The English batsman Jos Buttler continued his red-hot form in this season as he struck his fifth successive fifty to register the Rajasthan Royals (RR) to a thrilling 7-wicket victory over the Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday night.
Once again, Jos Buttler (94*) played sensational innings for his team as Rahane & his boys chased the modest target with 2 overs to spare. Let us have a look at the highlights of the 47th IPL encounter between MI & RR.
Ajinkya Rahane leading Rajasthan Royals won the toss and decided to chase the target at Sachin's home ground.
The tourists made three changes to their playing XI by including Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni and D'Arcy Short in place of Prashant Chopra, Ankit Sharma and Ish Sodhi.
On the other hand, the hosts decided to continue with the same playing XI from their last game.
Mumbai Indians Innings
Mumbai openers Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav started the innings on a steady note as the duo scored 87 runs for the opening wicket partnership.
Suryakumar Yadav scored 38 runs in 31 balls with 7 beautiful boundaries. The right-hand batsman got out in Jofra Archer's bowling in the 11th over.
Another opener, Evin Lewis scored 60 runs in 42 balls with 4 smashing hits to the fence and as many hits into the stands. Evin Lewis was trapped by Dhawal Kulkarni in the 14th over.
Mumbai openers gave a strong platform for the hosts but the other batsmen failed to capitalise the situation.
The 3-time champions Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma got out for a golden duck as he was dismissed by Jofra Archer in the 11th over.
Inform batsman Ishan Kishan also dismissed for a low score as left-hander scored 12 runs in 11 balls with a single boundary. He was trapped by Ben Stokes in the 15th over.
Hardik Pandya played a cameo role in the end of the innings and guided the Mumbai Indians to set a competitive target. The pinch hitter scored 36 runs in 21 balls with 3 fours and 2 sixes before being out in Stoke's bowling in the 20th over.
Finally, Rohit's men scored 168 runs with the loss of 6 wickets in their quota of 20 overs. For RR, Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes bagged 2 wickets each while Unadkat and Dhawal Kulkarni chipped a wicket each.
Rajasthan Royals Innings
Rajasthan openers D Arcy Short and Jos Buttler started the chase on a poor note as the left-hand batsman D Arcy Short (4) fell cheaply for the Jasprit Bumrah in the first over.
However, RR skipper Ajinkya Rahane joined the hands with Jos Buttler to rotate the strike in regular intervals to keep the tourists in the hunt.
Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler established a 95-run stand for the second wicket partnership. The duo played sensibly as Rahane rotated the strike with a-run-a-ball knock while Jos Buttler played aggressively to chase the target comfortably.
Ajinkya Rahane scored 37 runs in 36 balls with 4 beautiful boundaries before being out in Hardik Pandya's bowling in the 14th over.
Later, England's Jos Buttler continued his ominous form as he struck unbeaten 94 runs in 53 balls with 9 beautiful hits to the fence and 5 mammoth punches over the rope.
Kerala lad Sanju Samson made 26 runs in 14 balls with 2 hits to the ropes and as many hits over the rope.
Finally, RR chased down the target with 12 balls to spare and 7 wickets remaining. For MI, Hardik Pandya scalped 2 wickets while Jasprit Bumrah chipped a wicket each.
MI: 168-6 (Suryakumar Yadav 38, Evin Lewis 60, Hardik Pandya 36; Jofra Archer 2/16, Ben Stokes 2/26)
RR: 171-3 (Jos Buttler 94*, Rahane 37, Samson 26; Hardik Pandya 2/52)
Player-of-the-Match: Jos Buttler (94* runs)
Orange Cap (Top Run Scorer): Rishabh Pant (582 runs)
Purple Cap (Top Wicket Taker): Andrew Tye (20 wickets)
Top Team: SRH with 18 points (9 wins out of 12 matches)
Bottom Team: DD with 6 points (3 wins out of 12 matches)
In the 48th IPL contest, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will lock horns with Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore at 8 PM on May 14.
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