Rajasthan Royals Thump Mumbai Indians by 6 Wickets

14th Match (N), Wankhede, April 01, 2024, Indian Premier League
ScoreResultPlayer of the match
Mumbai Indians125/9RR won by 6 wickets (with 27 balls remaining)Trent Boult, RR 3/22
Rajasthan Royals127/4

The Rajasthan Royals secured a convincing six-wicket victory over the Mumbai Indians in their IPL 2024 clash at the Wankhede Stadium on April 1st. Mumbai’s batting woes continued as they were bundled out for a meagre 125 runs in their 20 overs.

Rajasthan Royals’ Bowling Dominance

Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals

The architects of Mumbai’s collapse were Trent Boult and Yuzvendra Chahal. Boult ripped through the top order, taking two wickets in his first over, including the prized scalp of Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma for a golden duck. Chahal, introduced early, spun a web of deception, picking up crucial wickets in the middle overs. Together, they scalped six wickets for a combined total of just 33 runs, leaving Mumbai reeling at 58-6.

Hardik Pandya’s Lone Fight

Amidst the wreckage, Hardik Pandya emerged as the lone warrior for Mumbai. He played a valiant knock of 34 runs off just 21 deliveries, but lacked support from the other batsmen. The rest of the batting order failed to capitalize, succumbing to the pressure created by Rajasthan’s disciplined bowling attack.

Riyan Parag Steers Rajasthan to Victory

Chasing a modest target of 126, Rajasthan Royals got off to a shaky start themselves, losing three wickets with just 48 runs on the board. However, the young Riyan Parag took center stage. Fresh off a fifty in the previous match, Parag continued his good form, smashing a well-composed 50 off 38 balls. He found valuable support from Sanju Samson (27) and Shimron Hetmyer (22) as Rajasthan cruised to victory in the 18th over.

Mumbai’s Struggles Continue

This defeat marked Mumbai Indians’ third consecutive loss in IPL 2024. Their batting continues to be a cause for concern, and their bowling attack, minus the injured Jasprit Bumrah, lacks penetration. Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, climbed to the top of the points table with this clinical performance.

Key Players:

  • Rajasthan Royals: Riyan Parag (54* runs), Trent Boult (3-22 wickets), Yuzvendra Chahal (3-11 wickets)
  • Mumbai Indians: Hardik Pandya (34 runs)