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IPL 2018: Nice to be Back After Missing the First Few Games, says MoM Jofra Archer

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Jofra Archer. Image Courtesy: BCCI

Super Sunday treated us with two nail-biting finishes between four quality teams in the tournament. Rajasthan Royals hosted the Mumbai Indians at their recently breached fortress at Jaipur.

The day belonged to the much-hyped bowler, Jofra Archer, who came into the reckoning after an impressive performance in the Big Bash League.

However, due to the injury, Archer had missed out in the first four matches of the tournament.

That said, Archer made his presence felt almost immediately, as he clinched three wickets in the backend to upset the high-profile Mumbai Indians batting order.

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Jofra Archer of the Rajasthan Royals appeals during match twenty-one of the Vivo Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL 2018) between the Rajasthan Royals and the Mumbai Indians held at The Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on the 22nd April 2018. Photo by: Deepak Malik / IPL/ SPORTZPICZ.

Also, the West Indian came back with the bat, with steeping required run rate, as he cracked two boundaries off Bumrah.

It is nice to be back on the park after missing the first few games. We just wanted to restrict them after it looked like they would get to 180. It was a bit nervy coming to an end, when we needed 40 in 20, but with the talent, we had in the line up we knew it would be easy,” Jofra Archer told Murali Karthik after receiving the man of match award.

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Gowtham Krishnappa of the Rajasthan Royals bats during match twenty-one of the Vivo Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL 2018) between the Rajasthan Royals and the Mumbai Indians held at The Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on the 22nd April 2018. Photo by: Deepak Malik / IPL/ SPORTZPICS

On top of the world: K Gowtham 

If Archer was the man of the match, Krishnappa Gowtham was the hero of the matched who finished it off with his 11-ball 33.

On top of the world. I had a decent first class year. The captain asked me to believe, and that’s what I did. It worked. You just need a good hit with 6 needed off three balls. That’s what I was thinking when I denied the single,” Krishnappa Gowtham stated after a sensational win against Mumbai Indians.

After winning the toss, Mumbai Indians backed their defending abilities, opting to bat first. Both SK Yadav and Ishan Kishan batted brilliantly for their partnership and their respective half-century.

However, the Royals’ bowlers made it difficult for the batsman to add the final flourish. As a result, the visitors were 25 runs short of the expected score.

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Jofra Archer was adjudged the Man of the Match for his performance against Mumbai Indians. Image Courtesy: BCCI

Losing a couple of early wickets, Samson and Stokes threatened to chase down the score themselves with overs to spare. But the likes of Mustafizur and Pandya made it difficult for the hosts who kept losing their wickets.

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After the thrilling contest between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royals also take an initiative to move towards the top of the table.

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Chahar was the star performer for CSK earlier today. Photo Credit: IPL.

The Royals now have six points in the six games in the tournament while Mumbai Indians had to face their fourth defeat in the five games played, languishing at the bottom of the table.

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