IPL4: Watson powers Royals to victory against MI

Published: Friday, May 20, 2011, 21:03 [IST]
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Watson sends off Warne on a high

Malinga, hit Shane Watson on he chin through a magnificent bouncer but that was the only blip in an otherwise fantstic innings that was laced with 6 sixes and 9 boundaries. He from then onwards took a special liking to Malinga and ensured that he had enough of his revenge for the chin music doled out to him.

Earlier, Mumbai Indians skipper Sachin Tendulkar, won the toss and elected to bat first. He came out with yet another new another batsman to partner him at the top, the fourth one this season. T Suman, who was the chosen one started of well but didn't last long and fell to Shane Watson in the second over of the innings. Things deteriorated further as Ambati Rayudu too didn't last long and became the second victim of Shane Watson, whom Warne persisted with for three overs on the trot.

Sachin, too appeared a bit unconvincing against the left-arm spin of Amit Chavan and was really lucky to survive two close leg-before appeals. However, he carried on a pitch that spun and bounced visciously, thus further increasing the anticipation among fans for the marquee contest between Sachin and Warne.

Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma carried on a positive fashion and ensured that Mumbai do not get bogged down on the run-rate front. He played all the bowlers with ease forcing Warne to bring himself on for the 8th over. Sachin was on strike and the duo faced up two overs with none gaining an upper hand.

With the run-rate below par for a twenty-20 game, Sachin decided to take matters into his hand and targetted Amit Singh. He cunningly paddled him for a boundary, but was out next ball caught by Watson at deep third-man.

Some late-innings hitting by Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard, ensured that Mumbai ended the innings with a par total of 133. Rohit Sharma, fell for 58 and was the final victim of Shane Warne's illustrious career as a professional cricketer.

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