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IPL 2024: Jaiswal’s 104 not out propels Rajasthan to nine-wicket victory over Mumbai
IPL 2024: Jaiswal’s 104 not out propels Rajasthan to nine-wicket victory over Mumbai

Jaipur, April 23 : Yashasvi Jaiswal hammered a 59-ball unbeaten century after Sandeep Sharma claimed a five-fer as Rajasthan Royals beat Mumbai Indians by nine wickets in a rain-affected Match 38 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Monday.

Jaiswal scored 104 not out from 60 balls as Rajasthan Royal reached 183/1 after Sandeep Sharma's 5-18 had restricted the five-time IPL winner to 179/9 in 20 overs after they elected to bat first.

Chasing the target of 180, Jos Buttler, fresh from playing the best knock of his IPL career against Kolkata Knight Riders, was in the mood to punish Hardik Pandya. Pandya's first over included a brace of length-ball outswingers and Butler hammered them to a brace of boundaries through covers. Pandya conceded 11 runs in his first over.

Jasprit Bumrah, from the other side, offered a trickier challenge, and just a brace of singles ensued, including one for Buttler to a misfield in the covers.

It was a box-office first over from Gerald Coetzee to Yashasvi Jaiswal, who picked three boundaries but didn't know much about the second. A length-ball first up earned Jaiswal the most languid of sixes down the ground. Coetzee then served a 150 kph sizzler that burst past the splice and almost took the keeper's head off. Four balls later, and it was Jaiswal on the firing line as he pulled defensively and top-edged over the keeper, before signing off the over with a more measured punch through cover. It was a big over as Jaiswal collected 14 runs via boundaries and two of the extras. Debutant Nuwan Thushara, after a decent six runs debut over in the IPL was hammered for 17 runs in his second as Rajasthan ended the Power-play on 61 for no loss.

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