"Very Pleasing": Steve Smith As Rajsthan Royals Thrash Defending Champions Mumbai Indians

“Very Pleasing”: Steve Smith As Rajsthan Royals Thrash Defending Champions Mumbai Indians

Steve Smith
Steve Smith. Image Credits: IPL

Rajsthan Royals captain Steve Smith was over the moon as Rajasthan Royals thumped Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2020 clash on Sunday. Mumbai Indians had set a daunting target of 196 runs to chase for Rajasthan Royals. But the likes of Sanju Samson and Ben Stokes chased it down without breaking a sweat.

By the virtue of the victory, Rajasthan Royals remain alive with an outside chance to qualify in the IPL 2020 playoffs while CSK are officially knocked out of the tournament. Smith said that it was very pleasing to see his side clinch victories as they cry for this sort of victories where a players uses his experience.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith. (Credits: Twitter)

I thought the partnership was fantastic: Steve Smith

“Very pleased, that’s what we’re crying for, use the experience, take the game deep and that’s what both Stokes and Samson did. The wicket was playing good, the ball was coming onto the bat, there was intent – the shots were flowing, they just played good cricketing shots – I thought the partnership was fantastic,” Smith said.

“We played some good cricket in the first half, the dropped chance proved to be costly, perhaps we ended up giving away another 40-45 runs, but it didn’t matter in the end. I hope our batters take the confidence from this match and play knocks which will help the team win,” he added.

Stokes Samson (Courtesy: Twitter)
Stokes Samson (Courtesy: Twitter)

In the chase, Rajasthan Royals lost opener Robin Uthappa and captain Steve Smith inside the powerplay. However there was no looking back from there on as Stokes and Samson guided Rajasthan Royals to a comprehensive win.

Earlier after pting to bat, Mumbai Indians rode on cameo knocks from Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary and a 21-ball 60 runs blitz from Hardik Pandya to post a total of 195/5 in the stipulated 20 overs. Fast bowler Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal picked up two wickets each for Rajasthan Royals.