IPL 2022, MI vs RR, Top Three Performances: Jos Buttler's 100, Yuzvendra Chahal's 2-26 & Jasprit Bumrah's 3-17 are three best performances, Top Twitter Reactions.
Brief Scores: RR 193/8 (Buttler 100, Hetmyer 35, Bumrah 3/17, Mills 3/35) beat MI 170/8 (Verma 61, Kishan 54, Chahal 2-26, Saini 2-36) by 23 runs
Player of the match, MI vs RR: Jos Buttler (100 off 68 balls)
An old script saw slow-starters Mumbai Indians (MI) begin another season with a loss while Rajasthan Royals (RR) displayed one of their strongest all-round show to secure a heavy win in their season opener in the 15th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
In the head-to-head, Mumbai had a slight upper hand with 13 wins against 11 wins of Royals but the latter had turned the tables with a 5-3 lead since 2018.
Mumbai Indians captain, Rohit Sharma on winning the toss, decided to bowl first. While they went with the same eleven from the first game even after welcoming Suryakumar Yadav in the camp, Rajasthan Royals handed a debut cap to Navdeep Saini replacing injured Nathan Coulter Nile.
Rajasthan Royals secure their second win of the season
Asked to bat first, Rajasthan Royals registered a huge score of 193 after their assigned 20 overs. They didn’t begin their innings well losing two wickets in the powerplay but Jos Buttler showcased a skillful innings to crack his second IPL hundred.
Buttler received good support from the other end in two attacking partnerships, first from captain Sanju Samson and then Shimron Hetmyer who clubbed an electrifying 35. Even though, Mumbai pulled it back in the last two overs with regular wickets.
Mumbai Indians, even after losing two wickets in the powerplay, kept the run rate at a high peg. The partnership between 19-year-old Tilak Verma and Ishan Kishan, both of whom registered their respective half centuries, seemed to lay a good platform with the likes of Kieron Pollard and Tim David waiting in the hut.
But Yuzvendra Chahal’s two wickets in back-to-back balls pulled it off for the Royals before the bowlers held their nerves in the death overs to hand Mumbai their second defeat of the season.
Let’s scan the top three performances from MI vs RR game, IPL 2022:
Buttler displayed skillful batting to record second IPL hundred
RR didn’t have the greatest of starts in the powerplay as they lost two wickets for just 48 runs of which 40 came of Buttler’s blade. Jos Buttler just hammered Basil Thampi for 26 runs in his lone over all around the ground with three sixes and two fours. This was the third time that Buttler has scored 25 or more runs in an over in the league.
On his 300th T20 appearance, he registered his 12th IPL fifty. One of the best things about the English player was the effortless way he was securing those boundaries. Before the innings, Buttler’s 319 runs against Mumbai Indians came at an average of 64 and strike rate of 158, which explains how much he loves playing against them.
Soon, he became the first batter to secure a hundred in this season of IPL. But 66 balls that he took in reaching the milestone was the second slowest in IPL history. Nonetheless, with the hundred of Buttler who was retained by RR at a price of INR 10 crores, RR propelled themselves to 193/8.
Bumrah showed his class in high-scoring affair
In an innings where Royals posted 193/8 in the 20 overs, India’s premier bowler, Jasprit Bumrah finished with figures of 3-17. He drew first blood, sending back young Yashasvi Jaiswal caught at square leg for just 1 in their first meeting.
When he called back for the last time in the 19th over, he dismissed ominous looking Shimron Hetmyer, who by then had pocketed 35 off just 14. The stats approved how much the West Indian struggled against Bumrah who has now dismissed the left-hander for three times conceding mere eight runs off six balls.
Buttler, by then had celebrated his century but even then Bumrah’s missile yorker proved to be too good for him. Having faced the Indian pacer 48 times in IPL, Buttler now has scored at run a ball being dismissed a couple of times. In today’s affair, Buttler had piled up just 11 runs from 15 balls before being dismissed.
His fantastic bowling figures ensured that the Royals would fail to finish the innings on a high.
Chahal spins the game in Royals’ court with two wickets in one over
Star bowler Yuzvendra Chahal wasn’t having a good day with the ball in the beginning, leaking 25 runs in the first three overs with zero in the wicket column. Chahal has 24 wickets in just 16 innings at an economy of less than 8 against the Mumbai Indians.
But when he was called back for his last over in the 15th over of the game, he sent back Tim David plumb before the wickets for just 1. It was the first ball the right-hander faced against Chahal and he just failed to read it.
On the very next delivery, new batter, another Australian, Daniel Sams who was Chahal’s teammate, playing for RCB, just tried to attempt a huge shot out of the ground but Jos Buttler running behind, took an absolute blinder in the mid-wicket region.
He almost had his hat-trick in the next ball only but slip fielder Karun Nair missed the catch. But by then, he had done the damage by picking up two power hitters giving just 1 run in the 16th over to drag the game back in the court of RR.
It was surprising how Chahal was bagged easily by the Royals for just INR 6.50 crores at the auction table.
What’s to come
Chennai Super Kings (CSK), who lost their first two encounters will be up against Punjab Kings (PBKS) on April 3. Both teams will try to get back to winning ways. The game will be played at the Brabourne Stadium.
Here are some of the top twitter reactions from MI vs RR game, IPL 2022: