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Mumbai Indians beat Rajasthan Royals by four wickets, with one ball remaining.
0037: That's it! Dhawan comes on and hits a brilliant improvised shot over short fine-leg for four and then takes a single. It's one needed from two deliveries and Harbhajan decides to slap a six over the offside. MI have won by four wickets, and finish at 169-6.
0032 Wicket! Rayudu b Watson 17 (11b 1x4 1x6) Rayadu is bowled! MI manage a quick double on the first ball, but Watson's slower delivery does Rayadu in. It's 160-6 after 19.2 overs. MI need six runs off four balls.
0030: Dropped! Hodge is coming in for a running catch as Rayadu goes for the big shot, and puts it down. Rayadu then cracks a four off him. MI need eight off the last over.
0023 Wicket! Pollard c Cooper b Faulkner 11 (6b 0x4 1x6): In the previous over, Pollard just gave a glimpse of what he could do — easing a massive six off Binny. But he wanted more, and decides to go over the on-side. However, Cooper has safe hands and takes a nice stinging catch. It's 141-5 after 17.3 overs.
0018 Wicket! Smith c Samson b Binny 62 (44b, 6x4, 2x6): Smith tries to clear the boundary on the on-side, but he's been taken at the edge of the ropes. Big blow for Mumbai, but with Pollard around, anything can happen. It's 132-4 after 16.3 overs.
0013: Wicket! Rohit Sharma b Trivedi 2 (8b, 0x4, 0x6): Bowled him! Trivedi finally gets a reward for his tight bowling today, and he's got the big fish. Problem is, MI have too many of those big fish! It's 128-3 after 15.5 overs.
0007 Wicket! Karthik c Rahane b Cooper 22 (17b, 3x4, 0x6): Another wicket for Cooper, as Karthik cuts it straight to point. That should slow down the run-flow... but only temporarily, because Rohit Sharma is at the crease. MI are 125-2 after 14.1 overs.
0005: Woho! And these Mumbai players are in a rush to finish this. Smith hits Faulkner for a six in the 13th over, before another one off Watson in the 14th. Squeezed between those two is a fine four from Karthik. MI are cruising, and it's 125-1 after 14 overs.
2355: He may have taken a wicket in the previous over, but Cooper is proving to be expensive. His latest over goes for 16 runs — with three fours in it... and they were all bad balls put away. It's 99-1 after 12 overs.
2350: Trivedi keeps it tight, until Shane Watson goes for the direct throw and gives away four runs in the process. Big bonus that. MI are 83-1 after 11 overs.
2342 Wicket! Tare c Samson b Cooper 35 (27b, 3x4, 2x6): Breakthrough! And Cooper gets it on his first delivery. It's a slower one, Tare's eyes light up, but it's straight to Samson at mid-on. MI are 70-1 after 9.1 overs.
2335: Trivedi's brilliant over, which goes for only three runs, is followed up by an expensive one. Dwayne Smith sends Malik for two fours — one over the bowler and one slapped away through the leg-side. Easy pickings, those. MI are 61-0 after eight overs.
2330: Mumbai are well on the charge now. Tare's looking especially good — and he provides another four, pulled away. Smith is also getting in the groove, crashing a four through mid-wicket. It's 45-0 after six overs.
2325: Tare's looking solid out there! He's cracked a couple more fours — showing Shane Watson no respect. It's 36-0 after five overs.
2315: Tare's slammed one over the leg-side for six, and Smith follows that up with a four. Mumbai have not made a rocking start, but it's not bad either. Three overs gone, and it's 21-0.
2305: Four from Smith to end the first over — cut hard off Malik. It's 6-0 for MI.
Mumbai Indians need 166 runs to win.
2245: Late flurry from Rajasthan! 18 runs come in the last over as Malinga gives away two fours and then five wides! Very wasteful, it must be said. It's 165-6 after 20 overs.
2230: Two fours for Yagnik in the 18th over, and that will take RR closer to the 150-run mark that they're chasing. Pragyan Ojha has landed badly on his left shoulder and is being treated for looks like considerable pain. It's 132-6.
2225: Rajasthan are aiming at every delivery now. Yagnik swishes his bat, gets something on it and it's gone for four. RR are 119-6 after 17 overs.
