The Mumbai Indians proved once again why they are the reigning champions after a resounding victory over the Rajasthan Royals at IPL 2021. Rohit Sharma and company recorded another victory that now puts them in a comfortable position and lays the groundwork for a second solid half of the tournament.
Despite being off to a good start, the Rajasthan Royals failed to post a challenging total on the board. Eventually Mumbai chased 172 with ease, beating Rajasthan in every department. Here are some takeaways from the one-sided affair at Arun Jaitley Stadium on Thursday.
Rajasthan Royals finally have an established starting pair
One of the positives the Royals can take from yesterday’s game is that in Yashaswi Jaiswal they have found a player who can dominate the bowlers in the power game. His fluidity on the blows can also take some of the pressure off Jos Buttler’s shoulder. Jaiswal has played his second game in a row and made sure leaving Manan Vohra was the right thing to do. Having an established starting pair will give Rajasthan’s hitting unit an ideal platform to have a solid second half of IPL 2021.
Struggle for Shivam Dube Strike Rate Continues
Even after spending a decent amount of time on the field, Shivam Dube is struggling to get going even on good shots. Rajasthan was on track to score more than 200 points, but Dube couldn’t make a move and score at a good pace to propel his team to a great goal. It’s even harder to understand why David Miller and Riyan Parag had to go after Dube in the batting order. The Rajasthan Royals need to give their best hitters more time for a chance to win more games.
Quinton De kock is back in shape
Before the game, questions were raised as to whether De Kock should be eliminated after four poor performances in Chennai. The South African hitter silenced his critics by scoring a flawless 70 to wonderfully set up the chase. The Mumbai Indians will be delighted that their top hitter is back in shape as they need a long winning streak to cement their place in the top four. QdK will have an important role to play for Mumbai in the second half of IPL 2021.
Rajasthan struggles to seize windows
Throughout the Mumbai Indians’ entrances, Rajasthan never seemed to be able to defend the whole. This has been his problem since Jofra Archer was ruled out of the tournament. Chris Morris has been good for the last 2 games, but other than him, no other bowler has a threat to take wicket. Rajasthan has a depleted bowling unit, but the likes of Mustafizur Rahman and Jaydev Unadkat need to regain the ability to take terrain.