Rajasthan Royals defeated Mumbai Indians by 23 runs in a high-scoring IPL 2022 match at the Dr. DY Patil Academy in Mumbai. Jos Buttler had put on a great display of power-hitting combined with subtlety, and the bowlers chipping away with wickets at regular intervals.
The Jos Buttler show
Jos Buttler batted with controlled aggressiveness to score his second IPL century, giving RR’s bowlers a total of 193 runs. In the fourth over, he started his bat with a flurry of strokes against Basil Thampi. The misfiring Thampi bowled too straight to Buttler. Jos Buttler has a bottom-hand dominant grip, generally targeting the straighter boundaries, notably the long-on zone. The 26-run overlaid the groundwork for the rest of RR’s innings. The ambitious batter continued to play with a royal flourish after losing Yashasvi Jaiswal and Devdutt Padikkal.
Jos Buttler displayed exquisite touch by collecting two boundaries through the third man region in the eighth over. He also achieved his fifty with the second boundary. He also found an able ally in Sanju Samson, with whom he contributed 82 for the third wicket. They had put RR in a position where they might use a turbo-charger to accelerate.
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The support from Hetmyer to Jos Buttler
Shimron Hetmyer stood as great support behind Jos Buttler in the pursuit of his century. With a game-breaking 14-ball 35, Shimron Hetmyer put the finishing touches on RR’s innings. Pollard, who had taken the crucial wicket of Samson, was allowed to finish his quota of overs. That didn’t go well for MI as the over cost 26 runs. Hetmyer, on the other hand, took advantage of some sloppy bowling to slam two fours and two sixes.
Tymal Mills was then blasted for a six and a boundary by the southpaw. He also showed some elegance in that over, guiding the left-arm bowler through a backward point.
Jasprit Bumrah took the important wickets of Hetmyer and Buttler as MI looked for a spark of inspiration. The yorker to Jos Buttler would most likely be the highlight moment of the day. However, for Mumbai, it was not the day and they did not prove it to be enough.
MI’s approach towards the chase.
MI go a bad start as Rohit sliced a pass to Riyan Parag, who pouched a brilliant catch. Ishan Kishan hit a flurry of boundaries off the erring Navdeep Saini at that point to get things back on track to some extent. Navdeep, on the other hand, did take out Anmolpreet Singh in that over.
Tilak Varma joined Ishan Kishan in the middle with the score at 40/2, raising hopes of a MI comeback. To keep the scoreboard ticking over, Tilak scored vital punches against the pace-spin pair of Navdeep and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Just when the duo appeared to be putting pressure on RR, Navdeep made up for his poor bowling by grabbing a stunning low catch that resulted in Kishan’s dismissal. Even though Tilak continued to play fearlessly and completed his fifty, he was quickly dismissed by Ravi Ashwin. Chahal then effectively ended MI’s chances by removing Tim David and Daniel Sams from the team.
In the slog overs, Pollard made a couple of big smashes, but he had too much to do, and RR won for the second time in a row. The fact that the game was played during the day aided the team in protecting the objective because there was no dew.
Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals 193/8 in 20 overs (Jos Buttler 100; Jasprit Bumrah 3-17) beat Mumbai Indians 170/8 in 20 overs (Tilak Varma 61; Yuzvendra Chahal 2-26) by 23 runs.