IPL 2022, Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians Highlights: Rohit Sharma receives birthday present, MI wins their first game of the season | Cricket News

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NAVI MUMBAI: Veteran Suryakumar Yadav and youngster Tilak Varma handed skipper Rohit Sharma the best 35th birthday present as Mumbai Indians finally opened their account, beating Rajasthan Royals by five wickets in an IPL match here on Saturday .
Chasing a winning target of 159, MI went home in 19.2 overs, thanks to Surya (51 from 39) and Tilak (35 from 30) adding 81 for the third wicket.

It was MI’s first victory after eight successive defeats and while the result is of little consequence, it will certainly keep the five-time champions in good spirits.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Losing is also a kind of habit like winning, even if it is a bad habit, because along with it, self-confidence also goes out the window. Rohit didn’t look cheerful when he was cutting his birthday cake and at the end of the day, a win must have felt like healing balm.
The teams then manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and something like that was happening on Saturday night before Surya and Tilak sang the song of redemption with Tim David (20 off 9 balls) providing the finishing touch.
It was Daniel Sams who hit the six winners to send the spectators into a frenzy.

Rohit’s bad scoring streak continued as he tried to sweep past Ravichandran Ashwin (4-0-21-1) and provided an easy hold for square-legged Daryl Mitchell.
The price of Rs 15.25 crore is looking more and more like a noose around Ishan Kishan’s neck (26 out of 18 balls) as he started well but in desperation to over-compensate for poor timing.
Surya was fluid in his stroke game again, as was MI’s most consistent player of the season, Tilak, whose lobed six was a delightful watch.

The duo took their time settling in, taking the team to 75 in the first 10 overs and establishing a perfect platform to clear the remaining 82 from back-10.
Since there was no pressure on the scoreboard, Surya and Tilak were able to keep the momentum going with singles and doubles while waiting for the occasional loose ball.
Surya has elevated his fifty with a muscular six on wide since Ashwin’s last delivery after his spell.
Tilak followed suit with his second six, but soon after both hitters were down for wasteful big hits when it wasn’t the need of the hour.
From 122 for two, MI dropped to 122 for 4 with Pollard and David at the crease.
Earlier, Buttler threatened to hit six sixes in an over but rebounded four in his 52-ball-67 as the Rajasthan Royals were limited to 158 for six by the Mumbai Indians in a batting show below average.
Buttler was out of his element for most of the innings before he swung into off-spinner rookie Hrithik Shokeen, hitting him for four straight sixes between the long and long arc.
He dug into the depths on the final ball in the 16th as MI kept the England marauder from causing more damage from the death.
Shokeen, who had played flat and tight in previous games, looked like a lamb to knock down conceding 47 in 3 overs which included half a dozen sixes, forcing him around the wicket but it brought him little advantages.
In nine games so far, Buttler has already amassed 566 carries at an average that sits north of 70 and a strike rate of over 155.
But on the day, MI’s attack fared much better than in earlier games, with new inducted left-arm spinner Kumar Kartikeya looking hugely impressive in his first outing on the big stage.
The best bowler of the day for MI was Australian point guard Riley Meredith, who had the best figures of 2 for 24 in the stipulated quota of four overs, cleverly mixing a variety of slower deliveries for a few periods. He allowed just three runs in the 20th.
Debutant Kartikeya (4-0-19-1) had nine scoops, wicket rival skipper Sanju Samson, who then hit a few sixes from Shokeen and, more importantly, in 24 deliveries, conceded only a single limit that spoke volumes. on his temper.



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