Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals Highlights today, Tuesday 5-10-2021 – 51st Match (N), Indian Premier League season 14th from Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Rohit Sharma won the toss and will bowl first.
Rohit: “We have tried everything in this UAE leg, but the wicket here doesn’t change much. We know where we stand at the moment. Two changes: Ishan for de Kock and Neesham for Krunal.”
Samson: “We have to keep it simple – keep on trusting ourselves and our routines. Two changes: Shreyas Gopal in for Mayank Markande, and Kuldip Yadav in for Akash Singh.”
IPL 2021 Points Table
Mumbai Indians team: 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Ishan Kishan (wk), 3 Suryakumar Yadav, 4 Saurabh Tiwary, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Jimmy Neesham, 8 Jayant Yadav, 9 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Trent Boult.
Rajasthan Royals team: 1 Evin Lewis, 2 Yashasvi Jaiswal, 3 Sanju Samson (capt & wk), 4 Shivam Dube, 5 Glenn Phillips, 6 David Miller, 7 Rahul Tewatia, 8 Kuldip Yadav, 9 Shreyas Gopal, 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Chetan Sakariya.
Post match presentation
Samson: “It was a challenging wicket to bat on, and coming to play in Sharjah was tough. Abu Dhabi was one of the best wickets we played on for batting. It’s a bit tough and cloudy in the mind right now. But definitely, we will like to play better cricket from the next game. The pitch was a bit better in the second innings.”
Kishan: “Obviously it’s nice to be back opening and getting the runs. It is a very nice feeling. We fielded first and got a good idea of the wicket… We also knew that the ball wasn’t coming that well. The plan was simple to play in the V. Ups and downs are a big part of sportsmen’s [lives]. I had a chat with Virat Bhai and Hardik Bhai, and also KP [Pollard]. That gave me confidence. What we have to do is be prepared for the next match, and play with the same energy as today.”
“We had to come here and do what we had to do, which was to get the two points… It was a chance to improve our run rate as well. We got off to a flier, and we said there is a chance for us to up the run rate. It was the perfect game for us to do that. Kishan is playing after a couple of games, so we wanted him to take his time. I didn’t say anything to him [after he played a maiden].
All we wanted for him was to play his shots, which is what he did… When you are under the radar, it is important to do your job. We have been doing well and preparing well. All the bowlers came together and used the conditions well. [Playing Sunrisers last?] All eight teams are capable of beating each other. But the good thing is that KKR plays before us, so we know what to do.”
Nathan Coulter-Nile is the Player of the Match: “Just trying to keep simple. It was a hard wicket to bat on. I’m not fussed about when I come to bowl.”