Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore, CLT20, final, Chennai October 9, 2011

Mumbai Indians complete dream run with title

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Mumbai Indians 139 (Franklin 41, Bhatkal 3-21, Vettori 2-30) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 108 (Dilshan 27, Harbhajan 3-20, Chahal 2-9, Malinga 2-23) beat by 31 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out

On a night of mediocre cricket, the Mumbai Indians kept their surprise run going to win the biggest prize, in financial terms, in non-international cricket. James Franklin was the only man to keep his head in a suicidal Mumbai innings, which helped them reach 139, but the Royal Challengers Bangalore once again choked in a final to lose despite a start of 38 for 0 in four overs. For the vanquished this was a painful repeat of their IPL final in Johannesburg where they froze while chasing 144. The victors, though, can claim they once again won the big moments: through Franklin's sober innings, through Lasith Malinga's two sixes amid a collapse, through an extra over given to Malinga that produced a wicket and through their spinners' seven overs for 29 runs and five wickets

Be that as it may, for a majority of the match the teams seemed to be in a contest for ordinary cricket. There were three run-outs, there were unsavoury slogs resulting in exposed stumps, the winning side bowled 10 out of a total of 13 wides, and MI's' keeper kept letting through byes. If Franklin's smart 41 off 29 suggested he was the only sober man in a Paris Hilton party, the Royal Challengers clearly outdid their opponents for rashness. Yes the pitch was slow and it took turn, but not enough to justify the bizarre and spectacular collapse, which featured minimal attempts to take singles with the asking-rate around seven.

MI didn't even know there was turn in the pitch for them. As Dilshan hit the ground running in the chase, they made a necessary departure from their usual ways of bowling Malinga for only two overs at the top. Dilshan's 27 until then had come off shots either through the line or through the covers, and he would have known how desperately MI would have wanted a wicket off what then seemed like a last roll of the dice. As it turned out, he swung across the line of a full first delivery, losing his off stump.

Kumar Dharmasena then made a potentially match-turning call. He had already got two lbw calls wrong in MI's innings, first reprieving Harbhajan Singh when he was plumb, then ruling him out when he wasn't. But his most consequential mistake was during the chase and again involved Harbhajan, who fired in quick offbreaks in his first over. The last ball of the over, in which he had conceded just a wide, was tossed up, and Chris Gayle got a big stride in. The offbreak didn't turn as much as expected, hit him in front of off, and he was ruled out. The ball had a massive distance to travel, and the ball-tracking predicted it would have hit the outside of off stump. Conventional wisdom would have ruled it in the batsman's favour, and even Gayle lost his cool when he saw the finger come up.

With an unreliable batting order, pampered by the true Bangalore surface and short boundaries, to follow, it was down to the only survivor of the Royal Challengers' 2009 choke, Virat Kohli, to shepherd the rest through. However, he found himself batting with a trigger-happy Mayank Agarwal, who despite all his attempts at power hitting managed 14 off 19 before holing out to long-off. Even when the desperate Agarwal got out, the Royal Challengers needed a manageable 73 off 57.

Kohli felt the pinch too. Perhaps it was the presence of Malinga in the end, perhaps it was just the shock of having to work hard for runs after the flat Bangalore pitch, but even he didn't show the willingness to take the game to the deep end. In the next over he holed out to deep midwicket. Everybody knew it was game over there and then.

The rest were just a blurry procession of catching and stumping practice, a complete contrast to how Franklin managed a strike-rate of close to 150 without a shot hit in anger. There was no dearth of madness around him either. Sarul Kanwar first ran Aiden Bliazzard out before slogging around a full delivery. Ambati Rayudu struggled to find singles in the middle, and a positive 40-run stand with Suryakumar Yadav ended with a run-out.

Franklin ensured the trend continued, hesitating during a second run to complete the third run-out. Kieron Pollard's massive leading edge travelled as far as long-off, and MI were in a tailspin after looking good for a repeat of their 160 from the semi-final. Although it didn't look enough at the moment, Malinga's two sixes in the end turned out to be surplus.

Both teams were fined for slow over-rates. Harbhajan, the MI captain, was fined US$3,000 and each MI player $1,500 for being two overs behind the required over-rate. The Royal Challengers players were fined $750 and their captain Vettori $1,500 for being one over behind the required rate.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    wohho MI won with a deplated squad surely u have to call rcb the south africa of club cricket but vao we won with a 2nd squad and IPL team again winning clt20 is a big slap on ipl haters @bravo bravo - u should have been there on the day after in my school everybody was talking clt20

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    Have you made it LARGE? Here it was the crucial 19th over which would decide whether we entered the Finals. There was India's best spinner(I) and Keiron Pollard, but I had other ideas. I think outside the box and going against conventiional wisdom, I handed the ball over to Franklin... The rest is history Mahi Mahi. We are the champions...We have made it large.

