Rajasthan Royals' Jofra Archer, bought at a whopping Rs 7.2 crore at the auction, contributed in big way in the crucial fixture against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday. However, they need to continue to register wins if they are to make the playoffs and the same holds true for their opponents Rajasthan Royals, who are at 6th place with the same number of wins as MI.
And at the Wankhede, team winning toss could be eager to chase as the pitch tends to get better through the game. Form-wise they will be concerned about the lack of runs from Evin Lewis but Suryakumar Yadav has been brilliant at the top of the order. However, Jos Buttler and Ajinkya Rahane steadied the RR run chase by stringing together a 95-run partnership for the third wicket. Sanju Samson, Stuart Binny and Rahul Tripathi also have to support Butler.
Mumbai looked to be cruising to a big total as they reached 86/0 in just 10 overs.
A desperate Rahane brought back Archer and he not only provided the Royals the breakthrough by getting rid of Suryakumar but dealt a massive blow to the hosts by dismissing rival captain in the next ball.
Hardik Pandy took two wickets for Mumbai but was very expensive, conceding 52 runs in his four overs.
While Samson perished with the finishing line in sight, Buttler completed the job in style, ending the same Pandya over with another maximum to leave the India all-rounder finished with expensive final figures of 2-52. Rahane who was rightly troubled by the partnership made a decision to use his trump card and sent in Archer to bowl the 11over. D' Arcy Short has come in for Ish Sodhi, whereas Shreyas Gopal and Dhawal Kulkarni have also been named in the playing XI.
The match is scheduled to start at 8 PM IST on Sunday, May 13th. The heat may test players from both camps, but this is a night game. He bowled 14 dot balls and terrorized the batsmen with his lightening fast Yorkers and short balls.
RR's season, though, has not gone the way they wanted. After Archer's imposing display with the ball, Jos Buttler (94* off 53 balls) got into the thick of action and delivered a seven-wicket victory to keep RR alive in the play-offs race.