Rajasthan Royals pulled off a miraculous victory against Mumbai Indians after chasing a mammoth total of 196. Ben Stokes (107*) and Sanju Samson (54*) starred in the run chase after indulging in a magnificent partnership of 152 runs. Despite losing two quick wickets at the start of the innings, the Rajasthan-based franchise registered a win in the penultimate over.
After the match, RR skipper Steve Smith also lauded the efforts made by his teammates. He said that it was a good batting wicket and two of their most experienced players won the game for them.
“Very pleased. That’s what we’ve been crying out for, two of our experienced players to take it deep and the way they played, very pleased. I think the wicket was playing good today, the ball was coming on nicely,” said Steve Smith at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Stokes got into a nice groove: Smith
Smith also appreciated the intent of Ben Stokes, the centurion of the match. He claimed that their side did almost everything right in the game, apart from dropping the catch off Hardik Pandya. This drop could have cost huge as he went on to slam a 21-ball 60.
“I think Stokes’ intent from the first ball – he got into a nice groove tonight. They just played good cricket shots to keep the rate in check. We did a lot of things right, taking wickets in the middle, but the dropped catch was pretty costly in the middle.
“Great hitting from Hardik, probably didn’t get our plans right either. I hope our batters from tonight can take a bit of confidence and momentum into the next two games. It’s what we’ve lacked, out experienced batters getting winning scores,” Smith concluded.
With this victory, Rajasthan Royals reached the sixth spot at the Points Table with five overall wins against their name.