New Delhi With an unbeaten half-century from wicket-keeper batsman Quinton Dickock, the Mumbai Indians registered an easy win by seven wickets against the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League here on Thursday. The Royals were able to score 171 for four in spite of good innings by top-order batsmen Captain Sanju Samson (42), Jos Buttler (41), Shivam Dubey (35) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (32). In response, Mumbai Indians scored a target of 172 for three with nine balls remaining thanks to a 63-run partnership for the third wicket between Dickock (70 not out off 50 balls, six fours, two sixes) and Krunal Pandya (39). did. Mumbai have six points from three wins in six matches and the team remains in fourth place.
The Royals are ranked seventh with four points from six matches. Defending champions Mumbai Indians got off to chasing the target, with Dickock and skipper Rohit Sharma (14) getting a cautious start by adding 49 runs for the first wicket. The Mumbai team could only manage seven runs in the first two overs, after which Dickock hit the first four off Chetan Sakaria in the third over and then hit a four and a six off Mustafizur Rahman’s first two balls.
Rohit hit a six over Jaydev Unadkat but was able to give an easy catch to Sakariya at mid-on off Chris Maurice. Suryakumar Yadav and Dickock then led the innings. Suryakumar hit Rahul Tewatia while Dickock hit Unadkat for two fours. Suryakumar, however, caught Butler at midwicket in an attempt to play a big shot off Maurice’s ball. He scored 16 runs in 10 balls. Mumbai scored 87 runs for two wickets in 10 overs. Dickock completed a 35-ball half-century with a single off Unadkat in the 12th over.
In the same over, the century of the team’s runs was also completed. Mumbai Indians needed 41 runs to win in the last five overs. Krunal narrowed the gap between the ball and the run with fours on Maurice and then sixes on Mustafizur. However, Krunal returned to the pavilion after playing Mustafizur for wickets. He faced 26 balls and hit two fours and two fours. Kieron Pollard (16 not out from eight balls, two fours, a six) hit a six and a four off Maurice’s first two balls in the 18th over while the third ball went for a four in the helmet. Mumbai needed just nine runs to win in the last two overs and Dickock and Pollard pushed the team to the target. Earlier, Rohit won the toss and decided to bowl first.
Butler opened the account with a four off the first ball of Trent Boult and then hit a four off Jasprit Bumrah. Butler was lucky on a personal score of 12 in the fifth over off Jayant Yadav when Chahar failed to catch his catch on point. Butler hit fours and sixes off this off-spinner’s consecutive balls. Jaiswal welcomed Nathan Culter Nile in the next over with fours and sixes off consecutive balls, allowing the team to score 47 runs without losing wickets in the power play.
Butler welcomed Chahar with a six but the leg-spinner stumped him at the hands of Dickock on the next ball, ending his 66-run partnership with Jaiswal. Butler scored 41 runs in 32 balls with three sixes and three fours. Samson opened the account with four boundaries on Rahul Chahar and then hit Krunal for two fours. Jaiswal also hit Chahar for a six but caught this leg-spinner on his own ball. Jaiswal scored 32 runs in 20 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes.
The century of the Royals’ runs was completed in the 12th over. Bolt gave Dubey a life on the ball of Colter Nile. Dubey hit a six over Jayant while Samson tried to increase the run pace with two consecutive fours on Bolt. Bolt gave the Royals a big blow by bowling Samson in the 17th over. He hit five fours in his 27-ball innings. Bumrah then caught Dubey on his own ball. He faced 31 balls and hit two sixes and two fours. Chahar (two wickets for 33 runs) was the most successful bowler for Mumbai, while Bumrah took one wicket for just 15 runs in four overs. In the final four overs, the Royals team could score only 31 runs.