Keeping their playoffs dream alive, Rajasthan Royals, led by Ben Stokes-Sanju Samson duo, registered an emphatic eight-wicket victory over defending champions Mumbai Indians at Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Hunting a colossal 195-run whole, RR’s run-chase was bolstered by the batting brilliance of Stokes and Samson. Both the batsmen have been in chic contact as they guided RR to a requisite victory with 10 deliveries to spare.
During their run-chase, RR suffered two early blows within the type of Robin Uthappa and Steve Smith, who have been proven the exit door by James Pattinson within the powerplay. The Australian pacer’s double left RR reeling at 44/2 whereas searching down a mammoth whole.
But after being jolted with two main blows, Stokes and Samson- identified for his or her explosive batting prowess- stored RR within the sport by a number of boundaries and operating between the wickets. Keeping alive RR’s hopes, Stokes additionally registered his first half-century of the on-going IPL version.
Stokes’ batting expedition did not finish there as he remained unbeaten till the tip and slammed his second ton within the IPL historical past. The prolific all-rounder smoked 107* from 60 balls to snatch the victory off MI. He hit 14 fours and three sixes throughout his havoc.
Samson, after a string of underwhelming batting performances, additionally stepped up and delivered on the proper time to help Stokes in RR’s spectacular run-chase. The Kerala stalwart additionally remained unbeaten on 54, enjoying an essential position in his facet’s heist.
After electing to bat first, MI had a shaky begin after dropping an in-form Quinton de Kock within the first over itself. Succumbing to Jofra Archer’s tempo and size, the South African southpaw had to depart after scoring simply 6 off four balls.
However, after an early setback, the Ishan Kishan-Suryakumar Yadav steadied MI’s ship with their important knocks. While Ishan scored 37 off 36, Suryakumar stitched a 26-ball 40 to keep the scoreboard ticking.
Saurabh Tiwary additionally contributed together with his brisk 34 off 24, which included four fours and a six. But it was Hardik Pandya‘s blitzkrieg which stole the present in the long run. The Baroda all-rounder left RR bowling unit gasping for breath together with his late fireworks. While hammering a 21-ball 60, Pandya hit 7 maximums and a pair of fours to steer his facet to a dominant whole of 195 runs.
Archer and Shreyas Gopal, who scalped two wickets every, managed to make an impression with the ball. However, different bowling choices have been unable to curb Pandya’s carnage on the demise. MI grabbed 79 runs within the final 5 overs. But it wasn’t sufficient to cease Smtih’s males from clinching two important factors below their belt.
With this significant win over the defending champions, Royals now have 10 factors to their title by successful 5 out of 12 fixtures. They’ve additionally climbed up to the sixth spot within the factors desk. Eyeing a playoffs berth, RR will now face KL Rahul-led Kings XI Punjab on Friday at Abu Dhabi.