Indian Premier League - 45th match

Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals won by 2 runs

We are ready for the Mumbai reply. Bravo and Takavale to open. They've changed the combo. Warne starts with Yusuf. It only happens in Twenty20

0.1

Pathan to Bravo, 1 run, quicker one bowled flat on middle, clipped away to deep square leg

0.2

Pathan to Takawale, 2 runs, flighted outside off, reaches forward, opens the face and dabs it behind point for a couple

0.3

Pathan to Takawale, no run, held it back a touch and bowled it flat, guided to point

0.4

Pathan to Takawale, no run, cramping him there, bowling a tight line on middle, pushes it back to the bowler

0.5

Pathan to Takawale, FOUR, beautifully timed, bowled quickish and full outside off, stepped out and drove it between cover and point for a boundary

0.6

Pathan to Takawale, 1 run, spun back in, tackled it well, dropping it short of point for a single to keep the strike the next over, impressive start for Takawale

End of over 1 (8 runs) Mumbai Indians 8/0 (138 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 7.26)
YV Takawale    7* (5b 1x4)      YK Pathan    1-0-8-0
DJ Bravo    1* (1b)     

Munaf comes on from the other end

1.1

Patel to Takawale, 1 run, full and wide, stays his ground and slices it down to third man, gets to him on the bounce

1.2

Patel to Bravo, no run, good length on the off, defended with a full face to mid-on

1.3

Patel to Bravo, OUT, an atrocious shot, bowled it short, Bravo was tempted, looking to pull it over midwicket, it swung away and he ended up miscuing it with a sliced bat high on the leg side, Munaf, and two others converged, but it was finally the bowler himself who clasped it with the others jostling for a chance as well. Awkward, but all's well that ends well

DJ Bravo c & b Patel 1 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Rahane comes in

1.4

Patel to Takawale, no run, good length on middle, defended back to the bowler

1.5

Patel to Takawale, no run, back of a length on the off, defended short of cover off the back foot

1.6

Patel to Takawale, no run, good length on the off, defended to cover off the front foot

End of over 2 (1 run) Mumbai Indians 9/1 (137 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 7.61)
YV Takawale    8* (9b 1x4)      MM Patel    1-0-1-1
AM Rahane    0* (0b)      YK Pathan    1-0-8-0

Siddharth Trivedi comes on

2.1

Trivedi to Rahane, 1 run, fullish on the off, worked away to midwicket from the crease

2.2

Trivedi to Takawale, 1 run, stopped on him, bowled on a good length outside off, just chipped it over the in-field, no real conviction there, Rajasthan are testing them

2.3

Trivedi to Rahane, 1 run, short of a good length on the off, punched wide of cover for a quick single

Tendulkar, Duminy, Jayasuriya are all waiting in the wings

2.4

Trivedi to Takawale, 1 run, short of a good length on middle, dropped into the leg side short of the bowler for a quick single

2.5

Trivedi to Rahane, no run, probing him on the off stump, angling into the right hander, defended back to the bowler

2.6

Trivedi to Rahane, no run, back of a length on the off, defended back down the pitch, we are heading for a close one folks, Rajasthan have started well here

End of over 3 (4 runs) Mumbai Indians 13/1 (133 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.33, RRR: 7.82)
AM Rahane    2* (4b)      SK Trivedi    1-0-4-0
YV Takawale    10* (11b 1x4)      MM Patel    1-0-1-1

Mumbai are saving their best for the last, a ploy Rajasthan tried out in the earlier phase of the tournament. It worked in their win against Delhi when Yusuf and Smith saw them through to a tense win

3.1

Patel to Takawale, no run, back of a length on the off, defended in front of cover

3.2

Patel to Takawale, 2 runs, a shot more out of desperation than anything else, saw some width and swatted it back over the bowler's head, hardly any timing, cleared mid-on and managed to squeeze a couple

3.3

Patel to Takawale, no run, slower one there, bowled at 109.2 kmph, pushed off the front foot to cover

3.4

Patel to Takawale, no run, targeting middle and off, length ball, bowled at 135.2 kmph, pushed through the line to mid-off

3.5

Patel to Takawale, no run, back of a length outside off, pushed it slow, at 111.9 kmph, tries to dab it down to third man, misses

