Shane Warne is out of the bad dream called Sachin Tendulkar. And Team Rajasthan are on top of the world.
It’s the Aussie magician’s night to party as the Little Master fell to his guile and so did Mumbai Indians to hand a dramatic two-run win to Rajasthan with just a ball to spare in their IPL 2 contest on Thursday.
Mumbai Indians needed only four off the last over with three wickets in hand, but Munaf Patel bowled a dream over and Tendulkar’s boys lost their heads to get all out.
Sachin had got it all wrong in the initial stages of their batting with the ‘serious’ batsmen starting to come as late as No. 4. The pressure was on Tendulkar as Jayasuriya (coming at No. 4) and JP Duminy (No. 6) fell early. But the Little Master had decided that he would have the final say.
He tackled the three-pronged spin attack of Jaipur beautifully, coming down the the track and playing as straight as possible. 66 off 36 came down to 48 off 30 with a few brilliant straight drives off Ravindra Jadeja.
It was all looking well set for Mumbai but the master missed the line of a Warne top-spinner and found himself plumb in front.
Harbhajan and Abhishek Nayar brought Mumbai Indians close, but once the left-hander got out with six to spare, Tendulkar’s men lost the plot.