Indian Premier League, 2022 |Match 9 |4/2/2022 Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy, Navi Mumbai
Mumbai have stayed true to their character of being the slow-starters. However, they would feel that they were in with a great chance when Kishan and Varma wer going. Both the young batters notched up their respective fifties but failed to carry on. However, they lost the game when, David and Sams lost their wicket in one over against Chahal and after that it was too much for Pollard to do all by himself.
The foundation of this victory was led by Buttler has he smashed his second Indian T20 League century. The innings took Rajasthan to yet another good score and then with the ball with the presence of some experienced head in the bowling lineup, they managed to pull off a win. As mentioned earlier, it was the duo of Ashwin-Chahal who changed the game with three wickets in the matter of two overs when Mumbai were going strong and were ably supported by Boult. Krishna was bit expensive today but he set the tone with a big wicket of Sharma. Overall, it has been another convincing bowling performance by Rajasthan.
Rajasthan make it two in two and once again, they have successfully defended the target yet again, the only team so far to do so. They were under the pump though but Ashwin and Chahal in the 15th and 16th over respectively displayed great maturity and killed the chase. Mumbai fought hard but have once again ended on the losing side.
Navdeep Saini to Kieron Pollard, OUT! TAKEN! A wicket to end things then and it is that man, the man for Rajasthan, Jos Buttler who takes the catch! Another full toss from Saini, this is outside off, Pollard hits it straight to deep cover where Buttler makes no mistake. End of a brilliant last over by Saini. Yes, he had a lot to defend but he did so brilliantly. RAJASTHAN WIN BY 23 RUNS!
Navdeep Saini to Kieron Pollard, Another dot! Not sure why Pollard is not running now, a yorker on off, this is jammed out to point.
Navdeep Saini to Kieron Pollard, Yet another dot! Make that 24 needed from 2. A full toss on off, this is hit hard down to long off for no runs.
Navdeep Saini to Kieron Pollard, Now Rajasthan can't lose if Saini bowls three legal deliveries! Fuller and on off, this is hit down to long off for one.
Navdeep Saini to Kieron Pollard, DOT! Another one of those and Rajasthan should get home! Full and outside off, Pollard looks to go big but misses.
Navdeep Saini to Kieron Pollard, FOUR! Samson won't mind fours! Mumbai still in the game though, 24 needed in 5. Full and outside off, this is hit hard through covers for a boundary.
Navdeep Saini to Kieron Pollard, WIDE! Starts off with an extra. Well wide outside off, left alone.
END OF OVER 19 | 10 Runs & 1 Wkt | MI 165/7
Who will bowl the last over? Whoever it may be, he has 28 to defend against Pollard. It is going to be Saini. Pollard has hit 6 sixes in an over, he needs one les this time. Can he do a miracle here?
Prasidh Krishna to Jasprit Bumrah, Nothing from the freebie which means 29 needed in the last over! A slower one on the pads, this is worked down to short fine leg no run taken.
Prasidh Krishna to Kieron Pollard, OUT! A LOT HAPPENED ON THAT DELIVERY! This is short and on middle, Pollard looks to pull but misses. He loses his bat as he swings. They go for one. Samson runs Ashwin out. A no ball is now signaled as it is the second bumper in the over. Free Hit coming up but it is Bumrah who will be on strike.
Prasidh Krishna to Kieron Pollard, FOUR! Adding salt to the wound! A boundary off the outside edge! Full and outside off, Pollard looks to lift it over mid off but it goes off the outside edge down to the third man fence.
Prasidh Krishna to Kieron Pollard, DROPPED! Not sure if that would make a difference in the game but Krishna is not happy, he could have had another wicket there. This is full and on off, Pollard looks to go over covers but ends up slicing it towards sweeper cover. Yashasvi Jaiswal puts down a sitter. No run taken.
Prasidh Krishna to Kieron Pollard, WIDE! Another wide! Short and on middle, Pollard looks to pull but misses. Way too high that one.
Prasidh Krishna to Kieron Pollard, Wants two and gets two! Fuller and on off, this is pushed down to long off. Two taken. Twos won't help though.
Prasidh Krishna to Kieron Pollard, WIDE! Yet another wide! Another one well wide outside off, left alone.
Prasidh Krishna to Kieron Pollard, WIDE! Marginal call but a good one! Well wide outside off, Pollard swings but misses. Boundary needed though. Boundaries we should write.
Prasidh Krishna to Kieron Pollard, A slower one, fuller and on middle, Pollard looks to swing but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
Prasidh Krishna to Kieron Pollard, Well bowled! Keeps it wide outside off, outside the arc of Pollard, he swings but it goes off the inner half back to the bowler.
END OF OVER 18 | 11 Runs & 0 Wkt | MI 155/6
Trent Boult to Murugan Ashwin, Nothing from the last two then! A full toss on the pads, this is worked through mid-wicket. Pollard does not take the run.
Trent Boult to Murugan Ashwin, Could have there! A full toss outside off, this is hit to covers. This is probably a freebie now for Muurgan. Pretty sure Pollard won't be taking a run so he can look to go big.