Rajasthan restrict Mumbai to their lowest IPL total

Jaipur: Rajasthan Royals came up with an inspiring bowling display to restrict table toppers Mumbai Indians to a paltry 94 for eight in an Indian Premier League match here on Friday.

Opting to field, Rajasthan bowlers picked up wickets at regular intervals as the star-studded Mumbai batting line-up fumbled under pressure to slump to their lowest total in the tournament. Incidentally, it also the lowest total at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium.

Only four Mumbai batsmen reached double figures but none could cross the 20-run mark with Andrew Symonds being the top-scorer with 17 followed by Davy Jacobs (15).

Off-spinner Johan Botha spun a web around the Mumbai batsmen with impressive figures of three for six, while the duo of Ashok Maneria (2/20) and Amit Singh (2/14) scalped two wickets each.

Mumbai Indians witnessed a horrible start to their innings, losing both their openers — Davy Jacobs and Sachin Tendulkar — inside the first five overs after being sent into bat.

Jacobs scored a run-a-ball 15 before Amit Singh went through his defence and castled the middle stump.

An over later, Mumbai were dealt with a bigger jolt when Tendulkar departed, stumped by an agile Yagnik after being outsmarted by a witty Ashok Maneria delivery to see the visitors in a spot of bother at 22 for two.

To make matters worse for Mumbai, two more wickets — Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma — were also dismissed in a span of six overs to see Mumbai in serious trouble at 50 for four at the half-way mark of their innings.

While Rayudu gave a straight forward caught and bowl chance to Maneria in the ninth over, Sharma was holed out at long-off boundary by Johan Botha off Rajasthan skipper Shane Warne in the next.

After the early wickets, Mumbai found runs difficult to come by and even Andrew Symonds and big-hitting Keiron Pollard struggled to break loose as Rajasthan bowlers tightened the noose around their opponents.

Pollard`s struggle finally came to an end when Botha got him out lbw with the West Indian making a miserable 4 off 15 balls, which surely was against his reputation.

Symonds too failed to make much of an impact as Botha accounted for two wickets in the 18th over to dig the final nail in Mumbai`s coffin.

The South African off-spinner first cleaned up Symonds and then a ball later gave Yagnik his second stumping of the day as he outwitted R Sathish.

Harbhajan Singh finished off the Mumbai innings in style with a six over deep mid-wicket of Shane Watson.