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Mumbai Indians mauled


Kieron Pollard is cleaned up for one as Mumbai Indians collapsed.

JAIPUR – Indian opener Ajinkya Rahane hit 68 as Rajasthan Royals crushed Mumbai Indians by 87 runs in the Indian Premier League in Jaipur today.

Rahane and opening partner Shane Watson (31) set the tone with a 62-run stand in 7.2 overs after the Royals chose to bat first.

Number three Dishant Yagnik also chipped in with 34 and Brad Hodge (25 not out) launched a couple of late sixes to see Rajasthan up to 179-3.

And that proved plenty as the Indians quickly slumped to 31 for 4 in reply with off-spinner Ajit Chandila (2 for 6) accounting for Sachin Tendulkar (1) and Ricky Ponting (4) in his first two overs. The big-hitting Kieron Pollard was dismissed for one.

Dinesh Karthik (30) and Ambati Rayudu (27) were the only contributors of note as Mumbai were all out for 92 from the second ball of the 19th over. Rajasthan’s Australian left-arm seamer James Faulkner finished with 3 for 16.

The result moves Rajasthan top of the IPL table, level on eight points with Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad but having played a game less.

Meanwhile in another match Amit Mishra’s hat-trick sealed an 11-run victory for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Pune Warriors.

Mishra (4 for 19) claimed four wickets in the 19th over to finish the game as the Warriors, chasing a target of 120, collapsed from 101 for 4 to 108 all out.

The Sunrisers leg-spinner had Angelo Mathews (20) caught in the deep and, with the final three deliveries of the over, trapped Bhuvneshwar Kumar lbw and bowled Rahul Sharma and Ashok Dinda.

Mishra had earlier struck 30 to help rescue the Sunrisers from 44 for 6 after Kumar (3-18) made inroads with the new ball.

Biplab Samantray top scored with 37 before Mishra and Ashish Reddy (19 not out) added late runs. (SKY)

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