Rajasthan Royals defeat Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets

Annette Crawford
May 14, 2018

Buttler came into the match at the back of a 95 not out against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and although he missed another century, it was yet another match-winning innings from the Englishman.

Earlier in the day, RR won the toss and sent in Mumbai to bat first.

England global Buttler stuck a masterful 94 not out off just53 deliveries to guide Rajasthan Royals to victory with two overs still to spare after they were given a target of 169 to chase.

Despite losing D Arcy Short early Royals looked comfortable in the chase. Last-match hero Ishan Kishan (12) and Hardik were his victims. His two wickets were the catalyst that brought RR back into the game.

Jos Buttler is fifth in the Orange Cap standings after five straight fifties.

The fluffed chances allowed Mumbai Indians to come out of Power-play overs unscathed and with 51 runs on the board.

Jos Buttler said he was revelling in his run of form after cracking a fifth consecutive half-century to equal Virender Sehwag's Indian Premier League record. However, that did not deter Buttler at all as he smacked two sixes and two boundaries in the next two overs after that. He put on 61 runs partnership with Sanju Samson (26 off 14) for the third wicket en route their team's total of 171 for three. Till the eighth over, no six was hit. Despite a series of dropped catches from RR, eventually the bowlers did well to restrict MI.

He put on 87 off 64 deliveries for the first wicket with Suryakumar Yadav, who struck 38, while Hardik Pandya chipped in with 36. Evin Lewis, on the other end, was struggling to kickoff. While Suryakumar was dropped by K Gowtham on the first ball of the second over at Mumbaid-on, which was a hard catch, nine balls later, Lewis got a life when Stuart Binny failed to judge a high catch. On the very next ball, MI skipper Rohit Sharma also got out for a golden duck.

Indians posted a respectable total of 168 after a cameo by Hardik Pandya who scored 36 off 21, leading his team to the total.

Jofra Archer was the best bowler for RR in this match with his bowling figures of 4-0-16-2. Indian pacers Jaydev Unadkat and Dhawal Kulkarni also got a wicket each as Mumbai seemed in real danger of failing to cross the 150-run mark.

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