Sharjah: Jimmy Neesham and Nathan Coulter-Nile bowled exceptionally well to keep Mumbai Indians alive as they thrashed Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets in a low-scoring Indian Premier League match here on Tuesday. Also Read – Live Score RR vs MI IPL 2021 Today Match Latest Updates: Coulter-Nile, Neesham guide Mumbai Indians to dominate Rajasthan Royals
New Zealander Neesham (3/12) and Australian Coulter Nile (4/14) took seven wickets for just 26 runs in eight overs to bundle out Rajasthan for 90 for 9. Also Read – MS Dhoni Confirms He Won’t Retire Hoping To Play Farewell Matches In Chennai After IPL 2021 watch video
The five-time champion then took the runs to 12 points in 8.2 overs and more importantly, his net run-rate dropped to -0.048. This was also MI’s biggest win in terms of balls (70). Also Read – BLR vs SRH Dream11 Team Prediction, Fantasy Hints Vivo IPL 2021 Match 52: Captain, Vice-Captain – Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Match 11 for today’s T20I match at Sheikh Zayed Stadium 07:30 PM IST 6 October Tuesday
Ishan Kishan (50 not out) got some much-needed confidence during the short chase as they cheered again for cheating after MI kicked the Royals out of the IPL from the league stage itself.
The Royals did not have many quality Indian players except Yashasvi Jaiswal.
Kishan, who had been in poor form during the better part of the UAE leg, hit five fours and three sixes. OK, they ended it with max.
MI will now take on Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday in what is another winning game but they will also like Kolkata Knight Riders (12 points, NRR +0.294) to lose their last match against Royals on Thursday.
If KKR win and go up to 14 points, then on the final day MI will know how far they have to surpass the net run-rate of the Shah Rukh Khan-owned team.
That day, Neesham and Coulter-Nile hit the ideal length on a hard strip to take the Royals to the lowest T20 total by any team batting first in Sharjah.
Rohit Sharma was there to decide to bowl first and Neesham (3/12), playing his first game of the UAE leg, paced his delivery on a Sharjah pitch where the ball was not hitting the bat.
Coulter-Nile (4-0-14-4) was equally effective with his change-up and hitting hard-lengths more often than in one of his best IPL spells.
Neesham and Coulter-Nile put together only 26 runs between them in eight overs and also took seven wickets, which knocked the Royals out of the competition.
Jasprit Bumrah (2/14) was as dangerous as ever with crucial wickets as it was one of MI’s closest bowling performances.
The Royals were blown away in the span of four overs as they were 50 for 5 at 1 for 41 in the last over of the Powerplay, by the time the first 10 were about to finish. MI never looked back from that situation.
In-form Sanju Samson (3) tries hard without the ball reaching the pitch as Jayant Yadav takes a diving catch.
Shivam Dubey tries to reach a fuller delivery on the ‘fifth stump’ by CSK heroes and pulls it back, while Rahul Tewatia (12 runs from 20 balls) tries to pull off a short delivery, in the middle of a horrific season Tried which came late and took the edge in the hand of the keeper.
The inclusion of Neesham in place of Kunal Pandya, who has been a regular feature for a good five years now, proved to be a master-stroke as he did not provide enough pace to maneuver and bowl wicket-to-wicket too , didn’t use much.
Evin Lewis (24 off 19 balls) once again got off to a great start, but the Royals’ innings changed course when the talented Yashasvi Jaiswal (12) failed to reverse the bounce off a Coulter-Nile delivery.
Once Bumrah got rid of Lewis with an angular delivery, the rest of the Royals’ batsmen fell like a deck of cards.