Last season of the IPL was all about betting on whether or not Sachin Tendulkar would play the game given his injury. However, the IPL 2 has started on a good note for the Mumbai Indians as their skipper not only took the field but also, starred in the team’s first win, beating last year’s finalists in Cape Town, South Africa.
Sachin Tendulkar opened with Sanath Jayasuriya in the ling opener of the IPL 2 in the game between Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings. After Jayasurirya’s brief early fireworks, it was Tendulkar’s turn to lay into the Chennai team and lay a foundation for his team.
But the innings did not get the necessary acceleration until Abhishek Nayyar formed a partnership with Tendulkar that took Mumbai from a modest target to a slightly challenging one. Nayyar used the sixes to maximum benefit as Andrew Flintoff came under the hammer. It was the perfect launch as Tendulkar anchored to delight for his own fifty-nine to Nayyar’s thirty-five.
165 was still a competitive total, but one that should not have troubled the first IPL’s finalists who lost to the Rajasthan Royals team by a run. But apart from Matthew Hayden’s forty-four and the brief partnership between Flintoff and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Chennai ran dry for want of runs.
Though Dhoni hung on till the end and Joginder Sharma trying his best under the circumstances, the target was out of hand as was the chance to score another first victory in another first IPL match for the Super Kings.