The day started off with the team management of the Rajasthan Royals being extremely ruthless by making the biggest change in the middle of the IPL 2019 tournament. It started off with the sacking of Ajinkya Rahane as the skipper and Steve Smith stepping into his shoes for the remaining season of the IPL 2019. This surely garnered them with a 6 wicket win and a couple of points on the table at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. The hosts won the toss and elected to bowl. Quinton de Kock gave a blistering start to team MI as he scored 50 runs for the team and titbits from others helped the team reach a total of 161 runs. RR beat MI by 5 wickets.
Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, had a good as compared to the Mumbai Indians but lost Ajinkya Rahane quite early in the game after making 12 runs. Sanju Samson who looked good also made way to the pavilion on the score of 35 runs. The team lost wickets back to back and was under severe pressure. But Riyan Parag and Steve Smith stood tall and made 70 runs for the team. While the 17-year-old Parag missed out on his half-century, Steve Smith brought up his 7th IPL 50 and remained not out on 59 runs. Both the batsmen have a lion’s share in contributing to the success of Rajasthan Royals. IPL 2019 Points Table Updated: No Change in Indian Premier League 12 Team Standings Despite RR Registering 5-Wicket Win Over MI.
Check out a few stats from the match below:
# Quinton de Kock scored his third IPL fifty.
# Steve Smith made his seventh IPL fifty.
# Riyan Parag who scored 43 runs missed the tag of being the youngest player to hit IPL fifty.
Steve Smith who went on to be the man of the match said, " 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." Despite the win, there is no change in the IPL 2019 points table as the Mumbai Indians stay on number two with 12 points. Whereas, the Rajasthan Royals are on number seven of the IPL 2019 points table.