Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals, final, CLT20, Delhi October 6, 2013

Harbhajan gives Mumbai the double


Mumbai Indians 202 for 6 ( Smith 44, Maxwell 37, Tambe 2-19) beat Rajasthan Royals 169 (Rahane 65, Samson 60, Harbhajan 4-32) by 33 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A furious finish from Mumbai Indians' middle order propelled them to a monumental total before a chase-breaking over from Harbhajan Singh snuffed out the last of Rajasthan Royals' spirit, driving Mumbai to their second major title of the year, as they won the Champions League final by 33 runs.

The Royals bowlers had been disciplined in their first 12 overs, which only cost them less than seven an over, but a Rohit Sharma onslaught unseamed their resolve and the remaining batsmen took maximum toll on a waning attack. Glenn Maxwell provided the most frenzied death-over innings, mauling 37 from 14, but Sharma, Dinesh Karthik and even Harbhajan struck at over 200 to help plunder 120 runs from the last eight overs of the innings.

Eighteen-year old Sanju Samson was imperious in Royals' response, and he led Ajinkya Rahane in a 109-run second-wicket stand that provided a fine base for the chase. But even as Rahane completed his fourth fifty on the trot, the Royals' scoring slowed, and Harbhajan eventually sunk the opposition in a 17th over that claimed three wickets and cost only four.

Before that over Royals had needed 48 runs from four overs, and with seven wickets still remaining, a successful chase was conceivable, particularly as Rahane remained in the middle. But it was Rahane who made the first mistake, advancing to swat a full toss straight to deep midwicket, when it seemed he could quite easily have muscled it over the Feroz Shah Kotla's short boundary. Two balls later Stuart Binny was undone by some extra bounce and had his leg stump removed, before Kevon Cooper missed the last ball and overbalanced, and a sharp Karthik did not miss his chance.

The most disheartening sight of the match followed in the next over when, having demoted himself to No. 8, Rahul Dravid's final act on a professional cricket field was having his leg stump flattened by a prosaic yorker from Nathan Coulter-Nile. Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar had fared little better, when he missed a Shane Watson inducker by a distance to have his own off stump uprooted.

Two days shy of his 42nd birthday, Pravin Tambe delivered another remarkable spell, and he might wonder how his team-mates could have indulged the opposition so meekly when he had conceded only 19 from his four overs, while taking the two wickets that placed him atop the tournament wicket-takers' list.

Halfway through Mumbai's innings, Royals might have thought they would have to bowl poorly to concede 170. Smith had been effective at the top of the innings again, but by his standards, his 44 had come at a relatively humdrum pace - off 39 balls.

It was Rohit though, who got low to wallop a Stuart Binny slower ball high into the night in the 13th over, that began the sequence that beat the wind out of Royals' attack. Two more fours off Binny took the over-tally to 16, before Sharma shuffled around the crease and manipulated the field to score heavily in the next two overs as well.

He had some help from Kieron Pollard as they punished Cooper's errant lengths in the 16th over, which cost 20 and featured a monster pull and a towering slog over wide long-on, and the breathless pace was only heightened when Maxwell arrived next over. He clipped his first ball to square leg for four, before sending the next ball - an almost identical delivery - into the stands on the leg side with a more powerful pick-up stroke.

A straight six, a glanced four and an improvised reverse-scoop over short third man followed, and with Karthik and later Harbhajan also going big at the other end, Mumbai laid down a daunting challenge in the space of twenty minutes. Courageous though their reply was, Royals could not match them.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Naresh on October 8, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Sachin closes another chapter in his career. Now one left. I am sure he will fade away from tests as well. He knows there a few young turks up for the post. There are so few tests been played these days. Probably he will play two home matches in tests and then bid farewell to the game. Lots of fans he hate him did not see him when he was young and raw like Sanju Samson today.

  • Dummy4 on October 8, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    In all this hulabaaloo abt two legends leaving the stage, one should not forget abt rohit sharma's captaincy. Kudos to Kumble, wright & co for handing him the captaincy bcos the old adage goes-'' if u want to discipline the naughtiest in the class, make him the monitor. His leadership skills apart from his batting were exuberant. He showed why the selectors,dhoni, keep backing him up despite his inconsisitent performance in the past. But now he is truly on path of glory.If not as brilliant as dhoni, he's got the potential to be a very succesful skipper for team india across all formats.

