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IPL 2019: Buttler blitz helps Rajasthan seal nervy win

IPL 2019: Buttler blitz helps Rajasthan seal nervy win

The four of them are the backbones of the Royals' batting.

Wicketkeeping: It will be a tricky choice to pick between the two stalwart keepers - Quinton de Kock or Jos Buttler.

Put in to bat, openers Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma put on a 96-run opening stand to put the opposition bowlers on the backfoot.

The match will be played at the Wankhede Stadium, which has served Mumbai well this season, but such is the nature of the pitch, that even Rajasthan Royals might fancy their chances on the day. This was RR's just second win in seven games, as they continue to be placed second from bottom, while MI suffered their third defeat and are at the third spot.

MI Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (C), Evin Lewis/Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Alzarri Joseph, Jasprit Bumrah, Jason Behrendoff.

Due to injury, Rohit missed out to break the record of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batsman Suresh Raina (134), who leads the list of maximum consecutive matches for a particular franchise.

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Rohit Sharma returned at the top of the Mumbai Indians batting order, and began to express himself with an array of drives through the cover and point region. The Mumbai Indians reserve a 4 PM home game every season for their "Education for All" initiative. On the other hand, during his brief blitz, Hardik smashed an Archer delivery for a six over mid-wicket in the penultimate over of the innings, employing the helicopter shot, which he now seems to have perfected.

Mumbai Indians clinched a last-ball victory against Kings XI Punjab. However, the visitors had a stutter as they lost three wickets - Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripahi, Liam Livingstone and Steve Smith - in quick succession as MI struck back to make a game out of nowhere. A thrilling final over and the @rajasthanroyals clinch this game.

Jofra Archer has been keeping the speed gun busy this VIVO IPL, and after pinging MS Dhoni on the helmet with a bouncer in their previous contest, Archer used the bounce of the Wankhede pitch to good effect, and walked away with figures of 3-39 from his four overs.

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

Meanwhile, it was Rohit's 100th match as captain for Mumbai Indians (including the now-defunct Champions League T20 games) and it was Mumbai's overall 200th match.