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    Not a great game of cricket, however, as a Mumbai Indians fan I enjoyed every moment of it. They played some really tough games & came out on top.

  • POSTED BY NairUSA on | October 11, 2011, 1:03 GMT

    Great pic of Harbhajan roaring after the win. Now, only if he could roar like this when England visits India for the ODIs.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    It was a veritable feast of close, exciting games. It had everything and the drama was palpable/ heart-stopping. The chase , the coolapse, the thundering sixes, Malinga bowling, Warner batting and Trinidad coming so close.Thoroughly enjoyable, More and soon.

  • POSTED BY m_ilind on | October 10, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    totally agree with @NALINWIJ/@Charindra.

  • POSTED BY ShashidharHundi on | October 10, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    Congratulations MI !!! It was a mindless batting by Kohli, Mayank and other middle & lower order batsmen. When the situation demanded to play for singles with a required run rate well within their reach, they went for mindless big shots which were not coming on this pitch. Kholi still need to prove his ability on such pitches. Mayank throwed away wonderful chance to prove his battinig ability. On such situations, Rahul & Sachin would have easily scored the required runs. These youngsters still need to learn from these Idols. Watching RCB batting was really really frustrating batsmen after batsmen perished in the same style. I felt they lost their brains in this match.

  • POSTED BY riverlime on | October 10, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    @justk, No one is jealous of MI. However, MI was not the best team in the tournament. Even Mr Monga has said that. Just accept it and move on. @SatanuXI, MI had no one from Mumbai until Yadav miraculously recovered from his "injury", while playing cricket. Then he played two games out of six. Without the foreign stars, MI would have not gotten a single win. Nor would have RCB, for that matter. You may argue as much as you like, but you know the truth of it. Let me help put it into perspective for you. The golden wicket 1 and 2 were Malinga (SL) and Narine(WI). The golden bat 1 and 2 were Warner(Aus) and Gayle(WI). Where are the Indians in this Champions League?

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Guys! Stop cribbing about the result! A better side always wins. As for yesterday's match, Give due credit to Harbhajan and Franklin for good performances. Despite absence of Sachin,Rohit and Munaf, the team performed so well. If their batsmen floundered, they played on their bowling strength. Unlike famed 'top order' of RCB,who couln't chase down mere 140. Get realistic, MI was a better side. Its a team effort that wins games,not just 'gayle force'.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    I dont Understand why people cry and crib about things? like deadite11, many users crib about everything that has happened in CL just because their team dint win. MI had 8 players injured or even more, because of which they were given this oppurtunity to play with 5 overseas player. and they did play with 4 overseas when it matter the most - Semis and Finals. Some say MI is nothing without Malinga? possible.You can say whtever u want. But MI did Standup to the occasion and played well..

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    wohho MI won with a deplated squad surely u have to call rcb the south africa of club cricket but vao we won with a 2nd squad and IPL team again winning clt20 is a big slap on ipl haters @bravo bravo - u should have been there on the day after in my school everybody was talking clt20

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    Have you made it LARGE? Here it was the crucial 19th over which would decide whether we entered the Finals. There was India's best spinner(I) and Keiron Pollard, but I had other ideas. I think outside the box and going against conventiional wisdom, I handed the ball over to Franklin... The rest is history Mahi Mahi. We are the champions...We have made it large.

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    Not a great game of cricket, however, as a Mumbai Indians fan I enjoyed every moment of it. They played some really tough games & came out on top.

  • POSTED BY NairUSA on | October 11, 2011, 1:03 GMT

    Great pic of Harbhajan roaring after the win. Now, only if he could roar like this when England visits India for the ODIs.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    It was a veritable feast of close, exciting games. It had everything and the drama was palpable/ heart-stopping. The chase , the coolapse, the thundering sixes, Malinga bowling, Warner batting and Trinidad coming so close.Thoroughly enjoyable, More and soon.

  • POSTED BY m_ilind on | October 10, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    totally agree with @NALINWIJ/@Charindra.

  • POSTED BY ShashidharHundi on | October 10, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    Congratulations MI !!! It was a mindless batting by Kohli, Mayank and other middle & lower order batsmen. When the situation demanded to play for singles with a required run rate well within their reach, they went for mindless big shots which were not coming on this pitch. Kholi still need to prove his ability on such pitches. Mayank throwed away wonderful chance to prove his battinig ability. On such situations, Rahul & Sachin would have easily scored the required runs. These youngsters still need to learn from these Idols. Watching RCB batting was really really frustrating batsmen after batsmen perished in the same style. I felt they lost their brains in this match.

