Match 75 IPL 2013 Qualifier 2 – Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians
Date – Fri May 24
Time – 8:00 pm i.e 14:30 GMT | 20:00 IST
Venue – Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Toss – Rajasthan Royals elected to bat
Result – Mumbai Indians won by 4 wickets
Today in the qualifier for IPL 2013 finals, Rajasthan Royals won the toss and elected to bat first. Openers Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane added 44 runs in 6.3 overs for the first wicket stand. Rahane was the first to fall as he was bowled by Harbhajan Singh for 21 off 18 balls. Dravid and Shane Watson then added 16 runs when Harbhajan striked yet again to claim the priced wicket of Shane Watson. Exactly 6 balls later, Malinga got the wicket of Sanju Samson for a duck leaving Royals at 64/3 in 9.4 overs Captain Dravid and Stuart Binny then tried to steady the innings but Harbhajan Singh got the wicket of Dravid who scored 43 off 37 balls. Royals were reduced to 87/4 in 12.1 overs and they needed some one to anchor the innings. Stuart Binny scored 27 off 17 balls before falling to Pollard and in the same over Kevon Cooper got out after scoring 4 leaving Royals at 108/6 in 15.3 overs. Once again it was Brad Hodge who along with Dishant Yagnik came to the team’s rescue. Hodge scored 19 off 20 balls where as a cameo of 31 off 17 balls by Yagnik helped Rajasthan Royals post a total of 165/6 in 20 overs.
Chasing 166 to enter the finals of IPL 2013, Mumbai Indians got off to a flying start as the openers Dwayne Smith and Aditya Tare added 70 runs in 9.1 overs for the first wicket stand. Aditya Tare got out after scoring 35 off 27 balls which included 3 fours and 2 sixes. Mumbai Indians were placed at 73/1 in 10 overs and needed 93 to win from last 10 oves. Dwayne Smith and Dinesh Karthik played superbly and took the team score past 100. D Smith completed his half century and along with Karthik took the team score to 125/2 in 14.1 overs. Captain Rohit Sharma was bowled by Trivedi and Mumbai were placed at 128/3 in 15.5 overs. Needing 37 to win from 4 overs with 6 wickets in hand, the match was set for an interesting finish as Binny strike and got rid of dangerous Dwayne Smith. Smith departed after scoring a brilliant 62 off 44 balls. Kieron Pollard then scored 11 off 6 balls before getting out. Mumbai needed 26 to win from 3 overs and the team which was well placed till the 15th over started to choke. But a superb 11 ball 17 by Ambati Rayudu and winning six by Harbhajan Singh helped Mumbai win the match by 4 wickets and move to the finals of IPL 2013.