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Rajasthan Royals toyed with Mumbai Indians

Zia Rana April 17, 2013

Rajasthan Royals 3-179 (Ajinkya Rahane 68*, Dishant Yagnik 34, Kieron Pollard 1-24) beat Mumbai Indians 92 (Dinesh Karthik 30, Ambati Rayudu 27, James Faulkner 3-16) by 87 runs.

The Mumbai Indians surrendered to the accurate and lethal bowling of Rajasthan Royals who defeated them with ease in the 23rd game of the IPL 2013, at Jaipur.

Rajasthan Royals powered 179 runs after losing just three wickets in the allocated 20 overs and the innings of Mumbai Indians was folded back for just 92 runs in 18.2 overs.

Ajinkya Rahane (Rajasthan Royals) was announced ‘Player of the match’ for his composed unbeaten innings of 68 runs.

The 23rd match of the Indian Premier League was played on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.

Ajinkya Rahane - A composed unbeaten knock of 68 runs

Ajinkya Rahane – A composed unbeaten knock of 68 runs

The skipper of Rajasthan Royals, Rahul Dravid, won the toss and chose to bat first at his home wicket. Shane Watson and Ajinkya Rahane started off briskly by scoring 22 runs in the first three overs with 3 fours. Watson hit the first six of the match in the next over and the pair added 13 runs in the fifth over with 1 six and 1 four. Watson dispatched 3 fours in the following over off Lasith Malinga and the score reached 61 in seven overs. Shane Watson was caught behind by Dinesh Karthik off Kieron Pollard for 31 off 25 balls with 1 six and 5 fours and he was replaced by Dishant Yagnik.

The two batsmen punished Pollard for 16 runs in the 10th over with 1 six and 2 fours as the score crossed the hundred runs mark two overs later. Yagnik was caught by Sachin Tendulkar at fine leg off Harbhajan Singh for 34 from 24 with 1 six and 4 fours. Ajinkya Rahane smashed his fifty in the 18th over and the final over produced 19 runs comprising 1 six from Brad Hodge and 3 fours by the first. Rahane secured his end with 68 off 54 with 1 six and 8 fours, Hodge was at the other end with 27 as Rajasthan Royals piled up 179 runs with seven wickets still intact after 20 overs.

The old war horses of Mumbai Indians, Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, were humiliated by the off spin bowler, Ajit Chandila in the early overs for 1 and 4 runs respectively. Dinesh Karthik tried to consolidate the innings but the middle order batting crumbled since Rohit Sharma departed for just two runs followed by Kieron Pollard for one. The fourth wicket fell at 31 runs in 7.5 overs when Ambati Rayudu associated with Karthik in a critical situation. The two batsmen were unable to find the boundaries and kept on creeping until the score touched 61 in 12.4 overs when Dinesh Karthik was gone for 30 off 32 with 3 fours.

A couple of wickets fell in no time again, the visitors were suffering at 7-64 in 13.5 overs and Rayudu was stranded at his end. The bowlers of Rajasthan Royal became furious and Ambati Rayudu was the 9th batsman to be dismissed at 83 after he had scored 27 runs. Hardly was there any resistance from the batsmen of Mumbai Indians and the entire team surrendered at 92 mere runs with 10 balls to spare.

James Faulkner was the most impressive bowler with three wickets, Ajit Chandila and Stuart Binny held two each whereas Siddharath Trivedi and Kevon Cooper shared one wicket each.

Rajasthan Royals won the encounter in an elegant way with a mammoth margin of 87 runs and are currently ruling the table with 8 points.

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