Indian Premier League

Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals

Mumbai Indians won by 4 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)

Smith and Tare to open. Malik with the ball

Ahmed Ali Ansari: "I don't see anyone asking about this. Why didn't MI complete Johnson's full quota knowing that Malinga has been erratic of late. Johnson had one over to go? Did he injured himself?" Dhawan got his fourth instead of Johnson that 19th over. No news on the injury.

0.1

Malik to Smith, 2 runs, outside the off fuller, he was looking to get it over long-off, does not come off the middle and scoops up high but evades the extra-cover fielder

0.2

Malik to Smith, no run, shorter in length and bit of a swing away from the batsman, beats the edge as he looks to flay it away

0.3

Malik to Smith, no run, shorter in length and cut straight to the fielder at extra-cover, was hit hard enough and bounced high after hitting the turf

0.4

Malik to Smith, no run, and looks to swing it away, slower in pace this time and mistimed it on to the pads

0.5

Malik to Smith, no run, and now he looks to swing across the line, he had been trying to avoid the shot all this while but gets defeated by the slow leg-cutter

0.6

Malik to Smith, FOUR, cut hard and that's misfielded by Rahane at point, went quickly to the fielder, but straight enough, got a hand to it but still seeps through to the fence

End of over 1 (6 runs) Mumbai Indians 6/0 (160 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 8.42)
DR Smith    6* (6b 1x4)      VS Malik    1-0-6-0
AP Tare    0* (0b)     

1.1

Faulkner to Tare, no run, short length and that one angles away from the batsman, lets it go through to the keeper

1.2

Faulkner to Tare, SIX, short of length and he's swivelled around and tonked away for a six! good hook that!

1.3

Faulkner to Tare, 1 run, shorter in length and angling away, guides it through to third-man, that runs off the bat but for a single

1.4

Faulkner to Smith, no run, and beaten again! was on a length and bit of movement away, was looking to punch it through the covers, beats the outside edge

1.5

Faulkner to Smith, no run, this is a lot closer to the stumps, movement back into the batsman who was looking to flick it away, hits the pads

1.6

Faulkner to Smith, 1 wide, wide outside the off stump, looked like it was a slower one too and the batsman cannot get his bat to it, that's called a wide

1.6

Faulkner to Smith, FOUR, outside edged for a four! it was on a length and he looks to heave it away, gets the outside edge and it rushes away to the fence

End of over 2 (12 runs) Mumbai Indians 18/0 (148 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 8.22)
DR Smith    10* (9b 2x4)      JP Faulkner    1-0-12-0
AP Tare    7* (3b 1x6)      VS Malik    1-0-6-0

2.1

Malik to Tare, no run, and again, the ball does not come on to the bat, he was looking to hit it through the line, was a good length ball too but gets only an inside half of the bat

2.2

Malik to Tare, no run, outside the off stump and on a good length, has a swing at the bat but misses, through to the keeper

2.3

Malik to Tare, 1 run, pushes the length further up to the bat now and he looks to drive it away, an outside edge rushes to the third-man fielder

2.4

Malik to Smith, no run, slower one outside the off stump and on a length, waits for it and pushes it into the covers

2.5

Malik to Smith, 1 run, and another misfield, this time from Dravid, was hit on the up and tapped to extra-cover, he tries to slide around but fumbles it

2.6

Malik to Tare, 1 run, outside the off stump and short of length, wants to crack it away but gets the cut shot going to the third-man fielder alone

End of over 3 (3 runs) Mumbai Indians 21/0 (145 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 8.52)
AP Tare    9* (7b 1x6)      VS Malik    2-0-9-0
DR Smith    11* (11b 2x4)      JP Faulkner    1-0-12-0

Watson with the ball now.

Manish: "There isn't an IPL team from where I am originall from (Indore, MP) so I am as neutral an IPL follower as its gets. However, there is something about Rajasthan Royals that made me instinctively like them. No individual T20 superstars, no 145+kph bowler but yet them seem to click as a team. Moreover, they are such a restrained unit (probably a Dravid effect), meaning no excessive celebrations, no sledging for the most part, composed even after going through what they did last week. A down to earth and a very likable team. I root for them and hope they win!"

