Monday 26 May 2008 

Rajasthan Royals Hold Nerve In Last-Ball Thriller


Mumbai Indians 145-7 (Jayasuriya 38, Sohail Tanvir 4-14, Trivedi 2-31)
Rajasthan Royals 146-5 (Patel 40no, Jadeja 23no, Fernando 2-27)

Rajasthan Royals won by five wickets

The Rajasthan Royals prevailed in a last-ball finish to beat the Mumbai Indians by five wickets in game 53 of the Indian Premier League in Jaipur. The result confirmed the Delhi Daredevils' place in the semi-finals while the Indians must now win their final match against Bangalore to try and make it.

Niraj Patel hit an unbeaten 40, including two from the final ball of the match to win as the Royals closed on 146 for five in reply to Mumbai's 145 for seven.

Sohail Tanvir moved to the head of the wicket-takers table with four for 14 as the Rajasthan Royals restricted the Mumbai Indians to 145 for seven in game 53 of the Indian Premier League in Jaipur.

Openers Sanath Jayasuriya (38) and Sachin Tendulkar (30) got their side off to a decent, if slightly ponderous start before Siddhart Trivedi (two for 31) removed both to set the stage for left-armer Tanvir.

He dismissed Abhishek Nayar (25), Dwayne Smith (six), Shaun Pollock (nought) and Mukesh Pandey (three) before some late blows from wicket-keeper Yogesh Takawale, who hit 24 from eight balls at the death, helped his side near 150.

The Royals, missing Graeme Smith, were unable to make a great start, losing Kamran Akmal (18), Yusuf Pathan (two) and Swapnil Asnodkar (17) inside ten overs.

Dilhara Fernando took two wickets with a couple of run outs and the dismissal of Shane Watson for 18 leaving the Royals in trouble at 77 for five with eight overs to go.

Enter Ravi Jadeja, who scored 23 from 20 with one six, and Patel, who hit two fours and two sixes. The pair scored an unbroken 69-run partnership to seal the win for the remarkable Royals side, which despite already being guaranteed a semi-final place, is not letting up.

Fernando finished with two for 27.

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