Sunday, March 14, 2010

Yusuf's brilliant futile century


Lasith Malinga's determination to keep going at the batsmen and Sathish's fielding brilliance swung the fortunes in Mumbai Indians' favour, resulting in a thrilling four-run win over Rajasthan Royals in the second game of DLF-IPL III at the Brabourne Stadium on Saturday.

The Lankan paceman snared one batsmen with a slow bouncer and ran out the next on his follow-through with a diving throw before the visitor's challenge ended at 208 for seven.

Record-breaking knock

Sathish had earlier run out century-maker Yusuf Pathan (100, 9x4, 8x6) in his follow-through, anticipating striker Paras Dogra's drive and flicking the ball by instinct at the stumps at the non-striker end.

A stunned Yusuf, who had smashed the fastest century in the IPL, walked back with Royals at 173 for five.

The Royals power-hitter punished every bowler, except Zaheer Khan, by messing up the line and length with intimidating hot-making and some late cuts before Sathish got him.

Good stand

Earlier, Saurabh Tiwary and Ambati Rayudu displayed absolute contempt for reputation, building on the momentum gained by the veterans Sanath Jayasuriya and Sachin Tendulkar over the first four overs after Mumbai Indians had opted to bat.

Ruthless

The youngsters were ruthless in execution of strokes. Tiwary's reach and power helped him get to the pitch of the ball and clear the field with huge hits.

He stepped out against Warne for the first of three sixes, walked out against Yusuf and gave medium-pacer Uniyal the same treatment for a 30-ball 50.

Rayudu's hitting was more deliberate as he picked up the length early to force the ball in the direction he wanted.

One straight six off Jhunjhunwala stood out for ease of execution. His half-century, which came in 30 balls, had six fours and two sixes.

Jayasuriya and Tendulkar had got cracking straightaway to put the Royals on the defensive.

Three boundaries — slashes to cover and a crisp drive to the ropes— in Mascarenhas' first over saw the Sri Lankan in full flow. The Indians' captain got into the mood with flicks off the pads to the square leg fence.

Fighting back

Royals fought back into the game with Uniyal deceiving Jayasuriya with a slower one, Mascarenhas claiming Tendulkar and Aditya Tare before the stroke-makers could do more damage. Then Tiwary and Rayudu took over to delight the home crowd.

The scores:

Mumbai Indians: S. Jayasuriya lbw b Uniyal 23 (14b, 3x4, 1x6), S Tendulkar lbw b Mascarenhas 17 (11b, 3x4), A. Tare c Warne b Mascarenhas 23 (13b, 3x4, 1x6), S. Tiwary c Ojha b Tait 53 (33b, 4x4, 2x6), A. Rayudu c Dogra b Uniyal 55 (33b, 6x4, 2x6), R. Sathish (run out) 6 (5b, 1x4), Harbhajan (retd. hurt) 8 (6b), R. McLaren (not out) 11 (5b, 2x4), Zaheer (not out) 0 (1b), Extras (lb-3, w-13) 16, Total (for six wkts. in 20 overs): 212.

Fall of wickets: 1-38, 2-69, 3-70, 4-180, 5-191, 6-192.

Rajasthan Royals bowling: Mascarenhas 4-0-34-2, Tait 4-0-46-1, Kamran 1-0-10-0, Uniyal 4-0-41-2, Warne 3-0-29-0, Jhunjhunwala 2-0-27-0, Yusuf 2-0-22-0.

Rajasthan Royals: G. Smith c b Sathish 26 (22b, 4x4), S. Asnodkar (run out) 0 (0b), N. Ojha c Zaheer b Murtaza 12 (12b, 2x4), A. Jhunjhunwala b Malinga 14 (11b, 1x4, 1x6), Yusuf (run out) 100 (37b, 9x4, 8x6), P. Dogra (run out) 41 (29b, 2x4, 2x6), D. Mascarenhas (not out) 9 (7b), A. Uniyal b Malinga 0 (1b), S. Warne (not out) 1 (1b), Extras (w-5) 5, Total (for seven wkts. in 20 overs): 208.

Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-38, 3-40, 4-66, 5-173, 6-201, 7-201.

Mumbai Indians bowling: Zaheer 4-0-27-0, McLaren 4-0-43-0, Malinga 4-0-22-2, Murtaza 4-0-46-1, Sathish 3-0-51-1, Jayasuriya 1-0-19-0 .

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