3.1

Watson to Tare, FOUR, fuller and on his pads and that's neatly clipped away through mid-wicket for a four, the fielder at mid-on, Trivedi takes time to go after it but that was rushing away anyway

3.2

Watson to Tare, FOUR, short, wide and cut away for a four! Binny had to run across to his right and he gets there in time, only to misfield again, gets his hand on it and almost over-runs it for a four

3.3

Watson to Tare, no run, fuller outside the off stump and drives well off the front foot, this time Dravid at extra-cover dives to his left and fields well

3.4

Watson to Tare, 1 run, a yorker-length ball and he digs it out well, hit to mid-on where the fielder rushes in and throws it down to the non-striker's end, misses it

3.5

Watson to Smith, 1 run, shorter in length again and tapped to the off side where Dravid needs to run to his left to get close to it, single for the batsman

Hasan: "What a story of opening pair for MI. Starts with Ponting and Tendulkar ending with Smith and Tare"

3.6

Watson to Tare, 1 run, fullish delivery and tailing back into the batsman, pushes it to mid-on for a single

End of over 4 (11 runs) Mumbai Indians 32/0 (134 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 8.37)
AP Tare    19* (12b 2x4 1x6)      SR Watson    1-0-11-0
DR Smith    12* (12b 2x4)      VS Malik    2-0-9-0

4.1

Malik to Tare, no run, slower one, it was lobbed up to the bat, outside the off stump and wants to drive it away, gets it only to the covers

4.2

Malik to Tare, no run, another one bowled like a leg-cutter, on the middle stump and it does not rise up too much, pushes it to extra-cover

4.3

Malik to Tare, 1 run, and he now looks to slog it away but the ball comes on quicker this one, gets it away to mid-off, runs off for a quick one

4.4

Malik to Smith, 1 run, outside the off stump and on a length, slower too and he manages to cut it away to deep cover for a single

ANAND: "@Hasan - It didn't end yet...you may still see different opening pair in the final, should they win today:-)"

4.5

Malik to Tare, 1 run, on the middle stump line, was on a good length too which makes the batsman go for a pull, it comes on quicker than he expected and it's mistimed to square-leg

4.6

Malik to Smith, 1 run, a very slow ball this, 104 km/hr, lobbed up outside the off stump and he was looking to blaze it away but manages to drive it only to long-on for a single

End of over 5 (4 runs) Mumbai Indians 36/0 (130 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 7.20, RRR: 8.66)
DR Smith    14* (14b 2x4)      VS Malik    3-0-13-0
AP Tare    21* (16b 2x4 1x6)      SR Watson    1-0-11-0

Amitrajit Sett: "@Manish: Excuse me...145+ Tait, T20 superstars - Hodge and Watson and Dravid giving it back to Johnson today...Lets be pragmatic...No need to be unnecessarily sentimental with Dravid!!"

5.1

Faulkner to Smith, no run, short of length but stump to stump from Faulkner, he gets his bat and pad together and defends it to the leg side

5.2

Faulkner to Smith, FOUR, slower one from the bowler and right up to the bat, that's the length he was looking for and gets it over mid-wicket for a four!

5.3

Faulkner to Smith, 1 run, short of length and angling away from the batsman, pats it to mid-off for a single

5.4

Faulkner to Tare, no run, length ball outside the off stump and he wants to crack it through the covers, gets it decently well off the bat but not in the gap

5.5

Faulkner to Tare, no run, and now wants to swing it across, punched straight to mid-off this one

5.6

Faulkner to Tare, FOUR, and now pulled away to the left of the deep square-leg fielder for a four, was a short ball and he looked to peel the leather of the ball there, did not look like it had come off the middle of the ball but does well to hit the gap

End of over 6 (9 runs) Mumbai Indians 45/0 (121 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 7.50, RRR: 8.64)
AP Tare    25* (19b 3x4 1x6)      JP Faulkner    2-0-21-0
DR Smith    19* (17b 3x4)      VS Malik    3-0-13-0

Sid Trivedi to bowl now.

6.1

Trivedi to Smith, no run, keeps it up to the bat and on the off stump, pushes it to extra-cover

6.2

Trivedi to Smith, no run, shorter in length and on the middle stump line, just does not come on again and it's pushed to the off side, spotted some movement too

6.3

Trivedi to Smith, no run, and now looks to go down the track, slows it down there, 112 km/hr, shortens the length and the batsman has to tap it away to the leg side, Tare wanted a single but sent back

6.4

Trivedi to Smith, 2 runs, fuller and quicker from him, tapped away rather well to deep mid-wicket for a coolly taken two runs

Praveen: "@Amitrajit Sett: Nothing wrong in getting sentimental about Dravid. Most likely, its the last time you are going to see him on the field. This is really bad!...Never missed any cricketer like this before."

