Sachin Tendulkar has heaped praise on Ambati Rayudu after his half-century helped Mumbai to a comfortable nine-wicket victory over Bangalore on Tuesday.
Rayudu, who came in at number three in the order, smashed an unbeaten 63 from 40 balls as the Indians chased down the 141-run target that was set on a slightly sluggish M Chinnaswamy Stadium wicket.
Captain Tendulkar, who hit an unbeaten half-century himself, was lavish in his praise for Rayudu after the match.
“It was a brilliant innings from the young man Rayudu. It was a special stuff,” he said.
Rayudu in return revealed that Tendulkar guided him through his innings.
“He just kept telling have patience, just you would come good and would get runs, so I was just following whatever he was telling me and thankfully we ended up winning the game easily,” said Rayudu.
Tendulkar feels the bowlers, with Sri Lankan speedster Lasith Malinga once again leading the way, did well to restrict the Royal Challengers to 140.
“When we started to bowl, we had hoped the target to be a maximum of 140. Malinga again provided us a great start,” he said.
“We also fielded well and it was another superb team effort. The idea was to bowl as straight as possible and we did just that.” Cricket365