IPL Highlights, Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals: Buttler Stars As RR Beat MI By Seven Wickets

Updated: 14 May 2018 00:06 IST

IPL Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals highlights: Jos Buttler starred with the bat as Rajasthan Royals beat Mumbai Indians by seven wickets

IPL Highlights, Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals: Buttler Stars As RR Beat MI By Seven Wickets
MI vs RR highlights: The match was played at the Wankhede Stadium. © AFP

In-form Jos Buttler (94) hit his fifth successive half-century as Rajasthan Royals brushed aside Mumbai Indians by seven wickets in a key Indian Premier League (IPL) clash to stay alive in the Play-offs race, at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday night. Royals Chased 169 with two overs to spare as Buttler batted with a lot of responsibility. Buttler added 95 runs for the second wicket with captain Ajinkya Rahane (37 off 36) as he carried his bat to steer his side past the finish line. While other batsmen struggled to time the ball, Buttler did it with remarkable ease as he punished the home bowlers with five sixes and nine fours in his entertaining 53-ball knock. Playing big shots is not Rahane's strength but he struggled to rotate the strike. Butter though, kept the asking rate under control with his tremendous hitting. (Scorecard)

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Earlier, Rajasthan Royals produced a disciplined bowling effort to restrict Mumbai Indians to 168/6. Put into bat, Mumbai were off to steady start with Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav coming up with an opening partnership of 87 runs off 64 balls. Lewis, who narrowly survived being caught by Stuart Binny in the third over, made good use of the reprieve to blast his way to 60 runs off 42 deliveries. His quick-fire knock included four boundaries and as many sixes. Suryakumar, who also got an early let-off, being dropped by Krishna Gowtham off Dhawal Kulkarni early in the second over, went on to post a steady 38 off 31 deliveries.

Although the opening duo gave the hosts a strong platform for a big total, the rest of the Mumbai batsmen failed to capitalise. The Rajasthan bowlers did well to bag five wickets over the next six overs to make a strong comeback. Jofra Archer was the most impressive of the bunch, giving away a mere 16 runs in his four overs while claiming the crucial wickets of Suryakumar and Rohit Sharma.

Fellow pacer Ben Stokes bowled well in the late stages to return figures of 2/26. Indian pacers Jaydev Unadkat and Dhawal Kulkarni also got a wicket each as Mumbai seemed in real danger of failing to cross the 150-run mark. However, Hardik Pandya helped the hosts to a competitive total with a late charge, scoring 36 runs off 21 balls before holing out to Stokes in the penultimate ball of the innings.

When and Where to Watch Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR)

India: TV: Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD (English, Hindi, Tamil). Live Streaming: Hotstar.

UK: TV: Sky Sports 2. Live Streaming: Sky Go and Watch Sky Sports.

Bangladesh: TV: GTV and Star Sports.

USA: TV: Willow TV. Live Streaming: Willow TV Live Online.

Australia: TV: Fox Sports. Live Streaming: Foxtel.

New Zealand: TV: Sky Sport 1. Live Streaming: Sky Go NZ.

South Africa: TV: SuperSport 2. Live Streaming: SuperSport Live Video.

Middle East: TV: OSN Sports Cricket. Live Streaming: OSN Play.

Singapore: TV: Star Cricket.

MI vs RR highlights

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That brings us to the end of a lopsided contest! It is not easy to travel to Mumbai and beat them in their own den. Rajasthan have won three games in a row now and are right on track. On the other hand, the hosts need to win their remaining two games and have to depend on outside factors as well. Tomorrow, Punjab will host Bangalore in their adopted home, Indore. Join us for that. Till then, goodbye and cheers!

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Jos Buttler has been awarded the Man of the Match for his scintillating display with the bat. His rich vein of form augurs really well for Rajasthan.

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On a hard and true surface, Mumbai were below-par. Their batsmen showed spark in phases but they failed to fire collectively. The bowlers more or less failed to hit their mark as well. Krunal Pandya was good with the ball but didn't find enough support on the day. The cameo from Samson at the fag end was also instrumental in putting a full stop to Mumbai's chances. A disappointing loss for them while the visitors are going from strength-to-strength.

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A power-packed display from Rajasthan has led them to a thumping victory. No matter how many adjectives do you use, you won't find an apt term to praise Jos Buttler. He played sensible cricket, picked his spots to perfection and kept on finding the boundaries when needed. A perfect example of how a chase needs to be paced. 5 consecutive fifties in a row tells you the story of his dominance.

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Hardik Pandya to Jos Buttler

SIX! That's it, Buttler completes the formalities! He took responsibility from the word go and got his side home. Back of a length ball, Buttler makes room and heaves it over long on for a maximum. Big smiles in the visiting camp. RAJASTHAN WIN BY 7 WICKETS WITH TWO OVERS TO SPARE!

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Ben Stokes comes in to complete the formalities.

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Hardik Pandya to Sanju Samson

OUT! A consolation prize for the hosts! Slower ball at 106 clicks well outside off, Samson throws his bat at it. Doesn't get it off the middle of the bat. The ball flies towards deep cover. Chahar (sub) in the deep takes it comfortably.

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Hardik Pandya to Sanju Samson

Slower ball, cutting in sharply. Samson looks to clip it away but is beaten on the inside.

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Hardik Pandya to Sanju Samson

SIX! Two in a row! Samson wants to finish off in this over. Similar delivery, sits up nicely. Sanju murders it over the fielder at cow corner. Only 4 more needed.

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Hardik Pandya to Sanju Samson

SIX! Hit with disdain! Short ball at a slower pace, Samson is confident at the crease. Swings his bat to pull it over mid-wicket. The ball goes 20 rows into the stands.

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