Mumbai Indians won a third straight match and moved top of the Indian Premier League as they recorded a 57-run win over slumping Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday. Earlier in the day Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bat first.
Mumbai Indians rode on a sizzling unbeaten 79 off 44 balls by Suryakumar Yadav to post 193 for 4 and then bundled out Rajasthan Royals for 136 to register a comfortable win.
Suryakumar Yadav also picked the man of the match award for his performance.
While Trent Boult dismissed Jaiswal and Samson, Smith and Lomror became victims of Jasprit Bumrah and Rahul Chahar.
"We had a tough week where we had three back to back games, so we get a bit of a break now, so it is good to go into the break with three consecutive wins", he signed off.
Chasing a formidable target of 194, only Jos Buttler, who played a knock of 70 runs, got going for the Steve Smith-led side.
It was the first time the 26-year-old was handed the new ball in the tournament and Bumrah didn't disappoint, returning with the impressive figures of 4/20, including the prized scalp of Steve Smith.
The Kolkata-based franchise, in their last game, were outclassed by Delhi Capitals and they will have their task cut out against CSK, who thrashed Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets in their previous outing. Bumrah was not happy with his performance so far in the Indian Premier League (IPL). We knew that the main batsman of Rajasthan is in his top order and that's why we wanted to give him a chance.
He said, "It was a new wicket and there was grass on it". As much as I understood Bumrah through the IPL, he wants to do better in every next match than before. Mumbai Indians have now eight points in six matches with a net run rate of +1.488.
"We have started to really hit our straps". Against the Royals, we knew how risky Jos Buttler can be.
"Against Smith we tried to block that scoring zone in the leg-side and we forced him to play on the offside". "He just was not kicking on, we saw his talent against the Rajasthan Royals, he is a sensational player, he scores all around the ground, and a key member of this group", he said.