Mumbai Indians ward of RCB challenge, top table

Published: Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 8:26 [IST]
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Mumbai Indians ward of RCB challenge

Chasing a target of 140, Mumbai Indians started in a positive fashion when the South African Davy Jacobs took an instant liking to RCB's pace spearhead Zaheer Khan and hit him to all parts of the ground. Such was the audacity of his attacks that even the experience and guile of Zaheer Khan had no clue as to what had struck him. Sachin on the other hand was quite content to rotate the strike and let Jacobs inflict the damage on the opposition.

Once Jacobs departed after a cameo of 22 from 16 balls with 2 sixes and two boundaries, Indian youngster Ambati Rayudu joined forces with Sachin and stayed till Mumbai won the second match on the trot and reaffirm their credentials as the tournament favourites.

Ambati Rayudu, it appeared was hell-bent on replicating the brutal assault of Jacobs and went about his business with equal non-chalance. Sachin on the other hand, played true to his style and blended aggression with caution to score yet another half-century in the IPL. He remained unbeaten on 55 from 46 balls with 7 hits to the fence.

Rayudu made 63 of 50 deliveries and was also unbeaten when Sachin struck the winning runs of Asad Pathan's delivery.

RCB who lost the toss and were put in to bat by Sachin Tendulkar were off to an inauspicious start, as Lasith Malinga produced one of his trademark lethal yorkers and uprooted the stumps of Mayank Agarwal in the first ball of the innings. Kohli too departed after a brief flourish and then it was left to Dilshan and AB de Villiers to fortify the innings and see of the Malinga threat.

de Villier departed after a useful knock of 38 from 36 balls and Dilshan too played an uncharacteristically sedate knock of 59 from 52 balls laced with four boundaries and two sixes. Towards the end of the innings Sourabh Tiwary lent some respectability to the RCB score when he hit three fours to take the total to 139.

For Mumbai Indians Pollard and Malinga took two wickets each while Harbhajan bowled a tight spell to keep the RCB batsman on leash.

Sachin Tendulkar was adjudged the man of the match and Mumbai are now on the top of the table.

OneIndia Cricket

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