Sharma half century boosts Indians hopes
The Mumbai Indians hopes of securing a play off place with a game to spare were boosted by Rohit Sharma who scored 58 runs to help the Indians set the Rajasthan Royals a run chase of 134 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
With the top order silenced, Rohit Sharma led the recovery to score a vital half century after had arrived at the crease in the 4th over with the Indians 17-2 after the lose of Ambati Rayudu (2).
Sharma shared a 4th wicket stand of 53 with Kieron Pollard after the Royals had restricted the Indians to a total of only 61-2 after 11 overs thanks to some impressive bowling early on from Ankeet Chavan (17-0) who led the way with the ball.
Kieron Pollard added a quick fire 20 from 18 deliveries during his partnership with Sharma before he was bowled by Shane Watson (19-3) at the end of the 18th over.
Having announced his retirement earlier this month Shane Warne (30-1) singed off from competitive cricket with the wicket of Sharma in his last ever over to end his glorious careers with a fairy tale ending.
Sachin Tendulkar led the way early on scoring 31 runs from 35 deliveries before he picked out Watson down at third man in the 12th over after he cut a shirt delivery from Amit Singh to leave the Indians 65-3.
The Indians skipper should have gone twice though early on in his innings before he had reached double figures after he was trapped LBW on two separate occasions by young spinner Chavan.
Tendulkar was reprieved twice by umpire Paul Reiffel even though HawkEye showed both deliveries would have hit the stumps; the first appeal was the most obvious with HawkEye showing the ball would have hit half way up middle stump.
Despite the let the off, the Indians started their innings poorly, losing Tirumalasetti Suman (5) and Rayudu inside the first four overs as the home side struggled early on after Tendulkar won the toss and elected to bat.