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Rajasthan’s Royal Challenge, defeating Mumbai by seven wickets

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Mumbai: 14 May : – The aggressive openers Jos Buttler (9 4 *) hit a brilliant half-century as Rajasthan Royals defeated defending champions Mumbai Indians by seven wickets in the match. Rajasthan, with the exception of retaining the fifth place in the playoffs, maintained the hope of playoffs. Mumbai has slumped to sixth rank and the next course has become difficult. Chasing 169 to win, Rajasthan reached 171 for 3 in 18 overs.

Batting first after losing the toss at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai reached 168 for six in 20 overs. After the aggressive start, Rajasthan did not score a big score due to the chances given by the Rajasthan Royals. Chasing this challenge, in the first over, D Archie shattered the short (4) form of Rajasthan. However, Jos Butler, with a 53-ball knock, hit nine fours and five sixes in his knock, and hit an unbeaten 94 in the final. Butler, in a torn form, started vigilant and started pondering the pitch.

When he was sitting up, however, he chipped the ball to the Mumbai Indians. At the same time, skipper Ajinkya Rahane, who failed to score a perfect total during the entire season, achieved his form with a paltry 37 from 36 balls with 4 fours. Butler – Rahane laid the foundation for the team’s victory with a 95-run partnership for the second wicket. After breaking the partnership after losing the Rahane, Sanju Samson gave Butler a wonderful knock, scoring 26 runs from 14 balls with two fours and two sixes. But Hardy was dismissed by Buttler, but in the next ball, Butler gave the victory over the winning team.

Earlier, Mumbai reached the target with the help of Evin Lewis (60), Suryakumar Yadav (38) and Hardik (36). Suryakumar – Lewis gave 87 runs in 10.4 overs, but the middle order could not make Mumbai the desired score. Jaffra Archer removed Suryakumar and skipper Rohit Sharma in the 11th over after being dismissed for the second time in the next over. Lewis then took an aggressive fifties and hit the half-century, but he did not get the desired score from the other end. Lewis made his mark with 4 fours and 4 sixes in 42 balls.

Dhaval Kulkarni returned to Ishant Kishan (12), Krishanal Pandya (3) immediately after dismissing him. Hardik smashed 36 off 21 balls with three fours and two sixes to hit India in a satisfactory form. Archer and Ben Stokes picked up two wickets each for Mumbai.

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