6.5

Trivedi to Smith, 1 run, takes the pace off completely and he hits the same area, the gap between deep mid-wicket and long-on, does not hit it hard and wants a second but the fielder is in quickly

6.6

Trivedi to Tare, no run, fuller length ball and it's tapped back to the bowler, who jumps to his right to field that one

End of over 7 (3 runs) Mumbai Indians 48/0 (118 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.85, RRR: 9.07)
AP Tare    25* (20b 3x4 1x6)      SK Trivedi    1-0-3-0
DR Smith    22* (22b 3x4)      JP Faulkner    2-0-21-0

Vikramjeet to bowl out.

7.1

Malik to Smith, FOUR, slower one and very full, reads that one well and spanked it over the bowler for a four, goes on the bounce and hits the fence

7.2

Malik to Smith, 1 wide, and that's another that seems to have been stuck in the bowler's hands, shorter too and very wide outside the off stump, lets it go through to the keeper

7.2

Malik to Smith, FOUR, short arm jab through the leg side, the long-on was in position and it went a few yards to his right but went quickly too, he dives well there but cannot stop it

7.3

Malik to Smith, 1 run, quicker and angling back into the batsman from a length, defended to the off side for a single

7.4

Malik to Tare, 1 run, fuller on the middle stump and driven to long-on for a single

7.5

Malik to Smith, 1 run, slows it down as much as he had done to the first delivery, but this is a touch wider and a tad on a length and can only push it to the covers

7.6

Malik to Tare, 1 run, on a length and opens the face of the bat to third-man for a single

End of over 8 (13 runs) Mumbai Indians 61/0 (105 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 7.62, RRR: 8.75)
AP Tare    27* (22b 3x4 1x6)      VS Malik    4-0-26-0
DR Smith    32* (26b 5x4)      SK Trivedi    1-0-3-0

Time-out now. Required-rate's at 8.75. With all 10 intact.

Ronak: "Trivedi has gone unnoticed the entire tournament. He has come in, bowled hi over queitly and done the job for the team. Even in todays game, I think his spell will be the deciding factor. If he can restrict his figures to less than 20 runs, it might just do it for the Royals. If he gets a wicket to go with it, it would be a plus."

8.1

Trivedi to Tare, no run, shorter in length and outside the off stump, 123.9 km/hr, cuts it away but goes on the bounce to the point fielder

8.2

Trivedi to Tare, SIX, goes down the track and wow, that's been tonked over long-on for a six, it was on his pads alright but never looked like he had hit it hard, punched away!

8.3

Trivedi to Tare, 1 run, shorter in length with the keeper up to the stumps now, tapped to long-on for a single

8.4

Trivedi to Smith, no run, pushes it fuller on the bat and punched to the off side, followed by calls of 'yeah, yeah Bapu' from the keeper

8.5

Trivedi to Smith, 1 run, slower one on his pads, tucked round the corner for a single

8.6

Trivedi to Tare, 1 run, on his pads yet again and he flicks it to mid-wicket for a single, Watson fields well but does not stop him from taking a single

End of over 9 (9 runs) Mumbai Indians 70/0 (96 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 7.77, RRR: 8.72)
AP Tare    35* (26b 3x4 2x6)      SK Trivedi    2-0-12-0
DR Smith    33* (28b 5x4)      VS Malik    4-0-26-0

Cooper with the ball.

9.1

Cooper to Tare, OUT, fuller and chipped straight to long-on, caught! that was hit off the middle of the bat, it was a slower one and that gets it to scoop up to the fielder who looked like he wasn't quite at the edge of the fence, one down now

AP Tare c Samson b Cooper 35 (41m 27b 3x4 2x6) SR: 129.62

9.2

Cooper to Smith, 1 run, punches the fuller delivery outside the off stump and gets it away to deep cover on the bounce

9.3

Cooper to Karthik, no run, short of length and he cuts it hard, straight to the point fielder though

9.4

Cooper to Karthik, no run, outside the off stump and at 135.4 km/hr, was on a length and he was looking to throw his bat at that, misses the outside edge

