Deepankar Kaur | cricket20
Ryan McLaren and Ambati Rayudu scored important runs at the top of the order after Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed cheaply to help the Mumbai Indians reach 191-4 against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
After the long delay because of the bomb blasts outside the ground play finally got under an hour later than scheduled with Mumbai put into bat by Royal Challengers skipper Anil Kumble.
The Indians got off to a very slow start with Tendulkar looking uncharacteristically rusty after the delay, partnered with Ryan McLaren the pair built a opening partnership of just 34 before Tendulkar’s (19) innings was ended.
Tendulkar, the leading run scorer in this years ipl has enjoyed a tremendous tournament roles back the years with wonderful stroke play thrilling fans across the county.
The Indians skipper looked out of sorts today scratching around for an 18 ball score of 19 before he was caught by Ross Taylor to give Jacques Kallis the early breakthrough.
The runs continued to be hard to come by as the Indians struggled inside the first 8 overs before the innings came alive in the 8th over when Rayudu smashed two sixes and a four off the bowling of Pankaj Singh.
Rayudu repeated that feat in the 11th over smashing Kumble for 16 runs as the Indians threatened to run riot with the pressure starting tp show after Dale Steyn dropped an easy chance to dismiss McLaren.
Kallis struck back in to next over to dismiss Rayudu ended the Indians 2nd wicket partnership of 69 as Rayudu fell 4 short of a well deserved half century.
The loss of Rayudu brought Kieron Pollard to the crease and the powerful West Indian quickly got into the action smashing three consecutive sixes off the bowling of Pankaj Singh as the Indians look to increase the run rate and set the Royal Challengers a big run chase.
Kumble had other ideas though sending in a quickish slider at the start of the next over which rapped Pollard on the pads much to the delight of the crowd as the home side battled back.
McLaren tried an ill advised reverse sweep and was trapped LBW by Kevin Pietersen for 40 but JP Duminy remained calm to smash a quickfire 42 from just 19 balls to help the Indians reach 191-4 setting the home side a imposing run chase to claim a place in the IPL semi finals.