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IPL 2013 MI VS RR as it happened: Mumbai beat Rajasthan by 14 runs

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2335 IST

OUT! Malinga has Hodge leg-before with the yorker. Hit him on the back boot in front of middle and leg. RR are 144/7 with 5 balls left. That should be that.

Hodge lbw b Malinga 39 (27b 7x4 0x6) SR: 144.44

Cooper manages to thrash a six over deep extra cover but Mumbai wrap up victory by 14 runs. They preserve their unbeaten record at home and go top of the table, ahead of CSK on net run-rate.

2329 IST

Hodge brings up the 50-parternship by slicing a Kulkarni full toss to the point boundary. 10 off the over, which is good, but not good enough. RR need 23 from the final over bowled by Malinga. That is highly improbable.

2324 IST

Malinga keeps them full and straight. The batsmen can't manage much more than singles. Only five from it. After 18, RR are 134/6. They need 33 runs from the final two overs.

2315 IST

Johnson bowls a good over. Hodge only manages an edge past the keeper for four. Seven from it in total. After 17, RR are 129/8. They need 38 from 18 balls. Malinga will bowl 12 of those deliveries.

2309 IST

Hodge decides to take on Ojha. Sends him powerfully to the cover boundary and then delicately to the third man fence. Then Rayudu not only clangs one from Hodge on the ropes, but it goes for four too. Johnson completes the set by knocking the ball with his trailing arm as he puts in the dive and sending it to the boundary for the fourth and final four of the over.

After 16, RR are 122/6. They need 45 from the last four overs.

2303 IST

Ojha bowls a tidy over for 6. Malinga follows up with an eight-run over. After 15, RR are 106/6.

2255 IST

OUT! Bhajji bowls Yagnik, who comes down the wicket and has a wild slog with the required rate over 11 an over now. Misses everything RR slump to 88/6 after 12.5 overs.

DH Yagnik b Harbhajan Singh 10 (14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

2251 IST

Binny gets after Ojha. Goes inside-out over long-off for SIX and cuts him past point for four. 13 runs from the over. After 12, RR are 82/5.

2248 IST

Harbhajan continues. Binny manages a four off the last ball. Nine from the over. After 11, RR are 69/5.

2241 IST

OUT! Watson mistimes a pull off an Ojha long-hop. A gleeful Pollard takes the catch, then runs around and celebrates by pointing out which way Watson should go. Not RR's night tonight. They are 58/5 after 9.1 overs

Watson c Pollard b Ojha 19 (16b 0x4 2x6) SR: 118.75

Some afters between Pollard on the boundary and Watson in the dugout. Watson gets up and goes indoors after Dravid intervenes.

2238 IST

Malinga comes on. Tries to bounce Watson, who gets inside the line of the ball and hits it flat and hard over square leg. Malinga tries again and this time Watson hits it high over square leg for a second six. 15 from the over. After 8, RR are 47/4.

2233 IST

Harbhajan, who has been very economical this season comes on. True to form, just two singles and wide from the over. After 7, RR are 32/4.

2223 IST

OUT! Rahane toe-ends a pull off Kulkarni and Malinga catches the steepler comfortably. RR in big trouble at 29/4 after 6 overs.

AM Rahane c Malinga b Kulkarni 4 (8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

2215 IST

OUT! Samson doesn't come off today. Tries to pull Johnson but is cramped by the pace and spoons a simple catch to wide mid-on. RR are 26/3 after 4.4 overs

SV Samson c Ojha b Johnson 4 (4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

2210 IST

OUT! Faulkner top edges a pull shot and Maxwell takes a good catch running back at point. The pinch-hitter experiment did not work. RR are 22/2 after 3.4 overs

Faulkner c Maxwell b Kulkarni 12 (13b 2x4 0x6) SR: 92.30

2200 IST

Kulkarni bowls the second over. Malinga being kept back, which is MI's strategy. Faulkner edges the first ball over the slips for four. Two from the rest of the over. After 2, RR are 11/1.

2153 IST

OUT! Dravid caught behind off a bouncer from Johnson. He doesn't like the decision. Walks off incensed. Then slams his bat when he gets to the dugout. RR are 5/1.

R Dravid c †Karthik b Johnson 4 (5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00.

2136 IST

OUT! Johnson paddles Faulkner straight to Hodge at fine leg. He had the right idea with fine leg up. Just wasn't able to execute.

