MI vs RR, IPL 2024: Boult, Chahal and Ryan Parag condemn Mumbai Indians’ third straight defeat

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From criticizing skipper Hardik Pandya to turning out in large numbers wearing former skipper Rohit Sharma’s jersey – Mumbai Indians fans ensured there was no shortage of drama ahead of the team’s first home match of the Indian Premier League (IPL). season at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday.

MI vs RR Highlights Indian Premier League 2024

But as the evening wore on, Rajasthan Royals’ pace duo – Trent Boult and Nandre Berger – took the contest out of the water and restricted Mumbai Indians to 125 for nine, before Riyan Parag (54 not out, 39b, 5×4, 3×6) guided. The visiting team won by six wickets.

After two consecutive defeats, Mumbai Indians had to block out the outside noise and focus on getting their campaign back on track.

However, on a surface that was considered favorable for the batsmen, the experienced Boult hit the last two balls of his opening over, while Rohit hit a ball which was caught by Sanju Samson behind the stumps. After this he dismissed Naman Dheer LBW on the last ball of the over.

Mumbai Indians – Rajasthan Royals 2024 Scorecard

With the team struggling at two runs for one wicket, Dheer was replaced by Dewald Brewis as an impact player. However, the move was not successful due to the rotation of the new ball, with Brewis struggling to make progress and was caught at gully by Berger in Boult’s next over.

When Berger, who has enjoyed success in the tournament so far, dismissed Ishan Kishan, Mumbai Indians were gasping at 20 for four in the fifth over. Amidst the booing from the stands, captain Hardik took charge with renewed vigor and tried to rebuild the innings.

His counter-attacking approach paid off and brought some joy to the Mumbai Indians camp as the skipper stitched a 56-run partnership with Tilak Verma for the fifth wicket, before being dismissed by Yuzvendra Chahal. After troubling the experienced campaigner for a while, Chahal induced Hardik to hole out to long-on.

From there, Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin took things in their stride and broke the back of Mumbai Indians’ lower order as none of its batsmen stepped up and performed exceptionally well.

The low chase should have been easy for Rajasthan Royals, but it faltered a bit with Akash Madhwal and Kwena Mafaka troubling the top three batsmen in the powerplay.

Riyan Parag led his team to victory by playing a brilliant unbeaten inning of 54 runs in 39 balls. , Photo Courtesy: Emmanuel Yogini/The Hindu


Riyan Parag led his team to victory by playing a brilliant unbeaten inning of 54 runs in 39 balls. , Photo Courtesy: Emmanuel Yogini/The Hindu

Yashasvi Jaiswal’s poor performance continued as he hit a boundary straight to cover off Mafaka, before Madhwal clean bowled Samson and then dismissed Jos Buttler.

Things could have gone wrong for the Royals at a critical 48 for three had Ryan not stitched a crucial 40-run partnership with Ashwin. That slow but steady partnership turned the game in favor of the Royals.

By the time Madhwal dismissed Ashwin, Ryan looked set and the 22-year-old, who has hit new heights this season, took the responsibility upon himself. He not only completed his second consecutive half-century of the season with two sixes and a four off Gerald Coetzee, but also led the team to victory with 4.3 overs to spare.

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