The Mumbai Indians, which has returned to winning ways, will go on a Sunday with the goal of pursuing the win against Rajasthan Royals on its home ground.
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Ankit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Jofra Archer, Stuart Binny, Aryaman Birla, Jos Buttler, Dushmantha Chameera, Prashant Chopra, Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Heinrich Klaasen, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ben Laughlin, Mahipal Lomror, Sudhesan Midhun, Sanju Samson, Jatin Saxena, D’Arcy Short, Ish Sodhi, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Jaydev Unadkat.
On Sunday, Gowtham struck an unbeaten 33 runs off 11 balls with a strike rate of 300. Rajasthan Royals won by 3 wickets. More importantly, he hit the winning runs, a six off Hardik Pandya’s last over of the match to guide his team to second victory of the season.
Speaking at the post-match presentation, skipper Ajinkya Rahane said, “I still can’t believe what happened”. With two wins and three defeats, Rajasthan are placed fifth with four points, while Mumbai are sixth with one win in four games. He was adjourned Man of the Match for his splendid performance. Jofra Archer took three important wickets.
Our reporter spoke to captain Rohit Sharma who said, “It’s unbelievable when experience bowlers like Bumrah give away runs like this”.
SRH will also be buoyed by the fact that they beat their opponents by a solitary wicket, chasing 148 for victory, when the two sides met in Hyderabad a fortnight back.
I still think Mumbai will win it: I feel that sides are starting to “work out” Rashid Khan and Sunrisers’ batting is over-reliant on Dhawan and Williamson when both are in the side.
Mumbai Indians have not made too many changes to their playing eleven and could mull over it seriously before it is too late. “We won’t lose hope, we are going to bounce back and play our best cricket in the next matches”. “We will make them know that they are coming from back-to-back losses”. With six requiring off three balls, Gowtham pulled one over the midwicket boundary for a six to give Rajasthan their third win in five games. Start of 18 over was again a disaster for RR as they lost another wicket.
Mustafizur bowled badly on two occasions, but in the other two matches, his combined figures were 8-0-47-4.