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51st Match (N), Sharjah, Oct 5 2021, Indian Premier League
(8.2/20 ov, target 91)94/2
Mumbai won by 8 wickets (with 70 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
4/14
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• Alagappan Muthu

Neesham, Coulter-Nile and Kishan demolish Royals

Defending champions keep IPL 2021 campaign alive by chasing down target in just 8.2 overs

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Scorecard summary
Rajasthan Royals90/9(20 overs)
Mumbai Indians94/2(8.2 overs)

Well, if there is ever a good news for Royals coming out, then it is that they are still alive, but just about. They need to beat Knight Riders by around 120 runs though, which sounds unrealistic. Anyway, Mumbai are up to fifth in the table - below Knight Riders on NRR - as the contest heats up for the final playoffs spot. But don't forget to catch us tomorrow as the round-robin stage nears it end. Goodnight and goodbye until then!

Nathan Coulter-Nile is the Player of the Match: "Just trying to keep simple. It was a hard wicket to bat on. I'm not fussed about when I come to bowl."

Rohit on Mumbai's win: "We had to come here and do what we had to do, which was to get the two points... It was a chance to improve our run rate as well. We got off to a flier, and we said there is a chance for us to up the run rate. It was the perfect game for us to do that. Kishan is playing after a couple of games, so we wanted him to take his time. I didn't say anything to him [after he played a maiden]. All we wanted for him was to play his shots, which is what he did... When you are under the radar, it is important to do your job. We have been doing well and preparing well. All the bowlers came together and used the conditions well. [Playing Sunrisers last?] All eight teams are capable of beating each other. But the good thing is that KKR play before us, so we know what to do."

Time for the presentations

Rupesh: "Interesting contest for MoM -- Will it be Kishan or NCN!" --- I would go with Coulter-Nile as he set it up for Mumbai.

Amit: "Oh Mumbai! Could you not have done this one game earlier? Their fortunes now depend on the team they comprehensively beat today. "

Kishan after his fifty: "Obviously it's nice to be back opening and getting the runs. It is a very nice feeling. We fielded first and got a good idea of the wicket... We also knew that the ball wasn't coming that well. The plan was simple to play in the V. Ups and downs are a big part of sportsmen's [lives]. I had a chat with Virat bhai and Hardik bhai, and also KP [Pollard]. That gave me confidence. What we have to do is be prepared for the next match, and play with the same energy as today."

VijayR: "Ishan kishan has played 10 dot balls. Ideally it's a 15 ball fifty for him ! Something MI would cheer about !"

Here's Samson speaking after the loss: "It was a challenging wicket to bat on, and coming to play in Sharjah was tough. Abu Dhabi was one of the best wickets we played on for batting. It's a bit tough and cloudy in the mind right now. But definitely we will like to play better cricket from the next game. The pitch was a bit better in the second innings."

8.48pm Comprehensive win for Mumbai with eight wickets and more than 11 overs in hand. Mumbai - so also India - will be pleased with Kishan's return to form, as he dominated with an unbeaten 25-ball fifty, which included five fours and three sixes. A tough night for Royals after a massive win against Super Kings the other day.

8.2
6
Mustafizur to Ishan, SIX runs

and wraps it up with a six! That's his fifty too. Mumbai's second largest win in IPL with balls to spare. Kishan into the runs, and Mumbai still alive. Short of a length ball on off, and he makes room to slam that pull for six beyond the deep midwicket fence

8.1
4
Mustafizur to Ishan, FOUR runs

full-toss outside off, and Kishan lunges into it to loft that to deep extra cover! Beats deep point to his left as he leans into that uppish drive

Good chance for Mumbai to finish it off in this over.

end of over 824 runs
MI: 84/2CRR: 10.50 RRR: 0.58 • Need 7 from 72b
Ishan Kishan40 (23)
Hardik Pandya5 (6)
Chetan Sakariya 3-1-36-1
Kuldip Yadav 2-0-16-0
7.6
1
Sakariya to Ishan, 1 run

good length ball on middle and off, and he loses his bottom hand in pushing that toward mid-on

7.5
6
Sakariya to Ishan, SIX runs

lofted over long-on for six more! Full ball on middle, and he gets his front leg out of the way to just lift that with the full face of the bat. A gentle shot for six

7.4
6
Sakariya to Ishan, SIX runs

crashed into the deep square leg stands! Low full-toss on off, and he goes down on his back knee to whack that powerfully deep into the boundary

Another free-hit

7.4
3nb
Sakariya to Ishan, (no ball) 2 runs

takes a step across off, and hangs back deep in his crease to hoick that very full ball on off to deep square leg. This is a no-ball too

Free-hit

7.4
1nb
Sakariya to Ishan, (no ball)

punches this good length ball on middle and off to cover. It is a no-ball though

7.3
4
Sakariya to Ishan, FOUR runs

flicks it to deep square leg! Gets a full ball on middle and leg, and whips that using his bottom hand for another boundary

