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Rajasthan Royals 171/4 (20 ov)
Mumbai Indians 172/3 (18.3 ov)
Mumbai Indians won by 7 wickets
Player of the match: Quinton de Kock
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They wanted to play positive cricket and didn't they do that or what! An absolute clinic today from the Mumbai Indians as they consolidate their position in that top four. With each team having played six games apiece, there is a clear demarcation between the top four and the bottom four at the moment. Some of the teams have some real catching up to do but it can all change rather quickly in this intense competition. The Rajasthan Royals for one, will certainly hope to climb their way up sooner rather than later after today's defeat.
Quinton de Kock (Player of the Match): I think its a much better wicket than Chennai in general. It skid on a little bit better and it was about playing the situation. We spoke about it and the coach and Rohit wanted us to come out and be positive today. That's what we did and we came out on top. (What did he enjoy the most?) Getting the team to the end - I haven't done that too often. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I just told the coach 'Please sign me up, I want to be positive'. That's all I tried to do and it came off. I have played enough to understand how to go about it. I just had to rethink about what I've done in the past and just do it again.
Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians Captain): Absolutely brilliant. We needed that win after a couple of losses. We did pretty much everything right today from the first ball and were very clinical towards the end. We took the responsibility when it was given to individuals. It was a complete team effort. The guys were positive on knowing that they were going to Delhi and get a good pitch unlike Chennai. We've played a lot of games here and understand the conditions. With small boundaries and a good pitch you always back yourselves. But I think the bowlers did the job for us; they came back pretty well. In the last 7 overs we gave just 50 odd runs with 7 wickets in hand for them. And it was a clinical finish with the bat towards the end. I think playing the conditions is very important. We knew that once we finish the Chennai leg we will play on good pitches. You will be faced with challenges and Chennai was challenging. We didn't adapt well as a unit in Chennai. Over here, the pitch suits our bowlers and the batters can come and play the game that they want to. There's a lot of discussion that happens. We play in a certain manner. We want guys to be fearless. At the same time we want one guy to play the anchor role and the others to bat around. It's very easy to go down when they are 110 in 12 overs. It's very easy to lose confidence but we stuck to our plans and did what we wanted to do. Very happy for Quinny - we know how dangerous he can be and good to see how he finished the game along with Polly. Not to forget Krunal's knock was very important as well.
Krunal Pandya (Mumbai Indians): Finally I got a few balls before I could express myself. Definitely a good feeling; momentum is really important in this tournament. Once you start winning that first game, you can win two-three in a row. Obviously as a team we like the ball coming onto the bat and this wicket does that. Looking forward to the next three games as well here and continue this winning momentum. Terrific spell (from Bumrah). Not just today but he has done it day in and day out. He again showed his class in those though overs. The way he executes is amazing.
Sanju Samson (Rajasthan Royals Captain): We were surely 20-25 runs short. We had a good start and were building up nicely but we didn't finish it off well. They have a very decent bowling lineup like almost every team in the IPL. I think its about the batsmen performing a bit more. I am sure we will do well in the coming matches. Till now I think the bowlers have done a really good job. It was a good wicket and they batted really well. It's just about scoring more runs with the bat. We need to trust ourselves and play with confidence and the fearlessness which this format demands. We will come back, back ourselves and play some positive cricket.
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172 was never going to be a challenging target on this surface and the Mumbai Indians made light work of it. A couple of tidy overs from Chetan Sakariya and Jaydev Unadkat greeted the opening duo of Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock. With nothing to offer from the surface though, it was only a matter of time before they started freeing up. Having started the tournament on a scratchy note in Chennai, de Kock took to this strip like fish to water as he pounced on any loose delivery that was there for the taking. He was so good that even a couple of drives that went to the fielder were timed beautifully.

Rohit brought out a trademark front foot pull but alas, a half-hearted chip over mid-on off the final delivery of the Powerplay saw his downfall. Suryakumar Yadav started on a typically positive note before he too perished against the run of play - yet another soft dismissal as he chipped one to short mid-wicket to give Chris Morris his second for the day.

de Kock looked in ominous touch though and he brought up his first half-century of the season in real good time to ensure that MI were never behind the 8-ball throughout the run chase. Krunal Pandya received a promotion to number 4 and he ensured that the runs kept ticking by with a 26-ball 39 of his own.

Pandya Senior eventually chopped one on to his stumps off Mustafizur Rahman but the game was well and truly in the hands of the Mumbai Indians. A couple of hits from Kieron Pollard sealed the deal as Mumbai got home in a canter to sew up two points and return to winning ways. A positive beginning to the Delhi leg of their campaign.

The bowling could have been tidier from the Rajasthan Royals but the pitch simply offered them nothing against some high quality batsmanship. There wasn't enough bite from the bowlers and the lack of a wicket-taking spinner through the middle-overs continues to hamper them. The loss does come down to the failure to kick on after a solid start with the bat as the Royals have slid to their fourth loss in six games so far.
And that is that - easy as you like for the defending champions! Mumbai Indians win by 7 wickets with 9 deliveries to spare!
18.3 Mustafizur Rahman to Kieron Pollard, MI WIN BY 7 WICKETS! Length ball on the pads and Pollard helps this one away to the fine-leg region and that has raced away to the ropes. They are back to winning ways are the defending champions!
18.2 Mustafizur Rahman to Quinton de Kock, low full-toss at the stumps, de Kock heaves this one away to the deep mid-wicket region for a single
18.1 Mustafizur Rahman to Quinton de Kock, FOUR! Slow and full outside the off-stump, de Kock drives this one through the cover region as he holds his shape and generates the power to send it to the ropes.
They're doing it in a canter now. Down to single digits as just 9 runs are required off the final two overs. This could well end up being the final over of this contest
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163 /3 score
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cricket ball icon Chris Morris
17.6 Chris Morris to Quinton de Kock, length ball outside the off-stump, de Kock gently taps this one to the off side for a single to end the over
17.5 Chris Morris to Kieron Pollard, short of a good-length just outside the off-stump, Pollard guides this one down to third man for a single this time
17.4 Chris Morris to Kieron Pollard, slower bouncer, short and outside the off-stump and Pollard waits for this one and slaps it to the point fielder, dot ball
He seems to be fine which is a good sign but the physio will come out and conduct the concussion test on Pollard
17.3 Chris Morris to Kieron Pollard, FOUR LEG BYES! Short ball this time and Pollard was trying to duck under this one as it just crashes onto the helmet. It races away to the fine-leg fence as they pick up four leg byes. Concussion protocols will take place anyways!
17.2 Chris Morris to Kieron Pollard, FOUR! Full and angling into the batsman, Pollard with a lot of bottom hand involved, gets this one away off the inside half of the bat to deep backward square boundary this time
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