Mumbai Indians (MI) finally opened their account in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 after defeating Rajasthan Royals (RR) by five wickets at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai on Saturday.
Chasing 159, Mumbai lost both openers early for 41 inside the powerplay. Before the Royals could capitalise further, the pair of Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma joined hands to steady the ship.
The duo brought back Mumbai into the game by forming a much-needed 81 runs partnership for the second wicket. Surya smashed a brilliant half-century and was looking to cruise through before Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed him for a well-made 51 off 39 balls. In the very next over, Tilak also lost his wicket as MI were reduced to 122/4 in 15.2 overs.
The contest did go down to the final over, but MI eventually managed to win the game to register their maiden victory in the tournament.
Earlier, Jos Buttler yet again shined with the bat, helping Rajasthan post a competitive total. The English batter held one end despite consistent fall of wickets and smashed his third half-century of the fifteenth season.
Buttler scored 67 runs off 52 deliveries with the help of five fours and four sixes. Apart from the right-handed batter, Ravichandran Ashwin smashed a quickfire 9-ball 21, propelling the Royals to post 158/6 on the board in their allotted 20 overs.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
That's it – no more tense moments in the last over
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 2022
Finally on the mark #MumbaiIndians
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 30, 2022
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 30, 2022
Grt victory guys! We have tasted the victory a bit late in this season, but that won’t take away how good a team we are. Well batted #IshanKishan #TilakVarma #SuryakumarYadav some quick fire knock by #TimDavid & tht winning six frm #DanielSams 👏👏 #RRvMI #IPL2022 #MumbaiIndians
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) April 30, 2022
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) April 30, 2022
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 30, 2022
The wounds of the last eight games converted a pretty reasonable chase into a slightly jittery one for #MI. With the monkey off the back, I won't be surprised if we see more powerful performances in the remaining games.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 30, 2022
— Bharath Ramaraj (@Fancricket12) April 30, 2022
Not our night. 😔
Proud of that fight boys! 💗
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) April 30, 2022
Relief and must say pleased for @mipaltan Imp for what has happened to them this season. Should get better. Tim David can be the finisher they need. Should play all games.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) April 30, 2022
Mumbai Indians won an IPL match after 200+ days.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) April 30, 2022
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) April 30, 2022