Mumbai Indians hammered Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Mumbai Indians kept their playoff hopes alive in the 2021 IPL season after a dominating victory against the Royals. Nathan Coulter-Nile led an inspired pace attack and helped MI to win the match with ease. Counter-Nile scalped four wickets in his four overs and conceded only 14 runs. While James Neesham picked up three wickets, Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah finished with two.
MI skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided to bowl first. RR openers Evin Lewis and Jaiswal gave a decent start, scoring 27 runs in 3.3overs. But Coulter-Nile initiated the collapse by dismissing Jaiswal in the fourth over. Then the MI pacers rolled on and picked up wickets over after over. Most of the RR batsmen went back for a single-digit score.
Lewis scored some runs at the top and lost his wicket for 24 runs. RR failed to get through the Mumbai Indians pace attack and finished their innings for 90/9 in 20 overs. Royals registered their lowest total in the 2021 season.
Chasing a paltry 91, MI opener Ishan Kishan hit a blistering 50 off 25 balls and remained unbeaten. Chetan Sakariya dismissed Rohit Sharma for 22 runs. Suryakumar Yadav returned after scoring 13. Mumbai reached the target in just 8.2 overs and boosted their net run rate.
Rajasthan Royals are now out of the IPL title race. Mumbai Indians jumped to the fifth spot from seventh. Coulter-Nile received the player of the match award for his brilliant bowling. Mumbai will play Sunrisers Hyderabad in a must-win game on 8th October. Mumbai Indians have to play their best to make it into the playoffs.