In the 42nd game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, Mumbai Indians (MI) beat Rajasthan Royals (RR) by six wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in the 1000th game of the marquee tournament. With this win, MI grabbed the seventh position in the points table with eight points in their pocket.
RR captain Sanju Samson won the toss and opted to bat first on a batting-friendly deck. The Jaipur-based outfit scored a mammoth total of 214/7, all courtesy of a scintillating century from the young southpaw batter, Yashasvi Jaiswal.
While chasing, MI lost their skipper Rohit Sharma (3) in the second over, as he was dismissed by Sandeep Sharma. Cameron Green (44) came up with a fiery intent, and tried to play some shots to create momentum, along with Ishan Kishan (28), and built a 62 runs partnership for the second wicket, before Kishan got out by Ravichandran Ashwin in the ninth over. Suryakumar Yadav (55) started his innings in a very flamboyant way, as he started his innings with a first-ball six, counter-attacked, and bamboozled the RR bowlers. He was assisted by Tilak Varma (29)*, but Trent Boult got rid of SKY and gave RR a sniff to snatch the game from Mumbai, but Tim David (45)* belted the RR bowlers in Wankhede, and chased the high score. This was the first time that a team had chased a 200+ score at this venue.
RR had a tough day in the office with the ball, but Ashwin once again proved with his experience, as he got two wickets, whereas Boult and Sandeep scalped one wicket each.
In the first innings, RR had a carnage start, as Jaiswal (124) had a brilliant day with the bat. He batted elegantly and played some beautiful strokes, and made his maiden IPL ton. On the other hand, the batters like Jos Buttler (18), Samson (14), and Jason Holder (11) did not contribute a lot, but the century from the 21-year-old prodigy helped RR to score a massive total on the board.
MI bowlers have spent a lot of runs, but the veteran leg spinner, Piyush Chawla delivered a very economical spell, where he got two wickets, by giving 34 runs. The left-arm pacer, Arshad Khan scalped three wickets, whereas Jofra Archer got one wicket.
Despite his ton going in vain, Yashasvi Jaiswal was adjudged Player of the Match for his majestic innings which had 16 fours and eight sixes.
Rajasthan Royals: 212/7, Overs 20, Yashasvi Jaiswal 122, Arshad Khan 3/39
Mumbai Indians: 214/4, Overs 19.3, Suryakumar Yadav 55, Ravichandran Ashwin 2/27