MI vs RR: Rajasthan Royals beat Mumbai Indians to stay in contention

MI vs RR: Rajasthan Royals beat Mumbai Indians to stay in contention

The result also meant Chennai Super Kings became the second team to confirm a spot in the playoffs. With 12 points, Royals leapfrogged Mumbai to the fifth in the Indian Premier League standings. The right-hands-batsman strikes two FOURs in the over adding further much-needed runs in Mumbai's kitty.

In their last game, Rajasthan Royals came from behind to steal an improbable run chase at their home ground in Jaipur, but their fortunes have slipped since then, having won just four out of their 10 games.

But skipper Ajinkya Rahane will expect his team to get their act together and aim for consistency as several must-win games have been lined up for them.

Buttler hit a six over long-on off Mayank Markande to guide Royals to 83/1 at the halfway mark.

Hardik removed Rahane (37 off 36 balls) in the next over to break the 95-run stand. Meanwhile, Buttler reached his fifth consecutive fifty - and equalled the record for scoring most consecutive IPL fifties with Virender Sehwag who had achieved the feat back in 2012.

The Mumbai Indians opening batsman has been in cracking form for his franchise, figuring in the leading run-getters list in IPL 2018. Mumbai at 34/0 after 4 overs 8:14pm: Stuart Binny misses Erin Lewis' catch; MI at 25/0 after 3 overs To what looked like one of the tallest shot was missed by RR's Stuart Binny. That knock was studded with seven sixes and four fours. Ben Stokes also had a good day with the ball and finished with 2/26 in four overs. Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes shared the spoils as Mumbai finished with a sub-par 168 for 6 that put no real pressure on Royals during the chase.

The fluffed chances allowed Mumbai to come out of Power-play overs unscathed and with 51 runs on the board.

Batting on 23 off 17 balls, including two boundaries that he picked up in the sixth over, Lewis slammed Shreyas Gopal for two consecutive sixes in the ninth over - first sweeping one over fine leg before stepping out and dislodging the ball over long on.

The young wicketkeeper-batsman was at his brutal best against Kolkata Knight Riders in their previous game, where he smashed 62 off just 21 balls as it set up a massive 102-run victory.

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