Cricket / rohit sharma
Buttler special wins it for Rajasthan Royals against Mumbai Indians.
The opener scored 89 runs off just 43 and RR successfully chased down 188 woth 4 wickets to spare. RR had won the toss and opted to field first. Liam Livingstone replaced Ben Stokes and for MI Rohit Sharma was back in place of MI. The pitch looked like an absolute belter to bat on. MI openers made full use of the conditions and scored 57 off first six overs. Both de Kock and Rohit Sharma were hitting the gaps perfectly and picking up boundaries. However it was the 11th over that Royals got their first wicket in the form of Rohit Sharma, trying to smash a ball from Jofra Archer. Then MI didn't keep going as has been the problem through the middle overs as they lost S Yadav and Pollard in quick succession. While de Kock kept batting at the other end and picking up boundaries. He too after being jaded got dismissed on 81. Hardik Pandya again provided the finishing touches as he scored 28 off just 11 and MI finished on 187. RR for some reason weren't getting the start from their openers. However it wasn't to be today, luck also played it's part. As Rohit Sharma dropped Rahane in the first over and then the RR skipper made decision to reverse when he was given out LBW on-field. Rahane and Buttler were off to a flier with the former being the aggressor. Rahane was looking good but in order to keep scoring quickly departed while trying to slog-sweep Krunal Pandya. Buttler then started to attack, sven the spinners Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya weren't spared. The highlight of the match was how Buttler smashed Joseph for 28 runs which absolutely shifted the game in their favour. Although Buttler departed on 89 as he tried to keep on going and failed to clear the ropes where he was caught by S Yadav. The visitors required 39 off 42 balls and tge experienced Steve Smith and Sanju Samson rotated the strike and playing risk free shots. The equation read 18 required from last 20 balls and that's when Bumrah got Samson out lbw. This didn't end here as Tripathi, Smith, Livingstone all departed. Shreyas Gopal who scored quick runs against CSK last time bailed out his team by scoring 13 off just 7. Although he was lucky on two occasions as he was dropped. Jos Buttler was Man of the Match for his match winning knock.
India's middle order needs to start winning matches
In limited overs cricket, India has been dominating for a long time now. They are numero uno in the test rankings, and are ranked number two in both ODIs and t20s. As far as limited overs cricket is concerned, the main contributing factors have been India's top order in batting, Bumrah and the wrist spinners in the bowling department. There is a trend we have been seeing in the last 2-3 years, our batting is over dependent on the top 3. Rohit, Shikhar, and Virat have been phenomenal and there is no doubt to the fact that they have carried the team's batting on their shoulders. Virat averaged a freakish 133 in the year 2018, and Rohit and Shikhar were around 73 and 50 respectively. While that is a great sight from India's perspective, it also signified the incompetency of the middle order. One of the problems with middle order is that they have been playing musical chair with the number 4 and number 6 spot, with Dhoni slotted in between them. They started the year with Ajinkya Rahane in South Africa at number 4, and over the year, tried various players like Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Kartik, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Rishab Pant, although it seems like they had found an ideal candidate in Ambati Rayudu by the end of Windies series. Even at number 6, with injuries to Kedar Jhadav, India did try some of the players mentioned above. So, in a situation where the top order fails, they are left wanting. Something like that happened in the first ODI against Australia, where Shikhar, Virat and Rayudu were back to the pavilion in no time, and Rohit Sharma nearly carried India through. The batsmen in line for the middle order spots are Rayudu, Kartik, Dhoni, Pant, and Jhadav. Most of them have decent finishing abilities and they need to revolve around Dhoni to not only make meagre contributions, but win matches on their own if the top order gets blown off. Rayudu and Jhadav seem to be the men who might eventually make the two vacant spots their own once India set their feet in England. As far as Dhoni is concerned, he desperately needs to deliver as Rishab Pant is breathing down his neck big time after his exploits in the test series Down Under. He needs to improve his strike rate considerably as the pitches in England are likely to be high scoring. We, as fans want Dhoni to get his finishing abilities back on track as we want him to hit the World Cup winning six, for one final time.