Rajasthan Royals push Mumbai Indians in deeper trouble

Rajasthan Royals push Mumbai Indians in deeper trouble

Rajasthan Royals push Mumbai Indians in deeper trouble

Rajasthan Royals (RR) continued their purple patch in the Indian Premier League (IPL) beating the Mumbai Indians (MI) by seven wickets at the Wankhede stadium on Sunday.

10 - Number of ducks Rohit Sharma has to his name in the IPL while playing for Mumbai Indians.

Mumbai's opponent, Rajasthan will also come with high confidence. having registered two back-to-back wins against Punjab CSK and Punjab, thanks to two fantastic knocks of 82 and 95 not out from English wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler. Defending champions Mumbai, after a horrid start to their campaign, have suddenly propped themselves up in the points table at fourth spot, while Royals are close on their heels at sixth position, and know that a victory would bring them level on points with Mumbai as well as Kolkata Knight Riders.

The task was certainly not going to be easy for Rajasthan at Mumbai's fortress and more so against a side, who were seeking revenge after losing in the reverse fixture.

For MI, barring Evin Lewis, their batting has clicked in the latter half of the tournament.

Evin Lewis played a magnificent inning of 60 runs off 42 balls with 4 fours and 4 sixes, while his opening partner Suryakumar Yadav scored 38 runs off 31 balls with 7 boundaries.

Mumbai Indians: S Yadav, E Lewis, RG Sharma*, I Kishan (wk), H Pandya, B Cutting, K Pandya, JP Duminy, M McClenaghan, M Markande, J Bumrah.

After flying starts, Mumbai often lose their way in the middle and their batters will have to make amends on this aspect if they want to have a shot at a play-offs berth. In bowling, leg-spinner Mayank Markande's form is necessary to stop Jos Buttler and Company to curb it is essential. Again, an out of form West Indian Kieron Pollard is likely to sit out. Mumbai had suffered five losses in their first six games in 2015 and then from there went on to clinch the title. He will also expect to repeat the same performance this time too.

Jos Buttler who notched up his fifth consecutive fifty is the undisputed "Batsman of the Match". But their out-of-form skipper Ajinkya Rahane will need to pull his socks up. After Rahane's dismissal, Buttler added 61 runs with Sanju Samson, who chipped in with a useful cameo of 26 runs as Royals overhauled the target with 12 balls to spare.

Despite winning the same number of matches as MI, some of their players, including Ben Stokes and Ajinkya Rahane himself have failed to perform upto the expectations.

Not much changes are expected to be seen in both sides as the two teams will look to continue with their winning combination.

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