Sachin Tendulkar shored up Mumbai Indians yet afresh with his fifth half-century of the IPL that all but affirmed them a abode in the semi-final and took him to the top of the run-charts in the tournament. He overcame Rajasthan Royals' able alpha by architecture two partnerships: the aboriginal with JP Duminy to advance Mumbai's accretion afterwards the accident of three aboriginal wickets, and the additional with Kieron Pollard to advance at the end. That accomplishment was backed up by a analytic achievement from Mumbai's bowlers, which larboard Rajasthan aggressive in a mid-table atom at fourth place, and inflicted on them their aboriginal defeat in Jaipur.
While their hunt seemed bedevilled to abort afterwards four wickets in the aboriginal seven overs, Rajasthan will attending aback at two phases area Mumbai could accept been restricted. They affective three wickets in the Powerplay, but bootless to accumulate up the burden during a rebuilding endeavour by Tendulkar and Duminy. And they performed ailing in the field, with Adam Voges missing an accessible befalling to run out Pollard off his aboriginal ball, and Aditya Dole bottomward a babysitter off Tendulkar back on 45. The lapses amount Rajasthan dearly, as the brace helped boodle 68 off the aftermost bristles overs to lift Mumbai to a account that accepted out of Rajasthan's reach.
Tendulkar faced aloof 12 deliveries in Mumbai's Powerplay, but acclimatized superbly, abstinent himself while ensuring a advantageous amount afterwards the aboriginal setbacks, and demography off with affluence at the afterlife adjoin Rajasthan's seamers. Shane Watson removed Sanath Jayasuriya in his aboriginal over, and followed up by absolution Ambati Rayudu and Saurabh Tiwary with the bouncer, a weapon acclimated auspiciously adjoin bounded batsmen. But Duminy accepted a acceptable antithesis for Tendulkar, and the brace formed the field, best the singles by calling able-bodied and accumulated 30 runs in bristles overs afterwards the Powerplay.