Agencies, New Delhi
A match-winning over by Harbhajan Singh, three wickets and just four runs off it, helped Mumbai Indians take the double of the IPL and Champions League Twenty20 title the same year. Indians clinched the 2013 CLT20 trophy after beating Rajasthan Royals by 33 runs in the final encounter here tonight.
It proved a fine farewell for Sachin Tendulkar whereas Rahul Dravid’s side really fought but 203 was always going to be tough Man-of-the-match Harbhajan was the pick of the bowler for Indians as he scalped four crucial wickets.
Ajinkya Rahane (65) and Sanju Samson (60) played really well while chasing a mammoth 203-run target at the jam-packed Feroz Shah Kotla stadium. Royals got off to poor start in their pursuit of 203. Kushal Perera (8) hit back-to-back boundaries in the first over before he got mixed up with Rahane that sent the former back to the pavilion.
Rahane and Samson hammered Indians’ bowlers all over the park to keep Royals on track.
Samson smacked four boundaries and four sixes during the course of his flamboyant knock. Samson also stitched an unbeaten 109-run stand with Rahane to put Indians on backfoot.
Pragyan Ojha gave Indians huge sigh of relief by removing Samson in the 12th over. But the flow of runs doesn’t stop here as Rahane kept the scoreboard running. Harbhajan removed dangerous Shane Watson (8) in the 15th over. Bhajji then dismissed Rahane, Stuart Binny (10) and Kevon Cooper (4) in a quick session to jolt the Royals innings.