It was the batting show of the IPL Twenty20:
Vintage hitting by Sachin, Sanath
Senior pros Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya produced vintage
strokeplay to give Mumbai Indians a key victory in the Indian Premier
League here on Monday.
The ageing duo hammered 127 for the first wicket from just 12.2 overs
as Mumbai scored 187-6 in 20 overs after electing to take first strike
and then bowled out Kolkata Knight Riders for 95 in 15.2 overs.
The massive 92-run victory took Mumbai’s tally to five points from
four matches, putting them in third place behind leaders Deccan Chargers
(eight points) and Delhi Daredevils (six).
Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan’s Knight Riders were left tottering on
three points from five games and needed to win a majority of their
remaining nine matches to stay in contention for the semi-finals.
Tendulkar, the world’s leading Test and one-day batsman who has
voluntarily opted out of India’s Twenty20 squad, smashed a brilliant 68
off 45 balls.
The prolific 36-year-old hit six boundaries and four sixes, one of
them against Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis that landed outside the
St George’s Park stadium.
Jayasuriya, who turns 40 in June, hammered 52 off 32 balls with two
fours and four sixes as the veterans turned the clock back in a
breathtaking display of attacking batting.
Kolkata’s chase faltered early when skipper Brendon McCullum was
dismissed by Lasith Malinga in the second over and West Indian captain
Chris Gayle fell to team-mate Dwayne Bravo in the third.
Brad Hodge (24) and Sourav Ganguly (34) were the chief contributors
to Kolkata’s meagre total as Lasith Malinga and Abhishek Nayar scalped
three wickets each. PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, Tuesday