Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

MI ride De Kock’s 81 to post 187/5 against RR

MI ride De Kock’s 81 to post 187/5 against RR

Mumbai: Rajasthan Royals (RR) survived a late implosion to beat Mumbai Indians (MI) by 4 wickets and three balls to spare at the IPL match at the Wankhede in Mumbai on Saturday. The Jaipur-based franchise now has four points from seven games in the 12th edition of the league.

When the going gets tough, Jos Buttler gets going.

Buttler slowly shifted gears as he smashed medium pacer Alzarri Joseph for 28 runs in the 13th over with Rajasthan placed at 146/1.Rahul Chahar then gave Mumbai the much-needed breakthrough, as he got rid off the unsafe Buttler in the 14th over.

Jos Buttler scored a blistering 89 of 43 deliveries.

In reply, Royals rode on Jos Buttler's 88-run knock to chase down the total in the final over. In what was a case of role reversal, Rahane was seen upping the ante as Buttler played the anchor role. The Englishman in the eighth over, hit Rahul Chahar for a six, and then in next over, smashed two sixes off Krunal Pandya as he raced to 50 off 29 balls. Rahul Chahar then gave Mumbai the much-needed breakthrough, as he got rid of the unsafe Buttler in the 14th over.

However, Gopal and K Gowtham (0 n o) held their nerves to take the side home in a tense situation.

Hardik Pandya's 28-run cameo at the death propelled Mumbai to 187 but it wasn't enough in the end as Rohit's 100th match as captain for Mumbai Indians ended on a gloomy note. Losing wickets at regular intervals as they tried to finish with a flourish, MI managed to score 61 runs in the last five overs for the loss of three wickets. Jofra Archer broke the stand, dismissing Sharma, who scored 47 from 32 with six fours and a six. At the other end, De Kock got to his half-century in 34 balls.

Corey Anderson's innings of 95 from 44 balls that included 6 sixes helped Mumbai Indians scale down the target of 190 set by Rajasthan.

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The hosts will be the favourites for this game as they have won 6 out of 8 games at the Wankhede against Rajasthan.

Rajasthan bowlers made a splendid comeback as they removed De Kock and Ishan Kishan before the Hardik show.

Mumbai Indians (MI) suffered a big blow ahead of their previous IPL encounter against Kings XI Punjab as captain Rohit Sharma hobbled out of practice session with a leg spasm.

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