An absolute thrashing from Rajasthan Royals (RR) leaves Mumbai Indians (MI) as the only team yet to open their account in the 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL). The crowd flocked to Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium expecting their home team to get off the mark but Sanju Samson and Co. made it a one-sided affair, barring Akash Madhwal’s three-wicket spell.

The visitors won the toss and chose to field and got the start they wanted with elite pacer Trent Boult working his usual magic with the new ball. After a mini-collapse, captain Hardik Pandya and Tilak Varma counter-attacked, but Yuzvendra Chahal also joined in the fun to make the MI unit more miserable.

The hosts, who slipped from 76 for 4 to 114 for 9, set a mere target of 126 runs against a formidable batting line-up. Yashasvi Jaiswal gave his side a flying start, and the momentum was carried forward by Riyan Parag, who scored a 39-ball 54. Royals registered their third win of the tournament, while Mumbai suffered three defeats on the trot. 

MI vs RR 2nd innings highlight

Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 to 6 (Mandatory – 46/2)

Kwena Maphaka, who made a miserable debut in the last match, opened the attack again for MI. He gave his team a good start with the wicket of the in-form Yashasvi Jaiswal, despite conceding two boundaries. Barring 6 extras, Jasprit Bumrah kept the second over tight but Maphaka let it loose in the third over as the RR skipper hit two consecutive boundaries. Akash Madhwal was introduced for the first time in the fifth over and he got the wicket of Samson.  

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Rajasthan Royals: 50 runs in 7 overs

Bumrah bowled the third over on trot and he conceded just two runs in the final over of the powerplay. Madhwal struck once again, this time with a huge wicket of Jos Buttler on the third ball of the seventh over. A single off the final delivery from Ryan Parag took the team to 50/3. 

First Strategic time-out: Rajasthan Royals – 60/3 (8 overs)

Rajasthan lost three wickets at this stage but were in control of the game. Parag got off to a positive start, partnered by veteran Ravichandran Ashwin, who was promoted up the order as they lost some early wickets.

Rajasthan Royals: 100 runs in 13.4 overs

Bumrah was hit by Parag for a boundary off the fourth ball of the 14th over, ensuring that RR were in a safe position on the 100-run mark. Meanwhile, they lost Ashwin in the previous over when Madhwal claimed his third wicket of the night.

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End of the match: Rajasthan Royals: 127/4 in 15.3 overs

RR introduced their impact sub Shubham Dubey for the rest of the journey after Ashwin’s dismissal. Parag hit a couple of boundaries in the 14th and 15th over to take the team closer to the finish line. Last game’s match-winner wasted no time as he hit two sixes and a boundary off the first three balls of the 16th over to seal a comprehensive victory for the Royals. RR topped the points table with their third win while MI cemented their position at the bottom with their third loss.

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