Mumbai Indians made it to their second IPL final with a four-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. MI will now face CSK in the Final of Pepsi IPL 2013 on Sunday.
Chasing 166, Aditya Tare hooked James Faulkner for a six to get MI rolling. Tare then hit consecutive boundaries off Shane Watson in the fourth over. Runs continued to flow as Tare and Dwayne Smith picked up a boundary each off Faulkner in the sixth over.
Smith went after Vikramjeet Malik smashing two boundaries in the 8th over. Tare (35) stepped down the track and punched Siddharth Trivedi over the ropes before chipping Kevon Cooper straight to Sanju Viswanath stationed at long-on. At the halfway stage, MI were 73 for one, still requiring 93 runs.
|Mumbai Indians during the 2nd Qualifying match of the Pepsi Indian Premier League between The Rajasthan Royals and the Mumbai Indians held at the Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata on the 24th May 2013|
Dinesh Karthik smashed consecutive boundaries off Cooper as MI plundered 16 runs from the 12th over. Smith brought up his fourth fifty of the Pepsi IPL 2013 with a six off Faulkner in the 13th over. Smith continued his assault launching Watson into the stands in the following over. Karthik (22) slashed Cooper straight to Ajinkya Rahane at point to give RR their second wicket in the 15th over.
Needing 40 from 30 balls, Trivedi bowled Rohit Sharma (2) in the 16th over. Smith (62) was then caught by Viswanath off Binny before Kieron Pollard hit a six in the seventeenth over. Needing 26 from the last three overs, Pollard (11) holed out off Faulkner. Ambati Rayudu slammed a six before Brad Hodge dropped him, leaving MI to score 8 off the last over. Watson bowled Rayudu (17) but MI reached the target with a ball remaining thanks to boundaries from Rishi Dhawan (4*) and Harbhajan Singh (6*).
|Rajasthan Royals during the 2nd Qualifying match of the Pepsi Indian Premier League between The Rajasthan Royals and the Mumbai Indians held at the Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata on the 24th May 2013|
Earlier the start of the match was delayed by an hour due to wet outfield. RR won the toss and elected to bat. Rahul Dravid dismissed Mitchell Johnson for consecutive boundaries in the third over. Rahane joined in with two boundaries off Johnson before Dravid smashed consecutive balls to the fence off Pragyan Ojha. Harbhajan Singh got the breakthrough bowling Rahane (21) in the seventh over. Harbhajan struck again having Watson (6) caught, top edging a sweep in his next over. Viswanath (0) departed soon after caught by Harbhajan off Lasith Malinga in the tenth over.
Stuart Binny stepped down the track and launched Ojha for a six before hitting a boundary. Dravid (43) chipped Harbhajan to Sharma at short mid-wicket to leave RR four down at the start of the 13th over. Pollard then struck twice having Binny (27) caught by Harbhajan before Cooper (4) was caught by Smith. Dishant Yagnik smashed two boundaries off Ojha in the 18th over before Malinga lost his direction and conceded 18 runs in the last over – courtesy a few lusty blows from Yagnik (31*) and wide deliveries. RR finished their 20 overs at a competitive 165 for six.
Man-of-the-Match: Harbhajan Singh
Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals 165 for 6 in 20 overs (Rahul Dravid 43, Harbhajan Singh 3-23) lost to Mumbai Indians 169 for 6 in 19.5 overs (Dwayne Smith 62, Kevoon Cooper 2-33) by four wickets.
2: Number of times Mumbai Indians have reached the IPL final. The earlier such instance was in 2010.
5: Harbhajan Singh was involved in first five dismissals in Rajasthan Royals’ innings – three as a bowler and two as a fielder.
7.27: Lasith Malinga’s economy in IPL 2013 – his worst in a single edition of IPL. His bowling average of 24.77 is also his worst in an IPL tournament.
28: Number of wickets taken by James Faulkner in IPL 2013. He equaled the record of most wickets in a single edition of IPL held by Lasith Malinga (in 2011) and Dwayne Bravo (in 2013)
70: Runs added by Dwayne Smith and Aditya Tare for the first wicket – highest first wicket partnership for Mumbai Indians in a match in which Tendulkar was not playing. The previous best such stand was 46 between Yogesh Takawale and Sanath Jayasuriya against Delhi Daredevils in 2008.
114: Number of sixes hit by Mumbai Indians batsmen in IPL 2013 – most by any side in a single edition of IPL. Royal Challengers Bangalore batsmen had hit 109 sixes in 2012 edition.
Rahul Dravid: We needed to field better, ground fielding on a greasy outfield needed to be better. But credit to the boys, the way we have fought the whole tournament. Much faster this wicket than what we have seen this IPL. Positives for me, are the way the team fought and the spirit they showed throughout. We try and bring the youngsters in the Royals and its great to see that.
Rohit Sharma: Some tense moments but we have shown character throughout the tournament. We should have finished the game by the 19th over probably. I have really enjoyed captaining since day 1. At the end of day the seniors I am the captain but I try to keep it simple.
Harbhajan Singh, man of the match: It was one of those days when everything clicked. Wicket in the first ball gave me a lot of confidence. This is my favourite ground to play cricket and it's the best ground in the world. We are there to support Rohit Sharma, chip in with our bit and hopefully we can all assist him in lifting the trophy