Tim David’s pure hitting sealed a thrilling win for Mumbai Indians against Rajasthan Royals

Mumbai Indians players celebrate after the match 42 of the Tata Indian Premier League (the 1000th match of the Indian Premier League since its inception in 2008) between the Mumbai Indians and the Rajasthan Royals held at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on the 30th April 2023 Photo by: Vipin Pawar / SPORTZPICS for IPL

Mumbai Indians (MI) defeated Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 4 wickets in the 1000th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL), registering their fourth win of the season. With 17 needed in the final over, Tim David smashed three consecutive sixes to wrap up the big chase of 213 runs with three balls to spare. David played a superb cameo of an unbeaten 45 off 14 balls, stitching a crucial 62-run stand with Tilak Varma (29*) to take MI home in a high-scoring thriller.

Batting first, RR got off to a flier as Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Butler added 72 runs in 7 overs. Piyush Chawla gave the much-needed breakthrough for MI, dismissing Butler for 18. RR captain Sanju Samson did not last long and walked back for 14. In the next over, Chawla bowled a beautiful googly to outfox Devudtt Padikkal (2). Though wickets kept falling, Jaiswal batted brilliantly to hit some delightful shots and kept the scoring rate up.

Jaiswal played a sensational inning to bring up his maiden IPL century, becoming the fourth-youngest batter to score a century in the cash-rich league. Jaiswal’s terrific knock of 124 off 62 balls guided RR to a mammoth 212/7, their highest total against MI in the IPL.

In reply, the hosts lost their captain Rohit Sharma (3) early in the second over. But Ishan Kishan (28) and Cameron Green (44) played an attacking game to add 62 runs for the second wicket. However, Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed both the settled batters in his successive overs to bring RR back into the game. Suryakumar Yadav produced a batting masterclass, scoring 55 off 29-balls to lay the perfect platform for David and Varma to explode.

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