3.6

Patel to Takawale, FOUR, nicely done, made some room for himself, Munaf pushed it full, picked the length early and chipped it over cover and point for a boundary, that'll ease the pressure a little

End of over 4 (6 runs) Mumbai Indians 19/1 (127 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 4.75, RRR: 7.93)
YV Takawale    16* (17b 2x4)      MM Patel    2-0-7-1
AM Rahane    2* (4b)      SK Trivedi    1-0-4-0

Shane Warne to bowl now

4.1

Warne to Rahane, 1 leg bye, down the leg side, tries to work it away square, brushes the thighs on the way to short fine, they get a leg bye

4.2

Warne to Takawale, no run, beat the outside edge, tossed up on the off, got forward to defend, was the conventional legspinner, was almost done in by the spin

4.3

Warne to Takawale, 1 run, loopy, on middle and leg, turned away behind square for a single

4.4

Warne to Rahane, 1 run, nicely done, tossed up outside leg, stepped out, got to the pitch and drove it to mid-on for a quick single

4.5

Warne to Takawale, 1 run, shortish outside off, chopped down behind point for a quick single

4.6

Warne to Rahane, OUT, flighted it, landed slightly short on leg stump, he got forward and tried to whip it through the leg side, the ball spun away to take the top edge and Raut at mid-on took a straightforward catch

AM Rahane c Raut b Warne 3 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

The pressure was building and Rahane snapped. Good, tight bowling from Rajasthan here. They hold the edge now, but Jayasuriya has just walked in. He's been getting starts but has failed to consolidate. He's due this time.

End of over 5 (4 runs) Mumbai Indians 23/2 (123 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 4.60, RRR: 8.20)
     SK Warne    1-0-3-1
YV Takawale    18* (20b 2x4)      MM Patel    2-0-7-1

5.1

Trivedi to Takawale, no run, short of a good length on the off, defended towards point, another dot ball

5.2

Trivedi to Takawale, OUT, edged and gone, Rajasthan are piling on the pressure here, slower one there, bowled short on the off, got some good bounce there, caught Takawale on the glove as he tried to keep it down off the back foot, lobbed up towards the keeper Ojha who dived forward to take a sharp chance

YV Takawale c †Ojha b Trivedi 18 (22b 2x4 0x6) SR: 81.81

It's upto Mumbai's star players to haul them out of this mess. The original opening partners are out now. Tendulkar has just joined Jayasuriya amid a bit of a crisis

5.3

Trivedi to Tendulkar, no run, angling it into the right hander, bowled on a good length outside off and it came in, left it alone

5.4

Trivedi to Tendulkar, 1 run, back of a length, gets on the back foot and punches it wide of mid-off to get off the mark

Frustration for hits Mumbai fan - Rahul : "Surely, there is no explanation for this. Mumbai have spent nearly $3M for Sachin, Sanath and Duminy combined and are afraid to use them. Wrap them up in cotton wool and store them in the closet!"

5.5

Trivedi to Jayasuriya, no run, kept low, got to the keeper on the bounce as Jayasuriya left it alone

5.6

Trivedi to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, sweetly timed, slower one bowled full outside off, got to the pitch and chipped it over the in-field on the off side, gets a couple

End of over 6 (3 runs) Mumbai Indians 26/3 (120 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 4.33, RRR: 8.57)
ST Jayasuriya    2* (2b)      SK Trivedi    2-0-7-1
SR Tendulkar    1* (2b)      SK Warne    1-0-3-1

Warne to Tendulkar. Superb! Brings back some memories, this contest.

6.1

Warne to Tendulkar, 1 run, starts of with a full toss on leg stump, driven to deep midwicket for a single

6.2

Warne to Jayasuriya, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, quicker through the air, dropped short of cover for a quick single

6.3

Warne to Tendulkar, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, turned away wide of square leg for a single

6.4

Warne to Jayasuriya, no run, tossed up on the off, gets forward and defends to cover

6.5

Warne to Jayasuriya, 1 run, eases it through the off side towards deep cover for a single

6.6

Warne to Tendulkar, no run, attempted flipper, bowled short of a length on the off, punched to cover off the back foot, nothing dramatic happened there, fairly straightforward over that, was treated with respect

