James Fiztpatrick | cricket20
Saurabh Tiwary and Ambati Rayudu smashed half centuries during a 5th wicket partnership of 110 runs for the Mumbai Indians as the Rajasthan Royals bowlers were put to the sword by the merciless Indians.
Tiwary and Rayudu came together in the 6th over after the Indians had lost Tendulkar and Tare in the space of three balls. The youngsters exploded with a flurry of boundaries which took the game away from the Royals to help the Indians reach 212-6.
The Indians won the toss and elected to bat first getting off to a sensational start thanks to Sanath Jayasuriya who hit Dimitri Mascarenhas for 3 fours inside the first over to get the game of to a flying start much to the delight of the fans packed into the stands who cheered every shot.
The Royals leaked 38 runs inside the first 3 overs thanks to a lightning quick out field before Jayasuriya’s bright start came to an abrupt end when he was trapped LBW by former ICL rebel Amit Uniyal.
Tendulkar and Aditya Tare continued the Indians aggressive start with Tare in particular finding the boundary with ease including a huge six which sailed over midwicket off the bowling of Uniyal.
With runs being scored freely the Royals looked unable to slow the Indians down but skipper Shane Warne gambled by bringing Mascarenhas back into the attack and the medium pace bowler struck with his first ball of the over to remove Tendulkar (17) before Warne took the catch to dismiss the dangerous Tare two balls later.
With two new batsmen at the crease the Royals had an opportunity to increase their hold on the game but Tiwary and Rayudu punished the visitor’s bowlers hitting boundaries with ease.
Their partnership of 110 came to an end when Rayudu (55) was caught by Paras Droga out at deep man to end an excellent innings. Tiwary (53) followed in the next over but the damage had already been done.
With the exciting youngsters back in the dug out it was left to veterans Harbhajan Singh and Ryan McLaren to help the Indians reach their highest ever IPL total to leave the Royals with a mountain to climb.