IPL: Pathan Ton in Vain As Mumbai Indians Start With a Win

David MoulsonContributor IMarch 13, 2010

Yusuf Pathan produced what can only be called one of the greatest IPL performances ever. His 100 off 37 balls still wasn't enough to give Rajastan Royals a win over the Mumbai Indians.

The Indians batted first and got off to an explosive start with Sanath Jayasuria smashing 12 over off the first over of the innings including a four off the first ball of the innings.

He eventually fell for 23 off balls.

Wickets were consistent during the innings, but runs per over were right up there. Sachin Tendulkar and Aditya Tare fell for 17 and 23 respectively.

A wondeful partnership between Saurabh Tiwary and Ambati Rayudu of 110 put the game in Mumbai's hands.

Tiwary and Rayudu fell just after their maiden IPL half-centuries for 53 and 55, respectively.

The Indians finished on 212-6 off their 20 overs.

The pick of the Royals bowlers were England's Dimi Mascarenhas 2-34 and Amit Uniyal 2-41.

The Royals got off to the worst possible start as Swapnil Asnodkar was run out without facing a ball.

The innings of the Royals didn't take off until Pathan and Paras Dogra were together. Dogra kept giving Pathan the strike and his 100, which included 9 fours and eight massive sixes, was the highlight of the game.

Once he was unfortunately run out, the Indians took full control.

As Dogra departed for a well-made 41, the ending of the game was easy to bet on.

The innings closed on 208-7 off their 20 overs with the Indians winning by 4 runs.

The pick of the bowling for Mumbai was Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga whose 2-22 took the game away from the Royals.