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Brilliant Kumble lights up IPL
Retired spinner takes five wickets for five runs as Indian Premier League begins.
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2009 20:04 GMT

He's still got it [AFP]
The Indian Premier League began its South African exile with victories for Mumbai Indians against Chennai Super Kings and Bangalore Royal Challengers over defending champs Rajasthan Royals.

Spinner Anil Kumble grabbed five wickets for just five runs to help the Challengers rout the Royals by 75 runs at Newlands.

Kumble removed Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Shane Warne, Munaf Patel and Kamran Khan as Bangalore dismissed Rajasthan for just 58 runs – the lowest score in the one-year history of the IPL Twenty20 competition.

Not up for it

"We bowled well earlier, but the batting wasn't up for it," Rajasthan captain Warne said.

"Most of the dismissals were due to poor shot selection. It was very embarassing at the end really."

Kumble, who has retired from first-class cricket, was delighted with his performance.

"It's great," he said.

"You can't ask someone who retired five months ago to go out and bowl a five-for!"

Earlier, Rahul Dravid top-scored with 66 to lift Bangalore to 133-8 after Dimitri Mascarenhas took two wickets in the first over for Rajasthan.

Dravid then steadied the innings, stroking eight fours and a six.

He was eventually well caught by Warne off the bowling of Munaf Patel.

Kevin Pietersen was the next highest scorer with 32, while no other batsman reached double figures.

Mascarenhas was the pick of the Rajasthan bowlers with 3-20, while legendary legspinner Warne took 2-18.

Bangalore took to the field and began positively.

Dale Steyn bowled at pace but failed to take a wicket while Kumble stole the show.

Praveen Kumar and Jesse Ryder were the other wicket takers with two apiece.

Tyrone Henderson, Pathan and Jadeja were the top batsmen for Rajasthan, with all three scoring 11 runs.

Super Kings smoked

Earlier on Saturday the Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 19 runs in the opening match of the new season, led by Lasith Malinga's three wickets and Sachin Tendulkar's unbeaten 59.

Tendulkar hit seven boundaries in 49 balls and shared in stands of 46 in less than four overs with Abhishek Nayar and Sanath Jayasuriya as the Indians totaled 165-7 at Newlands.

Malinga then led the Indians' attack, dismissing captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for 36 and Parthiv Patel and Subramaniam Badrinath for ducks as the
Super Kings were restricted to 146-7.

Jayasuriya had a good all-around match by taking 2-34.

"I was trying to let others play big shots at the end," Tendulkar said.

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