Another Buttler special gives RR comfortable win

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RR won the toss and elected to bowl, and MI took to the crease.

When the Rajasthan Royals took their turn at the willow, they chased down the target alright!

It was a superlative collective effort that spurred Rajasthan Royals to the victory but some individuals shone brighter than the rest. They had earlier thrashed Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets on Sunday. It was also Rajasthan's first win at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in five attempts since 2012.

Chasing 168, RR got off to a worrying start, losing D'Arcy Short in the very first over. Both teams were in desperate need of victory to keep themselves afloat in the tournament.

Rohit Sharma (MI captain): On a pitch like that we should have got 15-20 runs more.

It was hard to time the ball on the wicket and it required enormous physical strength to clear the boundary ropes.

However, Ajinkya Rahane then joined Jos Buttler in the middle and began producing some delightful strokeplay. Buttler carried his bat through and during his stay smashed nine fours and five sixes.

Buttler came into the match on the back of scores of 67 (vs DD), 51 (vs KXIP), 82 (vs KXIP), and 95* (vs CSK) and picked up where he had left off against Chennai. Ajinkya Rahane knows he will have to provide his team with a solid start in the company of Jos Buttler, who is coming off a good innings. His quick-fire knock included four boundaries and as many sixes. Decent contributions from the top six batsmen, and especially from Ishan Kishan (62 from 21 balls), helped Mumbai get 210 runs on board against Kolkata Knight Riders.

Mumbai Indians' Mitchell McClenaghan and Krunal Pandya celebrate fall of a wicket. Mumbai couldn't defend their title in 2014 but the heist and the turnaround story easily made it as one of the top first-decade highlights of IPL.

Apart from Lewis and Hardik, Suryakumar Yadav's 38 off 31 deliveries up top provided MI with the flawless start. Although the opening duo gave the hosts a strong platform for a big total, the rest of the Mumbai batsmen failed to capitalise.

It worked wonders. Hardik Pandya likes to swing hard at anything pitched close to him, but Archer made sure he was either fast and tight outside off stump, or much slower and short of a good length. But it's their Net Run Rate that makes them different from as MI have NRR of 0.53 while RR has of -0.48.

Rajasthan's bowling display was led by Jofra Archer with figures of 2-16 in four overs while Ben Stokes was not far behind with 2-26 in his four overs.