Mumbai's IPL crown in danger after loss

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Mumbai Indians' chances of making the IPL playoffs now lie out of the champions' hands after they lost to Delhi Capitals by four wickets in Sharjah, while Rajasthan Royals upset leaders Chennai Super Kings with a seven-wicket victory in Abu Dhabi.

In a low-scoring affair, Mumbai reached only 8-129 off their 20 overs after being asked to bat on Saturday, with Suryakumar Yadav hitting 33 off 26. Pacer Avesh Khan impressed with the ball to take 3-15 in his four overs.

In reply, Delhi got to 6-132 with five deliveries to spare, thanks principally to a run-a-ball 33 not out from Shreyas Iyer.

Later in Abu Dhabi, Chennai scored 4-189 thanks to a 60-ball 101 not out from Ruturaj Gaikwad, who hit nine fours and five sixes and shared a rapid unbroken partnership of 55 for the fifth wicket with Ravindra Jadeja (32 not out off 15).

Yet Rajasthan reached their imposing target on 3-190 with 15 balls to spare after openers Evin Lewis (27 off 12) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (50 off 21) propelled the side to 1-77 after only 5.2 overs before Shivam Dube top-scored with 64 not out off 42 deliveries.

After 12 games, Chennai and second-placed Delhi now both have 18 points, with their places in the playoffs already assured, but Rajasthan and Mumbai are among four teams on 10 points effectively battling for what looks as if it could be the final qualifying spot.

Mumbai, seventh of the eight teams, must win both their remaining matches and even then have to hope all the other results go their way.

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