IPL 2018, MI vs RR: Visitors win toss, elects to field


The 43rd match of the Indian Premier League is between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals.

In a virtual quarter final, MI and CSK locked horns at the iconic Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. 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. Mumbai won the title in 2015, after losing five out of the first six matches and winning the title.

Pandya had earlier made 36 from 21 balls with the bat for Mumbai, yet the Indians failed to build on an opening stand worth 87 between Suryakumar Yadav (38) and Evin Lewis. But their out-of-form skipper Ajinkya Rahane will need to pull his socks up.

Archer directed two short balls at MI's top two batsmen - Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma - and had them caught remarkably well by Jaydev Unadkat at long-leg.

Buttler's hopes of a century were dashed by team-mate Sanju Samson, who blasted back-to-back sixes off Hardik Pandya to rush the Royals towards their target. Mumbai at 40/0 after 5 overs.

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Sanju Samson's brilliant catch to dismiss Hardik Pandya in the 19 over was an absolute delight to the eye. Lewis raised his fifty with a six off Gowtham and also launched Dhawal Kulkarni for a six but the paceman stopped him in his tracks soon.

With Yadav and Rohit Sharma departing in the space of two deliveries, Lewis took the back seat for a while, to rotate the strike with young Ishan Kishan, who survived the hat-trick delivery of Jofra Archer.

"We will be going match by match and that's how we have played from the first game itself".

He used the bounce available in the pitch, hit the deck hard and bowled straight into the batsmen, hardly giving any room to open their arms.

Ajinkya Rahane (RR captain): A great win for us especially knowing that on this wicket they were 15-20 runs short. After Archer's imposing display with the ball, Jos Buttler (94* off 53 balls) got into the thick of action and delivered a seven-wicket victory to keep RR alive in the play-offs race.