Tuesday, 25 June, 2019

M27 - MI v RR

IPL 2019,MI vs RR,Buttler Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler plays a shot during the 2019 Indian Premier League
Cary Erickson | 14 April, 2019, 22:56

A week back, the West Indian pacer enjoyed a dream debut for Mumbai Indians, as he took six for 12 to star in the team's win over Sunrisers Hyderabad. He then tore into Joseph, taking him for two fours and a six in the fifth over of the innings as the Royals raced to 60 for the opening wicket.

Wicketkeeping: It will be a tricky choice to pick between the two stalwart keepers - Quinton de Kock or Jos Buttler.

But before Mumbai Indians could pull off another heist, Shreyas Gopal took the Royals home with three balls remaining.

But things slowed down after both Rohit - 47 off 32 balls - and de Kock departed.

Ajinkya Rahane-led Rajasthan Royals have won only once in this season and they would know that time's running out for them.

Jos Buttler made a sensational return to form as Rajasthan Royals (RR), despite the middle-order wobble, beat Mumbai Indians (MI) by four wickets in the 27th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday. Coming from the agonizing last-ball defeat to Chennai Super Kings in their previous contest, RR elected to field and would have been happy to have seen MI post 187/5, a total under 200 at a small Wankhede ground, and chased it down with three balls to spare.

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Rohit's inclusion will not only put to rest any doubts about his fitness but also boost the Mumbai's batting line-up, which also comprises Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya and ever-reliable Surya Kumar Yadav.

The Royals were looking set to chase down the total easily before they lost Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Liam Livingstone and Steve Smith inside 4 runs to get reduced to 174 for 6 from 170 for 2.

For Mumbai Indians, regular skipper Rohit Sharma comes back into the team and Siddhesh Lad misses out. On the other hand, during his brief blitz, Hardik smashed an Archer delivery for a six over mid-wicket in the penultimate over of the innings, employing the helicopter shot, which he now seems to have perfected. A thrilling final over and the @rajasthanroyals clinch this game.

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.

Mumbai is a very balanced team.