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IPL 2010 – Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings: Tendulkar Stars As Mumbai Indians Win

By on March 25, 2010

Mumbai Indians 181 for 5 (Dhawan 56, Tendulkar 72) beat Chennai Super Kings 180 for 2 (Raina 83*, Badrinath 55*) by five wickets…

Sachin Tendulkar and Shikar Dhawan hammered half-centuries as Mumbai secured a comfortable five-wicket home victory over Chennai.

Suresh Raina, freed of the captaincy burden with the return of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, smashed an unbeaten 83 and together with Subramaniam Badrinath (55 not out) added 142 in an unbeaten third-wicket stand for the third wicket to power Chennai to 180 for two.

But that total proved insufficient as Tendulkar hit 72 and Dhawan made 56 as Mumbai overhauled the target with a full over to spare.

Chennai were asked to take first strike and opener Matthew Hayden began on an ominous note, smashing Zaheer Khan for four consecutive boundaries.

But the left-hander’s stay was brief, the burly batsman falling victim to Harbhajan Singh who was pressed into service inside the powerplay.

Chennai then showed familiar weaknesses as other opener Parthiv Patel followed Hayden back to the pavilion, bizarrely bowled by Ryan McLaren for eight.

Those dismissals brought Raina and Badrinath together and the duo began the task of rebuilding.

Raina injected momentum by smashing Dwayne Bravo for a six and a four off consecutive deliveries and repeated the feat in the bowler’s third over.

The left-hander continued to find the boundaries regularly, raised his half-century off 32 deliveries and batted sensibly at the death.

Badrinath, not quite as fluent as Raina, played the supporting role well and reached his half-century off 41 deliveries, smashing six boundaries along the way.

That total looked defendable, but Dhawan stamped his authority in brutal fashion, smashing Joginder Sharma for three boundaries in the medium-pacer’s first over and then smashing Lakshmipathy Balaji for consecutive sixes.

He reached his half-century off 31 deliveries and had added 92 for the opening wicket with Tendulkar when left-arm spinner Shadab Jakati ended his stay.

Chennai then gave themselves a chance by removing Saurabh Tiwary and Rajagopal Sathish cheaply, but Tendulkar helped Mumbai regain control of the chase.

Mumbai skipper, who had contributed only 24 to the opening stand, quickly closed in on a half-century, a milestone he reached in 37 deliveries and continued the onslaught in the company of Kieron Pollard.

Sri Lankan all-rounder Thissara Perera, making his IPL debut, was introduced for the first time in the 16th over and was smacked for 19, Pollard and Tendulkar clobbering two boundaries apiece as Mumbai cantered to victory.

Source: ESPN Star

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