Sanju Samson: “I think we could have scored a few more runs. The dew came in and it was hard to bowl. It was getting wet. The ball was getting wet so that’s why they changed the ball. Different venues are playing in different ways. Here, batting first was a bit tougher, the ball was a bit two-paced. I think batting second was much better. It depends on the wicket you are playing on.”
Ishan Kishan: “Not an easy time for us but this is the time when we need to stick together, focus on what we have done, how we have prepared. We did not win matches earlier, but today I love the effort put up by the team. [Final 5 overs in the dugout] In cricket, these things happen. You will lose wickets and you will score runs. But the intent from every batsman who was in there was pretty clear, just to finish the game. If the ball was there to hit, just hit it.
Hopefully, we will win more matches in the coming games. I was keeping a wicket and the wicket was not easy once the ball gets old, not easy to hit sixes. So my intent was to give a good start in the first six overs so that we can use the Powerplay well and it’s easier for the batsmen who are coming in to settle down. They can take a few balls so the plans were very clear for those of us batting up the order. Obviously, we want to win all the games here. Let’s see what happens. We need to forget this match now and focus on the next game.”
Rohit Sharma: “[When asked if this was a good birthday gift] I would definitely take it. That’s how we play. The real potential came out today, with the ball especially. We knew it was gonna be tough to restrict them to that total, but I thought they kept applying the pressure. With that batting lineup, we knew if we keep taking wickets, it was going to be difficult for them. So that’s what we wanted to try and we did that perfectly today. [On what went right today] This is the team we played in the first couple of games except for a few bowling changes.
When you have a season like that, you’re not sure of your combination. You want to try out so many things, and that’s obvious because you’re trying to get the right combination. The conditions are different. When you play at DY, the ball tends to grip a little bit. But when you play at CCI, Wankhede, Pune, the pitches seem to be absolutely flat there. With that in mind, we try to field the best combination. Yes, it hasn’t worked for the eight games we played, but we were not blown away by the opposition. We came really close and we lost crucial games. Had we won those, things would be different for us.
[On the spinners Shokeen and Kartikeya] Both of these guys are quite courageous. When you speak to them, you know that they want to do something special and they don’t want to go into hiding. It gives me the confidence to bowl them at any given stage. It was a brave call when I got Shokeen to bowl to Buttler when he was absolutely set. Yes, he got a few sixes, but eventually, he got him out and that helped us to restrict them to another 10 or 15 runs. If you look at the overall picture, we played very well. Bowlers came together and the batters did the job for us as well.”
Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians Highlights today, Saturday 30-4-2022. 44th Match (N), Tata Indian Premier League from Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai.
MI win the toss and choose to bowl first.
Rajasthan Royals team: 1 Jos Buttler, 2 Devdutt Padikkal, 3 Sanju Samson (capt. & wk), 4 Shimron Hetmyer, 5 Daryl Mitchell, 6 Riyan Parag, 7 R Ashwin, 8 Trent Boult, 9 Prasidh Krishna, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Kuldeep Sen
Mumbai Indians team: 1 Rohit Sharma (capt.), 2 Ishan Kishan (wk), 3 Tim David, 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Tilak Varma, 6 Kieron Pollard, 7 Daniel Sams, 8 Kumar Kartikeya Singh, 9 Hrithik Shokeen, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Riley Meredith
Player of the Match goes to Suryakumar Yadav: “I think it was really important in that situation to play until the end. My job at No. 3 was to take the game ahead from where Rohit left and very happy with the way things ended. It was a good one from the team’s point of view. Losing so many games, was an important win to have a good atmosphere amongst the team.
[Asked where he feels is his best position to bat] I have enjoyed batting at all the positions, but I love batting at No. 3 because the situation I go in, I can pace my innings accordingly looking at the situation. I love batting at No. 3, but at the same time, I am really flexible. [What does the win do for team morale] It spreads loads and loads and loads of positivity. At practice sessions, we are enjoying each other’s company and not thinking about what’s coming ahead, just living in the moment and enjoying it.”
Head to head
Total matches played: 26
RR Won: 12
MI Won: 13
Match Timings: 14:00 GMT | 19:30 Local
Umpires – Bruce Oxenford, Yeshwant Barde
TV Umpires – Navdeep Singh
Match Referee – Manu Nayyar
Reserve Umpire – Tapan Sharma
Match number – Tata IPL 2022 – Seasone 15, 44th Match