5 times Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Mumbai Indians got their first win of IPL 2022 after 8 consecutive defeats, when they beat Rajasthan Royals. Batting first, Rajasthan could only manage to score 158 runs, which Mumbai Indians chased down with 5 wickets still in hand.
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma decided to ball first after winning the toss. Jos Buttler and Devdutt Padikkal, who came out to open the innings for Rajasthan Royals, shared a 26-run partnership for the first wicket. Padikkal returned to the pavilion after playing an innings of 15 runs in 15 balls. At the same time, captain Sanju Samson, who came out to bat, after scoring 16 runs in 7 balls, also was dismissed.
But Jos Buttler was continuously working to increase the team’s score from one end. Buttler did not show his natural game in his innings, but despite this, he managed to play an important innings of 67 runs from 52 balls. At the same time, due to Shimron Hetmyer not batting openly in the last overs, the Rajasthan Royals team managed to reach 158 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 20 overs. For Mumbai, Hrithik Shokeen and Riley Meredith took 2 wickets each while Daniel Sams and Kumar Kartikeya took 1 wicket each.
Chasing the score of 159 runs, Mumbai Indians got off to a quick start, in which Ishan Kishan entered the field with an aggressive thinking. But on the other hand, on the occasion of his birthday, captain Rohit Sharma could not do anything special with the bat and gave his wicket to Ravi Ashwin after scoring just 2 runs.
At the same time, Ishan Kishan also returned to the pavilion after scoring 26 runs in 18 balls. Due to which Mumbai Indians lost their 2 wickets till the score of 41.
After this, a very important partnership between Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Verma for the third wicket, which worked to turn the match completely towards Mumbai Indians. Suryakumar Yadav scored 51 runs in 39 balls, while Tilak Verma also scored 35 runs in 30 balls. Mumbai Indians team the target in 19.2 overs and registered their first win of the season.
Mumbai fans were finally so happy to see their team win the first match of the season after a huge struggle.
RR giving 2 points to Mumbai Indians this season pic.twitter.com/qRVlnz6iWN— Neeche Se Topper (@NeecheSeTopper) April 30, 2022
When MI finally win a match pic.twitter.com/E0TXZgAIES— Sagar (@sagarcasm) April 30, 2022
Off the mark boyssssssss— Jofra Archer (@JofraArcher) April 30, 2022
Yesterday IPL match reminded me that Mumbai Indians also playing in IPL 2022. MI first win🥳— Vatsalya Rawat (@rawat_vatsalya) May 1, 2022
Perfect birthday gift for Hitman 😍.— A. J. Nath 🇮🇳 (@ArunJyotiNath2) May 1, 2022
Winnn after 8 games for the @mipaltan.😥😥 Now waiting for a big knock from @ImRo45 ✌️✌️✌️.#MIvsRR pic.twitter.com/Td65u1J1IE
After a long time 💙 Missed this winning feeling 🎉 @mipaltan pic.twitter.com/azIGvxkM31— Abhisek Barik (@itsme_abhisek) May 1, 2022