Buttler, Archer star in Royals' big win

Buttler, Archer star in Royals' big win

Buttler, Archer star in Royals' big win

Rohit Sharma's Mumbai Indians (MI) will face Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Sunday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, trying to eliminate each other from the Indian Premier League's playoff berth. "The ultimate dream is to represent India and that is still there", Pandya said on the eve of Mumbai Indians' IPL XI match against Rajasthan Royals.

Mumbai Indians have won 10 out of their 17 games against Rajasthan Royals. Right both, MI and RR are placed at the fifth and sixth place respectively with 10 points each. Ishan Kishan scored 12 runs off 11 balls with one boundary while Krunal Pandya added 3 runs off 7 balls. Having registered two back-to-back wins against Punjab CSK and Punjab, thanks to two fantastic knocks of 82 and 95 not out from English wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler. Lewis went on to score a half-century and Hardik Pandya also pinched in with a quickfire 36 runs off 21 balls, as the Mumbai side finished its innings at 168/6 in its allotted quota of 20 overs. He hit nine fours and five sixes.

Mumbai's bowling, even though floored KKR in their last match, needs improvement in the death overs. Rahane will still hope for some batsmen to return to form, including himself. Mumbai secures six runs in this over 8:02pm: MI at 14/0 after 1 over Four!

Although Yadav had started things on an attacking note, it was Lewis who took up the charge after powerplay, to up the ante. Buttler is one of the key members of this Royals side and if they are to climb up the points table, he will have to play a crucial part for his team.

Jofra Archer who now has 13 wickets to his name from just seven games is our pick for "Bowler of the Match". Lewis raised his fifty with a six off Gowtham and also launched Dhawal Kulkarni for a six but the paceman stopped him in his tracks soon. The heat may test players from both camps, but this is a night game. "That was missing in the first half, but it's coming together well". The defeat for the Mumbai Indians means that they will have to be overly dependent on their destiny to ensure their qualification.

Chasing 168, RR got off to a worrying start, losing D'Arcy Short in the very first over.

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