IPL 2013: Mumbai Indians beat Rajasthan Royals by 14 runs, become table toppers

Replacing the injured Sachin Tendulkar, Aditya Tare starred with the bat with a half-century, in a match marred by a Kieron Pollard-Shane Watson spat.

updated: May 16, 2013 00:14 IST
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If Rajasthan Royals have been the sly foxes of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League 2013, Mumbai Indians have been the elephant in the jungle. Mumbai might be a touch predictable at times, and work to a set plan, but when it does come off, they end up trampling whoever is in their path. On Wednesday (May 15), Rajasthan fought hard in the first half to keep Mumbai down to 166 on a belter of a batting surface, but the rub of the green did not go their way as they slumped to a 14-run loss.

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Faced with a reasonably stiff target, Rajasthan, who had chosen to chase when Rahul Dravid won the toss, needed to get off to a good start. Or, at the very least, a stable one. What they got was anything but. Dravid, who opened the batting, was sent back in the very first over, with Sudhir Asnani, the umpire, detecting a faint edge where there was none. Dravid, who was late on the pull against Mitchell Johnson, stood his ground momentarily, uncharacteristically venting his ire at the umpire's decision.

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