IPL 2013: Royals Hand Mumbai Crushing Defeat
Rajasthan Royals 179-3 (Rahane 68no) beat
Mumbai Indians 92 by 87 runs
Indian Premier League 2013, Jaipur
After a clutch of close finishes over the last few days in the Indian Premier League 2013, Rajasthan Royals handed Mumbai Indians an 87-run thrashing in game 23 in Jaipur.
After Ajinkya Rahane's half-century helped them pile up 179 for three, Rajasthan dismissed Mumbai's star-studded batting line-up for just 92.
Rahane was unbeaten on 68 in 54 balls while when Mumbai's turn came to bat, only three players reached double figures and James Faulkner finished with three for 16.
This was a near faultless performance from the 2008 champions, starting with Shane Watson (31 in 25 balls) and Rahane crashing their way to 62 before Watson was caught behind off Kieron Pollard.
Dinesh Yagnik then weighed in with 34 in 24 balls, Stuart Binny made four and Brad Hodge hit 27 not out in 15 balls with two sixes as captain Rahul Dravid and all-rounder Kevon Cooper weren't even required to bat.
Lasith Malinga leaked four fours in one over and the final over of the innings, bowled by Mitchell Johnson, went for 19 as Hodge hit a six and Rahane three fours.
Ajit Chandila then gave Rajasthan the dream start by dismissing both Sachin Tendulkar (1) and Ricky Ponting (4) and although Dinesh Karthik continued his decent tournament with 30, wickets continued to tumble.
Siddharth Trivedi struck to remove Rohit Sharma for two, Binny bowled Pollard for one before a partnership of 30 between Karthik and Ambati Rayudu (27) lifted Mumbai from 31 for four to 61 for five when Karthik was caught by Hodge off Faulkner.
Rishi Dhawan registered a golden duck when he clipped Binny to Hodge at midwicket as everything went right for Rajasthan and conversely, it all went horribly wrong for Mumbai.
Harbhajan Singh was run out for one after a mix-up with Rayudu which left both batsmen at the same end disputing over who should depart, and Rayudu fell soon after when he was trapped in front by Cooper.
Johnson hit a couple of boundaries (11) but Faulkner wrapped things up by bowling both him and Malinga (7) to dismiss the 2010 runners-up in 18.2 overs.
Chandila finished with two for six, Binny two for 14, Trivedi one for 17 and Cooper one for 25 in an utterly ruthless and complete performance from the Royals.
© Cricket World 2013
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