Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians, CLT20, Jaipur September 21, 2013

Royals keep home streak going with comfortable win

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Rajasthan Royals 148 for 3 (Samson 54) beat Mumbai Indians 142 for 7 (Rohit 44, Pollard 42, Malik 3-24) by 7 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

We have moved on from the IPL to the Champions League T20 qualifiers, and from there to Champions League proper, but some things haven't changed. Rajasthan Royals stay unbeaten at home in 2013. Poor shots keep making games interesting. And ordinary umpiring keeps playing a significant role.

After an early shower delayed the start by 15 minutes, Royals asked the IPL champions to bat first on a pitch with fresh grass, and kept them down to 142 thanks to Vikramjeet Malik, who possibly wouldn't have been playing had Siddharth Trivedi not been suspended for one year for not reporting an approach by bookies. Mitchell Johnson and Nathan Coulter-Nile, the latter playing in the absence of Lasith Malinga, put Royals batsmen through a stern test, but were frustrated by Sanju Samson having escaped a plumb lbw when on one.

Samson went on to become the youngest player to score a fifty in the CLT20. More importantly, it helped Royals home. The knock wasn't as convincing as the scorebook will show: even his fifty came up with a massive outside edge on the heave, he was beaten next ball, and then - clearly out of place against fast, short bowling - gloved one over the keeper. Then again, it was hardly a night where things were what they seemed to be.

Mumbai's team sheet slated the comeback man Sachin Tendulkar at No. 4, Rahul Dravid said his side needed no spinner, and the grass on the pitch promised high and consistent bounce. Tendulkar came out to open, part-time spinner Ashok Menaria bowled the first over, and Malik bowled a nasty grubber in the second over to trap Dwayne Smith lbw.

Mumbai hardly looked comfortable against the movement, losing wickets regularly until Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard added 52 for the fifth wicket. Rohit, though, edged the returning Watson a ball after hitting him for a six, leaving Pollard with a lot to do. Pollard threatened to do the lot, but in the last over of the innings - when a 20 from him looked possible - he edged a wide half-volley through to the keeper.

Coulter-Nile hit a six and a four to give Mumbai some momentum going into the second innings, and got lucky with the ball too when Rahul Dravid cut a wide ball straight to point. Johnson wasn't as lucky when he had Samson dead in front to a 150kmph swinger. Bruce Oxenford was the only man who didn't agree. Samson and Ajinkya Rahane weathered that testing spell, and then targeted the two Mumbai spinners.

Pragyan Ojha was welcomed with a six over extra cover, and Harbhajan Singh was punished every time he bowled short and flat. Just when it looked like the two could finish the game off, Rahane ended the 74-run partnership with an ugly swipe. Samson continued his merry ride - he should consider taking it all the way to a casino - until a Pollard short ball got too big for him but wasn't fast enough to take the top edge behind the stumps over the infield.

Royals needed 36 off 27 then, and Shane Watson and Stuart Binny finally made sure there was a departure from the IPL: there was no twist in the end. Well, there might have been one when Watson played put two dots in the last over with two required, but Pollard let him off with a misfield.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • NIKSTERROR on September 23, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    """ Things weren't what they seemed to be"" ##!! What a poor article by Cricinfo again .Instead of applauding samson they write stories about he got unscathed . Mr writer don't you think he showed great responsibility and maturism which is unexpected by 19 years old . If you have watched that match ,the first boundary scored by rohit was a edge , the big hit he scored of watson towards deep mid wicket surprised rohit sharma too and after hitting six he edged to keeper like he never played before . Polard too was beaten several times by faulkner and binny . The last scoring by coulter-nile was nothing but blind slogging and if you feel that are good cricketing shots than seriously you need to change your profession . If you feel samson scored with edges and escaped lbw decisions then why didn't you think that MI still didn't get his wicket at right time. Mumbai llost because of their batting , not because of their luck!!

