Royals make light work of miserable Mumbai

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The Rajasthan Royals continued their good form thus far in the Indian Premier League, demolishing the Mumbai Indians by a hefty 87 runs on Wednesday, after Ajinkya Rahane did the job with the bat and an all-round effort with the ball.

The Rajasthan Royals continued their good form thus far in the Indian Premier League, demolishing the Mumbai Indians by a hefty 87 runs on Wednesday, after Ajinkya Rahane did the job with the bat and an all-round effort with the ball.

The Royals set the Indians a target of 180, just three wickets down, thanks to Rahane's 68 not out and some other contributions down the order, but Ricky Ponting's side were never in it and were all out for 92 in the 19th over, with James Faulkner taking three wickets.

The Rajasthan innings was brisk from the get-go, with Aussie Shane Watson smashing a quick 31, putting on 62 for the first wicket with Rahane. The India opener then continued with Dishant Yagnik, who made 34 before falling to Harbhajan Singh.

The Mumbai bowlers didn't have many answers, and Brad Hodge did the final damage, striking some healthy blows at the death to add 27 off 15 balls.

Mumbai got off to a dire start, with Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar again failing at the top, both out within the first three overs. The veteran pair scored only five runs between them, making a tough task even more perilous.

Dinesh Karthik was the top scorer with 30, but he had no support at the other end as Faulkner, Stuart Binny and Ajit Chandila removed the batsmen at regular intervals. The only other resister was Ambati Rayudu, who made 27.

The win left the Royals at the top of the table with four wins out of five, while Mumbai sat in fourth, with three wins in their five games.

Rajasthan Royals team: Rahane, Watson, Dravid, Hodge, Binny, Faulkner, Cooper, Yagnik, Chavan, Chandila, Trivedi

Mumbai Indians: Ponting, Tendulkar, Karthik, R Sharma, Pollard, Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, R Dhawan, Johnson, Ojha, Malinga

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