Mumbai completed yet another fantastic performance both with the ball and with the bat by defeating Punjab by 23 runs to ensure that the Wankhede fortress remained intact in the IPL-4 match here on Monday.
Earlier, Punjab got off tho the worst possible start losing the early wicket of Adam Gilchrist in the first over itself and could only manage a measly 20 runs in five overs.
Sachin Tendulkar and Ambati Rayudu struck half centuries as Mumbai Indians overcame a slow start to post 159 for 5 for against Kings XI Punjab in an IPL tie at the Wankhede Stadium.
Tendulkar and Rayudu scored 51 each and added 95 runs for the second wicket in 72 balls after the home team was asked to take first strike by visiting team skipper Adam Gilchrist.
While Rayudu was the more aggressive of the duo and got his runs in 37 balls with eight fours and one six. Tendulkar
struck a six and three fours in his 45-ball essay. Both were caught in the deep giving charge. Later Kieron Pollard, who has hardly got a chance to bat in earlier matches, made a quick-fire 20 with two sixes and a four. Rohit Sharma made a quick 18 in 11 balls before falling off the penultimate ball.
Andrew Symonds (4) remained unconquered at the end with T Suman (0) who did not face a ball. For the visitors, leg spinner Piyush Chawla and medium pacer Ryan Harris grabbed two wickets each while left arm slow bowler Bipul Sharma accounted for the other wicket. Taking a cue from former Australian team-mate and Rajathan Royals skipper Shane Warne, Kings XI captain Adam Gilchrist attacked Tendulkar and Jacobs with left-arm spin from the beginning in the first six overs.
Bhargav Bhatt was asked to bowl the first over in which he gave away just three runs and he was replaced by another left-arm slow bowler Bipul Sharma after having bowled just one over.
The move paid dividends when Sharma deceived Davy Jacobs in flight and had him stretch forward and play down the wrong line for the ball to straighten and clip the off-stump. Jacobs hit two fours, one an authentic cover drive off Praveen Kumar and the other an edge, and was replaced by Ambati Rayudu.
Tendulkar could not be kept quiet for long and swept Sharma for a six over square-leg and then Rayudu swept him for
a four to help MI reach 35 for one at the end of the six-over Power Play. Rayudu leaned back to square drive medium pacer Harris for a four to bring up the 50 of the innings in 52 balls and then in the same over hooked a short ball from the Australian to up the run-rate.
Tendulkar then pulled Sharma for a boundary to complete the 50-run partnership between Mumbai's most successful pair of the season.
They now have four half century plus partnerships including twice reaching the three-figure mark.
At the halfway stage of the innings, the score read 67 for one with 32 runs added in the four overs after the field