  • on September 23, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    So the champions league proper started with RR beating MI. Post match dravid as usual trying to project themselves as perrenial poor boys of t20 winning against mighty goliaths is loathing to say the least. And that followed by barraage of comments from RR fans is still loathing. Win & loss is part of the game. so njoy the game. One loss doesnt knock any team out & in the same breathe one win wont assure u a berth in the knock outs. So guys chill !

  • Naresh28 on September 22, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    Just looked at the stats on VS MALIK - seems like a good bowler to me. Will have to watch some of the games he plays and see what makes him take wickets.

  • on September 22, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    I dont know how MI selects their playing line up. 6 Bowlers in the team!! I have always seen that there is no need but MI always try to accommodate the two Indian spinners Ojha and Bhajji. Perhaps they try to keep both of them happy. If you are giving with 2 spinners you could have kept one of Rishi Dhawan or Coulter-Nile on bench ( though both of them had good figures but still you cant judge it on one day's performance ). This would have made 1 place vacant and guess Tare should have been given a chance considering his form in recently concluded IPL.MI without any doubt struggles at opening batting. With Tare accompanying Smith they may find their ideal opening pair. Sachin can come at one down for MI's benefit considering that this may his last CLT20 probably.

  • on September 22, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Sanju Samson is the most talented of the younger lot like Unmukt Chand, Mandeep Singh, Baba Aparajith, etc., as he maintains a level head playing at this level, and has the guts to face all the top international bowlers. Of course, he needs to improve his technique a bit on playing short pitched deliveries, but the most interesting thing about his batting is that he keeps the score board ticking, while some of the established Indian players get bogged down. Come on, give him a pat on the back instead of finding fault with his technique.

  • on September 22, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    despite loss cricketing GOD(sachin) ll hav no hesitation in welcomming cricketing PRINCE(sanju samson)..incidently GOD'S last clt20 is PRINCE'S First..

  • kunakrish on September 22, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Well some one is crying because some team have lost this match,and rohit also were struggling ,the first boundary is of edge,well that did'nt noticed here ,rather than a young 18 year old kid [matured than some batsmen in our Indian XI],even kept his cool head even when some players were sledging him when he is in 40's .For regarding pitch Dravid 'the gentleman' said a perfect answer in post-match interview "We have batsmen who aren't necessarily big six-hitters, but play good cricketing shots" .

  • on September 22, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    It is little surprise but nice and interesting to listen Hindi Commentary from Ravi Shastri and Sunil Gavaskar in Star Cricket for Champions league Twenty20.

  • sreehk on September 22, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    There is something rare about Rajasthan Royals that keeps them going despite an ever depleted state of their team, right from first season. Except Watson there is nothing much to talk about T20 in the RR side. Brutally hit by scandals and no resources, still they fight, is a sporting treat to watch. Mumbai with Pollard, Rohit, Ojha, Tendulkar, Smith, Harbhajan, Johnson, Rayudu...omg how can they lose? This tells a story about RR. Hats off to Rahul Dravid and team. And yes this article was very micro visioned about Some-son.

  • on September 22, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    The above article, instead of appreciating RR's excellent bowling,fielding,batting & captaincy by Rahul Dravid, the comment is more on Sanju's lucky escape which was not his fault,and his bad batting.The great International bowlers had so many overs to bowl, why they did n't dismiss Samson, the youngest & least experienced batsman? RR team was without their regular players,still Dravid motivated the available players and won the match. Rohit Sharma wanted to bat first & got the oppurtunity,but lost 4 wickets quickly,including Tendulkar to a least known bowler called Malik, whereas RR batsmen smashed ther so called great bowlers of MI, including Ojha & Harbajhan who should not have played because,the spinners were not required,an errror of judgement by MI thinktanks, but good thinking by Dravid. Just accept, RR played better than MI in all departments, instead of finding excuses.

