"We were playing good cricket, but just couldn't win the crucial moments in the first few matches", he said. That solves a lot of problems for Mumbai Indians. Rohit has only one knock to cherish till now - his match winning 94 against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Wankhede Stadium - but apart from that he has not performed up to his standard and he would be keen to notch up a big one. MI hammered Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their respective previous encounters while Royals also notched a brilliant win against Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
The Jaipur-based outfit needs to win its remaining two games to qualify for the play-offs, while Mumbai's fate is not in their hands and will have to depend on the performances of other teams.
Asked to bat first, Mumbai were off to a steady start with Evin Lewis and Suryakumar coming up with an opening partnership of 87 runs off 64 balls.
The loss left three-time champions Mumbai stranded at 10 points from 12 games, while Rajasthan took their tally to 12 after 12 games. Suryakumar Yadav has been Mumbai's standout batsman, contributing 435 runs, even as the other batters have been inconsistent, with captain Rohit Sharma and Evin Lewis scoring 267 and 265 runs respectively. Mumbai at 40/0 after 5 overs.
Mumbai Indians: S Yadav, E Lewis, RG Sharma*, I Kishan (wk), H Pandya, B Cutting, K Pandya, JP Duminy, M McClenaghan, M Markande, J Bumrah. Skipper Ajinkya Rahane and in-form Buttler steadily revived the run chase and took the score to 51/1 after the six powerplay overs. Buttler (415 runs), Sanju Samson (353 runs) have been the top two batsmen for them and expectations will be high on them. Rahane (243 runs) and Ben Stokes (185) have been below-par and head coach Shane Warne will be relieved if they fire on Sunday.
Stokes, the costliest buy in IPL auction 2018, has also failed in his bowling, picking up only three wickets so far. The live streaming of IPL match MI vs RR will also be available on Hotstar and JioTV. Ish Sodhi is sick.
After a good start, Mumbai team lost the rhythm, but to make the place in the playoff, they would have to perform like a unit.