Jos Buttler Stars as Rajasthan Royals Clinch Seven-Wicket win

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Jos Buttler said he was revelling in his run of form after cracking a fifth consecutive half-century to equal Virender Sehwag's Indian Premier League record.

Ajinkya Rahane, Rajasthan Royals' captain, has been fined Rs 12 Lakh for maintaining slow over-rate during team's Sunday night game against Mumbai Indians.

MI had one win from their first six games, against a troubled Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Earlier, Mumbai openers Suryakumar Yadav (38) and Evin Lewis (60) made the most of the lives granted to them early in their innings by sloppy Rajasthan catching.

Mumbai Indians versus Rajasthan Royals.

As was the case with Mumbai, Rajasthan too slowed down as the ball got softer and the boundaries were hard to come by. Sanju Samson stepped in and added 26 from 14 balls to take RR to within touching distance of victory, he was dismissed on the 5 ball of the 18 over, just before Buttler sealed the win with a six off the next delivery. Paceman Dhawal Kulkarni got rid of Lewis while Kishan could not repeat the exploits he produced against Kolkata in the previous encounter and fell for 12.

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Ben Stokes played his part with the ball, but the first half of the match under the lights belonged to the brilliant Archer who ended with an analysis of two for 16 from four overs.

Archer's wickets of Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma off successive deliveries in the 11th over was perhaps the turning point of the match.

Mumbai's opponent, Rajasthan will also come with high confidence. having registered two back-to-back wins against Punjab and CSK, thanks to two fantastic knocks of 82 and 95 not out from English wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler. We didn't get a partnership in the earlier games but we knew that if we get one early on, it'll be easy to chase. His two wickets were the catalyst that brought RR back into the game. "I want the boys to stand up and do well in that", Rahane signed off by saying. Things seemed to be getting worse for Mumbai when allrounder Krunal Pandya departed with the side's score on 131 with only 3.1 overs to go.

At 7/4 this market is back as a strong play in IPL 2018, particularly in games like this where neither side can afford to lose.

Despite Ben Stokes' poor form in this years IPL, England team-mate Chris Woakes has backed the Durham all-rounder to come through his current bad spell, claiming he is a world class player, SA Cricket Mag report. His aim, perhaps, was to improve the net run-rate of Rajasthan Royals.

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