Jos Buttler smashes third IPL half-century of season for Rajasthan

Annette Crawford
April 14, 2019

Earlier, Quinton de Kock hit a belligerent 81 as he powered Mumbai Indians to an imposing 187 for 5 against Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League game here Saturday.

While the two were a little watchful at the start of their innings as the first two overs yielded only nine runs, the duo took on the RR bowlers from the third over, with the left-hander getting into the act, with a six and a four and the MI skipper hitting a four to score 18 runs off the over bowled by Krishnappa Gowtham.

However, Shreyas Gopal (13 not out) and K Gowtham (0 not out) held their nerves to take the side home in a tense situation.

Kieron Pollard drove Mumbai Indians in Rohit's nonappearance and they won that match against KXIP by 3 wickets at the Wankhede on Wednesday.

Rajasthan Royals beat Mumbai Indians by four wickets.

Rohit Sharma's injury troubled India ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019, but Pollard has made it clear that the skipper missed MI's previous game just as a precautionary measure and he should be back against Rajasthan Royals.

Buttler's highest T20 score, either internationally or domestically, remains the 95 not out he struck for Royals against Chennai Super Kings in last year's IPL fixture in Jaipur. Rahane was caught by Suryakumar Yadav at deep mid-wicket off Krunal Pandya for a 21-ball 37 but his dismissal did not deter Buttler who went on a rampage in the middle overs.

Some of their key players like Rahane himself, all-rounder Ben Stokes and former Australia captain Steve Smith have struggled to get going. On the other hand, during his brief blitz, Hardik smashed an Archer delivery for a six over mid-wicket in the penultimate over of the innings, employing the helicopter shot, which he now seems to have perfected.

This was Royals' second victory of the season in seven games after losing a last-ball thriller to CSK less than 48 hours back. Joseph, who had a dream debut after returning with the best IPL figures of 6/12 against Sunrisers Hyderabad, played a crucial cameo down the order against Punjab to help Mumbai cross the line in time. A thrilling final over and the @rajasthanroyals clinch this game.

This match was Mumbai Indians' 200 and Rohit Sharma's 100 as captain of the franchise. However, the required runs were too less for the Mumbai team to garner two points.

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