Sachin, Rayudu take MI to 159/5 vs Kings

Published: Monday, May 2, 2011, 17:35 [IST]
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Sachin, Rayudu take MI to 159/5 vs Kings

Being put into bat, the Mumbai Indians got off to an unsteady start. Davy Jacobs struck the first four of the innings, off Praveen Kumar in the second over and followed it up with an edged boundary. But left-arm orthodox Bipul Sharma, struck back in the third to remove Jacobs for 10 off 10 balls as the score read 14/1 in 2.3 overs.

A couple of sobre overs followed before Ambati Rayudu took a four off Sharma. Then Sachin Tendulkar played his own first attacking shot, smashing Bharghav Bhatt for a six, after which Rayudu got the spinner away for another boundary as the Indians scaled to 35/1 in 6 overs. A couple more boundary-less overs ensued before Rayudu clobbered Harris for two consecutive fours to take Mumbai past 50/1 in the 9th over.

Then Tendulkar got into an attacking mode, knocking a four each off Sharma and Piyush Chawla as the score raced onto 77/1 in 11 overs. Praveen came back into the attack, but was straight away dispatched over mid wicket for a six by Rayudu, who then got the bowler away for two boundaries as the Mumbai Indians moved onto 92/1 in 12 overs.

Two overs later, Tendulkar ran a single off Bhatt to bring up the Indians' 100 as Rayudu celebrated with another boundary. In the following over, he smacked Chawla for a four to bring up his 50 off 35 balls, only to be caught at deep midwicket two balls later. Mumbai were 109/2 in 14.3 overs. New batsman Kieron Pollard settled in with a four off Chawla and then knocked another boundary off Valthaty in the 16th with the score reading 125/2. Then, Tendulkar reached his 50 with a four off Harris, but was out next ball for 51 off 45.

The Mumbai Indians were 129/3 in 16.2 overs. In the next over, Rohit Sharma teamed up with Pollard to knock a four and six off Chawla. But the bowler dismissed Pollard off the last ball of the over for 20 off 11 balls as the score now read 144/4 in 18 overs. Then Sharma hit a couple of boundaries in the last over before departing to Harris for 18 off 11 as Mumbai wrapped up their innings on 159/5.

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