IPL 2022: MI beat RR by 5 wickets

Suryakumar Yadav scored a fluent 51 (39b, 5x4, 2x6) and opener Ishan Kishan scored an aggressive 26 (18b, 4x4, 1x6) to help the team in its chase.
IPL 2022: MI beat RR by 5 wickets

Mumbai: Mumbai Indians finally ended its losing streak with a five-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in the IPL here on Saturday. Set to chase 159, Mumbai got there with four balls to spare.

Suryakumar Yadav scored a fluent 51 (39b, 5x4, 2x6) and opener Ishan Kishan scored an aggressive 26 (18b, 4x4, 1x6) to help the team in its chase. This is Mumbai’s first win in nine matches, while Rajasthan recorded its third defeat in nine matches. Mumbai’s Tilak Varma, too, chipped in with a useful 35 (30b, 1x4, 2x6) and was involved in a 81-run partnership with Yadav for the third wicket.

Earlier, Jos Buttler threatened to hit six sixes in an over but managed four on the bounce in his 52-ball-67 as Rajasthan was restricted to 158 for six.

Buttler wasn’t in his element for the better part of the innings before launching into rookie off-spinner Hrithik Shokeen, hitting him for four consecutive sixes between the long-on and long-off arc.

He holed out in the deep in the final ball of the 16th over as Mumbai prevented the England marauder from causing more damage at the death.

Shokeen, who had bowled flat and tight in the previous games, looked like a lamb for slaughter conceding 47 in 3 overs which included half a dozen of sixes, forcing him to come around the wicket but that was of little benefit.

In nine games so far, Buttler has already amassed 566 runs at an average which is northwards of 70 and a strike-rate of 155 plus.

But on the day, Mumbai bowlers performed way better than they have in the initial games with new inductee Kumar Kartikeya being extremely impressive in his first outing on the big stage.

The best bowler on the day for Mumbai was Aussie pacer Riley Meredith, who had best figures of 2 for 24 in stipulated quota of four overs, cleverly mixing variety of slower deliveries during couple of spells. He gave only three runs in the 20th over.

Debutant Kartikeya (4-0-19-1) had nine dot balls, the prize wicket of rival skipper Sanju Samson, who had by then hit a couple of sixes off Shokeen and more importantly in 24 deliveries conceded just a single boundary which spoke volumes about his temperament.

Save Buttler, who played the role of an anchor for the three-fourth of the innings, none of the other Royals batters looked like cashing in and more importantly Samson, who is frittering one chance after another when it comes to national comeback.

It was veteran Ravichandran Ashwin, who used the long-handle to good effect towards the end of the innings with some meaty hits that got him to 21 off 9 balls.

Brief scores: Rajasthan Royals 158/6 in 20 overs (J Buttler 67) lost to Mumbai Indians 161/5 in 19.2 overs (S Yadav 51)

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