Johnson c Hodge b Faulkner 2 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

OUT! Malinga is run out going for a second run off the last ball. Bhajji had settled for the single and both players ended up at the non-striker's end.

Faulkner produces an excellent final over. Just four runs from it and two wickets. Excellent comeback from Rajasthan in the last five overs. Just 34 were scored off them. Quite a turnaround from the game against Sunrisers.

MI have finished with 166/8 after 20 overs when 180 seemed a certainty.

2130 IST

Almost an excellent over from Cooper. Had Johnson feeling for the ball as he mixed up his pace. Just one single from the first five balls. Then he bounced Harbhajan off the last ball, and was sliced over point for SIX. After 19, MI are 162/6.

2125 IST

OUT! Rayudu goes for the slog off Watson and hits it miles in the air but not far enough. Samson, maybe a foot from the boundary, takes a well judged catch. MI now 151/6 after 17.5 overs.

AT Rayudu c Samson b Watson 7 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

2116 IST

Cooper with his mix of slower balls and cutters now.

OUT! Brilliant in the field. Pollard gets a leading edge to a short delivery. Cooper can't make up the ground to take the catch but spins and throws down the stumps at the non-striker's end to send Pollard back. Pollard was well short.

Pollard run out 17 (14b 1x4 1x6) SR: 121.42

MI are 144/5 after 16.4 overs.

2111 IST

OUT! This time Rohit doesn't bat through. Top-edges a pull and Watson does well running back from short fine leg to take the catch. MI are 138/4 after 15.5 overs.

Sharma c Watson b Faulkner 14 (9b 2x4 0x6) SR: 155.55.

2104 IST

Watson comes back for his third over. Pollard swings him away for four. Nine from the over. After 15, MI are 132/3. They are looking at a score over 180 here, possibly close to 200 if Pollard gets going again.

2100 IST

Pollard is the new man. Tambe to bowl his final over. Eventually the result had to be SIX! Pollard nonchalantly straight drives Tambe over his head. 213 from the over. After 14, MI are 123/3.

2055 IST

OUT! Cooper induces a false stroke from Tare with a slower ball. Goes to drive it but gets a top edge to Watson in the covers. He was much too early on the shot.

Tare c Watson b Cooper 59 (37b 8x4 1x6) SR: 159.45

MI are 110/3 after 13 overs.

2051 IST

Tambe continues to fire them in. Karthik slogs sweeps him for four.

OUT! Tries to slog-sweep again but this time Samson runs in and takes a good catch falling forward. MI are 105/2 after 12 overs.

KD Karthik c Samson b Tambe 21 (21b 3x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

2047 IST

Stunning from Tare. He drills the first ball wide of long-off for four, then knocks the second over mid-off (the fielder was brought up in the circle). Cool as you like. Brings up his half-century with a quick single. His 50 comes of just 30 balls, with 7 fours and a six. After 11, MI are 94/1 and coasting.

2042 IST

Tambe continues. Has a good lbw shout against Karthik turned down. Karthik might just have got his bat down in time. Karthik manages a top-edged sweep that goes fine for four. Eight from the over. After 10, MI are 81/1, with Tare on 39 and Karthik on 15

2038 IST

Kevon Cooper has the ball after the strategic time out. Tare picks up a slower ball and helps it to fine leg for four. The rest of the over is uneventful. After 9, MI are 73/1.

2033 IST

Tambe comes on. Dravid deciding to risk another spinner but he has no choice given the side he has picked. Tambe mostly bowls it flat and quick but when he tosses one up, it turns to beat Karthik's outside edge. After 8, MI are 66/1.

2028 IST

Binny comes on. Tare keeps attacking. Smashes an offdrive so hard long-off can't get near it. Then mistimes a pull that goes low to Dravid at mid-wicket but Dravid SPILLS the chance. Tare promptly plays the shot again but this time it comes off and he gets four. After 7, MI are 60/1.

2023 IST

Tare looking in good form here. Watson is full on leg-stump and Tare absolutely crushes him over long-on for SIX! Throw in a four by Karthik earlier in the over and in the end 14 came from it. After 6, MI are 49/1. This is Tare's first game for MI in three years, by the way.

2018 IST

Tare gets in on the act by tucking Chavan to fine leg, then slog-sweeping him to square leg. Eight from the over. After 5, MI are 35/1.

