Wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler produced a mesmerizing knock to help Rajasthan Royals beat Mumbai Indians by four wickets in a game played at Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.
Mumbai Indians posted a competitive score on the board, courtesy splendid batting performances from Quinton de Kock and Captain Rohit Sharma. In reply, Buttler led the way with the bat to help Rajasthan Royals end their losing streak in the competition.
Chasing 188 runs to win, Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler got the side off to excellent start and added 60 runs for the opening wicket. Rahane certainly took the attack to the bowlers and smashed 37 off 21 balls to set the tone for Rajasthan in the chase.
Left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya dismissed Rahane to see Rajasthan lose their first wicket with 60 runs on the board. Buttler continued to play his shots and added 87 runs with Sanju Samson to see Royals placed in a strong position to win the game. Buttler shifted gears and launched an onslaught against Alzarri Joseph. He smashed four fours and two sixes off the bowling of Alzarri to see Rajasthan needing 41 runs off 36 balls to win the game.
Leg-spinner Rahul Chahar got rid of Buttler, who was dismissed in the 14th over of the innings. He truly a splendid innings of 89 runs off 43 balls with the help of eight fours and seven sixes.
Sanju Samson also looked in good form in his comeback game and scored 31 off 26 balls. Rajasthan Royals lost three quick wickets of Rahul Tripathi, Liam Livingstone, and Steve Smith to keep Mumbai in the hunt. Shreyas Gopal smashed unbeaten 13 runs to help Rajasthan complete the chase in the final over of the innings.
Buttler single handedly brought his side back in the game with his 43-ball knock punishing the Mumbai bowlers with 7 sixes and eight fours.
Earlier in the day, Rajasthan won the toss and opted to bowl first. Mumbai got off to a perfect start as Quinton de Kock, and Rohit Sharma added 96 runs for the opening wicket. De Kock decided to take the attack to Rajasthan bowlers to take 18 overs off the bowling of Krishnappa Gowtham.
He continued to play his shots and smashed Liam Livingstone for two sixes in the eight over of the innings. His opening partner, Rohit Sharma, also joined the party and smashed two fours and a six off the bowling of Gowtham. Pace bowler Jofra Archer dismissed Sharma to see Mumbai lose their first wicket in the 11th over of the innings.
Suryakumar Yadav also tried to up the ante and scored 16 off nine balls. De Kock notched up his half-century in 34 balls and continued to lead the way with the bat for Mumbai Indians.
Hardik Pandya produced a fiery cameo of 28 runs to help Mumbai Indians post 187 for 8 in 20 overs.
For Rajasthan, pace bowler Jofra Archer was standout bowler for the side in this game. He picked up three wickets and conceded 39 runs from his four overs.