Indians hold on to complete victory over Royals
Yusuf Pathan unleashed a brutal blitz scoring the fastest ever IPL century from just 37 balls to almost snatch an unlikely victory for the Rajasthan Royals but the Mumbai Indians held on to win a tense 4 run victory.
The Royals were set a mammoth run chase of 212 by the Indians and after losing three early wickets they looked on course for a heavy defeat but Pathan entered the fray in sensational fashion.
The Royals run chase got off to the worst possible losing three early wickets and with the game petering out Mumbai were given a big scare after Yusuf Pathan (100) unleashed a brutal blitz scoring the fastest ever IPL century from just 37 balls to make the game much closer then it should have been.
The Indians won the toss and got off to a sensational start thanks to Sanath Jayasuriya who hit Dimitri Mascarenhas for 3 fours inside the first over to get the game of to a flying start much to the delight of the fans packed into the stands who cheered every shot.
The Royals leaked 38 runs inside the first 3 overs thanks to a lightning quick out field before Jayasuriya’s bright start came to an abrupt end when he was trapped LBW by former ICL rebel Amit Uniyal.
Tendulkar and Aditya Tare continued the Indians aggressive start with Tare in particular finding the boundary with ease including a huge six which sailed over midwicket off the bowling of Uniyal.
With runs being scored freely the Royals looked unable to slow the Indians down but skipper Shane Warne gambled by bringing Mascarenhas back into the attack and the medium pace bowler struck with his first ball of the over to remove Tendulkar (17) before Warne took the catch to dismiss the dangerous Tare two balls later.
With two new batsmen at the crease the Royals had an opportunity to increase their hold on the game but Tiwary and Rayudu punished the visitor’s bowlers hitting boundaries with ease.
Their partnership of 110 came to an end when Rayudu (55) was caught by Paras Droga out at deep man to end an excellent innings. Tiwary (53) followed in the next over but the damage had already been done.
With the exciting youngsters back in the dug out it was left to veterans Harbhajan Singh and Ryan McLaren to help the Indians reach their highest ever IPL total to leave the Royals with a mountain to climb.
With a target of 212 for victory the Royals needed to start their innings with the same attacking style that Tendulkar and Jayasuriya had displayed earlier in the game.
The Royals run chase got off to the worst possible start losing opener Swaonil Asnodkar (0) who was brilliantly run out by Rajagopal Sathish from only the second ball of the game.
Naman Ojha (12), Greame Smith (26) and Abhishek Jhunjhunwala (14) offered little resistant’s and with the game slipping away from the Royals Pathan unleashed his stunning blitz.
After facing a couple of balls without scoring Pathan unleashed a ferocious attack which stunned the crowd inside the Brabourne Stadium as the Indian international used all his power to smash 9 fours and an amazing 8 sixes.
Pathan’s mammoth haul included 3 straight sixes off the bowling of Ali Murtaza and 24 runs off the 11th over which was bowled by Sathish which gave the Royals a new sense of urgency.
With an unlikely victory still in the Royals sights Pathan was run out off the first ball of the 17th over to leave the Indians celebrating but nobody counted on Dogra to smash the next 5 balls of Sathish’s over for an amazing 20 runs to set up a tense finish.
Seven runs were scored off the 18th bowled by Zaheer Khan meaning the Royals needed just 12 runs from the last over but Lasith Malinga took two wickets to leave the Royals just short of the winning total.