2012 IST

OUT! Watson traps Maxwell leg-before. Replays suggest there may have been an inside edge. MI are 25/1 after 3.2 overs.

GJ Maxwell lbw b Watson 23 (17b 0x4 3x6) SR: 135.29

2010 IST

No chance for Chavan to settle in his second over. Maxwell drops deep into his crease and heaves him over midwicket for SIX! Then cracks him straight back over his head for a second SIX. 15 from the over. After 3, MI are 25.

2006 IST

Pace at the other end in the shape of Faulkner. Maxwell waits on a full delivery and thumps him over deep midwicket for SIX! Eight from the over. After 2 overs, MI are 10/0.

2003 IST

Ankit Chavan will open the bowling for RR. Maxwell has been sent out for MI, alongside Tare. Maxwell has little idea how to play Chavan. Mostly on the defensive. Just two from it.

1950 IST

Here are the playing XIs:

Smith is missing for Mumbai too. Maxwell gets his second game.

MI XI: RG Sharma, A Tare, D Karthik, A Rayudu, G Maxwell, K Pollard, H Singh, M Johnson, D Kulkarni, L Malinga, P Ojha.

Rajasthan have picked a couple of spinners for this track. Trivedi misses out.

RR XI: R Dravid, A Rahane, S Watson, S Samson, B Hodge, S Binny, D Yagnik, J Faulkner, K Cooper, A Chavan, P Tambe.

1930 IST

Dravid laughs when he is asked about RR and experimenting. Says they have been doing so much, he doesn't think there is any room for more.

Rajasthan have won the toss and will bowl first. Dravid says they enjoy chasing and perform better when they do. Rohit is happy to bat first.

But the big news is that Tendulkar is not playing today. He has a tendon problem with his left arm. Rohit is not sure how long it will take him to recover.

Preview
Having snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad, heavyweights Mumbai Indians have their tails ahead of their final home game against Rajasthan Royals.

The reward for a win for either team is the chance to finish the league in the top two. Mumbai all-rounder Kieron Pollard’s blistering attack in the last four overs of the contest against Hyderabad must have sent alarm bells ringing for the Royals who have come here on a high after winning all eight home games.

Can Rahul Dravid lead his troops to victory at the Wankhede? BCCI

Can Rahul Dravid lead his troops to victory at the Wankhede? BCCI

Their earlier clash at Jaipur on April 17 was a disaster for Mumbai who were bundled out for a lowly 92 in 18.2 overs chasing the Royals’ imposing score of 179 for 3 built mainly around local boy Ajinkya Rahane’s unbeaten 68 off 54 balls.

Similar to the visitors’ unbeaten run at home, Mumbai too have been unscathed in seven games in their backyard this season but they very nearly came a cropper against Sunrisers. Pollard’s timely reminder of his abilities could not have come at a better time for the home team with the most important phase of the tournament coming up soon.

Mumbai have got decent if not spectacular starts from Sachin Tendulkar and Dwayne Smith in most of the games, but a worrying factor could be the senior India batsman’s retirement from the crease after he felt some unease in his palm while hitting a six in the last game.

The dip in form of Smith in the last few games must also be causing a bit of concern and it remains to be seen whether Ricky Ponting makes a return to the playing XI after sitting out many games due to lack of form.

Dinesh Karthik (435 runs from 14 games) and skipper Rohit Sharma, who has been in splendid form with 457 runs, including four half tons at just over 54 per innings, have been the middle order bulwarks.

Mumbai bowling has been manned splendidly by pacers Mitchell Johnson and Lasith Malinga (20 and 13 wickets respectively) and the spin twins of Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha (17 and 14).

Royals too must also be pretty pleased with the recent run of Shane Watson who is a match-winner with both bat and ball (483 runs and 8 wickets from 12 games). A Watson-Pollard skirmish within the larger battle looks a mouth-watering prospect. Ajinkya Rahane, for whom this is his Ranji Trophy home ground, has been the most consistent batsman for the visitors with 433 runs from 14 games along with skipper Rahul Dravid (387 from 14).

The surprise packet has been Stuart Binny who has been a vital cog with his all-round prowess (219 runs and 5 wickets).

With the lanky James Faulkner (19 wickets) and Kevan Cooper (16) spearheading the new ball attack in splendid fashion, Royals’ only worry could be a lack of effective spin bowling options.

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