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Rajasthan Royals surge to fifth in table after win over MI

Rajasthan Royals surge to fifth in table after win over MI

RR registered their sixth win in 12 games to move one rung up to fifth in the 2018 IPL standings on Sunday. Rajasthan Royals cruised to a seven-wicket win against Mumbai Indians during a decisive Indian Premier League clash at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

RR beat MI to bring Rohit Sharma’s men one rung down to sixth.

Earlier in the day, second-placed CSK beat table-toppers SRH but the result didn’t affect the positions of either team. 

Chasing 180 to win, Rayudu (100* off 62 balls) and Shane Watson (57 off 35 balls) added 134 runs for the opening stand in 13.3 overs to kill it as CSK won their eighth game in 12 matches. It was SRH’s third defeat in 12 matches.  

Rayudu on Sunday played like a champion and totally destroyed the much-fancied SRH bowling. None of the SRH bowlers – with the exception of Rashid Khan – could contain Rayudu and Watson and only halfway through their defence, the visitors found themselves out the contest. 

Royals Chased 169 on a lively batting wicket and Buttler batted with a lot of responsibility. The Briton added 95 runs for the second wicket with captain Ajinkya Rahane (37 off 36) as he carried his bat to steer his side past the finish line.

While other batsmen struggled to time the ball, Buttler did it with remarkable ease as he punished the home bowlers with five sixes and nine fours in his entertaining 53-ball knock.