RR's Jos Buttler equals Virender Sehwag's record for most consecutive IPL fifties

Tanya Simon
May 14, 2018

Mumbai: Rajasthan Royals captain Ajinkya Rahane has been fined Rs 12 lakh after his team maintained slow-over rate during their Indian Premier League match against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium.

The good thing for Rajasthan Royals was that they won the contest and kept their hopes alive of making it to the next round of the tournament. With a win over Mumbai Indians, one-time champions sit at fifth place on the points table.

RR's Jos Buttler equalled Virender's Sehwag record for most consecutive fifties when he reached his fifth half-century in a row against MI on Sunday.

Despite losing D Arcy Short early Royals looked comfortable in the chase.

Earlier, asked to bat first, Mumbai were off to steady start with Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav coming up with an opening partnership of 87 runs off 64 balls.

The right-hander - who has been one of the major catalysts in Mumbai's turnaround since his promotion up the order - had made an unbeaten 95 from 60 deliveries in his side's four-wicket triumph over the Super Kings.

Jofra Archer who now has 13 wickets to his name from just seven games is our pick for "Bowler of the Match".

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Lady Louise is already an accomplished horsewoman and has previously competed in carriage driving at the event. Princess Michael was sure to capture plenty of memories from the day and snapped away using her mobile phone.

Two consecutive fiery bouncers first denied Yadav (38) a fifty and then saw Rohit Sharma depart for a golden duck.

Visiting captain Ajinkya Rahane signified the importance of starting well during the power play and watching his side commit silly mistakes, particularly, at this stage, would only rub more salt in his wounds.

That followed knocks of 67 off 26 balls, 51 (off 39) and 82 (off 58) and means Buttler has amassed 509 runs in 12 games in 2018 at an average of 56.55 and a strike-rate of 153.77.

Lewis hit four boundaries and sixes in his knock.

Hardik Pandy took two wickets for Mumbai but was very expensive, conceding 52 runs in his four overs. However, Hardik Pandya helped the hosts to a competitive total with a late charge, scoring 36 runs off 21 balls before holing out to Stokes in the penultimate ball of the innings.

Jofra Archer was the best bowler for RR in this match with his bowling figures of 4-0-16-2.

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