Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Archer brace guides Royals to IPL win

Archer brace guides Royals to IPL win

Meanwhile, Skipper Ajinkya Rahane came on the the crease and contributed a hefty 37 runs before being dismissed.

Brimming with confidence after smashing his fifth successive half-century, in-form Jos Buttler said familiarity of the Wankhede track helped him score runs as Rajasthan Royals beat Mumbai Indians by seven wickets to keep play-off holes alive.

England worldwide Buttler stuck a masterful 94 not out off just53 deliveries to guide Rajasthan Royals to victory with two overs still to spare after they were given a target of 169 to chase. Their third consecutive victory takes the Royals up to fifth spot on the points table while relegating Mumbai down to sixth place. He finished with an unbeaten 94 off 53 balls and his knock was laced with nine boundaries and five sixes. Openers Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis were beneficiaries of a couple of reprieves very early in the essay and the duo made the most of the opportunities, putting on 87 for the first wicket. In 25 balls (between Overs 7.2 and 11.3), Rajasthan managed to put just two balls to the fence. However, that did not deter Buttler at all as he smacked two sixes and two boundaries in the next two overs after that.

That followed knocks of 67 off 26 balls, 51 (off 39) and 82 (off 58) and means Buttler has amassed 509 runs in 12 games in 2018 at an average of 56.55 and a strike-rate of 153.77. Till the eighth over, no six was hit.

MI got off to a brisk start after both Suryakumar and Lewis were dropped by Krishnappa Gowtham and Stuart Binny, respectively, within the first three overs.

Mumbai Indians' Mitchell McClenaghan and Krunal Pandya celebrate fall of a wicket. However, Hardik Pandya helped the hosts to a competitive total with a late charge, scoring 36 runs off 21 balls before holing out to Stokes in the penultimate ball of the innings. MI have momentum with them and they will want to cling on to this habit of winning, according to an official press release.

Jofra Archer was the best bowler for RR in this match with his bowling figures of 4-0-16-2.

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