Quinton de Cock reached a brilliant 70 out of 50 deliveries and Crowned Panda repulsed by 39 of 26 deliveries as defensive champions Mumbai Indians passed Rajasthan Royals on Thursday in Aaron Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.
Chasing a total of 171 runs, MI lost a skipper Rohit Sharma (14) early, but de Kok dropped the anchor and stayed in the middle to steer his country along the finish line. He was joined by Krunal, who scored 26-ball 39, while the two sewed a stand with 63 moves. Clothing in Mumbai eventually drove the total with nine deliveries.
Earlier, Royals captain Sanju Samson made his way to 42 of 27 balls as the Rajasthan Royals posted a racing 171 for four against the Mumbai Indians in IPL here on Thursday. Put on a bat, Rajasthani opening devices Joss Butler (41 of 32) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (32 of 20) laid the groundwork with their 66 stands in 7.4 frames.
Butler started with a border with the first ball, clicking on the fence of the fine legs. Then the Englishman took his second four Jasprit bumrah (1/15), a cheeky blow to the third person’s border. Jaiswal chose his first limit in the third over Trent Bout (1/37), pulling to the back limit with square feet.
Butler, who has a life, then enlarged the ante. He threw himself against the spinning rim Yayant Yadav (0/37), killing a four and then a maximum, in the fifth over.
Jaiswal also shifted gears as he hit four and a maximum, his trademark pulls, excluding consecutive deliveries Nathan Coulter-Neal (0/35), as his team accumulated 14 tracks from the sixth and ran to 47/0 after power-play.
Butler, who was in his element, smashed Jayant for another six in the seventh. Butler hit another high, this time by Rahul Chahar (2/33), but the Legion rejected him on the next ball, causing him to be stumbled by Quinton De Kok.
Samson started with a boundary, a cut shot and then hit two frontiers from Krunal Pandya in the ninth, in which RR received 12 runs. But Chahar struck again, this time eliminating Jaiswal as he repulsed the return catch.
Shivam Dubet (35 of 31 balls; 2×4, 2×6) and Samson, who robbed five borders, called 57 tracks for the third goal, with Mumbaikar playing aggressive shots. Samson also continued to play shots at will as he hit two consecutive boundaries, at the 16th end of Boult, which brought his team 14 tracks.
However, Boult cleared Samson in the 18th, and then Bumrah fired Dube in the penultimate one as the Mumbai bombs held things tight for the past four overs. RR has received 45 tracks in the last five overs.
(With PTI inputs)