Form Mumbai Indians face resurgent RR as battle for playoff spot continues

IPL 2018 MI vs RR Ajinkya Rahane fined Rs 12 lakh for this reason

IPL 2018 MI vs RR Ajinkya Rahane fined Rs 12 lakh for this reason

Mumbai are coming into the game on the back of hat-trick of wins over Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders, who played them twice. He bowled 14 dot balls and terrorized the batsmen with his lightening fast Yorkers and short balls.

It has been a dramatic turnaround for the Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians after a string losses early in the tournament. However, Butter kept the asking rate under control with his tremendous hitting. In this must-win face-offon Sunday, both fourth-placed Mumbai and sixth-placed Rajasthan have 10 points each from 11 matches and are very much in contention to be in the top four at the end of the round-robin stage. Runs are also expected from Ishan Kishan and all-rounders Hardik and Krunal Pandya.

It was hard to time the ball on the wicket and it required enormous physical strength to clear the boundary ropes. Openers Surya Kumar Yadav (38) and Evin Lewis (60) were striking well as the team was going at about 8 runs per over after the first 10 overs. He delivers a tight over, excluding a FOUR by Erin Lewis.

Among the bowlers, young seamer Jofra Archer has done well to claim 11 wickets from six matches while this IPL's costliest Indian buy Jaydev Unadkat has also been amongst the wickets (eight) but has proved costly with his economy rate at 9.63. He conceded only 16 runs from his four overs and dismissed Suryakumar and Rohit Sharma (0) in successive balls. Obviously, in the initial matches, the results didn't come our way, but it was not that we were playing badly. He scored 36 runs off 21 balls with 3 fours and 2 sixes. Erin Lewis strikes the ball by Archer into full swing into the air, but Binny couldn't get the grip and the ball slips from his hands.

Suryakumar, who was also dropped on nine by Gowtham, though had adjusted to the bounce and negotiated both spinners and pacers nicely, playing confident drives.

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Rajasthan Royals did that after winning the toss, electing to field. Yadav will hold the key to providing MI with a quick-fire start in order to set a big total, or if they're faced with chasing one.

Lewis broke the shackles by lofting Gopal for consecutive sixes in the ninth over. However, after skipper Rohit Sharma was dismissed for a golden duck, there was a short lull phase in the game.

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