Ishan Kishan returns to form, Mumbai grabs lifeline
The keeper-beater came back to the side after two games and immediately proved that a break can often work wonders
Posted on 06.10.21, 00:40 AM
A week ago, Ishan Kishan was almost in tears when Virat Kohli offered some consolation. He had struggled to regain form after accumulating only 107 points in eight matches in this IPL.
The keeper-beater came back to the side after two games and immediately proved that a break can often work wonders. Opening the heats with Rohit Sharma against the Rajasthan Royals, Kishan went undefeated on 50 of 25 balls to reach the goal of 91 points in 8.2 overs. More than the win, his innings went a long way in improving the Mumbai Indians’ net run rate, which could play a big part in deciding the last place remaining for the play-offs.
With Kishan pulling and cutting disdainfully, there was no doubt that the Mumbai Indians would win. Cricketer from Jharkhand wrapped up the eight wicket victory with a six from Mustafizur Rahman.
The Rajasthan Royals will now have to look with optimism to their final league game against the Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday.
The race to be the fourth team in the play-offs is now wide open. Tuesday’s victory means the Mumbai Indians’ qualifying chances have improved. They now have 12 points with one game to go. They will qualify for sure if they beat the Sunrisers in their last game and if the Rajasthan Royals beat the Kolkata Knight Riders.
However, if the Knight Riders beat the Royals, the Mumbai Indians will almost certainly be eliminated due to their low net run rate.
If the Mumbai Indians lose to the Sunrisers and the Royals beat the Knight Riders, then three teams will be tied for 12. The Punjab Kings could also join them if they beat the Chennai Super Kings. In that case, the Knight Riders’ higher net run rate could get them through. However, the Mumbai Indians will play their last game after the Knight Riders, which makes their task a bit easier.
It was a good shot to win for Mumbai. They did not allow the batsman width on Sharjah’s low, slow wicket where hitting was difficult.
Most of the Royals’ batsmen fell for overly ambitious shots and as a result they crawled to 50 for five after 10 overs. The Mumbai Indians’ ploy to go around the wicket against lefties has also paid off.
The likes of Nathan Coulter-Nile (4/14) and Jimmy Neesham (3/12) played just off a good length to cling hitters for the spot. At one point, the pair had combined numbers of 4-0-11-4, proving their dominance.
It was the Royals’ first game in Sharjah this season and it showed in their approach.
The Mumbai Indians had the Chennai Super Kings in an almost similar situation, reducing them to 48 for four at the halfway point, before Ruturaj Gaikwad plundered the attack to shreds.
The Royals needed someone to come to their rescue, but none proved up to the task.