Mumbai Indians struggled their way to 168 for six which seemed well below par on a true surface at the Wankhede Stadium. And England wicketkeeper Buttler proved as much as he hit nine fours and five sixes during his 53-ball 94 not out.
Rajasthan Royals thus moved up to fifth on the points table and also pushed Chennai Super Kings into the playoffs.
MUMBAI’S STUTTERING START
Mumbai Indians openers Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis were together until the 11th over but the runs didn’t quite flood in. They maintained a run rate of around eight an over which meant Rajasthan weren’t exactly out of the game.
Then Jofra Archer shifted the momentum towards Rajasthan with two cracking short deliveries. The first one to Suryakumar hurried the batsman as Jaydev Unadkat took a low catch at fine leg. And the very next delivery, Archer banged on in short to leave captain Rohit Sharma in a tangle. The ball ballooned to Unadkat at fine leg again and he did well to hold on to a difficult chance.
Jofra Archer at 3 crores could be one of the all time steals of the IPL. If RR are smart, they would never let him go now. Such a shame the rest of their team is shit. Jofra deserves to play for genuine title contenders.— Shanky (@CricAussieFan) May 13, 2018
ARCHER AND STOKES A CLASS APART
All-rounders Archer and Ben Stokes were instrumental in keeping Mumbai down to a manageable total. Archer gave away just 16 runs from his four overs and took the key scalp of Rohit. Stokes, on the other hand, put a disappointing season behind him to finish with a respectable 2-26. The England all-rounder dismissed two of the biggest strikers in the Mumbai camp – Hardik Pandya and Ishan Kishan – to show the quality that players can find a way out of any slump.
BUMRAH’S SUPER FIRST OVER
Mumbai Indians needed a strong start in their defence. Opening bowler Jasprit Bumrah bowled a brilliant first ball to D’Arcy Short, with the attempted yorker taking the inside edge. He then got the ball to swing away after pitching to catch Short’s outside edge which the keeper Kishan collected cleanly.
BUTTLER SERVES UP ANOTHER TREAT
The big turning points for #RajasthanRoyals have been the promotion of Buttler but also the arrival of Archer— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 13, 2018
Rajasthan wicketkeeper Buttler is having the time of his life at the top of the order. Ever since he was promoted to the opener’s role, the English keeper hasn’t looked back.
On Sunday, Buttler took it upon himself to push Mumbai’s bowlers on the backfoot as he kept two main threats – spinners Krunal Pandya (0-24) and Mayank Markande (0-32) – quiet. He raced to his fifth consecutive fifty of the IPL, making him only the fourth player in history to hit as many successive fifties in the format. Also, he became only the second player in IPL – after Virender Sehwag in 2012 – to hit five straight fifties.
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