RR vs MI: Hello and welcome to the coverage of IPL 2020 match Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians on indiatvnews.com. RR face a must-win game against MI tonight to keep their top-4 chances alive in the tournament, while MI will secure a playoff berth with a win tonight. RR's road to qualification is toughened with late arrival of Kings XI Punjab who won four games on the trot and are currently fifth in the table. RR, meanwhile are seventh and would require a win in all of their games -- while depending on other results too -- to qualify for the playoff spot. Here, you can find ball-by-ball updates from IPL 2020 Match Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians on indiatvnews.com (SCORECARD)
RR beat MI by 8 wickets
23.04 IST: Pattinson to Stokes, FOUR! It's DONE and DUSTED Rajasthan Royals beat Mumbai Indians by 8 wickets
23.02 IST: Pattinson to Stokes, SIX and CENTURY! What a way to reach his century. Length ball and Stokes slams it over mid-wicket for a maximum.
22.56 IST: Bumrah to Stokes, FOUR! Short ball and the southpaw tries to pull it but manages a top-edge which races away for a boundary.
22.49 IST: Boult to Stokes, FOUR! Yorker down the leg side and Stokes guides it fine for a four.
22.48 IST: Boult to Stokes, FOUR! Bouncer and Stokes cuts it over the third man for another boundary.
22.44 IST: Bumrah to Samson, FOUR! Low full toss on the pads and Samson plays it fine again for back to back boundaries.
22.43 IST: Bumrah to Samson, FOUR! Short ball down the leg side and Samson places it fine towards fine leg for a boundary.
22.39 IST: Chahar to Samson, SIX! The pocket dynamo is in mood now and as he slams this one over long-off for a maximum.
22.38 IST: Chahar to Samson, FOUR! Little bit of width and Sanju cuts it through backward square point for a boundary.
22.37 IST: Chahar to Stokes, SIX! The southpaw dances down the track and slams it straight over the ropes for a maximum.
22.35 IST: Pattinson to Sanju, FOUR! Third man was up and Sanju just places the ball in the gap with a delicate touch for a boundary.
22.32 IST: Pattinson to Samson, SIX! OUTRAGEOUS! Sanju picks the length early and slams it straight down the ground for a massive six.
22.29 IST: Pattinson to Stokes, FOUR! Short ball and there was enough room for Stokes to slam it through extra covers for a boundary.
22.28 IST: Chahar to Samson, DOT BALL! Good over under pressure only three runs from it.
22.18 IST: Krunal to Stokes, FOUR and FIFTY! Stokes slams his first fifty of 2020 IPL with a boundary deep mid-wicket.
22.10 IST: Pollard to Samson, SIX! Too full from Pollie and Samson drives it over covers for a maximum.
22.04 IST: Chahar to Stokes, FOUR! The southpaw waits for it and reverse sweeps it for a boundary.
22.03 IST: Chahar to Stokes, SIX! Stokes is not stopping for anyone today, as he gets on his knees and slams it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum.
21.56 IST: Krunal to Stokes, FOUR! INNOVATIVE! The southpaw reverse sweeps it for another boundary.
21.50 IST: Pattinson to Smith, OUT! BOWLED! Smith's misery in the tournament continues as he gets an inside edge onto stumps.
21.46 IST: Bumrah to Smith, SIX! Too full from Bumrah and Smith flicks it over mid-wicket for a maximum.
21.43 IST: Bumrah to Smith, FOUR! Length ball and the skipper drives it through extra cover for a boundary.
21.41 IST: Boult to Stokes, FOUR! Stokes makes room for himself and drives it through covers for another boundary. He looks in excellent touch today.
21.40 IST: Boult to Stokes, FOUR! Full toss and the southpaw makes room for himself and drives it straight down the ground for a boundary.
21.39 IST: Boult to Stokes, FOUR! Little bit on the pads and Stokes guides it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
21.35 IST: Pattinson to Uthappa, OUT! Back of a length ball and Uthappa tries to play it over long-on but misses the proper connection as Pollard takes an easy catch inside circle.
21.34 IST: Pattinson to Uthappa, FOUR! A tad full and enough room for Robbie to drive it through covers for a boundary.
21.33 IST: Pattinson to Uthappa, FOUR! That's a Robbie Uthappa special as he waits for the ball and slams it over deep mid-wicket for a boundary.
21.31 IST: Boult to Uthappa, SINGLE! Excellent first over from Trent Boult, only four runs from it.
* Trent Boult to start the proceedings with the new ball
* Robin Uthappa and Ben Stokes are back for the big chase
* BCCI announces schedule and venue details for IPL 2020 playoffs, Women’s T20 Challenge (READ HERE)
21.14 IST: Kartik to Hardik, SIX! Hardik finishes off in style, Mumbai Indians 195/5 in 20 overs vs Rajasthan Royals in Dubai. Hardik 60*, Gopal 2/30
21.13 IST: Kartik to Hardik, SIX! FIFTY! Hardik slams his fifty in style with a six over long-off.
21.12 IST: Kartik to Hardik, FOUR! Too full from Kartik and Kungfu Pandya slams it over extra covers for a boundary.
21.10 IST: Kartik to Hardik, SIX! The batsman uses the crease to hit the ball over mid-wicket for a maximum.
21.04 IST: Archer to Tiwary, OUT! Full toss and the southpaw tries to clear the long-on but misses the connection as Stokes takes an easy catch.
