Sep 21, 2013
Rajasthan Royals 148/3 | Overs 19.4 | Binny 27*, Watson 27* (Rajasthan Royals win by 7 wickets)
Rajasthan Royals have started their CLT20 2013 campaign with a good win over Mumbai Indians. They were disciplined on the field and gave very little away to the Mumbai batsmen. Dravid fell early but Sanju Samson played a vital knock in the middle overs while Stuart Binny finished things off well.
Coulter-Nile started the with two dot balls to induce some excitement but a misfield from Pollard in the third ball leveled the scores. Binny finishes the game in style with a six.
Rajasthan Royals 141/3 | Overs 19 | Binny 21*, Watson 26* (2 runs required from 6 balls)
Binny is doing it for Rajasthan here! He cuts Mitchell Johnson for a boundary off the first ball and gets a single off the second delivery. Watson too realises Binny’s the one in the zone and takes a single off the very next delivery. Binny then, digs out a full delivery and guides it to the cover boundary. The over ends with another single with only the hosts just two runs away from victory.
Rajasthan Royals 129/3 | Overs 18 | Binny 11*, Watson 24* (14 runs required from 12 balls)
Pollard starts the over brilliantly but Binny plays a big shot off the second ball to take two runs. Pollard then bowls a poor slow delivery and is smashed by Binny for a boundary through covers. Seven runs from the over.
Rajasthan Royals 122/3 | Overs 17 | Binny 4*, Watson 24*
Dwayne Smith is brought into the attack with the game still tilted in favour of the home side. The move backfires as Watson heaves the fourth delivery off the over beyond the boundary ropes.
Rajasthan Royals 110/3 | Overs 16 | Binny 0*, Watson 16* OUT! Rahane 54 (46)
Sanju Samson is dismissed pulling a short-pitched delivery down the throat of the fielder at deep mid-wicket.
Rajasthan Royals 106/2 | Overs 15 | Samson 54*, Watson 12*
Sanju Samson reaches his half-century and takes Rajasthan past 100 with a boundary flying past the edge of his bat. An excited Dinesh Karthik appeals for a caught behind, however it is declared as wide. Rajasthan Royals need 37 runs to win with five overs remaining.
Rajasthan Royals 96/2 | Overs 14 | Samson 46*, Watson 11*
Rajasthan are moving along easily without taking too many risks. Rishi Dhawan maintains a tight line through the over. The young seamer has been impressive in the match. He finishes off with a dot delivery.
Rajasthan Royals 91/2 | Overs 13 | Samson 43*, Watson 9*
Harbhajan Singh, bowling his third over, maintained a flat trajectory. After four good deliveries, Shane Watson smahed the off-spinner out of the park beyond the deep mid-wicket boundary.
Rajasthan Royals 81/2 | Overs 12 | Samson 41*, Watson 1* OUT! Rahane 33 (31)
Rishi Dhawan is back in the over and gets the vital breakthrough. Rahane goes after trying to play across the line and playing the ball onto his stumps. He bowls a couple of lovely deliveries to new man Shane Watson to beat his bat.
Rajasthan Royals 78/1 | Overs 11 | Rahane 33*, Samson 40*
Harbhajan continues and gets hit for a boundary off the first ball. This is good acceleration from this duo here. Another over that has a boundary followed by five singles.
Rajasthan Royals 69/1 | Overs 10 | Rahane 31*, Samson 34*
Rohit takes Ojha out of the attack and gets Pollard on. He starts with a poor delivery down the leg side and Samson gets a boundary. Five singles taken from the rest of the over. Nine runs come off it.
Rajasthan Royals 60/1 | Overs 9 | Rahane 29*, Samson 27*
Spin from the other end too as Harbhajan comes into the attack. He has a better start. Just four runs.
Rajasthan Royals 56/1 | Overs 8 | Rahane 27*, Samson 25*
Rohit Sharma introduces spin with Pragyan Ojha. Rahane welcomes him with an excellent six over covers. Samson gets a boundary thanks to a bad misfield from Harbhajan. An expensive start for Ojha, 13 runs from the over.
Dhawan bowls another excellent over but it ends with a boundary. Six runs from it.
Rajasthan Royals 37/1 | Overs 6 | Rahane 18*, Samson 15*
Coulter-Nile bowls the final powerplay over. Rahane lifts the ball over the in-field and gets a boundary but the rest of the over is well bowled until Rahane gets another boundary to finish off the over. 10 runs from it.
Rajasthan Royals 27/1 | Overs 5 | Rahane 9*, Samson 14*
The batsmen continue to deal in singles. Five singles and a dot ball from Rishi Dhawan’s over.
Rajasthan Royals 22/1 | Overs 4 | Rahane 6*, Samson 13*
A good over from Coulter-Nile. Just two singles and a couple from the over.
