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14-Apr-2019 04:14:00 GMT
MI vs RR - 27th Match, Mumbai

Buttler fifty sets up sloppy Royals win

Mumbai: Rajasthan Royals defeated Mumbai Indians by four wickets in yet another last over finish at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.

Put into bat first, Mumbai Indians scored 187/five powered by Quinton de Kock’s 81 off 52 balls.

In reply, Rajasthan Royals, riding on Jos Buttler 89, chased down the target with just three balls to spare.

Batting first, Mumbai got off to a flying start. The opening stand of 96 runs between de Kock and Sharma set up the platform for a total above 175.

De Kock was the wrecker-in-chief as he hammered six fours and four sixes in his 52-ball knock and got able support from skipper Rohit Sharma (47 off 32 balls).

A late cameo from Hardik Pandya (28 off 11 balls), ensured Mumbai finished at 187.

However, it always seemed like Mumbai was 10 to 15 runs short on a true batting surface.

Brief scores:
Rajasthan Royals 188 for 6 (Buttler 89, Rahane 37, Samson 31, Krunal 3-34) beat Mumbai Indians 187 for 5 (de Kock 81, Rohit 47, Archer 3-39) by four wickets

Meanwhile, for Rohit Sharma, it was his 100th match as captain for Mumbai Indians (including the now-defunct Champions League T20 games).

Chasing under lights, Jos Buttler laid the platform with a rampaging 89 while Shreyas Gopal kept his cool at the death overs to help RR cross the finishing line.

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

Jos Buttler’s 89 off 43 was the gamechanger of the match.

Buttler forged important partnerships with his captain Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson. He was initially quiet at the start but then upped strike rate once the skipper was gone. Buttler reached his 50 off 29 balls and was on course to a fine hundred before being sent out to the dugout.

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