Sussex ace Archer stars on Indian Premier League debut

Sussex's Jofra Archer starred in his Indian Premier League debut as the Rajasthan Royals conquered the Mumbai Indians.

Jofra Archer / Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Jofra Archer / Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Archer was named man of the match for his performance with the ball with figures 3-22 from his four overs as the Sunrisers won by three wickets.

Rajasthan restricted Mumbai to 167/7 after 20 overs, with Archer’s three wickets all coming in the 19th over.

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Archer scored eight in the reply but Krishnappa Gowtham scored 33 from 11 balls and hit the winning runs with a six with two balls to spare. Sanju Samson top-scored with 52 and Ben Stokes scored 40 from 27 balls.

Archer could feature in Rajsthan’s next game on Sunday against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, where he could face Sussex team-mates Chris Jordan and Rashid Khan.

Meanwhile, Khan featured for the Sunrisers in their defeat to the Chennai Super Kings. The 19-year-old Afghan, who will play for Sussex in the Vitality T20 Blast this summer, produced figures of 1-49 from his four overs whilst Ambati Rayudu hit 79 from 37 balls to set a target of 182/3.

Even though New Zealand’s Kane Williamson top-scored with 84 from 51 balls, it wasn’t enough as they fell four runs short of the target.

The Sunrisers’ next game is away to the Mumbai Indians on Tuesday.