RCB spinners restrict Mumbai Indians to 139 in CLT20 final

RCB players celebrate the fall of a wicket in their CLT20 final against RCB AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Chennai: Oct 9, 2011

The Royal Challengers Bangalore restricted Mumbai Indians to a modest 139 on a difficult track in the final of the Champions League T20 on Sunday.

Mumbai Indians captain Harbhajan Singh opted to make the first use of a difficult track where none of his top-order batsmen found stroke-making easy.

Daniel Vettori’s left-arm spin and Raju Bhatkal’s seam-up stuff kept a tight leash on MI batsmen during middle overs after a brilliant opening spell by Dirk Nannes.

It was Vettori’s Black Caps teammate James Franklin who hit an useful 41 which gave the Mumbai Indians’ total a semblance of respectability.

What worked wonderfully for the RCB was Nannes’ opening spell. The tearaway quick bowler who has been erratic most of the times was spot on as he found the right length and also got some swing going in his favour. Nannes had wonderful figures of one for 14 to show for his efforts.

It was his scorching 148 kmph fuller delivery that saw Sarul Kanwar (13)’s stumps taking a walk after Aiden Blizzard (3) was run-out due to a horrible mix-up.

Ambati Rayudu (21) and Franklin added 41 runs for the third wicket in 5.1 overs — seadate by T20 standards before the former was holed out to Chris Gayle at extra cover trying to hoick the military medium stuff dished out by Raju Bhatkal.

Surya Kumar Yadav (24) looked fluent during his brief stay at the wicket as he hit Vettori for a six and four but RCB skipper showed smart reflexes as he ran the youngster backed up too far. Kieron Pollard, Rajagopal Sathish and Harbhajan Singh were all dismissed cheaply whcih put paid to the hopes posting a huge total.

Vettori (2 for 24 from 4 overs) and Bhatkal (3 for 21 from 3 overs) didn’t give away any easy runs in the middle and end overs.

Brief Scores: MI 136 for 9 in 20 overs (James Franklin 41, Suryakumar Yadav 24; Raju Bhatkal 3 for 21; Daniel Vettori 2 for 30) vs RCB

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