In a battle of blues, the players who travelled from Jaipur to Wankhede walks back to the home with a sweet victory. The collective bowling and fielding effort followed by yet another classic knock from Jos Buttler sealed the deal for RR. Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians join Royal Challengers in hoping for other results go in their side.
Initially, it was Ajinkya Rahane who won the toss and asked the home side to set the target. Accepting the challenge, Mumbai openers Surya Kumar Yadav and Evin Lewis batted superbly to find the fence often than not. Though RR bowlers created chances, fielders were not at all interested in taking those.
Riding on the drop catches, both the openers smashed beautifully to knock it out at a greater run rate. When things looked quite well for the home side then comes the thrilling over for Rajasthan as Jofra Archer sent Surya Kumar and Rohit Sharma in back to back deliveries when Unadkat took two stunners on a trot.
Evin Lewis took the onus on him and played it in his own style to get some quick runs. During the course, he bagged yet another fifty but failed to carry on as Kulkarni got better off him. He was quickly followed by Ishan Kishan. It was once again Hardik Pandya who brought Mumbai Indians back into the game by knocking some quick runs. His 36-run knock helped Mumbai to post a competitive 168 runs on the board.
In reply to the chase, Rajasthan got an initial jolt as Jasprit Bumrah found the edge of Ishan Kishan. But, the skipper Ajinkya Rahane and the in-form batsman, Jos Buttler stitched a beautiful 95-run partnership to push home side on the back foot. However, in search of those quick runs, Rahane lost his wicket while Jos Buttler batted beautifully levelling world record of 5 fifties on the trot.
Jos Buttler who is showing the tremendous consistency at top of the batting order once again knocked an unbeaten 94* runs to his name. Meanwhile, Sanju Samson scored a quick-fire 26 runs to near the total.
Here are the best tweets:
Top innings from Sanju Samson. This is what T20 is about. Playing the situation
.@josbuttler is staking his claim to be player of the tournament. This is the third game in a row he has now delivered to @rajasthanroyals
Rayudu, Suryakumar, Buttler…asked to open and they’ve come to their own. Their former teams didn’t view them as regular openers… #MIvRR#IPL
Said it just after the auction .. and I will say it again .. @josbuttler was the best value for money signing of the #IPL .. How @mipaltan didn’t retain him is beyond me !!! #OnOn#India
Jos Buttler scored just one fifty in his first 31 games in IPL and scored five fifty in next five games…
For all you #CSK fans — A Rajasthan Royals win here means Chennai are through to the play-offs. #IPL2018#MIvRR
Records tumbling – JOS BUTTLER is now the second player to score 80+ in three successive innings in IPL after Maxwell in 2014. #IPL2018#MIvRR
This is a massive win for @rajasthanroyals .They can attribute this wonderful turnaround to Jos Buttler, who ever since he has opened has made RR look a different side altogether. Feel very happy for @ajinkyarahane88#MIvRR
Rajasthan Royals Beat Mumbai Indians By 7 Wickets. Jos Butter Behaved Exactly Like An Angry Ex. 😂 #RRvMI#MIvRR#MIvsRR
Rohit Sharma Is Giving Tight Slap To Haters Who Say He Performs Only In #IPL. 3 Golden Ducks, Most By A Player In #IPL2018. Kahaan Se Laate Ho Itna Talent. 😇🙊🙃 #MIvRR#MIvsRR
647 Runs in first 31 games
389 Runs in next 5 games
You Beaut JOS BUTTLER — 94 runs | 53 balls | 9 fours |5 sixes | SR: 177.36
Rajasthan Royals formula of winning a match:
*Include S Binny in playing XI*
Beacuse when he plays a match, even best team in the world can’t beat RR#MIvRR
Wow….superb innings from Jos Buttler! Being a Mumbai Indians fan – Wow! Great use of RTM card on Pollard! He’s doing great job in the dugout! Rayudu with a Century and Buttler with another 90+ score who weren’t retained by Mumbai are doing nothing right? 👏👌🙏 #MIvRR#IPL2018