Once again the middle overs led to defeat for the Mumbai Indians (MI) who failed to get going after a dream start from their opening pair.
All-Rounder: It's a no-brainer keeping in mind the smashing all-round abilities of Hardik Pandya in mind, no individual will even dare to drop him from his/her fantasy XI. Playing on a big ground and a fast outfield at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, the home team batted first and got off to a quick start with openers Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler scoring some quick runs.
The hosts will be the favourites for this game as they have won 6 out of 8 games at the Wankhede against Rajasthan.
The England vice-captain followed his 69 against Kings XI Punjab - an innings which ended when he was Mankaded by Ravichandran Ashwin - and 59 against Royal Challengers Bangalore with a third fifty of the season as Royals reached their target of 188 with three balls to spare after overcoming a wobble that saw them lose 4-4 in nine deliveries. Rahane, in fact, outscored Jos Buttler before his dismissal, after he survived an LBW call with the use of DRS.
In the game against Punjab where Mumbai were chasing a mammoth 198 for victory, Pollard smashed a 31-ball 83 to ensure another victory for the three-time champions. None of the batsmen could score a big innings with Ben Stokes emerging as the top-scorer with 28 runs. Jofra Archer is menacing with the ball, as is Varun Aaron and Oshane Thomas.
Jasprit Bumrah has built a reputation for himself as a death overs specialist, and the Mumbai Indians spearhead didn't disappoint with another stellar performance with the ball, finishing with figures of 2-23 from his four overs. Instead, Sanju Samson, who took the gloves in the previous match should make it as his record against Mumbai Indians is terrific and will enjoy the brilliant batting surface in Mumbai. A thrilling final over and the @rajasthanroyals clinch this game. However, the required runs were too less for the Mumbai team to garner two points.
By playing against the Rajasthan Royals in today's game, Mumbai Indians became the first team in the Twenty20 format to feature in 200 matches.
Jos Buttler, for his 89 off 43 balls and three catches.