7.2
Sakariya to Ishan, no run

full ball on off, and he leans into the drive to play that to cover

7.1
3
Sakariya to Hardik, 3 runs

And Phillips saves a few again! He sprints way to his left from deep square leg and goes low with his left hand to flick the ball back off the deep midwicket boundary. Ridiculous stop! Long-on ran to his right too, but it was all Phillips there. Pandya flicked that full ball on middle and off, but seemed to have got good height and not a lot of power. Replays show the ball just avoided the rope, and so Phillips saves a run for his side

Cric Lover: "Hardik is there for only 2 balls and Rohit is there on the field during the time out discussing things with him - wonder what strategies they came up with in the span of 2 balls!" --- Rohit spent more time at the crease to know the pitch. And it may not be a strategy that is always discussed; at times, it could be a simple message too.

end of over 74 runs
MI: 60/2CRR: 8.57 RRR: 2.38 • Need 31 from 78b
Hardik Pandya2 (5)
Ishan Kishan21 (16)
Kuldip Yadav 2-0-16-0
Mustafizur Rahman 2-0-22-1
6.6
1
Yadav to Hardik, 1 run

good length ball and outside off. Presents the full face of the bat to drive that to deep point

Around the wicket now

6.5
Yadav to Hardik, no run

back of a length ball on middle, and punched to the fielder at cover from deep in his crease

6.4
1lb
Yadav to Ishan, 1 leg bye

fuller ball on leg, and the ball trickles behind the wicket off his pads. Samson gives the chase to stop that

6.3
1
Yadav to Hardik, 1 run

pushes that good length ball on middle and off to deep point while playing from leg stump

Over the stumps for Pandya too

6.2
1
Yadav to Ishan, 1 run

gets an outside edge as he looks to flash at that good length ball outside off. A single down to third man

6.1
Yadav to Ishan, no run

good length ball outside off, and punched powerfully to the man at cover

Kuldip from over the wicket

end of over 68 runs • 1 wicket
MI: 56/2CRR: 9.33 RRR: 2.50 • Need 35 from 84b
Hardik Pandya0 (2)
Ishan Kishan20 (13)
Mustafizur Rahman 2-0-22-1
Kuldip Yadav 1-0-13-0

Nandagopal: "MI looks keen on giving the out of form India T20 regulars a hit out today.."

Shrikanth: "Surprised SKY did not cross and let Ishaan face the next ball...poor cricket" --- He had given up the moment the ball went up in the air, and didn't even bother crossing.

Time-out now.

5.6
Mustafizur to Hardik, no run

bowls a low, dipping full-toss outside off. Pandya closes the bat face, and runs that down to mid-on with a flat bat in the end

Jay Suryawanshi: "People are Gun fielders but this guy Glenn Phillips is on another level. His fielding skills are good but his determination to save runs for his team is even better"

5.5
Mustafizur to Hardik, no run

good length delivery on leg, and Pandya blocks that back with the full face of the bat

Pandya is the new man in. Fizz stays over the wicket.

5.4
W
Mustafizur to Yadav, OUT

ballooned to mid-off! Sends that good length ball on middle sailing, as Fizz bowls a cutter to go with a change of pace. Suryakumar is beaten by the lack of pace as he looks to go aerial again, but mistimes it instead for the substitute fielder to grab that easily

Suryakumar Yadav c sub (MK Lomror) b Mustafizur Rahman 13 (13m 8b 3x4 0x6) SR: 162.5
5.3
4
Mustafizur to Yadav, FOUR runs

lofts that over point for four! Opens the bat face to this fullish ball angling across, and uses his wrists to play that uppishly for four toward third man

Best performances - batters
Ishan Kishan, player portrait
Ishan Kishan MI
50 runs (25)
5 fours
3 sixes
Control92%
Productive shot
pull
10 runs
1 four
1 six
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Evin Lewis profile photo
E Lewis RR
24 runs (19)
3 fours
1 six
Control70%
Productive shot
off drive
8 runs
2 fours
0 six
04054740
Best performances - bowlers
Player portrait, Nathan Coulter-Nile
NM Coulter-Nile MI
O
4
M
0
R
14
W
4
ECO
3.5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
2W
Jimmy Neesham portrait
JDS Neesham MI
O
4
M
0
R
12
W
3
ECO
3
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
Sharjah Cricket Stadium
TossMumbai Indians, elected to field first
SeriesIndian Premier League
Season2021
Player Of The Match
Nathan Coulter-Nile
Nathan Coulter-Nile
Hours of play (local time)18.00 start, First Session 18.00-19.30, Interval 19.30-19.50, Second Session 19.50-21.20
Match days5 October 2021 - night (20-over match)
T20 debut
Kuldip Yadav
Kuldip Yadav
Umpires
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Anil Chaudhary
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Michael Gough
TV Umpire
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Jayaraman Madanagopal
Reserve Umpire
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Krishnamachari Srinivasan
Match Referee
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Prakash Bhatt
PointsMumbai Indians 2, Rajasthan Royals 0
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