Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of Match 20 of IPL 2020 between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Boult on for his third. Lomror is off the mark after a couple of play and misses. Angled away from Buttler, who uses the pace of the ball to guide it behind the short third man fielder for a four. Boult finishes the over by conceding couple of singles. RR 23/3 after 5 overs
Bumrah with his second over. An inswinging yorker nearly catches the off-stump of Buttler. Buttler swats a off stump delivery to the leg side for a four. RR 16/3 after 4 overs
Mahipal Lomror is in at No. 5
Boult goes wide and short to Buttler, who slashes it between point and cover for a four. Buttler steps across his stumps and looks to lap it behind but completely misses it. Luckily for him, the ball misses the stumps as well by a whisker. Another one gone! Bout digs it in short and it’s too quick for Samson on the pull as he toe edges it to the mid-on fielder, Rohit, for a easy catch. RR is quickly wilting away here. RR 12/3 after 3 overs
Bumrah shares the new ball. And he strikes immediately and that too of the RR skipper, Smith. Smith looks to dispatch a good length to the leg side and ends up inside edging to de Kock, who takes a stunning low catch to his left. Smith departs for six. Samson is the new man in. A huge appeal for caught behind to Samson but the umpire doesn’t think he has nicked it. MI choose not to review. RR 7/2 after 2 overs
Mumbai Indians is the only team to score 5 consecutive 190+ scores in IPL history.
Boult gets Jaiswal second ball! A good length delivery which swings away from the left-hander, who goes for a feel and ends up nicking it behind to the ‘keeper. Jaiswal departs for 0. Steve Smith is the new man in. Boult bowls it on fourth stump line and Smith drags it to the square leg boundary for a four. A quick tap and single to keep the strike. RR 5/1 after 1 over
Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler begin the chase. Trent Boult with the new ball.
No Pollard, no problem for MI. Suryakumar finishes on 79 off 47 balls – highest of his IPL career.
Rajpoot with the final over. He starts with two well-directed yorkers but the second one is a no ball! Free hit. He bowls another full delivery to prevent damage. Rajpoot bowls a full toss wide of off stump and Suryakumar still manages to walk across and lap it behind short fine leg for a four. A full toss to Hardik and he hit it straight over long on for a six! A single to finish the over. 17 from it. MI 193/4 after 20 overs
Archer with a full-blooded beamer, which slipped out of his hand, to Hardik and manages to duck under it. Buttler misses it behind the stumps as well and the ball goes to the boundary. Archer with a fierce bouncer to Suryakumar which rattles his helmet. He is in some pain after that it. He has taken his helmet off and might require some check. How do you respond to that? You step away and lap a 150+ kmph yorker behind the stumps for a six! MI 176/4 after 19 overs
Stand and deliver from Hardik! A slower full toss from Curran and Hardik just drills it over the cover fielder for a four. A short ball into Hardik and he top edges it high into the skies of Abu Dhabi but the bowler drops it. He goes for a full delivery and Suryakumar laps it behind square leg boundary for a six. Suryakumar moves across his stumps again and pulls it behind short fine leg for a four to end the over. 19 runs from the over. MI 161/4 after 18 overs
Archer with a 131 kmph good length delivery which Hardik just swats it past the fielder at mid-off for a four. A 146 kmph delivery into Hardik’s body and he could only push it down the ground for a single. A 151.9 kmph yorker on the stumps and Suryakumar does well to keep it from disturbing his stumps. Archer finishes the over with a slower delivery which Suryakumar moves over to the offside to pull it over the short fine leg fielder for a four. MI 142/4 after 17 overs
Curran bowls it into Suryakumar’s body and he brings up his fify with a deft touch down to the vacant third man region for a four. 50 off 33 balls. Nearly a run-out at the non-strikere end with Suryakumar halfway down the track. Smith with a superb stop at covers but fails to hit the stumps. Good comeback from Curran after being hit for a four off the first ball. Just 8 runs from the over. MI 133/4 after 16 overs
Kartik Tyagi to bowl his final over. A single to start the over from Suryakumar. Hardik is off the mark with a single. Suryakumar with a superb punch to beat the cover fielder for a couple of runs as he moves to 43. Tyagi finishes his spell with a single which Suryakumar digs it out for a single. MI 125/4 after 15 overs
Stat Alert: MI now has the most sixes in IPL history – 1153*, goes past RCB – 1152
Hardik Pandya ready to come on. We go into the 2nd strategic timeout.
