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Sachin Tendulkar a fine T20 farewell

An all-round performance from Mumbai Indians saw them comprehensively beat Rajasthan Royals by 33 runs in the final of the Champions League Twenty20 title at the Ferozshah Kotla yesterday.

Sachin Tendulkar
Mumbai Indians’ Sachin Tendulkar walks back after being dismissed

Chasing Mumbai Indians’ score of 202/6 in 20 overs, the Royals were well on course before three wickets in the 17th over bowled by Harbhajan Singh spelled doom for the inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL) champions. A batting collapse saw the Royals being bowled out for 169 after they were 155/3 at one point.

Chasing the highest CLT20 total at the Kotla, Royals skipper Rahul Dravid, playing in his last T20 match, did not open. Instead Kusal Perera (8) came out and was run out in the first over. Then, Ajinkya Rahane (65) and 18-year-old Sanju Samson struck a crucial 109-run second-wicket partnership which almost took the game away from the reigning IPL champions.

Samson played a brilliant 33-ball knock of 60 which took the pressure off Rahane. Samson and Shane Watson (8) perished quickly, but Rahane held the innings together. But the 17th over by Harbhajan (4/32) changed the dynamics of the match as the offie claimed Rahane, Stuart Binny (10) and Kevon Cooper (4) in a span of six balls. Suddenly from 155/3, the Royals were reeling at 159/6.

Dwayne Smith
Dwayne Smith wallops one over the fence at the Ferozshah Kotla. Pic/Rajeev Tyagi

Dravid came out to bat at No 8 and could manage only one run before being bowled by Nathan Coulter-Nile in the 18th over. It was Dravid’s final walk back to the pavilion.  Kieron Pollard clinched the last two wickets to make the Indians the first team to win two CLT20 titles.

Earlier, some remarkable slog overs hitting by skipper Rohit Sharma (33), Dinesh Karthik (15 not out) and Glenn Maxwell (37) turned the match on its head for the Indians. The 2011 champions were cruising from the start with openers Dwayne Smith (44) and Sachin Tendulkar (15), also playing his final T20. Tendulkar hit three blistering boundaries before being bowled by Shane Watson in the fifth over.

In-form Smith continued his onslaught, hitting five boundaries and a six from his 39-ball knock, with Ambati Rayudu (29). At the end of the 12th over, Mumbai Indians were batting at 82/2. But the last eight overs yielded 120 runs for Mumbai, with Sharma and Maxwell pummeling the Royals bowlers.

Scorecard

Mumbai Indians 202-6
D Smith b Tambe 44
S Tendulkar b Watson 15
A Rayudu b Tambe 29
R Sharma c Faulkner b Shukla 33
K Pollard b Faulkner 15
G Maxwell run out 37
D Karthik not out 15
H Singh not out 7
Extras (Lb2, W4, Nb1) 7
Total (for six wkts) 202
Fall of wickets 1-35, 2-77, 3-104, 4-140, 5-152, 6-193.
Bowling
J Faulkner 4-0-46-1
S Watson 3-0-30-1
R Shukla 4-0-49-1
K Cooper 4-0-40-0
P Tambe 4-0-19-2
S Binny 1-0-16-0

Rajasthan Royals 169
K Perera run out 8
A Rahane c Smith b H’jan 65
S Samson c H’jan b Ojha 60
S Watson c Pollard b H’jan 8
S Binny b Harbhajan 10
D Yagnik c Karthik b Pollard 6
K Cooper st Karthik b H’jan 4
R Dravid b Coulter-Nile 1
J Faulkner not out 2
R Shukla c Smith b Pollard 0
P Tambe c Smith b Pollard 0
Extras (lb3, w1, nb1) 5
Total (10 wickets; 18.5 overs) 169
Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-117, 3-137, 4-155, 5-155, 6-159, 7-163, 8-169, 9-169, 10-169
Bowling
G Maxwell 1-0-10-0
R Dhawan 3-0-34-0
H'jan Singh 4-0-32-4
N Coulter-Nile 3-0-33-1
P Ojha 4-0-26-1
K Pollard 3.5-0-31-3 

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