IPL 2018: Jos Buttler Special Keeps Rajasthan Royals' Playoff Hopes Alive
Jos Buttler produced yet another spectacular knock as he remained unbeaten on 94 to give Rajasthan Royals a comfortable seven-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in a crucial Indian Premier League encounter on Sunday. It was Rajasthan's first win at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in five attempts since 2012. The win also meant that Chennai Super Kings became the second team to qualify for the play-offs of IPL 11. After having restricted Mumbai to 168/6 in 20 overs, a 95-run stand between Buttler and skipper Ajinkya Rahane put their side on course, but it was the Englishman's 53-ball knock that took the Royals over the line in the end.
Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane won the toss, opted to bowl. (All Images Courtesy BCCI)
Mumbai Indians' Evin Lewis added 87 runs with fellow opener Suryakumar Yadav (38 off 31).
Jofra Archer conceded only 16 runs from his four overs and dismissed Suryakumar and Rohit Sharma (0) in successive balls.
Jofra Archer produced excellent bowling performance to put the hosts under pressure.
Hardik Pandya produced a quick-fire 36 to push the hosts to 168/6.
Jos Buttler added 95 runs for the second wicket with captain Ajinkya Rahane (37 off 36).
Jos Buttler equalled Virender Sehwag's record of five IPL fifties in a row.
Rajasthan Royals chased down 169 with two overs to spare as Jos Buttler batted with a lot of responsibility.
The win has lifted Rajasthan Royals from the sixth position to fifth with 12 points, behind KKR (12) and KXIP (12).