IPL 2018: Evin Lewis gives Mumbai Indians opening boost vs Rajasthan Royals

MI and Rajasthan Royals will be hoping to move a step closer to play-off berth with a win

Openers Surya Kumar Yadav (38) and Evin Lewis (60) were striking well as the team was going at about 8 runs per over after the first 10 overs.

It has been a dramatic turnaround for the Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians after a string a losses early in the tournament. Suryakumar Yadav, who is in excellent form and he has given a good start to Mumbai.

The result at the Wankhede Stadium was decisive since the victor not only bagged two valuable points, but also derail the loser's challenge for the race to the knockouts.

If Yadav, Rohit, Lewis, Ishan and J P Duminy go all guns blazing it would be hard to stop them. However, Hardik Pandya helped the hosts to a competitive total with a late charge, scoring 36 runs off 21 balls before holing out to Stokes in the penultimate ball of the innings.

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.

MI: Rohit Sharma (captain), Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McLenaghan, Mustafizur Rahaman, Jasprit Bumrah, Akila Dananjaya, Ben Cutting, JP Duminy, Rahul Chahar, Sharad Lumba, Adam Milne, Siddhesh Lad, Md Nidheesh, Mohsin Khan, Anukul Roy, Pradeep Sangwan, Tajinder Singh, Aditya Tare, Saurabh Tiwary. In bowling, leg-spinner Mayank Markande's form is necessary to stop Jos Buttler and Company to curb it is essential. "I want to do well for MI first and then I will see how it goes", the all-rounder noted.

The record breaker: Englishman Jos Buttler has been the signing of the tournament, shifting from Mumbai to Rajasthan in the off-season and flourishing at the top of the Royals order. 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.

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. They have won three matches one after the other to keep their hopes for the title alive. However, Mumbai Indian have a sight edge on paper. Others like Sanju Samson, Stuart Binny and Rahul Tripathi need to chip in.

Related:

  • Pakistan played a role in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks: Nawaz Sharif

    Pakistan played a role in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks: Nawaz Sharif

    Leader of the opposition, Sherry Rehman on Sunday slammed Nawaz Sharif for his recent remarks on the Mumbai attacks. He was called to Pakistan by a person who is wanted in for terrorist activities in Mumbai .
    Aishwarya Rai reportedly loses cool with PR team for Instagram debut failure

    Aishwarya Rai reportedly loses cool with PR team for Instagram debut failure

    Along with each picture, she added the caption, "And I was born again", proving the limit of her love for her six-year-old. Specially the colour is so soothing to eyes in front of the scorching heat back in India, you'll look at it to understand.
    Are better China-Japan relations on the horizon?

    Are better China-Japan relations on the horizon?

    Emperor Akihito, who took the throne in 1989, visited China in October 1992 with Empress Michiko as the first emperor to do so. Abe and Li on Friday attended a forum created to promote exchanges between Japanese and Chinese local authorities.
  • Head of IAEA inspections has resigned

    Head of IAEA inspections has resigned

    The White House warned European firms they had a six-month deadline to wind up investments in Iran or risk U.S. sanctions. The Vienna-based nuclear company says it has no indications Iran is in breach of the accord.
    First Chinese-built aircraft carrier takes to the waves for trials

    First Chinese-built aircraft carrier takes to the waves for trials

    The US's 11 vessels are nuclear powered and have far superior technology, including catapult systems for launching aircraft. China's state media says the country's first domestically-built aircraft carrier has started sea performance tests.
    South Sudan On Alert As Ebola Outbreak Reported In DRC

    South Sudan On Alert As Ebola Outbreak Reported In DRC

    The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission. Duncan was not diagnosed with Ebola before leaving Liberia , but began to suffer symptoms a few days after reaching the U.S.
  • Trump Extends Lifeline to Sanctioned Tech Company ZTE

    Trump Extends Lifeline to Sanctioned Tech Company ZTE

    The company said it is working to have the ban modified or reversed. "Nobody's panicking yet but people are nervous and watching". And all that, Gold said, "will be face saving for President Trump , who will declare a great victory".
    Tyree: Mother's Day: The untold story

    Tyree: Mother's Day: The untold story

    For all the sleepless nights I've given her I promise to give her a life that would enable her to sleep peacefully every night. She acknowledges that although healing is the goal, some people have been hurt to the point of developing mental illness.
    Wayne Rooney Agrees Deal In Principle With His Next Club

    Wayne Rooney Agrees Deal In Principle With His Next Club

    That has put the club's billionaire backer Farhad Moshiri under pressure as current boss Sam Allardyce's future remains in doubt. United in MLS. "It would have to be massive for him to want leave Everton ", the former England manager told Talksport.
  • IMMORTALITY UNLOCKED! Manchester City set SIX records with epic win over Southampton

    IMMORTALITY UNLOCKED! Manchester City set SIX records with epic win over Southampton

    The Saints had a poor season in contrast as they secured Premiership survival on the last day of the season. Crystal Palace condemned already-relegated West Brom to last place with a 2-0 win at Selhurst Park.
    Man City boss Guardiola desperate to keep Aguero from Atletico Madrid return

    Man City boss Guardiola desperate to keep Aguero from Atletico Madrid return

    Aguero, who is City's highest goalscorer, has been heavily linked with a return to Atletico Madrid . "I think it is not going to happen".
    NBA Conference Finals preview capsules

    NBA Conference Finals preview capsules

    Rozier has shown flashes of being one of the team's primary scoring options, but has proven he is not the same player on the road. For their part, the Celtics know what they're up against as they try to prevent James from reaching his eighth-straight Finals.

Comments

Other news