IPL 2020, Match 20: Plethora of records splintered as MI decimate RR
First Published 6, Oct 2020, 11:40 PM
This was Mumbai Indians' fourth win of the season in six matches, as they rise to the top of the points table. Meanwhile, RR suffered their third defeat in five matches, as they slid down to the seventh spot. MI are the four-time defending champions of the tournament.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) came up with the champion's performance, as they drubbed former champions Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 57 runs in Match 20 of the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL). The match was held in Abu Dhabi, as MI rise to the top of the table, while RR are down to the seventh.
Match report: Winning the toss, MI skipper Rohit Sharma elected to bat first. The decision turned out to be a good one, as they managed to post a challenging total of 193/4. It was Suryakumar Yadav's unbeaten knock of 79 that played the focal role in the innings, along with Rohit's 35 and Hardik Pandya's unbeaten 30.
In reply, RR were off to a nervous start, losing their opening three wickets within just three overs into the innings. Although wicketkeeper-opener Jos Buttler played a strong knock of a 44-ball 70, his dismissal in the 14th over sealed the fate. None of the other batsmen could score beyond 15, as Jasprit Bumrah's fiery spell of 4/20 destroyed their pursuit, while a plethora of records was scripted.
MI and RR batsmen script an unwanted one: Although MI managed to post a challenging total tonight, they yet scripted an unwanted record, along with RR. Both are now the teams to have lost most wickets in the powerplay (10), going past the previous record of seven, by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
MI score second-most in death: Nonetheless, MI did script a good one, as they have now scored their second-most runs between overs 16-20 this season, in their last four matches. While they scored 68 tonight, their best happens to be 89, against RCB and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP).
Suryakumar plays career-best IPL knock: Suryakumar was undoubtedly the man for MI tonight, as his unbeaten 79 happened to be his best knock of the tournament, to date. His previous best was 72, against the very side, in 2018.
Suryakumar second-best behind square: Digging deeper, we came across an interesting stat. Suryakumar has now scored the second-most runs in an IPL innings, in the V region, behind square. He scored 37 runs in the region tonight, while the record for the same is held by Rishabh Pant, who had scored 42 against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), in 2018.
MI produce most 50-plus scorers: In an exciting observation, MI have become the team to produce most batsmen, who have scored half-centuries, this season. Besides Suryakumar, there are four more, who happen to be Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock and Kieron Pollard.
RR batsmen script another unwanted one: RR's PP collapse saw them script another record, as they have now scored the second-lowest PP total this season. The lowest happens to be Delhi Capitals (DC), who had scored 23/3 against KXIP.
MI bowlers claim joint-most in PP: The MI bowlers came up with a fine record, as the side has now claimed the most wickets in the PP this season. They join KXIP, as both have claimed 10 wickets during the phase.
Bumrah registers best IPL figures: Pacer Bumrah was back with a bang, as he claimed four wickets to slay RR's batting line-up. In the process, he registered his best IPL figures to date (4/20), going past his previous best of 3/7, against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), in 2017. He has also become the joint-most wicket-taker between over 16-20 this season, alongside Kagiso Rabada (9).