  • Dummy4 on October 8, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    What a fitting finale & blitzerig farewell to two of the true legends of the game. One went with truimph & other faded away in thin air. it was match of contrast in every aspect. It was battle royale in which mumbai had a young turk crowned an yr ago as prince who was egging his troops 2 hold their fort in midst of enenmy attack & wait to deliver the fatal assault when the enemy ran out of ammo, & in contrast the rajasthan had an ageing emperor who forwarded his young comanders & held himself back. It was like a boxing bout in which rohit led mumbai held on like a resilient boxer who was waiting his oppnent to run out of steam & then deliver the fatal blow. truly rocky balboa style !

  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    Spinners sometimes appears as Magician in Cricket,as such, Harbhajan Singh, who turned the flow of the Match in different direction. We saw his such magnificent performance many times. Congratulations Harbhajan Singh.

  • Vinodh on October 7, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    For all the Dravid fans going gaga about bringing new Talents, The environment in RR was already cultivated by Warne to encourage youngsters and I really doubt if Dravid had anything to do with it. Rahul as mentioned by Sanjay Manjrekar always adapts himself to play with all the Constraints, but never had the will or backbone to break out of the constraints except while facing Bowlers in the field. He never had the backbone to stand against Greg Chapel about the methods on handling the marquee players and had lost us the WC in 2007 with the Best Indian Team ever assembled for a WC. I am really admire Rahul as a player but never has a captain and it is too much to credit Rahul for bringing up new talents like Sanju and Rahane as the credit must go to RR support staff Though I am a sachin fan,I do accept that he also was never a good captain and both Sachin and Dravid had their own share of problems So instead of finding faults ,lets salute two of the greats to have ever played cricket

  • Sugumar on October 7, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    @TRAM I never wrote that badrinath is not good batsman. even lot of players sitting outside of Indian team, did u spoke about them, no. u r speaking only about badrinath & may be other TN players only becas I believe u r from chennai, thats why. I also from chennai. what my word is if u don't know about rohit, don't write any bad comment about him. we never (MI fans) write any comments that he is not a good batsman like that till now (becas we genuine fans), becas of u (csk fans who commented on rohit & MI) only I wrote that. now coming to doni, u said he made 15 runs in last over, I think u r not continuosly watching IPL matches, rohit scored more than 20 - 25 runs in last over thrice once for deccan twice for MI. even he score for deccan when that team is not good. he didn't get oppurtunity like that in international, even if he get like that he will win 2 overs spare like gambir said in australia when doni won a match in last over & other was tied becas of him but it was our match

  • Jo on October 7, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    @gokuS: people forget things very fast. After a week, 2013 clt20 is gone from memories of many. RDs mastery and classy strokes never goes out of memory.. He will be remembered through the players he groomed into RR (see Rahane & Samson). They will be more reliable and consistent players for team India if they are provided opportunities. Regardless of SRT's achievement, he did nothing outside himself. We have seen what RD is capable of. I can bet, if he is put into a situation where he has to build a team to compete against mighty SA. He will be able to, a lot better than an official team India. So, he will be inside cricket but taking more wider influence role than as a player alone can do.

  • Jo on October 7, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Best show by Rahane and Samson, under pressure, they built the best possible reply, they should have continue to play. mumbai played 3 games in trot in the same ground. No wonder they won this match.

  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    End of an era; But you guys went on a high. Because of you guys team India are here or else it would of been a different story. Thank You

  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    Posted by IPSY on (October 7, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

    I fully agree with you. Sycophants do crazy things. But it was up to a mature Sachin to politely decline such gestures. Instead, he was also enjoying thoroughly and behaving as if it is HIS heroics which won the match for MI. In fact it was the batting of Rohit & Maxwell which primarily won the match. Even the MI bowlers' success was mainly the result of the 200 plus, RR had to chase. And, the main contributors to the 200 plus is the whole bunch of batsmen (Of course including Sachin's three good looking boundaries. Even Sachin knew that the whole world knew that the third boundary was a beauty. In fact he held the pose for a few more seconds, (probably for the photographers) even after the ball was surely speeding to the boundary, unchallenged). Great SHOW!