IPL 45: Sachin takes Mumabi to semis

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IPL 45: Sachin takes Mumabi to semis

Postby dilip » Mon Apr 12, 2010 1:04 pm

Full Match: IPL 2010 MATCH45 - RR vs MI, 2010-04-11

Match Highlights

Sachin takes the desert by storm, MI make semis

Jaipur: Sachin Tendulkar was the artist and the muse, inspiring the Mumbai Indians to invade the impregnable fortress of the Rajasthan Royals and hand the hosts their second home defeat by 37 runs at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Sunday.

This win makes Mumbai Indians the first team to make it to the semi-finals.

Inspired by the Tendulkar innings, the Mumbai Indians put up a spirited performance on the field. Zaheer Khan bowled with passion and the Rajasthan Royals seemed to collapse under the pressure of the chasing a big total.

The Royals’ innings was in disarray right from the start with the hosts losing three quick wickets by the third over. Rajasthan only had themselves to blame losing two of the first five wickets to run-outs.

The loss of Shane Watson, one of the mainstays of the Royals, due to a run-out after being called for a non-existent single spelled doom. And when Yusuf Pathan departed immediately after hitting a six, chase was over for all practical purposes. Aditya Dole and Abhishek Raut were the only Rajasthan players to offer resistance, but to no avail.

Earlier, a fog of insect repellent delayed the match by around 10 minutes. But then it lifted to announce the arrival of the ‘God of cricket’ to the crease. And Tendulkar was in sublime touch. He had to initially play a subdued innings to steady the Mumbai ship, which was rocked by some early blows by Shane Watson. But once in his stride, nothing could stop the Master Blaster from stroking the ball to all parts of the park. He would be thankful for the life he got when Aditya Dole dropped him on 45.

Watson bowled a predominately short pitched length to good effect and claimed three wickets. Sanath Jayasuriya, opening with Tendulkar, was the first victim. The medium-pacer then bowled a bouncer to Ambati Rayudu who nicked it to the keeper in the very same over.

JP Duminy, who joined Tendulkar after Saurabh Tiwary’s wicket, then contributed to a 63-run partnership. But the South African who was looking good for more too fell in trying to accelerate. Pollard then joined Tendulkar and the duo upped the run-rate, their 50-run partnership coming off just 5.3 overs. Pollard’s dismissal was a signal to Tendulkar, the captain, to change gears.

Tendulkar seemed to have been inspired by his face-off against old nemesis Shane Warne. The little genius [89*] lit up the night with his varied shot selection. The last over saw a new Tendulkar, one who hit two humungous sixes and a boundary to earn back the Orange Cap from Jacques Kallis and take Mumbai to a solid total of 174. Warne would be upset that his bowlers gave away 68 runs off the last five overs.

Ultimately, in the battle of the Masters, Shane Warne lost the plot while Sachin Tendulkar played the lead role in a memorable win.

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