Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals

Ben Stokes

The win has lifted Rajasthan Royals from sixth position to fifth with 12 points, behind KKR (12) and KXIP (12). The losing side tomorrow will be virtually out of reckoning for a play-offs berth. Suryakumar Yadav has been Mumbai's standout batsman, contributing 435 runs, even as the other batters have been inconsistent, with captain Rohit Sharma and Evin Lewis scoring 267 and 265 runs respectively.

The fluffed chances allowed Mumbai to come out of Power-play overs unscathed and with 51 runs on the board.

The Rajasthan Royals have managed to keep their dreams alive in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. He delivers a tight over, excluding a FOUR by Erin Lewis. Yadav's back and how!

Mumbai signalled their intentions right away, battering Krishnappa Gowtham for 14 runs in the opening over. For Mumbai, batsmen have not scored great runs except Ewin Lewis. Stokes bowls full and wide, Lewis looking to lift the ball, edges the ball past the slips for a boundary. Rahane will still hope for some batsmen to return to form, including himself. The balling front is manned by Mumbai's Dhawal Kulkarni.

After a shocking start to their campaign, the defending champions Mumbai Indians have roared back into form with 4 wins in their last 5 games and now find themselves at the 5th spot. Rajasthan Royals seems to gauging the pitch as they strategise their men for fielding. Suryakumar Yadav has excelled in his new role as opener; the 27-year old is MI's top run-getter and he will look to add more to what is already his most successful IPL season. We have to focus on taking the dew out of the equation. We have to play good cricket for 40 overs. Someone has to take responsibility and put their hand up. It's coming together for us well. I know this wicket quite well.

In their last game, Rajasthan Royals came from behind to steal an improbable run chase at their home ground in Jaipur, but their fortunes have slipped since then, having won just four out of their 10 games. He elected to go for bowling first.

It has been a dramatic turnaround for the Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians after a string losses early in the tournament.