9.5

Cooper to Karthik, 1 run, very full, tailing into the batsman and gets it off the middle of the bat straight to long-off for a single

9.6

Cooper to Smith, 1 run, fuller on the middle stump and there is a bit of caution in pushing that through to long-on for a single

End of over 10 (3 runs) Mumbai Indians 73/1 (93 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 7.30, RRR: 9.30)
DR Smith    35* (30b 5x4)      KK Cooper    1-0-3-1
KD Karthik    1* (3b)      SK Trivedi    2-0-12-0

10.1

Trivedi to Smith, no run, and he looks to slog it away this time, was a length ball and on the leg stump line, Yagnik does well to collect it and whip the bails off, the batsman's in

10.2

Trivedi to Smith, 2 runs, slower from the bowler this time, and tapped to the leg side for a couple of runs before the fielder can come in

Uwaisul Karnain: "Absolutely smart stuff this has been from Dwayne Smith so far. He has managed the RR under control without taking unnecessary risks and setting an ideal platform for the likes of Pollard & Sharma"

subash: "A keeper but not keeping today caught by other keeper not keeping wonder how often does this happens?"

10.3

Trivedi to Smith, 1 leg bye, on his pads and was looking to swing the bat away, hits his pads and rolls over to the leg side

10.4

Trivedi to Karthik, 1 leg bye, that leg-stump line yet again and flicked away to the leg side for a single

Kumble about Tendulkar's fitness: He's racing against time.

10.5

Trivedi to Smith, 5 runs, shorter in length and that's been pushed to the leg side, they get a single but wait, Watson's thrown it to the non-striker's end and not only does it miss the stumps but also the fielders backing up

10.6

Trivedi to Karthik, 1 run, shorter in length and tapped to the off side for another quick single

End of over 11 (10 runs) Mumbai Indians 83/1 (83 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 7.54, RRR: 9.22)
KD Karthik    2* (5b)      SK Trivedi    3-0-20-0
DR Smith    42* (34b 5x4)      KK Cooper    1-0-3-1

11.1

Cooper to Karthik, 1 run, takes all the pace off the ball, he waits for it and then gently taps it to the off side for a single

11.2

Cooper to Smith, FOUR, wow, that's been caressed away by Smith for a four through extra-cover, it was fuller outside the off stump and he's leaned into it and drilled it, shot sir!

11.3

Cooper to Smith, 2 leg byes, slower one again and he was looking to pull it away, hits his body because he's played the shot too quickly, Karthik calls him over for a single and there's another shy at the non-striker's end that goes for an overthrow

11.4

Cooper to Smith, 1 run, short of length and he's on the back foot, taps it away to the leg side and off for a single

11.5

Cooper to Karthik, FOUR, and now Karthik drives it through extra-cover for a four, this is a very good shot, fullish in length and he pounces on that length, beats the fielder for a four

11.6

Cooper to Karthik, FOUR, short of length and that's beaten the backward point fielder en route the third-man region for another four, I dare day he should have stopped that one

End of over 12 (16 runs) Mumbai Indians 99/1 (67 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 8.25, RRR: 8.37)
KD Karthik    11* (8b 2x4)      KK Cooper    2-0-17-1
DR Smith    47* (37b 6x4)      SK Trivedi    3-0-20-0

Arjun Jain: "Why-o-why is RR fielding like this today. They have been so good this season, why not TODAY?" Really poor in the field.

12.1

Faulkner to Smith, 1 wide, down the leg-side and he looks to glance it away, seemed to have got some pad and the ump still calls it a wide

12.1

Faulkner to Smith, SIX, and now its been slogged away for a six! it was on a length and angling away, jabs it over mid-wicket for a six to get to his 50!

12.2

Faulkner to Smith, 1 run, yorker length ball and he gets his bat down in time to get away for a single, another throw comes in and misses the stumps but this time, there's a back-up available and no overthrows

12.3

Faulkner to Karthik, 2 runs, length ball outside the off stump and driven through the covers for a couple of runs, there's a collision between Smith and the bowler...

Words exchanged.

