Riding on Jos Buttler’s fifth consecutive fifty, Rajasthan Royals beat Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets to keep their playoff hopes alive. Asked to bat first, Mumbai Indians were off to a good start. Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis added 87 runs for the first wicket before the former departed after scoring 38. His dismissal pretty much derailed Mumbai’s innings as they kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. They eventually finished on 168 for 6 with Lewis (60) top-scoring.
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In reply, the Royals chased down the total with two overs remaining. Jos Buttler once again starred with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 92 to take his team home with ease.
With the game now all done and dusted, here is a look at some interesting numbers:
1. Rohit Sharma now has ten ducks in IPL while playing for Mumbai Indians. Only Harbhajan Singh (13) has more ducks for Mumbai than the current skipper. Rohit has been dismissed for three golden ducks this season.
2. Rohit now has 12 ducks in the IPL. Only Harbhajan Singh (13) has got more ducks in the IPL than Rohit. Piyush Chawla, Manish Pandey, Parthiv Patel and Gautam Gambhir are the other three players with 12 ducks each in the IPL.
3. This was Rajasthan Royals’ second win against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium. Their last win at this venue came way back in 2011 after which they lost four consecutive games.
4. Buttler became the second player after Virender Sehwag to score five consecutive fifties in the IPL. Sehwag had achieved the feat in 2012. The wicketkeeper-batsman also became the fourth player after Sehwag, Hamilton Masakadza and Kamran Akmal to score five consecutive 50+ scores in the Twenty20 format.
5. Suryakumar Yadav has taken his run-tally to 473 this season. As a result, he now holds the record for scoring the most number of runs as an Indian uncapped player in an IPL season. He went past Paul Valthaty’s tally of 463 runs that he scored for Kings XI Punjab in 2011.
6. Buttler‘s tally of 509 runs in this tournament is the highest by a wicketkeeper from England in a Twenty20 tournament. Craig Kieswetter scored 497 runs in the ten innings of the Natwest T20 Blast 2014. Buttler’s tally is also the highest for an overseas wicketkeeper in an IPL edition surpassing Adam Gilchrist’s 495 runs that he scored in the 2009 edition for Deccan Chargers.