IPL 2022, Match 44 RR vs MI, Stats Review: Jos Buttler’s record, Rohit Sharma’s second-longest streak without a fifty, and other stats
After eight consecutive losses, Mumbai Indians finally opened their account with a win over the in-form Rajasthan Royals side thanks to half-century from Suryakumar Yada
Mumbai Indians (MI) finally ended their wait for a victory this campaign as they defeated the high-flying Rajasthan Royals (RR) side by five wickets in Match 44 of IPL 2022 at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. Suryakumar Yadav was the star for MI in their run-chase of 159 as he scored 51 runs off just 39 deliveries with five fours and two sixes. With the ball, Riley Meredith was the pick of the bowlers for the five-time champions with the Australian bowling a spell of 2/24 in four overs.
Speaking about how the encounter panned out, skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to field first. They made two changes with Tim David and Kumar Kartikeya coming into the team for Dewald Brevis and Jaydev Unadkat respectively. RR went into the game with the same playing XI from the last match. Jos Buttler continued his love affair with MI as the England international, who is in red-hot form this season, smashed 67 runs off 52 deliveries with five fours and four maximums.
Devdutt Padikkal’s poor form extended as he scored just 15 runs. Captain Sanju Samson got dismissed for 16 runs while big-hitter Shimron Hetmyer struggled for his unbeaten innings of six runs off 14 balls. R Ashwin’s nine-ball 21 runs cameo took RR to a total of 158/6 in their allotted 20 overs.
Chasing 159 for their first victory of the season, skipper Rohit got out for just two runs on his 35th birthday. The leader of the side, Rohit has now gone 17 IPL innings without a fifty to his name. Ishan Kishan looked like getting back into some form as the left-handed wicketkeeper batter scored 26 off 18 deliveries which included four fours and a six. But it was Suryakumar Yadav who slammed a fifty and made sure that MI was on course for a win.
Tilak Varma amassed 35 runs while power-hitter Tim David remained not out on 20 off nine deliveries to seal the deal for MI. RR with 12 points remain in the second spot while MI finally opened their account but are still at rock bottom in the table. For his match-winning half-century that helped his side in winning their first match of the campaign, Suryakumar Yadav grabbed the Player-of-the-Match award.
Meanwhile, here are some of the important stats and numbers from Match 44 between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League 2022:
566 – Jos Buttler has now scored the most runs (566) for RR in an IPL season. He surpassed Ajinkya Rahane’s tally of 560 runs which he scored in the year 2012.
100 – Kieron Pollard reached the landmark of 100 catches in the IPL. He became just the second fielder after Suresh Raina (109) to achieve the feat.
17 – Rohit Sharma has now gone 17 IPL innings without a half-century. It is his second-longest sequence as he also went 22 innings without a fifty in 2009-10.
2023 – Suryakumar Yadav completed 2000 runs for MI in the league.
467 – Buttler has now amassed 467 runs in seven innings at an average of 77.83 against MI in the league.
2534 – Buttler also reached 2500 runs in the tournament.
3 – Suryakumar has now scored the third-most 50-plus scores (15) for MI in the IPL. He went past Sachin Tendulkar and Ambati Rayudu’s tally of 14 such scores.
2 – Buttler is now tied with Chris Gayle in 2011, David Warner in 2019, and KL Rahul in 2020 on the second spot in the list of fastest batters to score 500 runs in a season. Buttler along with the other three achieved the feat in nine innings while Virat Kohli tops the chart who scored 500 runs in eight innings in 2016.
66 – Suryakumar took 66 innings to reach the landmark of 2000 IPL runs for MI. He is second behind Tendulkar who had taken 63 innings to achieve the feat.
17.22 – Rohit has amassed 155 runs in nine innings at an average of just 17.22 this IPL season.
2007 – Buttler completed the landmark of 2000 runs for RR in the IPL.
200 – Sanju Samson appeared in his 200th T20 innings.
100 – Buttler reached the milestone of 100 sixes for RR in the tournament.
4525 – Suryakumar completed 4500 runs in the T20 matches.
6 – Rohit has been dismissed six out of the nine times in the powerplay this IPL campaign.