Qualification hopes hang by a thread, Mumbai Indians face off against Rajasthan Royals
While the Rajasthan Royals are also sailing in the same boat, they have just secured a seven-wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings, easily chasing a goal of 190 points.
Young Yashasvi Jaiswal (50) opened well and Shivam Dube (64 *) came in fourth to finish the match well for the Rajasthan Royals.
The Mumbai Indian bowlers did well, both in the first and second legs of the IPL. While the first leg saw MI’s bowlers defend a total of around 150, the most recent game saw MI push a game where the team had to defend 130 to the last.
In the words of bowling coach Shane Bond, bowlers almost gave MI a chance to win a game that seemed far from over.
The Indians of Mumbai and the Royals of Rajasthan fought fiercely during the 24 meetings between the teams. The Mumbai Indians have 12 wins against RR, which is one less than against the team they will face next. There was a game without a result, and that tipped the numbers from 12 to 11 towards the men in blue and gold.
The two teams had last met at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, where a game was played out with a good demonstration with the bat on both sides. Rajasthan Royals struck first and set a goal of 172. In response, Quinton de Kock headed MI to a 7 wicket win with an unbeaten 70 (50). The South African’s shot, with Krunal 39 (26), brought MI home in just 18.3 overs.
The winner of this clash will rise to 12 points and fight for the fourth position, which is currently held by the Kolkata Knight Riders. Teams will also need a very healthy run rate to climb to the top of the tournament.