And that seals things. Binny plants his left leg outside the line of his bat swing and heaves this short ball on middle stump right over long-on's head to register a clinical victory.
So that about wraps it up for me down here. Peruse through the match report, in case you've missed anything and do join us again tomorrow at 4.00pm local time as the Champions League rolls on. This is Alagappan Muthu saying sayonara.
11.45 'A very professional performance in all departments, especially with the ball', says Rahul Dravid, 'There was a calmness to the batting as well and its really good to start off the tournament like this. We switched the bowlers around, and they did really well in the first ten. We may have given them a little too much in the last ten, but that happens when Rohit and Pollard are there in the middle. The batting was really good, with Rahane and Sanju playing two composed innings. And then Stuart, the ball he bowled to Sachin was a beauty, he's exactly the kind of player you want at No. 6 or 7 in T20'
Vikramjeet Malik is the Man of the Match and he says he was just looking to find a good length to bowl, hit the deck around off stump and look to move the ball. He says Royals know the conditions very well here and they always back themselves to get over the line
Rohit Sharma believed Mumbai had scored a below-par total, but he was happy with the way the bowlers started early on. He also commended Pollar's performance and was pleased with his own form although he had wanted to stay on till the end of the innings.He believed Mumbai were just suffering from first-game rust and will be looking to put up a better performance in Ahmedabad.
11.30pm And the Royals keep their home record perfect. Johnson began well, but Rahane and Samson's controlled partnership proved the difference. Once that foundation was set-up, Watson and Binny made merry as the Royals cantered to an easy win. Do stick around for the presentation.
fawad: "Johnson is still a great bowler, we cant judge him on just one scorecard and especially on these pitches"
Tony: "Stuart Binny has once again proved that he is a useful club-level player, but when he got opportunities with India-A team, he was a complete failure, especially with the bat."
Uwaisul Karnain: "Mitchell Johnson now has to hope that Australian selectors won't see the score card of this match"
Pollard misfields again. Watson carves this full ball out to point, but it bounces just before Pollard who had gone down too soon
Oh, that's fiery bowling. Short and rising toward his head, Watson ducks beneath it. Very well directed
and he starts off with a full toss. But Watson misses it completely. It just moved away right when Watson was setting himself up to slam this straight over the top. Watson has a wry smile
Coulter-Nile to bowl the final over
short of a length again, but this time Johnson drags it down the leg side and Watson is content to ease it to square leg
this is short, but Binny stays back and calmly guides it to third man. Clever batting here
KC: "You wonder why Stuart Binny's name never comes up for reckoning for the India side. No flashiness in him but he is substance unlike some of the flakes who have already been in the side."
Binny's in a massive hurry here and in the process, is ruining Johnson's efforts. This was nearly in the block hole, but having opened up his hips, Binny slams this through the covers
back of a length on leg stump, and its tucked away behind square leg
his weight is on the front foot as he dabs this fullish ball through the covers
carved through point. It was shortish and the angle takes it outside off. Binny opens his front leg to make a little room for himself and cuts it with telling results
shortish outside off and its steered down to third man
oh, brilliand bouncer. Pollard went for the fast-bowler stare but can't keep a straight face. This one is 130kph from Pollard and he makes this one rise up to the batsman's chin as he attempts to shield it with the bat and it takes the splice of the bat
oh, he's creamed that. Possibly the hardest the ball has been hit tonight. Makes full use of the room afforded there and the ball races away to the extra cover fence
digs it in and extracts bounce enough to beat the wild swipe from Binny. The ball was wide outside off though
wide and full, Binny goes for the slash over point. Harbhajan is there in the deep, who runs around the boundary edge instead of attacking the ball and going for the catch, and even as he tries to stop the four, he fumbles. Bad effort there
loads slower there and Binny had gone well across to expose all his stumps, but the ball travels just over the top of the leg stump and Pollard is gutted
Smith has learned his lession, but he may not get another over to prove it as he keeps this one middle and is nudged in front of square on the leg side
this one is full and tucks him up a little and he has to settle for a work along the ground to midwicket
thats an old fashioned mow over midwicket. Length ball, ample room and Watson powers it over the deep midwicket boundary with the minimum of fuss. 93m hit
dabbed to third man. This one was homing in on off stump, but Binny presents the angled face of the bat to meet it nice and late