Tim David hit an unbeaten 45 to trump Yashasvi Jaiswal’s century as the Mumbai Indians stunned the Rajasthan Royals by six wickets in the IPL’s 1,000th match on Sunday.
Chasing 213 for victory, Mumbai’s Suryakumar Yadav hit 55 before David smashed a hat-trick of sixes in the last over from Jason Holder in his 14-ball blitz to steer the team home with three balls to spare.
David starred in an unbeaten 62-run stand with Tilak Varma, who scored 29, for a record chase at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium in the second match of the day that ended close to midnight.
On a day of big chases, Zimbabwe batsman Sikandar Raza helped the Punjab Kings pull off a stunning last-ball win to edge out the Chennai Super Kings by four wickets in the first match that also recorded over 400 runs.
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But the fireworks were reserved for the second match of the day, which began with a ceremony to mark the 1,000-match landmark.
The left-handed Jaiswal turned on the heat with a six off Cameron Green and then Jofra Archer as he went on to score 124 off 62 balls.
The 21-year-old Jaiswal, who sold street food and lived in tents to pursue his cricket dream, steered the inaugural IPL champions to 212-7 after he reached his 100 off 53 balls
The effort seemed a fitting knock for the special match until Suryakumar, who has endured an ordinary tournament so far, came to life with his 50 off 24 balls.
The T20 sensation smashed eight fours and two sixes until a superb catch by Sandeep Sharma, who sprinted from short fine-leg to hang on to the ball, ended his innings.
But David and the left-handed Varma kept up the charge on a big-scoring day.
Mumbai lost skipper Rohit Sharma for three on his 36th birthday, before Ishan Kishan (28) and Cameron Green (44) set up the chase in their partnership of 62.