The all-important encounter between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals did not really live up to the expectations of fans, who were eagerly waiting for this virtual knockout match. Both the teams came into this contest desperate for the two points in order to stay in the race to qualify for playoffs. While MI did produce an emphatic performance, it wasn’t the same case with the Men in Pink.
After being asked to bat first, Sanju Samson’s side produced an utterly disappointing display with the bat as they could only post a total of 90/9 in 20 overs. While the wicket was challenging to bat on, it was way below par and it was never going to be enough to force a win.
As expected, MI hunted down the target very comfortably in only 8.2 overs. But despite the shambolic display, there was still something positive from the RR camp in form of Glenn Phillips, who was outstanding in the field.
Phillips produces a fielding masterclass in Sharjah
As the MI batsmen smashed the RR bowlers all around the park, there was one man who was flying everywhere to save runs on the boundary. Glenn Phillips, who could only score 4 runs with the bat, produced some brilliant efforts on the field in second half of the match. While all of them were worthy of praise, there was one which stood out among them.
It was in the 8th over of innings when Hardik Pandya play a slog shot high up in the air off the bowling of Chetan Sakariya. The ball went towards the vacant deep midwicket region and looked like going towards the boundary.
However, there was a livewire on the field in form of Glenn Phillips who was still giving it all for his side, despite the match almost done and dusted. The Kiwi covered a distance of over more than 50 metres to reach the ball before he produced a valiant diving effort to push the ball back in the playing area to incredibly save a boundary.
Watch the video here:
Glenn Phillips there surprised everyone😱 pic.twitter.com/LIs58cYatD
— Subuhi S (@sportsgeek090) October 5, 2021