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Rajasthan Royals push Mumbai Indians in deeper trouble

Rajasthan Royals push Mumbai Indians in deeper trouble

Whenever Rohit has scored more than 30 runs, MI have won 80% of their matches.

The result: Mumbai Indians 6-168 (Lewis 60, Archer 2-16) lost to Rajasthan Royals 3-171 (Buttler 94no, Hardik 2-52) by seven wickets with 12 balls remaining. Suryakumar Yadav, who is in excellent form and he has given a good start to Mumbai.

MI and RR have batsmen at the top who are capable of landing the early blows.

The problem for Mumbai has been that their middle order has been inconsistent, but the blazing half century from rookie Ishan Kishan would have given relief to coach Mahela Jayawardene.

Moreover, the game on Sunday evening at the Wankhede Stadium is also crucial because the winning side will keep the losing team away from the race to the play-offs. If Yadav, Rohit, Lewis, Ishan Kishan and JP Duminy are in the form, Mumbai will be hard to stop.

The stand was broken after Rahane failed to clear Suryakumar at mid-off boundary off a ball from Hardik Pandya in the first delivery of the 14th over, with Rajasthan's score at 104.

Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ben Cutting, Krunal Pandya, Jean-Paul Duminy, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah. They need to continue the good work against a strong batting unit of Mumbai. In bowling, leg-spinner Mayank Markande's form is necessary to stop Jos Buttler and Company to curb it is essential.

MI had suffered five losses in their first six games in 2015 and then from there went on to clinch the title. In the run chase, it was Jos Buttler, who ended up being the chief anchor and the architect for the Rajasthan Royals.

But skipper Ajinkya Rahane will expect his team to get their act together and aim for consistency as several must-win games have been lined up for them. Meanwhile, following RR's victory Chennai Super kings have qualified for the playoffs and now two spots are up for grabs. Buttler (415 runs), Sanju Samson (353 runs) have been the top two batsmen for them and expectations will be high on them. That solves a lot of problems for Mumbai Indians.

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