Mumbai Indians opener Opener Quinton de Kock who was battling poor form off- late finally roared back to form with a blistering 50-ball 70 as Mumbai Indians beat Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 game in Delhi.
Put in to bat, Rajasthan rode on 42 by skipper Sanju Samson and Jos Buttler’s 41 to post a competitive 171 for four but their efforts was overshadowed by de Kock, who struck six fours and two maximums to complete the task in 18.3 overs at the Arun Jaitley Stadium.
Krunal Pandya also played a useful cameo, smashing 39 off 26 balls with the help of two fours and as many sixes.
Mumbai openers Rohit Sharma (14) and de Kock put up 49 for the first wicket. The South African fetched his first boundary, a cover drive, and then launched into left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman (1/37) for a four and a maximum. While Rohit played his trademark pull-shot to get a six in the fifth over.
e Kock hammered Chris Morris (2/33) for another maximum but Rohit perished in the sixth over, giving a dolly to Chetan Sakariya at mid-on.
Leg-spinner Rahul Tewatia (0/30) conceded three boundaries in the seventh over, two by Suryakumar Yadav (16; 3×4) and one by de Kock, as Mumbai got 14 runs.
However, Morris brought back Rajasthan by removing Surya, as Mumbai slipped to 83/2.
Krunal joined de Kock, who completed his half-century in 35 balls and then got a life. Krunal smashed a six over the sight-screen off Tewatia, in the 15th over, which fetched Mumbai 12 runs as they needed 41 runs from the last five overs.
De Kock and Krunal added 63 runs for the third wicket and brought the side closer to a win.
A profligate Morris conceded 16 runs in the 18th over, as Kieron Pollard (16 not out) and de Kock took them on the cusp of a win.
Earlier, Samson blazed his way to 42 off 27 balls as Rajasthan Royals posted a competitive 171 for four. Shivam Dube (35 off 31 balls; 2×4, 2×6) and Samson, who hit five boundaries, added 57 runs for the third wicket, with the Mumbaikar playing some aggressive shots. Samson also kept playing shots at will, as he hit two successive boundaries, in the 16th over off Boult, which fetched his team 14 runs.
However, Boult cleaned up Samson in the 18th over and then Bumrah dismissed Dube in the penultimate over, as the Mumbai bowlers kept things tight in the last four overs. RR got 45 runs in the last five overs.