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IPL 2013 – MI vs RR: Mumbai Indians Beat Rajasthan Royals To Go On Top

By on May 16, 2013

IPL 2013 - MI vs RR: Aditya TareMumbai Indians 166 for 8 (Tare 59, Watson 2-30) beat Rajasthan Royals 152 for 7 (Hodge 39, Kulkarni 2-21, Johnson 2-23) by 14 runs…

Mumbai Indians reached on top of the points table beating Rajasthan Royals by 14 runs in their IPL clash at the Wankhede stadium on Wednesday.

Chasing 167, Rajasthan Royals were restricted to just 152/7 as Mumbai bowlers put up an impressive show after batsmen did their job.

Though Stuart Binny and Brad Hodge tried hard in death overs, they fell short of the expectations.

Mitchell Johnson scalped Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid in the first over at the score of 5.

Dravid tried to pull Johnson’s bouncer that went to keeper’s hand and umpire gave him out. Dravid’s reaction was stunning as he stayed there for a few seconds and vented his anger out of frustration before walking back.

Riding on a brilliant half-ton by Aditya Tare, Mumbai Indians scored 166/8.

Tare, who replaced an injured Sachin Tendulkar, paid back for the faith showed in him by the team management, with a 37-ball-59 that was studded with eight boundaries and a six.

The Rajasthan bowlers put up an impressive performance especially in the death overs as MI managed only 34 runs in the final five overs.

While James Faulkner (2/32) and Shane Watson (2/30) were the most successful bowlers, Kevon Cooper (1/27) and 42-year-old leggie Praveen Tambe (1/38) also did well in patches.

Save Tare, none of the other MI batsmen made significant contributions apart from a couple of 20’s from Glenn Maxwell (23) and Dinesh Karthik (21).

The new-look Mumbai opening pair of Tare and Maxwell, put on 25 runs out of which 23 were scored by the Australian batsman with the help of three sixes in 17 balls.

Maxwell, who smacked compatriot Faulkner for his first six over long on and Ankit Chavan for two in three balls, was beaten squarely by Waston who trapped him leg before with his second ball.

After the first six overs of power play MI were 49 for 1. Tare, who hit Watson for a six over long on, was dropped on 24 by rival captain Rahul Dravid at mid-wicket off Stuart Binny and utilized his escape to put on a half-century stand worth 76 in 51 balls with Karthik who made a run-a-ball 21.

The wicketkeeper-batsman completed his half century off only 30 balls after hitting Faulkner for successive fours in the lanky left-armer’s second spell and the first 10 overs yielded 81 runs.

Karthik departed in the 12th over soon after MI reached 100, caught in the deep off leg spinner Pravin Tambe who bowled quite well to restrict the run-rate.

Tare departed seven runs later when he mistimed a shot and was caught off the leading edge at covers after scoring his maiden IPL half century. Tare’s dismissal dried up the run-flow as IPL specialists like Rohit Sharma (14) and Kieron Pollard (17) couldn’t make much of an impact.

Source: Times of India

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