Coulter-Nile's 4/14, Neesham's 3/12, Bumrah's 2/14 Help Restrict RR to 90/9
This is a must-win match for both teams.
A sensational bowling performance by Nathan Coulter-Nile (4/14) and James Neesham (3/12) helped Mumbai Indians restrict Rajasthan Royals to a paltry total of 90/9 in the 51st match of IPL 2021 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.
Apart from Coulter-Nile and James Neesham, Jasprit Bumrah (2/14) also picked two crucial wickets for Mumbai.
For Rajasthan, opener Evin Lewis was the top-scorer with his 24.
After being put into bat first by Rohit Sharma, Lewis and Yashasvi Jaiswal gave Rajasthan a flying start hitting multiple boundaries and taking the team to 26/0 in 3 overs.
However, Mumbai fought back with quick wickets. Nathan Coulter-Nile gave his team the first breakthrough as he dismissed Jaiswal for 12. Yashasvi looked to cut a wide delivery short outside off stump but ended up nicking the ball to keeper Kishan.
Jasprit Bumrah then removed the dangerous Evin Lewis (24 off 19 balls), leaving Rajasthan struggling at 41/2 in 5.3 overs.
James Neesham, who was playing his first match of UAE leg of IPL 2021, then struck on his very first ball to get rid of Rajasthan skipper Sanju Samson (3). Few overs later, Kiwi all-rounder grabbed his second wicket of the game as he dismissed Shivam Dube (3), who dragged a full and wide delivery outside off stump onto the stumps.
Thereafter, Rajasthan kept on losing wickets one after another and struggled to score all throughout the innings.
All the batters -- Glenn Phillips (4), David Miller (15), Rahul Tewatia (12), Shreyas Gopal (0), Chetan Sakariya (6), who came to bat next couldn't get going and got out cheaply.
In the end, Rajasthan somehow managed to post a total of 90/9 in 20 overs. Mustafizur Rahman (8) and Kuldip Yadav remained not out at the crease.
This is the lowest total at Sharjah in IPL history and the lowest for RR this season.
(With inputs from IANS)
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