However, they managed to scrape through to win, thanks to a brilliant cameo from Krishnappa Gowtham, smashing 33 runs in no time and finished the match with a huge six off Hardik Pandya handing yet an another last over defeat for Mumbai Indians.
Rajasthan Royals' West Indian Jofra Archer was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his impressive bowling show of 3/22 which helped his side restrict Mumbai Indians to 167/7.
Speaking of before the match, Royals and Indians both stand in the bottom four in the IPl 2018 points table.
Hardik Pandya was given the ball and removed Archer in the first ball but Gowtham steered the next ball for a four in the third-man region and finished off the match in the fourth ball with a enormous six.
In the PSL, Archer played two matches for Quetta Gladiators and was impressive in his both outings.
After Evin Lewis was sent packing for a duck by Dhawal Kulkarni, it was Yadav and back-from-injury Ishan Kishan who put the Mumbai innings on the track with a century partnership.
The Debut: After overcoming a side strain that ruled him out of Rajasthan's first four matches, Jofra Archer certainly lived up to the hype (and his hefty price tag) in his IPL debut. With six requiring off three balls, Gowtham pulled one over the midwicket boundary for a six to give Rajasthan their third win in five games. Moreover, Rahane's brilliance in the field also reminds us of Mohammad Kaif's run out to Nick Knight in 2003 World Cup. Rohit Sharma's return to form is an ominous sign for any team, while Rajasthan's lack of it as a unit is a worrying one for them.
Mustafizur Rahman bowled a horror death over to Krishnappa Gowtham where he was tonked for 15 runs, which all but spoiled his efforts early on in the match. Along with that, he has also picked 3 catches and effected 2 stumpings.And while he has made an impact this season for Mumbai Indians, the journey started back in the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy season for Jharkhand when he rubbed shoulders with none other than former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The ease with which Kishan and Yadav hit across the line also added to the woes of the Rajasthan bowlers.
Then, came one of the deadliest overs of the IPL ever bowled from Jasprit Burah who took away with him Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson in a single over.
The defending champions got off to the worst start, losing three games on a trot before roaring back to victory in style. But the good thing for Mumbai is that their sole win came in their last match - a 46-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Tuesday.