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Rajasthan Royals push Mumbai Indians in deeper trouble

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Sandy Nunez | 14 May, 2018, 12:17

Jos Buttler navigated Rajasthan Royals through potentially choppy waters for a coast down Marine Drive on Sunday evening.

Buttler, who played for Mumbai Indians in 2016 and 2017, has been in tremendous form scoring five consecutive half centuries, including unbeaten knocks of 94 and 95 in the previous two games against Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings respectively.

And at the end of the day, it was the Royals who were left fancying their chances of progressing further, with a seven-wicket victory while the defending champions were staring at bleak times ahead, with only a couple of league games remaining. Evin Lewis (60 off 42 balls) tried to flex his arms but the Rajasthan Royals bowlers never really let that grip slip away from them. The owners cancelled his tickets to Australia after Rajasthan Royals defeated Mumbai Indians. Suryakumar Yadav has been in the form of his life and giving Mumbai a solid start time and again but he needs support from Lewis. "Shreyas Gopal and Dhawal Kulkarni come in as well". Lewis hit four sixes and as many fours in his innings.West Indies' paceman Jofra Archer produced excellent bowling performance to put the hosts under pressure. The completely unpredictable side surprised everyone after defeating CSK to get back to winning ways. The likes of Ishan Kishan (12), Krunal Pandya (3) and Ben Cutting (10) failed to contribute much to the cause before young Hardik (36) enthralled the crowd with his batting masterclass.

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Sanju Samsom contributed 26 runs with his willow. The move turned out to be a masterstroke as Archer scalped both Suryakumar Yadav (38) and Rohit Sharma (0) off consecutive deliveries. Sensing the desperation of the Mumbai batsmen, Rahane turned to Archer and the pacer struck gold, taking two wickets in as many balls to get his side right back in the game.

It was Jasprit Bumrah who bowled a ideal seam delivery to Short and Ishan Kishan took a solid catch to get MI their first wicket. The good news is, they have years worth of experience of emerging out of the hole they dug for themselves in the first-half of the season. "I want the boys to stand up and do well in that". In the games that we lost in the past, we didn't finish well with the bat.

The good thing for Rajasthan Royals was that they won the contest and kept their hopes alive of making it to the next round of the tournament. Mumbai had suffered five losses in their first six games in 2015 and then from there went on to clinch the title.