IPL 2011: Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians- RR win by 7 wkts

first_imgAn all round performance by Rajasthan’s South African recruit helped them beat Mumbai by seven wickets during an IPL match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Friday. Score | PhotosBotha finished with impressive figures of 2-0-6-3 and then put 44 runs on board to help Rajasthan beat Mumbai convincingly in the 34th IPL match of the season.Like Mumbai, Rajasthan too lost their opener early in the innings with Rahul Dravid falling to Munaf Patel ball in the fifth over of the innings when the Rajasthan total was 17/1.Post that wicket Rajasthan opener Shane Watson and one down batsman Johan Botha, who took three Mumbai wickets, got on with a partnership. The two were in no hurry as 95-run target was well within the reach for Rajasthan.But after the two had put 39 runs for the third wicket a Lasith Malinga ball got the better of Shane Watson 26 with wicketkeeper Davy Jacob performing the final honours. Rajasthan were 56/2 post his wicket.Eventually, Johan Botha fell after scoring a fine 44 off 39 balls decorating his innings with two fours and one over the fence shot. A Munaf Patel ball crashed against the top of his stump in the 18th over when Rajasthan were batting on 90.Then Ross Taylor and Ashok Menaria scored the winning runs for their team with 11 balls to spare. Rajasthan won by 7 wickets.Mumbai inningsRajasthan bowlers struck thick and fast as Mumbai could only manage to score 94/8 in their 20 overs against Rajasthan during their IPL match.advertisementRajasthan captain Shane Warne won the toss and elected to field. And Warne was a happy man as his paceman Amit Singh scalped Mumbai opener Davy Jacobs on the first ball of the fourth over when the Mumbai total was 22.There was more room for celebrations early in the innings as Mumbai captain and Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar fell to Ashok Menaria in the 5th over with keeper Dishant Yagnik finishing off with some fine stumping when the team total was 28.Clearly the Mumbai batsmen were having a tough time at the Sawai Mansingh wickets as in the 9th over another wicket fell. And this time Menaria got the better of Mumbai’s in-form batsman Ambati Rayudu with a caught and bowled decision when the visitors were batting on 46.The last ball of the 10th saw Rohit Sharma depart with Rajasthan skipper Shane Warne scalping him on 13. Mumbai fell to 50/4.Just when Aussie Andrew Symonds and West Indian Kieron Pollard looked set and were beginning to score runs, Rajasthan’s South African offie Johan Botha struck to berak their 18-run stand. He trapped Pollard leg-before and Mumbai were down to 68/5.Symonds too could not stay for long and Botha came around to scalp him on 17 and a ball later got the better of R Sathish and Mumbai were looking down the barrel with 82/7.The first ball of the 19th over saw Mumbai tail-ender Lasith Malinga walk back, bowled by Amit Singh on 1 and Mumbai were reduced to 83/8.Finally, Mumbai could only manage to score 94/8 in their 20 overs. The score could have been lesser had Harbhajan Singh not hit a six off the last ball of the innings in Shane Watson’s over. That was the only other six in the Mumbai innings apart from Davy Jacobs six in the third over, which too came off Watson.last_img

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