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Mumbai eying encore of 2010 final with win over RCB

May 26, 2011 13:06 IST

Their campaign back on track with consecutive victories over Kolkata Knight Riders, a charged up Mumbai Indians would be eying an encore of last year's final with win over Royals Challengers Bangalore in the second qualifier of the IPL in Chennai on Thursday.

Mumbai would be desperate to avenge their last year's final defeat at the hands of title holders Chennai Super  Kings, who have already made it to the summit clash by defeating RCB in the first qualifier on Tuesday. 

But for that to happen, Mumbai will have to first quell the challenge of RCB, who inspite of losing to Chennai, will get yet another chance to qualify for the final by virtue of finishing at the top of the 10-team points table. 

Going into the match, Mumbai would be brimming with confidence from the fact that their batting and bowling line-up clicked as a unit in their previous two matches. 

The opening slot which has been a cause of concern for Mumbai right from the start of then tournament finally clicked with Sachin Tendulkar getting an able partner in Aiden Blizzard.

Chasing Kolkata's modest 147 for seven yes, the Tendulkar-Blizzard opening duo gave a blazing start to the Mumbai innings, putting on 81 runs in 7.5 overs to set the platform for the victory. 

And Mumbai would be looking for a repeat performace from Blizzard and Tendulkar as their middle-order looked a bit shaky in the last few matches.

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