The Royals bowlers failed to drive home the advantage gained by Dhawal Kulkarni's fourth-ball strike and surrendered the initiative to the right-left combination of Kishan and Suryakumar. Six off the over, including two wides. After Kishan went back to dug out, Yadav was dismissed by Unadkat and captain Rohit Sharma ran himself out after misjudging a run.
Their punt to promote Suryakumar Yadav at the top continues to get them good results, for he made his second half-century contribution since been offered the opener's slot. As Rajasthan fans' hopes were dwindling, the Karnataka allrounder took a six and a four off Mustafizur Rahman's last two balls of the 18th over. The running behind wickets kept the scoreboard moving. Emotions On. Needless to say the Blue army flashed their "smileys" and "thumbs up" soon after they bagged their first two points, thanks to their bowlers finally backing their batsmen to thrash the opponents. His knock seemed to come out of nowhere but it also shows just how unpredictable a format Twenty20 can be. If it was Kulkarni who was responsible for the breakthrough RR had grown desperate for, Archer hit the final nail in the coffin in the penultimate over of MI's innings.
Chris Johnson's Forecast | Rain chances and cooler temperatures on the way
Even when there are breaks in the rain, it will continue to stay on the cloudy side as overnight lows bottom out in the 40s. The seasonal temperatures we felt Saturday are here to stay for the upcoming week.
Archer's dismissal of Mitchell McClenaghan was one to behold as he hit the timber with a 149.2 kph thunderbolt. Three wickets at a key juncture for 22 runs in his four over quota, which included 12 dots - a debut for the ages! Though the Australian looked in form towards the end, he has been given a longish rope of four games with scores of 4, 6, 11 and 44.
The pitch was not conducive for stroke-making but Samson (52) and Stokes (40 off 27) added 72 runs for the third wicket to push their side close to the finish line and the hosts eventually crossed it with two balls to spare. The visitors then produced a death bowling show that was almost a replica of RR's in the first innings but Gowtham highlighted what Mumbai couldn't find in their innings - the flawless finishing touches. The pair took sometime to get going but turned the screws once they felt settled. The Mumbai Indians managed to get back in the game with the Royals middle-order imploding big time.