IPL 2018, Match 47, MI vs RR – Rajasthan Royals Player Ratings
Rajasthan Royals beat Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets.
Updated - May 13, 2018 11:49 pm
The Rajasthan Royals crushed the Mumbai Indians by 9 wickets in a must win game in Mumbai. Coming in to the game, both sides needed the win desperately to stay alive in the contest. The hosts missed the trick by not posting a formidable total on the board and could only muster 168 in their 20 overs. The run chase could have been tricky but the form of Jos Buttler was too hot to handle for the Mumbai Indians.
Jos Buttler scored his fifth consecutive fifty in the season and anchored the run chase for the Rajasthan Royals. He remained unbeaten on 94 to ensure that his side cruised with ease in the modest run chase. En route the chase, he found able support from the RR skipper Ajinkya Rahane and the middle-order batsman Sanju Samson. The MI bowlers looked hapless against Buttler as Royals registered a 7 wicket win.
Earlier in the game, the Mumbai Indians were asked to bat first. They had got off to a flying start with their openers, Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav, adding 87 runs for the first wicket. But twin strike from Jofra Archer in the 11th over put the brakes on the innings. Some late hitting from Hardik Pandya helped the Mumbai Indians post a decent 168 runs on the board.
Here are the Rajasthan Royals player ratings for the match:
Jos Buttler – 9.5/10
Jos Buttler was the star of the show for the Rajasthan Royals yet again. The English cricketer has been in an unbelievable form. He scored his fifth consecutive fifty in the tournament and equalled the record for the most consecutive fifties in IPL history (joining Virender Sehwag’s feat in 2012). Buttler remained unbeaten on 94 off 53 balls with 9 fours and 5 sixes to ensure that his side was over the line in the game.
D Arcy Short – 1/10
Hard hitting Australian batsman D Arcy Short got yet another opportunity to prove his mettle in the IPL. He came in to the side at the expense of Ish Sodhi in the game. But the Aussie cricketer failed to deliver yet again. He perished cheaply in the early overs and could not get in to the double digits yet again.
Ajinkya Rahane – 6/10
The Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane deserves a lot of credit for having shuffled his bowlers exceptionally well in the game. Later, with the willow in hand, he played the ideal second fiddle to Jos Buttler in the run chase. He stitched a 95 run stand with Buttler for the second wicket. Rahane scored 37 off 36 deliveries with four boundaries to his name.
Sanju Samson – 7/10
Sanju Samson had largely been out of form in the last few games for his side. However, in this particular game, he showed glimpses of good form yet again. Samson scored a quick 26 off just 14 balls with 2 fours and 2 sixes to his name.
Ben Stokes – 7.5/10
All-rounder Ben Stokes finally came good for his side after a long wait. He did not get a chance to face a delivery in the game. But with the ball in hand, Stokes had a decent time on the field. In the four overs that he bowled, he gave away 26 runs. He took the wickets of Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya in the match.
Stuart Binny – Not Assigned
Stuart Binny did not have a major role to play in the game. He did not get a chance to bat in the match. Also, earlier in the game, he was not tested with the ball either.
Jofra Archer – 9/10
Jofra Archer was the pick of the bowlers for the Rajasthan Royals in the match. The overseas recruit was at his best in the game. He bowled his complete quota of four overs and returned with figures of 2/16. He took the two key wickets of Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma on successive deliveries in the 11th over of the game.
K Gowtham – 2/10
K Gowtham has been a revelation for the Rajasthan Royals this season. Gowtham did not get his chance to show his skills with the bat. Also, with the ball, he only got two overs to bowl. In the two overs that he bowled, he gave away 23 runs with no wickets to his name.
Shreyas Gopal – 2/10
With no Ish Sodhi in the lineup, the onus was on Shreyas Gopal to play the role of the spinner in the side. Gopal did not get his complete quota of four overs to bowl in the match. He bowled just 2 overs and ended up conceding 21 runs. He failed to take any wickets on the day.
Jaydev Unadkat – 3/10
Despite not being at his best in the season, Jaydev Unadkat retained his place in the side for the match. Unadkat looked out of touch yet again as he conceded 37 runs in his quota of four overs. Much to his relief, he managed to dismiss Krunal Pandya in the final overs of the innings.
Dhawal Kulkarni – 3/10
Dhawal Kulkarni made a comeback in the side for the game. Considering the fact that he has played all his cricket in Mumbai, he was expected to know the track well. The outing for the Mumbai lad was not very pleasing though. He leaked 43 runs in the four overs that he bowled. He, however, took the big wicket of Evin Lewis in the game.