IPL 2019, Match 27: MI vs RR – Jos Buttler Bashes Mumbai Indians’ Bowlers to Hand Rajasthan Royals Their Second Win of the Season
In the ongoing IPL 2019, Jos Buttler’s blitzkrieg hands struggling Rajasthan Royals (RR) a crucial win over hosts Mumbai Indians (WI) at Wankhede on Sunday evening in what turned out to be a yet another cliff hanger. Buttler, who slammed his third half-century of the IPL 12, has done an outstanding job for his team in a must-win game. MI vs RR game was all about the action, drama and adventure at the fag end of second innings.
Although the late hiccups had pushed visitors on the backfoot, but at the same time, the presence of mind from Shreyas Gopal has helped them to prevail in the end.
While huffing and puffing, the visitors chased down the target of 188 in 19.3 overs with four wickets in hand.
Gopal, who hit the winning runs remained not out on 13 off seven deliveries with the help of two fours. Krishnappa Gowtham faced a solitary ball for no run.
Buttler, who battered Indians’ bowlers scored whirlwind 43-ball 89. He has smoked eight fours and seven sixes at the staggering strike-rate of 206.97.
In between hosts picked a flurry of wickets, with Jasprit Bumrah dismissing Sanju Samson 31 (26) followed by Steven Smith 12 (15).
On the other side, Krunal Pandya has dismissed Rahul Tripathi and Liam Livingstone on one each.
For Indians, Pandya bagged three wickets, whereas, Bumrah claimed two wickets in his four overs.
Buttler’s beating to overnight star Alzarri Joseph in the 12th over has somewhat made a difference. He plundered runs at will which saw Joseph conceding 28 runs in a single over.
2nd Innings RR:
While chasing somewhat a challenging total, Rajasthan Royals had a positive start when Ajinkya Rahane alongside Jos Buttler fired visitors to 60 in 6.2 overs.
However, Krunal Pandya got better of Rahane when the latter handed a simple catch to Suryakumar Yadav. Rahane, who looked fluent with his strokes, scored 21-ball 37. His slammed six fours and a six while maintaining his strike-rate as 176.19.
For the second wicket, Buttler alongside Samson stitched a crucial 87-run partnership.
1st Innings MI:
Earlier, Royals’ skipper Rahane won the toss and opted to field first on a placid-looking surface.
However, to some extent Indians had a resounding start as skipper Rohit Sharma and wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock has stitched 96-run partnership for the first wicket in 10.5 overs.
Jofra Archer, who was the pick of the bowlers, has dropped the first blood in the form of Rohit when Jos Buttler got a decent catch. Rohit slammed 47 off 32 deliveries with the help of six fours and a solitary six.
For the second wicket, Surayakumar Yadav alongside de Kock registered 21 runs. But he was cleaned up by Dhawal Kulkarni when the ball has clipped the off-stump zing bail.
Suryakumar has faced 10 balls for his 16 runs.
Kieron Pollard, who won the previous game for Indians, was caught by Shreyas Gopal brilliantly on the bowling of Archer. Pollard faced 12 balls for his six. Also, Ishan Kishan 5 (3) has followed him, when Buttler claimed a good low catch on the bowling of Jaydev Unadkat.
De Kock was the top-scorer for Indians. He faced 52 deliveries to accumulated 82 runs. His has struck six fours and four sixes. De Kock scored runs at the strike-rate of 155.76 before Archer had the last laugh.
Pandya brothers stitched a 12-run partnership off four deliveries. On the other side, his elder brother Krunal Pandya did not face a single ball.
The 11-ball cameo of unbeaten 28 runs from Hardik Pandya has helped hosts to post 187 for five on the board in 20 allotted overs.
Here’s the detailed scorecard of Mumbai Indians:
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