Wednesday, April 21, 2010

IPL.3. Day.40. Match.57. Semi Final I - Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers


Mumbai Indians 184 for 5 trounced Royal Challengers 149 for 9 in the semifinals at Navi Mumbai, by 35 runs, to enter the final for the first time in the Indian Premier League.

Batting first, Mumbai Indians lost Tendulkar for 9, Shikar Dhawan for 12 . A 39 run partnership between Abhisek Nayar and Ambatti Rayudu brought in some sort of respectability, before Abhishek Nayar was caught by Kumar of Pietersen for 22 of 18. Duminy followed Nayar soon after and Mumbai Indians were in deep trouble at 77 for 4 in 9.3 overs. Ambatti Rayudu and Saurab Tiwari were involved in a 67 run partnership of 49 deliveries, before Rayudu was taken by Steyn for a well made 40 of 38 deliveries. Only 144 runs on board with 17.4 overs consumed was not a very good position to be in against a strong batting line up of the Royal Challengers. Pollard who walked in at this stage had other ideas. He carted all the bowlers around for a quickfire 33 of 13 balls with Tiwary remaining unbeaten on 52 of 31 deliveries. Mumbai Indians finished with a healthy 184 for 5. Steyn with two , Kumble & Pietersen with one each were amongst the wickets.
To score over 9 runs per over, against a strong bowling attack is always difficult, and that is what happened. Royal Challengers were never in the game and lost wickets at regular intervals. Other than Dravid 23 of 22, Uthappa 26 of 13, Pietersen 19 of 14 and Taylor 31 of 30, there were no notable contributions or partnerships. Royal Challenegrs folded to a 149 for 9 in their twenty overs to lose by 35 runs. Pollard 4.0.17.3, Malinga 4.0.24.2 and Harbhajan 4.0.44.2 tore through the Challengers batting line up. Zaheer and Fernando gave active support.
Mumbai Indians have entered their maiden IPL finals, where they await the winners of Chennai Super Kings vs Deccan Chargers. Mumbai Indians appear to be the champion team at this stage.

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