Having chosen to bat first Mumbai scored 168 in 20 overs whereby in the chasing pursuit of Rajasthan Royals a 95-run stand between Buttler and Rahane has been put on board by their side on course, but all credit goes to Buttler’s 53-ball knock that took them over the line in the end.
In this crucial game, the Rajasthan Royals’ skipper Rahane, elected to bowl considering the dew as a reason. Yet, Rohit Sharma believed that dew has never been a major factor going by the last few games. Ish Sodhi somehow had to skip the game due to his illness. D’Arcy Short initially was being sent back by Jasprit Bumrah in the opening over off an outside edge. As it turned out, the chase seemed a cake walk.
The magic of Buttler;
The promotion of Buttler to the opener’s slot turned out to be a masterstroke for Rajasthan Royals. Buttler’s openning scores have been magnificent so far- 94*, 95*, 82, 51, 67. Now he has become only the fourth batsman across T20 leagues to score five successive half-centuries. After initial damage in the opening over of the innings, the onus fell on to Buttler and Rahane to stabilize the chase. They did stand out in the middle with a 95-run stand for the second wicket. After finishing the first ten overs with a similar score as Mumbai did, of 83 for 1, the pair platformed Rajasthan in a comfortable position to chase down the set target.