The youthful exuberance of Ambati Rayudu and cool, calm and collection of Sachin Tendulkar ensured a convincing nine-wicket win for the Mumbai Indians over the Bangalore Royal Challengers in Tuesday’s Indian Premier League clash at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Chasing an iffy 141-run target, the visitors got off to a formidable start thanks to the gung-ho approach of South African recruit Davy Jacobs, whose quickfire 22 promptly paved the way for Rayudu and Tendulkar across the home straight.
The 25-year-old rookie and 453-ODI veteran orchestrated an unbeaten 110-run stand at a rate of 7.76 to the over en route to a half-century each, with Rayudu finishing on 63 not out from 50 balls and Tendulkar 55 not out off 46 deliveries.
Bangalore were shoddy in the field, leaking countless singles in the inner ring and a string of boundaries in the outfield, and there was ultimately no stopping the pair. Where Tendulkar was measured, Rayudu was brash and the combination was entirely complementary.
With Zaheer Khan and Daniel Vettori’s respective four-over allotments spent and Dirk Nannes unable to build on his earlier dismissal of Jacobs due to a mid-match injury, Bangalore’s back-up bowlers failed to come to the party and duly conceded a glut of closing runs as Tendulkar and sidekick sealed the deal with 1.3 overs to spare.
Earlier, Tillakaratne Dilshan’s 59 not out and AB de Villiers’ crafty 38 pushed the Royal Challengers to a respectable but ultimately ineffective 140 for four.
Two wickets apiece from pace ace Lasith Malinga had done the damage up front, with the big bounce and testing length of Kieron Pollard left to rattle the opposition’s middle order with a brace of his own.
Tuesday’s victory sees Tendulkar’s troops rise to the top of the 10-team standings with two wins from two and a pretty healthy net run-rate. Cricket365