The Mumbai Indians came into this must-win match with one eye on the sky – threatening to open up anytime -- and the other on the run rate.
They needed to beat Guyana by a huge margin, and that made them a bit desperate. It showed the most in skipper Sachin Tendulkar, who looked a bit edgy enroute his 48. Dhawan, on the other hand, looked more fluent and, along with his skipper, gave the side a brisk start.
They, however, struggled to score freely off the spinners, and the run rate dropped considerably, leaving them precariously placed at 100 after 14 overs. That they still managed to reach score 184 was because of some amazing hitting by Keiron Pollard. The West Indian came one down at the fall of Sachin Tendulkar, and played a sizzling 72-run knock off just 30 balls that contained nine sixes and a boundary. He sent every delivery that he found in his range flying over the fence, turning the fielders into mere spectators. One wonders how much he would have scored had he come out to open the innings.
Guyana looked quite miserable in the field, dropping catches and fumbling quite often.
Tomorrow’s match: RCB vs South Australia. ON THE TUBE: Star Cricket (9 pm)