IPL 7: MI set a target 179 runs against RR

Nishit Nakar / 21 May 2014

Having won the toss, Mumbai Indians (MI) posted a total of 178/3 in their 20 allotted overs against Rajasthan Royals (RR) at Motera, Ahmadabad, on Monday.

For MI, Lendl Simmons was the top scorer with a brilliant 62 runs, while veteran Michael Hussey chipped in with a 56 runs, as the duo put on a 120-run partnership for the opening wicket. Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard chipped in with a brisk 40 runs and 14 runs to propel MI to a challenging total of 178/3.  

For RR, Ankit Sharma was the pick of the bowlers, returning with two wickets in his four overs for just 23 runs. The other wicket was a run-out.

Earlier at the toss, in a must win game with at Ahmadabad, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bat first on a traditionally good batting pitch. Shane Watson said he would have chosen to field anyway.   

On to the team news now, Corey Anderson was one of three changes Mumbai Indians along with CM Gautam and Lasith Malinga, who left for England on a national duty as Sri Lanka is touring the island nation.

Anderson, who only managed 150 runs and took just four wickets in his 10 outings, was replaced by Australian veteran Michael Hussey. Mumbai Indians also brought in the West Indies left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie, who was impressive during the World T20s in Bangladesh, in place of Lasith Malinga. The third change was Shreyas Gopal, the Karnataka allrounder, came in the XI as his state-team mate CM Gautama made way to the bench.

Rajasthan Royals, who are third in the points table, also made quite a few number of changes in their XI to test their bench strength. Unmukt Chand, Ankit Sharma, Brad Hodge and skipper Shane Watson came in the place of Ajinkya Rahane, Pravin Tambe, Steven Smith and Ben Cutting respectivel from the XI that featured in their previous outing.

Rajasthan Royals: 1 Karun Nair, 2 Unmukt Chand, 3 Sanju Samson (wk), 4 Shane Watson (capt), 5 Stuart Binny, 6 Brad Hodge, 7 Rajat Bhatia, 8 James Faulkner, 9 Kevon Cooper, 10 Dhawal Kulkarni, 11 Ankit Sharma

Mumbai Indians: 1 Lendl Simmons, 2 Michael Hussey, 3 Ambati Rayudu, 4 Rohit Sharma (capt), 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Krishmar Santokie, 7 Aditya Tare, 8 Harbhajan Singh, 9 Shreyas Gopal, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Pragyan Ojha.

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