Ball by Ball Commentary & Live Score - MI vs RR, 14th Match

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MI vs RR, 14th Match at Mumbai, IPL, Apr 01 2024 - Ball by Ball Commentary

(15.3/20 ov, T:126) 127/4

RR won by 6 wickets (with 27 balls remaining)

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11.25pm So, that's three wins in three for Rajasthan Royals. But even a return to their home ground could not help Mumbai Indians avoid defeat for the third consecutive game. There were some boos for Hardik, several cheers for Rohit, but it was the Royals bowlers who stole the show. Trent Boult was sublime with the new ball, with two wickets in the first over. Mumbai lost three players for golden ducks thanks to the left-arm quick. Nandre Burger was also great with the new ball as Royals dominated the powerplay. Chahal helped take out the middle order and that left Royals chasing 126. Maphaka started with Jaiswal's wicket in the first over and Bumrah bowled a probing spell without luck, but Akash Madhwal's two strikes just around the end of the powerplay gave Mumbai Indians a sniff at an upset. But with Ashwin pushed up the order to arrest a potential collapse, Parag continued to impress as he played a calm, nerveless knock to eventually make sure Royals won without much fuss. Akash Madhwal's performance will be a rare positive for Mumbai Indians, but they know they have a lot of work to do. For Royals, they would want Buttler and Jaiswal - their gun openers - to start firing soon. While those teams ponder about what's next for them, we are going to wind down here. You can read Sreshth's report, meanwhile, for a recap of the game. Thank you for joining us. On behalf of Ekanth, Chandan and everyone else at ESPNcricinfo, this is Abhimanyu signing off. Goodnight!

11.12pm Time for the presentation ceremony, then.

The player of the match is, as expected, Trent Boult: "[First over wickets] Never say it's a certainty in the format, but it was nice to get the wickets. We created early pressure, nice to take some wickets and glad the result went our way. [On the Rohit wicket] I've played against Rohit a lot over the years and it was just about trying to do something different. It rarely comes off, you try something different and it works, but great when it does. [On Burger] He has been a great find. Bowls with great skill and plays with his heart on his sleeves. Sandeep obviously missed out but he'll play a big role in the season. Excited to be part of this bowling attack."

Rajasthan Royals captain, Sanju Samson: "[The toss] I think that was the gamechanger. The toss was very crucial. I felt it was too sticky to start off and we had the experience of Trent Boult and Nandre Burger's speed. [Boult] has been playing international cricket for so long and we expected him to deliver. I didn't expect four or five wickets down, but it was great. We all do our roles and move on. Someone like R Ashwin knew we had a good powerplay so he didn't go for wickets, just kept it tight. So it's about teamwork."

10.56pm Riyan Parag's assured innings, along with handy contributions from R Ashwin and Shubham Dubey have helped Royals seal this chase with ease. A fired up early spell from Bumrah and Madhwal saw Royals lose three wickets early-ish, but Parag marshalled the chase expertly. Of course, it was Trent Boult and Nandre Burger and the rest of their bowlers who set up the win.

Riyan Parag: "Actually, I've simplified everything instead of trying to do a lot of things. Earlier when I wasn't getting runs I would try a lot of different things. This year, it's just seeing the ball and hitting the ball. When I play domestically this is the exact kind of situations I go into bat. When Jos bhai and Ash bhai got out, I thought to myself this is what I do in domestic cricket. So that's what I calculated/ [On difference between domestic level and IPL level] I have had three-four years of not performing at all. And you really go back to the hotel room and think when you know you can do it and the results are not coming, you go back to the drawing room. I realised I wasn't practicing at this kind of level so I went and did that. I practiced these kind of quick balls and these kind of scenarios a lot and hence the performances."

Hardik Pandya: "We didn't start the way we wanted to, tough night tonight. [On his innings] I think we were in a decent position to give us a chance to get to 150 or 160 but I think my wicket changed the game and brought them more in the game and I think I could have done better. [The pitch] It's good to have something for the bowlers as well. The game is quite cruel to the bowlers. But it was unexpected. It's all about doing the right things. Results, sometimes it happens sometimes it doesn't. I don't think much surprises me anymore. But as a group we believe we can pull off a lot of better things going forward and we just need to be more disciplined and show more courage."

Gaurav: "Does Parag get the Orange Cap, or it remains with Kohli?" Parag has it now, thanks to a better strike rate than Virat Kohli.

Mohan: "MI need to replace Maphaka and Coetzee with Nuvan Thusara and Nabi as their overseas players to make squad stronger."