End of over 7 (4 runs) Mumbai Indians 30/3 (116 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 4.28, RRR: 8.92)
SR Tendulkar    3* (5b)      SK Warne    2-0-7-1
ST Jayasuriya    4* (5b)      SK Trivedi    2-0-7-1

The required run-rate has crept up to almost nine

7.1

Trivedi to Jayasuriya, (no ball) 1 run, oversteps, freehit time, slapped to long-off for a single, Tendulkar will have to deal with it, replays indicate it was a harsh call, had a part of his foot behind the crease

7.1

Trivedi to Tendulkar, no run, misses out, bowled short on middle, chased the batsman as he had already made room, tried to upper cut that past the keeper, missed, no damage done

7.2

Trivedi to Tendulkar, 1 run, slightly short outside off, guided down to third man for a single

7.3

Trivedi to Jayasuriya, 1 run, cramped him for room but he plays it delicately, dabbing it to third man with a slight leap

7.4

Trivedi to Tendulkar, 1 run, slower one bowled on a good length on middle, turned away wide of midwicket for a single

7.5

Trivedi to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, banged it short on middle, helped it on its way behind deep square leg for a couple of runs

7.6

Trivedi to Jayasuriya, 1 run, smashed away but straight to the fielder, Trivedi can breathe easy, bowled short on middle, pulled away straight to deep midwicket, only a single

End of over 8 (8 runs) Mumbai Indians 38/3 (108 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 4.75, RRR: 9.00)
ST Jayasuriya    9* (9b)      SK Trivedi    3-0-15-1
SR Tendulkar    5* (8b)      SK Warne    2-0-7-1

Only two fours in eight overs in this innings. Just an indication of how Rajasthan have kept the batsmen on a leash. Botha comes on. He can't bowl his doosra.

8.1

Botha to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, tossed up outside off, coming round the wicket, pushed into the gap between long-off and deep cover for a well-run two

8.2

Botha to Jayasuriya, no run, firing it in the blockhole on the off, dug out to cover

8.3

Botha to Jayasuriya, 1 leg bye, bowled short on leg stump, tries to jab it past square leg, is struck on the pads, spun back in to strike him a touch high on the pads, would have gone over

8.4

Botha to Tendulkar, no run, appeal for caught-behind, short outside off, spun back in sharply as he tried to late-cut that past short third, bounced much more than he anticipated, caught his shoulder on the way to the keeper, good decision by the umpire who shook his head immediately

8.5

Botha to Tendulkar, 1 run, fuller on middle and leg, closes the face and runs for a quick single

8.6

Botha to Jayasuriya, 5 wides, spoils the over, bowled it short outside leg, Jayasuriya tried to slap it fine, missed and so did the keeper to concede five wides

8.6

Botha to Jayasuriya, 2 runs, flighted outside off, swept down wide of deep square leg for a couple more, Munaf cuts it off, but they get 11 off it, that wide really messed it up

End of over 9 (11 runs) Mumbai Indians 49/3 (97 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.44, RRR: 8.81)
ST Jayasuriya    13* (13b)      J Botha    1-0-10-0
SR Tendulkar    6* (10b)      SK Trivedi    3-0-15-1

Yusuf Pathan to bowl now

9.1

Pathan to Tendulkar, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, tickled behind square for a single

9.2

Pathan to Jayasuriya, 1 run, quicker through the air, punched to deep cover for a single

9.3

Pathan to Tendulkar, no run, flighted on the off, driven back to the bowler

9.4

Pathan to Tendulkar, 1 run, short of a good length on middle, worked away to deep square leg

9.5

Pathan to Jayasuriya, 1 run, bowled full on leg stump, swept away firmly but straight to deep square leg for a single

9.6

Pathan to Tendulkar, 1 run, quickish on middle, gets back, works it away behind square for one more

Rajasthan have the edge here. These two have restrained themselves, perhaps knowing that a wicket here might prove decisive in the outcome, and managed 31 in 28 balls. Credit to the Rajasthan bowlers for keeping it tight, and not hesitating to use their variations. Mumbai are still in with a chance, but one of these two will have to take off once play resumes.

