Ishan Kishan and Tilak Varma half-centuries kept Mumbai in the game, but a poor spell against the spinners made them fall well short in the end
Jos Buttler hit a 66-ball century, and Shimron Hetmyer provided the late impetus with a 14-ball 35
Rajasthan Royals 193 for 8 (Buttler 100, Hetmyer 35, Bumrah 3-17, Mills 3-35) beat Mumbai Indians 170 for 8 (Varma 61, Kishan 54, Chahal 2-26, Saini 2-36) by 23 runs
and R Ashwin
exhibited their mastery at a pivotal moment in the game to ensure Rajasthan Royals successfully defended a strong total, set up by Jos Buttler
‘s 68-ball century. This meant a second straight win for Royals and a second straight setback for Mumbai Indians, known to be slow starters.
This was one Mumbai would be particularly disappointed with because they were in control of the chase going into the last six overs, after Ishan Kishan
and Tilak Varma
hit half-centuries to leave them needing 65 off 36 with seven wickets in the shed. After that, though, they lost three wickets for two runs over the next seven balls against spin as the chase derailed.
kept hopes alive by biffing a few blows at the close, but an excellent penultimate over from Prasidh Krishna
that went for just ten – no boundary was conceded – left Mumbai needing 29 off the final over. Mumbai just found one more boundary as Pollard kept finding the fielders, before the match ended with Buttler fittingly taking a catch to remove him as Mumbai fell short by 23 runs.
Full report to follow…
Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo
Source: ESPN Crickinfo