  • NIKSTERROR on September 23, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    """ Things weren't what they seemed to be"" ##!! What a poor article by Cricinfo again .Instead of applauding samson they write stories about he got unscathed . Mr writer don't you think he showed great responsibility and maturism which is unexpected by 19 years old . If you have watched that match ,the first boundary scored by rohit was a edge , the big hit he scored of watson towards deep mid wicket surprised rohit sharma too and after hitting six he edged to keeper like he never played before . Polard too was beaten several times by faulkner and binny . The last scoring by coulter-nile was nothing but blind slogging and if you feel that are good cricketing shots than seriously you need to change your profession . If you feel samson scored with edges and escaped lbw decisions then why didn't you think that MI still didn't get his wicket at right time. Mumbai llost because of their batting , not because of their luck!!

  • on September 23, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    So the champions league proper started with RR beating MI. Post match dravid as usual trying to project themselves as perrenial poor boys of t20 winning against mighty goliaths is loathing to say the least. And that followed by barraage of comments from RR fans is still loathing. Win & loss is part of the game. so njoy the game. One loss doesnt knock any team out & in the same breathe one win wont assure u a berth in the knock outs. So guys chill !

  • Naresh28 on September 22, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    Just looked at the stats on VS MALIK - seems like a good bowler to me. Will have to watch some of the games he plays and see what makes him take wickets.

  • on September 22, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    I dont know how MI selects their playing line up. 6 Bowlers in the team!! I have always seen that there is no need but MI always try to accommodate the two Indian spinners Ojha and Bhajji. Perhaps they try to keep both of them happy. If you are giving with 2 spinners you could have kept one of Rishi Dhawan or Coulter-Nile on bench ( though both of them had good figures but still you cant judge it on one day's performance ). This would have made 1 place vacant and guess Tare should have been given a chance considering his form in recently concluded IPL.MI without any doubt struggles at opening batting. With Tare accompanying Smith they may find their ideal opening pair. Sachin can come at one down for MI's benefit considering that this may his last CLT20 probably.

  • on September 22, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Sanju Samson is the most talented of the younger lot like Unmukt Chand, Mandeep Singh, Baba Aparajith, etc., as he maintains a level head playing at this level, and has the guts to face all the top international bowlers. Of course, he needs to improve his technique a bit on playing short pitched deliveries, but the most interesting thing about his batting is that he keeps the score board ticking, while some of the established Indian players get bogged down. Come on, give him a pat on the back instead of finding fault with his technique.

  • on September 22, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    despite loss cricketing GOD(sachin) ll hav no hesitation in welcomming cricketing PRINCE(sanju samson)..incidently GOD'S last clt20 is PRINCE'S First..

  • kunakrish on September 22, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Well some one is crying because some team have lost this match,and rohit also were struggling ,the first boundary is of edge,well that did'nt noticed here ,rather than a young 18 year old kid [matured than some batsmen in our Indian XI],even kept his cool head even when some players were sledging him when he is in 40's .For regarding pitch Dravid 'the gentleman' said a perfect answer in post-match interview "We have batsmen who aren't necessarily big six-hitters, but play good cricketing shots" .

  • on September 22, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    It is little surprise but nice and interesting to listen Hindi Commentary from Ravi Shastri and Sunil Gavaskar in Star Cricket for Champions league Twenty20.

  • sreehk on September 22, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    There is something rare about Rajasthan Royals that keeps them going despite an ever depleted state of their team, right from first season. Except Watson there is nothing much to talk about T20 in the RR side. Brutally hit by scandals and no resources, still they fight, is a sporting treat to watch. Mumbai with Pollard, Rohit, Ojha, Tendulkar, Smith, Harbhajan, Johnson, Rayudu...omg how can they lose? This tells a story about RR. Hats off to Rahul Dravid and team. And yes this article was very micro visioned about Some-son.

