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  • 11:35 PM IST

    RR win by 7 wickets with 12 balls to spare. It all got over too soon. RR needed 16 from 18. Samson hit two sixes off consecutive balls from Hardik, the first of them an enormous one. He fell two balls later, but Buttler got the strike. The next ball disappeared over mid-wicket to somewhere outside Mumbai.

  • 11:22 PM IST

    Buttler has cut loose, and he can be brutal when he turns it on. First, two slogs for six and four off Hardik. Then pulls for four and six off consecutive balls off Bumrah. He gets to his fifth fifty, all as opener. Samson joins in the fun too, with a glance and a straight drive, both for fours.

    RR 144/2 (16), need 25 in 24
  • 11:08 PM IST

    OUT, Hardik gets Jinks! The time had come for the final onslaught, and Rahane has decided he would be the one. He tries to clear long off but fails by a distance. Surya takes an easy catch.

    RR 104/2 (13.1), need 65 in 41
  • 10:55 PM IST

    This is not looking good for Mumbai. Buttler has taken charge, and Rahane, while slow, is making sure that there is no undue pressure on Butter. Rohit reviewed an LBW against Rahane (Krunal was the bowler) unsuccessfully.

    RR 86/1 (11), need 83 in 54
  • 10:43 PM IST

    Two decent overs, first by Bumrah, then by Markande. Mumbai have pulled back the run rate, but Buttler is there. But then, Buttler has never been at his best once the Powerplays are over…

    RR 66/1 (8), need 103 in 72
  • 10:34 PM IST

    Rajasthan are marching along nicely. As predicted, Buttler has opened up after that quiet start with four and six off Krunal and four off Hardik. Mumbai have to break through quickly, but then, there is Rahane at the other end…

    RR 51/1 (6), need 118 in 84
  • 10:24 PM IST
    Rahane seems in control. Three boundaries, authentic strokeplay, he is leading the charge here. For once Buttler is waiting. The asking rate is not high.

    RR 33/1 (4), need 136 in 96

  • 10:10 PM IST

    Bumrah draws first blood for MI! Good line, perfect length, just does a bit, and Short edges to Kishan. Of course, this was sandwiched between a four, 5 wides, and another four. Bizarre over.

    RR 13/1 (1), need 156 in 114
  • 9:51 PM IST

    MI finish on 168-6 after Hardik exploded against Unadkat in the 19th over. Archer dropped Hardik, but Samson pulled off a spectacular catch (probably the catch of the tournament) to get Hardik off Stokes.

  • 9:27 PM IST

    The boundaries have clearly dried up. The Pandya brothers are not as fluent as MI would have wanted to be. Be prepared for some serious slogging, though.

    MI 128-4 (16)
  • 9:19 PM IST

    OUT, and that’s a super-catch by Samson. Kishan gives that shot all he has, the ball climbed a mile or two, but Samson judged it particularly well. Krunal joins his brother.

    MI 120-4 (14.4)
  • 9:12 PM IST

    Lewis falls to Dhawal. He got to his fifty and hit another one, but tried one too many. The ball went higher than he would have liked to. Samson takes an easy catch on the point boundary.

    MI 109-3 (13.3)
  • 8:57 PM IST

    OUT and OUT! Archer strikes twice! Something had to give, someone had to take risks, and Surya perishes while attempting. He goes for a pull on the leg-side but doesn’t time it well. Unadkat takes a low catch at deep fine-leg. And then, Rohit comes out (they didn’t cross!), Archer bounces, Rohit hooks and finds Unadkat again: this time the fielder didn’t have to move one inch. Kishan keeps the hat-trick ball out.

    MI 89-2 (11)
  • 8:52 PM IST

    Bang bang goes Lewis, off Gopal. First a sweep for a six that barely gained elevation. Then another, over long-off. Surya responds with a cover-driven four. Some runs after those doldrums, but given that they have all their wickets in hand, Mumbai really need to get things going now.

    MI 86-0 (10)
  • 8:45 PM IST

    Gopal and Unadkat bowl two decent overs, but Unadkat strays once, and Surya picks it up for four. Things have slowed down a bit, but you can sense an onslaught around the corner.

    MI 74-0 (8)
  • 8:32 PM IST

    Dhawan-Williamson, Rayudu-Watson, and now Lewis-Surya. The third rollicking stand of the day, in as many innings. Both men have started opening up, though both Archer and Stokes have pulled things back a bit.

    MI 51-0 (6)
  • 8:15 PM IST

    After Krishnappa Gowtham and Jofra Archer, Stuart Binny misjudges another catching opportunity. A sloppy start this from RR.

    MI 25-0 (3).
  • 8:09 PM IST

    MI start well after 2 overs. The openers are looking to attack on a belter of a surface. However, there have been some half-chances on offer as well.

  • 7:42 PM IST

    Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Jos Buttler(w), D Arcy Short, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni

  • 7:39 PM IST

    Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan(w), Hardik Pandya, Ben Cutting, Krunal Pandya, Jean-Paul Duminy, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah

  • 7:38 PM IST

    Rohit: Not really worried about dew. Last 6 overs, you have to expect some dew but it’s our home ground, we have played here. We played a few games here where we have bowled second. There’s no secret to winning games. We have performed collectively as a unit. Someone has put his hand up and taken up the responsibility. Same team for us.

  • 7:38 PM IST

    Rahane: We’ll bowl first. Looks a very good wicket. High scoring ground and dew comes later here. We have to play good cricket for 40 overs. First 6 overs will be crucial. We have D’Arcy Short in for Ish Sodhi, who’s not well. Shreyas Gopal and Dhawal Kulkarni come in.

  • 7:38 PM IST

    TOSS: RR opt to bowl first.

MI and RR are placed in the middle of the points table © AFP
MI and RR are placed in the middle of the points table © AFP

Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals Updates: Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the VIVO IPL 2018. We head to Match 47 where Mumbai host Royals at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Barring table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) — and already eliminated Delhi Daredevils (DD)  — other six teams are fighting hard to earn the remaining Playoffs’ spots. Amidst all this, Mumbaikars — Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane — will face-off at Mumbai with both sides having momentum in their grasp. MI and RR were languishing at the bottom, but have turned the tides and lit up the tournament with spectacular coming-from-behind victories.

RR have a realistic chance of pulling off an MI. The hosts are returning to their home turf on the back of 3 victories, while RR are getting into their elements. The heat may test players from both camps, but this is a night game. Nonetheless, 180-plus should be a par score. MI have home advantage, but both sides have form in their grasp. Expect a mouth-watering contest. Overall record favours MI (8-6).

MI and RR’s previous clash had gone down to the wire. RR had prevailed in a modest-scoring encounter. The situation has turned more intense for qualifications, and both teams will surely make up for another nerve-wrecking clash.