Ambati Rayudu played a very measured innings to get to 53 off 27 balls © IANS
Ambati Rayudu played a very measured innings to get to 53 off 27 balls © IANS

Mumbai Indians (MI) have ended their first innings at a challenging total of 187 for five against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Match 32 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015. Mumbai can not afford to be too comfortable with the total as their bowling has not been up to the mark in the IPL 8 season. LIVE UPDATES: MI vs RR Match 32, IPL 2015

The innings started quite well for Mumbai with Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel both playing very positively. However, Lendl Simmons was gifted a chance by the Royals when Sanju Samson dropped him off the very second ball in the innings to the disappointment of seamer Tim Southee. READ Preview: Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals here

Patel was then dismissed for 23 by a class act from Dhawal Kulkarni who took a sharp catch off his own bowling when Patel tried to smash him straight back. Simmons then played a few good strokes and finally lost his wicket to Ankit Sharma thanks to a poor call by the umpire who failed to see the thick edge Simmons got before the ball went on to hit the pad. IPL 2015 Highest run-scorer: List of best batsmen in IPL 8

Rohit Sharma, played quite well for his 27 before becoming Kulkarni’s second victim. Ambati Rayudu took the mantle from there and scored runs very freely, striking a few sixes in his unbeaten innings of 53 from 27 balls. He was particularly impressive in the penultimate over, where he took Tim Southee apart with a couple of boundaries and a six.

Rayudu was well supported by Kieron Pollard at the other end towards the ending overs who also scored runs at a good nick to finally propel MI to a good total. With a strong batting line up, consisting of the orange cap holder — Ajinkya Rahane — Rajasthan Royals will fancy their chances in the chase.

Brief scores:

Mumbai Indians 187 for 5 (Lendl Simmons 38, Ambati Rayudu 53; Dhawal Kulkarni 2 for 26) vs Rajasthan Royals

(Rishad D’Souza, a reporter with CricketCountry, gave up hopes of playing Test cricket after a poor gully-cricket career. He now reports on the sport. You can follow @RDcric on Twitter)