Having notched up three straight wins after a string of losses, Mumbai Indians would be looking to defeat Rajasthan Royals (RR) and inch closer to a play-off berth when the two sides face each other here on Sunday.
In what would be an qualifier before the Play offs Mumbai Indians lock horns with Rajasthan Royals.
Rajasthan Royals are also on 10 points from 11 matches and both sides know they would be playing a do-or-die match. The situation has turned more intense for qualifications, and both teams will surely make up for another nerve-wrecking clash.
In their last meeting recently, it was RR who completed a thrilling three-wicket win against MI, who struggling with the finishing abilities. Runs are also expected from Ishan Kishan and all-rounders Hardik Pandya and his brother Krunal. He hit nine fours and five sixes. Hardik Pandya stepped in with a late cameo, adding 36 from 21 balls to take Mumbai's total to a competitive 168. Mumbai at 40/0 after 5 overs. Rahane will still hope for some batsmen to return to form, including himself. The balling front is manned by Mumbai's Dhawal Kulkarni. Suryakumar Yadav, who has taken the crease, strikes back-to-back Fours for Mumbai.More news: F1: Hamilton clinches pole position for Spanish GP
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Mumbai Indians will host Rajasthan Royals in the 47th match of IPL 2018 on May 13.
All-rounders Jofra Archer (2-16) and Ben Stokes (2-26) both impressed for the Royals, though it was Dhawal Kulkarni who claimed the key wicket of Lewis, the West Indies global caught by Samson for 60 after slicing a drive out to deep point. We have to play good cricket for 40 overs. Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians have no choice but to bat in the first innings of the game. Obviously, in the initial matches, the results didn't come our way, but it was not that we were playing badly.
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Ankit Sharma, Jaydev Unadkat, Ish Sodhi, Rahul Tripathi, D Arcy Short, Anureet Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Sudhesan Midhun, Ben Laughlin, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla, Jatin Saxena, Dushmantha Chameera, Heinrich Klaasen, Dhawal Kulkarni.