In the 21st match of the IPL 2018, Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians met each other at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur. RR was desperately searching a way to avoid a hat-trick of defeats, while MI was looking to continue their winning runs.
MI won the toss and decided to bat first. MI went in unchanged and RR brought in Jofra Archer and Dhawal Kulkarni.
Kulkarni removed Evin Lewis for a first ball duck. But after that Suryakumar Yadav (72 off 47 balls with 6 fours and 3 sixes) and Ishan Kishan (58 off 42 balls with 4 fours and 3 sixes) added 129 runs for the second wicket and took Mumbai to 130/2 in 15th over.
But Unadkat removed Suryakumar and Kulkarni removed Ishan to start a choke on MI batting. Rohit ran himself out, while Jofra Archer picked three wickets- Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, and Mitchell McClenaghan- in one over, to send MI tumbling to a final total of 167/7 in 20 overs.
Debutant Jofra Archer was the pick of the bowlers with 3/23.
Twitter was amazed with Jofra Archer’s performance and here are some tweets.
Jofra Archer came into the auction with a growing reputation. We now know why.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 22, 2018
Hat-Trick on Debut ???— Carlos Brathwaite (@TridentSportsX) April 22, 2018
Archer's repeatedly hitting bullseye! What a night it's turning out for the youngster!— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 22, 2018