Harbhajan Singh seems to have a new lease on life in IPL 2013. The discarded and temperamental Indian off-spinner continued his impressive season, picking up three key wickets, and with some help from Dwayne Smith with the bat, guided the Mumbai Indians to a tense four-wicket win over the Rajasthan Royals last night.
The win in Qualifier 2 takes the Mumbai Indians to the IPL 2013 final on Sunday against the Chennai Super Kings, the team that thrashed them a few days back.
After the match was delayed by over an hour due to rain, the Royals, choosing to bat first, battled their way to 165 for six, courtesy a solid 43 from skipper Rahul Dravid, in what could very well be unfortunately his last match, and some last-minute hitting from Dishant Yagnik.
Harbhajan, having his best IPL ever, picked up three wickets in his four overs, to seriously threaten to derail the Royals innings on a good pitch for batting, before some last-minute hitting got the embattled side past the 160 mark.
In reply, the Mumbai Indians seemed to be making light work of the target, with Smith (62 in 44 balls) leading the side home, before a mini-collapse set up a close finish, with Mumbai just about prevailing in the end, finishing on 169 for six in 19.5 overs. (Ibn times)