Mumbai, Rajasthan aim to eliminate each other from IPL play-off race

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Mumbai not thinking of position on points table, insists Krunal Pandya

"0 && comm [ts].geo.indexOf ($root.$GEO.country) == -1" Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Ben Cutting, Krunal Pandya, Jean-Paul Duminy, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Pradeep Sangwan, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Akila Dananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Adam Milne. Rahane looking to end the partnership tossed the ball to Archer who delivered a double whammy, scalping Yadav (38) and then sending back Rohit Sharma for a golden duck in consecutive deliveries.

On the bowling front, young leggie Mayank Markande has been the find of the season and his role will be crucial if the likes of rampaging Jos Buttler and other Rajasthan batters are to be restricted tomorrow. Others like Sanju Samson, Stuart Binny and Rahul Tripathi need to chip in and aid Buttler.

Jofra Archer was once again wonderful.

Both MI and RR have collected ten points from 11 matches so far. Kishan holds an important place in the MI batting line-up, especially some of their key middle order batsmen have failed repeatedly. As it happened Buttler took Royals home in style by smacking a six off Hardik Pandya as the visitors chased down the competitive 169-run target in just 18 overs. His unbeaten 94 off 53 came with an astonishing nine "fours" and five "sixes" at a strike rate of 177.35. However, post that he never looked in danger of anything as he displayed immaculate timing right though his innings.

The match is scheduled to start at 8 PM IST on Sunday, May 13th. He ended his night with figures of 2/16 and an economy rate of just 4.00. "But we will plan for each batsman and bowler in the opposition". We have to focus on taking the dew out of the equation.

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Rohit Sharma: Last time we played here, there wasn't much dew. Mumbai are coming into the game on the back of hat-trick of wins over Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders, who played them twice. There are some areas that we need to work on.

The English cricketer, in partnership with captain Ajinkya Rahane (37), added 95 runs for the second wicket and took the team past the finishing line.

The visitorshave made a couple of changes.

"I hope we continue that because now every game is a do-or-die encounter".

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