April 11, 2010
Rajasthan Royals fight against Mumbai Indians to get into Semis, but failed
Mumbai Indians started their innings with the 2 legends, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar & Sanath Jayasurya. Sanath Jayasurya failed to stay in the pitch for longer period & he got out in Shane Watson's delivery in the 2nd over of the innings. After the fall of 1st wicket, Mumbai Indians lost 2 more wickets in quick succession. At the end of 4th over Mumbai Indians scored 30 runs loosing 3 wickets. JP Duminy had come to bat, he gave a good partnership of 63 runs with MI skipper Sachin Tendulkar. Keiron Pollard came to bat when JP Duminy got out, he contributed 25 runs in just 13 balls. Pollard got out in the last delivery of 18th over, Mumbai Indians scored 143 at this stage. This score was not enough, but it all changed in the 20th over when Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar hit 20 runs utilizing all 6 deliveries. The flow of score in last 6 balls was 6 6 2 0 2 4 thereby Mumbai Indians made a total of 174 runs loosing 5 wickets. Teams top scorer was Sachin Tendulkar who was unbeaten scoring 89 runs from 59 deliveries which included 10 fours & 2 sixes. Rajasthan Royals economical bowler was Yusuf Pathan whose economy rate was 6 runs per over.
Rajasthan Royals started their chase of 175 runs, Zaheer Khan opened the bowling for Mumbai Indians giving a grand start. He gave only 2 runs in the first over. In the second over, Rajasthan Royals lost their first wicket, Michael Lumb. Even Naman Ojha could not make his mark as he was duck out first delivery of Zaheer Khan's 2nd over. Shane Watson was run out in the Zaheer Khan's 2nd over. Thereby loosing 3 wickets in quick succession. Rajasthan Royals started to loose wickets in regular basis, no one survived in the field. Even Yusuf Pathan failed to make it a big win when he got out in Keiron Pollard's delivery. By the end of 20 overs, Rajasthan Royals could score 138 runs losing 8 wickets. Mumbai Indians won the match by 37 runs. Man of the match was Sachin Tendulkar for his brilliant batting of unbeaten 89 runs. After this win Mumbai Indians are safe, they are into finals without any doubt. They have 3 more games left before playing semi-finals.