Rohit Sharma won the toss and chose to bat first. After staying quiet for the first two overs, Rohit and de Kock started playing their shots. Rohit targeted Rajpoot and de Kock went after Archer. Within the blink of an eye, MI had raced to 41-0. 19-year old Kartik Tyagi impressed everyone with his express pace, as he bounced out de Kock in his very first over. Suryakumar Yadav joined the skipper at the crease, and the duo maintained a good rate as their team reached 88 at the end of 9 overs, with only one wicket down.
Shreyas Gopal then came to turn the match around, as he picked the MI skipper for 35, and Ishan Kishan for a golden duck. Krunal Pandya got a promotion as he walked out to bat at number five, and forged a partnership with Yadav. Krunal struggled however, and perished after a struggling 12 off 17 balls. Hardik joined Yadav and both started to give the finishing punches. Jofra Archer was bowling with a lot of fire, still was getting smashed as Yadav reminded everyone how good a finisher he is, with his hitting range mostly behind the stumps. MI finished at a comprehensive 193-4.
Chasing a big score, RR got off to an awful start as comeback man Yashaswi Jaiswal got out for a second ball duck. Smith came at his usual number three but returned back to the pavilion after an ugly slog against Bumrah. Samson too lost his wicket soon while trying to hit his way out of trouble as RR were 12-3 after 3 overs.
Jos Buttler was standing tall amidst the ruins, as he saw Lomror come and go, without playing any innings of substance. As long as Buttler was there, there was hope as he kept on hitting a boundary an over, and also got to a fifty. When he was at 70, he tried to deposit Pattinson out of the park, but found Pollard in between as the WI all rounder pulled off a stunner at long on. After his dismissal, it was just a matter of time before Rajasthan folded, as Bumrah ran through the lower middle order and got four wickets. Archer, coming in at number eight, slammed a few boundaries but it never was going to be enough as they fell short of the target by 57 runs.
-- Jatin Shad