Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of IPL 2020, Match 45 between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
RR 55/2 after 6 overs: Ben Stokes has got his eye in as he picks back-to-back boundaries off Krunal Pandya. Good opportunity for Samson to find his rhythm back. End of PowerPlay.
RR 45/2 after 5 overs: Pattinson strikes and he gets the prized scalp of Steve Smith as the Rajasthan skipper’s poor run in the tournament continues. Sanju Samson joins Ben Stokes.
RR 41/1 after 4 overs: Steve Smith gets into the act as he launches Jasprit Bumrah into the stands and Rajasthan is up and running in the chase.
RR 29/1 after 3 overs: Ben Stokes announces his arrival with a hat-trick of boundaries as 16 runs come from Trent Boult’s over. There is some intent from Stokes and in company of Steve Smith has a job in hands.
RR 13/1 after 2 overs: James Pattinson strikes early and removes Robin Uthappa who falls afetr playing two gorgeous start. Steve Smith joins Ben Stokes.
RR 5/0 after 1 over: Rajasthan and Rohit Uthappa are off the mark as five runs come from Trent Boult’s first over. Stokes yet to face a delivery.
Alright we are back for the chase and this will take some batting to chase down a mammoth 196. Robin Uthappa and Ben Stokes will open the batting and it will be Trent Boult who is ready to steam in. Here we go!
End of Innings: Mumbai Indians 195/5 after 20 overs
Fantastic batting from Hardik Pandya as he slams a 21-ball 60 which included seven sixes and just two boundaries. Kartik Tyagi took a pounding as Pandya smoked him for 27 runs in the final over. A tall chase for Royals.
MI 186/5 after 19 overs: Jofra Archer strikes and he removes Saurabh Tiwary. The Englishman then takes off the momentum by giving just three runs and finishes with 4-0-31-2.
MI 165/4 after 18 overs: Hardik Pandya is hurting Rajasthan as he has cashed in on the drop by smoking Ankit Rajpoot for 27 runs in an over. Pandya starts with a six over long-on and then smacks three consecutive sixes – over long-off, fine leg and deep square leg. Rahul Tewatia must be kicking himself.
MI 138/4 after 17 overs: Saurabh Tiwary has smoked Jofra Archer for 17 runs with some clean striking. An inside edge to boundary and then Tiwary drives straight down the ground and then pulls Archer over the long leg boundary for a maximum.
MI 121/4 after 16 overs: Oh no! Rahul Tewatia drops Hardik Pandya – his second drop of the night and this will be costly for Rajasthan.
MI 116/4 after 15 overs: Sourabh Tiwary has got a start with a run-a-ball 16 and Pandya is yet to tee off.
MI 108/4 after 14 overs: Hardik Pandya joins Saurabh Tiwary and this is an interesting passage of play. Can Rajasthan get one more here and keep the pressure or will Pandya explode..
MI 101/4 after 13 overs: Shreyas Gopal with a double strike has dented Mumbai as he gets the well-set Suryakumar Yadav and then castles Kieron Pollard to bring Royals back in the match.
Mumbai 94/2 after 12 overs: Rahul Tewatia now applying the brakes as he gives just three runs and Rajasthan with the wicket of Ishan has found a little window to crawl back.
Mumbai 91/2 after 11 overs: Huge moment in the game as Jofra Archer takes a one-handed stunner at third man to removes Ishan Kishan. Kartik Tyagi cannot belive it and neither Ishan as he departs for a 36-ball 37.
Mumbai 89/1 after 10 overs: Both Ishan and Suryakumar are motoring nicely and they are well-set in the middle. Mumbai en route to post huge total.
MI 79/1 after 9 overs: Rahul Tewatia drops Suryakumar Yadav – it was a tough one and the batsman cashes in as he smacks Shreyas Gopal for two boundaries. Rajasthan in need for a breakthrough.
MI 67/1 after 8 overs: Spinners Shreyas Gopal and Rahul Tewatia have put a lid on the scoring as Tewatia concedes five but doesn’t give a boundary. Both batsmen doing in singles currently.
MI 62/1 after 7 overs: Spin being introduced and Shreyas Gopal produces an excellent over giving just three runs.
