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MI vs RR: Rajasthan Royals nearly choke before upsetting Mumbai Indians

14 April 2019

A week back, the West Indian pacer enjoyed a dream debut for Mumbai Indians, as he took six for 12 to star in the team's win over Sunrisers Hyderabad. But the Royals' middle-order crumbled yet again as they scored 27/4 in five overs after his dismissal. Jos Buttler almost finished the chase by virtue of the 28-run over against Alzarri Joseph. Batting first, Mumbai Indians scored 187/5 in 20 overs.

But before Mumbai Indians could pull off another heist, Shreyas Gopal took the Royals home with three balls remaining.

Englishman Jos Buttler laid the platform with a rampaging 89 while Shreyas Gopal held his nerve at the death to power Rajasthan Royals to a four-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League encounter here Saturday.

Coming to Rajasthan, it seems nothing is going their way as they lost a nail-biter against defending champions Chennai Super Kings on Thursday, thanks to Mitchell Santner's last ball six which kept the yellow brigade at the top of the table. They will be up against Mumbai Indians, a side which has won the critical moments, a side which is riding a wave of momentum and hence, enter the match as overwhelming favourites.

Rohit's inclusion will not only put to rest any doubts about his fitness but also boost the Mumbai's batting line-up, which also comprises Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya and ever-reliable Surya Kumar Yadav. They have a set of superb players in skipper Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes. The game will start at 4.00 p.m. IST. Chasing the ball in the penultimate over of a thrilling game, the 22-year-old tumbled badly outside the fence while preventing a boundary at long off, hurting his shoulder in the process. Even though he wasn't the aggressor in this opening stand, Rohit held his own, running hard between wickets and stroking exquisitely through the off side for a 32-ball 47, eventually holing out in the deep off Jofra Archer.

This was Royals' second victory of the season in seven games after losing a last-ball thriller to CSK less than 48 hours back.

Rohit, who struck six fours and a lone six, threw his wicket away giving a sitter to Jos Buttler off Jofra Archer.

RR's chase of 188 is the second highest by any team against Mumbai Indians.

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MI vs RR: Rajasthan Royals nearly choke before upsetting Mumbai Indians