Mumbai Indians (167-7) received their 4th defeat in 5 games as they were beaten by Rajasthan Royals (168-7) in another last over encounter. The cheap dismissals of Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi was not the start the home team would have aspired for but the 72-run third-wicket stand between Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson gave hopes to the home team.
One of the main reasons for Mumbai Indians ending up with a below par score was Archer's bowling at the death (three wickets in the 19th over) and also the failing of Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya. Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians is the 21st of 60 games of this Indian Premier League season 11. He subsequently bowled slower and knuckleballs to peg back Rajasthan back into the game.
Batting first, the defending champions looked set for a big total but the Barbados-born bowler troubled the Mumbai batsmen with good pace. The over started promisingly enough after Hardik Pandya banged one in short and found the top edge of Jofra Archer's bat for a simple caught and bowled, only for the momentum to shift the very next delivery as Krishnappa Gowtham guided a wide delivery over the gully region for four. In December, a similar incident happened against Sri Lanka in Dharamsala where he got the wicket of Upul Tharanga off a no-ball again and the batsman went on to win the match for his team. His full name is Jofra Chioke Archer. Rohit Sharma's return to form is an ominous sign for any team, while Rajasthan's lack of it as a unit is a worrying one for them.
But in the 17th over, paceman Jasprit Bumrah removed Samson and Jos Buttler (6) to tilt the match in Mumbai's favour, with the hosts at 125/5 in 16.3 overs. He favoured the on-side for his assault - a 47-ball 72 that included half a dozen boundaries and three sixes. The people are placed sixth with two things, having lost several of their four matches, however the circumstance isn't fresh to the people as they've effected striking turnarounds in the past. The Karnataka all-rounder closed the Mustafizur Rahman over with a six and a four to bring the equation down to a reasonable 28 off 12.
When Samson got out, Royals required 43 runs from 22 balls. They have now lost four of their five matches so far and while that isn't a good start by any standard, the close losses will hit their morale even more. It's important to make sure that we focus on what we want to do.