No one, at the beginning of the day, would have thought he would win the man-of-the-match award.
But Ambati Rayudu did it in style.
His workman-like unbeaten 29-ball 55 helped Mumbai Indians [ Images ] recover from an early collapse and post a formidable 178 for five against holders Deccan Chargers [ Images ] in their Indian Premier League [ Images ] match at the Brabourne Stadium on Saturday.
In the end, the total turned to be good enough to ensure a seventh win in eight matches for the team from Mumbai.
Rayudu, who joined Saurabh Tiwary [ Images ] (44) when the hosts were in trouble at 62 for three after nine overs, cracked two sixes and six fours during his innings, and added 65 runs for the fourth-wicket partnership with the latter.
The duo not only did the consolidation job but also started the acceleration which gave their team's innings the required fillip.
The right-hander then, along with Kieron Pollard (21), added 51 runs in less than five overs for the sixth-wicket.
Rayudu's knock was inclusive of six hits to the fence and two over it.
And he was equally effective behind the stumps.