Indian Premier League: Mumbai Indians thrash Rajasthan Royals to maintain play-off hopes alive

Nathan Coulter-Nile took IPL career-best figures of 4-14
Indian Premier League, Sharjah:
Rajasthan Royals 90-9 (20 overs): Lewis 24 (19); Coulter-Nile 4-14, Neesham 3-12, Bumrah 2-14
Mumbai Indians 94-2 (8.2 overs): Kishan 50* (25), Rohit 22 (13)
Mumbai Indians gained by eight wickets
Scorecard. Desk

Champions Mumbai Indians saved their hopes of reaching the Indian Premier League play-offs alive with a thumping eight-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals.

Nathan Coulter-Nile (4-14) and Jimmy Neesham (3-12) starred with the ball as Royals scored solely 90-9 from 20 overs.

Ishan Kishan hit 50 off 25 as Mumbai reached the goal in simply 8.2 overs.

The five-time winners will take fourth spot in the event that they beat Sunrisers on Friday and Royals beat Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday.

Royals drop to seventh within the desk and whereas a top-four spot shouldn’t be mathematically inconceivable, their far inferior run-rate all-but-ends their hopes of qualification.

Delhi Capitals, Chennai Tremendous Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore are all assured a spot within the play-offs.

Neesham and Coulter-Nile rip by Royals

After being put into bat in Sharjah, Royals obtained off to a flier and reached 21-0 after two overs, earlier than all of it went downhill.

Royals – who’re nonetheless trying to find a primary IPL Trophy since profitable the inaugural competitors in 2008 – couldn’t deal with a fired-up Mumbai seam assault led by the spectacular Coulter-Nile and Neesham.

Australian Coulter-Nile made the preliminary breakthrough to dismiss in-form Yashasvi Jaiswal (12 off 9) and likewise took the wickets of Glenn Phillips – who made simply 4 – and David Miller (15 off 23).

The seamer bowled with self-discipline and accuracy, and such was the regularity of wickets he barely celebrated when he took his fourth wicket to dismiss tailender Chetan Sakariya for six.

The number of Neesham paid off immediately for Mumbai because the New Zealand seamer dismissed Royals captain Sanju Samson for simply three together with his first ball.

Neesham then bowled Shivam Dube for 3 within the following over and capped off a superb show by dismissing Rahul Tewatia (12 off 20) from the ultimate ball of his spell.

As Royals headed into the ultimate over, former England all-rounder Ravi Bopara mentioned the writing was already on the wall.

“It appears as in the event that they’re already accepted defeat,” Bopara mentioned on BBC Radio 5 Dwell Sports activities Further commentary.

Kishan wastes no time

Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan, 23, hit 5 boundaries and three sixes to succeed in his eighth profession IPL half-century

Mumbai Indians – probably the most embellished crew in IPL historical past – had some extent to show having misplaced their earlier three video games.

Regardless of a low whole to chase, captain Rohit Sharma took it to the opposition from the primary over by hitting 14 off Mustafizur Rahman, together with a pleasant six straight again down the bottom.

Rohit’s 13-ball 22 got here to an finish when he chipped the seamer straight to level, however fellow opener Ishan Kishan continued the onslaught.

Mumbai capitalised on a possibility to win in fast time and enhance their net-run-rate, reaching 48-1 after 5 overs.

Kishan hit Sakariya for consecutive sixes within the eighth over after which cleared the boundary once more with a six off Mustafizur to hit the profitable runs – and attain his 50 – in fashion.

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