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End of over 10 (5 runs) Mumbai Indians 54/3 (92 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.40, RRR: 9.20)
SR Tendulkar    9* (14b)      YK Pathan    2-0-13-0
ST Jayasuriya    15* (15b)      J Botha    1-0-10-0

Botha to Tendulkar

10.1

Botha to Tendulkar, 1 run, tossed up outside off, gets across, closes the face and turns it wide of square leg

10.2

Botha to Jayasuriya, no run, flighted on leg stump, tried to sweep it down fine, struck his pads and lobbed up

10.3

Botha to Jayasuriya, no run, saw him make room and hurled it full, dug out back to the bowler

10.4

Botha to Jayasuriya, no run, short on middle, went back to pull that square, was struck on the thighs, Botha went up but that was too high

10.5

Botha to Jayasuriya, no run, in the blockhole again, outside off, defended onto the pitch

10.6

Botha to Jayasuriya, 1 run, came back to over the wicket, bowled a low full toss outside off, made room and struck it cleanly but straight to deep cover, just a single, excellent stuff from Botha, recovered well after that 11-run over

End of over 11 (2 runs) Mumbai Indians 56/3 (90 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.09, RRR: 10.00)
ST Jayasuriya    16* (20b)      J Botha    2-0-12-0
SR Tendulkar    10* (15b)      YK Pathan    2-0-13-0

11.1

Warne to Jayasuriya, OUT, Warne does the trick, Rajasthan were testing his patience, bowled it slightly quicker on leg stump, tried to clear midwicket there but went off the bottom of the bat, was too early into the shot, and Yusuf at midwicket, right at the edge of the circle, rushed in to dive forward and take it inches from the ground

ST Jayasuriya c Pathan b Warne 16 (21b 0x4 0x6) SR: 76.19

A massive blow, that. The pressure was on, and Jayasuriya had to go after that one. He had probably left it a little too late, and that act of desperation cost him his wicket

The in-form Duminy comes in

11.2

Warne to Duminy, 1 run, flighted outside off, driven off the front foot to cover

11.3

Warne to Tendulkar, FOUR, Tendulkar goes inside out to loft that over extra cover, bisects the gap between long-off and deep cover perfectly, pitched full outside leg but he was quick on his feet

11.4

Warne to Tendulkar, no run, tries to dab it into the leg side, gets an inside edge onto his pads

11.5

Warne to Tendulkar, 1 wide, short ball outside leg stump, given a wide

11.5

Warne to Tendulkar, 1 run, tosses it up, Temdulkar is sucked in, charges down the track to strike that over long-off but the spin produces the leading edge that falls just short of deep point

11.6

Warne to Duminy, 1 run, quicker, bowled short on middle, closes the face to work it in front of square for a single

End of over 12 (8 runs) Mumbai Indians 64/4 (82 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.33, RRR: 10.25)
JP Duminy    2* (2b)      SK Warne    3-0-15-2
SR Tendulkar    15* (18b 1x4)      J Botha    2-0-12-0

Yusuf comes on

12.1

Pathan to Duminy, 1 wide, too wide down the leg side, given, there have been too many of these today

12.1

Pathan to Duminy, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, pushed wide of midwicket for a single

12.2

Pathan to Tendulkar, 1 run, falls just short, quicker one bowled flat outside off, went for the slog-sweep, didn't get the elevation, Chitnis charged forward from deep midwicket and dived but could not quite get under it, did well to stop it though, was powerfully struck

12.3

Pathan to Duminy, 1 run, pushed off the front foot into the leg side for a single

12.4

Pathan to Tendulkar, no run, fullish on middle, pushed back to the bowler

12.5

Pathan to Tendulkar, 2 runs, slightly short on the off, makes room and bunts it behind point for a couple

12.6

Pathan to Tendulkar, SIX, that's disappeared, bowled flat, charged down the track, got to the pitch and struck it cleanly over long-on for a massive six, that was coming, sailed into the stands, first six of the Mumbai innings

End of over 13 (12 runs) Mumbai Indians 76/4 (70 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.84, RRR: 10.00)
SR Tendulkar    24* (22b 1x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    3-0-25-0
JP Duminy    4* (4b)      SK Warne    3-0-15-2

70 needed off seven overs. Trivedi comes back

13.1

Trivedi to Duminy, OUT, he's dragged it on, what a timely blow! Short of a good length on the off, a hint of inward movement, tried to dab it down to third man, got an inside edge straight onto the stumps

