IPL 2024, RR vs MI: Jaiswal 104, 5-star Sandeep take Rajasthan closer to playoffs

Yashasvi Jaiswal and Sandeep Sharma were the stars of the show as RR edged a step closer to the IPL 2024 playoffs with a comprehensive 9-wicket win over MI. The win helped RR complete a double over the 5-time champions this season after hammering them at the Wankhede stadium. MI had won the toss and opted to bat first, but would quickly rue the call.

Trent Boult would get rid of Rohit Sharma early once again this season before Sandeep Sharma would dismiss Ishan Kishan. Suryakumar Yadav’s return to the tournament had another dip as MI crumbled to 20 for 3.

Yuzvendra Chahal completed his landmark moment of 200 IPL wickets as MI seemed to be set for another low score against RR. Tilak Verma and Nehal Wadhera came in to steady the ship and launched a counter-attack with their 99-run stand before MI had another collapse with Sandeep picking up 3 wickets in the final over to complete a historic 5-wicket haul to restrict Mumbai to 179 for 9 in 20 overs.

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In response, Rajasthan were given the perfect start by Jaiswal and Buttler, who added 61 runs in the first 6 overs before a rain delay. While Buttler departed soon after the match resumed, Jaiswal took on the mantle of the chase and scored his second hundred in his IPL career and the second against MI.

With the win, RR now have 14 points from 8 matches and signed off from the Sawai Mansingh stadium for this season as they will now shift base to Guwahati for the remaining two home matches. This was MI’s 5th loss of the campaign.

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Sandeep sets up Jaiswal show

Sandeep Sharma was a household name in the IPL for sometime before slowly fading away a bit. That was before RR came calling and got him into their squad. This year, Sandeep has been back to his menacing ways, especially at the back end of the innings.

He was out for the last few matches due to an injury and RR did miss him, especially in the loss to GT and the match against KKR, where they conceded 223 runs at the Eden Gardens. On Monday, Sandeep delivered early with the wickets of Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav, before delivering a fine last over.

Sandeep would dismiss Tilak Verma, Gerald Coetzee and Tim David to restrict MI to just 179 runs in their 20 overs. This would setup for what was a vital innings for Yashasvi Jaiswal. The young southpaw was expected to be one of the big names to make an impact on this year’s competition, but things didn’t go according to plan. Until this Monday.

Jaiswal had started off a bit slowly but broke the shackles when he attacked Gerald Coetzee for 15 runs off his first over and continued the onslaught on the rest of the bowlers. The rain delay didn’t slow him down as well and had some luck going his way as he got to his first fifty of the season off 31 balls.

Jaiswal would continue on his merry ways, which also included hitting a six and a boundary off Bumrah as he showed that he was truly back to his best. The southpaw would get to 100 off just 59 balls to put a out a strong statement as he would hit the winning runs to remain unbeaten on 104.

These are good signs for Jaiswal and the Indian cricket team as the knock came at the right time with the T20 World Cup squad selection right around the corner.

Landmark day turns sour for Hardik Pandya

It was a landmark day for Hardik Pandya as he was playing his 100th match in the colours of MI. However, the day surely ended on a sour note as his captaincy and batting was once again under the scanner. With MI struggling at 20 for 3, everyone expected the skipper to come in to save the day, but out came Mohammed Nabi, who had scored 4 runs from 6 balls in his two previous innings.

Nabi scored 23 off 17 and departed, and it was Nehal Wadhera who joined Tilak Verma in the middle. It was only after the dismissal of Wadhera that Hardik came to bat and it was a genuine struggle for the MI skipper.

He scored just 10 off 10 balls coming in at No.7, which wasn’t good enough for his side. With the ball, Hardik opened the bowling and conceded 11 off the first over. He would then bring himself on in a bid to break the partnership between Samson and Jaiswal and conceded 10 runs with the RR skipper hitting him for a towering six.

The decision not to bring Bumrah at that point was criticised by Kevin Pietersen, who questioned Hardik’s captaincy once again. Irfan Pathan claimed that it seemed like Hardik’s hitting ability was on the decline after his failure with the bat.

The curious case of Hardik continues to rage on for MI, who will now have to pick themselves up in the match against DC in Delhi on April 27.

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Apr 22, 2024

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