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53rd match (N), Jaipur, May 26 2008, Indian Premier League
Royals won by 5 wickets
Player Of The Match
4/14
sohail-tanvir
13y
• The Bulletin by Siddarth Ravindran

Rajasthan secure top spot with last-ball win

The Mumbai Indians lost their third successive nail-biter to leave their semi-final hopes hanging by a thread

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Scorecard summary
Mumbai Indians145/7(20 overs)
Rajasthan Royals146/5(20 overs)
end of over 2015 runs
RR: 146/5CRR: 7.30 
Niraj Patel40 (29)
Ravindra Jadeja23 (20)
Dilhara Fernando 4-0-27-2
Rohan Raje 4-0-37-1

11.45 pm local time: Mumbai have lost their third nail-biter in a row. They were well and truly on top of this one but they lost their nerve in the final overs. Mumbai needed two of one ball against Punjab but Yuvraj thwarted them with a Jonty Rhodes-esque run-out. Mumbai were defending two off the final ball today and two fumbles allowed Rajasthan to maintain their unbeaten run at home.

Phew what a finish, it came down to who would hold their nerve and the unfancied duo of Patel and Jadeja outsmarted Mumbai.

Tendulkar: "I really don't know the recipe for this. The games which we almost won, we've given them away. It's getting tougher and tougher. We didn't use common sense. Common sense would have helped us. The match was 80-90% on our side. With all the experience on our side we should have bowled better lines. I would like to give credit to the two left-handers."

Warne: "I think the atmosphere here from the crowd, they really get behind us and the players appreciate that. I'm really proud of those two young guys - Jadeja and Patel - and they way they handled the pressure. I was wondering whether they left it too late but they summed up the situation really well. Mumbai got a par score and they fought all the way. I'm full of praise for our side. They way Jadeja and Patel played was sensational."

The Man of the Match is Sohail Tanvir for his spell of 4 for 14 off four overs. He's got the purple cap for he's the tournament's highest wicket-taker and he's also got the best economy rate.

Well now Mumbai's chances depend on the match between Chennai and Deccan tomorrow. Delhi are through to the semi-finals with 15 points. If Chennai win tomorrow then they too will progress to the final four. However if Chennai lose to Deccan they will remain on 14 points and Mumbai will have to beat Bangalore to qualify ahead of Chennai on net run-rate.

That's it from us at Cricinfo today. Thank you for all your emails. I'll be back tomorrow for the Chennai-Deccan game. Until then, this is George Binoy signing off. Cheers.

19.6
2
Fernando to Patel, 2 runs

Rajasthan have won! The tension got to Mumbai and they couldn't cope! Patel tried to pull the ball and mis-timed it towards the bowler, Fernando should have stopped it but he couldn't get down in time, the ball went towards mid-on where Smith fielded and threw the ball to the bowler's end, Jadeja was struggling to make his ground but Jasyasuriya failed to collect the ball cleanly and affect the run out, amazing scenes of celebration as the Rajasthan players mob Patel

Two to win off one ball. One to tie, one for a bowl out. Tendulkar's bringing his field in.

19.6
1w
Fernando to Patel, 1 wide

Fernando's fired a wide down leg side, can you believe it, it's very far down leg side, unbelievable scenes

Rajasthan need three off the final ball. Raje fell down in pain as he fielded the last ball and is now being attended to. Patel's on strike. The crowd stand in anticipation. Will we have a bowl out? Warne is smiling. Tendulkar is tense. So is Patel.

19.5
1
Fernando to Jadeja, 1 run

full ball on off stump, Jadeja chops the ball down to third man, they sprint hard for the single but they wont' get any more than that

Four to win off two balls. Tendulkar's with his bowler once again. Tension writ on his face. Jadeja on strike.

19.4
1
Fernando to Patel, 1 run

that's a full toss on off stump, played to point off the back foot, they steal a single, they will run for anything

19.3
6
Fernando to Patel, SIX runs

it's a six! Patel has cleared his front foot out of the way and lofted a full ball high over long-on for six, Fernando was looking for the block hole and didn't get the length right, Patel got under it and hit it with a lot of power

Rajasthan need 11 off four balls.

