In the 24th match of the Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians played Rajasthan Royals at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. Quinton De Kock’s unbeaten knock sealed the game for MI by seven wickets. MI 172/3, Quinton De Kock 70*, Chris Morris (2/33).
Mumbai Indians had a decent start to their innings as both openers put up a 49-run partnership in the powerplay. Rohit Sharma wasn’t able to find the gaps while Quinton De Kock was fluent while scoring runs in the first six overs. RR got the first breakthrough in the form of Rohit as the MI skipper was caught on the final delivery of the powerplay on Chris Morris’ bowling. Suryakumar Yadav was the number three batsman, he contributed 16 off 10 balls before he was caught by Jos Butler on Morris’ over. Krunal Pandya was promoted to number four while De Kock on the other end was keeping the scoreboard ticking. Pandya and De Kock had a quick 63-run partnership in the middle overs which put Mumbai in the driver’s seat. The all-rounder anchored the partnership while the opener played the supporting role. After playing a crucial knock of 39, Pandya finally departed when he was clean bowled by Mustafizur Rahman in the 17th over. Kieron Pollard was the batsman at number five, without taking much time to settle in, he smashed one six and a four which got the run rate below six. Pollard worked the ball towards the fine leg region for a boundary and took his team over the finishing line.
MI claimed the game with nine balls to spare and gained those two crucial points. Morris gathered two wickets while Rahman had one to his name.