Arjun: "Two things happened in the last ball of the innings. Coetzee bowled the fastest ball of this IPL at 157 kph and Riyan Parag got 4 runs to get the Orange Cap. " The latter is correct. The former was a glitch! That was at around 141kph, not 157, even though the TV did show it at 157!

Coetzee to Parag, FOUR runs

Top edge as he tries to pull a short ball goes over the keeper and earns Royals the win!

Coetzee to Parag, SIX runs

Pulled over midwicket for back-to-back fifties! Dug in back of a length at 141kph, Parag gets it high in the air with a short-arm jab and just clears the rope. What a knock from him. Never looked troubled!

Coetzee to Parag, SIX runs

Carved over cover for six! Full and wide, Parag flays it inside out. Fast hands! Parag is now in a hurry to finish

Five overs to go. No Bumrah, no Madhwal. Chawla has just one over left. Who will bowl this one? Coetzee it is

end of over 1510 runs

RR: 111/4CRR: 7.40 • RRR: 3.00 • Need 15 runs from 30b

Riyan Parag38 (36b 4x4 1x6)

Shubham Dubey8 (6b 1x4)

Piyush Chawla 3-0-18-0

Jasprit Bumrah 4-0-26-0

Chawla to Parag, 1 run

On a length on middle and leg, Parag nudges it away through midwicket

Chawla to Dubey, 1 run

Tucks it through midwicket for an easy single

Mahesh: "Selection of shots by Parag is massive improvement over the last few years"

Chawla to Dubey, no run

Has a swing, but misses. Tossed full and flat outside off, slips under the bat

Chawla to Parag, 1 run

Tossed up full, Parag drills it out to long-off

Chawla to Parag, SIX runs

Slogged over cow corner! Massive hit. In the slot on middle, Parag is not letting that one go. Dispatches it into the crowd

Chawla to Dubey, 1 run

Tossed up outside off, Dubey lofts a drive on the bounce to long-off

end of over 147 runs

RR: 101/4CRR: 7.21 • RRR: 4.16 • Need 25 runs from 36b

Riyan Parag30 (33b 4x4)

Shubham Dubey6 (3b 1x4)

Jasprit Bumrah 4-0-26-0

Akash Madhwal 4-0-20-3

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Bumrah to Parag, no run

Length ball around off, Parag is happy to defend and see Bumrah off

Bumrah to Parag, 1 wide

Short ball on middle and going down leg, Parag ducks as the umpire calls wide

Bumrah to Parag, no run

Length ball on off, parried towards midwicket

Bumrah to Parag, FOUR runs

Excellent shot. Bumrah goes for a yorker just outside off, but it's not quite there. Parag thrashes a drive through extra cover

Bumrah to Parag, no run

Bouncer outside off, wide enough for Parag to leave it alone

Bumrah to Dubey, 1 run

Full on the pads, clipped in the air through the vacant square leg area

Around the wicket to the left-handed Dubey

Romya: "You can do it MI... just 2 wkts more...."

Bumrah to Parag, 1 run

Length ball outside off, Parag opens the face and steers it past a diving backward leg fielder

And here comes Boom for his final over!

end of over 137 runs • 1 wicket

RR: 94/4CRR: 7.23 • RRR: 4.57 • Need 32 runs from 42b

Shubham Dubey5 (2b 1x4)

Riyan Parag25 (28b 3x4)

Akash Madhwal 4-0-20-3

Piyush Chawla 2-0-8-0

Madhwal completes an excellent spell with figures of 3-20

Madhwal to Dubey, FOUR runs

Back foot punch through extra cover! Length ball, angling in from outside off as Madhwal goes around the wicket. Stands tall and pushes it in the gap. Lovely shot

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Madhwal to Parag, 1 run

Length ball around off, punched down the ground to long-on

Madhwal to Parag, no run

Yorker outside off, squeezed out to backward point

Madhwal to Dubey, 1 run

Length ball angles in from outside off, Dubey works it through midwicket for his first run

Still no Hetmyer. Debutant Shubham Dubey, RR's impact player, is on. Does this game still have some life in it?

Madhwal to Ashwin, OUT

Madhwal has his third! Short ball jags in from outside off. Ashwin looks to turn it leg side but gets a leading edge that goes high in the air. Tilak takes a good catch running back from backward point. Did well to settle under that skier. Madhwal strikes again in his last over

Ravichandran Ashwin c Tilak Varma b Madhwal 16 (16b 1x4 0x6 26m) SR: 100

Madhwal to Parag, 1 run

Full and wide, Parag goes for the drive and gets an edge that runs to Bumrah at deep third

Madhwal for his fourth over

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Over 16 • RR 127/4

RR won by 6 wickets (with 27 balls remaining)

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