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IPL 2022 MI vs RR: Jos Buttler’s century seals victory for RR

With this victory, RR becomes the only team to win their first two matches, and they did so by defending on both occasions.

In the Indian Premier League (IPL) match number nine, Rajasthan Royals (RR) defeated Mumbai Indians (MI) by 23 runs at the D.Y. Patil Stadium.

Rohit Sharma won the toss and followed the trend of bowling first. Although losing two wickets of Yashasvi Jaiswal and Devdutt Padikkal in the powerplay, RR got a decent start to their innings, thanks to Jos Buttler (100) who went bizarre against Basil Thampi in the fourth over. The centurion smashed 26 runs to change the whole complexion of the powerplay. The right-handed batsman hit 11 boundaries and five sixes during his knock. Buttler, along with Sanju Samson (30) had a strong partnership of 82 runs but the latter got out in the 15th over. Towards the end of the innings, Shimron Hetmyer smashed a quickfire 35 off 14 deliveries to take Rajasthan Royals to a strong total of 193/8.

Chasing the total, Ishan Kishan (54) scored a half-century along with youngster Tilak Verma also hammered 61 off 33. These contributions weren’t enough as Mumbai only managed to get to 170/8. Pollard in the end tried to bat throughout the inning in hope that he takes Mumbai as much close as possible.

Yuzvendra Chahal once again bowled magnificently as he picked up two wickets for 26 runs from his four overs. Ashwin also took an important wicket of Tilak Verma to bring RR back into the game. For MI, Jasprit Bumrah and Tymal Mills had three scalps each. Pollard also managed to grab one wicket.

Jos Buttler was named Man of the Match for his match-winning century, which also happens to be the first one of the IPL 2022. With this victory, RR becomes the only team to win their first two matches, and they did so by defending on both occasions.

Scorecard:

Rajasthan Royals: 193/8, Overs 20, Jos Buttler 100, Jasprit Bumrah 3/17

Mumbai Indians: 170/8, Overs 20, Tilak Verma 61, Yuzvendra Chahal 3/26

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