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Sachin Tendulkar hauls the Mumbai Indians to the Semifinals of IPL 2010

April 11, 2010

Finally, Sachin Tendulkar cut the drama and hauled the Mumbai Indians over the line and to their first ever semi final appearance in the IPL. Their win against Rajasthan Royals took them to 16 points and four clear of the nearest competitors: Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore are all on 12 points each.

Best limited overs all rounder in international cricket Shane Watson bowled well to take three wickets. he then sacrificed his wicket very early into the game so that undelivered promise that is Faiz Fazal got another chance to fail.

Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and the Deccan Chargers are tied together on 10 points each while Kings XI Punjab bring up the rear at 8 points.

Personally I was tired of the phase last week in which every match stretched the tension another day; keeping the tournament open with all those upsets and party pooping by Punjab and Deccan.

Punjab’s heavyweights kept gathering more momentum, Delhi Daredevils were the latest team they steamrolled. The Punjab bowlers made full use of the Kotla pitch and it was too much for DD to handle. The batsmen played it cool, the openers got out after getting starts but Yuvi and Sanga saw them through with ease.

I looked over Amit Mishra and Piyush Chawla and put my money on Ramesh Powar for this match. A pitch supports all spinners, not just leg spinners or off spinners. Chawla’s leg spin tied the batsmen down, Powar let them blow off steam;  his non performance hurt.

Chennai and Kolkata lost their way yesterday to the resurgent Deccan and Bangalore sides. Delhi were the first team tonight to blow it and Rajasthan followed up to keep the frikkin suspense alive.

Mumbai shrugged it off and won their match with a strong all round display. Sachin Tendulkar was the man of the match. No suspense there.

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