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Captain Smith guides Rajasthan to third win of the season
IPL 2019

Captain Smith guides Rajasthan to third win of the season

Steve Smith hit an unbeaten half-century to lead Rajasthan Royals to a comfortable five-wicket win over Mumbai Indians after being appointed captain on Saturday.

Smith replaced Rajasthan's regular captain Ajinkya Rahane in a reshuffle to spark a comeback in the season.

Smith made 59* off 48 as Rajasthan outplayed Mumbai with five balls to spare. He was ably supported by 17-year-old Riyan Parag who smashed 43 off 29 balls in 70-run fourth-wicket partnership with Smith.

"Haven't contributed as much as I'd like through this tournament, it was nice to get off to a good start and take the boys home," Smith said after his team's third win in nine games so far.

"We can't worry about other results, it's about us and our processes. For us, it's a final, every game. We did well to pull it back to 160 (161) and executed our skills well," he added.

Smith hit five boundaries and a six to anchor Rajasthan's chase of 162.

Rahul Chahar was the pick of the bowlers for Mumbai with the figures of 3-29.

Earlier, Rajasthan bowlers restricted Mumbai to 161 for five despite a brisk 65 from Quinton de Kock.

Shreyas Gopal took 2-21 while Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer and Jaydev Unadkat shared a wicket each.

The team management is gambling on Smith boosting confidence to get the side to the playoffs.

"Steve is one of the most innovative and successful captains in the world, in all formats of the game," said Rajasthan's head of cricket Zubin Bharucha.

"We are confident he can lead the Royals to success."