Archer comes on for his 2nd over. A good comeback over from Archer. He bowls a 140+ kmoh short ball and follows it up with a knuckle ball to deceive Krunal. GONE! Another short ball to end the over and the southpaw could only hold out a catch to the mid wicket fielder, Gopal. MI 117/4 after 14 overs
MI has set itself up for a final assault here with Hardik and Pollard yet to come.
Krunal with a huge six down the ground off Tewatia to a full delivery. He comes back well after the first delivery. Five singles to follow the six and the pair collects 11 runs from the over. MI 115/3 after 13 overs
Shreyas with his final over. Back-to-back boundaries from Suryakumar; he plays a sweep to the leg side to a good length leg break before he rocks back on the back foot to loft a short delivery over covers for a four. A full and wide delivery is put away to cover only for a couple. Shreyas comes back well to finish the over with a couple of singles. MI 104/3 after 12 overs
Rahul Tewatia comes on for his first over. Just two runs from the over. The Royals are pulling things back quite well after the flourishing start. MI 92/3 after 11 overs
GONE! Gopal gets the big fish: Rohit Sharma has holed out to Tewatia. Leg spin proves to be the Hitman’s undoing. Slip in place for Ishan Kishan. TWO-IN-TWO! Kishan goes for a big swipe first ball and ends up miscuing it high into the hands of Sanju Samson at covers. On a hat-trick. Suryakumar straight bats a googly to prevent the hat-trick. Krunal Pandya is in at np. 5. MI 90/3 after 10 overs
Kartik Tyagi into his third. Suryakumar collects two boundaries off the first two balls. Good comeback from Kartik – a yorker. More importantly, a dot ball. After three back to back dots, Tyagi concedes a four. Surya throws his bat at this one and the outside edge flies through the vacant cordon for four. 12 from the over. MI 88/1 after 9 Overs.
Strategic time out taken.
‘Just a high quality shot,’ says Ian Bishop. And can’t agree with that more. Shreyas gives the ball some air but misses his line and Suryakumar with a superb inside out lofted cover drive which runs to the boundary. Rohit outdoes his partner; Shreyas drags it short and the MI skipper rocks back and pulls it over deep wicket for a six. Couple of dot balls to end the over. MI 76/0 after 8 overs
A 137 kmph short ball to Rohit, who mistimes his pull shot but lands safe in the outfield. This is turning out to be a good over from Tyagi. He is keeping it simple with his line and length. He bowls a slower half tracker, which Yadav fails to connect to. Smith runs over and has a chat with Tyagi. A wide and a single to end the over. RR 64/1 after 7 overs
Tom Curran comes on for the final over of the PowerPlay. Good start from Curran before he drifts on the middle and leg line, which Suryakumar duly clips between mid-wicket and mid-on for a four. Dot ball to end the over. MI 57/1 after 6 overs
He misses his yorker and bowls a 141 kmph full toss on Rohit’s hips which is whipped behind square for a six. Maiden IPL wicket for Tyagi! He bowls it short and with pace at de Kock, who ends up top edging high into the hands of Buttler. Suryakumar Yadav is the new batsman. MI 50/1 after 5 overs
One over of spin has cost just 4 runs so far. 3 overs has pace have conceded 37. Another over of pace. First sighting of the exciting Kartik Tyagi.
Archer comes on. A misfield at covers allows Rohit to get off strike. Nearly a wicket. De Kock whips it off his legs and it flew high down the fine leg region where Rajpoot failed to get to with a dive. Smacked! Similar line and de Kock just uses the pace to whip it high over the deep square leg region for a six! Archer isn’t impressed. A single to finish the over. MI 41/0 after 4 overs
Elegance! Rajpoot bowls it full, which allows Rohit to lean into it and punch it high over the long off region for a six! Rajpoot goes short and Rohit is quick to pounce to cut it behind square for a four. The pacer is blowing out his cheeks. It’s de Kock’s turn now. He steps across his stumps and ramps a slower ball over the head of the short fine leg fielder for another four. MI 29/0 after 3 overs
De Kock gets off strike with a single. Shreyas bowls it wide and short, Rohit punches it down the ground to the long off fielder for a single. Shreyaswith speeds of 85-90 in the over, making it difficult for the ball to come on to the bat. Two more singles to finish the over. MI 14/0 after 2 overs
Leg spinner Shreyas Gopal to share the new ball.
