Mumbai 163-0 after 18.1 overs
Tendulkar 58, Smith 87
A perfect win for Mumbai! Their batsmen came out, started confidently and executed their game plan brilliantly. They waited for the bad balls and clobbered them to the boundary while patiently running between the wickets. There was no need for risks because they scored a boundary in almost every over. Smith’s innings certainly stood-out, but Sachin did not disappoint either.
Mumbai 140-0 after 15 overs
Tendulkar 49, Smith 75
This is fantastic, flawless batting. Even Sachin has done well and is just a run away from a half-century. Smith on the other hand, has decimated Rajasthan’s bowlers to such a level that they cannot get the upper hand on him mentally or physically. He has taken every bad ball and sent it to the ropes, relying on quick runs and not taking any risks between the wickets.
Mumbai 105-0 after 12 overs
Tendulkar 40, Smith 52
Smooth smooth sailing for these two batsmen. As Tendulkar adds a couple of fours to his collection of runs, Smith is now aiming higher than that… he goes for the big one and gets two of them back-to-back–both over the on-side. Rajasthan have to get a wicket or risk a perfect win for Mumbai.
Mumbai 72-0 after 9 overs
Tendulkar 26, Smith 34
Mumbai riding their luck– especially Tendulkar, who gets a top edge first which a diving Watson could not take and then his scooped shot lands just short of the fielder on the on side. Smith meanwhile, gets another four.
Mumbai 44-0 after 6 overs
Tendulkar 13, Smith 27
Smith looks in very good touch. He has hardly run for his score, rather making it count with fours and sixes… the highlight being a pull shot which raced away to the ropes.
Mumbai 21-0 after 3 overs
Tendulkar 6, Smith 12
Good solid start for Mumbai. No signs of jitter from either batsman. Smith has already whacked a six as Tendulkar adjusts himself with a four past covers.
Mumbai come out to bat and are chasing a target of 163 runs
WICKET! Rajasthan 162-5 after 20 overs
Dishant Yagnik c & b Malinga 6 (3b, 1×4, 0×6)
Malinga fools Yagnik with a really slow delivery which he takes himself, but the left hander had scored a four before that which has taken Rajasthan past the 160-run mark. With the situation they were in, this is a very respectable total.
WICKET! Rajasthan 148-5 after 18.5 overs
Ashok Menaria c & b Kulkarni 21 (20b, 1×4, 1×6)
Menaria sees a full-toss and hits it straight back to the bowler, but the ball hasn’t bounced before Kulkarni takes a sharp catch inches from the ground.
Rajasthan 136-4 after 17 overs
Shah 17, Menaria 15
Owais Shah has been pretty quite in his last few innings, but today he is playing without worry, hurling his bat at a couple of Pollard deliveries to get a four and a six under his belt. The first one of those came after Malinga tracked the ball all the way and then missed his dive completely to let the ball run away. Menaria also joins the party, slapping RP Singh for six over third-man.
WICKET! Rajasthan 105-4 after 14 overs
Shane Watson c Smith b Pollard 45 (36b, 4×4, 2×6)
Shane Watson was getting into an entertaining mode after a six and four, helping Rajasthan reach their 100-run mark. But he is out as soon as he tries to be too enterprising, and ends up caught at deep mid-wicket.
WICKET! Rajasthan 84-3 after 11.2 overs
Stuart Binny run out 30 (17b, 3×4, 2×6)
That’s a bit odd! Binny wants a quick single and as he turns to retreat, he smashes into Pollard before the big man casually takes the bails away.
Rajasthan 82-2 after 11 overs
Watson 20, Binny 7
Binny has suddenly erupted with a flurry of boundaries consisting of three fours and a six as Harbhajan cannot understand what hit him. As if that was not enough, Watson then smacks one over mid-wicket which goes all the way for maximum.
Rajasthan 48-2 after 8 overs
Watson 20, Binny 7
Watson has got going now…courtesy of two fours. Binny on the other hand has also attacked the odd bad ball, swatting Harbhajan for a six over long on. The fifty is still not up but this is none the less a safe score.
WICKET! Rajasthan 31-2 after 5.2 overs
Ajinkya Rahane c Sharma b Kulkarni 13 (17b, 2×4, 0×6)
Rahane was looking good but his end has come sooner than expected. He goes for the pull shot and it goes straight to the fielder at short mid-wicket.
Rajasthan 26-1 after 4 overs
Rahane 11, Watson 7
Dravid may have gone but Rahane is surely lighting it up with his quality strokes. He has managed to quickly score a couple of fours before Watson unleashes a drive through extra-cover for four more.
WICKET! Rajasthan 9-1 after 1.4 overs
Rahul Dravid c Karthik b Kulkarni 5 (5b, 1×4, 0×6)
Dravid reaches out at a delivery way outside off-stump. Maybe he was lured by the sudden room available to him, but he manages to edge it straight to the keeper.
Rajasthan Royals have won the toss and will bat first
Rajasthan Royals: Rahul Dravid, Ajinkya Rahane, Shane Watson, Owais Shah, Ashok Menaria, Dishant Yagnik, Stuart Binny, Bradd Hogg, Shaun Tait, Siddharth Trivedi, Ajit Chandila