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Tendulkar and Rayudu lead Indians charge

Sachin Tendulkar and Ambati Rayudu both scored half centuries to help the Mumbai Indians record a total of 159-5 against the Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Tendulkar and Rayudu led the way both scoring 51 runs while Kieron Pollard enjoyed a cameo innings of 20 towards the end of the innings to help the Indians set the Kings XI a tricky run chase

Despite losing Davy Jacobs (10) early on the Indians made a steady start to the game thanks to Tendulkar and Rayudu who shared a 2nd wicket stand of 95.

The pair slowly built the innings before Rayudu took control of the game dispatching Ryan Harris for two boundaries in the 9th over before Praveen Kumar was treated with the same contempt conceding two boundaries and a six.

Rayudu completed an impressive half century with a boundary in the 15th over before his innings was brought to and end by Dinesh Karthik who took a brilliant diving catch out on the deep midwicket boundary to give Piyush Chawla the important break through.

Tendulkar recorded his own half century two overs later, the 10th of his IPL career before Ryan Harris struck back to remove the Indians skipper with the very next delivery leave the home side 129-3 with just under 4 overs remaining.

Pollard briefly thrilled the crowd with a cameo innings of 20 which included two sixes before he was caught by Paul Valthaty at the end of the 18th over bowled Piyush Chawla.

Rohit Sharma (18) quickly followed as the Kings XI fought back during the final couple of over to restrict the Indians to a total of 159-5 which the visitors will feel is a chaseable total.

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