Or so Mumbai thought.
The Top Buy: Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma, retained for Rs. 15 crore, was dismissed for a duck. Unperturbed by the wickets, Gowtham threw caution to the wind and hit the best of MI bowlers all over the park.
Bangladeshi medium pacer Mustafizur Rahman dealt Rajasthan a crucial blow as he got rid of South African Heinrich Klassen (0) in the first delivery of the 18th over, reducing the hosts to 125/6. He refused a single off the third ball and then finished things off with a six off the fourth to hand Mumbai their fourth last-over loss of 2018. It wasn't clean hitting all throughout, but hey, it got the job done! But after him, Suryakumar Yadav (72) and Ishan Kishan (58) played magnificently and put their team in a position of scoring a huge total. That meant the match would go into the last over with RR needing 10 runs to win and in a T20 scenario the advantage had to lie with the batting side. "He bowled well. But still we could have scored more runs when he was bowling".
Skipper Rohit Sharma too failed to misjudge a run as he ran himself out. West-Indian Evin Lewis played with his role with all the bat and we're famous brands Kieron Pollard as well as the Pandya brothers - Hardik and Krunal.
The classy Mumbai batsman has been a revelation after being promoted to open the batting. And this time, he ensured that we also worked on our fitness at the start of the season.
The recent development in MI camp has got other IPL teams anxious.
Mumbai win. With their batsmen in form and the bowling clicking, a struggling RR will find it close to impossible to beat them.
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In the process, Mumbai collapsed from 130 for 1 in 14.2 overs to muster only 167 for 7, as only 37 runs were made in the last five overs.
Also keep an eye on Jasprit Bumrah, India's death over specialist. Three wickets at a key juncture for 22 runs in his four over quota, which included 12 dots - a debut for the ages!
Speaking of before the match, Royals and Indians both stand in the bottom four in the IPl 2018 points table.
Kishan's dismissal seemed to break Mumbai's momentum as Rajasthan staged a strong comeback with two quick wickets in a span of three balls.
"Gowtham's innings was brilliant".
Where do they go next? The first game today is being played between the Chennai Super Kings and the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Coty of Nizams where Dhoni and his men will want to win this game at any cost. MI, meanwhile, return to Wankhede as they also take on SRH next, on Tuesday (April 24).