JAIPUR, April 29 (PTI): Johan Botha produced an all-round show to enable Rajasthan Royals inflict a seven wicket defeat on table toppers Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League match here today.
After spinning a web around the Mumbai batsmen with impressive figures of three for six, Botha sparkled with the bat as well, scoring vital 44 runs off 39 balls, during which he struck two fours and a six, to set the platform for Rajasthan�s victory.
Chasing a paltry 95-run target, Rajasthan batsmen played sensibly to overwhelm Mumbai�s score with 11 balls to spare at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium here.
Apart from Botha, Shane Watson (26 off 32) and Ross Taylor (13 not out) made double digit scores while Munaf Patel (2/18) emerged as the best bowler for the visitors.
Earlier, Rajasthan came up with an inspiring bowling display to restrict a formidable Mumbai Indians to a paltry 94 for eight.
Opting to field, Rajasthan bowlers picked up wickets at regular intervals as the star-studded Mumbai batting line-up fumbled under pressure to slump to their lowest total in the tournament. Incidentally, it also the lowest total at this ground.
Only four Mumbai batsmen reached double figures but none could cross the 20-run mark with Andrew Symonds being the top-scorer with 17 followed by Davy Jacobs (15).
With figures of 3/6, Botha was the pick of Rajasthan bowlers while the duo of Maneria (2/20) and Amit Singh (2/14) scalped two wickets each.
Rajasthan began their chase on a cautious note with Watson and Rahul Dravid putting on 17 runs for the first wicket in 4.3 overs before the latter scooped a Patel slower delivery straight to Tendulkar at midwicket.
Watson and Botha then took Rajasthan past the 50-run mark, stitching 39 off 43 balls for the second wicket.
But just when it seemed the duo will run away with the match, Watson edged a Lasith Malinga short ball to Jacobs behind the wicket.
Botha, however, was unlucky to have missed out on a half century as he was bowled by Patel just five runs short of the target.
But that was all Mumbai bowlers could manage on the day as new man Maneria and Taylor completed the formalities for the home team without any further damage.
Earlier, Mumbai Indians witnessed a horrible start to their innings, losing both their openers � Jacobs and Sachin Tendulkar � inside the first five overs after being sent into bat.
Jacobs scored a run-a-ball 15 before Singh went through his defence and castled the middle stump.
An over later, Mumbai were dealt with a bigger jolt when Tendulkar departed, stumped by an agile Dishant Yagnik after being outsmarted by a witty Maneria delivery to see the visitors in a spot of bother at 22 for two.
To make matters worse for Mumbai, two more wickets � Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma � were also dismissed in a span of six overs to see Mumbai in serious trouble at 50 for four at the half-way mark of their innings.
Mumbai Indians: D Jacobs b Amit Singh 15, Sachin st Yagnik b Menaria 7, A Rayudu c & b Menaria 11, R Sharma c Botha b Warne 13, A Symonds b Botha 17, K Pollard lbw b Botha 4, R Sathish st Yagnik b Botha 7, H Singh not out 10, L Malinga b Amit Singh 1, A Murtaza not out 2. Extras: (LB-3, W-4) 7. Total: (for 8 wkts in 20 ove rs) 94. Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-28, 3-46, 4-50, 5-68, 6-81, 7-82, 8-83. Bowling: A Menaria 4-0-20-2, A Singh 4-0-14-2, S Watson 4-0-25-0, S Warne 4-0-13-1, S Trivedi 2-0-13-0, J Botha 2-0-6-3.
Rajasthan Royals: S Watson c Jacobs b Malinga 26, Dravid c Tendulkar b Patel 5, J Botha b Patel 45, R Taylor not out 13, A Menaria not out 4. Extras: (LB-1, W-1) 2. Total: (for 3 wkts in 18.1 overs) 95. Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-56, 3-90. Bowling: Malinga 4-0-20-1, M Patel 4-1-18-2, Murtaza 4-0-15-0, Harbhajan 3-0-20-0, R Sathish 1.1-0-5-0, Pollard 2-0-16-0.