Rajasthan Royals gave breaking news just before their game against Mumbai Indians as they asked Steve Smith to lead the side in the remainder of the tournament. And they saw a change in fortune immediately. Steve Smith won the toss and asked Mumbai to bat first. Rohit Sharma couldn’t bat too long and scored just five runs before giving his wicket to Shreyas Iyer. Quinton de Kock looked good from the other end to share a 97-run partnership with Suryakumar Yadav. In the process, former notched up yet another fifty in IPL 2019 but fell just before the death overs. Hardik Pandya tried his best to give Mumbai a final flourish and only managed to take their innings to 161/5 in 20 overs.
Rajasthan started their run-chase on a positive note where Sanju Samson was the dominator. Ajinkya Rahane played a typical-Rahane innings to score just 12 runs. Samson fell in an attempt to accelerate in Rahul Chahar’s over, who dismissed Ben Stokes few balls later. Steve Smith looked positive and formed a match-winning partnership with Riyan Parag. Smith remained unbeaten on 59 runs to take his team home by five wickets.
Quinton de Kock (MI)
Mumbai opener is enjoying his time in the Indian Premier League 2019. De Kock scored another fifty in the ongoing season to rescue Mumbai’s ship once again. He shared a crucial 97 runs along with Suryakumar Yadav for the second wicket. In the process, he scored 65 runs in 47 runs, where he hit six fours and two sixes.
Shreyas Gopal (RR)
The young leg-spinner was superb against Mumbai’s star-studded batting lineup. Shreyas Gopal’s spin was the main reason behind Rajasthan restricting Mumbai to 161 runs in 20 overs. He dismissed Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock while being very economical as well. His bowling figures from this game are 4-0-21-2.
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Steve Smith (RR)
He witnessed an immediate change in form with getting the reins of his team. Smith played an anchor’s role in Rajasthan’s successful chase of 162 runs. He scored 59 runs in 48 balls, where he hit five fours and one six. He held his wicket when his team was in a spot of bother and shared a crucial partnership with Riyan Parag to his team over the line.