19.2
3
Fernando to Jadeja, 3 runs

Jadeja backs away towards leg side but Fernando follows him and cramps him for room, he gets an inside edge past the keeper and the ball runs to the boundary where Nehra sprints and dives full length to his left and saves one run, spectacular effort

19.1
1
Fernando to Patel, 1 run

full ball on off stump, Patel tries to hit over the leg side but gets an inside edge towards short fine leg, he was lucky it didn't hit his stumps, unlucky that it didn't beat the fielder

Rajsathan need 15 off the final over. Fernando will bowl it, watch out for slower balls and yorkers. The over-rate has been shocking.

end of over 1917 runs
RR: 131/5CRR: 6.89 RRR: 15.00
Niraj Patel30 (25)
Ravindra Jadeja19 (18)
Rohan Raje 4-0-37-1
Ashish Nehra 3-0-18-0
18.6
3
Raje to Patel, 3 runs

another full ball outside off stump, Patel drives firmly off the front foot towards wide long-off where Nehra scampers to his right to field, there's an overthrow at the bowler's end and they run the third

18.5
1
Raje to Jadeja, 1 run

another low full toss angling into the left-hander and Jadeja can't put it away, he hits it to midwicket

18.4
1
Raje to Patel, 1 run

that's right up there in the block hole on off stump, dug out to point off the back foot, these two have added 50 for the 6th wicket

18.3
2
Raje to Patel, 2 runs

full ball outside off stump, Patel drives the ball firmly towards long-off where Nehra runs to his left and dives to save the boundary

18.2
2
Raje to Patel, 2 runs

a low full toss and Patel swings the ball to deep backward square leg for two more

Tendulkar's talking to his bowler once again. Can Patel make the free hit count?

18.2
2nb
Raje to Jadeja, (no ball) 1 run

Jadeja heaves across the line of a good length ball and mis-times it to midwicket, Raje had over-stepped so there's a free hit coming up

18.1
6
Raje to Jadeja, SIX runs

that's the first six of the innings! Jadeja makes room by moving towards leg and lofts a full ball inside out over cover, that's a flat hit and he's cleared the boundary with ease

Rajasthan need 34 off the final two overs.

end of over 1811 runs
RR: 114/5CRR: 6.33 RRR: 16.00
Niraj Patel22 (21)
Ravindra Jadeja11 (15)
Ashish Nehra 3-0-18-0
Rohan Raje 3-0-20-1
17.6
Nehra to Patel, no run

Patel backs away towards leg to make room but Nehra follows him with the yorker, Patel gets beaten but tries to steal the bye, Takawale collects the ball quickly and prevents it

17.5
1
Nehra to Jadeja, 1 run

full delivery nearly into the block hole, Jadeja tries to hit down the ground but mis-times it

Tendulkar's chatting to Nehra, he's been chatting to his bowlers every other ball.

17.4
1
Nehra to Patel, 1 run

bowled full into the block hole on middle stump, Patel uses the angle into him to work the ball to Thornely at deep square leg

17.3
4lb
Nehra to Patel, 4 leg byes

another one! Nehra drifts on to the pads with fine leg in the circle, Patel gets hit on the pad and the ball runs to fine leg for four leg byes

17.2
4
Nehra to Patel, FOUR runs

Nerha fires one into the blockhole but the line is slightly down leg side, Patel gets an inside edge past the fielder at short fine leg for four, Rajasthan need several more of those, fours that is, not inside edges

17.1
1
Nehra to Jadeja, 1 run

too full on middle stump, Jadeja flicks the ball firmly off his pads but can't find the gap at deep backward square leg

Rajasthan need 44 off three overs. Nehra's back for another over, bowling from over the wicket. He has two to go.

Best performances - batters
Niraj Patel
NK Patel RR
40 runs (29)
2 fours
1 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
16 runs
1 four
0 six
51742939
Sanath Jayasuriya portrait
ST Jayasuriya MI
38 runs (37)
4 fours
0 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
13 runs
2 fours
0 six
17128946
Best performances - bowlers
Sohail Tanvir
Sohail Tanvir RR
O
4
M
0
R
14
W
4
ECO
3.5
Dilhara Fernando portrait
CRD Fernando MI
O
4
M
0
R
27
W
2
ECO
6.75
Match details
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
TossRajasthan Royals, elected to field first
SeriesIndian Premier League
Season2007/08
Player Of The Match
Sohail Tanvir
Sohail Tanvir
Hours of play (local time)20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.20, Interval 21.20-21.40, Second Session 21.40-23.00
Match days26 May 2008 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
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Billy Bowden
India Image
Krishna Hariharan
TV Umpire
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Suresh Shastri
Reserve Umpire
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MSS Ranawat
Match Referee
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Clive Lloyd
PointsRajasthan Royals 2, Mumbai Indians 0