James Franklin comes into the attack and he goes out just as quickly. Dravid lofts that over deep mid-wicket, it was a tame delivery really, too short and Dravid was able to pick it up and send it for a bounce four to end the match
That's it from Mumbai for today, an emphatic win for Rajasthan. Tomorrow's match between Punjab and Deccan is set to be a cracker. Enjoy it and cheers for now.
Man of the match Shane Watson: It's taken me a little while to do that, I've been hoping for a day to do that in the tournament so far. It's been a little late. It's always nice when two parts of your game come together. Shane has been an amazing mentor to me throughout my career, we'll definitely miss him but he won't be far away. He will always be around the Rajasthan Royals and me, in Australian cricket.
Shane Warne: When someone of the class of Shane Watson plays like that it shows you how good he is. Our intensity was up, it shows you how well we can play. I think we won six games, if we had won one or two more, we would have been right up there. When I retired in Jan '07, I thought that's it, I'll sit back and watch the game, but I have had four great years in the IPL. It's been a privilege and a pleasure to captain the Royals. Hopefully, I've helped Indian cricket. You never say never, especially in my life, but I would like to stay involved. I would like to say thank you to my teammates, they are a great group of guys and I am proud of the way they conducted themselves on and off the field.
Sachin Tendulkar: I don't want to make any excuses, there were not enough runs and then someone like Watson comes out and plays shots like that, we didn't have a chance. We needed just one victory out of our last five games. There will be some changes, because its a different surface which requires different planning.
Stay with us for the presentation. But let's go through the scenarios first.
If Punjab lose tomorrow, then MI and KKR are assured of a place in the last four. If they win by a CONSIDERABLY LARGE MARGIN, they will ensure KKR and MI will go into a shoot-out in the final league game. If KXIP win by a small margin, they will need KKR to beat MI, or for MI to beat KKR by a huge margin to go through.
Dravid: It was good to finish on a high, great way to send off Warney, he is a legend of the game and has been brilliant in our dressing room. It's been an up and down season for us, we've had quite a young side but today we've shown what we can do. It's easy to bat at the other end when someone is going like that. One year is a long time, but if I am fit and still playing well, I would like to come back. I've enjoyed it, I would have liked to be in the playoffs.
Shane Warne, in a grey tracksuit, shakes hands with Tendulkar. "Go well," you can hear him saying. He says goodbye to Malinga and the rest of the Mumbai team. RR want him to lead them off the field, he does with a wave of the hand. Goodbye Warney!
Warney goes out with a win. And what a win it was! Shanw Watson and Rahul Dravid have given RR a 10-wicket win, only the third in IPL history and Mumbai have some serious thinking to do ahead of their crunch game against KKR. If KXIP win tomorrow against DC, MI will have to beat KKR in their final group stage game. So, it's crunch time for them really.
quicker one, played off the hips into the leg side
Malinga looks to do it again, but doesn't quite get it right, Watson drives to long off
finally, we see the Malinga yorker, toe crushing in all its glory. Well bowled and well dug out.
good length, squeezed out to the off side and they run quickly for the one. One scoring shot away now
driven along the ground this time for one
oh ho! Malinga returns only to smashed. He bowls the slower one and Watto is on it like a flash. He smashes it over long on, keeps the face of the bat nic and straight and that is huge.
that is a stunning shot for one. Driven down past Munaf, straight as a pin, there's a man there though, so it isnt a boundary but it was good looking enough to be one
pushes back to Munaf who stops it slightly on its way to long on
too short and not quick enough, Dravid pulls over backward square leg, that's exactly the kind of delivery he likes to punish
big shout for caught behind, Dravid flashed at one outside off and Munaf was quite certain that there was a nick, Dravid immediately shook his head and he was given not out
Dravid comes down the track and turns that into a length ball and drives over extra cover
Munaf is back and he offers Watto a wide one, back of a length, he thumps it to long off
Short and wide outside off, creamed through the covers from Dravid, looks like its been timed well but Rohit Sharma does well to slide and cut off four. That's probably the first bit of commitment from the Mumbai fielders we have seen.
tapped onto the leg side, ambled single taken
loosely driven to long on
too classy from Dravid, takes a step out of the crease and flicks it though fine leg to bring up the 100 in elegant fashion
Pollars stalled in his run up in the previous one, this one is bowled as it should be, driven to long on
and the Mumbai fans get more miserable. Sachinfan says, "Going by their previous performances MI doesn't deserve a place in the play offs and Punjab doesn't deserve the 5th place."
Dravid carries on hsi main role, rotates the strike, guides this down to third man
it had to happen, didn't it? Touch shorter from Malinga, Watto gets his chance and takes it, on the pull again. Smokes it over fine leg for six more. 97 runs in 10 overs and RR are making a mockery of the Mumbai bowlers
|Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai|
|Toss||Mumbai Indians, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|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 days||20 May 2011 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Rajasthan Royals 2, Mumbai Indians 0|