IPL: Mumbai Indians beat Rajasthan Royals to go on top

Mumbai Indians beat Rajasthan Royals

NEW DELHI: Mumbai Indians reached on top of the points table beating Rajasthan Royals by 14 runs in their IPL clash at the Wankhede stadiumon Wednesday.

Chasing 167, Rajasthan Royals were restricted to just 152/7 as Mumbai bowlers put up animpressive show after batsmen did their job.

Though Stuart Binny and Brad Hodge tried hard in death overs, they fell short of the expectations.

Mitchell Johnson scalped Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid in the first over at the score of 5.

Dravid tried to pull Johnson’s bouncer that went to keeper’s hand and umpire gave him out. Dravid’s reaction was stunning as he stayed there for a few seconds and vented his anger out of frustration before walking back.

Riding on a brilliant half-ton by Aditya Tare, Mumbai Indians scored 166/8.

Tare, who replaced an injured Sachin Tendulkar, paid back for the faith showed in him by the team management, with a 37-ball-59 that was studded with eight boundaries and a six.

The Rajasthan bowlers put up an impressive performance especially in the death overs as MI managed only 34 runs in the final five overs.

While James Faulkner (2/32) and Shane Watson (2/30) were the most successful bowlers, Kevon Cooper (1/27) and 42-year-old leggie Praveen Tambe (1/38) also did well in patches.