Indians respond after spinners strike
Saurabh Tiwary (44) and Ambati Rayudu () built a fourth wicket partnership of 65 to help the Mumbai Indians set the Deccan Chargers a run chase of 179 at the Brabourne Stadium.
Having won the toss and electing to bat, the Indians got off to another composed start with Sachin Tendulkar and Shikhar Dhawan building a first wicket partnership of 53 runs to give the home side the perfect start.
The Chargers could have broken the partnership in 5th over but Adam Gilchrist failed to hold on to a think edge from Tendulkar to deny Andrew Symonds the earlier breakthrough.
The Chargers skipper made amends in the next over to stump Dhawan (14) before Tendulkar was trapped LBW by Rohit Sharma to reduce the Indians to 55-2.
The home sides stutter continued in the 8th over when Dwayne Bravo (2) was bowled by Pragyan Ojha who picked up his second wicket of the innings as the third wicket fell in the space of 18 balls
The Indians responded with a 65 run partnership between Saurabh Tiwary (44) and Ambati Rayudu which lifted the home side after the Chargers spinners had slowed the game down.
Tiwary was dropped twice 13th over after smashing two huge sixes but the Chargers responded well finally breaking the partnership in the 16th over thanks to Ryan Harris’s juggling catch out on the boundary to give the impressive Ojha his third wicket.
With his partner gone Rayudu (55) carried on his excellent innings despite needing a runner after colliding with Gilchrist during a run out attempt as the Indians reached 178-5.