Jofra Archer announced his arrival in the Indian Premier League for Rajasthan Royals in grand style as he returned with figures of 3/22 in four overs on Sunday. Archer came into the limelight after he was bought in the auctions by RR for a sum of Rs 7.2 crore. But owing to a side strain he could not feature in the first few matches for the Royals. But with his performance in Jaipur, he is now surely making his presence felt. Making his debut against Mumbai Indians, Archer was impressive in his initial couple of overs generating pace above 140 kmph. However, he was outstanding with his yorkers in the death overs as he scalped three wickets in the 19th over, which knocked the stuffing out of Mumbai. It was his spell which restricted MI to 167/7 in 20 overs.
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Archer’s dismissal of Mitchell McClenaghan was one to behold as he hit the timber with a 149.2 kph thunderbolt. Before that, he also dismissed the experienced Hardik Pandya with a sensational yorker bowled at 145.6kph. Incidentally, Archer’s figures (3/23) are the third best for Rajasthan Royals on debut only behind – 4/26 by Kevon Cooper vs KXIP, Jaipur, 2012 and 3/09 by Amit Singh vs KXIP, Durban, 2009.
Couple of yorkers from the 90s in that over from Jofra Archer. 👏👏👏#MIvsRR
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Archer had a few fitness concerns prior to this encounter and hence was out of action for the first few matches. However, after his performance against MI, Royals will hope that he remains fit for the rest of IPL 11 and if he does then Rajasthan will surely become a force to be reckoned with.