Hello and welcome to the the live blog for Game #9. Sanju Samson’s Rajasthan Royals take on Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians at the DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai in Mumbai. Please refresh for new updates!
Finally a wicket!
Samson and Buttler were going hammer and tongs from both ends, and added 82 runs off only 50 balls. It took Kieron Pollard and his slower delivery to finally deceive Samson who holes out to deep midwicket.
Mills gets Padikkal
Mills had looked like getting Jos Buttler earlier in the over — troubling him with pace — but he’d take Padikkal’s wicket too. The batter was in no position to play this quick rising delivery, makes room and slices it up to cover.
Jaiswal falls early
Can’t keep Bumrah wicketless for too long but to be honest, it’s a bit of a soft dismissal. Jaiswal tucks straight to square leg. Jos Buttler, at the other end, is looking in his elements. Has already hit a couple of sixes deep into the stands, so watch out!
Toss and teams
Unchanged MI win the toss and opt to bowl first. “No particular reason,” Rohit Sharma says. No Suryakumar Yadav just yet then. Dew isn’t going to be a factor since this is a day game. Sanju Samson speaks about maintaining standards and announces the one change in his side: Navdeep Saini in for Nathan Coulter-Nile who haD injured himself in the last game.
Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson(w/c), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult, Navdeep Saini, Prasidh Krishna
Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan(w), Anmolpreet Singh, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Daniel Sams, Murugan Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills, Basil Thampi
Can Mumbai Indians win their second game?
It was a familiar start for Mumbai Indians, losing their first game of the season, but if five IPL titles are anything to go by, they should be alright. The good news is that they will be boosted by the return of Suryakumar Yadav today. The focus, though, will remain on their bowlers who let Delhi Capitals off the hook after having them six down for not many.
Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, had the perfect first game, with the captain raking in a half-century like he often does in the first game of the season. Deepu gets up all hyped up with this: Since IPL 2017, Samson has won Player of the Match in his second match of a season on four occasions (2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020). So watch out!