Tuesday, October 5, 2021



It may have been the ideal pitch to test Mumbai Indians Team, who had the second-most exceedingly terrible scoring rate against turn this season in the UAE, yet it never got to that. Rajasthan Royals lost a pivotal throw in Sharjah and fished to 90 for 9 across their 20 overs, battling against Nathan Coulter-Nile's lengths and James Neesham's absence of speed. Nobody aside from the openers and Mustafizur Rahman scored at a strike-pace of more than 66, as a count of just 7 fours and 2 sixes among all batsmen would advocate. Mumbai Indians Team upgraded that in just 5.3 overs, and the 91-run focus with 11.4 overs to save, as Ishan Kishan blasted to 25-ball 50* on his rebound aside and as an opener.

How does this game influence the rush to the end of the season games?


Kolkata Knight Riders, on account of their unrivaled NRR, need a straight success against RR on Thursday to qualify as the fourth and last group.


On the off chance that KKR lose on Thursday, MI would require a straight success against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday.


Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals are still numerically in it, however should dominate their matches and petition God for a Net-Run-Rate wonder.


Back to the match...


Exactly how lethargic was that 90/9 from RR?

The slowest this season and the third slowest across all seasons when a group has batted through the entirety of its 20 overs.


On a pitch that was slow and low, RR's batsmen kept on playing across the line in any event, when Mumbai Indians Team bowlers adhered to hitting the hard length and focusing on the stumps. It isn't so much that they had the option to do that constantly. In the twentieth over of the match, Mustafizur Rahman showed it by hitting Trent Boult for a tremendous six. The cameras quickly panned to Rohit Sharma, who had his face covered in his palms, most likely pondering exactly how exorbitant that could be in a low-scoring game, however the MI chief took a signal and hit two sixes and a four inside the initial eight wads of his visit. Ishan Kishan, opening instead of Quinton de Kock, and Suryakumar Yadav stuck to this same pattern as Mumbai Indians Team raced through the pursuit with a lot of overs to save, kicking up a tempest in their NRR. If it'll be sufficient, the truth will surface eventually.


Did 90/9 beginning that way? 

By no means. Both Yashasvi Jaiswal and Evin Lewis were excused inside the PowerPlay however not before they had controlled RR to a decent beginning (read 27/0 out of 3 overs). The pair scored 15 runs off the second finished, which Jayant Yadav had come in to bowl, however things changed radically just after the 6th over when James Neesham, playing his first game this season, hit on bowl.


With his first conveyance, Neesham picked the urgent wicket of Sanju Samson, who attempted to play on the up and cut an edge to point. It was just his fourth IPL wicket however the New Zealand all-rounder would add a couple more on the evening, and the significant wickets of Shivam Dube, who shone in the last game against Chennai Super Kings, and Rahul Tewatia. 

Nathan Coulter-Nile at it once more for Mumbai Indians Team ......

The quick bowler returned figures of 4-0-14-4, joining powers with Neesham and Bumrah after the PowerPlay to do a tight grip on RR. The triplet consolidated to pick 9 wickets and just yielded 40 runs in their 12 overs. It clarifies why RR went from 41/2 after the PowerPlay to simply over multiplying it by innings end.


Subsequent to picking Jaiswal with a back of a length ball conveyed from round the wicket, Coulter-Nile bowled his three overs after the PowerPlay and struck in every one of those. Returning for his second finished, Coulter-Nile got a length conveyance to remain low and burst through Glenn Phillips. David Miller was RR's last expectation yet he too fell in the 17 over, having scrounged around Sharjah for his 15 runs prior to being given out lbw to Coulter-Nile. Kieron Pollard contributed with two overs and surrendered just 9 runs.


Ishan Kishan polishes it off in style for Mumbai Indians Team ...........

 Getting off the imprint with a solitary to long-on, off the seventh ball he confronted around evening time, was a long ways from how Kishan wrapped up the success: beating Mustafizur over profound midwicket for a six that conveyed him to his 50 years. He got rolling before with a few limits against Chetan Sakariya who bowled length balls on a pitch that was fit to back of the length balls. He pulled away Kuldip Yadav for two or three limits prior to laying into Sakariya again in an extended eight-ball over, which included two no balls, one limit and two sixes. The pitch probably won't have changed much yet the difference in batsmen and bowlers made a difference.


Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals 90/9 out of 20 overs (Lewis 24; Coulter-Nile 4-14) lost to Mumbai Indians 94/2 in 8.2 overs (Kishan 50*) by 8 wickets





Delhi Capitals made a meal of what should have been an easier chase, but got over the line in the end to take another step towards a top-two finish . After a rare Ruturaj Gaikwad failure, CSK just didn't have the batting impetus to impose themselves , crashing and burning their way to 136/5.

IPL 2021 LIVE :

A middle-overs wobble saw Delhi Capitals nearly throw the game away , before Shimron Hetmyer and Axar Patel fought it out. CSK dragged the chase all the way to a dramatic final over, but Kagiso Rabada ended any hopes of a late heist with flick to the fine leg for the winning runs with two balls to spare.

A mini-tussle between Shimron Hetmyer and Dawyne Bravo brought the equation down to 6 off 6. 


In Bravo's previous over , Hetmyer used his familiarity with his West Indian compatriot from playing against him in CPL and second-guessed the lengths outside the off-stump , to negate Bravo's wide yorkers. Bravo still should have won the tussle there, but Krishnappa Goutham fluffed a straight catching chance at long on to push it to the final over.

