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Mumbai Indians first team to play 200 matches in T20 cricket

Mumbai Indians first team to play 200 matches in T20 cricket”

They have a set of superb players in skipper Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes. Despite a tremendous batting performance from Rohit Sharma and Quinto de Kock and a big total, it was simply not Mumbai's day.

Earlier, Quinton de Kock hit a belligerent 81 as he powered Mumbai Indians to an imposing 187 for 5 against Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League game here Saturday.

Rajasthan's chase could have been off to a disastrous start but Rohit failed to latch onto a tough chance off Rahane in the very first over, and the opener made most of the opportunity.

Kieron Pollard batted at number four even this time around, but could only score six runs from 12 balls. He pasted Joseph for two sixes and four fours in a single over bringing down the equation to a run-a-ball.

Pandya played the shot of the innings on the last ball of the penultimate over when he pulled off the helicopter shot for a maximum off the bowling of Joffra Archer. Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat and Ben Stokes struck early as Rajasthan strangled CSK at 24-4 at one point. De Kock was the wrecker-in-chief as he hammered six fours and four sixes in his 52-ball knock and got able support from skipper Rohit Sharma (47 off 32 balls). In the end, it was visiting team, captained by Ajinkya Rahane, won by four wickets.

Buttler added 87 for the third wicket with Sanju Samson - he was trapped in front by Jasprit Bumrah for 31 - to keep the Royals on track. In the next two overs, the two scored 26 runs as the home team raced past fifty in the fifth over.

Jofra Archer has been keeping the speed gun busy this VIVO IPL, and after pinging MS Dhoni on the helmet with a bouncer in their previous contest, Archer used the bounce of the Wankhede pitch to good effect, and walked away with figures of 3-39 from his four overs.

A late cameo from Hardik Pandya (28 off 11 balls), in which smashed three sixes and one fours ensured Mumbai neared the 190-run mark. If Rohit Sharma plays today, he'll obviously take over the captaincy from Kieron Pollard. The Rajasthan outfit eventually managed to get over the line with three balls to spare after a Jos Buttler (89) onslaught.



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