TATA IPL 2024 Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals match Highlights and Player of the Match: In Match No. 14 of IPL 2024, Rajasthan Royals continued their dream run in IPL 2024 by defeating Mumbai Indians by 6 wickets at the Wankhede Stadium. This emphatic win, their third in a row, takes them to the top of the points table.

Mumbai’s struggle continued and they were bundled out for just 125/9. Trent Boult’s aggressive opening spell was the highlight, in which he dismissed Rohit Sharma, Naman Dheer and Dewald Brewis for a duck on the very first ball.

Boult (3/22) got plenty of support from the controlled spin of Yuzvendra Chahal (3/11) in the middle overs, which ensured that Mumbai never recovered. Hardik Pandya (34) and Tilak Verma (32) struggled for some time making a partnership of 56 runs, but their efforts went in vain.

It is no surprise that Rajasthan Royals are on top. Their bowling attack, especially in the powerplay, has been exceptional. He has taken the most wickets (9) in the first six overs, demonstrating his early dominance this season. This aggressive approach has stifled the opposition batting lineup, putting them on the back foot right from the start.

Chasing a modest target, Rajasthan Royals faltered in the beginning and lost the wickets of Yashasvi Jaiswal and Sanju Samson cheaply. However, their last match hero Riyan Parag (54*) emerged once again.

Displaying new maturity, Parag chased down the target with a composed innings. Jos Buttler (13) and Ravichandran Ashwin (16) provided valuable support before falling. Despite losing the wicket, the small target gave the Royals a chance to play freely. Parag, along with debutant Shubham Dubey, gave his team an easy win with 4 overs remaining.

Rajasthan Royals Captain Sanju Samson: "Winning the toss definitely turned the tide in our favor. It played a pivotal role, especially with the conditions being quite challenging initially. Leveraging Trent Boult and Nandre Burger's expertise early on was key to our strategy.Their experience really shone through. Having Boult, with his extensive international cricket background, alongside Burger made a significant difference.

Honestly, the early wickets were beyond our expectations, but their performances were exceptional.Our team is blessed with notable talents, yet it's the collective understanding of our role within the team that truly makes us stand out. Ashwin, for instance, adapting his bowling to the slowing pitch, exemplifies this perfectly, maintaining pressure during the crucial middle overs.There's a unique zeal within the squad to excel every IPL season. Watching Yuzvendra Chahal step up and deliver such an impactful performance tonight was a testament to that spirit."  

Mumbai Indians Captain Hardik Pandya: “The start wasn’t ideal for us, and losing my wicket was a turning point, hindering our chances of reaching a competitive total. However, this game's nature offers both challenges and opportunities, and I’m not one to shy away from difficult pitches. It’s about sticking to our strengths and maintaining discipline. Despite today’s outcome, I have full faith in our comeback. It's about courage and discipline now.”  


Trent Boult: "Certainly, in this format, nothing's guaranteed, yet I'm pleased to fulfil my role, especially taking wickets early on. Winning the toss and executing our plan set the tone, putting them under pressure right from the start. Facing Rohit, I always aim to mix it up; it's rewarding when the plan succeeds. Nandre Burger brings immense value with his confident South African bowling style, complementing our attack that includes consistent performers like Sandeep, Ashwin, and Chahal. It's an honour to be part of this unit."

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