Indian Premier League, 2019
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Date & Time: 13 April 2019
RR: 9.64 | Rajasthan Royals beat Mumbai Indians by 4 wickets
Not surprisingly, Jos Buttler has been named the Man Of The Match for his stunning knock. What would have been interesting to see is - who would have got the award had Rajasthan not got through. That ends the proceedings for this game but do not go anywhere. The Punjab-Bangalore match is about to begin in Mohali.
How does the points table stack up now? No change in the positions. Mumbai stay at third. Rajasthan are rooted to 7th. Only, the latter double their points to 4, staying alive in the tournament. Need 6 wins in their remaining 7 matches to make it to the knockouts.
Full marks to Mumbai for their effort. Their never-say-die spirit. For 70 percent of the chase, they were not in it at all but Buttler's wicket changed things and they dragged the momentum their way. Spare a thought for Alzarri Joseph. First, he was hammered by Jos Buttler. Then, he hurt his right shoulder which could keep him out of the game for a while. Bumrah and Krunal then strut their stuff, picking up 2 and 3 wickets respectively.
Buttler departed for 89 with 40 balls remaining, thinking that perhaps if he had stayed till the end, Rajasthan would have won in the 18th over. Now, they might win in the 19th. But what followed after that was absolute mayhem. Bumrah started the show, getting Samson, then Krunal got Livingstone and Tripathi in the next over. Smith then fell the next ball and it seemed like the game had slipped away. But somehow, Gopal held his nerve and carried his team through.
Ideally, Rajasthan should have done this with 7 or maximum 6 wickets in hand and an over to spare. The 60-run opening stand between Rahane and Buttler laid the platform, then another half century stand kept Mumbai at bay. Then came that explosive 28-run over in the 13th and that seemed to hit Mumbai really hard. With 42 needed from 42 balls and 9 wickets in hand, which side do you expect to win? The chasing one. But cricket is such a game that the more you expect, the more you get surprised. That is exactly what happened.
Phew! 217 minutes. 375 runs. 11 wickets. 237 balls. What a match. Mumbai batted first and raked up 187. Rajasthan were coasting through till the 14th over. But the game, funny that it is, shocked one and all as the visitors collapsed, only to somehow sneak through.
Who bowls the final over? Hardik Pandya gets the chance to become a hero. 1-0-5-0 so far. And how much is he defending? 5!
Gone first ball? A sensational yorker from Bumrah and he believes that he has Gowtham trapped LBW. What does Hawk Eye say?
Krishnappa Gowtham comes in now at number 8.
Shreyas Gopal walks in at number 7, replacing Livingstone. He can hold the bat for sure.
Liam Livingstone walks in at number 6, with the cat seemingly amongst the pigeons.
Rahul Tripathi comes in at number 5, replacing Samson.
Samson departs! Adjudged LBW! Samson is ready to walk but Smith has convinced him to go for the review. Looks pretty adjacent.
STRATEGIC BREAK. 4 overs left. 20 needed. Rajasthan should get home from here. But... you never know. Cricket is a game of uncertainties. If Mumbai can get Samson, then Bumrah is always there for death over miracles. Jasprit Bumrah is back on. 2-0-13-0 so far.
Krunal Pandya time. 2-0-21-1 so far.
Hardik Pandya to bowl for the first time. Very surprising that he is brought on so late.
Steven Smith comes in at number 4 with the match there for the taking. If Rajasthan want it. Or do we smell a Mumbai comeback? 41 needed from 40 balls.
Alzarri Joseph returns. 2-0-25-0 so far.
Rahul Chahar is back on. 2-0-12-0 so far.
Jasprit Bumrah returns. 1-0-10-0 so far.
Jason Behrendorff is back on. 2-0-20-0 so far.
Sanju Samson walks in at number 3, replacing his skipper.
STRATEGIC BREAK. Neck-and-neck are the two teams at this stage. Mumbai were firing in the evening sun while Rajasthan have started nicely with the dew set to come. A good platform is essential for a solid performance. Can the middle order make use of this? Krunal Pandya time.
Jasprit Bumrah into the attack now to bowl the last over of the Powerplay.
Alzarri Joseph gets a change of ends.
Shout for an lbw! It's not given and Mumbai have taken the referral. Is impact an issue?
Spin time! Rahul Chahar to bowl his leggies. A slip in place.
Alzarri Joseph to bowl from the other end.
Rahane has been adjudged LBW! He has a chat with Buttler and then takes the review. Did the ball pitch outside leg? Is it going over the top?
Back for the run chase. The men concerned are back on the field. Jos Buttler and Ajinkya Rahane are the usual openers for Rajasthan. No tinkering there. Mumbai are beginning with the pace of Jason Behrendorff first up. A wide slip in place. Here we go...