Rajasthan Royals came victorious in the first match of the main draw in this edition of Champions League T20. A decent bowling performance and a responsible batting from the Batsmen ensured the maiden Champions league victory for Rajasthan Royals with a 7 wicket win over the IPL Champions. The match’s start was delayed due to wet outfield as the buildup to the match was assisted by some rain. Traditionally, Rajasthan Royals have loved to chase down targets and continued the trend tonight. Winning the toss, they opted to bowl in a pitch that was predicted to assist the bowlers. Rahul Dravid rotated the bowlers right from the front. The first wicket of the night came when Dwayne Smith 9 was caught leg before wicket trying to play across the wicket. Dinesh Karthik 2 didn’t score many before being dismissed after an uncomfortable stay.
Sachin Tendulkar 15 was looking good right from the start. He took his time in the middle, played some trademark shots with his usual mix of placement and timing, but got dismissed outside edging the ball from Stuart Binny. In the very next over, Ambati Rayudu was run out due to poor calling from his captain at the striker’s end. The duo of Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard stabilized the innings and boosted the momentum with the partnership of 52 from 45 balls. Starting things off with a six of a cheeky paddle scoop, the Mumbai Indians side looked good to achieve the 130runs mark that Anil Kumble (In the sidelines) suggested would be competitive in this pitch. This pair scored boundaries of regular intervals, spoiling the bowling figures of Shane Watson and Kevon Cooper. Rohit Sharma clobbered a waist high full toss into the stands and was dismissed in the very next ball edging the ball in the procedure of guiding the ball to third man.
It was the West Indian who took charge of the innings from then. He hit the balls clean straight down the ground and also tried his own share of scoop to pick up a boundary. James Faulkner was not up to his standards in the death overs and was taken away for 15 runs in the 18th over. The bowler of the night Vikram Jeet Malik picked up the wicket of Pollard 42 in the final over and the little cameo of Coulter Nile helped Mumbai reach a total of 142/7. Chasing the achievable total made by Mumbai Indians, Rahul Dravid was dismissed in the second over of the innings by the warmed up N Coulter Nile. Sanju Samson who showed a lot of promise this summer, continued his good show through his matured batting. The duo of A Rahane and S Samson made late use of the powerplay overs to the full effect and never lost the momentum they gained until the partnership was broken. Straight after the powerplay, Ajinkya Rahane welcomed Pragyan Ojha with a first ball six. After a 74 run partnership, Rishi Dhawan provided the much need break through when Rahane inside edged the ball on to the stumps.
Sanju Samson went on to make a fine half century 54 with eight boundaries before being dismissed by K Pollard. Shane Watson and Stuart Binny finished off the business in style, dealing in boundaries. Photos: All Photos used in this images are copyrighted to BCCI