Mumbai back in IPL race

2015-05-02 07:28
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Mumbai - Ambati Rayudu scored a half century and Mitchell McClenaghan grabbed three wickets as the Mumbai Indians put themselves back in the race for a playoff place with an eight-run victory over the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday.

According to the supersport.com website, Rayudu picked up the man of the match award for his 53 off 27 balls, which included four boundaries and three maximums as Mumbai, who were put into bat by Shane Watson, posted 187 for five in their 20 overs. McClenaghan then grabbed 3-31 in four overs to restrict the Royals to 179 for seven.

The visitors were going along nicely at 161 for three with Sanju Samson and Steve Smith at the crease but then the left-arm quick McClenaghan dismissed Smith (23), ending a 56-run stand for the third wicket. Samson and Karun Nair (seven) then added 34 runs off 16 balls for the fourth wicket before McClenaghan ripped the heart out of the Rajasthan supporters by dismissing Samson, caught by Jagadeesha Suchith at long-off for a well-played 76 off 46 balls with seven boundaries and three maximums.

McClenaghan then removed Nair the very next ball with a faint edge through to Parthiv Patel behind the stumps. Lasith Malinga (4-0-34-1) had the big-hitting right-handed Deepak Hooda (one) caught on the mid-wicket boundary by Unmakt Chand with the first ball of the next over as the Royals slumped from 161 for three to 162 for six.

Ajiknya Rahane (16), the tournament’s leading run-scorer, was given a life on five by Suchith as the young spinner dropped the opener at mid-wicket off McClenaghan but made up for it when he clean-bowled Watson for 28.

Earlier, Rayudu’s half-century gave some impetus to the Mumbai innings as he and Kieron Pollard (24) shared in a 61-run stand off 31 balls for the fifth wicket to push their team over the 180-run mark. Lendl Simmons (38) and Patel (23) had given Mumbai a decent start with an opening stand of 43 off 31 balls. Simmons was fortunate as he was given a life by wicketkeeper Samson off the second ball of the match off the bowling of Time Southee (4-0-36-1).

The Mumbai innings was ticking along at a decent rate with Rohit Sharma (27) hitting two fours and a six before Dhawal Kulkarni (3-0-26-2) had Rohit brilliantly caught at short fine-leg by Ankit Sharma, who leapt up and took a one-handed catch.

Rajasthan, who won their first five games on the trot, have now lost three of their last five games, two of which were no-results, and remain on 12 points, level with the Chennai Super Kings but having played two games more. Mumbai have now picked up their third victory from eight starts and move to six points and keep their hopes alive of reaching the playoffs.

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