MI keep breathing; beat KXIP by 6 wickets

Monday, 07 May, 2018

Having put up 181-4 after being put in to bat first, the defending champions restricted the Knight Riders to 168-6 to stay alive in the competition. "There are not many games that Rohit doesn't finish when is batting till the 20th over", he said. It seems that the local team did bat well and also presented a handsome score in front of the guest team. Soon, he castled Jofra Archer with a beauty of a delivery which pitched on off and turned back on sharply as the batsman could only stand in disbelief.it was a sensational spell and he returned with the magical figures of 3/27. Kolkata slipped to fourth with 10 points after winning five of 10 games. In the blue corner, Rajasthan brought medium pacer Anureet Singh for the expensive Dhawal Kulkarni. With just six points in their kitty, Rajasthan are in a must-win situation with the league just about past the midway point. That was the only six of the Royals innings. But his was an innings of two very distinct halves. Axar came next and gave just 3 runs from it. R Ashwin was back on attack, Samson hit a six on the third ball and then a boundary on the fifth ball. Mujeeb then sent back Archer and Buttler, before accounting for the wicket of Ben Stokes off a brilliant team-effort of a catch by Mayank Agarwal and Manoj Tiwary at long-off boundary. Well as luck would have it baring Shreyas Gopal 24 (16) none of the rest could stick to the crease.

However, Jofra Archer has impressed a bit with his economical bowling and has got seven wickets from three games. Rajasthan Royals on the other hand, remained at the bottom position. At one point in time, DD nearly sprung back into the game but Yusuf Pathan's cameo and Kane Williamson's innings made an impact and SRH chased 163 with an ease.

KL Rahul scored 84 runs against Rajasthan Royals. The cutter was deployed into action and Stoinis's outside edge was taken, but sadly for the Royals, the nick evaded Jos Buttler's outstretched arms. He was dismissed in the following over when he miscued a knuckle ball from Stoinis and the skier was pouched by KL Rahul. Buttler and Sanju Samson tried to rebuild but the latter fell after a 49-run stand. The on-field umpires, after a long discussion, referred the decision to the TV umpire, after declaring their "soft signal" to be not-out. He was on 41 off 38 then.

Royals' play-off push has been severely dented by three straight defeats but promoting Buttler into the opening berth has looked a positive move in the last two games, with the 27-year-old striking seven fours against Kings XI - three off Ankit Rajpoot in the second over - en route to a 37-ball fifty.

In one of the Rajasthan Royals' videos which is making rounds on social media, Ben Stokes explains what focus is.