MI did not have the best of starts in the second phase of the tournament, losing their first two games against Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders.
19-year-old Yashasvi Jaiswal scored a skilful 49 in the first innings, smashing six boundaries and two sixes to guide Royals towards a competitive total.
Currently sitting seventh and eighth respectively on the points table, the game will have big ramifications for both sides if they are to keep the playoffs dreams alive in the Indian Premier League this season.
The Rishabh Pant-led side gave a befitting response to their sceptics, registering a thumping eight-wicket win against SRH an all-round performance and now face a side who they have beaten four times in the last five encounters.
On a roll post-IPL’s resumption, both Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders would look to continue their winning streak when the two most impressive sides of the tournament’s second phase lock horns against each other in the second doubleheader.
RCB, who have never won an IPL title, had earlier lost to Kolkata Knight Riders by nine wickets in the opening match of the second leg of the tournament here where they could only score a dismal 92 runs.
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Natarajan had tested positive for COVID-19 before the team’s fixture against Delhi Capitals on Wednesday.
“As it was the team’s second offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over rate offences, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan was fined Rs 24 lakhs,” an IPL statement said.
The young Venkatesh Iyer and Shubman Gill have gelled well at the top, with the former smashing an unbeaten 41 and 53 in the two games here and played a pivotal role in KKR’s wins.
Chennai Super Kings registered a convincing 69 runs win over Royal Challengers Bangalore when both teams met in Mumbai in the first phase.
The left-handed batter was in superlative form with the bat in the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League.
Rohit missed the opening game as the team management felt it was important to give him some more recovery time after he injured himself during the Test series in England.
And the South African pacer was happy for obvious reasons as he had missed the first half of the tournament and also survived a Covid-19 scare.
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Left-arm pacer Natarajan, who is coming back from knee surgery, has been isolated along with six close contacts which also include out of favor India all-rounder Vijay Shankar.
Mumbai was without the services of Rohit and star all-rounder Hardik Pandya in their 20-run defeat to Chennai Super Kings on Sunday as both were rested as a precautionary measure due to having niggles.
Tyagi’s heroics helped Rajasthan Royals snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in an incredible finish as they had looked down and out with Punjab needing 10 runs off 15 balls, with Adrian Markram and Nicholas Pooran going strong.
Delhi Capitals had registered six wins in eight matches before the first part of the season was halted in May due to Covid-19 pandemic, and will be looking to continue with the momentum despite the big break between the two legs.