New Delhi: Mumbai Indians kept their playoff hopes alive with an 8-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday. Chasing a target of 91, Ishan Kishan scored an unbeaten half-century to give Mumbai Indians a big win with 70 balls to spare at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Also Read – RR vs MI Highlights IPL 2021 Match Updates: Coulter-Nile, Neesham guide Mumbai Indians to dominate Rajasthan Royals
The win helped Mumbai Indians to improve their net run rate and are now fifth in the points table. Whereas the Royals had to pay a heavy price for the defeat as they were knocked out of the race for the play-offs. Also Read – IPL 2021: Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jimmy Neesham rule Rajasthan Royals out of tournament as Mumbai Indians fight for another day
Sensational bowling performances from Nathan Coulter-Nile (4/14) and James Neesham (3/12) helped Mumbai Indians restrict Rajasthan Royals to a total of 90-9 in 20 overs Also Read – Confirms MS Dhoni That he will not retire after IPL 2021, expected to play farewell match in Chennai. watch video
Apart from Coulter-Nile and James Neesham, Jasprit Bumrah (2/14) also took two important wickets for Mumbai. Opener Evin Lewis was the top scorer for Rajasthan with 24 runs.
Mumbai Indians began the chase with an aggressive approach from skipper Rohit Sharma, who scored 14 runs in the first over of the innings, bowled by Mustafizur Rahman. However, Rohit was dismissed by Chetan Sakariya.
Ishan Kishan was the top scorer for Mumbai with 50 off 25, while Mustafizur Rahman (1/32) and Chetan Sakaria (1/36) took a wicket each for Rajasthan.
Delhi Capitals, Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore have already qualified for the play-offs. While MI and KKR are the major contenders to fill the fourth position.
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IPL 2021 Orange Cap
Punjab Kings captain – KL Rahul continues to be at the number one spot in the IPL 2021 Orange Cap list – with the most runs in the tournament. Rahul has scored 528 runs in 12 matches at an impressive average of 52.80 and a strike rate of close to 130. CSK opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, who scored a century against Rajasthan Royals, failed to carry on his form against Delhi Capitals but scored 13 runs. Second place in Orange Cap tally. Gaikwad has 521 runs at an average of 47.36. Veteran Delhi Capitals opener Shikhar Dhawan (501 runs) and Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson (483 runs) are third and fourth respectively. Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings opener Faf du Plessis crashed out of the top-5. The former South African captain has scored 470 runs in 13 matches at an average of 42.72 and strike rate – 137.42.
IPL 2021 Purple Cap
Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Harshal Patel – 26 wickets from 12 matches – continues to dominate the IPL 2021 Purple Cap tally – the most wickets in the tournament. Delhi Capitals pacer Avesh Khan is at the second spot in the list. Avesh has 22 wickets in 13 matches at an average of 15.90. Jasprit Bumrah took two wickets against Rajasthan Royals, which put him in third place with 19 scalps under his kitty. Punjab Kings senior fast bowler Mohammed Shami is third with 18 wickets in 13 matches at an average of 20.72. Another Punjab fast bowler Arshdeep Singh (16 wickets) is currently in fifth place.