Bangalore Royal Challengers blew away all Mumbai Indians chances of making it to the IPL 4 final as they defeated then by 43 runs to enter the finals of IPL season 4. Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar won the toss and put RCB to bat. But Chris Gayle pulverized the Mumbai Indians bowling attack as he scored 89 runs off 47 balls and was well supported by Mayank Agarwal (41 runs off 31 balls) as Bangalore scored a massive total of 185/4 in 20 overs. Munaf Patel took 2 wickets for the Mumbai Indians. In reply, Mumbai Indians kept on losing wickets cheaply with only Sachin Tendulkar (40 runs off 24 balls) giving some some resistance as they ended up with only 142/8 in 20 overs. RCB skipper Daniel Vettori took 3 wickets for RCB while S Aravind and J Syed Mohammad contributed with 2 each. Chris Gayle was awarded the Man of the Match yet again for his massive innings of 89 runs off 47 balls and his miserly bowling spell of only 11 runs from 3 overs.
Mumbai Indians eliminated Kolkata Knight Riders in second playoff of IPL 4 to move to the third playoff where they face Royal Challengers Bangalore in a clash for the IPL 4 position. Mumbai Indians skipper Sachin Tendulkar won the toss and put KKR to bat. All the top 4 KKR batsmen went out in single digits but Ryan Ten Doeschate played a brilliant knock of 70 runs off 49 balls to guide KKR to 147/7 in 20 overs. Munaf Patel took 3 wickets for Mumbai Indians. In reply, Aiden Blizzard (51 runs off 30 balls) and Sachin Tendulkar (36 runs off 28 balls) went off to a flyer and James Franklin (29 runs off 25 balls) contributed as they reached 148/6 in 19.2 overs. Shakib Al Hasan and Jacques Kallis took 2 wickets each for KKR. Munaf Patel was awarded the Man of the Match for his brilliant spell of 3 wickets for 27 runs in 4 overs.
Mumbai Indians defeated Sahara Pune Warriors by 7 wickets in a closely fought low scoring match. Pune captain Yuvraj won the toss and decided to bat. But Pune Warriors were bundled out by the Mumbai bowlers as they could manage only 188 all out in 17.2 overs. Robin Uthappa was the highest scorer for Pune Warriors with 45 runs off 37 balls while Munaf Patel (3 wickets for 8 runs), Abu Nechim Ahmed (2 wickets for 13 runs), Ali Murtaza (2 wickets for 18 runs) and Lasith Malinga (2 wickets for 28 runs) were the main wicket takers fro the Mumbai Indians. Mumbai Indians made a slow and steady chase in reply and scored the winning runs off the last ball of the innings as Rohit Sharma hit Murali Kartik for a six to reach 124/3. Sachin Tendulkar (35 runs off 39 balls) and Ambati Rayudu (37 runs off 40 balls) were the highest scorers for Mumbai. Munaf Patel was awarded the Man of the Match for his 3 wickets and economical bowling.
Sachin Tendulkar scored his maiden IPL century today as he played a captain’s knock to guide the team to 182/2 in 20 overs. But Kochi Tuskers Kerala did the unbelievable and pulled up a huge upset against the Mumbai Indians on their home ground as they won with 6 balls to spare. KTK captain Mahela Jayawardena won the toss and put Mumbai Indians to bat. Sachin scored 100 runs off only 66 balls and Ambati Rayudu scored 53 off merely 33 balls as they set KTK a target of 183 runs to win. But the two experienced campaigners Brendon McCullum (81 runs off 60 balls) and Mahela Jayawardena (56 runs off 36 balls) gave the team a brilliant start as they put on a partnership of 128 runs for the first wicket. After their fall, Ravindra Jadeja (25 runs off 11 balls) and Brad Hodge (11 runs off 7 balls) also contributed as Kochi Tuskers Kerala reached 184/2 in just 19 overs. Lasith Malinga took both the KTK wickets but was extremely expensive as he got hammered 42 runs off his 4 overs. Brendon McCullum was awarded the Man of the Match for his blazing innings.