6 Oct 2020

Bumrah and Yadav hit premier form to destroy Royals!

By cricinsane

The game between MI and RR had a lot of questions at stake for the faltering Royals. Mumbai who bounced back strongly after their slow and shaky start, got all their players in form and each one of them had played a handy knock in all their innings. This proved fortunate for MI to begin their march towards their title quest. On the other hand, Royals had a topsy turvy season so far and the majority of their players looked rusty. However, Royals had a great upper hand against Mumbai over the last two seasons winning 4 on 4 in the head to head encounter. It was an important game for Royals to reclaim their position formidably in the table by beating the mighty Mumbai. Captain Steve made 3 changes to the squad bringing in more youth power to their combination in the names of Jaiswal and Kartik Tyagi. 

Rohit won the toss and opted to bat and Smith pretty much had no ideas on what to do so he graciously accepted the task and employed his pace battery battalion to strike hard against heavy MI batting line up. Openers got on to a dashing start before Kartik Tyagi removed QDK in his very first over in the IPL. Their most bankable Indian talent came to the middle and took the scoring task ahead. Rohit was dealing in sixes while Suryakumar Yadav was piercing the gaps neatly. However, Smith brought back his main bowler Gopal to do a double strike and Rohit and Ishan Kishan perished. Being well settled in the middle, SKY started skyrocketing the balls and propelled the run scoring with Kung-fu Pandya. Once again they scored 60+ runs off the last 5 overs and with this knock Suryakumar Yadav got his personal best score in IPL edition. 193/4 was a humongous task for Smith and co and only if their main 3 batters could fire, they were to get close to the target.

But Rohit had other plans. Infact great plans. He was well aware that if the top 3 batsmen were removed, then ideally it would see half their side back in dugout in no time and so he gave the new ball to Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult. 3 wickets in 3 overs saw Smith, Samson and Jaiswal packing their kit bag without troubling the scorers. Buttler was left all alone in the middle with the other MI bowlers making a mockery of the RR batting lineup. Lomror provided feeble support while Buttler was accelerating at the other end. However, the substitute fielder Anukul Roy grabbed a ripper of a catch by running backwards from extra covers to mid off. Curran, Archer and other batsmen stayed briefly before the MI quicks came for their final spell and cleaned them. It was a comprehensive victory and MI climbed back with a huge spike in their NRR.

RR were never really looking impactful in the game with both bat and ball and their tanks have literally run out of fuel after the first 2 games. Some takeaways from the game are:

  1. Poor Middle Order : RR has a poor middle order with no experienced Indian or overseas player. Lomror who could ideally feature as a number 7 batsman came up within the loss of 3 wickets and such is their batting depth. Nor their bowling was impactful as Tom Curran wasn’t able to operate the same way as he proved his calibre in BBL and for England.
Hope they disprove this!
  1. Spinners have been ‘Warne’d: Royals had their head coach Shane Warne taking incharge of the proceedings. He had made a commendable impact in the spin bowling department, making the bowlers bowl slower through the air and get more grip and spin. So to say Gopal claimed his double slam wicket attack in the same manner. A stat proved that RR’s spinner bowled the least quickest with average speed of around 78kph while SRH’s spinners bowled at an average speed of 93kph courtesy Rashid Khan.
  1. Await their savior: Royals are indeed in great trouble and need a savior from heaven to pick them up and rolling. Only Stokes could answer their prayers when he takes back the field after the end of his quarantine duration.

With Mumbai back to the top of the table, they prove time and again that why they are a champion side and how to take things under control in difficult situations. Royals need their skipper Smith to show even more intent, character and mindfulness in his batting. 

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