Rajasthan Royals all-round performance with the bat and ball has helped them to defeat Mumbai Indians by 23 runs and win two games on trot in IPL 2022. MI winning the toss as expected opted to field first but post that Rajasthan dominated the game in most parts of 1st innings as Jos Buttler smashed a thumping century while Shimron Hetmyer’s quickfire 35 from 14 balls lifted RR’s total to 193/8. Skipper Sanju Samson’s 82-run partnership with Jos Buttler also played a crucial role to keep the scoreboard ticking without any hiccup regularly. Among bowlers, only Bumrah looked impressive for MI against this Royals side as he ended up with bowling figure of 3/17 while rest of them like Pollard, Murugan Ashwin and Basil Thampi were too expensive.
Mumbai were looking pretty comfortable to chase this total while Ishan Kishan and Tilak Varma had a smooth sailing 81-run partnership for 3rd wicket but unfortunately things took a U-turn for Mumbai post Ishan Kishan’s wicket as MI were reduced from 121/2 to 136/6 in a span of just 15 balls. Yuzvendra Chahal looked dangerous with the ball and almost took a hat-trick for his side, while Kieron Pollard failed to connect any of the deliveries properly with the bat in death overs and thus Mumbai ended up losing their 2nd game of the season despite incredible performances from Bumrah, Ishan Kishan and Tilak Varma. Chahal and Prasidh Krishna took two wickets with the ball for RR while others like Boult, Ashwin and Prasidh Krishna had a wicket each for their quota.
Numbers and stats from MI vs RR game:
4 – Jos Buttler became 4th batsman to smash two centuries for RR in IPL history after Shane Watson, Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson.
5 – Ishan Kishan has smashed five fifty-plus scores in his last 5 innings as opener in IPL.
Ishan Kishan’s last five innings scores in IPL as opener:
54(43) vs RR in DY Patil Stadium, 2022
81*(48) vs DC in Brabourne Stadium, 2022
84(32) vs SRH in Abu Dhabi, 2021
50*(25) vs RR in Sharjah, 2021
72*(47) vs DC in Dubai, 2020
6 – Since 2018, RR have defeated MI for the 6th time in IPL out of the 9 meetings.
7 – Jos Buttler became 7th player to smash century against MI in IPL overall and 3rd player from RR to do so after Yusuf Pathan (2010) and Ben Stokes (2020).
10 – Ishan Kishan smashed his 10th fifty-plus score for MI.
Most fifty-plus scores for MI in IPL since 2018:
Suryakumar Yadav – 12
Quinton de Kock / Ishan Kishan – 10
Rohit Sharma – 8
26 – Jos Buttler smashed 26 runs off the over bowled by Basil Thampi.
Most runs smashed by a batsman in an over bowled by MI bowler:
Jos Buttler – 28 runs vs Alzarri Joseph, 2019
Glenn Maxwell – 27 runs vs Glenn McClenaghan, 2017
Pat Cummins – 26 runs vs Jasprit Bumrah, 2020
Jos Buttler – 26 runs vs Basil Thampi, 2022
17 – Jasprit Bumrah has taken most wickets (17) as a pacer against RR in IPL.
66 – Jos Buttler took 66 balls to register his century in IPL.
Slowest century in IPL history:
Manish Pandey – 67 balls vs Deccan Chargers, 2009
David Warner – 66 balls vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 2010
Sachin Tendulkar – 66 balls vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala, 2011
Jos Buttler – 66 balls vs Mumbai Indians, 2022
Kevin Pietersen – 64 balls vs Deccan Chargers, 2012