IPL 7 56th match MI vs RR:Mumbai Indians Vs Rajasthan Royals, Live scores, 25 May, 2014
Match Teams:Mumbai Indians Vs Rajasthan Royals
Match Venue: Played at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Event : IPL T20 2014
Toss:Mumbai Indians, who chose to bowl first
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Mumbai Indians: W W W L W
Rajasthan Royals: L L W L W
Jasprit Bumrah had a memorable IPL debut last year, when he took 3 for 32 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. This season, he has accounted for George Bailey and AB de Villiers while conceding 7.2 runs per over, but his economy rate in the last five overs has spiked to 9.2. Mumbai will want him to repeat his performance against Daredevils, where he kept hitting the blockhole at the end of the innings.
Known for their unconventional choices, Royals surprised a few when they chose to leave Steven Smith out against Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab. He had played two near-nerveless knocks - in the Super Over against Knight Riders and then against Royal Challengers. His possible presence, perhaps in place of Kevon Cooper, in the side ahead of a crucial game could lend some heft to a stuttering middle order and his athleticism in the field can save a few runs too.
A dismal batting performance by Royals saw them crash to a 25-run loss against Mumbai in Ahmedabad, in the first encounter between the two sides in IPL 2014. Fifties from Lendl Simmons and Michael Hussey took Mumbai to 178, but Royals slipped behind early on, crumbling to 75 for 7 in the 12th over. The margin of defeat would have been much bigger had it not been for a 69-run stand between Brad Hodge and James Faulkner.
Mumbai have lost the most number of wickets - 39 - in the last five overs in this IPL. Royals are second on the list with 31
With 71 runs in his last two games, Brad Hodge has become only the second cricketer, after Chris Gayle, to score more than 6000 runs in T20s. He has 6056 runs in 220 games