Mumbai Indians led by ‘master blaster’ Sachin Tendulkar appears to be the first team in the IPL-4 edition to further consolidate its position for ‘play off’ matches to lift the championship. They proved their supremacy right from the tourney. Perhaps, it is the only team,which is more ‘balanced’ than any other teams. If the batting strength is spearheaded by none other than its skipper and ably supported by local lads Ambati Rayudu and T Suma, besides the pinch-hitter from West Indies, Pollard, then the bowling is strengthened with Sri Lankan speedster Lasith Mallinga, Harbhajan Singh, Munaf Patel and Pollard.
This supremacy was evident when it mauled new entrants Pune Warriors by 21 runs, though set a moderate, but achievable target of 160.losing seven wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. One wish to feel the way that of mine as the Pune Warriors, led by in-form Yuvraj Singh supported by equally competent Uthapa and Pandey, besides ‘clean hitter’ Jessey Rider. Ironically, the Warriors slumped to seventh defeat in a row and they need a miracle of sorts to make the play-offs. Their last win had come on April 13 when they had defeated Kochi Tuskers Kerala by four wickets.
For Mumbai Indians, it was yet again Lasith Malinga (3/25) happens toprove his great firm and prove as most successful bowler while Harbhajan Singh (1/17), Munaf Patel (1/30) and Kieron Pollard (1/36)chipped in to take a wicket each. This is seventh victory in a row for Mumbai Indians of their 10 matches played so far. They are sitting pretty at the top of the table and none can destroy their chances to qualify for play off.