DEBUTANT Jofra Archer starred with both the ball and the bat as Rajasthan Royals beat struggling defending Indian Premier League champions Mumbai Indians by three wickets.
Archer’s death bowling (3-22) kept the Royals in contention after Suryakumar Yadav (72) and Ishan Kishan (58) mustered a partnership of 129 for Mumbai, but the hosts were soon in trouble with the bat in Jaipur.
Chasing a target of 168, Rajasthan were 125-6 with under three overs remaining – despite Sanju Samson’s 52 – but then Archer and Krishnappa Gowtham (33 not out) began finding the boundary.
Archer only made eight, but he ran well between the wickets and helped to turn the tide as Gowtham hit six boundaries, including the maximum that sealed victory with two balls remaining.
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