Mumbai Indians played a strong inning. There were high scores, boundaries as well as brilliant spells. However, they lost the match somehow. Rajasthan Royals nicked the victory with a team work and handy finish off K Gowtham at their home IPL 2018 fixture. In the match, Royals did come out smiling for their decision to pull up Gowtham and Jofra Archer as the most expensive buys of the season. In the early inning, Archer broke down the overs where Mumbai expected to expedite its score rate. In the pre-ultimate over, the bowler broke into the lineup with a hat-trick knock of Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya and Mitchell McClenaghan. It emerged as the actual slog in the inning where Mumbai could have scratch the winning runs.
Mumbai lost Evin Lewis in the first over, but the partnership between Surya Kumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan hauled the score to 130 in a partnership of almost 14 overs. However, it was the only imperative stretch of the IPL inning. Keiron Pollard played 20 balls to score 21 runs remaining unbeaten. He played with the rest of the team as they slid their wickets one after another cheaply. In the 16th over, both opener Yadav and Rohit Sharma lost their wickets. The captain ducked out setting the inning to a halt. Pollard hit a couple of boundaries playing short stretches with the lower order batsmen. The team put up 168 as the target for Rajasthan Royals.
Royals batsmen were not particularly strong. Ben Stokes played a worthwhile inning for the first time this IPL 2018 season. The batsman scored 40 off 27 balls hitting 3 fours and a six. Sanju Samson, on the other hand, scored a half century playing 39 balls. The chase started with two opening wickets falling before the powerplay overs ended. The equation to win was still a misfit until Gowtham came up to bat.
K Gowtham played two balls without any substantial change in pressure. He started with a four in the over from Mustafizur Rahman. In the next over off Bumrah, he kept on the same stance. In over, Archer and Gowtham added 18 runs, leaving only 10 for the win in the last over. The last men trying to defend was Hardik Pandya. Gowtham hit a four at first, then sealed the match with a following six.
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