Mumbai Indians v Trinidad & Tobago, CLT20, Bangalore September 26, 2011

Mumbai Indians outlast T&T in heart-stopper


Mumbai Indians 99 for 9 (Rayudu 36, Rampaul 3-17) beat Trinidad & Tobago 98 (Harbhajan 3-22, Malinga 2-22) by one wicket
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Having started their campaign with victory in a game they had no business winning, Mumbai Indians nearly accomplished the exact opposite before pipping a blundering Trindad & Tobago off the last ball. In a game where neither team managed to reach 100, T&T made too many errors to back up their spirit. The mistake that sealed it came after Mumbai Indians' top-scorer Ambati Rayudu was run out off the penultimate ball of the match, leaving last man Yuzvendra Chahal needing two off the final delivery. In a move that flew in the face of logic, T&T chose to give the single and play for the tie, unmindful of the fact that they would have had to face Lasith Malinga if the Super Over eventuated.

Daren Ganga pushed the field back, Sherwin Ganga sent down a low full toss on Chahal's pads, and the batsman was inventive enough to nudge softly towards deep midwicket. Chahal charged back for the second, the throw from the deep wasn't accurate, but Denesh Ramdin had enough time to break the stumps after collecting it. Ramdin, however, chose to under-arm from a couple of yards away and missed to the glee of the predominantly Mumbai Indians-biased crowd.

When Mumbai Indians came out needing a paltry 99 for victory, talk was that they would go for a big win and boost their net run-rate. Ravi Rampaul and T&T's army of unconventional spinners had completely different ideas, though. Samuel Badree had Aiden Blizzard top-edging a slider, before Rampaul dismantled the top order with clever lengths delivered at lively pace. T Suman got a leading edge, James Franklin got an outside edge, and Andrew Symonds inner-edged a yorker onto his stumps - the last two off successive balls to leave the chase in disarray.

Kieron Pollard survived the hat-trick ball, but T&T kept attacking their once team-mate. Sunil Narine got the prize wicket with a flat offbreak that Pollard bottom-edged onto his pads en route to his stumps to make it 33 for 5. R Sathish and Rayudu concentrated on survival until Rayudu found release with two boundaries off Kevon Cooper. Sathish looked completely out of place, though, and whipped straight to midwicket to leave his side 65 for 6. Harbhajan Singh put the pressure right back with a lashed six, before he was run out in the 18th over while looking to keep Rayudu on strike. T&T's fielding began to lose its edge, with a number of school-boy errors in the end overs, including Jason Mohammad's mis-field at long-off that gave Malinga four. Rampaul, however, evened the game once again with a superb 19th over that left Mumbai Indians needing 11 off Sherwin Ganga's last.

Rayudu got a single off the first ball, before Sherwin sent down a friendly full toss off the second. Malinga clattered it straight down the ground, past a leaping effort from Mohammad, for a pressure-releasing six. A single was followed by Malinga's run-out, backing up too far when Rayudu smashed a full ball straight to the bowler. That made it 3 required off 2, before Rayudu fell attempting an impossible second. And then Daren Ganga blinked, Ramdin missed, and Mumbai were home.

T&T's misery ended with a run-out that was fumbled, but it began earlier in the evening with one that should never have been. They were coasting at 41 for 1 in the fifth over, when Lendl Simmons, returning for a straightforward second, chugged into his crease without grounding his bat. His entire body was over the line, but the front foot was in the air and the back foot on the crease, with no portion of it inside, when the stumps were broken.

Until that moment of laziness, T&T's innings featured all that was good about Caribbean batting. There were flamboyant shots from Adrian Barath in the opening over, audacious pick-up strokes from Simmons, whose approach was unchanged after Barath's exit, and a couple of emphatic blows from Darren Bravo. But once Simmons handed Mumbai Indians an opening, Harbhajan barged through with attacking bowling and perceptive field placements - he operated with slip and silly point at one point.

The middle order did not have the technique to counterattack. Harbhajan enticed Denesh Ramdin into miscuing a sweep right back at him, before nailing Bravo with a yorker. He wound up his spell with Sherwin Ganga's wicket - a patent slider that pinned him on the back foot. Malinga did his business at the other end, and T&T lost wickets too quickly to last their full quota. They were bowled out with as many as 22 balls left to go in the innings, and in the end that cost them the game.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • sweetiepaper on September 27, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Great Job T&T. We are definitely suffering from the #4 and 5 bowlers not stepping up. It really is a tricky selection. I would bring in Dave Mohammed fro Sherwin Ganga (despite Sherwin winning one for us with the bat, Dave is a better bowler and can swing his bat), Emrit for Cooper (straight swap big hitting fast bowling allrounders), and Perkins for Jason Mohammed (Jason should only be playing ahead of Perkins if he is bowling, but he is not). In addition Simmons need to contribute with the ball and if Ramdin doesnt cut it then you can play the extra bat and allow Perkins to keep. But Ramdin like D. Ganga is very important to T&Ts success. Except for that last ball, his glove-work has been great. Let's go T&T

  • srtt on September 27, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    U all remember a guy called Dave Mohammed that captured the imagination of all during the 1st CL in 2009??? He is warming the bench!

    I would swap Sherwin for Dave Mohammed and have Perkins come in for Jason Mohammed

    1.Simmons 2.Barath 3.Daren Ganga 4.Daren Bravo 5.Perkins 6.Ramdin 7.Cooper 8.Dave Mohammed 9.Narine 10.Rampaul 11.Badree

  • dummy4fb on September 27, 2011, 15:47 GMT


  • Sreelal_SS on September 27, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    MI missin Sachin very badly. . .do ny1 know whether he ll play a match in CLT20?. .

  • Paceman49 on September 27, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    Rampaul has to be the most improved bowler in the world.He gets batsmen out with good balls.He is more impressive than that english lot.Ramdin,he cannot for once come through when needed.I hope that he gets straightened around before playing for W.I.It seems that the most natural of things in cricket always become the downfall of W.I Simmons getting run out hugging his are thought to ground your bat and slide it into the crease..maybe he has to be reminded before each innings.The choice of poor strokes was disappointing...but TT will bounce back.

  • Silva-Surfa on September 27, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    Was highly impressed with the belief that the T&T team have after such a poor batting performance. Not alot of teams would be capable of defending a total under 100 and still managed to push the opposition, right to the last ball. Also felt some satisfaction when the Trinidad got one over their mercenary countryman. It just didn't look right to see Pollard against his own Trinis, but it is what it is and i'm glad that he failed on this particular occasion.

  • buck1936 on September 27, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    I watched this game I must admit I was surprised at the result

  • dummy4fb on September 27, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    has Harbahjan Singh got a thing called conscience,,and he has replaced ANIL KUMBLE.....Indian cricket RIP

  • muximus on September 27, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    Is it just me or do these champions league matches seem scripted to other ppl too?

  • rama_krish on September 27, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    Naresh28 must know that Trinidadians and Tobagonians of Indian descent are not Indians - never were, and never will be. We are always "Trini to d' bone' where ever we are. TnT lost the game through careless actions such as Bharath attempting to drive a Malinga yorker, Simmons' careless running, Ganga's weak-powered lofted drive, Ramdin's indecision, Bravo's attempt at slog-sweeping Harbajan and the full-tosses served up by Cooper and Ganga (S). Maybe they will put in a better performance next time. Nevertheless, it was a match worthy of a championship competition.

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