Sanju Samson might be having an outstanding time in the Indian Premier League this season, but right when it mattered the most, he faltered. He failed to get any meaningful contribution with the bat and despite his keeping blooper not having a lot of significance, it drops shoulders. He missed a sitter of an opportunity to dismiss Rohit Sharma early on but failed to hang on to it.
With Rajasthan not having a lot of runs to defend, Shreyas Gopal was asked to bowl in the 3rd over of the game. The former Mumbai Indians cricketer managed to induce a hasty shot from Rohit Sharma, as he danced down the ground to no great avail. He missed the ball completely, and Sanju Samson just needed to collect the ball to complete a simple stumping.
Funnily, the ball took a small edge before heading into his hands, which means it was a double whammy for the Royals.
Rohit’s movement wasn’t coming in the way of Samson’s vision as well, making it inexcusable for him to not catch the ball. Before he could gather the ball, Rohit, who had walked 3-4 feet down the ground, turned back and got around. Gopal was left disappointed having missed an opportunity to dismiss one of the world’s finest in white-ball cricket.
Chetan Sakariya brought a smile on Gopal’s face, by dismissing Rohit in the next over. He sliced it straight to the cover fielder, where Yashasvi Jaiswal completed a fine catch.
Here’s the video of that miss from Sanju Samson.
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Samson and company disappoint with the bat
Despite getting a solid start courtesy of Evin Lewis and Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rajasthan Royals were disappointed with the bat. They managed just 90 runs in their 20 overs, 27 of which came in the first 3 overs. Mumbai Indians gave them no room to have a go at the ball, thus curtailing the run flow and also picking wickets at regular intervals.
Nathan Coulter-Nile picked up 4 wickets for Mumbai, whilst Jimmy Neesham returned with 3 wickets in his 4 overs. Besides the openers and Mustafizur Rahman, no other Rajasthan batter managed a strike rate in excess of 100.