Tendulkar guides Indians to challenging total
The IPL began with a bang in Newlands, Cape Town with the match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings on Saturday.
CSK skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and decided to field first, a decision that looked the right one halfway through the innings as Chennai bowlers hadnít only managed to get the wicket of the devastating Sanath Jayasuriya (26 of 20), they had also managed to keep Sachin Tendulkar (59 not out) quiet.
Sachin, however, opened up in the second half of the innings and stroked a masterful 50 to guide Mumbai to 166/7. Sachin was aided by some late order hitting by Mumbai lad Abhishek Nayar who smashed Andrew Flintoff, IPLís costliest player, for three sixes in an over.
Nayar, however, went for one shot too many and was caught on the long-off boundary for a fine knock of 35 of 14 deliveries.
Manpreet Goni was the most successful Chennai bowler with figures of 2/32.