All-rounder scores unbeaten 33 off 12 balls to secure three-wicket win for Rajasthan
Krishnappa Gowtham produced a stunning knock helped Rajasthan Royals in securing a three-wicket win against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Jaipur on Sunday.The day started with the visitor’s captain Rohit Sharma winning the toss and opting to bat first in good batting conditions.
His decision seemed a correct one, as Mumbai, after losing opener Evin Lewis early, reached to 130 in the 15th over at the expense of just one wicket.However, a flurry of wickets helped Rajasthan restrict the visiting side to a par total of 167 for seven in their allotted 20 overs.
Opener Suryakumar Yadav finished the innings with the top score of 72 off 47 balls with the help of six fours and three sixes. He was well supported by wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan, who scored 58 off 42 balls, including four fours and three sixes.
For the home side, West Indies pacer Jofra Archer was the most successful bowler on the night as he claimed three, whereas seasoned fast-bowler Dhawal Kulkarni claimed two wickets.
In reply, Rajasthan also had a horrid beginning as they lost captain Ajinkya Rahane and his opening partner Rahul Tripathi for just 32 runs in the sixth over.But a 78-run partnership for the third-wicket between Sanju Samson and all-rounder Ben Stokes put the home side well on track for an easy victory.However, once Stokes departed on the first delivery of the 15th over, Rajasthan lost three more wickets in the space of three overs and only managed to add 15 runs to the total.
At that stage, it seemed that Mumbai will be able to clinch the tie, but Gowtham played a stunning knock, where he scored 33 not out off just 12 balls, including four fours and two sixes, and took his team over the line with two balls to spare.Samson finished the innings with the top score of 52 off 39 balls with the help of four fours, whereas Stokes scored 40 off 27 balls with the help of three fours and one six.
For the visitors, pacers Jaspreet Bumrah and Hardik Pandya claimed two wickets each.