  • POSTED BY riverlime on | October 10, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    @justk, No one is jealous of MI. However, MI was not the best team in the tournament. Even Mr Monga has said that. Just accept it and move on. @SatanuXI, MI had no one from Mumbai until Yadav miraculously recovered from his "injury", while playing cricket. Then he played two games out of six. Without the foreign stars, MI would have not gotten a single win. Nor would have RCB, for that matter. You may argue as much as you like, but you know the truth of it. Let me help put it into perspective for you. The golden wicket 1 and 2 were Malinga (SL) and Narine(WI). The golden bat 1 and 2 were Warner(Aus) and Gayle(WI). Where are the Indians in this Champions League?

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Guys! Stop cribbing about the result! A better side always wins. As for yesterday's match, Give due credit to Harbhajan and Franklin for good performances. Despite absence of Sachin,Rohit and Munaf, the team performed so well. If their batsmen floundered, they played on their bowling strength. Unlike famed 'top order' of RCB,who couln't chase down mere 140. Get realistic, MI was a better side. Its a team effort that wins games,not just 'gayle force'.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    I dont Understand why people cry and crib about things? like deadite11, many users crib about everything that has happened in CL just because their team dint win. MI had 8 players injured or even more, because of which they were given this oppurtunity to play with 5 overseas player. and they did play with 4 overseas when it matter the most - Semis and Finals. Some say MI is nothing without Malinga? possible.You can say whtever u want. But MI did Standup to the occasion and played well..

  • POSTED BY deadite11 on | October 10, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    Congrats to any team who won the tournament, so as to mumbai as there is no choice. MI is the only team who was no runner and a winner. just a semi-finalist. What they have done? played with 5 overseas player in 3 matches, and then they ve beat minnows somerset and beaten one of the good team RCB. Chucker malinga played a major role for the team and he won it. As for i can say mumbai won because of timely luck with a wash out match and t&t saved a win for it. For tendulkar who gave his life 22 years of Indian cricket will deserve this.. congrats to him and his team.

  • POSTED BY Charindra on | October 10, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    What would Mumbai do without the freakish genius of Malinga!

  • POSTED BY Avi56 on | October 10, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    this has been always the case in Chennais pitch,,,whoever bats first will win the match in chennai cause the pitch becomes more rough as the match moves on....yest the ball was not bouncing at all in the second innings making it difficult for players to bat on...the RCb team had to stoop down so low to get contact with a ball...and one more thing i think RCB have something that no other team has...the game is won by the top order itself...and that is what you expect teams to do.if the top order wins the match for you wat is the concerned...remember ipl 1 and 2...most of the time Delhi Daredevils top order with sehwag,gambhir and dhawan used to finish the matches for them and tht is why they were so strong then...by the RCB is a more consistent team after Chennai and will have a great name as always to be on the top...even if the din get any silverware they still remain a team who will entertain till the end unlike other teams that just be flashy once and then out next one

  • POSTED BY the_wallster on | October 10, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    @cskfangg you make a very valid point. bangalore relied on gayle, dilshan and kohli to get them big scores, however, once a team ripped through that top order, the rest of them floundered and perished. tiwary is talented, but had hardly had any time in the middle, due to the dominance of the top three/four during the tournament, hence the middle order were out of nick and couldnt perform.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    FROM MY JUDGEMENT ONE OF THE FINEST EFFORTS OF MUMBAI INDIANS AS THEY WIN THEIR FIRST TITLE,RC HAD A BAD LUCK YESTERDAY DUE TO ALSO THE PITCH AND AS WELL VERY MUCH DEPENDED ON THE UPPER ORDER

  • POSTED BY NALINWIJ on | October 10, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    Has there ever being a single tournament where one man""s performance was the difference between tournament victory and humiliation. As far as Mumbai was concerned MALINGA won this for them.

  • POSTED BY Aryansblue on | October 10, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    people blaming IPL bcoz they has world class foreign players............... ppl r really jealous of IPL. IPL is a franchisee based business, where everyone wants to earn money. why don't u fools blame football leagues where most of players are foreign players.... y only IPL. commenting on T&T, australian & SA teams they are not franchisee based teams. they are domestic teams of their own country like ranji tropy in INDIA. australia to is starting BBL from dec 2011, now BBL too will have foreign players like IPL... now I am looking forward that BBL too will be blamed or only the IPL will be blamed (bcoz its INDIAN).... lets see

  • POSTED BY 0xay0 on | October 10, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    congrats mumbai for winning 1st title. RCB, keep trying on, dont give up!

  • POSTED BY cskfangg on | October 10, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    Royal CHOKERS Bangalore..they heavily depend on gayle & kohli..when the openers fail..they don't have a middle order batsmen to control the innings.... unless they learn their lessons..they never ever become a champ..

