Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan Get Going
In the past two matches, neither Rajasthan’s batsmen nor their bowlers have delivered. Against KKR, they could only post 160 and allowed the visitors to chase down the target with ease. Against CSK, Rajasthan bowlers were taken to cleaners by veteran Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, who blasted a 106 off 57 deliveries. Rajasthan then were bowled out for 140, with no one, barring Ben Stokes (45) offering any resistance. Skipper Ajinkya Rahane has looked good but has not been converting good starts into big scores. Sanju Samson, Stokes and Rahul Tripathi have been inconsistent. Rajasthan’s bowlers – K. Gowtham and Ben Laughlin – have performed well while leggie Shreyas Gopal has also been economical. But they have not performed well together in a single match. Jaydev Unadkat also needs to raise his level to live to the expectations of the franchise.
IPL 2018 Live updates of Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians match, straight from Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
After 5 overs, MI are 35/1
20:24 IST: That was one wristy blow from SK Yadav for a SIX. Full and straight, SK flicked the ball over the backward square leg.
20:23 IST: Ishan Kishan has begun to flex his muscles by smashing Kulkarni for a SIX. It was a 116 kph off-cutter on middle and leg. Kishan came in charging and sent the ball into the stands over long-on.
After 4 overs, MI are 17/1
20:17 IST: Jofra Archer bowls his first over in IPL and gives away just 6 runs. It has been a slow start for Mumbai Indians so far.
After 3 overs, MI are 11/1
20:13 IST: First SIX of the match came off Suryakumar Yadav’s bat in the form of a clean swing into the stands. It was full, on middle and leg. SK lifted the ball cleanly over mid-on for the maximum.
After 2 overs, MI are 4/1
20:09 IST: Krishnappa Gowtham managed to keep things under control early on and gave away just 3 runs in the over.
After 1 over, MI are 1/1
20:05 IST: Excellent start for Dhawan Kulkarni as he removed dangerous Evin Lewis for a golden duck. It was an overpitched half-volley outside off and Lewis wanted to play it through cover. Lewis did not move his feet and the ball got a thick inside edge and rattled the stumps.
20:02 IST: WICKET! Lewis b D Kulkarni 0(1)
20:00 IST: Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis come out to bat for Mumbai. Dhawal Kulkarni opens the attack for Rajasthan.
Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Ajinkya Rahane(c), Heinrich Klaasen, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat
Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan(w), Rohit Sharma(c), Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman
19:30 IST: Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma wins toss, elects to bat vs Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur
The visiting side at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium, Mumbai lost all the first three matches. First, against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the season opener, then to Sunrisers Hyderabad and to Delhi Daredevils before overcoming RCB with a supreme batting show. Rohit Sharma (94 off 52) and West Indian Ervin Lewis (65) powered Mumbai to 213. Mumbai then restricted RCB to 167 as Virat Kohli’s magnificent 92 went in vain.
In the upcoming match, they will hope that the win will begin a series of good days as Mumbai lost the two of their encounters in the last over.
Mumbai bowlers Mustafizur Rehman, Jasprit Bumrah, Mayank Markande and Krunal Pandya did well to contain a heavy-batting side like RCB and will aim to repeat the good work against Rajasthan.
Rajasthan Royals: Heinrich Klassen, Benjamin Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat, Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jos Buttler, Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Darcy Short, Rahul Tripathi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Zahir Khan Pakteen, Ben Laughlin, Stuart Binny, Dushmantha Chameera, Anureet Singh, Aryaman Vikram Birla, Midhun S, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Jatin Saxena, Ankit Sharma, Mahipal Lomror.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande, Akila Dananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne.