The Rajasthan Royals (RR) locked horns with Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur for the second time in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). After winning the toss, the RR skipper, Steve Smith asked the visitors to bat first. However, the visitors lost their skipper, Rohit Sharma, in the third over of the match itself and ended in them losing the game by 5 wickets.
During the toss, the MI skipper revealed that they have made just one change to their squad as Mayank Markande came in the squad for Jayant Yadav. However, Rajasthan made as many as three changes to their squad as Steven Smith, Ben Stokes and Riyan Parag came back in the squad in place of Jos Buttler, Ish Sodhi, and Rahul Tripathi.
Rohit was dismissed by Shreyas Gopal in the third over, after his dismissal, Quinton de Kock along with Surya Kumar Yadav added 97 runs for the second wicket before the latter getting out in the 14th over by Stuart Binny. Even in the very next over De Kock was also got out and again the bowler was Gopal. Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard were batting at the crease and the 17th over turned out to be an eventful one and Jaydev Unadkat had the last laugh as he dismissed Pollard.
After Pollard’s wicket, Hardik and Ben Cutting kept on slogging the RR bowlers as the smashed Unadkat for 19 runs, before Hardik getting dismissed by Jofra Archer in the final over. Cutting helped Mumbai to reach the total of 161/5 in their quota of 20 overs.
During the chase, Rahane and Sanju Samson started off well as they smashed 29 runs for the opening wicket under 4 overs. Rahane was dismissed by Rahul Chahar in the 4th over. However, then Smith added 37 runs for the second wicket as Chahar dismissed Samson in the 8th over and just after a couple of balls he got the prized wicket of Ben Stokes as well.
After Stokes dismissal, surprisingly, Riyan Parag came out to bat and he along with Smith took decided to take Rajasthan over the line as they built a partnership of 70 runs for the 4th wicket before the youngster getting run-out in the 18th over. However, Jasprit Bumrah dismissed Ashton Turner for anther olden buck, but the game was completely in RR’s hands and they went past the line with 5 balls to spare in the final over of Lasith Malinga.
Rajasthan Royals – 162/5 in 19.1 overs (S Smith: 59*, R Parag: 43; R Chahar: 3/29) defeated Mumbai Indians – 161/5 in 20 overs (Q de Kock: 65; S Gopal: 2/21, J Archer: 1/22) by 5 wickets and as many balls to spare
Here is how Twitter reacted to Rajasthan’s win:
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 20, 2019
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) April 20, 2019
Loving what I see of Riyan Parag. Only 17 and already so confident! #RRvMI
— Hemant (@hemantbuch) April 20, 2019
What a chase by RR. ❄️ Anchored by their new captain Steve smith and the 17 year old Riyan Parag. So RR defeated MI twice this season and keep their hopes alive for playoffs. Rahul Chahar and De Kock in their last few games have been extremely good for MI. #RRvMI pic.twitter.com/nxj1tydHw7
— SportCentre (@SportCentre8) April 20, 2019
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 20, 2019
People wondering why we haven’t seen Riyan Parag more this season. He’s 17 and #RR have been playing night games, and he didn’t get a note from his family to stay out late🤓
— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) April 20, 2019
17-year-old Riyan Parag playing havoc with Mumbai’s aspirations
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 20, 2019
— Jay Pandya (@jaypandya333) April 20, 2019
Riyan Parag 43(29)…An awesome match winning innings. I really want you to represent India in international cricket . Keep on rocking. @BCCI
— Amitabh Kalita (@KalitaAmitabh) April 20, 2019