RCB beat Mumbai by 43 Runs & meet CSK ...

RCB beat Mumbai by 43 Runs & meet CSK in IPL Final

Tags: IPL T20 2011, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Mumbai Indians Qualifier 2 Match at Chennai - May 27, 2011, Mumbai Indians, IPL, IPL 4

Published on: May 27, 2011

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Mumbai Indians' hopes of restricting Royal Challengers Bangalore despite Chris Gayle's whirlwind knock got a double boost when they sent back the West Indian and an equally dangerous Virat Kohli in quick succession here on Friday.

Syed Mohammad ended Sachin Tendulkar's cameo of 40 runs that was soon followed by Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu's dismissals that put Mumbai Indians in serious trouble at 83 for five while chasing 186 to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore here on Friday.

Chasing 186 to reach the final, Mumbai Indians got off to an inauspicious start as they lost Adrian Blizzard early in the script, which saw Harbhajan once again being promoted as a pinch-hitter.

Blizzard (10) failed to fire and was dismissed by S Aravind and Harbhajan scored 10 off seven balls before becoming Aravind's second victim.

Earlier, Chris Gayle struck brutal 89 runs and was involved in a 113-run opening partnership with Mayank Aggarwal but Mumbai Indians struck quick blows towards the end to restrict Royal Challengers Bangalore to 185/4.

Gayle brought up his half century in just 27 balls and struck nine fours and five sixes in his innings that was ended by Munaf Patel, who returned with the best figures (2/27) for Mumbai.

Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar's move to open the bowling with Abu Nechim instead of Lasith Malinga backfired badly, as Gayle took 27 runs off the rookie to take RCB off to a flier after being put in to bat by Mumbai.

That also made it the most costliest first over in the history of the Indian Premier League.

But the intensity didn't die there as RCB brought up their fifty in just 3.2 overs. Gayle's opening partner Mayank Aggarwal too played his strokes, which saw Mumbai leaking runs from both the ends, prompting Tendulkar to take the strategic timeout at the first available opportunity at the end of six overs, with RCB at 68 for no loss.

Soon it became an all-Bangalore show as RCB brought up their hundred inside 10 overs, which followed Gayle's 27-ball half century.

Mumbai Indians' hopes of restricting Royal Challengers Bangalore despite Chris Gayle's whirlwind knock got a double boost when they sent back the West Indian and an equally dangerous Virat Kohli in quick succession here on Friday.

Sachin Tendulkar's move to open the bowling with Abu Nechim instead of Lasith Malinga backfired badly, as Gayle took 27 runs off the rookie to take RCB off to a flier after being put in to bat by Mumbai.

That also made it the most costliest first over in the history of the Indian Premier League.

But the intensity didn't die there as RCB brought up their fifty in just 3.2 overs. Gayle's opening partner Mayank Aggarwal too played his strokes, which saw Mumbai leaking runs from both the ends, prompting Tendulkar to take the strategic timeout at the first available opportunity at the end of six overs, with RCB at 68 for no loss.

Soon it became an all-Bangalore show as RCB brought up their hundred inside 10 overs, which followed Gayle's 27-ball half century.

It was Keiron Pollard who got Mumbai the much-needed first breakthrough, albeit after a 113-run opening partnership, in the 11th over of the Bangalore innings when he dismissed Mayank Aggarwal. He was pouched by Rohit Sharma at long-on after scoring 41 off 31 balls.

Both the teams have already qualified for the CLT20 - RCB by topping the round-robin phase and Mumbai by winning the Eliminator against KKR.

On the team front, both the captains decided to make changes in their eleven.

Tendulkar went for pace in the form of Abu Nechim, who took Dhawal Kulkarni's place while R Sathish replaced an out-of-form T Suman.

RCB lacked another spinner in their game against Chennai and Daniel Vettori corrected that by bringing in left-arm orthodox of Syed Mohammad Jamaluddin, who replaced batsman Mohammad Kaif.

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