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13-Mar-2010 13:58:00 GMT
Mumbai v Rajasthan, 2nd match, Mumbai

Pathan's Ton in Vain, Mumbai Beat Rajasthan

Mumbai: Yusuf Pathan's hurricane century went in vain as Rajasthan Royals went down by four runs to Mumbai Indians in a thrilling Indian Premier League match on Saturday.

Chasing a 213-run target, Royals lost early wickets before Pathan smashed a 37-ball hundred to bring his side close to victory.

For Mumbai Indians, Lasith Malinga took two for 22.

Earlier, powered by fine fifties from Ambati Rayudu and Saurabh Tiwary, Mumbai Indians compiled their highest-ever total of 212 for six..

Guntur-born Rayudu, an ICL returnee, cracked 55 in 33 balls studded with six fours and two sixes, while Jamshedpur-born Saurabh Tiwary slammed a breezy 53 in as many balls, embellished with four boundaries and two sixes.

The fourth wicket duo put on 110 runs in only 63 balls to lift Mumbai Indians from 70 for three to 180 for four.

The duo's late order hitting, after the rollicking start given by openers Sanath Jayasuriya (23) and skipper Sachin Tendulkar (17) helped the home team end up with a 200-plus total amidst carnival atmosphere inside the famed Brabourne Stadium.

Left-handed Sri Lanka veteran Jayasuriya set the scorching run-scoring pace by lofting Dmitri Mascarenhas for three fours in the first over, two of them lofted shots in his typical fashion over covers.

The Royals commenced their chase to overhaul the record Mumbai Indians score on the wrong foot as they lost opener Swapnil Asnodkar in the second ball without facing a ball due to a misunderstanding with Graeme Smith.

Smith, who had to return home early at the end of the Test series against India after a finger injury, looked in good touch and was especially severe on Zaheer Khan by thumping the left arm pace bowler for three fours in his second over, two of them to the straight field.

Smith and wicket keeper Naman Ojha took the score to 38 when the latter departed caught in the deep off the first ball from left arm spinner Murtuza Ali for 12.

Brief scores
Mumbai Indians:
212 for 6 (Rayudu 55, Tiwary 53, Mascarenhas 2-34)
Rajasthan Royals: 208 for 7 (Yusuf 100, Dogra 41, Malinga 2-22)
Results: Mumbai Indians won by 4 runs
MOM: Yusuf Pathan (Rajasthan Royals)

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