Rajasthan Royals 18/1 | Overs 3 | Rahane 5*, Samson 10*
What a reprieve for Samson! Johnson bowled a quick delivery that is angled back into the right hander and hits him in line. However, the umpire didn’t feel so. Johnson is generating very good pace here. Samson is clearly struggling in seeing the ball. He gets some confidence and time to breathe when an outside edge went to the third man boundary. Johnson went a bit short in his length and Samson was quick to flick it to the boundary. Sublime timing from the youngster. The over ends with a single. 12 runs come off it.
Rajasthan Royals 6/1 | Overs 2 | Rahane 4*, Samson 1* OUT! Dravid 1 (4)
Nathan Coulter-Nile strikes! He removes Dravid. The Rajasthan skipper is gone after playing the ball straight to Pollard at point. The wicket brings out Sanju Samson to the middle. What a start by Coulter-Nile. Just one run and a wicket from it.
Rajasthan Royals 5/0 | Overs 1 | Rahane 4* , Dravid 1*
Mitchell Johnson starts with his usual late inswingers to the right-handed Ajinkya Rahane. Rahane waits patiently till Johnson gives him a bit of room outside the off stump and cuts it behind point to the boundary. Five runs come from the first over.
Mumbai Indians 142/7 | Overs 20 | Coulter-Nile 11* OUT! Pollard 42 (36), Harbhajan 8 (4)
Vikramjeet strikes first ball! He has sent back the dangerous Pollard off his first delivery! Vikramjeet varies his pace beautifully to deceive the new man Nathan Coulter Nile and get a dot ball. Coulter-Nile replies with a powerful shot over covers for a boundary. It was a close call as the ball pitched just centimetres ahead of the boundary line. Coulter-Nile plays another one on the up throught covers and this time it clears the rope comfortably. These are valuable runs for the visitors. Another slower delivery and Harbhajan is run out. The final ball fetches just a single and Mumbai Indians finish at 142 for seven.
Mumbai Indians 130/5 | Overs 19 | Pollard 42*, Harbhajan 8*
Faulkner continues and almost gets rid of Pollard! A full toss delivery is flicked powerfully and Menaria puts in a full length dive but fails to hold on to the ball. Another full toss, another heave but only two runs from it. Pollard flicks another one and this time it clears the boundary. He has taken his time but is in the zone at the right time. He also moves into the 40s. 15 runs from the over.
Mumbai Indians 115/5 | Overs 18 | Pollard 28*, Harbhajan 7*
Pollard plays a dilscoop! What a sight to see the big man go down on his knees to attempt the cheeky shot. He then picks a full delivery and slams it straight back for a six. If Pollard can face at least 6-8 balls in the last two overs, Mumbai could have a good total on the board. He is shuffling a lot, trying to move across to play on the leg side and then move back to play over point but misses. 11 runs from the over.
Mumbai Indians 104/5 | Overs 17 | Pollard 15*, Harbhajan 4*
Faulkner shows his prowess of bowling in the death and bowls wicket-to-wicket to Pollard. He gets two dot balls before Pollard manages to eke out a single. Only three runs from the over.
Mumbai Indians 101/5 | Overs 16 | Pollard 15*, Harbhajan 4* OUT! Rohit Sharma 44 (37)
Rohit Sharma is gone! What poor batting from the Mumbai skipper here! Having whacked a height no-ball for a big six over deep midwicket offthe previous delivery, Rohit tried to be cheeky and guide a ball down to third man. But he fails to beat the keeper and has to walk back. Dravid will be delighted. This could shut the Mumbai Indians out. The entertaining Harbhajan Singh walks out and hits a boundary off the last ball. A lot depends on Pollard now.
Mumbai get a much-needed move on. Both Pollard and Rohit manage to get a boundary each off Cooper. Pollard is lucky to survive after going for a random heave as the ball lands just short of the fielder in the deep in the last ball. 13 runs from the over.
Mumbai Indians 74/4 | Overs 14 | Rohit 30*, Pollard 8*
Dravid brings back Faulkner. The skipper has used his bowlers well here. Faulkner’s return over fetches just four runs.
Mumbai Indians 70/4 | Overs 13 | Rohit 28*, Pollard 6*
Dravid seems to have won a perfect toss. Watson returns and continues to beat the bat. If Rohit can stay on and take his side close to 140, it could be a close game.At the moment, however, even 140 looks a big ask. A wonderful over ends with Rohit’s brilliant improvisation. He pre-meditates and plays a cheeky scoop. He timed it well enough for it to go all the way.
Pollard finally frees his arms. He flicks a full delivery to the mid-wicket boundary. However, only seven runs come from Kevon Cooper’s first over.
Mumbai Indians 55/4 | Overs 11 | Rohit 18*, Pollard 2*
Rahul Shukla bowls a tight over to Pollard, putting the big West Indian on the back foot for most parts of the over. Just two runs from it.
