Rajasthan Royals stopped Mumbai Indians' three consecutive winning streak to handed them a thumping 7-wicket defeat after yet another Jos Buttler show at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Sunday (May 13). With this win, RR move up to fifth number in points table with 12 points in 12 matches. On the other hand, Mumbai Indians received a big blow to their playoff hopes after this defeat.
Mumbai Indians got a solid start but couldn't not capitalize this start and restricted to 168 after 20 overs. Rajasthan Royals chased down this target comfortably in the end with two overs to spare. Thanks to Jos Buttler's an unbeaten 94 off 53 balls including 9 fours and 5 sixes.
Where did MI let this match slipped from their hands
After first 10 overs. This has been the story so far. They wasted the start provided by their openers. After putting to bat first, Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis put on a 87-run stand for the first wicket before they collapsed in middle overs. losing Suryakumar Yadav after scoring 38 off 31 balls, MI lost big wicket on very next ball as Rohit Sharma gone on golden duck. Ishan Kishan, the hero of the other night couldn't contribute much in this game and manage to get only 12 off 11 balls before Ben Stokes grabbed him.
Evin Lewis, who hadn't been in good form in last few matches, found his lost touch and scored 60 off 40 balls including 4 fours and 4 sixes. However, he couldn't play throughout the MI's innings and lost his wicket on the score of 108 after 13.2 overs. Krunal Pandya also failed to score runs and made only 3 off 7 balls.
Hardik-The finisher came to rescue
When Krunal got out, MI were 131 after 17 overs. MI's condition could have been even worse if Hardik Pandya didn't play a cameo of 36 off 23 balls. He provided finishing touch to MI's innings. His 35-run partnership off 18 balls with Ben Cutting lifted MI's score to 168 after 20 overs.
Unstoppable Buttler strikes again
Defending 169, Mumbai Indians got an early wicket of D'Arcy Short in first over. Short's poor run in this IPL continued in this match as he could manage 4 off 5 balls. But it was Jos Buttler, who continued his breathtaking form and scored fifth consecutive fifty-plus score in this IPL. He equals the record of most consecutive fifties with Virendra Sehwag.
It was nothing but another classic example of his ability. First, he put on an outstanding 95-run stand with skipper Ajinkya Rahane, who scored 37 off 36 balls before Hardik grabbed him. The wicket of Rahane brings Sanju Samson at the crease and smashed quick-fire 26 off 14 balls. Both Buttler and Samson added 61 off 30 balls together and almost finished the game before Samson got out to Hardik after hitting two back to back sixes. However, Buttler finished the game with a massive six to Hardik in the same over.
Archer-The game changer
When Mumbai Indians looking to get big score then it was Jofra Archer, who changed the game and brought back Rajasthan Royals in to match. He got two back to back wickets of Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma. In his 4 overs he conceded only 16 runs. Ben Stokes was also good with ball and gave away 26 runs in 4 overs and picked Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya.
Jos Buttler awarded Man Of The Match for his another match-winning knock. He is also on the 5th number in highest run-getter in this IPL with 509 runs in 12 innings.