Royals limit Mumbai Indians to 94/8

Published: Friday, April 29, 2011, 17:41 [IST]
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Royals limit Mumbai Indians to 94/8

The Mumbai Indians began their innings on a confident note with Sachin Tendulkar striking Ashok Menaria for the first four in the second ball of the first over. In the 3rd over, Jacobs carted Shane Watson for a six as the score moved onto 22/0. But in the very next over, the batsman was bowled by Amit Singh for 15 off 15 balls.

Then Menaria pegged back the visitors further when he had Tendulkar stumped for 7 off 7 balls as the score read 28/2 in 4.2 overs. In an eventful 9th over, Sharma cut Menaria to the backward of point boundary. But almost immediately, there was trouble at the other end when the bowler caught and bowled Ambati Rayadu for 11 of 13 balls as the Indians slipped to 46/3.

Then Andrew Symonds took a single off Warne to notch up MI's 50 just before the bowler had Sharma caught at long-off. Mumbai was in a spot of bother at 50/4 in 10 overs with Keiron Pollard joining Symonds.Five relatively quiet overs followed with Warne and Watson bowling superbly in tandem as the Indians crawled along to 67/4 in 15 overs.

Then Johan Botha trapped a struggling Pollard in front for 4 off 15 balls as the score read 68/4 in 15.3 overs. Symonds and Sathish tried to up the ante, taking 9 runs off the 17th over including a four from Symonds off Siddharth Trivedi. But at the start of the next over, Botha bowled Symonds for 17 off 26 balls as the score read a dismal 81/6. Botha had come to the fore, getting Sathish stumped for 7 off 6 balls just two balls later with Lasith Malinga the new man in.

Then in the penultimate over, Malinga got a taste of his own medicine when he was cleaned up by Amit Singh for 1 with the score now looking worse at 83/8. Then after scampering a few singles, Harbhajan Singh struck a huge six off the last ball of the innings to take Mumbai's total to 94/8.

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