IPL 2018: 5 takeaways from Rajasthan Royals' win over Mumbai Indians

MI and Rajasthan Royals will be hoping to move a step closer to play-off berth with a win

"But when you start playing for any tournament. we don't think we will have to lose games and win in the latter half". We have performed collectively as a unit. Mumbai Indians head back to the dressing room with shoulders down.

Unfortunately, on a night where the hosts needed a win in a do-or-die encounter to keep their playoff hopes alive, Jos Buttler left his former team's qualification hopes in tatters with a sizzling knock of 94 at the Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday.

Buttler came into the match at the back of a 95 not out against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and although he missed another century, it was yet another match-winning innings from the Englishman. They need to win their next two games as well.

Despite losing D Arcy Short early Royals looked comfortable in the chase. But I'm going with my gut here and backing Rajasthan to win this match at [2.38] - it's a price play on a side rapidly growing in stature.

The stand was broken after Rahane failed to clear Suryakumar at mid-off boundary off a ball from Hardik Pandya in the first delivery of the 14th over, with Rajasthan's score at 104.

Buttler (415 runs), Sanju Samson (353 runs) have been the top two batsmen for them and expectations will be high on them. Opting to field, Ajinkya Rahane nearly rued his decision when MI openers took the score to 86 for no loss after 10 overs. Suryakumar then hit Kulkarni for a couple of fours in his second over and Lewis followed suit as Mumbai ended the Power Play at 51 without loss.

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Mumbai are no strangers to these kinds of situations, as they have made it a habit of coming from behind in previous IPLs.

Archer made life miserable for Evin Lewis, a man with the reputation of being a big-hitter. During the death overs, Jofra Archer missed a sitter at point as Jaydev Unadkat deceived Ben Cutting with a slower delivery.

In the bowling department, Royals have had mixed fortunes although the inclusion of Jofra Archer has lent some balance to the attack. Suryakumar pulled one down the throat of Unadkat at fine-leg for a 31-ball 38 and Rohit Sharma was dismissed in the exact same manner the very next ball, for his third golden duck this season.

Lewis, who was earlier dropped on five by Stuart Binny, tried to smash Dhawal Kulkarni out of the park and he got the elevation - plenty of it too - but not the distance.

Buttler's unbeaten 94 helped Rajasthan defeat defending champions Mumbai Indians with two overs to spare keeping them firmly in contention of reaching the Play-offs.

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