JP Duminy b Trivedi 4 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

Tendulkar needs someone to bat through with him at the other end. Duminy could have been that man, he's quite capable of it. He's been their best batsman this IPL, and his wicket is a great setback. In comes Abhishek Nayar

13.2

Trivedi to Nayar, 2 runs, back of a length on the off, dropped short of point and scampers through, a needless throw at the striker's end and there's no one to back up, concedes an overthrow

13.3

Trivedi to Nayar, no run, shortish on middle, whipped straight to midwicket

13.4

Trivedi to Nayar, no run, there's a short midwicket in place and it lands just short of him, mistimed a pull there and was lucky that didn't carry

13.5

Trivedi to Nayar, 1 run, slightly short on the off, slashes it away to third man to give Tendulkar the strike

13.6

Trivedi to Tendulkar, 1 run, bowled short on the off, moved across and helped it down to deep square leg

End of over 14 (4 runs) Mumbai Indians 80/5 (66 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 5.71, RRR: 11.00)
SR Tendulkar    25* (23b 1x4 1x6)      SK Trivedi    4-0-19-2
AM Nayar    3* (4b)      YK Pathan    3-0-25-0

Jadeja into the attack. He's been impressive with the ball this tournament

14.1

Jadeja to Tendulkar, 1 run, quickish on middle and leg, pushed wide of midwicket for a single

14.2

Jadeja to Nayar, 2 wides, quicker ball bowled flat outside leg stump, a big wide, the keeper fumbles to allow one more

14.2

Jadeja to Tendulkar, FOUR, quicker ball bowled full outside off, made room and slammed it down the ground, hit it really hard and though Botha got his body behind it at long-off, was unable to stop it from rolling over the ropes

14.3

Jadeja to Tendulkar, FOUR, four more, drilled down the ground in the same direction, sped off the bat and Botha this time had no chance

14.4

Jadeja to Tendulkar, FOUR, another one, this time on the other side of the pitch, quick, flat and full, smashes it back past the bowler to beat long-on this time, fiercely struck, all power

14.5

Jadeja to Tendulkar, 1 run, made room and Jadeja chased him, turned it away on the leg side for a single

14.6

Jadeja to Nayar, 2 runs, quicker one bowled on a good length on the off, chipped wide of the bowler towards long-on for a couple more, 19 off it, just the over they needed

In hindisght, that fumble from Ojha off the wide proved really costly. It allowed Tendulkar to get on strike, and he took 12 off the next three

End of over 15 (18 runs) Mumbai Indians 98/5 (48 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.53, RRR: 9.60)
AM Nayar    5* (5b)      RA Jadeja    1-0-18-0
SR Tendulkar    39* (28b 4x4 1x6)      SK Trivedi    4-0-19-2

Warne to bowl now, it's his last over. 48 needed off 30.

15.1

Warne to Tendulkar, 3 wides, spun into the right hander from down the leg side, tried to work it away but just missed leg stump, down the leg side still, could have flicked the pads but the umpire didn't think so, gives it a wide, Warne is annoyed, Ojha fumbles to add to his misery

15.1

Warne to Tendulkar, 1 run, tossed up outside off, tries to paddle it fine, gets a faint touch on the glove

15.2

Warne to Nayar, 1 run, quicker one bowled on middle, bowled flat, looked like the flipper, pushed away into the leg side for a single

15.3

Warne to Tendulkar, OUT, he's got him! Is that the decisive blow?? The legspinner, bowled flat on middle and turned just a hint, Tendulkar got way across the line to sweep it behind square, missed and was rapped on the pads, Warne went up immediately and the umpire didn't take long to raise his finger, looked pretty adjacent

SR Tendulkar lbw b Warne 40 (30b 4x4 1x6) SR: 133.33

Harbhajan comes in, but what a wicket to get. Warne wins this contest against the master. Replays indicate it would have crashed into offstump.

