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IPL 2021 MI vs RR highlights: Ishan shines as MI keeps playoffs hope alive

MI restricted Royals to a below-par 90 for nine and chased down the target with 11.4 overs to spare. Coulter-Nile (4/14) took four wickets while Neesham (3/12) scalped three batsmen

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EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

Jimmy Neesham and Nathan Coulter-Nile bowled exceptionally well to keep alive and kicking as the five-time champions outclassed (RR) by eight wickets in a low-scoring match, at Sharjah Cricket ground on Tuesday.

New Zealander Neesham (3/12) and Aussie Coulter-Nile (4/14) snapped seven wickets for only 26 runs in eight overs between them to choke Rajasthan for a meagre 90 for 9.

The five-time champions then knocked off the runs in 8.2 overs to go up to 12 points and more importantly improve their net run-rate to -0.048. This was also the biggest victory for MI in terms of balls left (70).

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Ishan Kishan (50 not out) got some much-needed confidence during the short chase as MI knocked Royals out of IPL from the league stage itself yet again as they flattered to deceive.

The Royals did not have many quality Indian players except Yashasvi Jaiswal.

Kishan, who has endured wretched form during the better part of the UAE leg, hit five fours and three sixes. Fittingly, he finished it with a maximum.

Mumbai Indians' playoffs qualification scenario

MI will now meet Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday, another must-win game but they would also want Kolkata Knight Riders (12 points, NRR +0.294) to lose their last match against Royals on Thursday.

In case KKR win and move up to 14 points, MI on the last day would know how much they require to get past Shah Rukh Khan-owned team's net run-rate.

On the day, Neesham and Coulter-Nile hit the ideal length on a tacky strip as they choked Royals to the lowest T20 total by any team batting first at Sharjah.

 

MI vs RR full scorecard

Mumbai Indians' scorecard

Batter Dismissal Runs Balls Fours Sixes
Rohit Sharma c Jaiswal b Sakariya 22 13 1 2
Ishan Kishan not out 50 25 5 3
Suryakumar Yadav c Lomror b Mustafizur 13 8 3 0
Hardik Pandya not out 5 6 0 0
Total: 94-2 in 8.2 Overs
Bowler Overs Maiden Runs Wickets
Mustafizur Rahman 2.2 0 32 1
Chetan Sakariya 3 1 36 1
Shreyas Gopal 1 0 9 0
Kuldip Yadav 2 0 16 0

scorecard

Batter Dismissal Runs Balls Fours Sixes
Evin Lewis lbw b Bumrah 24 18 3 1
Yashasvi Jaiswal c Ishan b Coulter-Nile 12 9 3 0
Sanju Samson c Jayant b Neesham 3 6 0 0
Shivam Dube b Neesham 3 8 0 0
Glenn Phillips b Coulter-Nile 4 13 0 0
David Miller lbw b Coulter-Nile 15 23 0 0
Rahul Tewatia c Ishan b Neesham 12 20 0 0
Shreyas Gopal c Ishan b Bumrah 0 1 0 0
Chetan Sakariya b Coulter-Nile 6 11 1 0
Kuldip Yadav not out 0 4 0 0
Mustafizur Rahman not out 8 7 0 1
Total: 90-9 in 20 Overs
Bowler Overs Maiden Runs Wickets
Trent Boult 4 0 24 0
Jayant Yadav 2 0 17 0
Jaspreet Bumrah 4 0 14 2
Nathan Coulter-Nile 4 0 14 4
James Neesham 4 0 12 3
Kieron Pollard 2 0 9 0

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RR vs MI playing 11
 

Playing 11:

Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson(w/c), Shivam Dube, Glenn Phillips, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Shreyas Gopal, Kuldip Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya

Playing 11:

Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, James Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jayant Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult

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