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Rajasthan Royals beat Mumbai Indians by 5 wickets

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  • That ends the first game of the double-header on Saturday. Neither team changes its position in the points table. But do not go anywhere. Because the Delhi-Punjab match is on our heels...
  • STEVEN SMITH HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH FOR HIS UNBEATEN 59. The skipper has led from the front in the very first game as captain this season.
  • Coming to Mumbai's bowling, one cannot say they were too bad but they did not seem to be incisive enough. They were not able to create enough pressure consistently with dot balls and only Rahul Chahar stood out, with his 3-fer.
  • Well, so Rajasthan are being a bogey team for Mumbai, aren't they? 2 wins in this season and also a double in 2018! The hosts seemed to plan out the run chase properly. Samson was promoted to open and he got the team off to a flying start. Rahane's dismissal did not affect the home side much because the captain came in. Smith got in a useful partnership with Samson but crucially, he batted till the very end, thereby avoiding a collapse. Not to forget, Riyan Parag played a wonderful knock, scoring 43 from 29 balls. That seemed to hurt Mumbai more, as compared to the Smith knock.
  • Another humdinger which should not have gone the distance. But those two wickets in the space of 4 balls changed the course of the game slightly. But with Smith around, the skipper ensured that there was no loss of track.
  • 19.1LMalinga to StuartBinny

    4
    FOUR LEG BYES! RAJASTHAN WIN! What an anti-climax. A full toss, down the leg side and Binny looks to flick it away. But he misses and the ball goes off the pads to the fine leg fence. Okay. Replays seem to indicate an inside edge.
  • Malinga to bowl the last. 4 needed to win. 3 to defend. Can we have a Super Over? Or can Mumbai pull off the unthinkable?
  • 18.6JBumrah to SBinny

    1
    A length delivery on off, Binny plays it to mid off. Single taken.
  • 18.5JBumrah to SSmith

    1
    Full on off, Smith drives it to mid off for another easy single.
  • 18.4JBumrah to SBinny

    1
    Outside off, punched through the off side for a single.
  • 18.3JBumrah to SSmith

    1
    SAFE AS A HOUSE. Full and outside off, Smith pushes it towards point and sets off for a quick single. The fielder gets to the ball and has a shy at the bowler's end and hits the stumps. They all appeal and the umpire refers it upstairs. Replays show that the bat is dragged well in.
  • Is that a run out? A direct hit has got Mumbai excited. Smith looks comfortable. Referred upstairs...
  • 18.2JBumrah to SBinny

    1
    Bumrah bowls this short. Binny plays it towards the mid-wicket for a single. Smart batting. Singles will do for Rajasthan.
  • Stuart Binny walks in at number 7, replacing Turner.
  • 18.1JBumrah to ATurner

    W
    OUT! PLUMB LBW! Ashton is gone and is this match turning? Wow, probably for the first time in his life, Turner may not like gold. Second consecutive golden duck for him. This is a ripper from Bumrah. A length ball from outside off, Ashton looks to defend but the ball skids on and catches him in front of the stumps. Bumrah appeals and that looks a dead duck.
  • 17.6HPandya to SSmith

    2
    Outside off, laced through the covers for a couple more. 8 runs and a wicket from the over.
  • 17.5HPandya to SSmith

    4
    FOUR! He will hit you to the fence all day. Short and outside off, Smith lashes it behind point and the ball beats the man diving at point!
  • Ashton Turner walks in at number 6, replacing Parag.
  • 17.4HPandya to SSmith

    1W
    OUT! Scratch the insert below. Parag is indeed short! Probably Hardik did not appeal because it seemed too obvious to him. Outside off, Smith worked it through mid on and took the single. Parag wanted the second and called for it and the skipper obliged. The throw was a good one to Hardik and he took the bails off. Parag was more than a yard short, as per the replays.
  • Is that a wicket? Hardik does not even appeal. Is Parag short?
  • 17.3HPandya to SSmith

    .
    A full length delivery on off, Smith drives it to covers.
  • 17.2HPandya to SSmith

    .
    A short delivery on off, Smith looks to pull but misses it as ball kept low and SS fails to connect.
  • 17.1HPandya to RParag

    1
    Full on leg, Parag flicks it to mid-wicket for a single.
  • Hardik Pandya. Back for his last.
  • 16.6JBumrah to SSmith

    .
    Outside off, Steven looks to pull mistimes it to short mid-wicket.
  • 16.5JBumrah to SSmith

    2
    HALF CENTURY FOR SMITH! He has got his milestone. But can he take his team home? Full and outside off, cuts back in sharply, Smith looks to force it through the off side but the ball skids through, takes the inner half of the bat and goes towards wide long on. Two runs taken. The raise of the bat comes but Smith knows that the job is not done yet.
  • 16.4JBumrah to SSmith

    .
    Full on off, Smith plays it to covers.
  • 16.3JBumrah to RParag

    1
    A shorter delivery that hits Parag in the helmet. The ball goes to the mid-wicket. This looks like a leg bye but it seems like it has stuck his glove hence umpire gives it as a run.
  • 16.2JBumrah to SSmith

    1
    Full on leg, Smith flicks it with ease to fine leg. Smith is not happy with himself as he could have made full use of this poor delivery. Single taken.
  • 16.1JBumrah to SSmith

    4
    FOUR! Outstanding batting. Outside off, on a length, Smith just places this behind point. Third man races to his right and dives but in vain.
  • STRATEGIC BREAK. 4 overs left, 25 runs needed. Rajasthan cruising. But are they winning? We have seen this before. Remember the Wankhede? 40 needed from 40 and Rajasthan choked? Get Steven Smith and an encore is underway... JASPRIT BUMRAH is back on. 2-0-8-0 so far.
  • 15.6LMalinga to RParag

    2
    Dropped short, Riyan jumps and swats it wide of mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 15.5LMalinga to RParag

    4
    FOUR! Full and outside off, Parag lofts it over cover and gets a boundary!
  • 15.4LMalinga to RParag

    .
    Very full outside off, almost a yorker, Parag looks to squeeze it out but misses.
  • 15.3LMalinga to SSmith

    1
    Around off, worked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 15.2LMalinga to RParag

    1
    Punched off the back foot by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 15.1LMalinga to SSmith

    1
    On middle and off, Smith works it through mid-wicket for a quick single.
  • Lasith Malinga returns. 2-0-14-0 so far.
  • 14.6RChahar to SSmith

    1
    A back of a length delivery, Smith flicks it to mid-wicket. Single taken.
  • 14.5RChahar to RParag

    1
    A high full toss on off, Parag lifts it above the cover region for a run. 50-RUN STAND is up, keeping Rajasthan in the chase are these two.
  • 14.4RChahar to SSmith

    1
    A back of a length delivery on middle and leg, Smith taps it to right of the bowler and runs quickly. Chahar has a shy at the stumps at the non striker's end but misses. Smith would have been in.
  • 14.3RChahar to RParag

    1
    Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 14.2RChahar to RParag

    6
    SIX! Not a bad shot at all. Short and outside off, Parag swings it over wide long on and it goes all the way!
  • 14.1RChahar to RParag

    .
    Flatter length, around middle, Parag looks to flick but the ball skids through and takes the leading edge towards cover.
  • Rahul Chahar to bowl out. 3-0-19-3 so far.

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