Buttler returns to haunt Indians as Royals reign in Mumbai

Buttler returns to haunt Indians as Royals reign in Mumbai

Mumbai Indians will host Rajasthan Royals in the 47th match of IPL 2018 on May 13. Second-placed Chennai Super Kings are second with 14 points from 11 games, while Kings XI Punjab are third with 12 points from 10 games. The Royals improved their qualification prospects with the 6th win of the season while defending champions Mumbai Indians slumped to 7th defeat.

The task was certainly not going to be easy for Rajasthan at Mumbai's fortress and more so against a side, who were seeking revenge after losing in the reverse fixture. For Mumbai Indians, barring Evin Lewis, their batting has clicked in the latter half of the tournament. Suryakumar Yadav, who has taken the crease, strikes back-to-back Fours for Mumbai.

A promising encounter awaits us from the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Mumbai Indians: S Yadav, E Lewis, RG Sharma*, I Kishan (wk), H Pandya, B Cutting, K Pandya, JP Duminy, M McClenaghan, M Markande, J Bumrah. Runs are also expected from Ishan Kishan and all-rounders Hardik Pandya and his brother Krunal.

After flying starts, Mumbai often lose their way in the middle and their batters will have to make amends on this aspect if they want to have a shot at a play-offs berth.

For Rajasthan Royals, the form of opener Buttler has been the biggest positive.

The England international's destructive hitting boosted his current team's play-off hopes; they have now leapfrogged over their opponents into fifth place in the standings, though their negative net run-rate is a concern.

Once again, West Indian Kieron Pollard is likely to sit out. In the first few games, the result didn't go in our favour. Rajasthan Royals seems to gauging the pitch as they strategise their men for fielding.

But skipper Ajinkya Rahane will expect his team to get their act together and aim for consistency as several must-win games have been lined up for them.

Others like Sanju Samson, Stuart Binny and Rahul Tripathi need to chip in and aid Buttler.Englishman Ben Strokes is yet to live up to expectations and the costly price tag, and so is Saurashtra pacer Jaydev Unadkat. However, in today's match, it is predicted that Rajasthan Royals will win this against Mumbai Indians. Both teams were in desperate need of victory to keep themselves afloat in the tournament. Mumbai secures six runs in this over 8:02pm: MI at 14/0 after 1 over Four!