Both Mumbai Indians, who are in No. 4 position, and sixth-placed Rajasthan Royals have 10 points each from 11 matches and are very much in contention to be in the top four at the end of the round-robin stage. It was no different against his old side, smashing an unbeaten 94 from 53 balls, including nine boundaries and five sixes to drive Rajasthan to fifth on the IPL table. The situation has turned more intense for qualifications, and both teams will surely make up for another nerve-wrecking clash.
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Ankit Sharma, Jaydev Unadkat, Ish Sodhi, Rahul Tripathi, D Arcy Short, Anureet Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Sudhesan Midhun, Ben Laughlin, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla, Jatin Saxena, Dushmantha Chameera, Heinrich Klaasen, Dhawal Kulkarni. Form-wise they will be concerned about the lack of runs from Evin Lewis but Suryakumar Yadav has been brilliant at the top of the order. Add to it the firepower of Ben Cutting and Krunal and Hardik Pandya, their batting can be most devastating.
But skipper Ajinkya Rahane will expect his team to get their act together and aim for consistency as several must-win games have been lined up for them.
Mumbai's bowling, even though floored KKR in their last match, needs improvement in the death overs. However, another good (61-run) partnership between Sanju Samson (26) and Buttler, sealed things for Rajasthan. He conceded only 16 runs from his four overs and dismissed Lewis and Suryakumar and Rohit Sharma (0) in successive balls. While Archer's fielding woes were rampant, he and his partner's bowling efforts made it hard for the Indians to gather any momentum with the bat. Broadcast starts at 20:00 Hours (IST).
"I hope we continue that because now every game is a do-or-die encounter". RR beat MI by seven wickets.
The fluffed chances allowed Mumbai Indians to come out of Power-play overs unscathed and with 51 runs on the board.
RR have had a confusing season so far.