Jos Buttler fireworks help Rajasthan Royals past Mumbai Indians in the IPL

Jos Buttler fireworks help Rajasthan Royals past Mumbai Indians in the IPL

A week back, the West Indian pacer enjoyed a dream debut for Mumbai Indians, as he took six for 12 to star in the team's win over Sunrisers Hyderabad. Once he holed out to long off, the visitors threatened to collapse as they lost five wickets in the space of 17 runs, with Krunal Pandya taking three to bring MI back into the game.

When the going gets tough, Jos Buttler gets going.

Jos Buttler hit 89 off 43 balls as the Rajasthan Royals claimed a four-wicket win over the Mumbai Indians on Saturday but his blistering pursuit of a maiden Indian Premier League century nearly proved costly.

But Shreyas Gopal steered the Royals home with the decisive boundary three balls into the final over.

Rajasthan Royal suffered a defeat against Chennai Super Kings in their last match.

Batting: Both Mumbai and Rajasthan boast of some of the biggest names of world cricket ranging from - Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Yuvraj Singh, Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav or Krunal Pandya.

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The Royals were looking set to chase down the total easily before they lost Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Liam Livingstone and Steve Smith inside 4 runs to get reduced to 174 for 6 from 170 for 2. South African 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. In all, Buttler struck 8 fours and 7 towering sixes, which included that assault on Joseph, who had just secured the best figures in VIVO IPL history two games ago.

In the absence of regular skipper Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard led Mumbai from the front and came up with two match-winning performances. The game will start at 4.00 p.m. IST.

Rajasthan Royals have beaten Mumbai Indians in all three games since their readmission in 2018.

Mumbai Indians clinched a last-ball victory against Kings XI Punjab.

Meanwhile, it was Rohit's 100th match as captain for Mumbai Indians (including the now-defunct Champions League T20 games) and it was Mumbai's overall 200th match. Even though he wasn't the aggressor in this opening stand, Rohit held his own, running hard between wickets and stroking exquisitely through the off side for a 32-ball 47, eventually holing out in the deep off Jofra Archer.

RR's chase of 188 is the second highest by any team against Mumbai Indians.

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