In IPL 2022, Rajasthan Royals’ all-around effort with the bat and ball enabled them to defeat Mumbai Indians by 23 runs and win two games in a row. Rajasthan dominated the game in most parts of the first innings after MI won the toss and opted to field first. Jos Buttler smashed a thumping century, while Hetmyer’s quickfire 35 from 14 balls lifted RR’s total to 193/8.
The 82-run combination between captain Samson and Buttler was also essential in keeping the scoreboard ticking along without any hiccups. Only Bumrah looked impressive for MI against the Royals, finishing with a bowling score of 3/17, while the rest of the bowlers, including Pollard, Murugan Ashwin, and Basil Thampi, were too expensive.
Mumbai appeared to be in good shape to chase this total, with Ishan Kishan and Tilak Varma putting on an 81-run third-wicket stand, but things went wrong for Mumbai after Kishan’s wicket, as MI was reduced from 121/2 to 136/6 in the space of 15 balls.
Despite incredible performances from Bumrah, Kishan, and Varma, Mumbai lost their second game of the season. Chahal looked dangerous with the ball and almost took a hat-trick, while Pollard failed to connect any of the deliveries properly with the bat in the death overs, and thus Mumbai lost their second game of the season. For RR, Chahal and Krishna each took two wickets with the ball, while others such as Boult, Ashwin, and Prasidh each grabbed one wicket.
At the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, Jos Buttler (100 off 68 balls) became the first hundred of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season, leading Rajasthan Royals (RR) to a 23-run victory over five-time champions Mumbai Indians (MI).
After being asked to bat first, the Royals posted a difficult total of 193/8 thanks to Buttler’s century and good performances from skipper Sanju Samson (30 off 21 balls) and Shimron Hetmyer (35 off 14 balls).
With Kieron Pollard at the crease, MI still had a chance to win with 57 needed from the final 24 balls. But it was too much to expect of the big-hitting West Indian, as Saini dismissed Pollard (22 off 24 balls) with the penultimate delivery of the innings, giving the Royals a 23-run triumph.
Rohit had won the toss and elected to bowl first earlier in the game. Mumbai kept their lineup the same, while Rajasthan made one change, with Navdeep Saini replacing Nathan Coulter-Nile, who was injured. Rajasthan got off to a bad start as Jasprit Bumrah dismissed Yashasvi Jaiswal (1) in the third over.
Devdutt Padikkal (7), who stepped out at no. 3 and was caught on the last delivery of the powerplay while attempting to smash Tymal Mills to the boundary, failed to make an impression this time.
However, captain Sanju Samson went out and made sure they kept their foot on the gas by adding 82 runs off the following 50 balls with Buttler. Kieron Pollard, who slid in a slower delivery to reduce RR to 130/3, outfoxed Samson (30 off 21 balls) for another big score.
The wicket failed to take the sting out of Rajasthan once more, as Shimron Hetmyer stepped out and slammed 35 off only 14 balls at an incredible strike rate of 250.00.