MI Vs RR, IPL 2024: Unstoppable Rajasthan Secure Top Spot In Points Table

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Match #14, MI Vs RR, IPL 2024, At Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai Indians lost to Rajasthan Royals, led by Trent Boult, Chahal and Riyan Parag, a hat-trick of wins for RR and a hat-trick of losses for MI.

MI Vs RR, IPL 2024
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MI Vs RR, IPL 2024 Highlights 

Mumbai Indians, at 125 for 9 (Hardik 34, Tilak 32, Chahal 3-11, Boult 3-22, Burger 2-32), were defeated by Rajasthan Royals, at 127 for 4 (Parag 54*, Madhwal 3-20), by 6 wickets.

At Wankhede Stadium, the Mumbai Indians dropped their third straight match, this time with 27 balls remaining. Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Riyan Parag led the Rajasthan Royals to a hat-trick of wins and a rise to the top of the points table. In his first eight deliveries, Boult dismissed Dewald Brevis, Rohit Sharma, and Naman Dhir for first-ball ducks, and Chahal managed the middle overs to keep out a batting comeback. With a 6, 6, and 4 at the end of the game, Parag kept the Royals undefeated at 54 not out and moved himself up to the top of the orange cap leaderboard.

MI is messed up by Trent Boult in the PowerPlay

Trent Boult, a New Zealand pacer, made a significant impact in the IPL by picking a wicket in the first over of the innings. He went on to pick two more, trapping Rohit Sharma and Naman Dhir leg before. This achievement is the largest by any bowler in the IPL.

MI used Dewald Brevis for Dhir, but the South African was the third batter to be out for a duck. Nandre Burger, another bowler, also contributed to the game by sending Ishan Kishan packing with a perfect length ball, nicking it behind Sanju Samson. Boult’s impressive performance highlights his exceptional talent in the IPL 2024.

Characteristic Chahal

In an exciting match, Chahal—a crucial player in yesterday’s cricket—struck out Tilak Varma and Ishan Kishan. Burger’s long ball angled away as the Mumbai Indians reached 20 for 4 in three-and-a-half overs, sealing the victory.

Chahal removed both Tilak Varma and Hardik’s attempts at recovery, leaving a 56-run fifth-wicket stand. Tilak was fired on 32, and Hardik fell on 34. Gerald Coetzee was removed from the game by Chahal at the end of his spell, with an economy of just 2.75. Mumbai performed poorly, getting a low score of 125 for 9.

Parag keeps taking on this form

Ranking 5th on the orange cap list when he arrived, Parag ended the day wearing that cap. Early on, he played risk-free cricket, smashing 4 fours and 2 sixes against Coetzee. In the 8th over, he scored two consecutive boundaries off Coetzee, and in the 11th over, he lofted another four over the covers. The Royals and Mumbai Indians are now at different ends of the points table after Parag hit Coetzee for 16 runs in just the first three deliveries of the 16th over.

RR dominance during the game

In the twelfth over, Piyush Chawla was sent back by Shimron Hetmyer’s flying catch, and Tilak Varma cut a ball outside the off-stump. Chahal ended up accessing 3 for 11 with one four and 16 dot balls. MI got up just 3 runs in the 18th and 19th overs, but in the last over, Jasprit Bumrah struck a short ball to put MI just over 120. Kwena Maphaka, a 17-year-old fast bowler for MI, claimed his first wicket.

Is anything noteworthy about the effort?

In the first over, Kwena Maphaka, a 17-year-old fast bowler for MI, claimed his first wicket, taking out Yashasvi Jaiswal. Hardik Pandya utilized his all-star Jasprit Bumrah for half of the PowerPlay overs because there wasn’t much to defend, but the RR pair of Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson barely made it out alive. However, the damage was done by Akash Madhwal on both sides of the PowerPlay. He got Samson to play one on first, and then he had Buttler top-edge a short ball to Chawla at fine leg. The game felt very much alive at 48/3.

Was it, though?

Not quite, Riyan Parag, RR’s batting constant, calmly led his side out of early chaos by executing a series of fours and uppercutting a ball from Gerald Coetzee. He and R Ashwin, promoted, didn’t take risks to push the scoring ahead. The equation was reduced to 38 off 48 when Madhwal returned to pick his third. Parag continued to score, putting away a full ball from Bumrah in his fourth over and playing out the rest with Shubham Dubey. He then slog-swept Chawla for a six and finished with an unbeaten 54 off 39 balls.

So what comes next?

When MI hosts the Delhi Capitals on April 7, they’ll remain in Mumbai and attempt to break through once more. On April 6, RR will host RCB at home.

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