Bangalore: Praising Ambati Rayudu for his unbeaten 63 during Mumbai Indians clash with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Sachin Tendulkar said it was a special innings from the young player.

Mumbai Indians beat RCB by nine wickets at the IPL-4 clash at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore.

"It was a brilliant innings from the young man Rayudu. It was a special stuff," said Sachin.

Tendulkar said that they had discussed about restricting the opposition to 140 and he was happy that they were able to achieve that.

"When we started to bowl, we had hoped the target to be a maximum of 140. Malinga again provided us a great start. We also fielded well and it was another superb team effort. The idea was to bowl as straight as possible and we did just that,” said the master blaster.

However the legendary batsman doesn't want his teammates to be complacent.

Rayudu on his part credited Tendulkar and MI coach Robin Singh for his performance.

"I have worked hard at the nets under Robin sir. It's paying off now. Also it's good to get runs in Bangalore,” he said.

Rival captain Daniel Vettori conceded that 140 was a defendable total but his bowlers let him down.

"We came off the field thinking it was a difficult wicket, but we didn't bowl particularly well, and the injury to Nannes (side strain) hampered our plans. We have to take a call on whether to rest him as we have got couple of quick games," a concerned skipper said.

Asked about whether the total was a bit less, he replied, "We thought that 140 was a good score. Full credit goes to Mumbai Indians bowlers. Malinga is always a difficult bowler to play in the beginning. Harbhajan bowled well and Pollard also chipped in with useful wickets,” added Vettori

(Agencies)