Maxertainment 3:Mumbai wins despite Yusuf's ton

An astonishing 37-ball hundred from Yusuf Pathan could not save Rajasthan Royals from a four-run defeat to Mumbai Indians. Pathan’s hundred, the second fastest in T20 history and the fastest in the Indian Premier League, injected life into Rajasthan’s innings after it had stalled at 694 in 10 overs chasing Mumbai’s 2126.

Pathan reached a 21-ball fifty, followed by his hundred in 37. He hit nine fours and eight sixes, adding 107 in less than eight over with Paras Dogra, whose contribution to the partnership was 18 from 21 balls. Pathan fell with Rajasthan needing 40 from 18 balls. He was run out when a Dogra straight drive deflected off Sathish’s hands on to the stumps.

Dogra raised the tempo, smashing 21 runs in the same over by Sathish. But his best efforts left Rajasthan needing 12 from the final over by Lasith Malinga, who’d been the best of Mumbai’s bowlers today. Dogra was also run out, having made 41 from 29. Malinga was unhittable in the final over, conceding just seven of the final over; denying Dmitri Mascarenhas the six needed off the final ball.

Mumbai were dealt a major blow when Harbhajan Singh had to retire hurt while batting. He was struck by a fast, low full-toss on his left-knee from Shaun Tait. The off-spinner could not bowl, and Mumbai nearly paid the price with the match.

Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar elected to bat in this Brabourne Stadium fixture. Attractive fifties from Ambati Rayudu and Sourabh Tiwary helped Mumbai to an impressive score.

Rayudu, who comes to the IPL after a stint with the ICL, struck a 30-ball fifty. Tiwary, one of the stars of India’s U-19 World Cup win in 2008, also reached a 30-ball fifty.

The two added 110 from 10.3 overs, helping Mumbai average over ten runs an over throughout the innings.

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Posted on March 13, 2010, in Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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