Jos Buttler smashes third IPL half-century of season for Rajasthan

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The Rajasthan Royals' chase of 188 now stands at second place in the biggest IPL chases vs MI.

Batsmen: Jos Buttler has tapered off this week, but he faces his former side at Wankhede and would want to make a big statement before he jets off to England for World Cup preparations. If Rohit comes back in the playing eleven, it will further strengthen Mumbai's batting line-up, which features some dependable names like Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Quinton de Kock and Ishan Kishan.

Englishman Jos Buttler laid the platform with a rampaging 89 while Shreyas Gopal held his nerve at the death to power Rajasthan Royals to a four-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League encounter here Saturday.

A 28-run hand from Ben Stokes and a 7-ball 19 from Shreyas Gopal helped Rajasthan post a 151-run total on the board, which was at least 15 runs below the par score.

Rajasthan Royal suffered a defeat against Chennai Super Kings in their last match. They will be up against Mumbai Indians, a side which has won the critical moments, a side which is riding a wave of momentum and hence, enter the match as overwhelming favourites.

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All-Rounder: It's a no-brainer keeping in mind the smashing all-round abilities of Hardik Pandya in mind, no individual will even dare to drop him from his/her fantasy XI.

The Royals were looking set to chase down the total easily before they lost Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Liam Livingstone and Steve Smith inside 4 runs to get reduced to 174 for 6 from 170 for 2.

Rohit, who was rested from the previous having sustained an injury during the training, made a superb comeback as he and de Kock provided MI a solid start.

In the absence of regular skipper Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard led Mumbai from the front and came up with two match-winning performances. With 6 fours and 4 sixes, de Kock was destructive at the start of the MI innings, being the dominant partner with Rohit Sharma at the other end as the duo took heavy toll on the RR bowlers. Chasing the ball in the penultimate over of a thrilling game, the 22-year-old tumbled badly outside the fence while preventing a boundary at long off, hurting his shoulder in the process.

Stokes and Archer picked 2 wickets each. However, the required runs were too less for the Mumbai team to garner two points.

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