Indians amped for Royals

Sachin Tendulkar’s Mumbai Indians are full of confidence ahead of their clash with the Rajasthan Royals in Durban.

Tendulkar’s finely crafted half-century that set up the Indians’ opening round victory over the Super Kings and the team is riding high after the impressive result.

Displaying all the hallmarks that earned him the nickname ‘the little master’ Tendulkar’s 59 off 49 balls was the perfect tonic for an Indians side that are seeking to atone for missing out on the semi-finals of the last year.

However as confident as they were with the 19-run win on Saturday, Tendulkar is aware that the IPL is a long tournament and that they can‘t rest on their laurels after one win.

‘We’ve started well and we’d want to continue this performance throughout the tournament and peak at the right time,’ said Tendulkar

Shane Warne’s defending champions will be keen make up for their embarrassing showing in the opening match against the Royal Challengers. Rajasthan lost the match by 75 runs after being bowled out for 58, the lowest total in IPL history.

‘We are going to have to have a serious look at the top three or four positions with the bat going forward. We weren’t smart enough with our shot selection,’ said Warne. ‘We weren’t up to scratch and we expect better of ourselves.’