Yousuf Pathan’s 37 ball Hundred could not save the Defeat for Rajasthan Royals

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Mumbai Indians beats Rajasthan Royals by 4 runs in the heart breaking t20 cricket match of Indian Premier League 2010. Batting first, Mumbai scored 212/6 from their 20 over. Shourav Tiwary and Ambati Ryudu scored two quick fifty to reach that mammoth total while Sachin and Sanath gave a flying opening start for Mumbai. Chasing a big score of 213 Rajasthan Royals were never been to their task until 9th over and before Yousuf Pathan came into crease. Yousuf Pathan started to chase a required rate almost 14 runs per over. He just started to show some boundary and over boundary exhibition and made an exclusive hundred from just 37 balls. Unluckily he was run out while Mumbai were almost out of the match. But, Mumbai kept their heart alive to bring the match into them for a 4 run victory. It was IPL’s quickest hundred from any batsman.

Rajasthan Captain Shane Warne said that, ‘I am proud of the way the guys fought. Perhaps we gave away 20 extra runs but we can all be happy with the effort. Some guys are still finding their feet as they are coming out of hibernation but credit to the Mumbai Indians for holding their nerve. I have seen Sachin smash all of us over the park but in the last 21 years Yusuf’s innings was perhaps the best I have ever seen.’

Mumbai skipper Tendulkar said that, it wasn’t a treat to watch Yusuf bat because we were at the receiving end but that was a fantastic innings. Probably I would have enjoyed it a lot more had I been in the same team. The partnership between Rayudu and Tiwary was crucial and Satish is a special talent who has done extremely well. I was always confident in Zak’s and Malinga’s abilities.

Man of the match Yousuf Pathan said that, The ball was coming onto the bat nicely so that helped me carry on. My form in domestic cricket helped me a lot and that is the confidence I carried into this innings.

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