Mumbai Indians were having one of their more dismal seasons, while the Royals had just returned from their hiatus. Led by Rohit Sharma, Mumbai began the contest on the front foot as Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav were scoring at brisk pace before Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes removed them to put the brakes on the innings.
Mumbai Indians’ regular captain Rohit Sharma is set to return after a leg spasm that forced him to miss an IPL game for the first time in 11 seasons. I
Hardik Pandya’s cameo sent them across the 150-run mark but that turned out to be too little for them.
Rohit still struggling to hit peak form, a short break which came by missing the KXIP encounter might have revitalised some senses for the Hitman. While there’s no clarity over who his opening partner would be against Rajasthan, the Mumbai captain needs to fire today.
The Mumbai Indians were absolutely on top of their game on the day and left the Royals with very little hiding space at the Wankhede Stadium in a high scoring encounter.
Rajasthan would be wary of MI’s attack after they were reduced to a 53 for three by CSK last night. None of the batsmen could score a big innings with Ben Stokes emerging as the top-scorer with 28 runs.
RR’s batting line-up, including skipper Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith and Jos Buttler will need to pull up their socks to confront the Mumbai bowlers at the Wankhede Stadium. Archer had a decent outing against Chennai Super Kings and his performance would also be key.
Rajasthan Royals pacers Jaydev Unadkat and Dhawal Kulkarni along with Shreyas Gopal and leggie Riyan Parag would have to deliver for their skipper if they have to stay alive and make it to the Playoffs.
English all-rounders Ben Strokes, who was hit for a six by New Zealand’s Mitchell Santner to seal the four-wicket win for Chennai, will have to come up with something special with both bat and ball.
Having being put into bat first, the Royals had the brilliant youngster Sanju Samson in fine touch and in good company with Karun Nair. Both scored impressive half-centuries, while quick runs from Australians Brad Hodge and James Faulkner helped them score 189 off their 20 overs.
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MI Playing 11: Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Alzarri Joseph, Jasprit Bumrah, Jason Behrendorff
RR playing 11: Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler, Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Ashton Turner/Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Jaydev Unadkat/Varun Aaron, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Riyan Parag