W, W, 1, W: Rohit Sharma, Naman Dhir and Dewald Brevis secure ducks as Trent Boult stuns Mumbai Indians – WATCH

Mumbai Indians are going through a tough phase in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. Fans have not taken kindly to the much-publicized change in captaincy, openly expressing their disagreement on match days. Additionally, the team lost its first two games and is currently reeling in 10th place on the points table. Came to their home ground – Wankhede – on Monday for their 250th match, they were hoping for redemption against Rajasthan Royals but the start of the faceoff was as ugly as it could be.

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Local hero Rohit Sharma received a rousing welcome after MI were asked to bat first. But his stay in the middle was short-lived as the former MI skipper edged the very first ball he faced to the wicketkeeper. Rohit’s weakness against left-arm pacers was exposed once again and Trent Boult had the last laugh. With this dismissal, the former MI captain also equaled Dinesh Karthik’s strange record of securing the most number of ducks in IPL.

The Kiwi pacer struck again from the next ball to trap Naman Dhir in front. Boult’s length ball reformed to rap Dhir on the pads. The MI number. 3 looked at the decision, only to find three reds on the ball tracer – throw in the line, impact in the line and as per the umpire’s call, it was cutting the top of leg stump.

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Boult returned with his next move to hurt Mumbai, removing ‘Impact Sub’ Dewald Brevis for a golden duck. The South African batter looked to drive through the covers but the outside edge flew straight to Nandre Burger at short third man. The five-time champions were led by three men in as many overs and all were back in the shed without scoring.


Earlier, the Royals had won the toss and opted to play first against Mumbai at the latter’s home ground. The visitors made one change in the team, bringing in Nandre Burger for Sandeep Sharma, who is not 100% fit.

“It’s the first game here, I hope the seamers make use of the conditions from the start. Confident thanks to the victories, but the tournament has not started yet, so we must continue. Sandeep is missing, he is not 100% fit. Burger in the XI,” said RR skipper Sanju Samson.

Hardik said that he too wanted to bowl first. “It’s good to lose, we’ll see what we can do,” he said.

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Asked about it being Mumbai’s 250th match in the IPL, Pandya said they were very lucky to be a part of it.

“This franchise has a lot of value and a lot of love from the fans, it’s exciting to be very honest. We are very lucky to be participating in the 250th game. We don’t mind a slow start. We hope to have clarity and keep a happy and light atmosphere. This band is all about that. I’m looking forward to playing a brand of cricket that everyone loves and getting those two points,” Pandya said.

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