With MI now out from the playoffs race, RR still has a chance of making it to the top 4 , provided they win their match against KKR. Rajasthan Royals made the right decision of opting to bowl first and putting brakes to the Mumbai Indians batting lineup followed by some rock solid performance of Jos Buttler from the RR side. RR seemed to have dominated the game throughout, both with the bat and ball.
Mumbai Indians failed to capitalize against the start it received from the openers . Once the opening pair was down, the wickets started falling in succession , with MI Skipper Rohit Sharma registering another duck. Even with the ball, MI seemed to have lost the game somewhere in the middle.
Rajasthan Royals seems to have found the winning combination for themselves and are now on the verge of getting hands on the IPL trophy.
let’s have a look at the 4 talking points from today’s contest between MI and RR
Jos Buttler takes RR towards victory
Looks like Jos Buttler is on a roll in this edition of IPL. Having registered 5 back to back 50s , he has established himself as one of the leading run scorers of the tournament this season. RR’s decision of promoting Buttler up the order and open up the innings has struck the right chord for them .
He remained unbeaten at 94 of 53 balls with 9 fours and 5 sixes . MI’s decision of dropping Buttler proved fatal for them this season. Buttler played the role of an innings builder by playing sensible shots in the initial overs as compared to his usual aggressive style of batting.
It was only after Rahane’s removal did Buttler unleash his lethal form onto the Mumbai Bowling unit. RR fans would have surely wanted him to finish his innings as 100 unbeaten.
Rahane and Buttler’s 95 run partnership established the platform
Ajinkya Rahane might not have gone for any aggresive shots , but his innings building performance established a winning platform for the Rajasthan franchise. While Buttler took the mantle of going all guns blazing towards the opposition bowlers, Rahane rotated the strike with ease to allow more destruction from Buttler’s end.
The duo seemed kept the required run rate maintained throughout the game. RR fans witnessed some terrific running in between the wickets from these two. Though Rahane scored only 36 of 35 balls, he added to the 95 runs partnership along with Buttler which proved crucial at a point when it was required to save the wickets.
Rahane played the role of an anchor from one end allowing his team mate to dominate the Champion bowling lineup from other end.
Rohit Sharma’ poor run with the bat continues
Looks like Rohit Sharma is currently going through an all time low in the IPL edition. He has registered 2 ducks in IPL 2018 with the last one completely knocking off his team’s IPL dream this season. Jofra Archer got the better of Rohit Sharma as well as Suryakumar yadav by dismissing them in a similar manner.
Rohit’s poor performances with the bat did crush their IPL hopes to quite an extent. His promotion up the order didn’t prove successful for the Mumbai Indians . Luckily Ishan Kishan managed to survive the hat-trick ball but ended up getting caught magnificently by Sanju Samson .
Consecutive loss of wickets put the pressure on MI players . MI batsmen couldn’t time the ball well in today’s game. MI would have registered below 168, had Hardik not played some big hits in the end.
Suryakumar Yadav and Elwin Lewis managed to give MI a decent start
Mumbai Indians got off to a decent start once again courtesy Suryakumar Yadav and Elwin Lewis. Together they put up 87 runs partnership for the first wicket in near around 11 overs. Suryakumar has been a prolific player for MI this season , as he emerged as the leading run scorer for his team with 473 runs in 11 games at a modest strike rate of 129.59 and an average of 39.42 .
Suryakumar played the role of an innings builder for his team with Elwin Lewis going for the big hits with 4 mammoth sixes in his 42 ball 60 knock. He scored 38 runs of the 31 balls that he faced with 7 fours and no sixes. Unfortunately , their efforts went in vain. As soon as the openers were sent for the pavilion , the middle order and lower middle order failed to make an impact against the opposition bowling attack.
All in all, though Mumbai’s dream for IPL has been completely shattered by their today’s loss, they can still learn from their mistakes and play some good cricket in the remaining matches.