Binny c Harbhajan Singh b Pollard 27 (17b, 3x4, 1x6)
Cooper c Smith b Pollard 4 (2b, 1x4, 0x6)
Two wickets in three deliveries for Pollard! First Binny's leading edge is straight to Harbhajan and then Cooper's attempted six is taken right at the ropes by Smith. It's 108-6 after 15.3 overs.
2207: Lucky four for Binny as his attempted drive takes an outside edge and scurries to the third-man boundary. Rajasthan should try not to lose wickets now, so that they can start the big hitting around the 17th over. It's 101-4 after 14 overs.
2201 Wicket! Dravid c Sharma b Harbhajan Singh 43 (37b, 7x4, 0x6): He's so disappointed, Dravid. He tries to play that high flick but this one's gone straight to the fielder. RR are 87-4 after 12.1 overs.
2200: Binny's doing the damage! He's torn apart Ojha's over, whipping a six over covers and following it up with a four through the same region. Quality stuff. It's 87-3 after 12 overs.
2155: Binny's off the mark with a nice late cut which goes for four. That should bring back the smiles on RR fans' faces. It's 73-3 after 11 overs.
2147 Wicket! Samson c Harbhajan Singh b Malinga 0 (2b, 0x4, 0x6): Malinga strikes in his first over as his slower delivery does the trick. Samson goes for the shot over midwicket, but is taken by Harbhajan. RR are 64-3 after 9.4 overs.
2145 Wicket! Watson c Sharma b Harbhajan Singh 6 (8b, 1x4, 0x6): Half-hearted sweep from Watson, and the top edge is taken. Harbhajan's dancing already. RR are 60-2 after 8.4 overs.
2135 Wicket! Rahane b Harbhajan Singh 21 (18b, 3x4, 0x6): Bowled him! Rahane goes for the sweep and misses. But he's bowled round the legs... Rahane probably went too much towards the offside while playing the shot. It's 44-1 after 6.3 overs.
2130: These guys are on fire! If it was Rahane in the previous over, it's Dravid now. He gets two fours towards the deep mid-wicket region. The second one executed with perfection with a slight tweak when he chose the shot. He lost his balance playing the slog-sweep, but gets the runs.
2125: Delight, absolute delight. Rahane plays a brilliant cover drive before going over the top of a packed offside field to hit another four. Johnson's getting run over. RR are 33-0 after five overs.
2120: Quieter over, this one. Pragyan Ojha's spinners just helping calm down the situation. It's 23-0 after four overs.
2115: Ooh what a bouncer! Johnson with the perfect bullying bouncer — smacking Rahane on the helmet and leaving him a bit dazed. But then Dravid hits Johnson straight down the ground for four before flicking one off his pads in imperious fashion for four more. After that, he tells Johnson, "What did you say?" RR are 20-0 after three overs.
2105: An over gone, and Dravid is off the mark with a cracking four — driving through the covers in style. RR are 4-0.
Rajasthan XI: R Dravid, A Rahane, S Samson, S Watson, S Binny, B Hodge, D Yagnik, K Cooper, J Faulkner, V Malik, S Trivedi
Mumbai XI: A Tare, DR Smith, D Karthik, RG Sharma, K Pollard, A Rayudu, H Singh, M Johnson, L Malinga, P Ojha, R Dhawan
Rajasthan Royals win the toss and will bat first.
Preview: They have shown remarkable fighting spirit despite the demoralising spot-fixing scandal and the Rajasthan Royals will now look to upstage the mighty Mumbai Indians in the second qualifier on Friday to book, what would be, a dream final berth in the IPL.
On paper, Mumbai Indians may appear stronger but Rajasthan will be high on confidence after their four-wicket win against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Friday’s match will determine the Chennai Super Kings' opponents in the Sunday summit clash at the same venue.
In a shocking last week, the Royals were shaken to the core by the spot-fixing scandal. Just when they needed something special, a 29-ball 54 by Brad Hodge not only boosted their morale of the team but revived the Royals campaign by taking them into the second qualifier.
Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, are going to Kolkata after a 48-run thrashing by Chennai Super Kings in the first qualifier. They had been defeated in their last league match as well, suffering a 50-run loss to Kings XI Punjab.
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Published Date: May 25, 2013 12:38 am | Updated Date: May 25, 2013 12:43 am