Ballistic Buttler🔥 Haunts Mumbai Indians💪
Rajasthan Royals roared to an emphatic seven-wicket win over Mumbai Indians on the back of the fifth straight IPL fifty by wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.
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 that got rid of Suryakumar and Rohit Sharma. All-rounders Archer and Ben Stokes were instrumental in keeping Mumbai down to a manageable total as their middle order struggled. Only some late power-hitting from Hardik Pandya helped MI reach 168.
In reply, 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.
His brutal hitting meant MI’s total was comfortably overhauled as the Mumbai-based team were left ruing the decision to let him go in the auction.
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