finished in style! Stunning feat of beast-mode batting, clobbered violently into the midwicket stands, and the Royals have stolen a critical march on Mumbai in the battle for the play-offs...
So, that's it from the Wankhede. It's been a remarkable night from a player in remarkable form. Til next time, whenever that may be, goodnight!
The Man of the Match, no surprises, is Jos Buttler, who's so keen to talk he's forgotten his cheque! "I'm really enjoying it, found some good form, it's a do-or-die situation and I'm full of confidence so want to keep it going."
"I've spent a lot of time batting in the middle order so if I can bat through the first six overs I can tie the two together."
"Nice to come back here, I enjoyed my time at Mumbai and it properly helped to know the conditions. I'm in a good head-space and looking forward to the next game."
11.45pm Here's Rahane: "Our discussion before the match was get used to these conditions because they are completely different. Two games to go and I want our boys to stand up."
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11.40pm So, what is there left to say about that? Buttler has moved up to open the innings and has torn up the IPL with some eye-popping displays of power, and have leapfrogged MI with this victory, they've got two more matches in which to make a serious push for the play-offs. On this evidence, who'd bet against them?
Ganesh: "Oh these Brits and their love for royal, they flourish under royal's don't they! Hail queen elizabeth :-)" Well quite, and there's a Royal Wedding next weekend too! Auspicious much? It's clearly written in the stars for RR!
Rohit Sharma "We should have got 15-20 more, but I don't want to be too harsh, we have played some good cricket. Innings like this can happen, we just have to keep our heads up."
"Jos Buttler has been in great form, he didn't give us any chances, but we bowled very well. We need to see how we can come back in the next two games."
Fittingly, Stokes his England team-mate was out there at the finish, but he was as much of a bystander as the Mumbai fielders. What an innings, what a run of form!
The other notable aspect of that win is that CSK are through... yet again. Every time they've been involved since the debut season in 2008, they've been there at the bitter end...
So, Jos to finish it off? With all this consistency, Buttler has made a rapid climb up the Smart Stats table. His 498 runs before this game have been worth 69 more considering match context, which puts him at number 4 for this season. Should only go higher up after this knock.
an inside-out slap over the off side, but he hasn't got enough on this, and holes out to deep point! Comfortably snaffled by the sub Chahar
through to the keeper this time, but it's a dot ball too late
Samson has no interest in landmarks, he just wants a quick finish! Powered over cow corner, and this one is utterly cooked!
slower ball, too short, and Samson responds with arguably the most massive spank of the night! High and mighty into the floodlights and 20 rows back!
Aishwarya Nair: "Miller, What is the probability of Butler getting a hundred ? Hopefully enough runs would be left for him ." Well, it's two blows, so fairly high, if you put it like that!
fully forward, driven into the covers
panned over long on! The beast is tearing up the Wankhede! One bounce, inches inside the rope, and he's 12 away from his hundred with 16 runs to play with...
slower ball, aiming for the tramlines, and that's worked out in the end. Buttler left it alone, but was adjudged to have shuffled close enough to have a swing
short, too short! The keeper does exceptionally to take off like a jump-jet and get a glove on that to slow its path to the boundary
Vivek: "Cute that Buttler lost his TOWEL when watching MI lifting the cup last year and now he is pushing them on the edge of extinction. "
pounded down to long-off, clearing the front leg and connecting with power and intent once more
So, Jos... 95 last time... what's it to be today?
outside off again, back of a length and pace off the ball, inside-edged into the pads and they steal the single
RD singh: "MI released Buttler.. 5 half centuries and 1 century (today).. MI released Raydu... already among top 5 scorer this season.. talk about making blunders instead of a team..!!" Whoops
very full length from round the wicket, driven with an open face and gathered in the gully. An almost Test-match flash of play there. It won't last
width outside off, attempted slap into the covers but no proper connection
Gaurav has the permutations at his fingertips: "One team that must be very happy with this result is CSK as they qualify to the playoffs if RR win this game. However all is not lost with MI as they can still make it with 14 points as they have a good NRR"
Some urgent words out in the middle as Mumbai get into a huddle. But it feels academic.
Another time-out but Mumbai's time is already running out.
Natarajan Jayak: "Only TWO wickets fallen in all the four innings today.." It's a funny old game
eased down to long-on, calm as you like
pushed out to wide long-on. Some Mumbai fans have seen enough and are heading into the lights of Marine Drive
pumped clean down the ground. Top striking!
Ashmal Khot: "After watching how consistent Buttler is when he opens the batting in T20s even England should try him as an opener" I suspect they will be watching. So too will Roy, Bairstow and Hales!
tossed up into the toes, tapped to the leg side
sliding down the leg side, and paddled calmly down through fine leg. Cute and effective
Ritesh: "That's just an auction lesson right there. Should have used RTM for Buttler instead of Pollard. Buttler has done equally great for MI last year as he is doing for RR." You live and learn
tucked into the leg side, to keep the strike. The Royals are ticking along nicely