Royals Fail MI Test to Qualify for Playoffs



Normally you do not associate defeat at home with the Rajasthan Royals, but yesterday their performance was hardly enough to save the game at their own backyard. First some of the extravagant changes like dropping Ajinkya Rahane and Pravin Tambe, who are their main stay for this season and replacing them with players like Unmukt Chant who has not played a single game throughout the tournament. RR probably wants everyone a match ready but they are doing it bit early. On the other hand, Michael Hussey played a game after a long gap and that would have helped him as he scored a brilliant half century and not only that won the player of the match award as well. All in all a simple game for MI despite last minute surge by Hodge and Faulkner.

IPL 7 | Match 44 | RR Vs MI



Venue: Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad

Toss: MI and elected to bat first

Playing XIs:

MI: Michael Hussey, Lendle Simmons, Kieron Pollard, Rohit Sharma, Ambaty Rayudu, Aditya Tare, Harbhajan Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Kishmar Santokie, Pragyan Ojha, Shreyas Gopal

RR: Karun Nair, Unmukt Chand, Shane Watson, Sanju Samson, Kevon Cooper, Ankit Sharma, Stuart Binny, Brad Hodge, James Faulkner, Rajat Bhatia, Dhawal Kulkarni

Mini Score Card:

MI 178/3 (20) Run rate: 8.90

Lendle Simmons 62 (51) | Ankit Sharma 2/23 (4)

Michael Hussey 56 (39) | Dhawal Kulkarni 0/27 (4)

RR 153/8 (20) Run rate: 7.65

Karun Nair 48 (24) | Harbhajan Singh 2/13 (4)

Brad Hodge 40 (30) | Shreyas Gopal 2/25 (4)

Result: MI won by 25 runs

Points: MI 2 (Total 8) | RR 0 (14)

Man of the match: Michael Hussey (MI)

Umpires: S Ravi | Rod Tucker | K Srinath (3rd) | KN Ananthapadmanabhan (Reserve)

Match Referee: Andy Pycroft

How they played the game

Powerplay: MI 42 runs, 0 wickets | RR 47 runs, 3 wickets

First 50 runs: MI 41 balls | RR 40 runs

50-100 runs: MI 34 balls | RR 54 balls

100-150 runs: MI 35 balls | RR 24 balls

EXTRAS: RR 6 (3 LB, 2 Wd, 1 NB) | MI 8 (LB 1, Wd 7)

Best Partnership

MI: 1st wicket – 120 runs off 88 balls between Simmons 62 (51) and Hussey 55 (37)

RR: 8th wicket – 69 runs off 41 balls between Hodge 38 (23) and Faulkner 28 (18)

Fours and SIXES

MI 12 Fours – 6 by Simmons, 3 each by Hussey and Sharma | 9 SIXES – 4 by Sharma, 2 each by Hussey and Simmons, 1 by Pollard

RR 7 Fours – 4 by Nair, 1 each by Watson, Faulkner and Bhatia | 8 SIXES – 3 each by Nair and Hodge, 2 by Faulkner

Important facts about the match:

  • Shreyas Gopal made his T20 debut in this game.
  • First wicket partnership of 120 between Hussey and Simmons is the best opening partnership for MI in last 40 games.

In the PIC: Kieron Pollard takes one of the best catches of this season

Picture Courtesy: ESPN-Cricinfo