Royals trounce Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets

Published: Friday, April 29, 2011, 19:16 [IST]
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Royals trounce Mumbai Indians by 7 wkts

The Rajasthan Royals got off to a circumspect start in their innings with just 3 runs coming off the first over. But then Shane Watson found his groove, striking Munaf Patel for a four in the second over. Watson followed up with a straight boundary off Malinga as the Royals moved onto 12/0 in 3 overs. Then Patel removed a struggling Dravid for 5 off 16 balls as the score read 17/1 in 4.3 overs.

Then Johan Botha and Watson consolidated, but at a sluggish pace. They simply pushed for the ones and twos reaching 26/1 in 8 overs, before Botha carted Harbhajan Singh for a six, while Watson rounded off the next over from Kieron Pollard in similar fashion as the Indians moved onto to 47/1 in 10 overs. Watson then ruined what would have been a good over from Ali Murtaza when he knocked a four off the last ball to bring up the Royals' 50 in 11 overs.

As he so often does, Malinga got the breakthrough when he had Watson caught behind for 26 off 32 balls with the Royals at 56/2 in 11.4 overs. But then Ross Taylor joined forces with Botha to steady the ship, reaching 65/2 in 14 overs and pressing on. The batting duo took 8 runs off Munaf in the 15th over, reducing the victory equation to 22 required off 30 balls.

After taking 7 runs off the 16th over, Taylor and Botha teamed up again to knock 8 runs off Malinga in the 17th over, including a four from Botha. But then Munaf pulled back one when he bowled the same batsman for 44 off 39 as the score read 90/3 in 17.2 overs. New batsman Ashok Menaria immediately hit a boundary to level the scores. Finally, in the 19th over, Taylor took the winning run off Sathish.

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