15.4

Warne to Harbhajan Singh, 2 runs, missed run out, short on the off, punched wide of long-on, rushes back for the second and the throw to the non-striker's end is wayward, had it been on target, Harbhajan was a gonner

15.5

Warne to Harbhajan Singh, no run, slightly short outside off, makes room, dabs it wide of slip

15.6

Warne to Harbhajan Singh, 1 wide, short and wide, too wide, taking it further away with the spin, called one

15.6

Warne to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, reaches for it, taps it wide of cover for a quick single, a scare there as it seemed there would be overthrows but no damage done

End of over 16 (9 runs) Mumbai Indians 107/6 (39 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.68, RRR: 9.75)
Harbhajan Singh    3* (3b)      SK Warne    4-0-24-3
AM Nayar    6* (6b)      RA Jadeja    1-0-18-0

39 needed off 24. Who among these two will take the lead? Harbhajan, probably. Botha comes on

16.1

Botha to Harbhajan Singh, 1 leg bye, saw him make room and chased him, bowled it full on leg stump, tries to sweep, salvages a leg bye

16.2

Botha to Nayar, 1 run, full toss on the off, bunts it down the ground to long-off

16.3

Botha to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, full on middle, gets under it and slams it down to long-on for a single

16.4

Botha to Nayar, no run, quicker one bowled on a good length outside off, Nayar made room but all he could manage was to push it back to the bowler

16.5

Botha to Nayar, FOUR, it appeared for a moment that he missed out, full toss on leg stump, swings hard, doesn't connect well, but manages to squeeze the gap wide of Shane Warne at short fine, beats deep square-leg to the boundary

16.6

Botha to Nayar, FOUR, full toss, dismissed, smashed away between deep square leg and deep midwicket for a timely boundary, the last two balls messed it up for Botha there

End of over 17 (11 runs) Mumbai Indians 118/6 (28 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.94, RRR: 9.33)
AM Nayar    15* (10b 2x4)      J Botha    3-0-22-0
Harbhajan Singh    4* (5b)      SK Warne    4-0-24-3

28 off 18. Seems so much closer, and achievable now. Munaf is back

17.1

Patel to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, slower one bowled short on middle, pulls it towards deep square leg, but only gets a single

17.2

Patel to Nayar, 2 runs, low full toss outside off, bends low and drags it to deep midwicket, poor fielding, or so it seemed, Smith throws it straight into the umpire and they steal another single, it's all allowed

17.3

Patel to Nayar, FOUR, short of a good length outside off, bends low and swings it away wide of a diving Chitnis at deep square leg, flung himself to is right but fails to reach it, a one bounce four

17.4

Patel to Nayar, FOUR, stunning fielding, or so it seemed, game on folks, slightly short outside off, pulls it away in the gap between long-on and deep midwicket, Yusuf Pathan stretches to flick it back in and crashes into the hoardings but his effort is in vain as he's made contact with the ropes, given a four, and the nerves pile on

17 off 14, neck and neck. The game has changed in a matter of minutes. That's Twenty20 for you

17.5

Patel to Nayar, 2 runs, full toss on the off, just punches it wide of Yusuf again at long-on for two more, excellent throw but the dive saves him

17.6

Patel to Nayar, 1 run, slower one bowled fullish outside off, slapped to extra cover for a single to keep the strike

What a wonderful cameo this has been. Rajasthan, remember, have bowled 13 wides so far, and let it slip just when they had the match under control. It's not over yet, but with 14 needed off 12, and four wickets in hand, you've got to favour the batting team.

End of over 18 (14 runs) Mumbai Indians 132/6 (14 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.33, RRR: 7.00)
AM Nayar    28* (15b 4x4)      MM Patel    3-0-21-1
Harbhajan Singh    5* (6b)      J Botha    3-0-22-0

Botha to finish off here

18.1

Botha to Nayar, 1 run, quicker one bowled outside leg stump, tries to smash it through cover, mistimes it on the off side, gets a single

18.2

Botha to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, flighted outside off, smashes it down to long-on, well struck but straight to the fielder

18.3

Botha to Nayar, SIX, that's the decisive blow!! Flighted outside leg from round the wicket, he's made room, and smacks it cleanly in the gap between deep cover and long-off, goes all the way, and Mumbai have the edge

18.4

Botha to Nayar, OUT, run out, was yorked on leg stump, tried to scamper a single after digging it out, didn't realise the ball was lying just short of the keeper, Ojha picks it up and clips the bails to find Nayar short

AM Nayar run out 35 (18b 4x4 1x6) SR: 194.44

He's done a stupendous job here, but with six needed off 8 balls, Mumbai still hold the advantage, They're just one hit away. Dhawal Kulkarni comes in

