Rajasthan Royals had a big match against Mumbai Indians, although captain Ajinkya was fined a hefty sum of INR 12 lakh. His team won, but Royals had a slow over rate at the match. Royals scored 171 runs for 3 wickets in the match bolstered with the knock from Jos Buttler. It made them to score the third consecutive win of the season and rise to the fifth position on IPL point table. The England striker scored an unbeaten 94 runs, his fifth consecutive half-century. Mumbai India’s took the pitch first to score 168 runs. The inning had the opening partnership between Surya Kumar Yadav and Evin Lewis hauling the score to 87 runs in 10.4 overs.
The 11th over emerged as a mild jolt for Mumbai as Rohit Sharma slogged his wicket ducking away in the next ball to Lewis’s fall. The team faced a middle order collapse left the inning exposed to attacks from Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes. Hardik Pandya built up the score adding 36 runs of 21 balls. It was the final impetus on the total tally. In the inning, Archer and Stokes finished with two wickets each.
Rajasthan Royals started the chase losing the wicket of D’Arcy Short. Losing his wicket at an in-swing delivery off Bumrah, he became the first to fall. However, the scoring rate was upbeat, which became more aggressive in the following partnership between Jos Buttler and Ajinkya Rahane. The second wicket partnership went up to 13 overs, while the score hauled to 104. In the stretch, the duo scored 95 runs.
The actual momentum in the inning came up after Rahane got dismissed. Buttler began hitting right after he got Sanju Samson on the other end. The players power hitting was so brute that he reached from 94 from 55 in 15 balls. In the five overs following the 13th, the duo brought excellent runs. The 18th over had 18 runs. Jos Buttler scored 9 fours and 5 sixes brining his tally of 94 runs in only 53 runs. His strike was enough to reach the target in 18 overs.
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