Butler's 94 keeps RR alive in IPL

Posted May 14, 2018

On the bowling front, young leggie Mayank Markande has been the find of the season and his role will be crucial if the likes of rampaging Jos Buttler and other Rajasthan batters are to be restricted tomorrow.

Although Mumbai Indians will step out on with a "favourite" tag to brand themselves, both carry a strong momentum with them as they lock horns with the hosts on a comeback trail with three consecutive victories while Rajasthan Royals have bounced back to win two back-to-back games.

The Mumbai Indians batting lineup started well, with the opening stand between Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav worth 87 runs.

What time is MI vs RR? The Baroda all-rounder also said that the Mumbai Indians in the latter half of the tournament grabbed their opportunities and started winning games.

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Gowtham was the first one to deny Rajasthan the breakthrough after Suryakumar Yadav played an early flick towards mid-on but the fielder fell inches short to cover ground. Apart from Jos Buttler, hardly anyone else has risen to the occasion and batsmen like Rahane and Sanju Samson need return to run scoring ways.

Having won just one of their first six matches this campaign, it has been a comeback of sorts for Rohit Sharma's men who are now fifth with 10 points. However, after skipper Rohit Sharma was dismissed for a golden duck, there was a short lull phase in the game.

Dhawal Kulkarni, though went for 43 runs, but got the all important wicket of Lewis.

Jofra Archer was once again wonderful. Lewis went on to score a half-century and Hardik Pandya also pinched in with a quickfire 36 runs off 21 balls, as the Mumbai side finished its innings at 168/6 in its allotted quota of 20 overs.

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The 47th match of the IPL will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai from 8 PM IST. "But we will plan for each batsman and bowler in the opposition".

"And it is just one step closer to the senior team".

According to Krunal, the Rohit Sharma-led side always played their best cricket when they are nearly down and out. But I don't want to be too harsh about the way we've been playing. 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.

The visitorshave made a couple of changes. Hope we continue that because our next three games are do-or-die encounters.

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