Harjit Mehat | cricket20
Sachin Tendulkar was at his very best once again to help the Mumbai Indians cruise to a comprehensive 9 wicket victory over the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The Indians made it two wins out of two thanks to Tendulkar who scored another impressive half century to take his tally of runs in this year’s tournament to 101.
Tillakaratne Dilshan scored a vital half century to hold together the Royal Challengers Bangalore innings to help set the Indians a run chase of 141.
The Indians got off to a lightning start thanks to South African wicket keeper Davy Jacobs (22) who smashed 2 fours and 2 sixes during a 16 ball cameo before he was bowled by Dirk Nannes in the 5th over.
Despite the loss Tendulkar and Ambati Rayudu built a 2nd wicket partnership of 110 which allowed the visitors to cruise to victory almost unchallenged.
Tendulkar (55) and Rayudu (63) both scored half centuries to seal victory with 9 balls to spare to make it two wins out of two for an impressive looking Indians team.
Having been singled out as the Indians main threat, Malinga lived up to the pre game hype by bowling Mayank Agarwal with the very first delivery of the Royal Challengers innings.
The Sri Lankan international bowled a perfect out swinging yorker which sent Agarwal’s off-stump cart wheeling out of the ground much to the disbelief of the 20 year old batsman.
Malinga finished a perfect opening over by conceding just one run from the final delivery which saw Virat Kohli quickly scamper through for a single.
The early wicket seemed to affect the Royal Challengers who struggled to get their innings off to a flying start after being asked to bat first by Sachin Tendalkar.
Kolhi (12) quickly followed Agarwal back to the dug out in the 5th over after he top edge a delivery from Kieron Pollard through to wicket keeper Davy Jacobs who took an excellent catch despite the ball looping high into the Bangalore night sky.
The loss of the big hitting Indian batsman left the home side 19-2 and although Tillakaratne Dilshan and AB de Villiers built a 3rd wicket partnership of 91 they were always on the back foot.
The normally vocal fans inside the M Chinnaswamy Stadium were subdued as Dilshan and de Villiers took 50 deliveries to take their partnership up to 50 runs in the 13th over.
Slowly the pair increased the run rate until Ali Murtaza conceded 12 runs in the 16th over which included a massive six by de Villiers over the mid wicket boundary.
Dilshan followed this up with a six off Pollard in the next over but the pairs new found attacking spirit lead to there downfall when De Villiers top edge a delivery form Pollard high into the sky which gave the bowling plenty of time to get under and take the catch.
With a new batsman at the crease Malinga came back into the attack and took just 3 deliveries to dismiss Asad Pathan (0) who became the latest victim of the Sri Lankan’s yorker specials.
Dilshan (59) and Saurabh Tiwary (16) added 28 vital runs during a vital 5th wicket partnership which included a six by Dilshan in the final over which was bowled by Malinga but the Indians will feel happy to chase a victory target of only 141.