Mumbai Indians make it 2/4 in Champions League Twenty20

Oct 07 2013, 00:01 IST
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This is the second Champions League Twenty20 title for Mumbai Indians, having won the 2011 edition (IE Photo Ravi Kanojia) This is the second Champions League Twenty20 title for Mumbai Indians, having won the 2011 edition (IE Photo Ravi Kanojia)
SummaryThis is the second CLT20 title for the IPL-6 winners, having won the 2011 edition.

Mumbai Indians gave a fitting farewell to Sachin Tendulkar's T20 career by notching up a comprehensive 33-run victory over Rajasthan Royals to clinch the Champions League Twenty20 title in New Delhi.

This is the second CLT20 title for the IPL-6 winners, having won the 2011 edition.

Chasing a massive 203-run target, Royals folded for 169 even after a fabulous start that saw them scoring 100 runs in nine overs.

Tendulkar and Royals skipper Rahul Dravid, both of whom having announced quitting the T20 game after Sunday's match, were out for low scores.

Despite openers Ajinkya Rahane (65) and Sanju Samson (60) chipping in with quickfire half-centuries, Mumbai Indians bowlers came up with impressive bowling performance towards the fag end of their innings to have the last laugh.

India discard Harbhajan Singh finished with impressive 4-0-32-4 with three wickets coming in just one over, which proved to be the turning point of the match. Kieron Pollard chipped in with three wickets for 31.

From 155 for three in 16 overs, the Royals collapsed dramatically to lose as many as six wickets for just 14 runs.

Earlier, Mumbai Indians batsmen fired in unison to post 202 for six.

After a solid start by opener Dwayne Smith (44) and a valuable 33 off 14 balls by skipper Rohit Sharma in the middle, Glenn Maxwell's 14-ball 37 cameo in the end took the IPL champions past 200-run mark.

This was the highest total for the Mumbai Indians, who scored 142 runs in their last 10 overs, in the Champions League Twenty20.

The Royals made their intentions clear from the very beginning.

Dravid took a more logical stance by not coming to bat in the top order, which has been his usual position in T20, in what was an emotional farewell for him in competitive cricket.

But the move, unfortunately, did not pay expected dividends in the end.

Having begun by hitting two fours in the very first over of their innings, opener Kusal Perera perished for eight.

But Rahane and Samson took off from the word go with the latter being the more dominating of the two. The two put on a solid 109-run stand for the second wicket in just 67 balls.

Samson chose Harbhajan for special treatment, extracting 16 runs from his over and set the ball rolling. He and Rahane stole another 14 runs in the next over.

Samson was unstoppable as he hit Nathan Coulter-Nile for 17 runs to enable Royals register their fifty

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