Suryakumar Yadav (L) and Ishan Kishan added 129 for the 2nd wicket    AFP
Suryakumar Yadav (L) and Ishan Kishan added 129 for the 2nd wicket AFP

The norm of chasing has changed in ongoing VIVO IPL 2018. Rohit Sharma followed it up by opting to bat first in Mumbai Indians‘ (MI) ongoing away clash versus Rajasthan Royals (RR) at Jaipur. Tagged as the perennial slow starters, defending champions MI seemed to have found their mojo back before being restricted by Jofra Archer and Dhawal Kulkarni. Suryakumar Yadav (71) and Ishan Kishan (58) added 129 runs for the second wicket to be MI’s chief tormentors, but RR need only 168 for victory.

MI lost Evin Lewis early. A peach off an inswinger from Kulkarni caused his downfall. From thereon, it was total carnage from Suryakumar and Kishan. The duo added 129 off 82 balls; including 16 boundaries. RR paid the price for feeding Suryakumar on his pads, and the right-hander’s ominous helped him pick easy runs. Kishan, on the other hand, was innovative and played according to the field placements. The most astonishing aspect of the duo’s partnership was that they scored off the poor deliveries.

Suryakumar and Kishan hammered Ben Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat, Kulkarni and Shreyas Gopal. In addition, RR’s inability to churn out wickets between middle overs (7-15) hurt them. They were also not helped by some sloppy fielding. There were plenty of expensive overs when the MI pair were in the middle. Ajinkya Rahane, RR skipper, shuffled his bowlers but found no luck. He may have missed the trick by under-utilising debutant Archer, and Kishan and Suryakumar upped the ante. Kishan, in particular, shifted gears swiftly despite starting slow.

However, RR scripted a brilliant comeback after 14th overs. Kishan’s unnecessary cheekiness cost him dear, and gave a simple catch to Jos Buttler. Rohit, at No. 4, misjudged a quick single and departed for a golden duck.

MI were cruising towards 200-220, and managed only 167 for 7 in 20 overs. Archer, in his maiden IPL stint, ended with 3 for 23; removing Pandya brothers and Mitchell McClenaghan by hitting the right channels. Kieron Pollard did his bit, but the damage was long done. RR have, before this clash, conceded 10-plus in the end overs would be pleased with their overall effort.

Will hosts chase it down?

Brief scores

Mumbai Indians 167 for 7 in 20 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 71, Ishan Kishan 58, Kieron Pollard 21*; Jofra Archer 3 for 23, Dhawal Kulkarni 2 for 32, Jaydev Unadkat 1 for 31) vs Rajasthan Royals