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RR vs MI IPL 2019: Gopal, Parag and Smith stun Mumbai as RR get third win

By Chaitanya Laxman

It was a day of hits and misses for Mumbai but unfortunately for them they had more misses than hits as Rajasthan chased 162 with ease courtesy of youngster Ryan Parag’s composed knock of 43 runs and Steve Smith’s strong innings of 59 not-out.

Quinton de Kock fired for Mumbai but Hardik’s finishing punch was missing as they had to settle for just 161 runs and then although Chahar continued to take wickets, Krunal missed his lengths while Malinga had an off day as well.

Smith and Parag deliver Rajasthan a clinical win

Sanju Samson’s quickfire 35 off 19 balls set the tone for RR’s chase but Rahul Chahar removed Samson and Ben Stokes in four balls as Rajasthan slipped to three down for 77 runs after eight overs.

But then youngster Parag played a highly composed innings along with skipper Steve Smith to take RR closer to the chase. Parag was run-out in the 18th over but by then Rajasthan was safe.

Bumrah got Turner on the first ball of the 19th over but Smith held his nerves and guided Rajasthan to their third win in Indian Premier League season 12.

de Kock’s finesse and Suryakumar’s struggles laid the foundation

Mumbai had a poor start as skipper Rohit Sharma was dismissed by Gopal in the third over for just five runs.  But then Suryakumar Yadav tagged a crucial partnership of 97 runs with de Kock for the second wicket. However Yadav struggled to change gears and was sent back by Stuart Binny in the 14th over for 34 off 33 balls. de Kock too perished in the next over but he had laid the foundation for Mumbai with a solid 65 run knock off 47 balls.

Archer, Unadkat restrict Mumbai to 161

It was all set for Mumbai’s finishers to deliver the flourish but Rajasthan did extremely well to keep things in control. Unadkat castled Pollard in the 17th over and Archer pinned Hardik in front of stumps with a brilliant yorker on the first ball of the 20th over as Mumbai scored 49 runs in the last five overs.

Chaitanya Laxman