Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2010, Mumbai March 13, 2010

Mumbai survive special Yusuf ton


Mumbai Indians 212 for 6 (Rayudu 55, Tiwary 53, Mascarenhas 2-34) beat Rajasthan Royals 208 for 7 (Yusuf 100, Dogra 41, Malinga 2-22) by 4 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out

The second-fastest Twenty20 hundred, a 37-ball assault from Yusuf Pathan, as delicate as it was brutal, wasn't enough on a day in which precious little was contributed by the other Rajasthan Royals players. Despite Mumbai Indians piling on their biggest score in the IPL, it required special death bowling from Zaheer Khan and Lasith Malinga to deny Rajasthan 19 runs in the last two overs.

Yusuf's onslaught came after Mumbai's youngsters Ambati Rayudu, considered unlucky to have not played for India yet, and Saurabh Tiwary powered the home side to what seemed a massive total, but it turned out to be one that just about dodged the Yusuf-shaped bullet.

The it's-good-to-be-back ad campaign of the IPL could well have been meant exclusively for Yusuf. In his first innings back in India, he shook a dying match up and gave Mumbai a right scare. The Yusuf show began when Rajasthan needed 143 off 57. He scored 54 off the next 11 balls he faced, 26 other deliveries got him 46, and when he finally got out he left Rajasthan 40 to get off 17 deliveries.

Of the nine fours and eight sixes he hit in a frenetic period of play, three shots stood out - and they were not sixes. The length deliveries and full tosses were all murdered, but in the 13th over - he was 57 off 22 by then - Ryan McLaren bowled a decent enough yorker to him. Yusuf opened the face late, beautifully late, and guided it for four. The next ball was not more than a couple of inches short of being a yorker, but on the stumps, and he managed to get under it, and still hit it to long-off for four. The third yorker of the over was neither wide nor straight, in between, and he leaned back to make space and steered it even later than the one before. More brutal hits preceded a moment of inspiration for Mumbai.

Arguably the best fielder in India, R Satish, returning from ICL, followed up his direct-hit run-out and a terrific caught-and-bowled with Yusuf's dismissal. He bowled full and straight to Paras Dogra, the other batsman, then dived in his follow through to field the ball, and reverse-flicked to catch a backing-up Yusuf short.

Dogra, who had scored 18 off 20 in the 107-run stand until then, opened up in the same over, and hit two fours and two sixes to bring down the target to 19 off 12.

Zaheer and Malinga, though, with Harbhajan Singh injured and not available to bowl, performed like champs. Eleven near-yorkers from the duo in the last two overs meant even the two wides they bowled were not enough for Rajasthan.

It was fitting for Mumbai that Indian cricketers helped them come back at crucial times: they had become the first team in the three seasons of IPL to play with only three overseas players. Kapil Dev and friends could afford a wee smile too. Rayudu, Sathish and Ali Murtaza - who took a wicket with his first ball - are all returning from the ICL.

Rayudu and Tiwary added 110 runs in 63 balls to help Mumbai Indians recover from a triple-strike in the first third of the innings. Shane Warne didn't have to wait too long to find out if Tendulkar "will open and face [Shaun] Tait", with Tendulkar walking out to open with Sanath Jayasuriya.

Jayasuriya took apart Dimitri Mascarenhas, and Tendulkar did the honours for Tait, taking 10 runs from the four balls that Tait bowled to him. Mascarenhas hit back with two wickets in one over, and at 70 for 3 in 6.3 overs, the onus was on the Indian batsmen.

Rayudu immediately showed glimpses of what made observers talk of him as a potential international. He wristily flicked the first ball he faced for four, lest anybody forget he's from Hyderabad.

It was just as well that Tendulkar didn't survive long enough to give the viewers the much-awaited contest against Warne: the latter was off colour, going for 29 runs in three overs. There was no turn for Warne, and he bowled too many half-volleys. Tiwary took full toll, and hit him down the ground for two fours and a six. By the time Warne took himself off, Mumbai had reached 121 in 12 overs. Tiwary had reached 26, and Rayudu 23, off 17 balls each.

Part-time offbreaks from Abhishek Jhunjhunwala and Yusuf went for full-time hitting. Rayudu hit three successive Jhunjhunwala deliveries for a huge six and fours either side of long-on. When he next smacked a six off Yusuf, he had reached 53 off just 30 deliveries, and Mumbai had rocketed to 166 in 16.3.

Tiwary reached his fifty by hitting Amit Uniyal, whose change-up delivery was the quicker one, to the long-on boundary. In fact it was all clean hitting down the ground from the two: out of the 108 they scored between them, only 16 came behind square.

Rayudu and Tiwary didn't see the innings to the close, but Harbhajan Singh and Ryan McLaren contributed to Tait's horror day, taking 22 off his last two overs. Each one of those runs mattered in the end.

