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06-Oct-2013 17:53:00 GMT
Mumbai v Royals, CLT20 2013 final, Delhi

Mumbai Win High Scoring CLT20 Final

New Delhi: Splendid cameos from Rohit Sharma and Glenn Maxwell coupled with some excellent spin bowling from Harbhajan Singh helped Mumbai beat Rajasthan by 33 runs to win the World T20 League 2013.

Mumbai take the double of the IPL and Champions League title the same year. Chennai Super Kings did it in 2010.

Harbhajan Singh triple struck in a over to give Mumbai Indians a crucial breakthrough. First he scalped Rahane, and very next he bowled Binny and last ball of the over Karthik stump Kooper.

Before this over Bhajji scalped Shane Watson.

Pragyan Ojha gave Mumbai Indians huge sigh of relief by removing Sanju Samson. Samson led from the front as he notched up 23-ball fifty to keep Royals on track. Samson smashed four fours and as many sixes during his swashbuckling knock.

Ajinkya Rahane continued his red hot form smashing yet another fifty to lead Royals after the dismissal of Samson.

Samson smacked three fours and four sixes during the course of his flamboyant knock. Samson also added 109-run stand with Rahane for the second wicket to put Mumbai on backfoot.

Samson and Ajinkya Rahane hammered Mumbai Indians bowlers all over the park to keep Rajasthan Royals on track.

Rajasthan Royals got off to poor start in their pursuit of 203 against Mumbai. Kushal Perera hit back-to-back boundaries in the first over before he got mixed up with Ajinkya Rahane that sent the former back to the pavilion.

Earlier, Mumbai Indians batsmen fired in unison to post a massive 202 for six against a hapless Rajasthan Royals.

After a solid start by opener Dwayne Smith (44) and a valuable 33 off 14 balls by skipper Rohit Sharma in the middle, Glenn Maxwell's 14-ball 37 cameo in the end took the IPL champions past 200-run mark.

This is the highest total for the Mumbai Indians, who scored 142 runs in their last 10 overs, in the Champions League Twenty20.

It was a team effort with Maxwell adding 41 runs for the sixth wicket with Dinesh Kartik (15 not out) in 2.2 overs towards the fag end.

For the Royals, Pravin Tambe was the only impressive bowler with figures of 4-0-19-2.

Put in to bat by Rajasthan Royals, the in-form opener Smith gave Mumbai Indians a perfect start, hitting a six over deep mid-wicket in the third ball of the very first over to set the tone.

The other opener, Tendulkar, who is playing his final Twenty20 match, took an over to get settled down before he opened up. He started off with a four in James Faulkner's over, a perfectly timed cover drive.

The 40-year-old right handed batsman then followed it up with two successive boundaries in the first two deliveries off Shane Watson's over before the ball crashed into his off-stump to cut short his innings that saw him score a 13-ball 15, including three hits to the fence.

Glenn Maxwell, who replaced Mitchell Johnson in this game, began with a four and a six and then topped it up with 20 runs in Shukla's over.

Despite Rohit departing in the first ball of Shukla's over, Maxwell hit him for two sixes and a four. He, along with Kartik, then kept on punishing the bowlers to take MI past 200-run mark.

Earlier, Rajasthan Royals have won the toss and opted to field first.

One change in RR squad -- Kusal Perera in for Brad Hodge. In MI squad Australian Glenn Maxwell comes in for another Aussies player Mitchell Johnson.


Mumbai Indians:
Dwayne Smith, Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma (Capt.), Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishi Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Glenn Maxwell, Pragyan Ojha

Rahul Dravid (Capt.), Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson (wk), Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Kusal Perera, Dishant Yagnik, James Faulkner, Kevon Cooper, Rahul Shukla, Pravin Tambe

Brief scores
Mumbai Indians
202 for 6 (Smith 44, Maxwell 37, Sharma 33)
Rajasthan Royals 169 (Rahane 65, Samson 60, Harbhajan 4-32, Pollard 3-31)
Result Mumbai Indians won by 33 runs

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