IPL 2018: Rajasthan beat MI by 7 wickets, move to 5th spot on points table
Posted: May 14, 2018
Ipl 2018: In the 47th match of the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL 2018), chasing a competitive target of 169, Rajasthan Royals won the match by 7 wickets. Opener Jos Butler was the key player in the run chase as he made unbeaten 94 runs, hitting his 5th consecutive fifty in the IPL, equalling Virendra Sehwag's record. With this win, RR move to the fifth position on the VIVO IPL points table. Butler was well supported by Captain Ajinkya Rahane, who made 37 runs. After Rahane's wicket, Sanju Samson supported Butler as well. Butler's fine innings made sure that the run chase was never an uphill task for Rajasthan Royals. Samson was trying to make sure there were balls to spare to make some positive impact on the net run rate. He was dismissed for 26. Butler hit a six to win the game for RR by 7 wickets.
Earlier, Mumbai Indians were off to a good start as openers Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav made the full use of power play field restrictions by scoring 51 runs. A few chances went down and Evin Lewis changed gear to take on the bowlers. He hit Gopal for two consecutive sixes. MI were 79-0 after 9. Rohit Sharma scored a golden duck once again. Evin Lewis scored a brilliant 60. Ishan Kishan and Krunal Pandya failed to impress. However, Hardik Pandya's cameo of 36 helped MI put up 168-6 on the board. Rajasthan fielders did drop a few sitters in the field. Samson took a blinder of a catch. Archer bowled decently and took 2 wickets.
Rajasthan Royals produced a disciplined bowling effort to restrict Mumbai Indians to 168/6 in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Wankhede Stadium. Asked to bat first, Mumbai were off to steady start with Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav coming up with an opening partnership of 87 runs off 64 balls. Lewis, who narrowly survived being caught by Stuart Binny in the third over, made good use of the reprieve to blast his way to 60 runs off 42 deliveries. His quick-fire knock included four boundaries and as many sixes. Suryakumar, who also got an early let-off, being dropped by Krishna Gowtham off Dhawal Kulkarni early in the second over, went on to post a steady 38 off 31 deliveries.
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