Mumbai Indians 53 /4 | Overs 10 | Rohit 17*, Pollard 1*
Binny continues. He bowls well till Rohit manages to score a boundary off the last ball. It brings up MI’s 50 at the half-way stage. Rajasthan have clearly started better.
Mumbai Indians 47/4 | Overs 9 | Rohit 12*, Pollard 0* OUT! Ambati Rayudu 3 (3)
Oh dear! Terrible mix-up! Rayudu has to walk back. He is not happy with his skipper. The ball was played on the off-side and a yes-no from Rohit landed Rayudu at the other end of the wicket. The crowd however, seems happy as the wicket brings Kieron Pollard to the crease. Rahul Shukla does well to follow up a bouncer with a full delivery to beat Pollard’s bat. Four runs and a wicket from it.
Mumbai Indians 43/3 | Overs 8 | Rohit 9*, Rayudu 3* OUT! Tendulkar 9 (10)
Tendulkar is gone! BIG BIG wicket, this. Stuart Binny’s perfect line and length forces Tendulkar to play at the ball and an outside edge carried straight to the wicketkeeper.
Ambati Rayudu walks out to join his skipper. Binny gets the ball to shape away from the right hander. This is great start for the home side.
Menaria comes back into the attack. Tendulkar and Rohit deal in singles. Five from it.
Mumbai Indians 31/2 | Overs 6 | Tendulkar 14*, Rohit 5* OUT! Dinesh Karthik 2 (11)
Malik gets his second! Karthik is the man to go. He walked across the wicket but ended up playing on a length delivery which clipped the top of the bails to send him back . The wicket brings out Rohit Sharma to the middle. Rohit, at the toss, was eager to bat. Let’s see what he can do here.
He gets off the mark with a boundary as Vikramjeet errs in line for the first time today. He gives Rohit enough room to play a shot behind point. Tendulkar meanwhile, wants to continue to weild his willow. He swings and misses the last ball.
Shane Watson comes into the attack. The man tends to show double the form when he shifts from white flannels to the (Rajasthan) Royals blue. He tests Karthik with splendid variation in speed, line and length in the first five deliveries. Tendulkar, however, gets his third boundary with drive through backward point.
Mumbai Indians 21/1 | Overs 4 | Tendulkar 10*, Karthik 1*
Tendulkar is in the mood for some fireworks today! He is looking confident and has so far to play his shots. So much that he is almost caught off the second delivery at point. Malik mixes his length well to test Tendulkar. He follows up a short delivery with a length ball that moves slightly away from the right hander. That will do a world of good to Malik’s confidence. Just three runs from the over.
Tendulkar gets going! James Faulkner comes into the attack and Tendulkar welcomes him with a boundary through backward point. Faulkner tests Tendulkar with a short delivery and the Mumbai batsmen does well to transfer his weight on the backfoot and lifts the ball over the in-field and helps it to the cover boundary. Whoever said the reflexes are going down. Faulkner bowls a better line to Karthik who is happy to defend the last couple of deliveries. Nine runs come off the over.
Mumbai Indians 9/1 | Overs 2 | Tendulkar 0*, Karthik 0* OUT! Dwayne Smith 9 (7)
And we have the first wicket! Vikramjeet Malik dismisses Dwayne Smith! A length delivery that kept low hit Smith in line to send him back to the pavilion in the fourth ball of the over. The over began with the fielding has been excellent. The first two balls saw Smith denied two clear boundaries as Menaria and Ajinkya Rahane put in good dives to stop the ball. Smith does well in the third delivery to play it past the bowler to the straight boundary. Smith’s wicket brought Dinesh Karthik to the crease.
Mumbai Indians 5/0 | Overs 1 | Smith 5* , Tendulkar 0*
Ashok Menaria started the proceedings and Dwayne Smith drives the first ball to the cover boundary. The crowds went ballistic when Tendulkar got strike in the third ball. He played out the rest of the over.
Interesting tactics from both these sides here. The Rajasthan Royals (RR) have not named a single spinner and Dravid spoke about it during the toss. He said that he preferred an all-pace attack in the conditions. The Mumbai Indians (MI), on the hand, have two spinners in Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha. Will be interesting to see how the Mumbai duo operate with due coming into play later on in the day. For the moment, its Tendulkar time.
The crowd cheered as Dravid spoke about his team’s good preperation ahead of the tournament. Rohit Sharma said he would have batted first had he won the toss.
Mumbai Indians : Sachin Tendulkar,, Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Karthik(wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Rishi Dhawan
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Dravid (c), Sanju Samson(wk), Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Brad Hodge, Ashok Menaria, James Faulkner, Kevon Cooper, Vikramjeet Malik, Rahul Shukla
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