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IPL PIX: Rampaging Royals blow away MI at Wankhede!

Last updated on: April 01, 2024 23:43 IST
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Images from the IPL 2024 match between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday.

IMAGE: Yuzvendra Chahal celebrates the wicket of Mumbai Indians captain Hardik Pandya. Photograph: BCCI

A clinical Rajasthan Royals romped home for a third win on the trot in IPL 2024 with a six-wicket hammering of Mumbai Indians, whose skipper Hardik Pandya continued to be on the receiving end of fans' anger, in Mumbai on Monday.


After Yuzvendra Chahal (3/11) and Trent Boult (3/22) combined to suffocate Mumbai Indians with the bat, restricting them to 125/9, Riyan Parag (54 not out) churned out yet another top-drawer knock to take Rajasthan Royals to the top of the standings with a hat-trick of victories.

IMAGE: Rajasthan Royals' Riyan Parag is the joint top-scorer in IPL 2024 with 181 runs from three matches at a strike rate of 160. Photograph: BCCI

The 22-year-old Parag continued to make giant strides this season with a knock that reflected his maturity and aggression, dishing out some spectacular hits while being single-minded to not relent until his side was over the line.

Parag's knock was studded with five fours and three sixes as Royals cruised to 127/4 from 15.3 overs, winning with 27 balls to spare.

Meanwhile, there was no let-up for Pandya, who was booed on several occasions in Mumbai Indians' first home game at the Wankhede Stadium. It started with Pandya being booed when he took field for warm-up drills and the fans hit the player hard again when he came out for the toss.

The boos continued until Pandya hit a few fours to bring smile back on Mumbai fans after their side was left reeling at 20/4 inside the Powerplay.

IMAGE: Riyan Parag celebrates his half-century. Photograph: BCCI

Pandya top-scored with 34 for Mumbai in his bid to turn the brickbats into cheers but Rajasthan came out on top on every moment in the game, which was underlined by special bowling efforts from Chahal, Boult as well as Nandre Burger (2/32), who were all backed by excellent fielding.

Earlier, Boult struck early with a three-wicket burst inside the Powerplay and Chahal made life miserable for rest of the batters in the following overs to return brilliant figures 3/11 in four overs, accounting for Pandya, Tilak Varma (32) and Gerald Coetzee (4).

If Chahal suffocated the MI batters in the middle overs while stopping both Pandya and Varma in their tracks, it was Boult who ran riot in the home side's top order, dismissing Rohit Sharma, Naman Dhir and Dewald Brevis for ducks.

IMAGE: Trent Boult celebrates after removing Rohit Sharma for a golden duck. Photograph: BCCI

The tone was set in the first over itself by Boult who rocked the Mumbai Indians twice, including the priced scalp of Rohit who was out for a golden duck.

Rohit poked at one away from his body only to get the outside edge which was brilliantly caught by Rajasthan wicketkeeper Sanju Samson, who took a good diving catch to his right.

Dhir (0) was guilty of walking across the wickets and failing to cover Boult's in-swing, with the ball crashing into his pads. A DRS appeal was eventually burned since the ball tracking showed it would have clipped the leg stump.

IMAGE: Nandre Burger celebrates the wicket of Ishan Kishan. Photograph: BCCI

Mumbai's situation worsened when impact player Brevis (0) steered Boult straight into the hands of the fielder at short thirdman in the third over, with Nandre Burger (2/32) taking a sharp reverse cupped catch.

Ishan Kishan (16) played a few attractive strokes but Burger found an outside edge off the left-hander's bat with Samson completing another fine grab behind the wickets to keep Mumbai Indians under the pump in the Powerplay.

Pandya, who was booed from all parts of the ground, walked to a similar reception but a brief fightback from him turned the negative noise into cheers.

IMAGE: Substitute Rovman Powell takes a superb catch to dismiss Hardik Pandya. Photograph: BCCI

The Mumbai skipper showed intent when he hit three fours off Burger in the sixth over, but it was Chahal who brought an end to Pandya's resistance.

Chahal tossed one outside off-stump to make Pandya have a go at it, and the batter obliged with a big swing of the bat but the ball did not travel far enough.

The substitute fielder Rovman Powell read the elevation and speed well to cover a few yards to his right and take a fine diving catch at long-on, denying Pandya an opportunity to be a hero for his side.

IMAGE: Rajasthan Royals celebrate the wicket of Tilak Varma. Photograph: BCCI

Varma did well on his part but a fine catch at short third man by Ravichandran Ashwin cut short his stay off the bowling of Chahal.

Tim David struggled for 17 from 24 balls as he looked to rebuild the MI innings before he became Burger's second victim in the penultimate over.

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