CLT20 opener: Rajasthan Royals prevail at home over Mumbai Indians
Rajasthan Royals beat Indian Premier League champions Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets in Jaipur to open the fifth edition of the Champions League T20 on Saturday.
With rain delaying the start of play, the crowd at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur were treated to Bollywood singer Mika's hit numbers ahead of the game. (All BCCI images)
The start was the not the best for Mumbai Indians, who were put into bat by Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid. Rajasthan's medium pacer Vikramjeet Malik was the star of the show with the ball, taking three wickets and ultimately the man-of-the-match award.
Stuart Binny turned things around massively in Royals' favour after scalping Sachin Tendulkar for just 15.
Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma resurrected the innings and scored a responsible 44 from 37 balls with three fours and two sixes.
Rajasthan Royals ruled the roost in the first ten overs, reducing Mumbai to 53 for 4 at the halfway stage.
Kieron Pollard gave the Mumbai innings much-needed impetus towards the end. The total of 142 for 7 was just about fighting one for Mumbai but not par at in Jaipur.
After Rahul Dravid fell early in Rajasthan's chase, 18-year-old Sanju Samson held the innings together along with opener Ajinkya Rahane. The two shared a consolidating and mature 74-run stand. Samson became the youngest player to score a fifty in both the IPL and the Champions League T20.
Once Rahane fell, Shane Watson took his time settling into the innings as the asking run rate was not difficult for Rajasthan. Later, when Samson was out, Watson combined with Stuart Binny to take the Royals to a resounding 7-wicket win, with two balls to spare. Watson and Binny, both scored 27 each.