Match 36 MI VS RR : RAJASTHAN ROYALS stay alive as they doubles their win this season over MUMBAI INDIANS

Match 36 MI VS RR

BUILDUP: Three changes for RR:

IN: Steve Smith (c), Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag

OUT: Rahul Tripathi, Ish Sodhi, Jos Buttler

One change for MI:

IN: Mayank Markande

OUT: Jayant Yadav

Toss: Rajasthan Royals elect to bowl

In comes skipper Rohit Sharma and Quinton De Kock

Stuart Binny gets the first over. Interesting. New captain, new ideas!

It’s a slow start for Mumbai Indians as first few steady overs off stuart binny and dhawal kulkarni and now skipper Steve Smith brings on leggie shreyas gopal. Is he trying to attack Rohit’s weak spot.

Rohit v Spin: Last 3 matches, four matches, three dismissals

Rohit falls to a leg-spinner again

What’s that, Ro? Rohit Sharma dances down the track , plays an uncertain shot and the googly, bowled by Gopal, pops back to him for a simple catch. Rohit’s struggles against the leggies continue.

De Kock is on-the-charge!

Goes 4, 4, 4, 6 and 1 off the first balls. A four straight down, then one through extra cover, one past backward square leg and a pulled six over square leg. The run-rate is up to 8 after 4 overs.

A 34-ball 50 for Quinton de Kock

Everyone must be happy except one man he is ewin lewis. He has been out and in place of him de kock is in red-hot form.

Two wickets down

A 97-run partnership comes to an end as Suryakumar Yadav Went for the pull and managed a top edge and an Easy catch but the big news is Hardik Pandya has walked in at No. 4. This is going to be fun. MI 109/2

Add one more to the list!

Rajasthan Royals are fighting their way back in and this is a huge wicket. It was the googly from shreyas gopal and the opener de kock went after it and Smashed it to long-on. Two new batsmen hardik pandya and kieron pollard at the crease and both will be forced to rebuild for a bit instead of attacking. MI 112/3

Jofra Archer has three overs to bowl in the final five 16th, 18th, 20th. How will Hardik, Pollard counter this!

A six and a wicket!

Unadkat has comeback well with another off cutter to clean-up Kieron Pollard after being smoked for a six!

MI finish with 161

Archer takes out the key man and sums up for his drops somewhat by nailing a 150kph yorker on to Pandya’s toe. He successfully calls for a review and has his man. However, a last ball six from Ben Cutting takes the visitors past the 160+ mark.

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RR needs 162 runs to win off 120 balls

Ajinkya Rahane & Sanju Samson comes out to open

It’s all about class!

This young lad is all class and timing. No wonder why he gets Shane Warne excited everytime he plays. He’s off to a sparkling start. He hits two boundaries off Hardik Pandya in the first over and three more sublime boundaries off Krunal Pandya in the second over, two of them inside out over extra cover. This is amazing start for RR with a new team leader.

Rahane falls and at the end of powerplay Rajasthan have 60/1. It’s been a terrific start for the hosts. Samson started well and now new captain Steve Smith has hit his stride straight away with a couple of boundaries through backward point off Lasith Malinga.

Double strikes from Rahul Chahar keeps MI in the game

Steve Smith has come out with a great mindset. Definitely the best he has looked all season. He brought the required rate down to 6.70 but Rahul Chahar keeps Mumbai in the game with a double strike. First, Samson throws it away by holing out to long-on with a nothing shot. Then Ben Stokes comes in at No.4 and chops one on to his stumps.

Young-lad Riyan Parag steps up to steady the RR boat!

This could have gotten tricky but Parag is actually playing a good little hand here, easing the pressure on Steve Smith. A brave scoop and an edge past short thirdman has reduced the equation to nearly a run-a-ball. Top knock

A needless run-out that ends parag’s innings!

End of a fantastic 70-run stand between Smith and Parag but the 17-year-old is slow to turn around and respond to a call for two from Smith and is caught well short of his crease by an accurate throw from Ben Cutting.

Bumrah gets one as well!

Just as parag goes out Ashton Turner follows him as well as he is pinged plumb in front off the stumps by Bumrah. It’s a second golden duck for him in the IPL! RR should still cruise.

Rajasthan Royals do the double over MI this year!

Well that ended without any drama. A very good win for Rajasthan Royals considering all the upheavals ahead of the game. Smith took over captaincy and has led the team from the front with an unbeaten 59 in what could have been a tricky chase. Don’t forget his role earlier in the day as well, when he rung in the changes very cleverly, giving his bowlers short bursts.

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Man of the match: skipper Steve Smith for his unbeaten 59*

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