Rajasthan v Mumbai, IPL 2011, Jaipur April 29, 2011

Botha stars as Rajasthan hammer Mumbai


Rajasthan Royals 95 for 3 (Botha 45*, Munaf 2-18) beat Mumbai Indians 94 for 8 (Botha 3-6, Amit 2-14, Menaria 2-20) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Mumbai Indians' first batting collapse of the tournament gave Rajasthan Royals a small target of 95 to chase on a dry and cracked pitch in Jaipur. Although the home team had to fight hard for their victory, it ended up being a comprehensive one.

Sachin Tendulkar expected conditions to be difficult for batting but he probably didn't expect that none of his batsmen would score more than 17. Mumbai started confidently with Tendulkar driving the second ball through point and Davy Jacobs punching the ball over long-on for the first six of the innings. Jacobs went three balls after that shot when he played across the line to an Amit Singh delivery that uprooted middle stump.

In the next over, Tendulkar was stumped off the bowling of Ashok Menaria to give the left-arm spinner his first wicket in Twenty20 cricket and deny the spectators the possibility of a Tendulkar versus Shane Warne special. Menaria showed confidence in flighting the ball and reading the batsmen's intentions. He was rewarded for a second time when he bowled a short delivery to Ambati Rayudu, who charged down the pitch and offered Menaria a simple return catch.

Shane Warne brought himself on and had success in his second over, inviting Rohit Sharma to drive in the air to Johan Botha on the long-off rope. Kieron Pollard scored his first run of this year's IPL with a flick through square leg and together with Andrew Symonds had to set about rebuilding the innings.

The pair lasted 33 balls before Johan Botha trapped Pollard lbw, as he completely missed the offbreak. Botha struck twice in his next over, bowling Symonds with a ball that kept low and enticing R Sathish to charge down the pitch and get stumped. The procession continued when Lasith Malinga was dismissed for one by Amit Singh.

Mumbai avoided the ignominy of being bowled out within the 20 overs as Harbhajan Singh swatted at four deliveries in the final over before finally connecting for a six. But, they finished on their lowest total in IPL history.

It was always going to be difficult to defend 95 but with an aggressive bowling attack, Mumbai may have had some hope. Lasith Malinga started in his usual toe-crushing fashion while Munaf Patel was also accurate. He got an early breakthrough with a slower ball that Rahul Dravid scooped to Tendulkar at midwicket.

Ali Murtaza, who was brought in in place of Abu Nechim, was bowling a difficult line and length and with the pitch keeping low he was almost impossible to get away. Watson and Botha saw off his first two overs and although the required-rate was never going to trouble them, they picked the balls to hit well.

Botha slog-swept Harbhajan for six while Watson hit Pollard for a straight six over his head. They handled Murtaza with greater ease in his second spell and the chase was turning into a stroll. Tendulkar brought Malinga back into the attack, and after three full balls, he banged one in short to Watson who was caught behind off an edge.

Ross Taylor joined Johan Botha and the pair concentrated on rotating the strike, which was all they needed to do. Two fuller deliveries were punished with Taylor stroking a ball through the covers for four and Botha lofting one over midwicket. Botha took Rajasthan to the brink and was bowled with just five runs left to get for the win. Rajasthan have now won 14 out of 18 home games in IPLs, with 11 of those wins coming in Jaipur.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • ralf on May 2, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    To GODsDream, The point is not to use the statistic either way, They were both Legends of the game. I was merely pointing out that to use the amount of wickets taken is not a fair comparision, stats can be deceiving. Everone always comes out with the 800 wicket thing to prove a point, It doesn't prove anything but they're ignorance. I can't understand why people can't just be happy with the fact that we lived in a time where we got to watch some of the greatest players the game will ever see. No matter how good Bradman was in the achival footage, it's not the same as watching Tendulkar with your own eyes. These legends have proven themselves, to belittle either of them is a sad thing.

  • amit on May 2, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    pitch was bad for sure like Delhi pitch against SL.......so many cracks.....as a cricketer and show stopper Warne is better for sure than murli....... but as a spinner Murli is definitely better......WArne always had the Team to support but not Murli......and its funny when ppl compare things like murli took many wickets against minnows.... if he wud not have played those matches then he wud have played against some better teams and he has been exceptionally good against all teams...so wickets wud have been more or less same.....u can not bring down a legend by stupid facts like that.....u can ask SL and OZ boards for "why murli bowled against ZIM and Bangla ?" and "why Shane played in matches against ENG and SA which were really bad teams against SPIN ?" HA

  • ralf on May 1, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    Hi Guys, In the Murali- Warne debate there is one stand out stat that know one talks about! The fact that Murali got 266 of his wickets in tests and ODI's against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh and WARNE Got 70. both the teams were absolute rubbish back then, You should only be judged by the strength of your opponents. if you remove them from the equation then the picture is clearer, both Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are nothing but a joke and should never be used to bolster up your stats. Murali is one of the greatest bowlers of our time but be honest 1/3 of his wickets against them get real.

  • ralf on May 1, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    Hi guys, In the Murali- Warne debate there is one thing that never gets mentioned, It's the fact that Murali got 266 wickets against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in Test and O.D.I's and Warne got 70. I am a fan of both men but those wickets should realy be stricken from the records,Neither Zimbabwe nor Bangladesh are deserved of test status. If you remove those stats you get a clearer picture of the propper order. This is not to say that Murali isn't one of the greatest bowlers of all time but, you must be judged bye your opposition and those two sides are rank amatures bye anyones standards. I don't wish to be rude to the great Murali but it needs to be said.

  • Charindra on April 30, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    @Himanshu - Warne has done well in all formats?? Hello! Murali is the highest wicket taker in TEST and ODI cricket! T20 is of course slam bang cricket. And secondly, Warne did really well at the SCG, which is a spinners paradise! And true, the other pitches in Aus are not as helpful, but he had McGrath and Lee and Gillespie to scuff up the area outside right handers leg stump, so that he can extract turn. Murali never had that luxury. Oh and let's not even get into the intimidation of umpires.

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    Davey Jacobs hasnt fired at the top, just found that Aiden Blizzard is in MI squad why not play him and let Rayudu keep wickets

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    in australia there are bowlers to back up shane,liie macgrath,paul riefel, so they can win matches easily but in muralis case only himself to do the damage on that angle murali & warne are the best spin bowler in the world, but murali goes goes little higher than warne.

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    Smone wud say......no comparisons between Muralidharan and Warne.....800 wickets r too much for any comparison.....but i feel it is warne who stands above b/w the two.... first, u don't have slow tracks in Australia and surrounding parts dat help spin.. secondly, warne has bowled well in all formats-- be it a 20 over , a 50 over or a test match.... he has seen back of legendary players----a true match winner he is....isn't he??

  • Vijay on April 30, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    Congrats to Rajastan!I am glad they beat Mumbai with all their stars and money.

  • BALASUBRAMANIAN on April 30, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    The so called "Star" studded Mumbai Indians team was packed off & consigned to the dust bins in y'day's match. MI were down to their lowest total in their IPL history & also the lowest total in the Jaipur ground. MI needed this drubbing & they need some more to bring them down to ground zero. Spirited performance by Rajasthan Royals. C'mon guys. Keep it up and grab the playoffs slot. All the best to you. There was nothing much spectacular about the match. The condition of the pitch somehow had something to do with the poor performance of the players from both sides.

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