Late surge from Gowtham powers Rajasthan Royals over Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians (167-7) received their 4th defeat in 5 games as they were beaten by Rajasthan Royals (168-7) in another last over encounter.


MI won the toss and chose to bat on a skiddy Jaipur wicket. Surya Kumar Yadav (72, 47b) continued to impress in his new role as an opener while his Windies partner Evin Lewis got out for a golden duck off Dhawal Kulkarni (4-32-2). Ishan Kishan was the next to follow and the keeper-batsman notched up a 129-run stand with Yadav.

At 130 for 1 in the 15th over, Mumbai looked set for a 180-190 run total which would have been a very good score on this wicket. However, after Ishan Kishan departed for 58, the flood gates opened and MI kept losing one wicket after another.

They lost Yadav soon which was closely followed by the dismissal of Rohit Sharma (0, run-out) and the Pandya brothers. Hence, the team lacked the final impetus and could only manage 167-7 in the stipulated 20 overs.

Jofra Archer had a memorable debut for RR with the ball as he bagged three wickets by giving away just 22 runs.

Having pulled back the MI run flow in the latter part of the innings, the momentum rested with RR in the chase. However, early scalps of Rahul Tripathi (9) and skipper Ajinkya Rahane (14) saw RR struggling at 43 for 2 at the end of the Powerplay overs.

Sanju Samson (52) and Ben Stokes (40) then steadied the Rajasthan ship with a 72-run partnership. However, once the two departed in quick succession, there was a bit of a batting collapse with Jos Buttler (6), Heinrich Klaasen (0) and Jofra Archer (8) departing cheaply.

It was then the Krishnappa Gowtham show who let everybody know why he bagged such a fat paycheck in the auctions.

Against the run of play, Gowtham (33, SR: 300) smacked 4 fours and 2 sixes including the final six off Hardik Pandya (4-33-1) to seal things for RR.

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