Tendulkar rescues Indians after early stutter
Sachin Tendulkar scored an important 89 runs to rescue the Mumbai Indians and set the Rajasthan Royals a run chase of 175 after the Indians had been reduced to 30-3 after Shane Watson struck picking up three wickets.
The Indians got off to a disastrous start losing three earlier wickets as the Royals pressured the batsman into making poor shots to gain the early advantage.
Sanath Jayasuriya (1), who had been recalled to the Indians line up, was the first to go lasting only 2 balls before he picked out Abhishek Jhunjhunwala at extra cover to give Shane Watson the early break through.
Worst was to follow for the Indians two balls later when Watson bounced Ambati Rayudu (0) who glanced the ball behind to wicket keeper Naman Ojha. Although it was given out straight away Tendulkar argued the ball was over shoulder height and after the umpires got together the decision was upheld much to the joy of Shane Warne.
Unbelievable Watson struck again in his next over to dismiss Saurabh Tiwary (15) who was caught by Abhishek Raut to reduce the Indians to 30-3 inside 4 overs.
Importantly for the Indians Tendulkar remand at the crease during Watson blitz and partnered by JP Duminy the pair rebuilt the visitors innings sharing a partnership of 63 before Siddharth Trivedi struck to remove Duminy (31) who was caught by Michael Lumb.
Tendulkar, now partnered with Kieron Pollard continued the Indians fight back as Watson was dispatched for 15 runs in the 16th over and then Aditya Dole conceded 13 runs in the next as the pair brought up their 50 partnership from 32 balls.
Pollardís cameo innings of 25 was brought to an end by Dole from the last ball of his over to leave the Indians well placed with two overs to go with the score 143-5.
Watsonís last over was another expensive one with the Aussie conceding 11 runs including consecutive boundaries from Tendulkar.
The last over was even more spectacular with Tendulkar hitting back to back sixes of the bowling of Trivedi to help the Indians reach 174-5.