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Mumbai Indians reign in CLT20
Breath-taking hitting from the Mumbai Indians’ middle order propelled them to a monumental total before Harbhajan Singh bowled what he described as his “best over in two years” to snuff out the last of Rajasthan Royals’ spirit, and inspire Mumbai to their second major title of the year, as they won the Champions League final by 33 runs, here yesterday.
The Royals bowlers were disciplined in their first 12 overs, which only cost them less than seven an over, but a Rohit Sharma onslaught unseamed their resolve and the remaining batsmen took maximum toll on a waning attack. Glenn Maxwell provided the most frenzied death-over innings, mauling 37 from 14, but Sharma, Dinesh Karthik and even Harbhajan struck at over 200 to help plunder 120 runs from the last eight overs of the innings, for an imposing 202 for six.
Chasing 203 runs for victory, Rajasthan lost an early wicket but Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson brought them back to life with an amazing second wicket stand. Samson led Rahane in a 109-run second-wicket stand that provided a fine base for the chase. But despite Rahane completing his fourth fifty on the trot, the Royals’ scoring slowed, and Harbhajan eventually sunk the opposition in a 17th over that claimed three wickets and cost only four runs.
Royals went into that over needing 48 runs from 24 balls, and with seven wickets still remaining, a successful chase was conceivable. But Rahane (65) swatted a full toss straight to deep midwicket and two balls later Stuart Binny was undone by some extra bounce and had his leg stump removed, before Kevon Cooper missed the last ball and overbalanced, and a sharp Karthik did not miss his chance. The rest was history.
Sampson, a new rising star here in India, faced just 33 balls, hitting four fours and four sixes, while Rahane negotiated 47 balls sending five rolling past the ropes and two into the stands. The boys from Jaipur lost their last eight wickets for 52 runs with man of the match Singh ending with 4/32 and Keiron Pollard 3/31.
Earlier, everyone contributed in Mumbai Indians’ impressive score. Dwayne Smith continued his impressive form with 44 off 39 deliveries at the top of the order and later on Australian Glenn Maxwell slammed 37 off 14 balls with four fours and two sixes.
In between Ambathi Rayudu cracked 29 off 24 balls with four attractive fours, Rohit Sharma made 33 off just 14 deliveries with three fours and two sixes. Sachin Tendulkar playing his last T20 match for Mumbai could not go out with a bang, as he was bowled by Shane Watson for 15. He struck three fours that had the 45,000 crowd calling for more.
T&T’s Keiron Pollard made 15 off 10 balls with a four and his mandatory six.
Mumbai won US$2.5 million for their efforts.
Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals
Mumbai Indians inns
DR Smith b Tambe 44
SR Tendulkar b Watson 15
AT Rayudu b Tambe 29
RG Sharma c Faulkner b Shukla 33
KA Pollard b Faulkner 15
GJ Maxwell run out 37
KD Karthik not out 15
Harbhajan Singh not out 7
Extras (lb 2, w 4, nb 1) 7
Total (6 wickets; 20 overs) 202
Fall of wickets 1-35 (Tendulkar, 4.3 ov), 2-77 (Smith, 11.3 ov), 3-104 (Rayudu, 13.4 ov), 4-140 (Pollard, 16.2 ov), 5-152 (Sharma, 17.1 ov), 6-193 (Maxwell, 19.3 ov)
Bowling: JP Faulkner 4-0-46-1, SR Watson 3-0-30-1, R Shukla 4-0-49-1, K Cooper 4-0-40-0, PV Tambe 4-0-19-2, S Binny 1-0-16-0.
K Perera run out 8
A Rahane c Smith b Harbhajan 65
S Samson c Harbhajan b Ojha 60
S Watson c Pollard b Harbhajan 8
S Binny b Harbhajan 10
D Yagnik c Karthik b Pollard 6
K Cooper st Karthik b Harbhajan 4
R Dravid b Coulter-Nile 1
J Faulkner c Smith b Pollard 2
R Shukla c Smith b Pollard 0
P Tambe not out 0
Extras lb3, w1, nb1 5
Total all out (18.5) 169.
Fall of wkts: 8, 117, 137, 155, 155, 159, 163, 169, 169, 169.
Bowling: G Maxwell 1-0-10-0, R Dhawan 3-0-34-0, H Singh 4-0-32-4, N Coulter-Nile 3-0-33-1, P Ojha 4-0-26-1, K Pollard 3.5-0-31-3.
Result: Mumbai won by 33 runs to take Champions League.
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