Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

IPL 2019: Buttler blitz helps Rajasthan seal nervy win

IPL 2019: Buttler blitz helps Rajasthan seal nervy win

On Saturday, runs flowed aplenty from the bat of openers from all the four teams taking part in the Indian Premier League 2019. The West Indian pacer was hit for four fours and two sixes as Buttler moved from 61 to 89 in space of six balls. MI were left to rue the fact that Quinton de Kock, left dehydrated after cracking a magnificent 52-ball 81 (6x4, 4x6) couldn't come out to keep wickets when they were fielding.

Jos Buttler hit 89 off 43 balls as the Rajasthan Royals claimed a four-wicket win over the Mumbai Indians on Saturday but his blistering pursuit of a maiden Indian Premier League century nearly proved costly. The batting strengths include Sharma himself, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Siddhesh Lad and Quinton de Kock. For Rajasthan Royals, Ben Stokes was erratic in the final over in the match against Chennai Super Kings and conceded the match, but he should be in the side as he has the pedigree to strike big on any given day. However, Hardik Pandya's quickfire balls helped MI cross 180-run mark.

Kieron Pollard drove Mumbai Indians in Rohit's nonappearance and they won that match against KXIP by 3 wickets at the Wankhede on Wednesday. They have a set of superb players in skipper Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes. In all, Buttler struck 8 fours and 7 towering sixes, which included that assault on Joseph, who had just secured the best figures in VIVO IPL history two games ago.

On Tuesday, Rohit Sharma gave Mumbai Indians and India noteworthy injury alarm when he limped out of MI's training session. The game will start at 4.00 p.m. IST. On the other hand, during his brief blitz, Hardik smashed an Archer delivery for a six over mid-wicket in the penultimate over of the innings, employing the helicopter shot, which he now seems to have perfected. In their first game against Kings XI Punjab, the Royals had lost eight wickets for 62 runs to go down by 14 runs once Buttler had departed after being controversially run out for 69.

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England World Cup hopeful Jofra Archer had earlier taken three for 39 from four overs as the Indians posted 187 for 5.

RR's chase of 188 is the second highest by any team against Mumbai Indians.

Meanwhile, it was Rohit's 100th match as captain for Mumbai Indians (including the now defunt Champions League T20 games) and it was Mumbai's overall 200th match.

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