New Delhi: IPL 2018: Rajasthan Royals defeated Mumbai Indians by 3 wickets in a nail-biting finish at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Sunday.
Batting first, MI managed to score a modest 167, despite some great starts up the order, thanks to some irresponsible cricket by the middle-order batsmen.
Chasing 168, Ajinkya Rahane-led Rajasthan Royals lost openers Rahul Tripathi and Rahane early and they seemed to be struggling at 28 for 2 at one stage, but Sanju Samson and Ben Stokes built a crucial 72-run partnership for the third wicket to move things their way.
While Samson scored a classy 52 off 39 balls, Stokes’ departure at 40 off 20 balls was followed by some quick dismissals in the latter half of the game – three wickets fell in the space of 5 balls, all when the team score was 125.
Krishnappa Gowtham, batting at number 7 for RR turned things around by stepping up his game and seeing the team through with a six off the fourth ball of the final over,bowled by Hardik Pandya.
He smashed 33 runs off 11 balls to make sure Rajasthan Royals did not lose at their fortress of Sawai Mansingh Stadium.