Suryakumar Yadav led from the front by scoring an unbeaten 79, as Mumbai Indians defeated Rajasthan Royals convincingly by 57 runs at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
Rajasthan included Kartik Tyagi, Ankit Rajpoot and Yashasvi Jaiswal in place of Riyan Parag, Jaydev Unadkat and Robin Uthappa.
After electing to bat first, Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock got Mumbai Indians off to a flier by adding 49 runs for the opening stand, before debutant Kartik Tyagi claimed his maiden wicket by dismissing De Kock for 23.
Ishan Kishan along with Rohit put on 39 runs for the second wicket, before Shreyas Gopal struck twice by dismissing the latter and Ishan to reduce MI to 88/3 at the end of 10 overs.
Krunal Pandya promoted to No 5, looked out of sorts as the all rounder fell to Jofra Archer for just 12.
Yadav and Hardik Pandya provided the finishing touches to the MI innings and took them to an imposing 193/4 at the end of their allotted 20 overs.
Shreyas Gopal was Rajasthan’s best bowler with figures of 2/28 in his 4 overs.
Chasing 194, RR got off to a terrible start, as youngter Yashasvi Jaiswal brought in place of an out of form Robin Uthappa, nicked a Trent Boult delivery behind in the very first over.
Jasprit Bumrah sharing the new ball for the first time had an impact straightaway, as he removed Steve Smith for 6.
Sanju Samson top-edged one to Rohit off Boult, as RR were struggling at 12/3.
Mahipal Lomror added 30 runs with Buttler, before substitute fielder Anukul Roy took a stunning diving catch at short mid-wicket to end Lomror’s innings.
Wicket keeper Buttler was the lone man standing and continued his attack on the MI bowlers. However the 30 year old hard hitting batsman fell to a spectacular catch at the boundary rope by Kieron Pollard off James Pattinson in the 14th over.
In the very next over,Tom Curran followed his countryman back to the pavilion as he failed to pick a slower delivery by Pollard, and chipped one straight down Hardik Pandya’s throat.
Rahul Tewatia could not repeat his earlier performances from the tournament as he succumbed to a yorker from Jasprit Bumrah.
Shreyas Gopal edged one to de Kock in the very same over, giving the Indian spearhead his third wicket of the day.
Pattinson wrapped up proceedings by claiming the wicket of Ankit Rajpoot in the 19th over, as Rajasthan were bundled out for 136, giving Mumbai a comprehensive 57 run win.
Suryakumar Yadav was declared the Man of the Match.