Hardik’s Stormy Fifty, Mumbai 195/5
With the help of Hardik Pandya’s 21-ball unbeaten 60, Mumbai Indians scored 195 for 5 against Rajasthan Royals. 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 7 sixes in his innings. This was his first fifty in the tournament.
Ishan and Suryakumar added 83 runs
Mumbai lost the wicket of Quinton de Kock (6) early. Then Ishan Kishan (37 off 36 balls) and Suryakumar Yadav (40 off 26 balls) added 83 runs for the second wicket. Here Rajasthan tried to come back by dismissing Kishan, Surya and Pollard (6) early. Mumbai’s score at this time was 101 runs for four wickets.
64-run partnership between Hardik and Saurabh
Saurabh Tiwari played well with Hardik, scoring 34 runs in 25 balls. Tiwari and Hardik added 64 runs for the fifth wicket. Tiwari hit two fours and a six in Archer’s 17th over. He was dismissed by Jofra Archer.
Hardik hits 7 sixes against Ankit and Karthik
Hardik took on the Rajasthan batsmen in the last over. He along with his brother Krunal Pandya added 30 runs, but 27 runs were by Hardik alone. During this, Hardik tightened the boundary with Ankit Rajput in the 18th over and Karthik Tyagi in the 20th over. Hardik hit Ankit Rajput for 4 sixes. In the last over, Hardik hit Karthik Tyagi for 3 sixes and two fours. 27–27 runs scored in both overs. In this way, the last champion team scored 74 runs in the last four overs.
Rajasthan’s two wickets fell quickly
Rajasthan had a poor start to chase the scores of huge runs. He was given the first blow as Robin Uthappa (13) by James Pattinson, followed by Steve Smith (11).
Stokes and Samson’s storm came again
After this, Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson took the news of Mumbai’s bowlers fiercely and created havoc. While Stokes completed the fifty in 28 balls, Sanju played just 27 balls to reach here. Both of them shot a lot from Trent Bolt to Jasprit Bumrah.
Ben Stokes Century
The effect was that Rajasthan needed only 24 runs in the last 4 overs, which was easily made by both of them. There was a 152-run winning partnership for the third wicket between Sanju and Stokes. Pattinson was hit by a six off Stokes for the first ball of the 19th over, studding the first century in the IPL in 59 balls and then hitting a four in the name of Rajasthan.