Wicketkeeper-batsman scores 94 off 53 help Rajasthan register seven-wicket win
Jos Buttler played an inspirational knock and helped Rajasthan Royals in registering a seven-wicket win against Mumbai Indians in the 47th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Mumbai on Sunday.The day started with Rajasthan captain Ajinkya Rahane winning the toss and opting to field first in good batting conditions. His decision seemed like an incorrect one as the home side reached to 80 in the 10th over without losing a wicket.
However, once Suryakumar Yadav departed in the 11th over, visitors made a grand comeback and restricted the home side to a total of 168 for the loss of six wickets. Opener Evin Lewis finished the innings with the top score of 60 off 42 balls with the help of four fours and four sixes. Yadav and all-rounder Hardik Pandya also made valuable contributions of 38 and 36 off 31 and 21 balls respectively.
For Rajasthan, pacers Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes claimed two, whereas Dhawal Kulkarni and Jaydev Unadkat claimed a wicket each.
In reply, the visitors lost D’Arcy Short early in the first over. But a 95-run partnership between Buttler and captain Rahane paved the way for an easy seven-wicket win for Rajasthan with two overs to spare. Buttler was the stand out performer for the winning side as he smashed his fifth consecutive half-century in the tournament and scored an unbeaten 94 off 53 balls with the help of nine fours and five sixes. He was well supported by Rahane (37 off 36 balls with the help of four fours) and Sanju Sampson, who scored 26 off 14 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes.
For Mumbai, pacer Pandya claimed two, whereas Jaspreet Bumrah claimed one wicket. For his outstanding batting display, Buttler was named the player of the match.