Indian Premier League, 2020

Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians - Match 45

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Date & Time: 25 October 2020

Rajasthan Royals 196/2

RR: 10.69 | Rajasthan Royals beat Mumbai Indians by 8 wickets

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Robin Uthappa c Kieron Pollard (C) & b James Pattinsonc Kieron Pollard (C) & b James Pattinson131120
Ben Stokes not out not out 10760143
Steven Smith bowled James Pattinsonbowled James Pattinson11811
Sanju Samson not out not out 543143
Jos Buttler
Riyan Parag
Rahul Tewatia
Jofra Archer
Shreyas Gopal
Ankit Rajpoot
Kartik Tyagi
Extras 11 (b 1, lb 3, w 7, nb 0)
Total 196 (2 Wkts, 18.2 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
13-1 (Robin Uthappa,1.5), 44-2 (Steven Smith,4.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Trent Boult4 0 40 0 10.00
James Pattinson3.2 0 40 2 12.50
Jasprit Bumrah4 0 38 0 9.50
Krunal Pandya2 0 20 0 10.00
Kieron Pollard2 0 18 0 9.00
Rahul Chahar3 0 36 0 12.00
Ishan Kishan0 0 0 0 0
Quinton de Kock 0 0 0 0 0
Suryakumar Yadav0 0 0 0 0
Saurabh Tiwary0 0 0 0 0
Hardik Pandya0 0 0 0 0

That's all from this game! What a performance from Rajasthan and they have ensured that they stay alive in this tournament. With this, they eliminate Chennai from the tournament as well.  Mumbai, on the other hand, would not fret much as they have 3 games to go and they are a top side and can make a comeback after this demoralizing loss. On Monday, 26th October 2020, we see Kolkata go up against Punjab. The action will begin at 1800 local (1400 GMT). Join us for that. Until then, cheers and take care. 

Ben Stokes, the MAN OF THE MATCH, says that it felt bittersweet to be honest. Adds that he would have preferred to be back in form 2-3 games ago. States that the training that he had before this game was the best he had since he came to the UAE. Goes onto say the pitch was coming onto the bat nicely and he did not find it difficult. Adds that they tried to put pressure on the bowlers who came onto bowl. Tells that it has been a difficult time for him and hopes that his performance gave some happiness at home.

Steven Smith, the Rajasthan skipper, says that he is very pleased with the performance and they talked about the experienced players to take the side home and Ben Stokes did just that. Says that Stokes took the game head on and he got into a nice groove in this game and played some good cricket shots. Tells that they did a lot of things right with the ball in the middle overs but the dropped catch proved costly as Hardik Pandya made them pay. Says that it is fortunate that they got over the line. Adds that they will take momentum going into the next game. Says that he is pleased with the guys.

Sanju Samson is there for a chat. He says that he kept on believing in himself and he worked on his game plan. Adds that it is amazing to bat with Stokes and he really enjoyed it. Goes onto say that they were not reacting to how much they needed but were looking to play at the merit of the ball and they wanted to be there till the end. Tells that he gave himself some time and he was looking for boundaries as well. Goes onto say that he reminded himself that he is a strong man and he is happy with his performance. 

Kieron Pollard, the Mumbai skipper, says that Rajasthan batted really well and credits Stokes and Samson for their innings. Adds that they could have taken a couple more wickets at the start and the spinners did not find much purchase from the surface. Goes onto say that they still have few games to go and they will look to come out positively. Says that Hardik Pandya keeps on showing that how good a player he is and he continued to fight. 

Earlier in the day, Hardik Pandya's 60 off just 21 balls helped Mumbai reach 195 after being in trouble in the middle overs. He was absolutely brilliant with the bat and he took the bowlers apart. No one had a clue as to how to bowl to him on this wicket and he made merry. Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav also contributed to the cause. Rajasthan bowlers were not upto the mark and it was only Gopal and Archer who did well while others faltered. But it proved to be not enough in the end as Ben Stokes came back to form with a roaring century and took Rajasthan home with 10 balls to spare. 

Mumbai's bowling was not upto the mark in this game. They picked up early wickets but failed to put pressure on Stokes and Samson and they were punished. Trent Boult had an off day while the spinners did not get much purchase from the surface and they did not find their right lines and lengths. Pollard tried everything but nothing seemed to work against the likes of Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson. Overall, it was a disappointing performance from Mumbai and they will need to regroup ahead of their next game. 

