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The Mumbai Indians on Wednesday night ended the winning run of the Rajasthan Royals by coming out victors in a fantastic game that saw 367 runs scored in under 40 overs! After being put in to bat, Mumbai smashed their way to a 197/6 in 20 overs largely due to a power packed display from West Indian Kieron Pollard 64 (33) and a steady show from Ambati Rayudu 47* (32). The Royals in reply struggled initially with 2 early loses to Munaf Patel (4/28), but resurrected well courtesy a stellar show from Owais Shah (75 off 42). Sadly for the visitors though, they fell short by 27 runs in the end owing to a lower order collapse triggered by Lasith Malinga (2/13) and Kieron Pollard (4/44).
The Mumbai Indians were back home at the Wankhede stadium on Wednesday night when they took on an upbeat and unpredictable Rajasthan Royals side in their 4th match of the season. The Rajasthan captain Rahul Dravid won the toss on a slightly damp wicket and chose to field first, much like most captains have done in the tournament. The home team Mumbai went in unchanged and while Rajasthan made just the one change with batsman Brad Hodge making way for his former Aussie team mate left-arm wrist spinner Brad Hogg.
After being put into bat, the Mumbai Indians got off to a a decent start. Openers Richard Levi and Tirumalsetti Suman put on 28 runs for the first wicket in 21 balls before the latter was dismissed by a slower delivery from Amit Singh that he lofted to mid off. Rohit Sharma, walked in at no.3 on the back of a terrific match winning effort a couple of nights ago, and took off from where left off at Vizag. He creamed a deft late cut and a scorching cover drive to the boundary, taking Mumbai to a strong 54/1 after the powerplay.
Rajasthan hit back right after as their surprise package for this game, Brad Hogg got one through Sharma (21) with a well disguised flipper. Hogg brought his side right back into the game by bowling the well set Richard Levi for 29 in his next over.
At 68/3, Mumbai decided to promote the big hitting Kieron Pollard up the order to keep the momentum going. This move paid rich dividends as Pollard took apart the Rajasthan attack. He was sensible enough to see the dangerous Hogg off, before he launched into the lesser bowlers. He smacked sixes out of the park like only he can by effortless clearing the straight boundaries with brute power. During his brief stint out in the middle, Pollard completely changed the complexion of the game by helping Mumbai make 96 runs in a 9 over window. He found an able partner in Ambati Rayudu, who himself was aggressive and looked to bat through the innings with great surety. Pollard finally holed out for a breath-taking 64 off 33 balls that included 6 sixes and 4 fours and demoralised even the confident Rajasthan attack. Rayudu made sure he batted through and with the help of some clean hitting from Harbhajan (18* off 6 balls), took Mumbai to a daunting 197/6 in 20 overs.
Chasing a mammoth 198 for victory the Rajasthan Royals stumbled early. Munaf Patel, who picked up 4 wickets in the previous game, put Mumbai in the driver's seat in this game too by picking up 2 wickets in 2 balls in his very first over. He removed Rahul Dravid (3) first with a smart change of pace before having young Shreevats Goswami caught behind off his very first ball.
Ajinkya Rahane, who looked in silken touch, put together a valuable partnership with Owais Shah for the Royals. Rahane threaded the gaps wonderfully in his innings of 40 from 31 balls while Shah was audacity and belligerence personified, striking some crunching blows. The pair added 82 off 57 balls, keeping Rajasthan in the hunt before Rahane holed out to long on beaten by a Pollard slower delivery.
Rahane's dismissal saw Shah cut loose further as he smacked the bulk of the next 45 runs added in a 3 overs blitz. Harbhajan reacted well to being put under pressure and called on superstar Lasith Malinga for an over. The Sri Lankan speedster struck gold instantly, removing Shah for 76, bowled off his very first ball. He made further inroads by removing the experienced Johan Botha (2) in the same over. But thanks to that blitzkrieg from Shah, the game was still alive with Rajasthan on 136/5 after 15 overs.
The last 5 overs saw the Mumbai Indians seize their chance and romp home. The hard hitting Kevon Cooper looked ominous in his 14 run stay before Munaf Patel got one right in the block hole and castled him. Menaria (20) too perished, skying one to extra cover the very next over to practically end Rajasthan's hopes.
At 162/7, Kieron Pollard caused havoc picking up two wickets from the next 2 legitimate balls to mop things up. Rajasthan, thus ended 27 short in the end despite a marvelous innings from Owais Shah.
The Mumbai Indians finally managed to hold their nerve in a match that was a lot closer than what the scores suggested. The Rajasthan Royals meanwhile can leave Mumbai with their heads held high after a spirited chase of a daunting target. Mumbai will face the Delhi Daredevils next on the 16th at the same venue, while the Royals will hope to bounce back on the 13th night against the Kolkata Knight Riders in their backyard.
Rajasthan Royals: R Dravid, A Rahane, A Menaria, J Botha, B Hogg, A Chavan, O Shah, S Goswami, K Cooper, A Singh, S Trivedi.
Mumbai Indians: T Suman, R Levi, A Rayudu, J Franklin, D Karthik, K Pollard, H Singh, S Malinga, P Ojha, M Patel.
Mumbai Indians 197/6 (20 overs, 9.85 runs per over)
K Pollard 64(33) A Singh 2/29
A Rayudu 47*(32) B Hogg 2/31
Rajasthan Royals 170 all out (19.4 overs, 8.64 runs per over)
O Shah 76(42) M Patel 4/28
A Rahane 40(31) K Pollard 4/44
Mumbai win by 27 runs
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