Kieron Pollard (above) added 61 runs for the fifth wicket in just 30 balls along with Ambati Rayudu © IANS
Kieron Pollard (above) added 61 runs for the fifth wicket in just 30 balls along with Ambati Rayudu © IANS

Mumbai Indians (MI) hosted Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, and emerged winners in what turned out to be a superb game that went down the wire. Nikhil Popat brings to you the highlights from the 32nd game of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015. READ: Mumbai Indians trump Rajasthan Royals by 8 runs

Mumbai’s good fortune: Just the second ball of the game, Lendl Simmons edged a length ball from Tim Southee; it looked like a regular catch, but Sanju Samson for some reason dropped it. Simmons made sure they paid for it as he went to score 38 in 30 balls. He was starting to look good when he was dismissed by Ankit Sharma. IPL 2015 Highest wicket-taker: List of best bowlers in IPL 8

Pocket Pataka: Parthiv Patel has been around for long and he showed everyone a glimpse of what he is capable of with the bat. He got off the blocks early and kept slapping balls to the cover fence. In the fourth over of the game, he particularly took toll of Rusty Theron, welcoming him with a superb cut followed by a spanking back foot punch to the cover-point fence to signal his intentions. He did not last long though as he was caught by Dhawal Kulkarni in his follow-through to get out for a 14-ball 23, but importantly it had given Mumbai the start they wanted. IPL 2015 Points Table & Team Standings

Ambati Rayudu’s fireworks: Mumbai Indians were in a spot of bother when they lost captain Rohit Sharma, with the home side looking shaky at 120 for four in 15th over. Rayudu though stepped up to play some lovely strokes to accelerate at the right time. He and Kieron Pollard added 61 runs in just 30 balls with Rayudu doing the bulk of the scoring. He went onto score his 11th IPL fifty in just 27 balls and ensured Mumbai posted a total of 187 for five at the end of 20 overs.  IPL 2015 Most 6s and 4s: List of most dangerous batsmen in IPL 8

Superb Samson at No. 3: Ajinkya Rahane was out early and Sanju Samson came in at No. 3. He got going right from the word go, kept finding the gaps and found the fence at regular intervals. He scored his fourth IPL fifty and got his team closer to the target. His once particular shot off Vinay Kumar when he pulled a slower one, with both feet in the air, showed how good a talent he is. Samson then hit a maximum and then played a scoop down to fine leg for a boundary to reduce the chase to 34 runs needed in 18 balls. IPL 2015 schedule: IPL 8 match time table with venue details

Malinga-Mitch seal it for Mumbai: Mitchell McClenaghan struck twice in an over to dismiss Samson and Karun Nair in space of two balls and that almost sealed the game for Mumbai. Samson hit a six earlier in the over but by the time he finished the over, Rajasthan need 26 runs in 12 balls. This was after he had taken the big wicket of Steven Smith earlier on in the game to end with figures of three for 31 in his spell. Lasith Malinga then bowled a superb over to concede just six runs leaving Vinay Kumar 20 runs to defend in final over and Vinay bowled well to win it for Mumbai as Rajasthan only managed to score 11 runs off the last over. Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015: Complete coverage

(Nikhil Popat is a cricket lover and a PotterHead. He can be followed on Twitter @CricCrazyNIKS)