Thanks to the brilliant century of all-rounder Ben Stokes (), Rajasthan Royals defeated record four-time champions Mumbai Indians by 8 wickets in the 45th match of IPL-13. Mumbai scored 195 for 5 in 20 overs thanks to a stormy innings by Hardik Pandya (60 *) after which the Royals team scored 2 in 18.2 overs thanks to the strong innings of Ben Stokes (107 *) and Sanju Samson (54 *). Achieved the target by losing the wicket.
Rajasthan registered the 5th win in 12 matches and the team has now reached number six in the points table with 10 points. At the same time, Mumbai Indians suffered a fourth defeat in 11 matches. The four-time champion has 14 points and remains at the top based on net run rate. Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore also have 14 points each.
Uthappa and Smith returned cheaply
Chasing a target of 196 runs, Rajasthan Royals lost their first wicket early. Robin Uthappa became the victim of James Pattinson by scoring just 13 runs. He was caught by Kieran Pollard. Uthappa hit 2 fours off 11 balls. Rajasthan’s second setback came on a team score of 44 when James Smith was bowled by Steve Smith (11). He hit 1 four and 1 six off 8 balls. Ben Stokes and Smith added 31 runs for the second wicket.
Hardik’s aggressive innings, Mumbai gave a target of 196 runs
Mumbai Indians scored 195 for 5 while batting first in Abu Dhabi with the help of unbeaten 60 off 21-ball unbeaten all-rounder Hardik Pandya. Mumbai lost wickets in the middle overs, but later Hardik gave a huge score to the team by playing extremely aggressive innings for the first time this season. He hit two fours and seven sixes in his innings.
Tiwari and Hardik added 64 runs
Saurabh Tiwari also supported Hardik. Tiwari scored 34 runs in his 25-ball innings with the help of 4 fours, 1 six. The defending champions team scored 74 runs in the last four overs. Tiwari and Hardik added 64 runs for the fifth wicket. Tiwari hit two fours and a six in the 17th over of Archer’s innings, while Hardik hit Ankit Rajput for four sixes in the next over. 27 runs scored in this over.
Kishan and Surya added 83 runs
In the last over, Hardik hit Karthik Tyagi for three sixes and two fours. Earlier, Mumbai lost the quick wicket of Quinton de Kock (6). Then Ishaan Kishan (37 off 36 balls) and Suryakumar Yadav (40 off 26 balls) added 83 runs for the second wicket. Kishan and Surya fast bowler Rajput 1-1 six.
Archer and Gopal jerk 2-2 wickets
Suryakumar hit two fours in the 9th over of Shreyas Gopal’s innings. Rajasthan, however, tried to come back early by dismissing Kishan, Surya and Kairan Pollard (6). Mumbai’s score was 101 for four at this time. Kishan catches Archer at thirdman off Tyagi. Surya and Pollard were sent by Gopal to the pavilion. Surya gave an easy catch to Ben Stokes while Pollard was bowled over Googly. Archer and Shreyas Gopal took 2–2 wickets while Karthik Tyagi got one wicket. (Input from agency)