Pretoria: It seems Nita Ambani's presence in the venues has changed the fortunes of Mumbai Indians.
Dwayne Bravo hit an unbeaten 70 and Sachin Tendulkar 41 not out as the Mumbai Indians routed the Kings XI Punjab by eight wickets in an Indian Premier League match on Tuesday. Bravo's innings was studded with seven boundries and three sixes while Tendulkar cracked four boundaries and a six in 29 balls as Mumbai reached 122-2 to overhaul Punjab's 119-9 with 22 balls to spare.
Kings XI Punjab, after being put into bat first, was bowled out at 119 runs, setting Mumbai Indians target of 120 runs in the allotted 20 overs. Mumbai were put in a commanding position by their bowlers, with part-time offspinner J.P Duminy taking 2-15 in four overs and man-of-the-match Harbhajan Singh claiming 1-9 off his four. Only Sunny Sohal (43) put up any resistance for Punjab.
"Our shot selection was poor, they bowled really well but our shot selection was disappointing," said Punjab coach Tom Moody.
Mumbai coaching consultant Shaun Pollock praised the way his team fielded, attributing that to fielding coach Jonty Rhodes.
"Jonty has been working hard with the boys," he said. "When the pressure situations come about your fielding needs to be as good as it can be. We've been working hard on it and it's bearing fruit," he said, adding: "I'm happy with the way the guys played. Even the way the win came about was impressive. We are back in competition and have our destiny in our hands."
Mumbai were off to a shaky start as they lost opener Sanath Jayasuriya for four in the third over when he top-edged to Wilkin Mota at third man off fast bowler Brett Lee. But Bravo then dominated a 35-run second wicket stand with Ajinkya Rahane (one), who was trapped lbw by legspinner Piyush Chawla in the sixth over.
He was then joined by Tendulkar and together they took the singles and waited for the bad ball to steer Mumbai home in the 17th over.