Sidharth Monga is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • Rudhra on March 17, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    Guys, try to appreciate some one who had done fanstatic and he deserve's a big round of applause. rightly calculated not to go aganist experienced fast bowlers (zaheer and malinga) and blasted the rest. intelligent work... century is always a century and dat too while chasing a manmonth total is special. Kudos to Yusuf pathan...... we encourage you to do your best.

  • dhagdu on March 14, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    Congrats mumbai,just read all the comments,most of the people here are not giving credit to yusuf's inning thats too bad,no doubt that tendulkar is the best and yusuf is far away from that, but the inning he played was the best by any indian batsman,he can not play like tendulkar but tendulkar also cant play like him, and you all consider that tendulkar has 20 yrs experience and he is just new, he may still become tendulkar one day,every team has local bowlers but non of the batsman has played againts them the way yusuf played,malinga and zaheer were bowling yorker almost every ball otherwise they also would have been met with the same treatment by yusuf,he can hit anybody any best bowler of any country

  • amit on March 14, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    hey, first of all congrats ' mumbai indian, though i live in kolkata i love SRT, n a great fan of all the things he is assosiated with. I just want to shut up those who r questioning on Yusuf's innings. Guys we should consider the beauty of game cricket, i.e for a batsman, a batsman should respect likes of Malinga n Khan, They(Malinga n Zaheer) are great bowlers in t20 n for death overs. A good batsman always punish those who are liable for n also respect those who deserve that. Yusuf knock was fantastic , one thing we must remember that a batsman cant pick opposition bowling attack, that mean whome to select for playing eleven. Brilliant Yusuf Pathan and congrats' MUMBAI INDIANS... DUNIA HILA DENGE HUM

  • Reza on March 14, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    Thats unfair to say that Yusuf's innings came of 2nd rated bowlers. but i wud say if rajasthan had won the game this wud have being the the best innings in T20. Anyway this is not the best from yousuf, the best is yet to come & more to follow. the indian selectors were so stupid to drop him from the odi side. though im sri lankan but im a die hard fan of yousuf & his breathtaking batting.

  • v on March 14, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    it was a match in which the famous overseas players failed to perform. Mumbai were hit by a hurricane but the experience of zaheer and malinga proved the clincher. Yusuf is a big hitter especially in flat tracks and it isno wonder he took the mumbai attack barring zaheer and mainga to the cleaners. RR have know to consistently punch above their weight, but sadly the team depends too much on individual performances to win. If yusuf had failed the margin of defeat might have been enormous. The non-performing indian players add to its woes. A point to note is that Mumbai though not the strongest batting team were able to post a total above 200, which says a lot about RRs bowling quality. A definite lack of cohesion between the big names in RR camp is apparent in the way the gameplan was executed. It would be togh for them to complete as top 5 this year if this kind of performances continue. As for MI their bowling saved them on the day but against stronger units, they would struggle.

  • Rajesh on March 14, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    Rajagopal Satish is the best fielder in India......... !! And Mumbai won this one mainly because of him even though he too went for a lot like many others while bowling.

  • Senthil on March 14, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    He was almost out on 47 when McLaren taken the catch at long off and lands with his feet just inside the line but then only steps on the boundary. If he had aware of the boundary line the game might be over there itself. He just crashed the Spinners Murtaza & Jayasuriya and the Medium face bowlers R.Sathish & McLaren. But he can't do the same against the like of Z.Khan & L.Malinga. He scored 88 runs from these 4 bowlers from just 30 balls and scored just 12 runs from the another only 7 balls he faced from the Fast bowlers Z.Khan & L.Malinga. If H.Singh had bowled this may not be happened. He just not a international Batsman.

  • AMRUTH on March 14, 2010, 3:09 GMT

    With all due respects to Sachin Tendulkar, probably he is not a good thinking captain. Yusuf Pathan played a gem of a innings but his weakness to fast bowling should have been tested when he was in full flow. This would have surely given some insight on how to tackle him in future games. All said and done it the heat of the moment that matters.

  • Dummy4 on March 13, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    I also feel that yusuf was just not gud against the likes of zaheer and malinga... if we leave those mclarren boundaries then, he hit most of his runs against the spinners...... Its definately not the best innings of t20........ probably brendon mcculum's innings of 150+ is the best of t20

  • Deepta Dyuti on March 13, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    that innings by yusuf pathan was the greatest knock of t20 history,but still they could not get their only because of lasith malinga and zaheer khan!they really bowled real death bowling!sachin tendulkar held his nerve and used his bowlers very cleverly when harbhajan sing was out for that injury!its just because of that they were able to win!its a total team effort!!!!bravo mumbai indians!

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