  • on September 22, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    The above article, instead of appreciating RR's excellent bowling,fielding,batting & captaincy by Rahul Dravid, the comment is more on Sanju's lucky escape which was not his fault,and his bad batting.The great International bowlers had so many overs to bowl, why they did n't dismiss Samson, the youngest & least experienced batsman? RR team was without their regular players,still Dravid motivated the available players and won the match. Rohit Sharma wanted to bat first & got the oppurtunity,but lost 4 wickets quickly,including Tendulkar to a least known bowler called Malik, whereas RR batsmen smashed ther so called great bowlers of MI, including Ojha & Harbajhan who should not have played because,the spinners were not required,an errror of judgement by MI thinktanks, but good thinking by Dravid. Just accept, RR played better than MI in all departments, instead of finding excuses.

  • Sir_Ivor on September 22, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    In the Bicentenary Test at Lord's in 1987, Sunil Gavaskar who had just retired was lbw of the first ball to Malcolm Marshall. Dickie Bird said not out. Cricket is not just about stumps bat and ball. An umpire also has a sense of occasion. Or he makes a mistake. So what was the big deal of a Sanju Samson 18 years old getting the benefit of a strong LBW appeal. It happens all the time even with the DRS as we have been seeing for long and which was so much on view in the latest Ashes series. Do such things have to be written about at all ? What has to be written of was his fearless stroke play even if he was surprised by one that bounced more than he expected. The fact that he has the right spirit could be seen in that he hooked the next ball which unfortunately got the top edge and he was caught on the square leg boundary. If he had got the full face of the bat it would have been a six. Let us stand back and applaud this gutsy young man from Kerala. He looks to be a star in the making

  • on September 22, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    Listen Mr.Sidarth Monga:::> Your critical assessment of Young Sanju Samson is uncalled for. Though he survived a close lbw call, the overall innings was a mature and calculated one. The shot to fifty & the next boundary over the keeper are shot that you would attempt in a T20 match. Actually, he could have just knocked around for his Fifty which some Record Hungry Senior Players still do. He faced some real tough bowlers like Johnson, Pollard, Bhajji to get to his Fifty!

    Have you ever played the game of cricket?! I wonder!

  • nkoch on September 22, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    great show RR. They know how to extract best out of not so known players. Today it was Vikramjit Mallick and Sanju Samson. Rahane played very well, holding one end and not letting Johnson and co. strike early. Mitchell Johnson was unplayable. Sanju just got play old lucky with that LBW decision. RR looks like a complete side despite whatever has transpired in last 6 months.

  • vaidyar on September 22, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Plumb? He was coming down the track! The mat showed the ball pitching in line and straightening and hitting him in line. But he was one step down the track trying to get to the pitch of the ball. Please remember that the umpire doesn't have a mat to go by. So if the batsman is down the track they don't predict the path all that way like some technologies claim to do. Was it hitting the stumps? Maybe, looked like. Was it "plumb"? No! Trouble is, we tend to harp on these things post DRS while at the same time saying how much they've complicated a simple game.

  • sandy_bangalore on September 22, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    Its high time grassy pitches are done away with for T20 matches. T20 is about entertainment, and we want good true surfaces. Keep the grassy wickets to perth and durban. And why does the author talk about " out of place against fast bowling". Tell me which player in this world is comfortable against short pitch bowling? Remember the so called technician Kallis in 2010 against Sree? We need to praise young Indian talent and not to find chinks in their technique.

  • on September 22, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    it seems the author of this write up is all against Sanju. dear friend, it is not the first time in cricket...and if umpire is convinced then who are u to say he was plumb lbw?... i suppose u r not an umpire...

    pl write positively...give some confidence to young man... have you ever counted how many time umpires were in favour of SRK????

  • I_Love_My_India on September 22, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    Glad to see Sanju's innings. I wish if he had been selected to the Indian squad. He should be groomed at this level and should be a good replacement for MSD when he retires. Also what about Sachin (Baby). He is a promising cricketer.

  • Narbavi on September 22, 2013, 2:01 GMT

    Great win to start of with especially against the IPL rivals, such a lively pitch, now the question is will the Royals be able to perform well on this pitch against otago and perth who have grown on these wickets!!

