Mumbai Indians continued their unlucky spell this IPL season as the skipper Rohit Sharma team, defending its score was beaten in a close competition narrowly in a stunner on Sunday.
Mumbai Indians batted first and scored a low modest score of 167. The beginning for the Mumbai Indians was promising but bad and irresponsible cricket by the middle order batsmen spoiled the party.
Rajasthan Royals, while chasing 168, lost its two openers Rahul Tripathi and Rahane very early and were struggling at 28 for 2 in the beginning, but batsmen Sanju Samson and Ben Stokes created a 72 run partnership for the third wicket helped to take the game away from Mumbai Indians.
Samson created and played a brilliant 52 from 39 balls while Stokes departed for 40 off 20 balls. Things then started to go the Mumbai Indians way as three wickets fell in 5 balls. At one stage it was looking as if Royals were going the Mumbai Indians way when the score was 125.
But things changed with Krishnappa Gowtham, batting at number 7, who turned the tables on Mumbai Indians and stepped up his game and saw the team through hitting a six of the 4th ball of the final over of Hardik Pandya
Krishnappa Gowtham smashed a quick-fire 33 off just 11 balls to see Rajasthan Royals through and he made sure that they did not lose their way and made them finally win at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
This win over the Mumbai Indians helped Rajasthan Royals move up the Vivo IPL points table too.
Brief scores: Mumbai Indians 167/7 in 20 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 72, Ishan Kishan 58; Jofra Archer 3-22, Dhawal Kulkarni 2-32) lost to Rajasthan Royals 168/7 in 19.4 overs (Sanju Samson 52, Ben Stokes 40, Krishnappa Gowtham 33*; Jasprit Bumrah 2-28) by 3 wickets.
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