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IPL 2019, RR vs MI: Turning Point - Steve Smith scores 59 runs off 48 balls

Here’s a look at the turning point of the match between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians.

cricket Updated: Apr 21, 2019 11:04 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Steve Smith,Rajasthan Royals,Mumbai Indians
Steve Smith in action.(PTI)

The Rajasthan Royals had a chase on their hands when the Mumbai Indians posted 161/5 in an IPL match in Jaipur on Saturday. The wicket was slowing up as the match progressed and therefore it was getting difficult to play free-flowing strokes. The newly appointed Rajasthan captain Steve Smith walked into bat after Ajnkya Rahane was dismissed in the fourth over. ((Full Scorecard))

Smith knew that in the absence of Jos Buttler, he had to bat through the innings and take Rajasthan over the line. The Australian ran between the wickets very well and dispatched the loose deliveries to the boundary. He strung important partnerships with Sanju Samson and Riyan Parag during the course of his innings.

Smith played second fiddle to Samson, who was going great guns at the other end. Once Samson was dismissed for 35 runs from 19 balls, Smith took centre stage. Parag and Smith added 70 runs off 58 balls to turn the match completely in Rajasthan’s favour.

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Steve Smith remained unbeaten on 59 runs from 49 balls and ensured that Rajasthan walk off the field as winners of the match. The home side won the match by five wickets with five balls to spare.

Smith at the presentation said that he felt nice about taking his team over the line.

“I haven’t contributed as much as I would’ve liked through the tournament and it feels really nice to have gotten the boys over the line. Hopefully we can carry it forward from here. We can’t worry about others’ results, it’s just about us and our game. We showed a lot of courage to pull them back to 160 and executed our plans really well. It’s never good when you don’t take your catches, but Jofra (Archer) pulled it back really well for us with the ball and was terrific. Parag was really impressive; I have been watching him in the nets and with the bat looks like a seasoned campaigner. He’s a great kid and has a great future, I hope I was as confident when I was 17,” said Smith.

First Published: Apr 20, 2019 20:27 IST