Quinton de Kock, who notched up his seventh IPL fifty, scored 81 as Mumbai Indians scored 187/5 against Rajasthan Royals. @BCCI

Quinton de Kock scored 81, Rohit Sharma made 47 on comeback and Hardik Pandya scored a quickfire 28 off 11 balls as Mumbai Indians (MI), after put in to bat, scored 187/5 against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the 27th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday. (IPL 2019, MI vs RR: FOLLOW LATEST UPDATES)

Rohit Sharma, who was rested from the previous having sustained an injury during the training, made a superb comeback as he and de Kock provided MI a solid start.

While the two were a little watchful at the start of their innings as the first two overs yielded only nine runs, the duo took on the RR bowlers from the third over, with the left-hander getting into the act, with a six and a four and the MI skipper hitting a four to score 18 runs off the over bowled by Krishnappa Gowtham. In the next two overs, the two scored 26 runs as the home team raced past fifty in the fifth over.

Although RR managed to disallow the two any big in the next two overs, the South Africa went after Liam Livingstone, hitting him for two sixes in the eight over. There was yet another big over for MI as Rohit went after Gowtham, hitting him for two fours and a six in the 10th over.

However, just when it looked like Rohit and de Kock complete a hundred-run partnership, Jofra Archer dismissed the former for 47 to give RR a much-needed breakthrough. (ALSO READ: IPL 2019, MI vs Rajasthan Royals: Mumbai Indians become first team to play 200 T20s)

Suryakumar Yadav, who replaced Rohit in the middle, looked in a mood to go big, as he moved to 16 off 9 balls, but Dhawal Kulkarni dismissed the right-hander as RR scalped two quick wickets.

De Kock, meanwhile, brought up his eighth IPL half-century in 34 deliveries and continued to lead MI’s charge against RR.

Kieron Pollard, whose 31-ball 83-run blitz powered MI to a win against Kings XI Punjab in their previous game, failed to score big and got out for six as Archer struck for the second time. (FULL POINTS TABLE)

While MI had hoped that De Kock would stay till the end but Jos Buttler’s stunner dashed those hopes as the left-hander got out in the penultimate over. However, Hardik Pandya’s quickfire balls helped MI cross 180-run mark.

Brief scores: Mumbai Indians 187/5 (Quinton de Kock 81, Rohit Sharma 47; Jofra Archer 3/39) vs Rajasthan Royals