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IPL 2018: 5 takeaways from Rajasthan Royals’ win over Mumbai Indians


TOPSHOT - Mumbai Indians cricketer Hardik Pandya (L) looks on as Rajasthan Royals cricketer Jos Buttler jumps in air to celebrate after scoring the winning run during the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on May 13, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / INDRANIL MUKHERJEE

Rajasthan Royals on Sunday defeated defending champions Mumbai Indians by seven wickets and kept their hopes alive for a playoff spot. Royals were once again led by superlative Jos Buttler and it was the fifth consecutive half-century by the Englishman.

5 takeaways from Royals’ Royal win:

1. Yadav-Lewis taking on Rajasthan bowlers: Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis once again had a productive partnership and added 87 runs for the first wicket inside 11 overs. Both the batsmen batted with strategy and picked their bowlers and took the attack to the opposition. Mumbai got off to a quick start and were looking for a big score.

2.Mumbai losing momentum: After the good opening partnership, Mumbai Indians lost their way and lost wickets in heaps amid good bowling by Rajasthan. MI lost Lewis, Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan in quick succession and despite the late fireworks from Hardik Pandya, the team lost momentum and had to settle for a below par score.

3.RR bowlers complimenting each other: As the tournament has progressed and with the inclusion of Jofra Archer, the bowling has looked quite good and on Sunday, Royals bowlers once again proved their worth and Ben Stokes and Archer picked up two wickets each to restrict Mumbai Indians for a manageable score.

4.Jos Buttler’s purple patch: Jos Buttler is enjoying a terrific second half of the tournament and again on Sunday scored his fifth consecutive half-century (94 not out off 53 balls). Buttler again batted with precision and took his time settling in and then attacked bowlers as the match went on. Buttler’s purple patch has put Royals in a very good position and now their campaign is looking very solid at the business end of the tournament.

5.Are Mumbai Indians out of the tournament?: Defending champions Mumbai Indians lost yet another match and are on the brink of getting eliminated from the IPL. MI in this season have looked way below par and even if they win their last two matches, they could still miss out and will have to rely on mathematical probabilities and other results going in their favour.