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Sandeep Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal headline Rajasthan’s nine-wicket win over Mumbai Indians
Apr 23, 2024 02:14 pm

Divya Delhi :The Rajasthan Royals ended their home stand at Sawai Mansingh Stadium with a nine-wicket thumping of the Mumbai Indians, capping off an incredible night that saw them win four of their previous five games there this year. Before they relocate their bases to Guwahati for the remainder of the season, that may also solidify their playoff position.For the first time this season, Jaiswal chose the ideal hour to call forth a torrent of boundaries even though there were no rain signs on the radar.Riding a run of poor scores, Jaiswal held his ground against Jasprit Bumrah and the hard-hitting newcomer Nuwan Thushara before capitalizing on Gerald Coetzee's meek speed. He gave five fours and a six in an instant, then waltzed back to his best. Rajasthan reached 61 on the powerplay thanks to Jaiswal and Jos Buttler, and then the heavens opened for over forty minutes.Ironically, MI captain Hardik Pandya was happy with his decision to bat first on a dry wicket, citing a relative lack of dew. Still, Sandeep Sharma and Trent Boult hardly needed twenty minutes to upset Mumbai's batting order. In the opening over, Boult caught Rohit Sharma off guard once more. Sharma's lack of decisiveness against the left-armer allowed for a reckless slog that lofted into Samson's gloves.MI only hinted at a semblance of a return because of the extra effort put in by Tilak Varma (65), and Nehal Wadhera. During the middle overs, the left-handed duo amassed 99 runs for the fifth wicket, dismissing Avesh Khan and Yuzvendra Chahal while rendering R Ashwin wicketless for the sixth time in a row.The coming back Sandeep took advantage of Ishan Kishan's apprehensions over the movement and discovered a weak outside edge, which Samson successfully reviewed from behind the stumps. Then Sandeep moved on to oust the intimidating Suryakumar Yadav. He delivered a dipping strike with great ingenuity, but the Royals significantly reduced their wastefulness in the end. Wadhera was dismissed by Chahal on 49 in his debut, but an uncoordinated Avesh's low full-toss caught an unmotivated Hardik.After missing five games due to injury, Sandeep finished his comeback with his first-ever five-wicket performance. As MI had a second breakdown in the innings, he coated Tilak (65), Tim David, and Coetzee with a smooth spread of slower deliveries.At the death, nevertheless, the Royals severely reined in their excess. Wadhera was dismissed by Chahal on 49 in his debut, but an uncoordinated Avesh's low full-toss caught an unmotivated Hardik.