Rajasthan did not start well with the bat as they lost Uthappa early and Smith did not last long as well. There would have been alarm bells ringing as Stokes was not in good form coming into this game just like Samson but they proved everyone wrong as Stokes was magnificent as he reached his century and took Rajasthan home. It was just mesmerizing to watch as he took the bowlers apart. This is the Stokes that we all have come to know and Rajasthan would hope that he continues to perform like this in their upcoming games. The thing that would have pleased them would have been Sanju Samson. He gave himself time at the start and then found the boundaries at will. He gave able support to Stokes and they ended up on the winning side. Very rarely do you see such a big score chased down by Rajasthan without Jos Buttler being in the thick of things.

Take a bow, Ben Stokes! Everyone knows what he is capable of and he has proved again that what a destructive player he is. He along with Sanju Samson has taken Rajasthan to a victory over Mumbai by 8 wickets and 10 balls to spare. That was one kind of dominance in the run chase. Steven Smith will be a happy man.

18.2
4
James Pattinson to Ben Stokes, FOUR! There's the game! What an innings! Full toss outside off, Stokes drives it through the extra cover region and picks up a boundary. RAJASTHAN WIN BY 8 WICKETS. 

James Pattinson to bowl the 19th over.

18.1
6
James Pattinson to Ben Stokes, SIX! CENTURY FOR BEN STOKES! Stokes has arrived to the Indian T20 League. It took some time but he has arrived. What an innings from Ben Stokes. Everyone thought that he is struggling to open but he has proved everyone wrong. He gets there in style as well. Short ball on middle, Stokes hammers the slog over the deep mid-wicket region for a maximum. 
17.6
0
Trent Boult to Sanju Samson, Short ball outside off, Samson looks to cut but misses. 10 required from 2 overs.
17.5
1
Trent Boult to Ben Stokes, Short on the pads, Stokes pulls it to deep square leg and crosses over for a single.
17.4
1
Trent Boult to Sanju Samson, Full on middle, Samson flicks it to short fine leg for a single.
17.3
1
Trent Boult to Ben Stokes, Short ball around off, Stokes works it to long on for a single.
17.2
0
Trent Boult to Ben Stokes, Full ball on off, Stokes plays it back to the bowler. 
17.1
1
Trent Boult to Sanju Samson, Good length ball on off, Samson plays it to long off for a single.
16.6
4
Jasprit Bumrah to Ben Stokes, EDGED AND FOUR! Everything Stokes touches is turning into gold! Short ball around middle, Stokes looks to pull but it takes the top edge and goes over the keeper's head for a boundary.
16.5
0
Jasprit Bumrah to Ben Stokes, Short ball around middle, Stokes sways away from it.
16.4
1
Jasprit Bumrah to Sanju Samson, Good length ball outside off, Samson drives it to deep cover for a single. 
16.3
1
Jasprit Bumrah to Ben Stokes, Short ball on middle, Stokes pulls it to deep square leg for a single.

An appeal for run out has been taken upstairs. Stokes is in though. 

16.2
2
Jasprit Bumrah to Ben Stokes, NOT OUT! Stokes was in! Good length ball outside off, Stokes cuts it through the point region and wants a couple. The fielder throws it to the keeper who whips the bails off. The third umpire is called for and the replays show that he is well in. Stokes is into the 90s. 
16.1
2
Jasprit Bumrah to Ben Stokes, Good length ball on the pads, Stokes flicks it to the deep square leg region and picks up a couple.

DRINKS! What a performance so far from Ben Stokes and Rajasthan so far. They have taken Rajasthan close to a victory and they should get there easily. This has been a thorough performance from these two. Stokes is nearing his century while Samson has played beautifully. Mumbai need a miracle if they need to win this game. Can they make a comeback?

15.6
1
Trent Boult to Ben Stokes, Full on middle, Stokes flicks it to the deep mid-wicket region and picks up a single.
15.5
4
Trent Boult to Ben Stokes, FOUR! Poor bowling! This is really poor from Boult. Full ball on the pads, Stokes flicks it to the fine leg region for a boundary. 
15.4
2
Trent Boult to Ben Stokes, Good length ball on middle, Stokes works it to long on and takes a couple. 
15.3
4
Trent Boult to Ben Stokes, EDGED AND FOUR! Everything is going Rajasthan's way at the moment! Good length ball outside off, Stokes looks to cut but it takes the top edge and it goes past the short third man fielder for a boundary.
15.2
2
Trent Boult to Ben Stokes, Low full toss on the pads, Stokes flicks it in front of square on the leg side for a couple.
15.1
2
Trent Boult to Ben Stokes, Good length ball outside off, Stokes plays it over extra cover and picks up a couple before the fielder cuts it off. 

Trent Boult is back on.

