Jofra Archer | Sportzwiki's Man of the Match | Rajasthan Royals | IPL 2018
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IPL 2018: Sportzwiki’s Man of the Match – Jofra Archer

The 11th edition of the Indian Premier League has witnessed some thrilling last-over contests already.

And the 21st game between Rajasthan Royals and the Mumbai Indians in Jaipur panned out in the same manner.

It was Jofra Archer, who shined in style before Krishnappa Gowtham slammed a six off Hardik Pandya to take his side to victory by three wickets.

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The England cricketer was roped in by the Royals during the auction, and while he spent the initial days in the tournament nursing his injury, the speedster played a stellar role tonight.

“It’s probably the biggest T20 competition outside of international cricket, and I can’t play international cricket at the moment, so it’s probably going to be the biggest challenge of my life so far. I just want to perform as well as I did in the Big Bash and take that form back to Sussex.”

Archer makes everyone take notice

Archer was first seen playing for Sussex in the County Championship in the year 2016. But it was during the Big Bash League, where he grabbed the headlines with his 145 kph deliveries.

He bagged 16 wickets in BBL and had already scalped three on his IPL debut.

Bowling the 19th overs, Archer picked the wicket of Krunal Pandya and in the same he over; the pacer went on to bamboozle Hardik’s stumps before cleaning up Mitchell McClenaghan.

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Jofra Archer took three wickets on his debut against Mumbai Indians. Image Courtesy: BCCI

 

Archer finished his spell with three wickets, conceding 22 runs. His contribution helped his side restrict Mumbai to mere 167/7 in their 20 overs.

It turned out to be a tight finish, as the Royals snatched a win from the jaws of defeats. With 28 runs needing from 12 balls, Gowtham and Archer found the ropes to bring it down to ten off the last over. It as then over to Gowtham to do the finishers job and he didn’t disappoint.