21.02 IST: Rajpoot to Hardik, SIX! In the slot zone and Hardik punishes Rajpoot again, this time over mid-wicket. MASSIVE over for MI, 27 runs from it.
21.01 IST: Rajpoot to Hardik, SIX! Poor bowling from Ankit, another full and Pandya slams the third six of the over.
21.00 IST: Rajpoot to Hardik, SIX! MUSCLED! Too full from the bowler and Kungfu Pandya slams it straight down the ground for a biggie.
20.58 IST: Rajpoot to Hardik, SIX! Full toss and Hardik punishes it hard over long-on for a six.
20.56 IST: Archer to Tiwary, SIX! Short ball and Saurabh pulls it over deep square leg for a maximum. Big over for MI 17 runs from it.
20.55 IST: Archer to Tiwary, FOUR! In the slot zone and Saurabh slams it straight down the ground for a boundary.
20.52 IST: Archer to Tiwary, FOUR! Thick inside and the ball races away for a boundary.
20.39 IST: Tewatia to Tiwary, FOUR! The southpaw dances down the track and slams it over deep mid-wicket for a boundary.
20.35 IST: Gopal to Pollard, OUT! CASTLED! Gopal bowls the googly and Pollard had no answer for that as he departs for just six.
20.34 IST: Gopal to Pollard, SIX! Tossed up and Pollie slams it over long-off where Ben Stokes tries his best to grab it but fails and it went for six.
20.31 IST: Gopal to Suryakumar, OUT! Tad full from the leggie and Surya goes the aerial route in the attempts to clear the long-off but gets caught by Ben Stokes.
20.24 IST: Kartik to Kishan, OUT! STUNNER! Short ball and Kishan slashes it over third man and Jofra Archer takes a one-hand stunner to send him back to pavilion
20.20 IST: Tewatia to Kishan, FOUR! INNOVATIVE! The southpaw judges the length early and ramps it over fine leg for a boundary.
20.14 IST: Gopal to Suryakumar, FOUR! In the slot zone and Surya slams it over bowler's head for another boundary.
20.13 IST: Gopal to Suryakumar, FOUR! The batsman charges down the ground and launches it over covers for a boundary.
20.10 IST: Tewatia to Suryakumar, SINGLE! Tight over from the leggie, only five runs from it.
20.00 IST: Rajput to Suryakumar, SIX! Length ball and Surya ramps it over fine leg for a maximum.
19.57 IST: Kartik to Suryakumar, FOUR! Good ball, angling in as Surya gets a thick inside onto it for a boundary.
19.52 IST: Rajpoot to Kishan, FOUR! Length ball and there was enough for the batsman as he just guides it through the third man for a boundary.
19.47 IST: Archer to Suryakumar, DOT BALL! Another good over from Jofra Archer only one run from it.
19.39 IST: Rajpoot to Kishan, FOUR! LUCKY BOUNDARY! The southpaw tries to open the face of the bat but gets an inside edge for a boundary.
19.34 IST: Archer to De Kock, OUT! BOWLED! The pacer gets his revenge on the very next ball as the ball was moving away and De Kock edges it to the stumps.
19.32 IST: Archer to De Kock, SIX! A tad short from Jofra and Quinton plays his favourite shot over mid-wicket for a maximum.
* Jofra Archer to start the proceedings with the new ball
* Ishan Kishan and Quinton de Kock to open the innings for MI
19.04 IST: Playing XI of RR is here:
Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson(w), Jos Buttler, Steven Smith(c), Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajpoot, Kartik Tyagi
19.03 IST: Playing XI of MI is out
Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock(w), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard(c), Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
19.01 IST: Mumbai Indians stand-in skipper Kieron Pollard wins toss and elects to bat against Rajasthan Royals.
19.00 IST: Kieron Pollard comes out for the toss as Rohit Sharma sits out again due to hamstring strain.
18:52 IST: CSK have just gone above RR in the points table by virtue of a superior NR after their eight-wicket win against RCB. Can the Royals regain their spot and stay alive in the contest?
18:50 IST: Both Delhi and RCB stood a win away from virtually sealing their playoffs spot over the weekend. Both teams lost. Can MI make most of the opportunity?
18:40 IST: In their only match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Mumbai had outclassed the Royals with a 57-run win earlier this season. This also remains their sole match in UAE.
18:31 IST: What does the H2H tie say? There is little to separate between the two sides, as Mumbai Indians have won in 12 of their 23 encounters against RR, while 11 have gone the Royals' way. In their last five meetings, however, RR have dominated MI with four wins.
Brief Preview: Rajasthan Royals face a must-win match against table-toppers Mumbai Indians as they aim to keep their chances for playoff qualification alive. After Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab registered victories on Saturday, the RR face a herculean task which requires winning all of their remaining games -- starting from today. RR faced a heavy 8-wicket defeat at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad in their previous match and are currently seventh in the table. The side faces inconsistencies in their batting order and would hope for a collective performance from their top-4 -- overseas batsmen in particular, who have been underwhelming, to say the least. [FULL PREVIEW]