On the first ball of the final over too, Bravo went full and wide , and once again Hetmyer shuffled across and hit through cover to pick up a couple of runs . MS Dhoni then called for his helmet to stand up to the stumps and stop Hetmyer from leaving his crease, but Bravo couldn't control his slower one and bowled it wide outside the pitch. After much deliberation , the ball as adjudged a wide-instead of a no-ball.

What's the law on this ( IPL LIVE SCORE)?

Ricky Ponting seemed miffed but the umpires got it absolutely right. As per law 21.7, it would have been given a no-ball - accompanied by a free-hit - had the ball bounced before going past the stumps at the striker's end. But since the ball carried on the full all the way behind the stumps , the umpires rightly called it a wide.

Back to the over..... IPL LIVE SCORE 

As Axar Patel and Hetmyer stole a single , the former was left to get 2 off 5. Axar swung and missed on the next, and then hit straight to Moeen Ali at cover to drag CSK back into the fixture. Bravo added to the  tension by running in and pulling out of the ball at the last minute , but Rabada was steady to put away a leg ball next up , to the fine leg fence and complete the chase.

Let's get to the first innings first , No Gaikwad effect today's IPL 2021 match?   

The young opener has been CSK's most influential performer since IPL arrived in UAE , but Anrich Nortje stopped him in his tracks, bouncing him out with sheer pace. Gaikwad , who survived and LBW decision through a review in the very first over, couldn't duck under this short ball in the fifth over, miss timing his pull to Ashwin at mid-on. By this stage , CSK had lost their openers as Faf du Plesses smashed a hit-me short ball from Axar Patel straight to Shreyas Iyer at deep mid wicket. The Gaikwad effect worked in the opposite direction tonight , as his dismissal led a wobbly CSK into the middle phase where they were thoroughly strangled.

How did that come about? ( IPL LIVE SCORE )

DC worked with the advantage of not having to bowl to a spin tormentor in Gaikwad , who thoroughout this season has expertly found a new hitting gear when teams introduce spinners . Based on how the India leg went , Moeen Ali was meant to be as big a threat against spin, but that hasn't quite translated since the season moved to UAE. The left-hander looked to take on the form bowler - Axar - and paid the price as he hit a leg stump delivery straight to Iyer at deep midwicket.

Robin Uthappa had the opportunity to make his mark after getting off the bench for  the first time this season . He was circumspect to start off on a two-paced surface, and perished with his first attempt to break the lethargy . The right - hander failed to spot Ashwin's carrom ball, and  his attempt to swipe it to the led side resulted in a big leading edge that Ashwin pouched. 

What followed ? ( IPL LIVE SCORE )

A one-tone Dhoni and a sporadic  Rayudu.

Their fifth wicket stand stretched all the way to the final over, but it was a  phase where CSK were pinned to the mat. CSK went boundary-less for a period 35 balls , until Avesh Khan's leg loosener gave Rayudu some respite in the 12 th over. But that was only one of five fours that CSK managed in the second half of the innings - all coming off Rayudu. He also hit the only two sixes of the innings, while Dhoni struggled on his way to a 27-ball 18-his worst-ever IPL innings when he has played 25 balls or more.

Between them Axar and Ashwin conceded 38 runs and picked three wickets in the eight overs they bowled. CSK's two senior statesmen, meanwhile, put on a stodgy 70-run stand off 64 balls, while their better death-overs hitters Bravo and Jadeja were sat in the dug out waiting for their turn. A few hits from Rayudu in the 18th and 19th over took him to a half century, and dragged CSK to 136/5, which felt under-par at that stage.

Axar Patel concurred , saying 150 was perhaps par at the innings break. How did it even get close? ( IPL LIVE SCORE )

The Delhi Capitals top-order struggled to keep Shikhar Dhawan company, consitently giving CSK a way back from an unfavourable position. Deepak Chahar once again proved to be Prithvi Shaw's nemesis - seeing the back of him for the seventh time in IPL. Shaw got a touch too adventurous trying to get on top of his duel against a familiar adversary, and ended up miscuing a heave to Du Plessis at mid off / Through Dhawan was intent on dragging the game away swiftly , Shreyas Iyer's early dismissal meant DC has a very similar Power Play to CSK. 

How did CSK steady themselves in the middle -overs?

Through Jadeja and Shardul Thakur.

With wickets falling , DC lost a bit of rhythm to their chase, while Dhawan fought a lone battle at the other end . Debutant Ripal Patel showed the most promise among the other top-order batters, but he too was gone  after a 20-ball appearance for 18 runs. A double - wicket Thakur over threatened to entirely derail DC's chase as he  got rid of Dhawan and Ravichandran Ashwin . DC were six down for 99 and in need of 38 from 30.

Which way did the chase turn from here?

It stubbornly remained on an even keel, as Hetmyer and Axar navigated past two stingy five-run overs  from Moeen Ali and  Shardul Thakur before Hetmyer got to face-off against Bravo . Between the drop from gowtham in a 12-run over and a big six that was clobbered off Hazlewood in the 19th, Hetmyer had done enough to achieve what he later admitted he was really paid to do at DC - finish games.

IPL LIVE SCORE : Brief Scores : Chennai Super Kings 136/5 in 20 overs (Ambati Rayudu 55, Robin Uthappa 19; Axar Patel 2-18, Ravichandran Ashwin 1-20 ) lost to Delhi Capitals 139/7 in 19.4 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 39, Shimron Hetmyer 28 *; Shardul Thakur 2-13, Ravindra Jadeja 2-28) by 3 wickets.