But off the second ball he faced, he clipped one to be caught at deep midwicket. Back in the dugout, he sported a smile as he explained to Anil Kumble his inability to clear the fence.
Needed aggressionThe grin was perhaps due to the fact that he realised the risky shot early on was needed as Mumbai Indians were chasing 150 at over 10 an over. They had to win in 14.2 overs to stay alive in the Champions League T20. They won in 13.2, which knocked out the Otago Volts. Tendulkar’s dismissal, however, brought in batsmen who had the ability to clear the fence every second or third ball. Dwayne Smith (48 off 25 balls), who’d opened with Tendulkar, was ferocious as he helped MI gallop at 12 an over.
When he was dismissed, MI were midway through in less than half the targeted overs.
Then, skipper Rohit Sharma took over, hammering fours sixes to reach 51 not out in 24 balls. His slog sweep that landed next to the dressing room was the most impressive. Keiron Pollard kept up the tempo at the other end before Ambati Rayudu came and applied the finishing touches with two sixes in a row as MI won in 13.2 overs, with six balls to spare.
MI had Nathan Coulter-Nile to thank for the win as well. Having opted to play for the IPL side instead of Scorchers, his 3/19 restricted Perth to 149.