Mitchell McClenaghan admits that Mumbai Indians were outplayed by Jos Butler

Mitchell McClenaghan admits that Mumbai Indians were outplayed by Jos Butler

Butler registered his fifth consecutive fifty of the season and looks to be in the form of his life

Krunal Pandya
Mumbai Indians’ Mitchell McClenaghan and Krunal Pandya celebrate fall of a wicket. (Photo by Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

The Mumbai Indians are known to be late bloomers. The men in blue usually take time to build up the winning momentum and get in the groove in the month of may. They started IPL 2018 with a couple of last over losses and didn’t quite recover well from that. On the other hand, the Rajasthan Royals are one step better than Mumbai Indians as they have the opportunity to finish on 16 points and make it to the playoffs.

The Mumbai Indians faced the Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede and it was a do or die game for both the teams as they were equal on points. Jos Butler was heading into the game with four consecutive fifties for Royals and the Mumbai Indians knew that they have to keep him quiet to win the game. However, Butler played a defining knock again to register his fifty consecutive fifty and take his team over the line.

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Mumbai Indians bowler Mitchell McClenaghan admitted on Twitter that his team were outplayed by Jos Butler. He tweeted: “Outplayed tonight by @josbuttler – hard to stop a serious player when they are in that vein of form! Need to go 2 from 2 now but we are still in the hunt!” With this loss, the Mumbai Indians not only have to win both their remaining games but also have to depend on other teams.

Ajinkya Rahane will be mighty pleased with his team who have taken another big step towards the playoffs. The win against Mumbai Indians was massive and crucial. They need to carry on the form and play some good cricket on the field.

The tournament is in a stage where teams cannot afford to make mistakes. One bad game can eliminate the team and seal their fortunes. RR will be hoping that Jos Butler keeps firing at the top and setting up the platform for others to follow.

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