  • on September 22, 2013, 1:31 GMT

    Deserving team won the match. Without Malinga and Zaheer Mumbai had weak attach and they played gamble by taking two spinners in playing 11. Well Done RR, would love to see RR maintaining winning streak at home ground.

  • on September 22, 2013, 0:53 GMT

    The Indian medium pacers in RR performed beyond my expectations. We all had seen a bit of Malik & Binny in the past, so they didn't surprise me that much; but at least for me Shukla was a revelation!

  • Nampally on September 21, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    As expected RR beat MI easily. MI do not have the right mix of bowlers & RR have an unbeaten record at home. Johnson & Coulter-Nile are good seam bowlers & with a bit of luck would have got RR on the backfoot. Samson enjoyed a charmed innings with lot of luck both from Umpire & edges escaping the fielders. Ashok Menaria is a very talented batsmen in the RR side but did not get a chance to bat. Binny & Watson easily knocked off the runs after Samson's departure. All the seam bowlers in RR team were impressive. Shukla & Malik were the best of the local talent. They appeared to one better than the Aussie seamers, Watson & Faulkner. RR seem to be real contenders likely to qualify. Otago is also in the same group as RR & MI, whilst Chennai & the Hyderabad Sun Risers are in a different group. It promises to be exciting & close race for the last 4 spots to head for Champions league. Currently the 2 Indian teams Chennai & RR look to have the best chance of qualifying. Good Luck guys.

  • binojpeter on September 21, 2013, 22:57 GMT

    @Pravin Choubey Zaheer is not part of Mumbai Indians. He is with Royal Challengers Bangalore.

  • brittop on September 21, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    Another T20 game where the result was never in doubt. Boring!

  • BRUTALANALYST on September 21, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    I enjoy it when M.I loose wickets early as we get to see more of Pollard the power of his shots leave you in awe that check drive for 6 today was amazing.

  • jackthelad on September 21, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    Radha Krishna - there was a day, and it wasn't so very long ago, when 'The Umpire's decision shall be final' held for all cricket; in those almost forgotten days, Umpires had to concentrate on every ball, and deliver judgment to the best of their abilities. They were not always right, but they knew that they alone were the final arbiters. Every batsman and bowler accepted this - they would sometimes mutter if they didn't agree, but they would never directly challenge - and it worked, because what goes around comes around, and every cricketer knew that. Now we have this set of additional checks, which some countries accept and others don't, and the Umpire has been relegated almost to a secondary position, which inevitably reflects on his own opinion of the standards that must be maintained. If their is a 'higher court', you lose your standing and your mystique. I am neither for or against DRS but it has changed the game of cricket for all concerned, and not least for the Umpire.

  • on September 21, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    Deserving team won the match. Without Malinga and Zaheer Mumbai had weak attach and they played gamble by taking two spinners in playing 11. Well Done RR, would love to see RR maintaining winning streak at home ground.

  • on September 21, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    Deserving team won the match. Without Malinga and Zaheer Mumbai had weak attach and they played gamble by taking two spinners in playing 11. Well Done RR, would love to see RR maintaining winning streak at home ground.

  • on September 21, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    sanju's early chance is not a big scene it is the part of game....it is a tough pitch to play at the starting after 6or 7 overs bowl is coming nicely to the bat...and the rsn for MI is their lack of temprament at starting....save wicket at early overs it wil help at last overs to fire at this type of pitches

  • SavvyCanadian on September 21, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Once again, for Mumbai Indians, the reason for another defeat is low strike-rate in the first 10-13 overs. Tendulkar's habit of scoring at about 90% strike-rate in T20 match brings down the run-rate considerably if he does not become out early. Today, Dinesh Karthik wasted valuable 11 balls to score just 2 runs, before getting clean-bowled by medium pace of Malik. As he has rescued Mumbai many times before, Rayudu could have raised the strike-rate to a respectable level, but he unfortunately became run-out because of wrong-call by Rohit. Loosing of 4 wickets so quickly brought down the tempo of scoring, still Rohit & Polard tried to do some damage control. If Mumbai Indians wants to win matches, they need to do some thing about low strike-rate of Tendulkar & Karthik in the early stages of the match, as it brings pressure on later batsmen to increase run-rate. If the run rate in initial even 5 to 7 overs remains low, it makes a big impact in a T20 game, as margins of wins are low.

