Indians suffer collapse as innings goes of track
The Mumbai Indians suffered a middle order collapse losing four wicket in the space of 10 balls to slump to a disappointing 151-9 against the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Brabourne Stadium.
The Indians enjoyed a positive start with Tendulkar and Tiwary enjoying a partnership of 35 to set the foundations of a big total after Sanath Jayasuriya (2) and Aditya Rate (9) were dismissed cheaply inside the first 5 overs.
The pair had looked set for another big partnership before Tiwary had a rush of blood to the head charging down the wicket only to completely miss an Anil Kumble googly which crashed into the stumps to leave the Indians 71-3.
Worse was to follow in the next over as Vinay Kumar picked up three wickets to leave the Indians 76-6. Ambati Rayudu was the first to go after attempting a half cut to third man only to get a think inside edge into the gloves of wicket keeper Mark Boucher.
Two balls later the Brabourne Stadium was stunned into silence as Kumar angled in a delivery from middle to leg which removed Tendulkarís leg stump to dismiss the Indian legend for 25.
Kumarís stunning over was completed when he angled in another short delivery trapping Dwayne Bravo (1) LBW to leave the stuttering Indians 76-6.
Rajagopal Sathish (24) and Kieron Pollard (21) responded with a record 2010 IPL 7th wicket partnership of 47 to give the Indians some hope but the pair were dismissed in the space of five ball to allow the Royal Challengers to wrestle back the initiative.
It was left to Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan to see out the last three overs to help the Indians reach 151-9, but, after the positive start Tendulkar and Tiwary gave the home side the Indians we be disappointed not to have set the Royals Challengers a higher total.