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Royals' Buttler continues rampant form with quickfire 89

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(Reuters) – England batsman Jos Buttler showcased his big-hitting talent once again by cracking 89 off just 43 balls in Rajasthan Royals’ win over Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Saturday.

Chasing 188 to win in Mumbai, Royals rode on the opener’s fierce knock, which included seven sixes and eight fours, to seal a four-wicket victory with three balls remaining.

Earlier, South Africa batsman Quinton de Kock scored 81 while India’s Rohit Sharma made 47 to help three-times champions Mumbai post 187-5 in 20 overs.

“I’m playing the best cricket I’ve played over a prolonged period of time. I was disappointed to get out when I did… we’ll take a lot of confidence from this win,” man of the match Buttler, who has three half-centuries this season, said.

The 28-year-old has enjoyed his fine IPL campaign after also hammering a career-high 150 off 77 balls in the fourth ODI against the West Indies during England’s recent tour of the Caribbean.

World Cup hosts England are set to name the in-form Buttler among their provisional squad for the tournament next week. They begin their campaign against South Africa at The Oval on May 30.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Ian Chadband)

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