Some tight bowling and a brilliant outing by Ambati Rayudu helped Mumbai Indians defeat Rajasthan Royals by 8 runs in the 2015 IPL at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
After being sent to bat first by Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians managed to put together a score of 187/5 from their twenty overs. Despite a great effort by Sanju Samson, Rajasthan Royals fell 8 runs short of their target due to some tight bowling by the Mumbai Indians.
Solid partnerships from the start
Mumbai Indians started off their innings with a solid partnership between Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel. The duo steered the team to a creditable score of 43/1 from five overs before Patel was dismissed by Dhawal Kulkarni.
Unmukt Chand and Simmons then put together a 30-run partnership for the third wicket. Ankit Sharma, however, played spoilsport by dismissing Simmons for 38(31). Chand was sent back to the pavilion soon by Tim Southee and the score read 84/3 in 10 overs.
The Ambati Rayudu Show
Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu took the responsibility of steadying the ship once Chand’s wicket fell. Sharma scored a quickfire 27 while Rayudu went on to score a brilliant fifty. Rayudu smashed 3 sixes and four boundaries for his fifty and made sure that the run-rate never went down.
After Sharma was dismissed by Kulkarni, Kieron Pollard played his part in the party as well and helped Mumbai Indians reach a score of 187/5 in their full quota of 20 overs.
Early blows for Royals
With a tough score to chase, Rajasthan Royals started on the wrong foot as Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed by Vinay Kumar in the third over. Rahane’s opening partner Shane Watson stamped his authority in the crease afterwards and received some good support from Sanju Samson. The captain’s innings ended when Jagadeesha Suchith’s flat delivery took his off stump in the ninth over.
The rescue mission
Steven Smith joined Sanju in the middle to resume the rescue mission. They picked up the team at a score of 70/2 and slowly built up the partnership, which turned out to be the backbone of the innings.
Sanju went on to register his fourth IPL fifty but kept the celebrations away. The tides once again turned in favor of Mumbai Indians when Smith’s wicket fell. Royals were still sixty runs away from their target at the fall of the wicket and needed a magical performance in the remaining five overs.
Sanju seemed destined to be the match winner for Royals but was caught by Suchith off Mitchell McClenaghan’s bowling with the team still needing 26 runs to win from two overs.
McClenaghan and Lasith Malinga made quick work of the next two batsmen and made sure that the Royals had no fight left in them. With twenty runs needing off the last over, Royals could only manage 11 and ended their innings on 179/7 from the 20 overs.
Man of the Match: Ambati Rayudu
Match Summary: Mumbai Indians Won by 8 Runs
Mumbai Indians: 187/5 from 20 Overs
Ambati Rayudu: 53(27), Lendl Simmons: 38(31).
Dhawal Kulkarni: 2/26
Rajasthan Royals: 179/7 From 20 Overs
Sanju Samson: 76(46), Shane Watson: 28(23)
Mitchell McClenaghan: 3/31
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