MI 59/1 after 6 overs: Excellent from Ishan and Suryakumar as they punish Rajpoot for erring in length as Surya first smacks him over shorts fine-leg and then Ishan whack him behind square for a maximum.
MI 45/1 after 5 overs: Suryakumar Yadav gets into the act as he smacks Kartik Tyagi for back-to-back boundaries with a stylish cut. Mumbai motoring nicely.
MI 34/1 after 4 overs: Ishan Kishan attacks and he is thriving under pressure after being hit on the leg. Collects two boundaries and he is dissecting the field with precision.
MI 21/1 after 3 overs: Brilliant over from Archer as he gives just a single and there was a nice little encounter between Archer and Ishan. Ultimately, it’s Archer who turns out to be the winner. Fascinating fast bowling.
MI 20/1 after 2 overs: The fall of De Kock hasn’t put any pressure on Ishan as he whacks Rajpoot for two boundaries as Mumbai is up and running despite losing a wicket inside the PowerPlay.
MI 10/1 after 1 over: Quinton de Kock gets off the mark in style with a fierce pull for a maximum but Jofra Archer gets his man as he castles the southpaw to give Rajasthan an early breakthrough.
Alright we are set for Match 45 to begin and it will be Quinton de Kock and Ishan Kishan for Mumbai. Jofra Archer will be operating with the new ball.
Toss: Mumbai Indians wins toss, opts to bat first
Rajasthan Royals: Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson(w), Jos Buttler, Steven Smith(c), Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajpoot, Kartik Tyagi
Mumbai Indians: Quinton de Kock(w), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard(c), Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Changes: MI – James Pattinson in for Nathan Coulter-Nile | RR – Unchanged
Last IPL meeting:
MI (193/4 in 20 overs) beat RR (136/10 in 18.1 overs) by 57 runs.
Earlier this season, the sides had squared off in Abu Dhabi on October 6, Tuesday. The Mumbai-based franchise handed the Rajasthan-based side a five-wicket win as youngsters Riyan Parag (42*) and Rahul Tewatia (45*) put on a match-winning 85-run partnership for the sixth wicket.
Head-to-head: (21 matches- RR 10| MI 11)
The two teams have faced each other 21 times in the IPL so far, and MI holds a slender lead over RR by winning 11 of those encounters.
IPL 2020 Form guide: (last 5 matches | win:loss)
RR- Rajasthan has won two of its last five games but goes in to the next encounter on the back of a loss.
MI- Mumbai is currently in fine form, winning four of its last five matches. (4:1)
IPL Today: Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians form guide, head-to-head rivalry
The absence of captain Rohit Sharma was hardly felt in Mumbai’s annihilation of Chennai Super Kings at Sharjah on Friday. Royals, on the other hand, had an eminently forgettable outing against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Mumbai Indians is on top of the table with 14 points and thus is virtually assured of a place in the playoffs, while Royals has to win this game and the two of its remaining ones. It is a tough ask, yes.
Steve Smith (captain), Jos Buttler (Wicketkeeper), Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Robin Uthappa, David Miller, Ankit Rajpoot, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Riyan Parag, Mayank Markande, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi, Akash Singh, Oshane Thomas, Andrew Tye, Rahul Tewatia, Shashank Singh, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anirudha Joshi, Tom Curran and Anuj Rawat
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Digvijay Deshmukh, Aditya Tare (wk), Saurabh Tiwary, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Rahul Chahar, Chris Lynn, Hardik Pandya, Sherfane Rutherford, Anmolpreet Singh, Mohsin Khan, Mitchell McClenaghan, Prince Balwant Rai, Anukul Roy, Ishan Kishan, Dhawal Kulkarni, Trent Boult, Jayant Yadav, Suryakumar Yadav, Nathan Coulter-Nile and James Pattinson.
Game No. 45: Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium
Date: October 25, Sunday
Time: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE TO WATCH IPL 2020 – Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians LIVE?
The Indian Premier League match KKR and DC will be broadcast live on the Star Sports Network. Live streaming will also be available on the Hotstar app or website exclusively for VIP and Premium users.
Send in your opinions and feedback to email@example.com or find us on social media at @sportstarweb.
Make sure to subscribe to the podcast on the platforms you use. Also subscribe to Sportstar for our exclusive coverage of the Indian Premier League.