Saying goodbye to poor form, batsman Ishan Kishan, one of the architects of Mumbai Indians’ victory after scoring an unbeaten 25-ball 50 in the crucial IPL match against Rajasthan Royals, says that he regained his lost confidence after talking to Virat Kohli and Kiernan Pollard. Ishaan, who scored just 107 runs in eight matches before this match, was out of a few matches due to poor form. He made a comeback and scored an unbeaten fifty in 25 balls after playing ten dot balls in his innings. After the match, Ishaan said, “It feels good to be back and scoring runs. We took the right fielding decision first because the ball was not coming on the bat well. On his return to form, Ishaan said, “Ups and downs are part of the game. I spoke to Virat bhai, Hardik bhai and KP which brought back my confidence. Now we have to maintain this momentum in the next match. Virat is affectionately called ‘Chiku’ in the house. Ishan Kishan’s aggressive half-centuries followed by disciplined bowling from Jimmy Neesham and Nathan Coulter-Nile kept Mumbai Indians’ playoff hopes alive after beating Rajasthan Royals by 8 wickets in a ‘do or die’ match on Tuesday. Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bowl first, which was proved right by his bowlers. The Royals team could only score 90 runs for nine wickets and Mumbai set this target 8. Got it by losing two wickets in 2 overs. Returning to form, Ishan scored an unbeaten 50 off 25 balls with the help of five fours and three sixes. After hitting Chetan Sakariya for two sixes in the eighth over, he first hit Mustafizur Rahman for a four in the ninth over and then hit a six to complete the formality of his half-century and team’s victory. After this win, Mumbai have 12 points from 13 matches and Kolkata Knight Riders also have the same points but on the basis of better run average, they are at the fourth position in the points table. Mumbai has to play Sunrisers Hyderabad and KKR against Royals in the next match.
[Attribution to NBT]