IPL 2018: MI V RR Match Preview, What To Expect, Prediction

IPL 2018: MI V RR Match Preview, What To Expect, Prediction

Jos Buttler navigated Rajasthan Royals through potentially choppy waters for a coast down Marine Drive on Sunday evening. The Caribbean was on five then.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.The fluffed chances allowed Mumbai Indians to come out of Power-play overs unscathed and with 51 runs on the board. He also picked up his fifth consecutive fifty equaling Virender Sehwag's record set in 2012. Jofra's couple of wickets in that over changed the game. 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. "Someone has put his hand up and taken up the responsibility", Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma spoke with a hint of confidence after losing the toss against Rajasthan Royals. Mumbai got off to a quick start and were looking for a big score.

Later, Buttler continued his good work and found good support from Sanju Samson, who played a quickfire knock of 26 off 14 balls. The duo weaved a 95-run stand for the second wicket to shift the momentum in favour of the visitors.

Earlier, Evin Lewis (60) and Hardik Pandya (36) fired to propel Mumbai Indians to 168/6 in their 20 overs.

Archer's wickets of Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma off successive deliveries in the 11th over was perhaps the turning point of the match.

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Barbadian Archer produced an incisive four-over spell, grabbing two wickets and conceding only 16 runs. Another short ball followed - 146.7 kph - and Lewis, beaten for pace, wore it on his thigh pad after he had left the first one alone. We've got D'Arcy Short in. His two wickets were the catalyst that brought RR back into the game. But I don't want to be too harsh about the way we've been playing.

In Mumbai, they defeated Kolkata by 13 runs, defending a total of 181/6, before the side travelled to West Bengal and condemned the hosts to a 102-run defeat, riding on Ishan Kishan's 21-ball 62. His form with the bat, however, has been disappointing having been dismissed for a golden duck in both the games against KXIP.

The England international's destructive hitting boosted his current team's play-off hopes; they have now leapfrogged over their opponents into fifth place in the standings, though their negative net run-rate is a concern. He elected to go for bowling first.

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