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Rajasthan Royals came back to winning ways with a thrilling five-wicket win over Pune Warriors India at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. Batting first, PWI posted a mammoth 178, which RR overhauled on the back of half-centuries by Ajinkya Rahaneand Rahul Dravid. The hosts chased down the total with a ball to spare.
Chasing 179, Rahul Dravid got RR rolling with two gorgeous shots through covers off Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The RR skipper followed it up with two more boundaries off Kumar in the third over. Ajinkya Rahane joined the party as he smashed Krishnakant Upadhyay for a six and a boundary. RR made the most of the field restrictions as they accumulated 53 from their power play overs. At the halfway stage, RR were 84 for no loss, still needing 95.
Dravid brought up his fifty with a six off Rahul Sharma. Angelo Mathews got PWI their first breakthrough having Dravid (58) caught byMitchell Marsh at long off. Rahane continued his assault as RR took 21 runs from Mathews in the 14th over. RR suffered a setback of sorts as Wayne Parnell saw the back of the dangerous Shane Watson (5).
Rahane got to his half-century in style, depositing Mathews for a six over extra cover. Bhuvneshwar Kumar brought his team back into the contest when he had Rahane (67) caught by Sharma in the 16th over. Stuart Binny then hit a boundary and a six off Sharma before Parnell had Brad Hodge (4) caught by Kumar. Sanju Vishwanadh hit consecutive boundaries off Parnell to reduce the equation to 18 from 12 balls. Yuvraj Singh put down a difficult opportunity of Binny (32*) in the 19th over and that opportunity cost PWI the match as Binny launched Kumar for a six and eventually hit the winning hit.
Earlier PWI won the toss and opted to bat. Openers, Robin Uthappa and Aaron Finch started positively with three boundaries off Ajit Chandila in the third over. Uthappa then smashed three boundaries off Watson. Runs continued to flow fast as PWI made 61 from their Power Play overs. Uthappa launched Stuart Binny over the fence in the 8th over.
Kevon Cooper finally got the breakthrough, sending Finch's (45) stump cart-wheeling. Yuvraj Singh who looked in a dangerous mood dispatched Binny for a boundary and a six in the 13th over. Uthappa smashed two boundaries off Siddharth Trivedi but Trivedi came back well to have Yuvraj (15) caught by Cooper. Uthappa's (54) innings came to an end when Vishwanadh ran him out. Marsh deposited Cooper for two maximums in the 19thover. Mathews (18) fell in pursuit of runs off Faulkner. Marsh (35*) hit the final ball for a six as PWI finished at 178 for 4.
Man-of-the-Match: Ajinkya Rahane
Brief Scores: Pune Warriors India 178 for 4 (Robin Uthappa 54, Siddharth Trivedi 1-33) lost to Rajasthan Royals 182 for 5 in 19.5 over (Ajinkya Rahane 67, Wayne Parnell 3-23) by 5 wickets.
Mumbai Indians stopped the yellow juggernaut, bringing to an end CSK’s seven-match winning by a whopping 60 runs at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Having posted a modest 139, the home team bowlers put up an inspired performance, led by Mitchell Johnson, to bowl out the visitors for 79 - their lowest-ever score in the IPL.
Chasing just 140, CSK started on a very lucky note as Michael Husseywas put down not once but thrice by Kieron Pollard at point off Johnson in the very first over. Johnson then struck thrice to demolish the CSK top order. He bowled Murali Vijay (2) first before Suresh Raina (0) was caught spectacularly by Pollard. Subramaniam Badrinath (0) was third to be dismissed as he was trapped leg before wicket. Dwayne Bravo (9) counter-attacked with consecutive boundaries off Pawan Suyal before he was caught by Ambati Rayudu to leave CSK reeling at 18 for 4.
The move to promote Ravichandran Ashwin (2) backfired as he was bowled by Harbhajan Singh. Pragyan Ojha then had Hussey (22) caught by Dwayne Smith in the deep. At the halfway stage, CSK were 48 for 6, still needing 92 runs. Ojha then dismissed the dangerous MS Dhoni (10) before Lasith Malinga bowled Chris Morris (1). Mohit Sharma (0) followed caught by Suyal. Ravindra Jadeja (20) was dropped on 11 by Pollard but Ojha eventually dismissed him as CSK were bundled out for 79.
Earlier MI won the toss and elected to bat. MI openers Sachin Tendulkar and Smith started cautiously. Tendulkar smashed Mohit Sharma for a boundary before depositing him for a six in the 6th over as MI made 32 from the Power Play. Ravindra Jadeja was hit for a six by Smith, but Jadeja came back to trap Tendulkar (15) leg before wicket. Bravo sent back Smith (22) caught off his own bowling. The dangerous Pollard (1) who was put down on 0 by Bravo was caught by Raina off Jadeja.
Dinesh Karthik (23) hit Jadeja for two boundaries and a six before holing out in the deep. Ashwin then bowled Ambati Rayudu (10) to leave MI five down. Harbhajan got off the mark hitting Ashwin into the stands. Rohit Sharma (39*) smashedBen Laughlin for a massive six in the 18th over. The last over bowled by Laughlin was taken for 19 runs as Harbhajan (25*) and Rohit Sharma added 57 runs in 4.5 overs. MI finished at 139 for 5.
Man-of-the-Match: Mitchell Johnson
Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 139 for 5 (Rohit Sharma 39*, Ravindra Jadeja 3-29) defeated Chennai Super Kings 79 all out in 15.2 overs (Michael Hussey 22; Pragyan Ojha 3-11) by 60 runs.