Mumbai knocked out despite win

Mumbai knocked out despite win

Although Mumbai registered their second victory in the tournament, the Sachin Tendulkar-led side will have to pack their bags and return home as Challengers and Highveld Lions have a better nett run-rate with one match still to go.

Mumbai’s prospect wss also marred by South Australia Redbacks, which has already booked their place in the last four stage from Group ‘B’ with three out of three wins. Although Mumbai have fours points, they ended their campaign with a run-rate of +0.22, while Challengers (+0.85) and Lions (+0.72) are in a better position with still a game to go.

Now, the match between Challengers and Lions has turned out to be a decider as whoever wins the encounter will progress to the semifinals along with Redbacks. In Sunday’s Indian Premier League derby, Rahul Dravid’s unbeaten 58-ball 71 and Virat Kohli’s 24-ball 47 went in vain, as chasing a competitive 166, Bangalore managed 163 for five in their alloted 20 overs, thereby falling short by two runs.

Needing 13 runs off last over, Kohli struck two fours off Zaheer Khan but in the end it was not enough to guide Bangalore home as he was caught in the final delivery by Ambati Rayudu.

Earlier, Bangalore produced a disciplined bowling performance upfront before Saurabh Tiwary and Dwyane Bravo stitched a quickfire 64-run sixth wicket stand to take Mumbai past the 150-mark. In deep trouble, Tiwary (38 not out) and Bravo (29 off 23) came to Mumbai’s rescue with the 64-run stand after the Sachin Tendulkar-led side were down 84 for five at one stage.

Score Board

MUMBAI INDIANS: Dhawan c Dravid b Steyn 41, Tendulkar c Uthappa b Kumar 11, Rayudu c Dravid b Vinay 3, Duminy c Steyn b Kallis 10, Tiwary (not out) 38, Pollard c Taylor b Steyn 0, Bravo c Kohli b Steyn 29, Harbhajan (run out) 14, Zaheer (not out) 0. Extras (B-9, LB-4, W-5, NB-1) 19. Total (for 7 wkts, 20 overs) 165.

Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-22, 3-51, 4-83, 5-84, 6-148, 7-163.

Bowling: Praveen Kumar 4-1-26-1, Vinay Kumar 4-0-16-1, Anil Kumble 4-0-45-0, Jacques Kallis 4-0-39-1, Dale Steyn 4-0-26-3.

ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE: Kallis lbw Ahmed 15, Dravid (not out) 71, Uthappa c Dhawan b Bravo 6, Taylor c Rayudu b Bravo 9, White b Harbhajan 7, Kohli  c Rayudu b Khan 47. Extras (B-2, LB-2, W-4) 8. Total (for 5 wkts, 20 overs) 163.

Fall of wickets: 1-41, 2-50, 3-72, 4-100, 5-163.        

Bowling: Zaheer 4-0-36-1, Malinga 4-0-35-0, Bravo 4-0-23-2, Ahmed 4-0-33-1, Harbhajan Singh 4-0-32-1.

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