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TheMumbai Indians kept their winning streak at home intact with a 14-run win over the Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday night. MI posted a competitive 166 on the back of Aditya Tare's 59 before their bowlers blew open the RR top-order, eventually restricting them to 152.
Chasing 167, RR lost Rahul Dravid (4) as he was adjudged caught behind off a Mitchell Johnson bouncer. The decision to promote James Faulkner (12) up the order failed as he was caught by Glenn Maxwell top-edging Dhawal Kulkarni in the fourth over. Sanju Viswanadh (4) found Maxwell as he miscued Johnson attempting a pull. The collapse continued as Ajinkya Rahane (4) fell in the sixth over, caught byLasith Malinga off Kulkarni to leave RR reeling at 28 for four.
Shane Watson slammed consecutive sixes off Malinga in the 8th over in an attempt to get the run-chase back on track. Watson (19) however departed soon after, caught by Kieron Pollard off Pragyan Ojha in the tenth over. At the halfway stage RR were 60 for five, still needing 107 runs. Stuart Binny (37*) played a lone hand as he smashed a six and a boundary off Ojha. However wickets fell around him as Dishant Yagnik (10) was bowled by Harbhajan Singh. Needing 61 from 30 balls, Brad Hodge – who was put down by Ambati Rayudu - smashed Ojha for four boundaries in the 16th over. Needing 23 at the start of the final over, Malinga trapped Hodge (39) leg before Cooper smashed a six. However RR finished 14 runs short.
Earlier, RR won the toss and put MI in. The hosts started in grand style as Glenn Maxwell smashed a six off Faulkner in the second over. He followed it with two more off Ankeet Chavan. Watson provided the breakthrough as he trapped Maxwell (23) leg before wicket. Tare, playing his first game of the season, got going hitting consecutive boundaries off Chavan before launching Watson into the crowd. MI made 49 from the Power Play. Tare was put down on 24 by Dravid off Binny.
Tare smashed consecutive boundaries off Faulkner as he brought up his maiden IPL fifty. Dinesh Karthik (21) was caught in the deep off Pravin Tambe. Tare (59) followed him in the next over as he miscued Cooper to be caught by Watson. Pollard slammed Pravin Tambe for a six in the 14th over and Rohit Sharma (14) top-edged Faulkner to Watson in the 16th over. RR pulled the run-rate back as they kept picking up wickets towards the fag end. Cooper ran out Pollard (17) before Ambati Rayudu (7) holed out off Watson. Harbhajan hit Cooper for a six in the 19th over as MI eventually posted 166 for eight, losing Johnson and Malinga in the final over.
Man-of-the-match: Aditya Tare
Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 166 for 8 (Aditya Tare 59, Shane Watson 2-30) defeated Rajasthan Royals 152 for 7 (Brad Hodge 39, Dhawal Kulkarni 2-21) by 14 runs.
Chasing 171, KKR lost Manvinder Bisla (1) early as Wayne Parnell trapped him leg before wicket with one that jagged back in. Parnell got a second wicket in his next over, making a mess of Jacques Kallis' (1) stumps. The top order collapse continued as Gautam Gambhir (12) was caught by Yuvraj Singh miscuing Ishwar Pandey to leave KKR reeling at 21 for 3. KKR made 33 from their Power Play with their top three back in the dressing room.
Yusuf Pathan smashed two boundaries off Ishwar Pandey as KKR started to get a move on in the seventh over. Pathan and Ryan ten Doeschate controlled the required rate scoring 21 runs of the next two overs. Ryan ten Doeschate then launched Ali Murtaza for a maximum as KKR reached 74 for three at the half-way stage.
Pathan sent Luke Wright back into the stands as KKR looked to up the ante. ten Doeschate and Pathan added 98 for the fourth wicket partnership. Needing 49 from 30 balls, ten Doeschate (42) was run out by Murtaza in the 16th over to bring PWI back into the game.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck another blow when Manoj Tiwary (0) was caught by Manish Pandey in the deep. Pathan went after Parnell hitting him for two boundaries and a six before he was dismissed in the most dramatic fashion - Obstructing the Field - as he tapped the ball away while attempting to sneak a single. The hard-hitting batsman made 72 – his first half-century in KKR colours. Needing 18 from the final over, KKR fell seven runs short.
Earlier, KKR won the toss and elected to field. PWI got off to a positive start asRobin Uthappa slammed two sixes off Lakshmipathy Balaji in the third over. Uthappa (25) dragged Sachithra Senanayake onto his stumps to give KKR their first breakthrough. PWI made 42 from their Power Play. After a few quiet overs, Aaron Finch smashed Kallis for consecutive sixes in the tenth over to get the momentum back in favour of his team.
The twelfth over too saw two sixes; Finch hit Rajat Bhatia for a maximum before Pandey followed suit depositing Bhatia over the ropes. Balaji struck in the 13th over sending Finch's off-stump cart-wheeling to give KKR their second wicket. Pandey hit three successive boundaries off Kallis in the 15th over. Yuvraj Singh then slog-swept Sunil Narine for a six in the 17th over as PWI stepped on the accelerator. The 18th over bowled by Balaji was taken apart for 18 runs as Pandey smashed two boundaries, before Yuvraj deposited one into the crowd. Pandey (66) fell in the final over, run out after smashing two consecutive boundaries. Yuvraj Singh(30) launched Kallis for a six before perishing of the final delivery of the innings. PWI finished their 20 overs at 170 for four.
Man-of-the-Match: Manish Pandey
Brief Scores: Pune Warriors India 170 for 4 (Manish Pandey 66, Sachithra Senanayake 1-22) defeated Kolkata Knight Riders 163 for 7 (Yusuf Pathan 72, Wayne Parnell 2-34) lost by 7 runs.