Rajasthan Royals claimed a comfortable win by five wickets against Mumbai Indians on Saturday at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, in Jaipur.
Having won the toss, Rajasthan chose to field first. Asked to bat first, Mumbai didn’t get a flying start which they are accustomed to. Rohit Sharma fell very cheaply for mere 5 while middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav scored a rather slow knock of 34 off 33. However, a quickfire knock of de Kock guided them to put up 46 runs in the power play. They reached 100-run mark in the 14th over before Yadav fell for 34. Meanwhile, de Kock’s quickfire knock also came to an end in the 15th over after scoring 65 off 47.
However, they were hoping for a big score with in-form batsmen Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard on the crease. But Rajasthan had some other plan as Jofra Archer came to bowl in the death overs. The economical spell from Archer in the death overs helped Rajasthan to restrict their opponent within a below par where Hardik scored 23 off 15 and Ben Cutting scored a 9-ball 13.
While chasing, openers Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson added 39 runs in 3.4 overs before Rahane’s dismissal for 13. Rahul Chahar handed over the first breakthrough to his team. Later, Samson steadied the ship with Steve Smith before getting out. Rahul Chahar dismissed him for 35. He struck again in the same over and dismissed Ben Stokes for a duck. However, Riyan Parag joined his captain and tried to resurrect the innings. Both of them started scoring quickly and added 70 runs in their run-chase before Parag ran out.
On the other hand, Steve Smith scored an unbeaten 59 off 48 and anchored the run-chase till the end and guided Rajasthan Royals to an easy win. Rahul Chahar bagged 3 wickets but didn’t get well support from the other bowlers. With this win, Rajasthan Royals placed at number seven in the point table with 6 points while Mumbai still at the second with 12 points.