12.4

Faulkner to Karthik, 2 runs, on his pads and flicks it away to square-leg for a single

12.5

Faulkner to Karthik, no run, slower on outside the off stump and tapped to the covers, straight to the fielder

12.6

Faulkner to Karthik, 1 run, on his pads and flicked away to the leg-side for a single to end another expensive over

End of over 13 (13 runs) Mumbai Indians 112/1 (54 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 8.61, RRR: 7.71)
KD Karthik    16* (12b 2x4)      JP Faulkner    3-0-34-0
DR Smith    54* (39b 6x4 1x6)      KK Cooper    2-0-17-1

39 off the last three overs. Required rate down to 7.71.

13.1

Watson to Karthik, FOUR, edged and four! it's been that kind of a night for Rajasthan, he opens the face of the bat and eludes the keeper by some distance for a four

Arun: "Got to feel for the Royals,, the lack of variety in the bowling is haunting them finally.. may be Hodge can roll his arm over"

13.2

Watson to Karthik, no run, fuller on the off stump and tapped to mid-wicket where Cooper fields

13.3

Watson to Karthik, 1 run, and back to bowling the off stump line, slows it down too, opens the face of the bat to third-man for a single

13.4

Watson to Smith, 1 run, fuller on the middle stump, punched down the ground for a single

13.5

Watson to Karthik, 1 run, on a length outside the off stump and driven through the covers for a single

13.6

Watson to Smith, SIX, and another one, right in his slot and he's gone after it, outside the off and that gives him enough room to free his arms and hit it over long-on for a six!

End of over 14 (13 runs) Mumbai Indians 125/1 (41 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 8.92, RRR: 6.83)
DR Smith    61* (41b 6x4 2x6)      SR Watson    2-0-24-0
KD Karthik    22* (16b 3x4)      JP Faulkner    3-0-34-0

14.1

Cooper to Karthik, OUT, gone this time, short of length and he's cut it straight to the point fielder! this wasn't the best of deliveries, looked innocuous enough to go for the cut, and he does that, probably there wasn't as much room as DK would have liked and slapped straight to the fielder

KD Karthik c Rahane b Cooper 22 (22m 17b 3x4 0x6) SR: 129.41

Rohit at four.

14.2

Cooper to Sharma, no run, slows it down there and it's outside the off stump, he was looking to defend at it and is beaten

14.3

Cooper to Sharma, no run, on a length and a middle stump line, tapped back to the bowler

14.4

Cooper to Sharma, no run, shortens his length and he's on his back foot, defending it back to the bowler

14.5

Cooper to Sharma, no run, fullish from the bowler, 131.6 km/hr and pushes it back to the bowler

14.6

Cooper to Sharma, 1 run, slows it down considerably but misses his line, defended to the leg side for a single

End of over 15 (1 run) Mumbai Indians 126/2 (40 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 8.40, RRR: 8.00)
RG Sharma    1* (5b)      KK Cooper    3-0-18-2
DR Smith    61* (41b 6x4 2x6)      SR Watson    2-0-24-0

Meanwhile Gurunath Meiyyapan has been arrested.

15.1

Trivedi to Sharma, 1 run, short of length and guides it through to third-man for a single

15.2

Trivedi to Smith, no run, slower one and on the middle stump, almost checks his shot last moment and pushes it to mid-wicket

15.3

Trivedi to Smith, 1 run, not quite off the middle of the bat, bit of an inside half of the bat to one that's kept up to the bat, to the deep square-leg fielder

15.4

Trivedi to Sharma, no run, short of length and on his pads, pushed to square-leg

15.5

Trivedi to Sharma, OUT, bowled him, the stumps are on the ground! it was short of length and Rohit goes for a slog across the line, misses and it crashes into the stumps, three down and a bit of a lifeline for the Royals

RG Sharma b Trivedi 2 (5m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Also time for Time-out

15.6

Trivedi to Pollard, 1 run, shorter in length and he stands tall and taps it down to long-on for a single

End of over 16 (3 runs) Mumbai Indians 129/3 (37 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 8.06, RRR: 9.25)
KA Pollard    1* (1b)      SK Trivedi    4-0-23-1
DR Smith    62* (43b 6x4 2x6)      KK Cooper    3-0-18-2

Binny with the ball now. First over for him.

Manasvi: "This is exactly why Rohit Sharma, for all his talent, can never hope to make it big in international cricket - temperament. Look at his twin failures in the previous match and this one, and if MI win this match, it certainly won't be because of his "sublime" batting."

