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34th match (D/N), Jaipur, Apr 29 2011, Indian Premier League
(18.1/20 ov)95/3
Royals won by 7 wickets (with 11 balls remaining)
player of the match
Johan Botha
Rajasthan Royals
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• The Bulletin by Firdose Moonda

Botha stars as Rajasthan hammer Mumbai

Mumbai Indians' first batting collapse of the tournament gave Rajasthan Royals a small target of 95, which they chase on a dry and cracked pitch in Jaipur

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Scorer: Binoy George
Commentator: George Binoy
Scorecard summary
Mumbai Indians94/8(20 overs)
Rajasthan Royals95/3(18.1 overs)

Rajasthan Royals have been awesome today, led astutely by Warne, who didn't get to bowl at Tendulkar but certainly out-thought him. This victory takes Rajasthan to No. 2 in the points table. Mumbai are still No. 1.

"Very happy with the win, against a good team," says Botha. "Nice to bat on good wickets (!) against the new ball. Really happy with my performance. We just wanted to start well and that's what we did. We picked up two-three wickets in the first six overs and that's always key ... 120-130 would have been a tough chase."

Sachin Tendulkar: "Tough pitch, different to what we played on in Mumbai. Don't want to take the credit away from Rajasthan, who bowled and fielded well. It was two-paced, the ball kept low. Lost early wickets, were not able to rotate strike. 130 would have been a challenging total. We were not able to accelerate in the middle overs."

Shane Warne: "We generally play these conditions well, we know what to expect. Bowlers executed plans exceptionally. The intensity was fantastic. We spent a lot of time planning, we put it all together. Our planning was very good, and our bowlers were good enough. Our start was a bit slow but we didn't want to give Malinga early wickets, so our batting plan worked as well. Johan's definitely grabbed his opportunity ... he's experienced and is a smart cricketer."

Johan Botha is the Man of the Match for taking 3 for 6 and scoring 45. "I was a little nervous, bowling so late, but it came good for me. (While batting) I tried not to over hit the ball, play as straight as possible. It was stopping and the odd one was skidding low, if they bowled straight it was difficult to score."

Well that's it from me, but Sid R's just beginning commentary for Bangalore v Pune, so go over there and flood him with emails. Thank you for your feedback today, much appreciated. Cheers.

18.1
1
Sathish to Taylor, 1 run

dropped, Taylor swipes across the line, gets a top edge that goes over the keeper, Pollard runs towards it from behind point on the off side, gets both hands to it, and drops it, and Rajasthan celebrate

end of over 186 runs • 1 wicket
RR: 94/3CRR: 5.22 • RRR: 0.50 • Need 1 from 12b
Ashok Menaria4 (4)
Ross Taylor12 (17)
Munaf Patel4-1-18-2
Lasith Malinga4-0-20-1
17.6
Patel to Menaria, no run

defended once again towards the bowler

17.5
Patel to Menaria, no run

good length and straight, defended on the leg side

17.4
Patel to Menaria, no run

left alone outside off stump

17.3
4
Patel to Menaria, FOUR runs

Menaria gets going by cutting a a ball that was slightly wide through point

"You have to Appreciate this Botha. People laughed when he was bought for 900K. But now he helped them win at least 3 matches with the bat." says Devgowda. Agreed, I laughed too.

17.2
W
Patel to Botha, OUT

bowled him! Botha stayed in his crease and tried to run a good length ball behind point, he missed and Munaf hit the top of off stump

Johan Botha b Patel 45 (39b 2x4 1x6) SR: 115.38
17.1
2
Patel to Botha, 2 runs

length ball, flicked from middle stump off the back foot

end of over 178 runs
RR: 88/2CRR: 5.17 • RRR: 2.33 • Need 7 from 18b
Johan Botha43 (37)
Ross Taylor12 (17)
Lasith Malinga4-0-20-1
Kieron Pollard2-0-16-0
16.6
1
Malinga to Botha, 1 run

full ball on middle stump, clipped towards wide mid-on

"@Atish, do you still have hope, since now the required rate is much less," taunts Amit.

16.5
Malinga to Botha, no run

played towards mid-off

16.4
2
Malinga to Botha, 2 runs

short of a length on leg stump, glanced off the hips towards fine leg

16.3
4
Malinga to Botha, FOUR runs

full again and Botha lifts it off his pads over midwicket and places it in the gap on the boundary

16.2
1lb
Malinga to Taylor, 1 leg bye

a full ball crashes into the batsman's pads after the attempted flick is unsuccessful, that was missing leg

16.1
Malinga to Taylor, no run

full and straight, the batsman is ready, and he defends with a straight bat towards the bowler

Malinga's final over begins ...

end of over 167 runs
RR: 80/2CRR: 5.00 • RRR: 3.75 • Need 15 from 24b
Ross Taylor12 (15)
Johan Botha36 (33)
Kieron Pollard2-0-16-0
Munaf Patel3-1-12-1
15.6
1
Pollard to Taylor, 1 run

the keeper hits direct at the batsman's end after the batsman bottom edges the ball over his stumps, but the single has already been stolen

"As MI fan I have to say, with this Req. RR Malinga is almost useless. They are just going to block him with short backlift," says Nick.

15.5
1
Pollard to Botha, 1 run

full toss on the pads, clipped fluently towards deep square leg

15.4
1
Pollard to Taylor, 1 run

short ball and Taylor pulls towards deep midwicket

15.4
1w
Pollard to Taylor, 1 wide

wide down leg side, bowl that again says the umpire, well he didn't actually say it

15.3
Pollard to Taylor, no run

the slower bouncer, and Taylor has to duck rather low to get under it

15.2
1
Pollard to Botha, 1 run

Botha jumps on to the back foot and defends on the off side, played with soft hands and he runs the single

15.1
2
Pollard to Botha, 2 runs

a short ball, a long hop actually, and Taylor pulls towards deep midwicket

Atish: "As long as Malinga has an over left, I have not lost hope. Remember his 4 wickets against SA. That can do it for us here. Current RR and Reqd RR are pretty much the same right now."

Best performances - batsmen
Johan Botha
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45 runs (39)
2 fours
1 six
Control77%
Productive shot
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1 four
1 six
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SR Watson
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3 fours
1 six
Control78%
Productive shot
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2 fours
0 sixes
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Best performances - bowlers
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Match details
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
TossRajasthan Royals, elected to field first
SeriesIndian Premier League
Season2011
Player Of The Match
Johan Botha
Johan Botha
Hours of play (local time)16.00 start, First Session 16.00-17.20, Interval 17.20-17.40, Second Session 17.40-19.00
Match days29 April 2011 - daynight match (20-over match)
Umpires
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Asad Rauf
India Image
Shavir Tarapore
TV Umpire
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Sundaram Ravi
Reserve Umpire
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Ravi Subramanian
Match Referee
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Dev Govindjee
PointsRajasthan Royals 2, Mumbai Indians 0