IPL 2015: Mumbai Indians beat Rajasthan Royals by eight runs at Mumbai, Stars and flops

Mumbai Indians (MI) kept their hopes alive in the eighth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), as they won their third match of the season but this time against the formidable Rajasthan Royals (RR).

RR won the toss and elected to field first in a pitch that seemed pretty flat and the one that did not offer much to the bowlers. MI got off to a cracking start as the openers went all guns blazing but lost their way in the 11th over, as they were 84 for 3. Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma weathered the storm and made sure MI didn’t lose their momentum. Rayudu played a gem of an innings and remained unbeaten on 53 off just 27 deliveries. Somehow MI managed to get a mammoth score of 187 in their 20 overs. MI has won three matches from their 8 outings and are placed at the seventh position in the points table.

While chasing 188, RR got to a decent start and was living up to the mark. Despite of losing their man in form, Ajinkya Rahane early they didn’t stumble and kept the required run rate under check. Sanju Samson was elevated to no.3 which proved out to be the master stroke for RR as he was the highest run-scorer of the match. They lost their way as their lower middle order floundered and failed to make any substantial contribution which eventually cost RR the game. RR still acquires the second position in the points table with five wins and two draws from their 10 outings.

Turning point: Indubitably, the turning point of the match was the 18th over, which was bowled by Mitchell McClenaghan. Sanju Samson was well set and was batting on 76 of 46 deliveries and shifted his gears to snatch a victory for his team. The 18th over witnessed the dismissal of Samson and on the very next ball Karun Nair too had to make a walk back to the pavilion. This over turned the course of the match in MI favor. By the end of 18th end of this over MI needed 26 of 12 deliveries which was always going to be a difficult job as Lasith Malinga held the leather.

Brief Scores:

Mumbai Indians 187 for 5 in 20 overs [Ambati Rayudu 53 (27)*, Lendl Simmons 38 (31); Dhawal Kulkarni 3-0-26-2, Ankit Sharma 4-0-21-1] beat Rajasthan Royals 179 for 7 in 20 overs [Sanju Samson 76(46), Shane Watson 28(23); Mitchell McClenaghan 4-0-31-3] by eight runs