Rajasthan Royals vs. Mumbai Indians, IPL 7: Video Highlights, Scorecard, Report

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterMay 19, 2014

Mumbai Indians' Rohit Sharma raises his bat after scoring fifty runs during an Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match against Kolkata Knight Riders in Kolkata, India, Saturday, May 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
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The Mumbai Indians kept their wafer-thin hopes of defending their Indian Premier League crown alive with a comprehensive 25-run win over the Rajasthan Royals in Ahmedabad.

Batting first, the Indians posted 178-3 in their 20 overs, buoyed by a confident opening stand between Mike Hussey and Lendl Simmons.

In response, the Royals struggled to get going, with Mumbai exemplary in the field.

Nowhere was that tenacity better summed up than by Kieron Pollard's catch to remove Kevon Cooper, a one-handed snaffle on the rope, followed by a throw into the air and a second catch back in the field of play.

Mumbai Indians Scorecard
Michael Husseyc Kevon Cooper b Ankit Sharma5639143.5832
Lendl Simmonsc Kevon Cooper b Ankit Sharma6251121.5662
Kieron PollardNOT OUT1412116.6601
Rohit Sharmarun out (James Faulkner)4019210.5234
EXTRAS (nb 1, w 2, lb 3)6
TOTAL (3 wickets; 20 overs)178
Ankit Sharma42325.7510
Dhawal Kulkarni42706.758
James Faulkner447011.758
Kevon Cooper32709.007
Stuart Binny112012.001
Rajat Bhatia43909.754
IPL Official

Mumbai have suffered this season—going into this match they had just three wins in their first 10 games—but more complete performances with bat and ball such as this one and they will push hard for that final berth in the play-offs.

Hussey, back in the team and at the top of the order after a dreadful start to the tournament, was a man transformed, playing within his comfort zone and exploiting the leg side as he struck 56 from 39 balls in an opening stand of 120. Simmons, his opening partner, paced his own 62 skilfully.

They departed within three balls of one another, threatening to drain the momentum out of their innings. But though Pollard struggled to get going, captain Rohit Sharma was in fine touch.

He found four maximums late on to add 40 from just 19 balls, and though he was run out from the final delivery, the damage was already done.

Rajasthan have a record of chasing down some imposing scores this year, but they simply never got to grips with the chase.

Rajsthan Royals Scorecard
Karun Nairc Krishmar Santokie b Harbhajan Singh4824200.0043
Unmukt Chandc Michael Hussey b Pragyan Ojha2922.2200
Shane Watsonc Ambati Rayudu b Pragyan Ojha5683.3310
Sanju Samsonc Ambati Rayudu b Krishmar Santokie2540.0000
Kevon Cooperc Kieron Pollard b Harbhajan Singh5862.5000
Ankit Sharmac Ambati Rayudu b Shreyas Gopal43133.3300
Stuart Binnyst Aditya Tare b Shreyas Gopal21020.0000
Brad Hodgec Rohit Sharma b Krishmar Santokie4030133.3303
James FaulknerNOT OUT3121147.6112
Rajat BhatiaNOT OUT64150.0010
EXTRAS (w 7, lb 1)8
TOTAL (8 wickets; 20 overs)153TOTAL
Jasprit Bumrah32307.666
Krishmar Santokie450212.506
Pragyan Ojha43027.509
Kieron Pollard111011.003
Harbhajan Singh41323.2517
Shreyas Gopal42526.259
IPL Official

Karun Nair scored freely at the top of the order, but the rest of the recognised batsmen made a string of single-figure scores before trudging back to the changing rooms.

When Nair fell, the Royals were 75-7 and staring at a huge defeat.

Brad Hodge and James Faulkner batted in reserve, but their lusty hitting came too late, only turning a heavy defeat into a narrow one.