IPL 2019: Match 27, Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals - Lesser Known Stats

Aubrey Yates
April 14, 2019

Rajasthan seamer Jofra Archer - hoping to join Buttler and Stokes in England's provisional World Cup squad, which is announced on Wednesday - earlier picked up 3-39 from four overs, removing Quinton de Kock (81), Rohit Sharma (47), and Kieron Pollard (7), as Mumbai posted 187-5. Mumbai Indians' regular captain Rohit Sharma is set to return after a leg spasm that forced him to miss an IPL game for the first time in 11 seasons. However, Hardik Pandya's quickfire balls helped MI cross 180-run mark. RR's batting line-up, including skipper Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith and Jos Buttler will need to pull up their socks to confront the Mumbai bowlers at the Wankhede Stadium.

Rohit, who was rested from the previous having sustained an injury during the training, made a superb comeback as he and de Kock provided MI a solid start.

Jos Buttler began the VIVO IPL 2019 with what looked to be match-winning knock, but his Mankading on that occasion took the wind out of his performances in the few games that followed.

Rahane was dismissed in the third over and Buttler followed in the fourth.

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The South African opener has been in exhilarating form throughout the IPL, and added a further 81 runs (6×4, 4×6) against the Royals to extend his lead at the top of the Saffas runs charts this season. None of the batsmen could score a big innings with Ben Stokes emerging as the top-scorer with 28 runs.

Buttler, who had failed to score a half-century after his 69-run innings in RR's first game against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), tormented the MI bowling attack to end RR's losing streak and denied MI a hat-trick of wins. Ajinkya Rahane made 37 while Sanju Samson scored 31.

Rajasthan Royals have beaten Mumbai Indians in all three games since their readmission in 2018. After a dream debut where he returned with best IPL figures of six for 12 against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Alzarri (15 not out) played a crucial cameo against Kings XI to romp the side home. However, the required runs were too less for the Mumbai team to garner two points.

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. The Rajasthan outfit eventually managed to get over the line with three balls to spare after a Jos Buttler (89) onslaught.

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