AmbatiRayudu scored a cautious 36 to help Mumbai Indians register a thrilling one-wicket win over Trinidad and Tobago in their Pool A Champions League Twenty20 match at Bengaluru. Chasing a score of only 99 runs, Mumbai Indians sealed the match in the last ball with only one wicket in hand.
Rayudu hit three boundaries in his innings of 35 off balls to help Mumbai chase down the target on the last bal of their quota of overs.
Despite facing a relatively small run chase, the Indians collapsed to a total of just 33-5 before AmbatiRayudu and LasithMalinga (15) lead IPL franchises fight back to set up a thrilling fashion.
With 11 runs needed off the final over the Mumbai looked on course for victory when Malinga dispatched Sherwin Ganga (0-31) second delivery for a six straight down the ground.
With the pressure mounting Malinga and Rayudu were then both run out, before YuzvendraChahal (2) came to the crease and scored the two winning runs from the final ball of an amazing game.
Ravi Rampaul took three and Sunil Narine took two as T&T fought back after they were bowled out for 98 in 16.2 overs.
Earlier Harbhajan Singh produced an impressive spell of three wickets to help Mumbai Indians bundle out Trinidad and Tobago for a paltry 98. Harbhajan picked the wickets of DeneshRamdin (0), Darren Bravo (18) and Sherwin Ganga (2).
Sri Lankan pacer LasithMalinga also chipped in with two wickets for 22 runs, while Abu Nechim, James Franklin and Kieron Pollard too accounted for one wicket each to help their team's cause.
Jason Mohammad top scored with a 27-ball 23 for Trinidad and Tobago, studded with a four and a six.
Electing to bat, the Caribbean outfit looked set for a blazing start with opener Adrian Barath (11), who was in a punishing mood from the word Go, blasting a couple of fours in the first over off Malinga.
However, the Sri Lankan pacer came back in his second over and uprooted his stumps with a beautiful yorker to deal the first blow.
Simmons hit a six and 2 fours in his 18-ball 21 before getting run out as his foot was on the line but he didn't ground the bat when the bails were removed by Mumbai wicket-keeper AmbatiRayudu.
Bravo, blasted a couple of sixes to help them reach their first fifty. But Franklin removed Darren Ganga at the other end with RajagopalSathish taking a good catch as the visitors slipped to 57 for 3 in seven overs.
Thereafter it was left for Harbhajan to continue the damage as he struck thrice in his next three overs to reduce the visitors to 78 for six in 12 overs.
Once the top and middle order collapsed, the Caribbean outfit never really recovered with wickets falling in quick succession.