Youngsters shines as Mumbai win CLT20

2013-10-07 00:00

THE Mumbai Indians defeated the Rajasthan Royals by 33 runs to add the Champions League T20 crown to the IPL crown they won earlier this year, at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi yesterday.

In a match billed as the last battle between two of the world’s best batsmen, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar, it was the younger and less experienced players who stole the show.

Dravid won the toss and sent the Mumbai Indians in to bat first. Mumbai muscled up 202 for six in their 20 overs and then proceeded to bowl the Rajasthan Royals out for 169 in 18.5 overs.

After the first 10 overs, Dravid’s decision looked to be the correct one as they restricted Mumbai to 60 for one. But some big-hitting from Glenn Maxwell, Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik launched Mumbai Indians to their daunting total.

Maxwell hit four boundaries and two sixes on his way to a 14-ball 37, while Sharma scored 33 off the same number of deliveries. Karthik faced just five balls, but slammed two sixes on his way to an undefeated 15.

Dwayne Smith was slightly more circumspect in his top-scoring knock of 44, which came off 39 balls and included five boundaries and one maximum.

Tendulkar (15) looked to be in good form, but had his off-stump uprooted by Shane Watson after the the Little Master had dispatched the Australian all-rounder for consecutive boundaries.

All of the bowlers took punishment except for the tournament’s leading wicket-taker Pravin Tambe who ended with figures of 4-0-19-2.

The Royals’ chase began with excitement as the late replacement for the injured Brad Hodge, Kusal Perera, hit Maxwell for two consecutive boundaries in the first over.

The biggest turning point in the contest came when Harbhajan Singh (4-32) grabbed three wickets in the 17th over.


Mumbai Indians 202 for 6 ( Smith 44, Maxwell 37, Tambe 2-19) beat Rajasthan Royals 169 (Rahane 65, Samson 60, Harbhajan 4-32) by 33 runs to win the CLT20 crown.

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