  • on September 21, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    mi need ambati rayudu to bat at bo 3 not dk who waste so many deliveries .I don't no why they did not include jacob oram in clt20 squad he is a good death bowler .best of luck to mi hope to win remaning matches

  • calcu on September 21, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    The crowd at Jaipur was amazing. At mohali, there were just a few hundred people watching but here in Jaipur,the crowd was an absolute full house . You want to see crowds like this being a cricket fan!

  • xylo on September 21, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    The youngest and the oldest to hit fifties in a week's span!

  • ROXSPORT on September 21, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Today's match again showed what an overhyped coach John Wright has been. He may be a good man-manager, but he lacks severely vis-a-vis the tactics and has been found wanting many a time.

  • on September 21, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    sanju proves once again...

  • on September 21, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    i dont know whether the umpire was sleeping for the sanju samson decision.......That LBW was the plumbest of the plumb......the standards of umpiring are going below day by day.......yet the DRS never exists

  • WTEH on September 21, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Without Malinga MI bowling attack seems to be too weak!!!

  • on September 21, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Its a right decision to bowl first. Rajasthan needs early wicket and they got it.Keep going.......

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  • on September 21, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Its a right decision to bowl first. Rajasthan needs early wicket and they got it.Keep going.......

  • WTEH on September 21, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Without Malinga MI bowling attack seems to be too weak!!!

  • on September 21, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    i dont know whether the umpire was sleeping for the sanju samson decision.......That LBW was the plumbest of the plumb......the standards of umpiring are going below day by day.......yet the DRS never exists

  • on September 21, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    sanju proves once again...

  • ROXSPORT on September 21, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Today's match again showed what an overhyped coach John Wright has been. He may be a good man-manager, but he lacks severely vis-a-vis the tactics and has been found wanting many a time.

  • xylo on September 21, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    The youngest and the oldest to hit fifties in a week's span!

  • calcu on September 21, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    The crowd at Jaipur was amazing. At mohali, there were just a few hundred people watching but here in Jaipur,the crowd was an absolute full house . You want to see crowds like this being a cricket fan!

  • on September 21, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    mi need ambati rayudu to bat at bo 3 not dk who waste so many deliveries .I don't no why they did not include jacob oram in clt20 squad he is a good death bowler .best of luck to mi hope to win remaning matches

  • SavvyCanadian on September 21, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Once again, for Mumbai Indians, the reason for another defeat is low strike-rate in the first 10-13 overs. Tendulkar's habit of scoring at about 90% strike-rate in T20 match brings down the run-rate considerably if he does not become out early. Today, Dinesh Karthik wasted valuable 11 balls to score just 2 runs, before getting clean-bowled by medium pace of Malik. As he has rescued Mumbai many times before, Rayudu could have raised the strike-rate to a respectable level, but he unfortunately became run-out because of wrong-call by Rohit. Loosing of 4 wickets so quickly brought down the tempo of scoring, still Rohit & Polard tried to do some damage control. If Mumbai Indians wants to win matches, they need to do some thing about low strike-rate of Tendulkar & Karthik in the early stages of the match, as it brings pressure on later batsmen to increase run-rate. If the run rate in initial even 5 to 7 overs remains low, it makes a big impact in a T20 game, as margins of wins are low.

  • on September 21, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    sanju's early chance is not a big scene it is the part of game....it is a tough pitch to play at the starting after 6or 7 overs bowl is coming nicely to the bat...and the rsn for MI is their lack of temprament at starting....save wicket at early overs it wil help at last overs to fire at this type of pitches