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Buttler makes easy work of Mumbai to lift Royals to fifth place

Buttler makes easy work of Mumbai to lift Royals to fifth place”

This makes Rahane second IPL captain after Virat Kohli to be fined for slow over-rate in IPL 2018.

The race to the playoffs in the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League has gathered steam and given their precarious positions on the eight-team table, both Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals had very little room for error when they clashed at the Wankhede Stadium on a sultry Sunday evening.

The live IPL match Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals will be broadcasted on Star Sports network, Hindi and Tamil. But Buttler made a mockery of it, stroking his way to an adventurous 94 not out and leading Rajasthan to a seven-wicket victory with two overs to spare.

The Rahane-led side has now reached the fifth spot, with 12 points in kitty. With the fifty, Buttler joined Kane Williamson as the second player this season to score five consecutive half centuries.

Apart from Lewis and Hardik, Suryakumar Yadav's 38 off 31 deliveries up top provided MI with the flawless start.

Buttler received good support from Ajinkya Rahane (37) and Sanju Samson (26) but it was the England wicketkeeper who took control of the run-chase after Rajasthan lost the early wicket of D'Arcy Short (4). Buttler carried his bat through and during his stay smashed nine fours and five sixes.

Jofra Archer who now has 13 wickets to his name from just seven games is our pick for "Bowler of the Match".

After Lewis (60) got out, Hardik Pandya played a crucial innings of 36 (21) to help Mumbai post 168/6 on the board at the end of their 20 overs.

Lewis hit four boundaries and sixes in his knock. Buttler finally opened up in the 14th over, taking 14 runs off Hardik Pandya's over in which he disMumbaissed Rahane and 14 runs off Jasprit Bumrah's over. While Suryakumar was dropped by K Gowtham on the first ball of the second over at Mumbaid-on, which was a hard catch, nine balls later, Lewis got a life when Stuart Binny failed to judge a high catch. He conceded only 16 runs from his four overs and dismissed Lewis and Suryakumar and Rohit Sharma (0) in successive balls.



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