Date: 20th May 2012, 8 pm
Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium , Jaipur
Toss: Rajasthan Royals, Batting
Result: Mumbai Indians won by 10 wickets
MoM: DR Smith
Mumbai Indians tried out their eighth different opening combination for the season and unfortunately for the Rajasthan Royals, it clicked. Dwayne Smith and Sachin Tendulkar, with the help of a large dose of luck, put on the highest stand for the first wicket in the tournament to end the Royals campaign on a disappointing note.
Playing for pride, the Royals didn't quite have a good start, something that otherwise has been a highlight this season. From being 31/2, it was Watson and Stuart Binny that fought back for the Royals with a brilliant and aggressive 53-run stand in just 6 overs. While Watson anchored the innings, Binny played the aggressor hitting two sixes of Harbhajan Singh. Sadly, Binny (31, 17b, 3x4, 2x6) was run out in the twelfth over, which ended the partnership that seemed to be setting a perfect launch pad for the Royals.
Watson curbed his natural game for the better part while resurrecting the Royals innings but a heave down to wide long on proved costly as it found the safe hands of Smith.
With 6 overs to go, the Royals were still off the par score of 160-170 that Dravid said at the toss when he decided to have a bat. But some good work later on by Shah and Menaria, saw them post a competitive 162.
For the first few overs, the bowlers were having the better of the Mumbai openers but weren't able to get the much needed break through. Luck was very much on their side as the duo survived plenty of close calls and yet managed a regular boundary.
At the half way stage, Mumbai needed to score more than what they already had, but the problem for the Royals was that they had all their wickets intact. Smith and Tendulkar then dominated the attack and went on to set up only the fifth ten-wicket victory in IPL history, much like the Royals did last year against them. This then took Mumbai Indians into the playoffs with a boost!
Rajasthan Royals: 162/6 (20) - S Watson 45 (36b, 4x4, 2x6), S Binny 30(17b, 3x4, 2x6), D Kulkarni 3/18 (4)
Mumbai Indians: 163/0 (18) - DR Smith 87 (58b, 10x4, 3x6), S Tendulkar 58 (51b, 6x4), S Watson 0/17 (3)