Rajasthan Royals push Mumbai Indians in deeper trouble

A Fantastic 94* by Jos Buttler
 

Rajasthan Royals (171-3) clinch their 3rd straight victory by defeating Mumbai Indians (168-6) by 7 wickets as Jos Buttler (94*) smashes his 5th consecutive fifty.

In a virtual quarter final, MI and CSK locked horns at the iconic Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. Both teams were in desperate need of victory to keep themselves afloat in the tournament.

Having lost the match, MI are now in the same boat with Royal Challengers Bangalore. It practically means that they can still make it to the Playoffs but they would have to rely on the performance of other teams apart from winning all their remaining matches.

The 87-run opening stand of the Mumbai Indians gave the MI fans a lot of hope. Openers Surya Kumar Yadav (38) and Evin Lewis (60) were striking well as the team was going at about 8 runs per over after the first 10 overs. However, after skipper Rohit Sharma was dismissed for a golden duck, there was a short lull phase in the game.

It was Hardik Pandya’s (36,21b) solid contribution in the lower middle order that pummeled MI to 168 for 6. Overseas players Jofra Archer (4-16-2) and Ben Stokes (4-26-2) were the pick of the bowlers for RR.

It was a pretty chasable total on the Wankhede wicket which is traditionally known to prove advantageous for the chasing teams.

 After D’ Arcy Short got out early, the 95-run partnership between Jos Buttler (94*) and skipper Ajinkya (37) Rahane set the base for a smooth chase. 

When Hardik Pandya (4-52-2) dismissed Rahane, MI would have sensed an opening. However, another good (61-run) partnership between Sanju Samson (26) and Buttler, sealed things for Rajasthan.

With this victory, RR jumped to the 5th spot to swap places with MI who are now at the 6th place in the points table.

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