IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals beat Mumbai Indians by four wickets

Rex Christensen
April 14, 2019

The 13th over changed the game's complexion as Buttler smashed two sixes and four fours off Joseph to bring down the equation to a manageable run-a-ball. Buttler and Sanju Samson (31 from 26 balls) added 87 for the second wicket thereafter, but both their dismissals sparked panic in the RR run chase.

Buttler initially played second fiddle to Rahane but then upped his ante once skipper was gone.

Rohit Sharma's injury troubled India ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019, but Pollard has made it clear that the skipper missed MI's previous game just as a precautionary measure and he should be back against Rajasthan Royals.

Bowling has been some sort of concern for Mumbai especially the form of Hardik Pandya with the ball. But then came the twist in the tale when Mumbai did make a comeback of sorts sending four batsman - Samson, Rahul Tripathi (1), Steve Smith (12 ) and Liam Livingstone (1) - back to the pavilion as Rajasthan slumped to 174.6 from 147/2. Gopal collects a boundary off the fifth ball, and is dropped by keeper Kishan off the last ball. Despite a tremendous batting performance from Rohit Sharma and Quinto de Kock and a big total, it was simply not Mumbai's day. They started the onslaught in the third over amassing 18 runs with the South African hitting a six and four off Krishnappa Gowtham.

Earlier, England's Jos Buttler struck 89 from 43 balls to help Rajasthan Royals beat Mumbai Indians. De Kock hammered six fours and four sixes in his 52-ball knock.

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Suryakumar Yadav, who replaced Rohit in the middle, looked in a mood to go big, as he moved to 16 off 9 balls, but Dhawal Kulkarni dismissed the right-hander as RR scalped two quick wickets.

De Kock kept playing shots at will even as Mumbai reached 57/0 after Powerplay period. He raced to his fifty in 34 balls. MI aim for another Kieron Pollard show while out of sorts RR will look to put their house in order after losing six out of seven IPL games.

Seam bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Jason Behrendorff and Jofra Archer - the three seamers who could be quite good on the Wankhede surface should be included in the playing XI as all the three bowlers have the ability to run through sides both with the new and old ball.

By playing against the Rajasthan Royals in today's game, Mumbai Indians became the first team in the Twenty20 format to feature in 200 matches.

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