Mumbai Indians’ bowlers couldn’t live up to the expectations as Jos Buttler guided Rajasthan Royals to their second win of the tournament. For the Mumbai-based franchise, Quinton de Kock played a solid innings and Rohit Sharma helped him out with a classy 47 during their opening partnership.
Rohit Sharma (8/10): Rohit moved away from his TV show template and went to Bollywood theme straight away. Instead of taking time to find his eye in, the Mumbai Indians skipper was right on the money from the beginning and his 47 today was as good as a 75 that he would’ve scored in his typical fashion.
Quinton de Kock (9/10): The South African’s resurrection act was complete as he played one of his most breath-taking innings ever in the IPL. Got his head in by hitting Gowtham first and never looked back since then to score a fine 81 off 52 deliveries. One of the best things about his innings was the way he kept the pace of the innings intact and put Mumbai in a good position.
Suryakumar Yadav(3/10): Once again, Suryakumar Yadav threw away his wicket after being set in the middle. The wicket was conducive for batting and the ball was also coming onto the bat nicely and all it needed to judge the length properly, without any hurry. However, by not staying patient, Yadav created a conundrum of sorts for Mumbai and might force them to bring in Siddhesh Lad in the next match.
Kieron Pollard (1/10): It was a complete contrast, wasn’t it? After playing an innings of authority against Kings XI Punjab a couple of nights ago, Pollard was subdued today and suffered a lot of problems in countering the low bouncers that Jofra Archer was darting in the death overs. A lot was expected from him though and thankfully, he had Hardik Pandya to save them from blushes.
Ishan Kishan (3/10): The young wicket-keeper batsman was nowhere close to what the world expects him to be and a three-ball five may not be the ideal way to judge his performance. He was batting in the last over and the only option left in front of him was to go bang-bang from the very first ball. He couldn’t do that, but a more proactive approach would help him find his mojo.
Hardik Pandya (8/10): The Baroda all-rounder is playing those cameos effectively and one of the reasons Mumbai secured a flourishing end to the innings as well. An extra point for the way he pulled off the helicopter shot perfectly.
Krunal Pandya (6/10): When Rajasthan Royals were cruising at a brisk pace, Krunal put the brakes on with a superb away turner which eventually forced Ajinkya Rahane to slog sweep. That might not have opened the floodgates, but by dismissing Rahul Tripathi, he contributed to the lower-order collapse to keep his side in the chase.
Alzarri Joseph (1/10):Indian Premier League has witnessed myriad tales of sportsmen who sparkled at the start only to fritter away and fall by the wayside. It is high-time Alzarri Joseph understands the same and if he doesn’t, then who knows he might prove to be another Manpreet Gony or Sudeep Tyagi in making. In the three overs he bowled today, the Antiguan conceded 53 runs in three overs and that is enough to pass
Rahul Chahar (7/10): The young leg-spinner tried all he knew and that was the most impressive part of his bowling. When most players seem to be throwing in the towel, Chahar was an anomaly and his never-give-up spirit was on the show right from the first ball he bowled. The attitude helped him sniff out Jos Buttler, even though the latter was in a devastating mood.
Jason Behrendorff (4/10): The Aussie is having a problem as far as the line is concerned, which is nullifying his pace. Considering Mumbai is a batting-friendly track, Behrendorff should have been more concerned in keeping a tight length instead of banging in regularly in a short of length spot. He would take a lesson today.
Jasprit Bumrah(7.5/10): Jasprit Bumrah was excellent as usual and rarely let the intensity drop to ensure the slender hope was there for the Mumbai fans. There was so much he could do and there were a lot of things his teammates could do to help the team win.
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