Royals beat Mumbai by 4 wickets

Tanya Simon
April 14, 2019

Mumbai Indians have death overs specialist Jasprit Bumrah along with Australian pacer Jason Behrendorff apart from Joseph and on their day, they can rip apart any good batting line up.

Rohit Sharma is only one six away from hitting 100 for the Mumbai Indians.

Bowling has been some sort of concern for Mumbai especially the form of Hardik Pandya with the ball.

In reply, Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler started brightly.

Batting: Both Mumbai and Rajasthan boast of some of the biggest names of world cricket ranging from - Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Yuvraj Singh, Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav or Krunal Pandya.

Rohit, who was rested from the previous having sustained an injury during the training, made a superb comeback as he and de Kock provided MI a solid start. The Royals lost four wickets for just four runs in that duration, but Shreyas Gopal finished it off for the visitors with a timely boundary off Hardik Pandya. The Mumbai Indians reserve a 4 PM home game every season for their "Education for All" initiative. Even though he wasn't the aggressor in this opening stand, Rohit held his own, running hard between wickets and stroking exquisitely through the off side for a 32-ball 47, eventually holing out in the deep off Jofra Archer.

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

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Kieron Pollard who won Mumbai the game against Punjab a few nights ago has maximum runs (335) against RR. When they were batting, MI seemed on course for a total of around 200, before the Royals, led by the pacy Jofra Archer, who took three wickets, and the economical Gopal clawed back into the game. Bumrah accounted for the wickets of Sanju Samson and Steve Smith as Mumbai Indians almost pulled off a stunning victory.

This was Royals' second victory of the season in seven games after losing a last-ball thriller to CSK less than 48 hours back.

Buttler added 87 for the third wicket with Sanju Samson - he was trapped in front by Jasprit Bumrah for 31 - to keep the Royals on track.

Rajasthan Royals have beaten Mumbai Indians in all three games since their readmission in 2018.

Mumbai is a very balanced team.

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