Rajasthan Royals paceman Jofra Archer’s role might have gone unnoticed as his side gunned down 224 in 20 overs against Kings XI Punjab in Sharjah last night. Jofra Archer came out to bat when Rajasthan Royals needed 21 off 11 deliveries, a point from where the game could have drifted either way. However, he smashed two sixes to tilt the scales in his side’s favour. Archer has reacted following the heist.
The state of the match turned on its head when Rahul Tewatia smashed five sixes in the 17th over bowled by Sheldon Cottrell. The mammoth over reduced the equation from 51 off 18 deliveries to Rajasthan needing 21 off 11. Earlier, half-centuries from skipper Steve Smith and Sanju Samson laid the platform before Tewatia launched a jaw-dropping assault and Tom Curran hitting the winning runs to take the Royals over the line.
Jofra Archer recalled the craziness when Rahul Tewatia began hitting the ball cleanly beyond the ropes and named the 30-run as the match-winning over. Archer felt glad to prove all those wrong who did not give them a shot at chasing down the total successfully.
“It was very crazy. Tewatia started to strike the ball very cleanly in the over of Cottrell and that is probably the match-winning over for me. I bet no one expected us to win, especially when we got to over 15. I am glad we proved we proved everyone wrong,” the 25-year old said as quoted in the Official Website of the franchise.
“The plan was just to see the ball and hit it” : Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer, who leaked 46 off his four overs, underlined that they slowed down a bit in the middle and emphasized that they simply planned to see and hit the ball. Rajasthan Royals move on to Dubai to face Kolkata Knight Riders in their third game on the 30th of September.
“Very Satisfied. It was hard to believe that we would win the match against Kings XI Punjab and have some points. We were a bit slow but very glad to get over the line. The plan was just to see the ball and hit it,” he added.