IPL 2018: Archer, Buttler star in Royals' big win

Aubrey Yates
May 14, 2018

Defending champions Mumbai, after a horrid start to their campaign, have suddenly propped themselves up in the points table at fourth spot, while Royals are close on their heels at sixth position, and know that a victory would bring them level on points with Mumbai as well as Kolkata Knight Riders. Suryakumar Yadav has excelled in his new role as opener; the 27-year old is MI's top run-getter and he will look to add more to what is already his most successful IPL season. Rajasthan Royals did that after winning the toss, electing to field. 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. He also picked up his fifth consecutive fifty equaling Virender Sehwag's record set in 2012.

Buttler (415 runs), Sanju Samson (353 runs) have been the top two batsmen for them and expectations will be high on them.

MI Skipper Rohit Sharma continued his inconsistency with the willow getting out for a golden duck.

Hardik Pandy took two wickets for Mumbai but was very expensive, conceding 52 runs in his four overs. While Archer's fielding woes were rampant, he and his partner's bowling efforts made it hard for the Indians to gather any momentum with the bat.

All-rounders Jofra Archer (2-16) and Ben Stokes (2-26) both impressed for the Royals, though it was Dhawal Kulkarni who claimed the key wicket of Lewis, the West Indies global caught by Samson for 60 after slicing a drive out to deep point. Buttler missed out on a well deserved century yet again and remained unbeaten on 94 off 53 deliveries.

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"I hope we continue that because now every game is a do-or-die encounter". He can get MI off to the sort of fast start that is so crucial in T20 cricket and RR must look for a way to take his wicket early on.

Rohit Sharma (MI captain): On a pitch like that we should have got 15-20 runs more. There are some areas that we need to work on.

MI and RR's previous clash had gone down to the wire.

The visitorshave made a couple of changes. We bowled really well and we've been lacking that especially in the last three games. He elected to go for bowling first.

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