Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Jos Buttler smashes third IPL half-century of season for Rajasthan

Jos Buttler smashes third IPL half-century of season for Rajasthan

Put into bat, Mumbai Indians rode on an aggressive 81 by South African Quinton De Kock to post an imposing 187/5, but Buttler's 43-ball knock studded with eight fours and seven sixes set the tone before Royals survived a scare to finish the game in 19.3 overs.

On Tuesday, Rohit Sharma gave Mumbai Indians and India noteworthy injury alarm when he limped out of MI's training session.

Bowling has been some sort of concern for Mumbai especially the form of Hardik Pandya with the ball. While batsman Sanju Samson (52) and all-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham (11-ball 33*) aided them to chase 168 runs at home, it was wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler (94*) who helped them chase 169 runs during at away fixture. Royal Challenger Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli's 67 off 53 balls played a vital role in his team's first win in season 12 of the IPL. They will be up against Mumbai Indians, a side which has won the critical moments, a side which is riding a wave of momentum and hence, enter the match as overwhelming favourites. Also, Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma should make it into the playing XI along with Steve Smith.

The Sportsrush presents before you the Head-to-Head statistics for 27th match of IPL 2019. 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. The four of them are the backbones of the Royals' batting. His 37 remained the second highest score in the RR run chase, and came at a strike rate of over 175 with 6 fours and a six.

Jasprit Bumrah has built a reputation for himself as a death overs specialist, and the Mumbai Indians spearhead didn't disappoint with another stellar performance with the ball, finishing with figures of 2-23 from his four overs.

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

File images of Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma and Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane. A thrilling final over and the @rajasthanroyals clinch this game.

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. However, the required runs were too less for the Mumbai team to garner two points.

Jos Buttler, for his 89 off 43 balls and three catches.

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