success in the Indian Premier League over the years has been its all-round performance on the field.
This was on full display at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, as a well-oiled MI machine reversed its adverse recent head-to-head record against Rajasthan Royals with a stylish 57-run win.
Suryakumar Yadav’s personal best in the IPL (79 n.o., 47b, 11×4, 2×6), supported by captain Rohit Sharma (35, 23b, 2×4, 3×6) at the top and Hardik Pandya (30 n.o., 19b, 2×4, 1×6) at the death, helped MI pile on a formidable 193 for four after electing to bat.
Fizz out of the chase
Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah — the Indian pace spearhead using the new ball for the first time this season — then reduced Royals to 12 for three in the third over to take the fizz out of the chase.
And just when Jos Buttler (70, 44b, 4×4, 5×6) started to cut loose, Kieron Pollard pulled off a stunner on the boundary line. Despite misjudging the ball for a split second, Pollard leapt high and caught the ball on the second attempt.
This effort was as spectacular as the Superman-like dive from substitute Anukul Roy — fielding in place of Suryakumar, who was hit on the helmet — to dismiss Mahipal Lomror.
Bumrah then ran through the tail to end Royals’ innings for 136, handing MI a comprehensive win. It also helped the defending champion regain the top position, although it has played a match more than second-placed Delhi Capitals.
Earlier, Suryakumar, having driven leggie Shreyas Gopal inside-out with panache, suffered a painful blow on his helmet in the penultimate over of MI’s innings, bowled by Jofra Archer, who consistently clocked 150kmph.
But it was Suryakumar’s response — gliding a near-perfect wide yorker over third-man for six — that underlined that it was his and MI’s night.
MUMBAI INDIANS: Quinton de Kock c Buttler b Tyagi 23 (15b, 3×4, 1×6), Rohit Sharma c Tewatia b Shreyas 35 (23b, 2×4, 3×6), Suryakumar Yadav (not out) 79 (47b, 11×4, 2×6), Ishan Kishan c Samson b Shreyas 0 (1b), Krunal Pandya c Shreyas b Archer 12 (17b, 1×6), Hardik Pandya (not out) 30 (19b, 2×4, 1×6); Extras (b-5, lb-2, w-5, nb-2): 14.
Total (for four wkts. in 20 overs): 193.
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-49 (de Kock, 4.5 overs), 2-88 (Rohit, 9.1), 3-88 (Kishan, 9.2), 4-117 (Krunal, 13.6).
ROYALS BOWLING: Rajpoot 3-0-42-0, Shreyas 4-0-28-2, Archer 4-0-34-1, Tyagi 4-0-36-1, Curran 3-0-33-0, Tewatia 2-0-13-0.
RAJASTHAN ROYALS: Yashasvi Jaiswal c de Kock b Boult 0 (2b), Jos Buttler c Pollard b Pattinson 70 (44b, 4×4, 5×6), Steve Smith c de Kock b Bumrah 6 (7b, 1×4), Sanju Samson c Rohit b Boult 0 (3b), Mahipal Lomror c sub (Anukul) b Rahul Chahar 11 (13b, 1×4), Tom Curran c Hardik b Pollard 15 (16b, 1×4), Rahul Tewatia b Bumrah 5 (6b, 1×4), Jofra Archer c Pollard b Bumrah 24 (11b, 3×4, 1×6), Shreyas Gopal c de Kock b Bumrah 1 (2b), Ankit Rajpoot c Rohit b Pattinson 2 (5b), Kartik Tyagi (not out) 0 (0b); Extras (lb-1, w-1): 2.
Total (in 18.1 overs): 136.
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-0 (Jaiswal, 0.2 overs), 2-7 (Smith, 1.4), 3-12 (Samson, 2.5), 4-42 (Lomror, 8.1), 5-98 (Buttler, 13.3), 6-108 (Tom Curran, 14.4), 7-113 (Tewatia, 15.2), 8-115 (Shreyas, 15.5), 9-136 (Archer, 17.6).
MUMBAI INDIANS BOWLING: Boult 4-0-26-2, Bumrah 4-0-20-4, Pattinson 3.1-0-19-2, Rahul Chahar 3-0-24-1, Krunal 2-0-22-0, Pollard 2-0-24-1.