16.1

Binny to Pollard, 2 runs, bit of cut back into the batsman, and tapped to the leg side for a single...wait a minute, that's been misfielded again, this time by Trivedi and they come back

16.2

Binny to Pollard, 1 run, shorter in length and tapped to the deep mid-wicket area for a single

16.3

Binny to Smith, OUT, and taken now, that's number four! was a slower one on his pads, was looking to punch it over the leg side but the slowness of the delivery seems to have defeated the stroke, spoons it to the fielder who takes it calmly

DR Smith c Samson b Binny 62 (76m 44b 6x4 2x6) SR: 140.90

16.4

Binny to Pollard, SIX, shot for a six! this was in his half this time, and he was almost waiting, gets his swing going and it's gone over long-off

16.5

Binny to Pollard, 1 run, immediately slows the pace down, a leggie that and on a length, tucked to the leg side for a single

16.6

Binny to Rayudu, 1 run, fuller on the off stump and driven to long-on for a single

End of over 17 (11 runs) Mumbai Indians 140/4 (26 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.23, RRR: 8.66)
AT Rayudu    1* (1b)      STR Binny    1-0-11-1
KA Pollard    11* (5b 1x6)      SK Trivedi    4-0-23-1

26 from three. Faulker's not had a good evening with the ball. Will bowl his last now.

Prayag: "@ Manasvi : But don't forget that MI is here because of him too..."

17.1

Faulkner to Rayudu, no run, short of length and on the middle stump, he was almost squared up there, hit to the off side

17.2

Faulkner to Rayudu, 1 run, fuller on the middle stump and hits it straight to long-on for a single

17.3

Faulkner to Pollard, OUT, gone, Pollard's chipped it straight to the fielder! on his pads yet again and he was looking for his short arm jab with the flick, comes off the middle of the bat and it's been straight to the fielder

KA Pollard c Cooper b Faulkner 11 (10m 6b 0x4 1x6) SR: 183.33

17.4

Faulkner to Rayudu, 1 leg bye, on his pads now and quicker too, was looking to flick it away but hits his pads

24 off 14.

17.5

Faulkner to Harbhajan Singh, no run, shorter in length and cramping him for room, was looking to play off the back foot, defended to the off side

17.6

Faulkner to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, quicker on his pads and flicked away to Cooper at deep square-leg for a single

End of over 18 (3 runs) Mumbai Indians 143/5 (23 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.94, RRR: 11.50)
Harbhajan Singh    1* (2b)      JP Faulkner    4-0-36-1
AT Rayudu    2* (4b)      STR Binny    1-0-11-1

Cooper with the ball.

18.1

Cooper to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, wants to swing the bat away there, no room provided and can only get it to the deep square-leg

18.2

Cooper to Rayudu, SIX, clears his foot, swings the bat and clears the boundary for a six! was a slower one and smacked over long-on

18.3

Cooper to Rayudu, no run, and he goes down the track this time, he was looking to hit it over the off side but misses the outside edge

18.4

Cooper to Rayudu, 1 wide, wide outside the off stump that, quite wide that and called

18.4

Cooper to Rayudu, 2 runs, oh wow, that's been dropped, the poor effort in the field continues, he was looking to sweep it over the short fine-leg, gets it off the full and goes to deep square-leg where Hodge drops a considerably simple catch

18.5

Cooper to Rayudu, FOUR, and now an inside out over wide long-off for a four, that's brought Mumbai back into the game!

18.6

Cooper to Rayudu, 1 run, the third-mans inside the circle and it's short and wide, goes for the cut but straight to the short third-man fielder

End of over 19 (15 runs) Mumbai Indians 158/5 (8 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 8.31, RRR: 8.00)
AT Rayudu    15* (9b 1x4 1x6)      KK Cooper    4-0-33-2
Harbhajan Singh    2* (3b)      JP Faulkner    4-0-36-1

Last over. Rayadu on strike. Eight needed. Watson with the ball.

kailash: "Never seen such an up down innings! If Mumbai doesn't win, it'll be considered as the biggest choke job!" For now I will take help of a cliche. It's anybody's game.

19.1

Watson to Rayudu, 2 runs, fuller and quicker outside the off stump, tapped to the off side and they are quickly off the blocks to get back for the second, Hodge rushes in to field but cannot stop them from coming back

Ananth: "What a contest in 'who plays poorer cricket'! Good signs for CSK."

