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Batsmen see MI through in dramatic last-ball finish against CSK
By IPL desk
Mumbai 06 May 2012
Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma and Dwayne Smith starred in a sensational two-wicket win for the Mumbai Indians as they beat the defending champions, Chennai Super Kings, at the Wankhede Stadium. After half-centuries from Tendulkar and Sharma set the hosts up for chasing down the visitors’ score of 173, Smith hit Ben Hilfenhaus for 14 runs off the last three deliveries of the match to give MI a pulsating win at home.
Earlier, Harbhajan Singh, the captain of the Mumbai Indians, won the toss and elected to field. Murali Vijay, who has otherwise had an ordinary run in this tournament, gave CSK a brisk start with a 29-ball 41, which included the Chennai opener hitting Munaf Patel for three sixes and a four in the fifth over. MI, however, came right back into the game with two wickets in successive overs that left the visitors stumbling at 52 for two in 6.4 overs. Faf du Plessis (9) was run-out following a mix-up with Vijay in the sixth over, while RP Singh produced a delivery that nipped back after pitching and knocked over Vijay’s stumps in the seventh over.
Suresh Raina and Dwayne Bravo then strung together a 62-run partnership that saw CSK reach the 100-run mark in the 13th over. Raina (36 off 21 balls; 3x4, 2x6), who was the more aggressive of the two batsmen in the third-wicket stand, was eventually caught by RP Singh at point off James Franklin in the 15th over with the score at 114.
Lasith Malinga (three for 25) and RP Singh (three for 28) struck for MI with some wickets towards the end of CSK’s innings. But with Bravo (40 off 33 balls) and MS Dhoni (25 off 15 balls) contributing substantively, the visitors finished at a competitive 173 for eight in 20 overs.
Chasing 174 to win, MI started poorly as James Franklin (1) holed out to Vijay off Ben Hilfenhus’ bowling in just the third over. But Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma helped MI recover from the initial setback. They stitched together a valuable partnership that set the hosts up to go past the winning score. Tendulkar was savage in his assault on the CSK bowlers, particularly Albie Morkel, whom he hit for three boundaries in the fourth over and for two fours and one six in the 11th over. Sharma, on the other hand, was more circumspect of the two batsmen, but was not averse to going for the big shot. He hit Hilfenhaus and Shadab Jakati for a six each in the fifth and 13th over respectively.
However, after a feisty 126-run stand, that saw both batsmen record their respective half-centuries, du Plessis took a stunning, one-handed catch at cover off R Ashwin’s bowling to send Tendulkar (74 off 44 balls; 11x4, 1x6) back to the dugout. From 134 for two in 15.5 overs, MI then seemed to lose their way completely as they lost six more wickets in the space of the next 21 deliveries. Ambati Rayudu, Rob Peterson, Harbhajan Singh and Lasith Malinga fell without scoring a single run between them. Rohit Sharma, who made 60 off 46 balls, also fell during this dramatic passage of play that gave CSK the upper hand in the contest.
MI, however, had the last laugh. With the home team needing 14 off the last three deliveries, all-rounder Dwayne Smith, who was playing his first game for MI, clubbed Ben Hilfenhaus for a six and two fours off successive deliveries to give MI a memorable last-ball win. Scorecard
Man-of-the-match: Dwayne Smith for his cameo of 24* (nine balls; 2x6, 2x4) that included a match-winning, last-ball four
All-round Watson helps RR move up the ladder with 43-run win over KXIP
By IPL desk
Mumbai 06 May 2012
Coming off four straight defeats, the Rajasthan Royals arrested their losing streak by downing the resurgent Kings XI Punjab by 43 runs in Mohali. With their fifth victory in 11 games, the Royals jumped to the fifth position on the points table, just ahead of their opponents for the day. The victory was scripted by Shane Watson, who produced a match-winning all-round performance that included him scoring 36 quick runs and taking two wickets.
The pressure of chasing 178 runs got to the KXIP batsmen as they finished with 134 for eight. Shane Watson, who was the top batsman for the Royals, drew first blood in the KXIP innings by dismissing Mandeep Singh (7). Nitin Saini (2) and David Hussey (8) went back to the pavilion soon as they fell to Shaun Tait and Siddharth Trivedi respectively. Shaun Marsh put up a lone fight for Kings XI with a 27-ball knock of 34. But KXIP was dealt a huge blow when Johan Botha got rid of Marsh in the ninth over. Once they had the hosts under the mat, the Royals ensured they didn’t let them off the hook.
Shaun Tait, who played his first game in IPL 2012, impressed with his bowling. He registered figures of two for 18 in his four overs. Johan Botha was another successful bowler for RR, with figures of two for 21 in four overs.
After RR won the toss and elected to bat first, Ajinkya Rahane (5) had a rare off day. However, the Mohali crowd was treated to the fire and ice combination of Rahul Dravid and Shane Watson. The two put on 69 runs in 39 balls after Ryan Harris got rid of the in-form Rahane in the second over.
While Dravid (46 off 39 balls) showcased his trademark textbook shots, Watson went hammer and tongs against the KXIP bowling. The Australian all-rounder smashed four fours and a couple of massive sixes en route to his 17-ball 36. Ashok Menaria, who has had a relatively indifferent season this IPL, played a fine cameo of 34 runs off 27 balls that included a four and two sixes. Brad Hodge was another key contributor with the bat scoring a crucial 36 runs off 23 balls; he hit two fours and two sixes.
Ryan Harris was the pick of the KXIP bowlers with figures of four for 34 in his four overs. After removing the two openers, he sent Hodge and Stuart Binny back into the hut. Piyush Chawla was once again the most expensive bowler for the hosts, as he gave away 38 runs in his four overs, but he did pick up two wickets in return. Scorecard
Man of the Match:Shane Watson for his all-round performance that saw him score 36 runs from 17 balls and pick up two wickets for 22 runs