Jos Buttler Stars as Rajasthan Royals Clinch Seven-Wicket win

  • Jos Buttler Stars as Rajasthan Royals Clinch Seven-Wicket win

Jos Buttler Stars as Rajasthan Royals Clinch Seven-Wicket win

The Mumbai Indians got a very good start with their openers, Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis, adding 87 runs for the first wicket. Lewis, who narrowly survived being caught by Stuart Binny in the third over, made good use of the reprieve to blast his way to 60 runs off 42 deliveries. The Royals beat the hosts by 7 wickets and 2 overs to spare.

The problem for MI has been that their middle order has been inconsistent, but the blazing half century by rookie stumper Ishan Kishan would have given relief to coach Mahela Jayawardene.

In a virtual quarter final, MI and CSK locked horns at the iconic Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. If Yadav, Rohit, Lewis, Ishan Kishan and JP Duminy are in the form, Mumbai will be hard to stop.

Mumbai Indians: S Yadav, E Lewis, RG Sharma*, I Kishan (wk), H Pandya, B Cutting, K Pandya, JP Duminy, M McClenaghan, M Markande, J Bumrah. In bowling, leg-spinner Mayank Markande's form is necessary to stop Jos Buttler and Company to curb it is essential. Again, an out of form West Indian Kieron Pollard is likely to sit out. Mumbai had suffered five losses in their first six games in 2015 and then from there went on to clinch the title. Against KKR too, Rohit looked in fine touch on his way to 36, but his team will expect more from him as they try to book a place in the IPL 2018 Playoffs.

Former Mumbai player Jos Buttler's form has revived Rajasthan. This will be 12th match for both the teams in this season.

With 10 points, the same as Royals, MI can not afford to lose a match as the race for the top four, specifically the No. 3 and 4 slots, is becoming tighter by the day.

The result also meant Chennai Super Kings became the second team to confirm a spot in the playoffs. That solves a lot of problems for Mumbai Indians. Skipper Ajinkya Rahane and in-form Buttler steadily revived the run chase and took the score to 51/1 after the six powerplay overs. Apart from Jos Buttler, hardly anyone else has risen to the occasion and batsmen like Rahane and Sanju Samson need return to run scoring ways.