19.2

Watson to Rayudu, OUT, bowled him, wicket! he was looking to work it through the third-man there, but the ball was a lot quicker, was a leg-cutter and moves away from the bat, beats it and the stumps are rattled!

AT Rayudu b Watson 17 (13m 11b 1x4 1x6) SR: 154.54

6 off 4 needed. Dhawan with the bat.

Sai: "hahaha... Just now Hodge is asking the crowd to cheer up and immediately catch dropped by him and crowd started cheering. This looks bad...."

19.3

Watson to Dhawan, FOUR, what a shot under pressure, that's some stroke! he gets down quickly and scoops it over the short fine-leg fielder for a four, it was a quicker one too and it's brought Mumbai back into the game

19.4

Watson to Dhawan, 1 leg bye, hits his pads and they are away for a quick leg-bye, the keeper appealed but Watson didn't even look at the ump, was looking to get to the ball to try and get the run-out

The field's up now. So is the keeper.

19.5

Watson to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR, slapped away for a boundary to finish off the game! that was a shorter one and Harbhajan was on the back foot, waiting for it and cracks it away to get the Mumbai Indians to their second IPL final

That's that then, it's been a long(er) evening then and in the end, an exciting one on the field. The game yo-yoed both ways till before Mumbai edged ahead to make it to the final where they take on Chennai on Sunday. Can they win their first title? Or will it be a third one for the Super Kings? One way or the other, hoping for another exciting match. Suneer Chowdhary signing off, ciao!

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Presentation

Rahul Dravid: We needed to field better, ground fielding on a greasy outfield needed to be better. But credit to the boys, the way we have fought the whole tournament. Much faster this wicket than what we have seen this IPL. Positives for me, are the way the team fought and the spirit they showed throughout. We try and bring the youngsters in the Royals and its great to see that.

Rohit Sharma: Some tense moments but we have shown character throughout the tournament. We should have finished the game by the 19th over probably. I have really enjoyed captaining since day 1. At the end of day the seniors I am the captain but I try to keep it simple.

Harbhajan Singh, man of the match: It was one of those days when everything clicked. Wicket in the first ball gave me a lot of confidence. This is my favourite ground to play cricket and it's the best ground in the world. We are there to support Rohit Sharma, chip in with our bit and hopefully we can all assist him in lifting the trophy

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It's gone down to the wire but Mumbai Indians have managed to hold on to their nerves in the end. Rajasthan Royals will rue the way they fielded, it was one of the worst efforts this whole IPL.

Incidentally Harbhajan celebrated that winning stroke with a rock-the-baby celebration.

James Faulkner gets the Purple Cap. He says it's been a devastating feeling to have lost the game.

It was an excellent effort from Dwayne Smith, back-to-back fifties from the West Indian. The first time around against the Super Kings, he was dazzling in his stroke-play, tonight, he was more circumspect and played on almost till the end.

Right, so back to Mumbai v Chennai in the final. Twice Mumbai have won against them. Then Chennai defeated Mumbai in the first playoffs game. Who will be it this time?

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Deepak: "I am a CSK fan and my friend is a MI fan. We have a table booked @ Hardrock Café on sunday. That's going to be one hell of a night!!!!"

Sanjay Iyer: "Ironic....Sammy bought and took out sunrisers into playoffs.....hodge continues the tradition....gets RR in and now out..:D"

Ashok: "Rishi dhawan's first ball four in the last over reminded me of Rishikesh Kanitker who also scored a boundary under similar situation for India against Pakistan of Saqlain's bowling some 10-15 years ago."

Pushkar Sudame: "MI and CSK will play with each other for the 4th time this series.. And that too at 4 different places.. Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi and on Sunday.. Kolkata :)"

Tournament Results
Super Kings v Mum Indians at Kolkata - May 26, 2013
Mum Indians won by 23 runs
Mum Indians v Royals at Kolkata - May 24, 2013
Mum Indians won by 4 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
Royals v Sunrisers at Delhi - May 22, 2013
Royals won by 4 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
Super Kings v Mum Indians at Delhi - May 21, 2013
Super Kings won by 48 runs
Sunrisers v KKR at Hyderabad (Deccan) - May 19, 2013
Sunrisers won by 5 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
Warriors v Daredevils at Pune - May 19, 2013
Warriors won by 38 runs
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