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IPL 2018: Twitter Reacts as Red-Hot Jos Buttler Fires Royals to Thumping Win Over Mumbai

Jos Buttler
Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Jos Buttler came back to haunt his former team Mumbai Indians (MI), scoring unbeaten 94 not out as Rajasthan Royals (RR) all but ended the defending champions’ playoffs hope with a seven-wicket win at the iconic Wankhede Stadium on Sunday (May 13) night.

Chasing a modest target of 169, the Royals made a shaky start, losing D’Arcy Short in the very first over. However, Buttler and Ajinkya Rahane did not let the hosts make further inroads in the game.

The duo not only steadied the ship but also laid the foundation for a comfortable chase.

At the end of the powerplay, the score was 51 for one with both the batsmen looking at ease. They continued to make merry as Royals raced away to 83 for one at the halfway stage.

Buttler soon completed his fifty off 35 balls. It was his fifth consecutive fifty in the competition. Hardik Pandya finally broke the stand when he dismissed Rahane for 37,

The equation was finally down to a gettable 37 off the last five overs. Sanju Samson then played a quickfire knock off 26 to all but seal the game. He departed when the Royals needed just four runs and Buttler remained till the end to take his team home.

The wicketkeeper-batsman Buttler remained unbeaten on 94 off 53 balls.

Earlier in the game, fifty from Evin Lewis helped Mumbai Indians post a respectable 168 for six in the allotted 20 overs. Sent in to bat first, the hosts were off to a brilliant start in the do-or-die game.

In-form Suryakumar Yadav and Lewis added 87 runs for the first. However, the game turned on its head once Suryakumar was sent back by Jofra Archer.

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Moreover, the opening batsman Suryakumar scored 38 off 31 balls with the help of 7 fours. On the very next delivery, Archer accounted for Rohit Sharma for a duck to peg Mumbai back.

A little later, Lewis departed too, falling to local boy Dhawal Kulkarni. The southpaw scored 60 off42 balls with the help of four fours and as many sixes.

From thereon, Mumbai kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. They managed to put up a challenging total thanks to Hardik Pandya’s 36-run knock.

Also, here is how Twitter reacted to the game as Jos Buttler played remarkable innings;

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