A half volley from Rajpoot to start proceedings and De Kock accepts the loosener by driving it down the ground for a four. He follows it up with a wide down the leg. Rajpoot gets his line and length right. De Kock nudges the ball to the leg side for a single. Rohit goes chasing after a wide delivery but fails to get bat on ball. He gets off the mark by guiding a ball with a deft touch down to the wide third man area for a four. MI 10/0 after 1 over
Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock come out to open the innings for MI. Ankit Rajpoot with the new ball.
Here is the story of how Kartik Tyagi developed the strength for pace by carrying sacks of produce from his father’s farm in the Hapur district in Uttar Pradesh. READ
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (w), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Rajasthan Royals: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler (w), Steve Smith, (c), Sanju Samson, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Jofra Archer, Tom Curran, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajpoot, Kartik Tyagi
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ankit Rajpoot, Kartik Tyagi in for Rajasthan. Mumbai unchanged.
TOSS: Rohit Sharma wins toss, Mumbai Indians to bat first vs Rajasthan Royals.
A debut cap was handed in the Royals huddle. It seems like pacer Kartik Tyagi, who played for India in the U-19 World Cup, will make his IPL debut.
“Wind blowing through, will get cooler in the evening. Last few matches were played on a different pitch, today we move to the center square,” says Daren Ganga.
‘Even grass covering across the surface. Average score is 168 in this year’s IPL. 63% wickets taken by seamers here. I don’t think it will make too much of a difference here. When do you use spin? In powerplay? So interesting to see the strategy,’ says JP Duminy in the pitch report.
Fresh surface so win toss and bat first may not be bad idea reckons Danny Morrison.
Some statistics to show how important Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya are to MI’s middle and lower middle order. Pollard in IPL 2020: 13 sixes, S/R: 209. Hardik in IPL 2020: 8 sixes, S/R: 159
The Royals will have to wait until Sunday before star all-rounder Ben Stokes is available for selection. The English cricketer only reached UAE only last Sunday and will have to undergo mandatory quarantine. READ
Where does Ishan Kishan go from here? The 22-year-old swashbuckling ‘keeper-batsman seems to have slipped down the pecking order after a disappointing 2019-20 calendar year. – READ
Mumbai vs Rajasthan PREVIEW
It may be a clash between the most stable unit of the Indian Premier League’s 2020 edition versus one that’s far from having figured out its best combination. Still, in no way will Mumbai Indians will take Rajasthan Royals lightly when the teams square off on Tuesday night.
After all, if there’s one bogey team for the defending champion in the IPL in the recent past, it’s Rajasthan Royals. The last four meetings between the two sides have all gone in favour of the Royals. It has also resulted in the overall IPL head-to-head record between the outfits at 10 wins apiece.
Full preview – READ
Here is the story of Anuja Dalvi, the sole female physio in IPL 2020, working with Rajasthan Royals. She is also in-charge of Royals’ COVID-19 task force. READ
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Overall Head-to-Head: (21 matches- MI 10 |RR 10)
MI and RR have faced each other 21 times in the IPL so far and are tied at 10 wins each. One of their matches during the 2009 IPL season in South Africa was abandoned without a ball bowled.
Recent Head-to-Head: (Last 5 matches)
Rajasthan Royals has dominated this tie in the recent past, winning four of the five encounters against Mumbai Indians.
Last 5 matches
RR won by 5 wickets
RR won by 4 wickets
RR won by 7 wickets
RR won by 3 wickets
MI won by 8 runs
Rajasthan Royals defeated Mumbai Indians by 5 wickets at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. Batting first, Mumbai put up 161/5 after 20 overs, with Quinton de Kock scoring 65 off 47 balls. Rahul Chahar’s three-wicket haul for Mumbai went in vain as the host chased down the target with five balls to spare. Steve Smith hit an unbeaten 59, while Riyan Parag scored a quickfire 43.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (Capt.), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Anmolpreet Singh, Digvijay Deshmukh, Dhawal Kulkarni ,Chris Lynn, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mohsin Khan, James Pattinson, Prince Balwant Rai, Anukul Roy, Sherfane Rutherford, Aditya Tare, Saurabh Tiwary, Jayant Yadav.
Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler, Steven Smith (c), Sanju Samson, Rahul Tewatia, Robin Uthappa, Jofra Archer, Riyan Parag, Tom Curran, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajpoot, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, David Miller, Aniruddha Joshi, Manan Vohra, Andrew Tye, Shashank Singh, Mahipal Lomror, Oshane Thomas, Mayank Markande, Anuj Rawat, Kartik Tyagi, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Akash Singh
Game: MI v RR
Date: October 6, 2020 – Tuesday
Time: 7.30 p.m. IST
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium