Wish I was as confident as Riyan Parag at 17: Steve Smith

first_img – advertisement 166/5 No data available! 163/7 vs (19.4) Super Over Punjab Punjab PNJ Match Ended view more view less Delhi beat Punjab by 5 wickets Indian Premier League, 2019 Delhi Indian Premier League, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 20:00 (Local Time) 163/7center_img (20.0) Series Status: Player Of The Match: Shreyas Iyer (19.4) 166/5 Wish I was as confident as Riyan Parag at 17: Steve SmithIn a crucial IPL match for Rajasthan Royals, Steve Smith and Riyan Parag stitched a 69-run partnership to defeat Mumbai Indians and keep their hopes of making the playoffs alive. Anita Jat JaipurApril 20, 2019UPDATED: April 20, 2019 23:08 IST Steve Smith scored 59 runs as Rajasthan defeated Mumbai Indians on Saturday. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSTeenager Riyan Parag scored 43 off 29 balls for Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on SaturdaySteve Smith smashed an unbeaten 59 to take RR home in their 162-run chaseRajasthan defeated Mumbai by 5 wickets after a strong stand between Smith and ParagAfter registering a crucial win over Mumbai Indians on Saturday, newly-appointed Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith praised 17-year-old Riyan Parag for his impressive knock of 43 from 29 balls and predicted a bright future for the young batsman.”Parag was really impressive; I have been watching him in the nets and with the bat looks like a seasoned campaigner,” skipper Smith said during the post-match presentation ceremony.”He’s a great kid and has a great future, I hope I was as confident when I was 17. When you are young and come into a team you have a carefree attitude and kept playing his shots,” Smith added.Steve Smith and Riyan Parag stictched 69 runs together for the fourth wicket to hand Rajasthan a much-needed five-wicket win over Mumbai Indians at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.Replacing Ajinkya Rahane as the Rajasthan Royals captain, Steve Smith impressed with an unbeaten 59 runs in 48 balls to hand his team only their third win in eight matches.Smith admitted that he didn’t have the desired impact with the bat in the previous Rajasthan Royals’ matches in IPL 2019 but hoped to carry forward the momentum from here.”I haven’t contributed as much as I would’ve liked through the tournament and it feels really nice to have gotten the boys over the line. Hopefully, we can carry it forward from here,” Smith said of his performance.Rajasthan are currently placed only above Royal Challengeres Bangalore, fetching six pints from three wins.Talking about a struggling Rajasthan in the IPL 2019, Smith said, “We just need to stay focussed on the processes, we just need to turn up and win. Every game’s a final, and we have to win each one. Let’s hope it turns out well for us.”advertisementSpeaking about Jofra Archer’s dropped catches Smith said, “It’s never good when you don’t take your catches, but Jofra pulled it back really well for us with the ball and was terrific.”Rajasthan Royals will next host Delhi Capitals on Monday.Also Read | DC vs KXIP Live Score, IPL 2019: Delhi spinners dent Punjab chargeAlso Read | RR vs MI, IPL 2019: 17-year-old Riyan Parag and Steve Smith stun Mumbai IndiansAlso See For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Steve SmithFollow Riyan ParagFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow Rajasthan Royals Referee: Prakash Bhatt (IND) Umpires: Ulhas Gandhe (IND), Chettithody Shamshuddin (IND) and Bruce Oxenford (AUS) (20.0) Scorecard Toss: DEL elected to field graphs Delhi DEL Indian Premier League, 2019, Match 37 Match Ended commentarylast_img

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