Tiwary blitz rescues disappointing Indians
Saurabh Tiwary launched an amazing blitz scoring a quick fire 44 to help the Mumbai Indians recover from a poor start to set the South Australia Redbacks a victory target of 181.
Tiwary top scored for the Indians, smashing 4 sixes and a boundary in an amazing innings which rescued the Indians after they suffered a disappointing start with the bat.
The Indians came into the game with a lot to prove after their shock 7 run defeat against the Highveld Lions on Friday night at the Wanderers Stadium.
The pressure was also on Tendulkar despite his blistering 42 ball 69; thanks to some questionable tactics from the skipper which contributed to the Indians defeat.
Having won the toss Tendulkar decided to bat first, hoping the inclusion of Tiwary and Dwyane Bravo in the batting line up would help boost his team’s chances of claiming victory.
Tendulkar’s decision to bat first didn’t pay off though for the Indians who lost Shikhar Dhawan (2) at the end of the second over after he edged a delivery from Gary Putland through to wicket keeper Graham Manou.
The skipper responded brilliantly to the loss; dispatching Daniel Christian for two boundaries and a massive six over fine leg during the 5th over as he looked to break the shackled imposed by the Redbacks.
His aggressive nature proved to be his downfall though an over later when he charged down the wicket attempting to smash Aaron O’Brien over mid-on but the skipper failed to make contact with the ball which crashed into the stumps to leave the Indians 35-2.
With Tendulkar (20) gone the Indians needed Ambati Rayudu and JP Duminy to stay together at the crease but their partnership only contributed 12 runs before O’Brien struck again to remove Duminy (3).
The middle order batsmen departed without really troubling the Redbacks but Rayudu looked composed at the crease and with new partner Tiwary beside him the Indians were well placed to start their recovery.
Although he only added 38 runs to the total Rayudu gave the Indians innings new urgency before he was dismissed by Cullen Bailey at the start of the 13th over.
Tiwary responded to the loss by smashing the next delivery for a six over long-off before launching a blitz two overs later which saw him dispatch O’Brien for three consecutive sixes during an over which cost the Redbacks 25 runs.
To their credit the Australian’s struck back with the first ball of the next over which was bowled by Shaun Tait. Having been brought back into the attack Tait dismissed Tiwary (44) who tried to smash the ball over Callum Ferguson at mid-off but the fielder plucked the ball out of the air to leave the Indians 137-5.
With Tiwary back in the dugout, Kieron Pollard, who up until now had been a spectactor at the non strikers end took control of the game; launching a short ball from Tait out of the ground much to the delight of the crowd at Kingsmead.
The big hitting West Indian enjoyed a quick fire 6th wicket partnership of 33 with compatriot Dwayne Bravo before Pollard (36) was dismissed by Christian at the start of the final over.
Christian struck again to remove Bravo (22) but the damaged had already been done by Tiwary and Pollard who helped the Indians reach 180-7.