14.6
2
Jasprit Bumrah to Sanju Samson, FIFTY FOR SANJU SAMSON! He is back in form at the right time! Just what Rajasthan needed. Short ball on middle, Samson works it to deep square leg and picks up a couple. 39 needed from 5 overs.
14.5
4
Jasprit Bumrah to Sanju Samson, FOUR! Full toss on the pads, Samson flicks it to the fine leg region for a boundary. 
14.4
4
Jasprit Bumrah to Sanju Samson, FOUR! Poor ball from Bumrah! Short ball down the leg side, Samson pulls it to the fine leg region for a boundary. 
14.3
1
Jasprit Bumrah to Ben Stokes, On a length outside off, Stokes punches it through the cover region for a single.
14.2
1
Jasprit Bumrah to Sanju Samson, Slower short ball on middle, Samson pulls it to deep square leg for a single.
14.1
0
Jasprit Bumrah to Ben Stokes, LEG BYE! Full ball on the pads, Stokes looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads. A leg bye taken as the ball rolls to the leg bye. 
13.6
6
Rahul Chahar to Sanju Samson, SIX! Samson and Stokes are on fire at the moment! Floated ball on middle, Samson dances down the track and powers it over long off for a biggie. 
13.5
4
Rahul Chahar to Sanju Samson, FOUR! That is lovely from Sanju Samson! Back-to-back good overs for Rajasthan! Flatter ball outside off, Samson cuts it through the point region for a boundary.
13.4
1
Rahul Chahar to Ben Stokes, Short ball on middle, Stokes pulls it to deep mid-wicket and gives Samson the strike.
13.3
6
Rahul Chahar to Ben Stokes, SIX! Bang! Just terrific! Loopy ball on off, Stokes uses his feet and then lifts it over the bowler's head for a maximum. 
13.2
1
Rahul Chahar to Sanju Samson, Tossed up outside off, Samson looks to drive but gets it off the inside half of the bat and it rolls to long on. A single taken.
13.1
0
Rahul Chahar to Ben Stokes, Loopy ball on the pads, Stokes looks to sweep but it takes the pads and goes to short fine leg. A leg bye taken.
12.6
4
James Pattinson to Sanju Samson, FOUR! Smart batting from Sanju Samson! Short ball outside off, Samson guides it to the third man region for a boundary. 71 needed from 7 overs. 
12.6
0
James Pattinson to Sanju Samson, WIDE! Down the leg side, Samson lets it go. Wide signalled.
12.5
6
James Pattinson to Sanju Samson, SIX! Wow, phenomenal hit from Samson! Good length ball on off, Samson gets into position and then lifts it over long off for a biggie.
12.4
1
James Pattinson to Ben Stokes, Very full on middle, Stokes looks to heave it away but gets it off the bottom half of the bat and it goes towards the leg side. A single taken. 
12.3
0
James Pattinson to Ben Stokes, PLAY AND A MISS! Good length ball around middle, Stokes looks to play the scoop but misses.

Rajasthan play Mumbai in the second game of the Sunday double header in Abu Dhabi. Mumbai would be flying high after demolishing Chennai on Friday while Rajasthan were humbled by Hyderabad the other night. They need to win this game to keep their hopes alive of making it to the playoffs. Their task is cut out, with just a couple of individuals doing well in batting or bowling. As opposed to Mumbai, who are consistently performing well as a unit. They were without Rohit Sharma on Friday and given that they are in a comfortable position in the points table, the management might just decide to rest Rohit for one more game and allow Kieron Pollard to try and win his 16th T20 game in a row as a captain. A well-oiled unit with pretty much everything going their way, Mumbai look poised to confirm their berth in the playoffs with their 8th win.

Rajasthan Royals Team Squad -Aniruddha Joshi,David Miller,Manan Vohra,Riyan Parag,Robin Uthappa,Steven Smith,Yashasvi Jaiswal,Ben Stokes,Mahipal Lomror,Rahul Tewatia,Shashank Singh,Tom Curran,Anuj Rawat,Jos Buttler,Sanju Samson,Akash Singh,Andrew Tye,Ankit Rajpoot,Jaydev Unadkat,Jofra Archer,Kartik Tyagi,Mayank Markande,Oshane Thomas,Shreyas Gopal,Varun Aaron

Mumbai Indians Team Squad -Anmolpreet Singh,Chris Lynn,Rohit Sharma,Saurabh Tiwary,Sherfane Rutherford,Suryakumar Yadav,Anukul Roy,Hardik Pandya,Kieron Pollard,Krunal Pandya,Aditya Tare,Ishan Kishan,Quinton de Kock,Dhawal Kulkarni,Digvijay Deshmukh,James Pattinson,Jasprit Bumrah,Jayant Yadav,Mitchell McClenaghan,Mohsin Khan,Nathan Coulter-Nile,Prince Balwant Rai,Rahul Chahar,Trent Boult