Heartbreak for Powell despite explosive knock

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MUM­BAI, In­dia – West In­dies bats­man Rov­man Pow­ell suf­fered heart­break on Sat­ur­day de­spite his en­ter­tain­ing knock, as Ra­jasthan Roy­als crashed to a five-wick­et de­feat to Mum­bai In­di­ans to miss out on the fi­nal spot in the In­di­an Pre­mier League play­offs.

Need­ing a win to leapfrog Roy­al Chal­lengers Ban­ga­lore, Roy­als could on­ly muster an in­ad­e­quate 159 for sev­en off their 20 overs – a tar­get Mum­bai over­hauled with five balls to spare at home at the Wankhede.

The right-hand­ed Pow­ell top-scored with 43 from 34 balls and cap­tain Rishabh Pant a more mea­sured 39 off 33 de­liv­er­ies as Roy­als re­cov­ered from a dodgy start to reach their even­tu­al to­tal.

In fact, they were lan­guish­ing at 50 for four in the ninth over be­fore Pow­ell and Pant com­bined in a 75-run, fifth wick­et stand to res­cue the in­nings.

Pow­ell lashed a four and four six­es while Pant count­ed four fours and a six be­fore per­ish­ing at the end of the 16th over.

Ja­maican Pow­ell fol­lowed in the penul­ti­mate over, los­ing his off-stump to mar­quee fast bowler Jasprit Bum­rah who end­ed with three for 25.

In re­ply, open­er Is­han Kis­han struck 48 from 35 de­liv­er­ies while De­wald Bre­vis got 37 and Tim David, 34, as Mum­bai end­ed a wretched sea­son with on­ly their fourth win of their 14-match com­ple­ment to fin­ish bot­tom of the 10-team stand­ings.

Cap­tain Ro­hit Shar­ma fell cheap­ly for two in the sixth over but Kis­han then belt­ed three fours and four six­es to dom­i­nate a 51-run, sec­ond wick­et stand with Bre­vis, who hit a four and three six­es off 33 balls.

Both fell, how­ev­er, to leave Mum­bai on 95 for three in the 15th be­fore David blast­ed an 11-ball cameo with two fours and four six­es, in a 60-run, fifth wick­et part­ner­ship with Tilak Var­ma (21), to turn the ta­bles on Roy­als who end­ed fifth on 14 points.

Brief scores: Del­hi Cap­i­tals 159/7 in 20 overs (Rov­man Pow­ell 43, Rishabh Pant 39; Jasprit Bum­rah 3-25, Ra­man­deep Singh 2-29) lost to Mum­bai In­di­ans 160/5 in 19.1 overs (Is­han Kis­han 48, De­wald Bre­vis 37; Shardul Thakur 2-32, An­rich Nort­je 2-37) by 5 wick­ets.


LINK ORIGINAL: The Trinidad Guardian