Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
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IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals beat Mumbai Indians by four wickets

IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals beat Mumbai Indians by four wickets

Sport can be a cruel leveller, they say.

Bowling: Keeping the nature of Wankhede track in mind, the role of Alzarri Joseph, Jasprit Bumrah and Dhawal Kulkarni become very crucial for their respective sides.

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

Batsmen: Jos Buttler has tapered off this week, but he faces his former side at Wankhede and would want to make a big statement before he jets off to England for World Cup preparations.

The 13th over changed the game's complexion as Buttler smashed two sixes and four fours off Joseph to bring down the equation to a manageable run-a-ball.

On this day, though, you couldn't blame the Antiguan for being profligate - such was the mood Buttler was in.

Mumbai Indians' winning run came to an end on Saturday with a 4-wicket loss to Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium. That Kieron Pollard managed just 6 from 12 balls tells the complete story.


In reply, Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler started brightly.

While he could not score his maiden IPL hundred, his 43-ball blitz had put RR in a driver's seat.

While the two were a little watchful at the start of their innings as the first two overs yielded only nine runs, the duo took on the RR bowlers from the third over, with the left-hander getting into the act, with a six and a four and the MI skipper hitting a four to score 18 runs off the over bowled by Krishnappa Gowtham. A leg injury had forced Rohit to miss their game against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and it remains to be seen whether the skipper has fully recovered or not.

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.

Earlier, Mumbai Indians were bolstered by the return of their regular captain Rohit Sharma, who, along with Quinton de Kock, got their team off to a flier adding 96 for the opening wicket, before Rohit for a well-made 47 from 22 balls. The chief culprit in MI's "slowdown" in the middle overs was their last match hero, Kieron Pollard, who scratched around for 12 balls being dismissed for six.

Stokes and Archer picked 2 wickets each. It was MI's 200th game, and Rohit was captaining MI for the 100th time, but Buttler spoiled the party for both.

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