In the end, even without Sachin Tendulkar, the Mumbai Indians were just a little too good for the Rajasthan Royals. The first innings total was a huge target. Ajinkya Rahane and Owasis Shah had the Royals on pace to achieve what would have been a memorable victory. They rescued the score from 7 for 2 to 89 for 3.
Rahane was dismissed after another classy innings. He made 40 off of 31 balls with two sixes. Menaria provided another partner for Shah, who really hit his stride and looked like he might be able to lead Rajasthan to glory all by himself. He struck a quite special 76 off of 42 balls including a remarkable five sixes. Shah really looked like he benefited from batting at number four, though the Royals might be wondering what could have happened had they selected Brad Hodge to play instead of playing the extra bowler.
Late wickets taken by Munaf Patel (4-28), Lasith Malinga (2-18) and Kieron Pollard (4-44) made sure that the Royals fell short of the target eventually being dismissed for 170 with just two balls to spare. 27 runs might seem like a large margin of defeat, but the Indians will know very well just how close it really was. It looked like Shah was going to win the game for Rajasthan all by himself. However, once again, it has been proven just how hard it is to bat through a t20 innings and how difficult it is to chase.
This game once again highlighted just how good this Mumbai bowling attack can be. Patel is bowling excellent and Harbhajan Singh continues to use himself well. Malinga is such a good option to have when needed. He came on and got the crucial wicket of Shah just when it was needed.