Indian Premier League 2011 Rajasthan Royals upset the apple-cart in their Indian Premier League clash with Mumbai Indians at Jaipur, ending up winners by a huge seven wickets. It was only the second defeat for Mumbai in seven matches this season and they still remain at the top of the table with ten points. However, Rajasthan moved to second place with their fourth win.
Chasing a paltry 95-run target, all the Royals needed to do was save against early wickets that could pump Mumbai up. Rahul Dravid and Shane Watson did exactly that, even though the first wicket partnership was worth only 17 runs. More importantly they negated nearly five overs of the innings. Dravid was out caught by Sachin Tendulkar, when he skied one from Munaf Patel. He made just five runs. Watson meanwhile though played some scorching shots as he hit three boundaries and one six, making 26 runs off 32 balls. His innings helped soothe Rajasthan nerves for everyone knows Mumbai bowl and field very well.
Johan Botha came to the crease at the fall of Dravid’s wicket and he top scored with 44 runs, guiding the chase. He used up 39 balls and hit two fours as also a six, falling just short of the victory line. He was bowled by Patel in the 18th over, but then the score read 90 for 3 and the home team were only four runs away from victory. Earlier Watson had nicked one from Lasith Malinga to the keeper, giving him his 17th wicket in the tournament. Ross Taylor and Ashok Menaria were the unbeaten batsmen at the crease when the winning runs came in 18.1 overs.
Earlier, Mumbai Indians struggled on a slow wicket as Shane Warne used his spin attack to accurate effect. He opened with spin and Menaria didn’t disappoint, scalping the big wicket of Sachin Tendulkar for just seven runs. He also caught Ambati Rayudu off his bowling, out for eleven runs. Shane Warne and Botha then strangled the middle order picking four wickets between them in six overs while giving away only nineteen runs. They accounted for Rohit Sharma, Keiron Pollard, R Sathish and Andrew Symonds, the bulk of the Mumbai batting as they collapsed to 82 for 7 at one stage. The visitors could never really recover from this blow and ended up with just 94 runs on the board. It was never going to be a good enough total.
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