Jos Buttler 89 Rajasthan Royals to 4 victory over Mumbai Indians



Englishman Jos Buttler placed the platform with 89 points while Shreyas Gopal kept his nod to death to dominate the Rajasthan Royals in a fourfold victory over the Mumbai Indians at a meeting of the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on Saturday.

This was the second Royals win of the season in seven games after losing a last ball thriller to CSK less than 48 hours back.

With their debut, the Mumbai Indians led to an attacking 81 from South African Quinton De Kock to place an imposing 187/5 but Buttler 43-ball struck with eight four and seven six set the tone before the Royals survived a scare to finish the game at 19.3 overs.

The fight was forgotten for the new West Indies with Alzarri Joseph (0/53 in 3 overs), who wrought for eight four and three and then injured trying to save a limit.

The 13th round changed the game's skin as Buttler broke two six and four squares from Joseph to reduce the equation to a manageable run-a-ball.

Buttler gave first a 60-hole tolerance with Ajinkya Rahane (37 of 21 balls, 6×4, 1×6) to put the foundation and then added 87 lines for the second wicket with Sanju Samson (31 of 26 balls, 2×4, 1×6).

Buttler initially played the second round at Rahane but then raised the ante when the master was gone. The Englishman in eighth place hit Rahul Chahar for six, and then to the next, broke two six of Krunal Pandya as he fought in 50 of 29 balls.

When Buttler departed in 14th, Rajasthan took 41 routes. But then came the twist in history when Mumbai made a return of the items sent by four batsmen – Samson, Rahul Tripathi (1), Steve Smith (12) and Liam Livingstone (1) – back to the stand, as Rajasthan fell 174.6 147/2.

However, Shreyas Gopal (13 is not out) and K Gowtham (0 no) kept their nerves to take the side by side in a tense situation. Gopal hit the limits he won by Hardik Pandya as the celebrations broke out in Rajasthan's camp.

Joseph was the most expensive bowling game with 53 runs in three overversions.

Earlier, Quinton de Kock hit a warrior 81 as he pulled the Mumbai Indians into a whopping 187 for 5 against the Rajasthan Royals at the Indian Premier League game this Saturday.

South African De Kock was the leader of the wreck as he forged six and four six in his 52-beat stroke and got the support of captain Rohit Sharma (47 out of 32 balls), who returned after losing the last Bomba game due to injury on the foot.

A delayed version of Hardik Pandya (28 of 11 balls), in which they broke three six and one square secured Mumbai approached the 190 mark.

Earlier, Rohit and De Kock took the opposition on the cleaners as the two added 96 for the first grid. They started the attack on the third, gathering 18 runs, while South Africa hit six and four Krisnappa Goatam.

Then Rohit broke Dhawal Kulkarni, who hit three quarters, including a great cover album, as Mumbai got 14 tracks out of it.

De Kock continued to play shots even when Mumba reached 57/0 after the Powerplay period. Then De Kock sent Liam Livingstone spinner for two six over deep mid-wicket as the runs went thick and fast. He ran to his fifties in 34 balls.

Rohit, who hit six and six only, threw the wicket off by giving a sitter to Jos Buttler by Jofra Archer.

And then Rajasthan made a good return by removing Surya Kumar Yadav (16) and Kieron Pollard (6) to reduce the guests to 136/3.

The players of Rajasthan made a wonderful comeback as they removed De Kock and Ishan Kishan before Hardik appeared.

Meanwhile, it was Rohit's 100th Rang as a captain for the Mumbai Indians (including the current Champions League T20) and was the 200th Mumbai match.