Rajasthan and Bangalore secure dramatic last over wins

DURBAN (Reuters) - The Rajasthan Royals and the Bangalore Royal Challengers secured thrilling last over victories in their Indian Premier League (IPL) matches on Thursday.

Bangalore edged out the Chennai Super Kings by two wickets with two balls to spare, while in the day's second match in Durban the Royals claimed three Mumbai Indians wickets in the final over to snatch a two-run victory with just one ball left.

Opener Matthew Hayden belted 60 off 38 balls to notch up his fourth half-century of the tournament but despite his effort Chennai collapsed and lost their last eight wickets for 36 runs.

After Chennai were bowled out for 129, Bangalore started the final over of the match needing five runs with three wickets in hand.

Ross Taylor, who top scored for Bangalore with 46 off 50 balls, was dismissed by fellow New Zealander Jacob Oram with the first ball of the over but Vinay Kumar ended Chennai's hopes off pulling off the win when he smashed a boundary to guide his team to 132 for eight.

Seamer Albie Morkel was the pick of Chennai's bowlers as he returned figures of two for 13 off four overs.

Rajasthan appeared to be coasting towards victory after a left-handed Australian Rob Quiney scored a quickfire 51 to help them post 145 for seven.

In reply, Mumbai had struggled to 23 for three but Sachin Tendulkar rescued his side by stroking 40 off 30 balls. Abhishek Nayar chipped in with 35 off 18 balls before being run out in the 19th over.

Mumbai began the last over of their innings needing what looked like a relatively simple four runs to win with three wickets in hand.

Seamer Munaf Patel had other ideas and he trapped Dhawal Kulkarni leg-before with the second ball of the over before Chetanya Nanda was run out off the third ball.

A single off the fourth ball left Mumbai needing three runs to win off two balls but last man Lasith Malinga was run out to allow Rajasthan to snatch victory.

Captain Shane Warne was Rajasthan's most impressive bowler with figures of three for 24.

(Reporting by Jason Humphries, editing by Pritha Sarkar

Article Published: 14/05/2009