Royal win for spirited Rajasthan

Royal win for spirited Rajasthan

Royal win for spirited Rajasthan

Rajasthan Royals made a strong statement as they left Mumbai Indians bruised and battered with a convincing 87-run win in an Indian Premier League tie here on Wednesday night.

After riding on Ajinkya Rahane’s unbeaten 54-ball 68 to post a formidable 179 for three, Rajasthan bowled out Mumbai for 92 in 18.2 overs.

The victory helped Rajsthan leapfrog to the top of the poinst table with four wins from five matches, while Mumbai slipped to the fourth position.

While Rahane led Rajasthan’s batting, the bowling was more about team effort, with James Faulkner leading the way with three wickets.

Ajit Chandila and Stuart Binny picked up two wickets apiece.
Mumbai had a disastrous start as they lost Sachin Tendulkar in the first over, top-edging Chandila to the fine-leg fielder.

It was double delight for the home side as off-spinner Chandila struck again, having the woefully out-of-form Ricky Ponting caught and bowled to leave Mumbai, chasing a daunting target, reeling at 10 for two.

Sidhharth Trivedi had Rohit Sharma caught at mid-wicket in a rather soft dismissal, pushing Mumbai further onto the backfoot.

After failing to contribute with the bat, Binny made up with a beauty of a delivery that knocked down Kieron Pollard’s middle stump, helping the hosts inch closer to a big win.

At the end of 10th over, Mumbai were staring down the barrel at 42 for four, needing another 138 runs with the required rate going up with each delivery.
Despite boasting one of the best batting line-ups in the tournament, Mumbai could manage just three fours in the first 10 overs.

And even Kaarthick, going through a purple patch of sorts in the league, could not get going in the face of some disciplined bowling by Rajasthan.

There was some confusion when Ambati Rayudu and Harbhajan Singh found themselves at the same end after the former, who was on strike, crossed over for a single which Harbhajan was never interested in.

The run-out decision went against Harbhajan as he stepped out of the crease and his bat was in the air when the ball hit the stumps. The rest fell in quick succession to hand Mumbai their biggest IPL loss in terms of runs.

Earlier, Rahane top-scored with an unbeaten knock to help his side post a formidable total.

Batting first after winning the toss, Rajasthan raced to fifty in only six overs and were 88 for one at the end of 10th, before the home side picked up 19 runs in the last over of the innings to put up a challenging score.

score board

RAJASTHAN ROYALS: Shane Watson c Kaarthick b Pollard 31, Ajinkya Rahane (not out) 68, Dishant Yagnik c Tendulkar b Harbhajan 34, Stuart Binny (run out) 4, Brad Hodge (not out) 27. Extras (LB-7, NB-2, W-6) 15. Total (for 3 wkts, 20 overs) 179.
Fall of wickets: 1-62, 2-115, 3-126.

Bowling: Mitchell Johnson 4-0-41-0, Lasith Malinga 4-0-30 -0, Rishi Dhawan 2-0-20-0, Pragyan Ojha 4-0-31-0, Kieron Pollard 2-0-24-1, Harbhajan Singh 4-0-26-1.

MUMBAI INDIANS: Sachin Tendulkar c Trivedi b Chandila 1, Ricky Ponting c & b Chandila 4, Dinesh Kaarthick c Hodge b Faulkner 30, Rohit Sharma c Watson b Trivedi 2, Kieron Pollard b Binny 1, Ambati Rayudu lbw Cooper 27, Rishi Dhawan c Faulkner b Binny 0, Harbhajan Singh (run out) 1, Mitchell Johnson b Faulkner 11, Lasith Malinga b Faulkner 7, Pragyan Ojha (not out) 1. Extras (LB-4, W-3) 7. Total (all out, 18.2 overs) 92.

Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Tendulkar), 2-10, 3-26, 4-31, 5-61, 6-63, 7-64, 8-83, 9-83.
Bowling: Ajit Chandila 2-0-6-2, Ankeet Chavan 3-0-10-0, James Faulkner 3.2-1-16-3, Siddarth Trivedi 4-1-17-1, Stuart Binny 3-0-14-2, Kevon Cooper 3-0-25-1.

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