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Shane-sational Royals prevail over Mumbai Indians

Munaf Patel bowled a brilliant last over while Shane Warne overcame a hamstring injury to win his personal duel with Sachin Tendulkar as Rajasthan Royals edged out Mumbai Indians by two runs in an IPL edge-of-the-seat thriller in Durban on Thursday, reports Atreyo Mukhopadhyay. Listen to podcastaudio | Special Coverage

cricket Updated: May 15, 2009 07:58 IST
Atreyo Mukhopadhyay

It was a match none could afford to lose in their pursuit of a semifinal berth. But as the match went down to the wire, Mumbai Indians, needing four runs in the last over lost their nerves. And Shane ‘Hollywood’ Warne’s team again escaped to victory, this time by two runs.

It was Munaf Patel who was instrumental in the Rajasthan Royals’ win. In a sensational last over, he claimed a wicket and accounted for two run-outs. This after Warne had stopped Ajinkya Rahane and Sachin Tendulkar’s late charge.

Mumbai Indians restricted Royals to 145 but made a few surprising moves which kept them from taking the kind of control they would have liked.

They gave one over to Chetnya Nanda after the leg-spinner removed Yusuf Pathan and this could still be understood because his departure brought to the middle two left-handers. The decision to hold back Sanath Jayasuriya when they started the chase was more puzzling.

The Royals didn’t get much from Graeme Smith and Pathan but were in the hunt thanks to Rob Quiney and Ravindra Jadeja.

The left-handers were helped significantly by a generous dose of loose deliveries.

Rajasthan Royals

R Quiney b Malinga 51 (40b, 5x4, 2x6), G Smith c Duminy b Harbhajan Singh 19 (19b, 3x4), Y Pathan c Malinga b Nanda 17 (14b, 3x4), R Jadeja c Bravo b Jayasuriya 42 (32b, 4x4, 1x6), S Chitnis c Nayar b Bravo 6 (8b, 1x4), N Ojha c Rahane b Jayasuriya 1 (4b), J Botha not out 2 (3b), S Warne run out 0 (0b). Extras (lb-3, w-4) 7.

Total (for 7 wkts) 145.

Fall of wkts: 1-43, 2-65, 3-126, 4-141, 5-142, 6-144, 7-145.

Bowling: D Kulkarni 4-0-29-0, L Malinga 4-0-28-1, D Bravo 3-0-30-1, JP Duminy 3-0-17-0, Harbhajan Singh 4-0-31-1, C Nanda 1-0-4-1, S Jayasuriya 1-0-3-2.

Mumbai Indians

D Bravo c & b Patel 1 (3b), Y Takawale c Ojha b Trivedi 18 (22b, 2x4), A Rahane c Raut b Warne 3 (7b), S Jayasuriya c Yusuf b Warne 16 (21b), S Tendulkar lbw Warne 40 (30b, 3x4, 1x6), J Duminy b Trivedi 4 (5b), A Nayar run out 35 (18b, 4x4, 1x6), H Singh not out 7 (8b), D Kulkarni lbw b Patel 1 (4b), C Nanda run out 0 (1b), L Malinga run out 0 (1b). Extras (lb-3, w-14, nb-1) 18.

Total (all out in 19.5 ovs) 143.

Fall of wkts: 1-9, 2-23, 3-23, 4-56, 5-76, 6-103, 7-140, 8-142, 9-142.

Bowling: Y Pathan 3-0-25-0, M Patel 3.5-0-22-2, S Trivedi 4-0-19-2, S Warne 4-0-24-3, J Botha 4-0-32-0, R Jadeja 1-0-18-0.