Aaron Moores | cricket20
Saurabh Tiwary scored a fantastic half century to help the Mumbai Indians recover after losing Sachin Tendulkar in the second over to set the Royal Challengers a run chase of 186 to reach the IPL Final.
The Royal Challengers got of to the better start conceding just 2 runs in the first over which was bowled by Praveen Kumar.
Indians skipper Tendulkar looked set for another faultless display after he had smashed two boundaries through square leg and cover point to start the second over before Dale Steyn struck back.
The South African fast bowler produced a perfect out swinging delivery which Tendulkar (8) stretched at as it went down the off side and he hit it in the air to Ross Taylor at cover.
It was the first time Tendulkar had been dismissed in single figures and it gave the Royal Challengers the perfect start, the Indians now had to prove that weren’t a one man team.
Barely two overs had passed before Shikhar Dhawan (12) followed his skipper back into the dug out after he was run out to leave the Indians 29-2.
After cruising into the semi finals winning 10 games the Indians were in deep trouble having lost two early wickets, they desperately needed Abhishek Nayar and Ambati Rayudu to build a big third wicket partnership.
The pair responded brilliantly with a partnership of 39 runs, but with the foundations laid Nayar (22) was dismissed by Kevin Pietersen before JP Duminy (3) followed 9 balls later as the Indians slumped to 77-4.
With a place in the final seemingly drifting away Rayudu and Tiwary formed a potential match winning partnership as the pair wrestled the initiative away from the Royal Challengers thanks to a partnership of 67 from just 50 balls.
Despite the lose of the 4 wickets the pair batted aggressively forcing the Royal Challengers into defence as their bowlers started to leak runs around the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy.
Despite his vast experience Anil Kumble was not spared either conceding 17 runs in the 17th as Rayudu and Tiwary threatening to lead the Indians to a huge score.
The partnership was ended by Steyn who dismissed Rayudu (40) who was caught by Jacques Kallis. Unfortunately for the Royal Challengers, the loss of Rayudu brought Kieron Pollard to the crease.
The big hitting West Indian wasted little time getting involved in the game smashing two huge sixes of the bowling of Vinay Kumar in the 19th over.
Pollard (33) and Tiwary (52) ended the game with a fantastic partnership building a partnership of 40 runs from just 18 balls to complete the Indians recovery after the early loss of Tendulkar to help the Indians reach 184-5.