Prior Experience of Wankhede Wicket Helped Me: Jos Buttler

In the last four matches both of them have linked up for scores—87 46 91 and 38 for an opening stand

In the last four matches both of them have linked up for scores—87 46 91 and 38 for an opening stand

Opener Jos Buttler's form for Rajasthan Royals might have been a trump card.

Having spent enough time playing at the Wankhede playing for Mumbai earlier, Buttler (94 off 53) brought all his experience to the fore and continued his brilliant run of form, single-handedly helping Rajasthan chase down a competitive target of 169 in only 18 overs. But he made most of his promotion since, cracking five fifties in as many games and that's a feat matched only by Virender Sehwag in the IPL history. Jofra's couple of wickets in that over changed the game actually. That lapse cost Royals 55 runs, as Lewis ended up being Mumbai's top scorer with 60 off 42 balls. "Someone has put his hand up and taken up the responsibility", Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma spoke with a hint of confidence after losing the toss against 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. While Suryakumar was dropped by K Gowtham on the first ball of the second over at Mumbaid-on, which was a hard catch, nine balls later, Lewis got a life when Stuart Binny failed to judge a high catch. Runs are also expected from Ishan Kishan and all-rounders Hardik Pandya and his brother Krunal. Every time the visitors needed a boundary, Buttler obliged and when he hit Bumrah for a six and a four, the equation came down to 37 from 30 balls.

For me, both Lewis (12/5) and Yadav (11/4) are too short in a congested list and Rohit Sharma looks better value at 7/2. The duo weaved a 95-run stand for the second wicket to shift the momentum in favour of the visitors.

As far as bowling is concerned Jofra Archer and K Gowtham have been good for the Rajasthan Royals and tonight at the Wankhede, they would the bowlers to watch out for.

It was hard to time the ball on the wicket and it required vast physical strength to clear the boundary ropes. He never really gave Mumbai a look-in in the game once he walked out with the bat, which he effectively used to club the ball around the park.

It was Jasprit Bumrah who bowled a ideal seam delivery to Short and Ishan Kishan took a solid catch to get MI their first wicket. The England batsman began with scores of 29, 23, 24, 22, 6 and 10 before turning a tide after being promoted to the opening slot. Today was another game that we didn't finish off well, after getting the start we got. Moreover, the Pandya brothers have been very good with both bat and ball, and they will be expected to deliver once again. But it's their Net Run Rate that makes them different from as MI have NRR of 0.53 while RR has of -0.48.

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