Rajasthan overcome Mumbai by 3 wickets, jump to 5th spot
Jaipur, April 23 - K. Gowthams quickfire 33 not out off 11 deliveries helped Rajasthan Royals overcome Mumbai Indians by three wickets here on Sunday as they ended their two-match losing streak in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
In pursuit of Mumbai's 167/7, powered by half-centuries from Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan, Rajasthan were in trouble having lost six wickets for 125 runs till 17.1 overs. But 29-year-old Karnataka bowling all-rounder Gowtham whacked four fours and two sixes to see Rajasthan overhaul Mumbai target with two deliveries to spare.
Earlier in the first innings, Yadav and Kishan put on an excellent batting display to add 129 runs between them off 82 deliveries coming together after the early departure of Mumbai opener Evin Lewis.
Yadav scored a whirlwind knock of 72 runs, smashing six boundaries and three hits into the stands during his 47-ball stay in the middle. Kishan posted a steady 58 off 42 balls which included four boundaries and three sixes.
For Rajasthan, young West Indies pacer Jofra Archer was the most successful bowler with figures of 3/22. Fellow pacer Dhawal Kulkarni returned 2/32 while Jaidev Unadkat also got a wicket.
Kulkarni struck the first blow for the hosts in the very first over when Lewis dragged an inside edge on to his stumps. But that was the only bit of success Rajasthan managed as Yadav and Kishan took their bowlers to the cleaners.