Gowtham strikes Rajasthan win thriller in Jaipur

Apr 23, 2018, 13:04
Gowtham strikes Rajasthan win thriller in Jaipur

Rajasthan Royals lost their previous match at their homeground when Kolkata Knight Riders beat them by seven wickets. The two teams in blue will play against each other at Sawai Mansingh Stadium.

The Rajasthan Royals host the Mumbai Indians in Jaipur on Sunday evening.

Hardik Pandya was given the ball and removed Archer in the first ball but Gowtham steered the next ball for a four in the third-man region and finished off the match in the fourth ball with a big six.

Needing 43 runs from 22 balls when Samson and wicketkeeper Jos Butler were dismissed, Gowtham played a scintillating knock to give Rajasthan their third win in six matches.

The Wankhede game, in a way, was the tale of two immensely talented batsmen - Sharma and Virat Kohli - both being fulcrums around whom the batting line up of their teams revolve. Against CSK, Rajasthan bowlers were taken to cleaners by veteran Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, who blasted a 106 off 57 deliveries.

Rohit Sharma was dismissed in his very first ball when he went for an ill-judged quick single but excellent fielding by Ajinkya Rahane at cover caught the Mumbai skipper short of his crease. Rajasthan's bowlers - K Gowtham and Ben Laughlin - have performed well while leggie Shreays Gopal has also been economical.

Even as this edition is yet to get into the 'middle overs, ' in a manner of speaking, most teams seem to be putting their hopes on a few players.

Chasing a modest target, Rajasthan did not have a brisk start but Samson and Ben Stokes kept them in the hunt before Gowtham finished the job in great style.

However, while Yadav and Kishan laid the foundation for a big total, the rest of the Mumbai batting line-up failed to provide the big final push. After conceding just 17 runs from his first three overs, the West Indian-born paceman proved his worth with three crucial wickets at the death that prevented any chance of a late Mumbai charge.

With two wins and three defeats, RR is placed sixth with four points, while MI is seventh with one win in four games.

Mumbai Indians Probable XI- Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma (Captain), Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krinal Pandya, Akila Dhananjay, Mayank Markandey, Jaspreet Bumrah and Mustafizur Rehman. Archer was the pick as he claimed three wickets in his final over. After his departure, the innings lost much momentum and Mumbai barely managed to reach 167 when at one time it looked they would close in on 190.

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