18.5

Botha to Kulkarni, no run, dot ball, quicker one bowled full on the off, pushed back to the bowler,what a game

18.6

Botha to Kulkarni, 1 wide, bowls the fourteenth wide of the innings, what a mess, gifts them a run down the leg side

18.6

Botha to Kulkarni, 1 run, full toss outside off, dabbed to cover and sets off, a throw to the non-striker's end but he fails to pick it cleanly and the batsman has completed the single

End of over 19 (10 runs) Mumbai Indians 142/7 (4 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.47, RRR: 4.00)
DS Kulkarni    1* (2b)      J Botha    4-0-32-0
Harbhajan Singh    6* (7b)      MM Patel    3-0-21-1

4 needed off 6. Dhawal to face. Munaf to bowl. The extras have made a monumental difference here

19.1

Patel to Kulkarni, no run, beaten, swings way after pitching, tries to nudge it down to third man, misses, dot ball

4 off 5....

19.2

Patel to Kulkarni, OUT, yorker on middle, trapped in front, tries to dig it out in the leg side, is rapped on the pads and the umpire raises his finger, struck on the back foot and was plumb, would have hit middle and leg

DS Kulkarni lbw b Patel 1 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

What drama. . 4 needed off 4 now. Munaf has pulled things back. Will this go to the super over? Thank god they are not cutting to the advertisements. Chetanya Nanda comes in.

Munaf gets ready. Mumbai are eight down. A run-a-ball needed.

19.3

Patel to Nanda, OUT, run out, Mumbai are committing suicide here, full toss outside off, tries to swing it away, gets a leading edge towards mid-off, tries to run through to complete a single, Yusuf Pathan at mid-off collects and throws down the stumps at the non-striker's end to find Nanda well short

C Nanda run out 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Just one more wicket to go. Malinga comes in. Harbhajan on strike, Mumbai have the right man on strike

4 off 3....

19.4

Patel to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, fullish on middle, pushed towards cover for a single, Rajasthan wouldn't mind that

3 off 2.......Tension, Tension, Tension

19.5

Patel to Malinga, OUT, run out, full on middle, squeezes it to cover and sets off for a single, he lobs a throw back to the bowler who throws down the stumps to seal a thriller!!

SL Malinga run out 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

What a match! Roll the clock back to last year, when Yuvraj Singh pulled off a run out off the last ball of the match to seal a nerve-wracking win for Kings XI Punjab,. The opponents, then too, were Mumbai, and they suffer an almost identical fate this time. Nayar had played a superb knock to put Mumbai in front, and with 4 needed off the last over, just one hit, you had to favour the batting team. But Rajasthan held their nerve, Mumbai didn't, as three wickets fell, two run outs and an lbw, to hand the match to the defending champions. One of the best matches in the competition so far, and the result is that Rajasthan go up to No.3 on the points table, and Mumbai slip to sixth.

The ploy to save the better batsmen for later backfired as those three quick wickets early on put serious brakes on the scoring. Jayasuriya and Tendulkar restrained themselves in an attempt to get the chase back on track, and when Tendulkar eventually fell, Rajasthan had the game. However, Nayar gave them a serious scare, hauling Mumbai back into the match, smashing 35 off 18, but falling at the wrong time. The players who followed failed to cope with the tension, and panicked to hand Rajasthan a crucial victory at a critical phase in the competition.

Time for the presentation. Who's your bet for Man of the Match?

Tendulkar: "You always try out certain things. With the same batting order, we fell just short by 2 runs. Towards the end, there was some panic. We lost in a similar manner last year, and we have to try and win everything we can from here."

Warne is also the Man of the Match: "The guys showed a lot of character. I'm really proud of them. Munaf Patel at the end was sensational. It was a big game for both teams, and we just wanted a smile on our faces and play well. The Mumbai Indians played well, but we hung in there and never gave up. There is a great spirit in our group."

Phew, that was some match. We still have around 14-odd games remaining, and hopefully they'll end up keeping us on the edge just as this one did. Thanks for your feedback, and hope you enjoyed the coverage. Until tomorrow, it's goodbye from all of us here at Cricinfo. Goodnight, sleep well, take care. Cheers!

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