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May 15, 2009

Rajasthan Royals pull off thrilling two-run victory over Mumbai Indians


Shane Warne celebrating a crucial wicket, photo by Greg Beadle

The IPL defending champions, the Rajasthan Royals, pulled out all the stops to score a sensational two-run victory in the final over against the Mumbai Indians in Durban last night.

It was unclear throughout the match which team would clinch the final victory. Going into the final over, it looked like it would be the Mumbai Indians, who needed just four runs to reach their target of 146, with three wickets in hand.

But the Mumbai Indians lost their lost three wickets for one run in the first five balls of the over. Royals captain and man of the match Shane Warne caused pandemonium in the Rajasthan Royals’ ranks as, off the fifth ball, he made an excellent diving stop and lobbed the ball to Munaf Patel, who smashed down the stumps at the bowler’s end.

This victory puts the Royals in third place with 13 points. The Mumbai Indians, with 11 points, stand in sixth place and need to win both their remaining games if they are to claim a spot in the semi-finals next week.

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