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IPL 2018, Match 21: Gowtham's cameo helps Rajasthan Royals seal thriller against Mumbai Indians

Sanju Samson made an impressive fifty, while Krishnappa Gowtham contributed with a 33-run knock (not out) as Rajasthan Royals sealed an Indian Premier League (IPL) thriller against Mumbai Indians.

India TV Sports Desk Edited by: India TV Sports Desk
New Delhi Published on: April 22, 2018 23:58 IST
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Krishnappa Gowtham in action during the IPL 2018 match in Jaipur

Young batsman Sanju Samson made an impressive fifty, while Krishnappa Gowtham contributed with a 33-run knock (not out) as Rajasthan Royals sealed an Indian Premier League (IPL) thriller against Mumbai Indians, defeating them by three wickets with two balls to spare at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur, on Sunday (SCORECARD)

Earlier, opener Suryakumar Yadav and wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan hit measured half-centuries but Mumbai Indians frittered away a good platform to settle for a modest 167/7. (HIGHLIGHTS)

Mumbai Indians lost Evin Lewis in the first over the match after electing to bat but Yadav (72) and Kishan (58) raised a 129-run partnership, setting up the platform for a challenging total.

The partnership broke when Kishan, who led India in the Under-19 World Cup, lost his wicket while trying an adventurous shot off Dhawan Kulkarni (2/32) and from there the visitors lost track.

The left-hander's innings came off 42 balls with four fours and three shots over the fence while Yadav faced 47 balls and hit nine boundaries including three sixes.

The stage was set for a perfect finish but Mumbai Indians lost three wickets in space of eight balls. After Kishan went back to dug out, Yadav was dismissed by Unadkat and captain Rohit Sharma ran himself out after misjudging a run.

Caribbean paceman Jofra Archer (3/22) was impressive on his IPL debut, troubling the batsmen with good pace. He got rid of Pandya brothers -- Krunal (7) and Hardik (4) -- and Mitchell McClenaghan (0) in the penultimate over, denying the visitors a flourishing finish. The 23-year-old conceded just 23 runs in his four-over quota.

Kieron Pollard could not manage unbeaten 21 off 20 balls as Mumbai Indians scored only 32 runs in the last five overs and lost five wickets.

The Royals bowlers were initially successful in keeping the Mumbai batsmen silent, not allowing them to open their arms. Kishan hit Kulkarni for a monstrous six before Yadav sent one soaring off his legs in the fifth over.

Kulkarni was meted out this treatment after he had sent Caribbean batsman Lewis (0) in the fourth ball of the innings. Still, the visitors did not have much runs on the board after Powerplay over with scorecard reading 43 for one.

Yadav and Kishan kept finding odd boundaries to maintain a healthy run-rate and more importantly they had wickets in hand to go for a kill towards the end. The duo found runs on all sides of the ground and the steady partnership meant that run-rate improved gradually.

However, once the partnership ended, Mumbai Indians' innings fell apart.

(With PTI inputs)

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