  • POSTED BY EverybodylovesSachin on | October 10, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    I LOVE IPL and CLT....Mumbai Indians is my team...Congrats..India is the Super Power House of world cricket..

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    My Dear Indians now u see Your sol Called GOD Sachin is not playing and Mumbai Indians have won the tournament from nowhere hence its proved sachin is not the match winner at all.

  • POSTED BY davidallan on | October 10, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    Every body must shut up now and digest what ever is happen. I use to read all the comments under the every news headkine or cartoon or else, ppl are fighting like third world war. Cricket is gentlemen's game but i am very much sorry to say the FANs are not gentlemen nowdays.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | October 10, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    @Maryah Haidery - I don't really like the idea of Ireland , Scotland , USA domestic sides should be considered. In fact I'm not even sure if there are T20 leagues in these countries. The good thing about this tournament was that there were more games that went down to the wire than there were maulings. However it was a shame that there were no Pakistan sides out there or even Pakistan players. I'm guessing it was a political thing. Shame though as all the rest of the major cricketing nations were represented.

  • POSTED BY Professori on | October 10, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    It was a very mediocre performance by both the teams - Royal Chokers Vs. Mumbai Jokers.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | October 10, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    @div09 - Re IPL.2 teams in the final etc , doesn't prove how goos Indian cricket is at all. 1st 3 of the 4 Indian teams went straight through to the group stages. 2nd KKR I think qualified by the skin of their teeth. 3rd All the IPL teams had 4 overseas STARS , not just 4 overseas players. In fact I'd go as far as to say that KKR and even more so CSK were poor in not making the semis. What would MI have achieved without Mallinga etc or RCB without Gayle etc. What might T&T and the Australian/SA teams have achieved with this quality at their disposal? I know Somerset had RVDM and Karthik but if they were wanted by any of these IPL teams I'm sure they'd not have had them either. As I put before , I've enjoyed the comp and so many close games with so many twists. And I enjoy IPL and don't begrudge IPL teams doing so well , but let's have it right 3 teams auto qualifying , about 37% of the teams consisting of overseas stars and in Indian conditions - the odds are in their favour somewhat.

  • POSTED BY santanuXI on | October 10, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    When will this cry for "home made players" would stop? IPL or Champions league are club tournaments and nothing to do with local talents. So if Mumabi wins with NO ONE from Mumbai (which is also not actually true as Suryakumar yadav is born and brought up in Mumbai), why bother about that. If someone does not like this tournament he can simply ignore it but saying that since Mumbai did not have any local player they do not deserve to win is just childish. The format of the cricket is entirely different...its not a fight between son of the soils. Pollard, Bravo, Lee, Bollinger, Kallis all were given the choice but all of them choose IPL teams. Yes its all about money but who does not care about money? And those who think Somerset is a good team with home grown players....lol..I sometimes get cofused with most of the England players...which country they belong to and which country they represent ...and people are talking about son of the soils!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    @justk - I believe you got all wrong here... except for Abdul Razzaq, Andrew McDonald of Leicestershire, Murali Kartik, Roelof van der Merwe of Somerset and Owais Sha of cape cobras the other teams played with their own provinance bench strength. Check out for South Australia and New South Wales, they played entirely with australian bench strength as well as Trinidad & Tobago and Warriors. This is the reason why australian bench strength is so good. With regard to our scenario, MI not only sent one youngster surya kumar yadav (read this http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/story/534346.html ) in that place they demanded an aditional overseas player means to play with 5 overseas players. later they got back suryakumar after his stunning knock. If this is the case where will u find youngsters and future prospects for indian cricket. If RCB and MI can pull gayle and pollard with mere money, why not BCCI buy them and change their nationalities so that they play for india. Think Bro...

  • POSTED BY Aryansblue on | October 10, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    Here I can see people are jealous of IPL teams bcoz IPL teams r most favorite & deserving teams to win. ppl blame IPL teams like hell. "like barking dogs don't bite" ppl will keep on barking but won't improve... INDIAN cricket will keep on rocking..... CRICKET IS RELIGION IN INDIA ......... SACHIN IS GOD.

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | October 10, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    Good. that's another piece of nonsense out of the way. Make sure everyone gets paid now!

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    Harbajan taking three wickets now that is a surprise. Harbajan could not take three wickets on the entire tour of England. Some meaningless thrash that nobody cares about in an empty stadium and Harbajan turns into a Tiger. The time has come to say goodbye to Harbajan and the other dead wood in the Indian team. Stick to the IPL boys, leave the real cricket to guys like Dravid who give their heart and soul for the honour of representing India. To be born an Indian is an honour to be called an Indian Cricketer is sometimes an embarrassme

  • POSTED BY furkhanhaq on | October 10, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    RCB is very dependent on Gayle, Dilshan and Kohli and when these three fail, then RCB has no one to depend on. Sarub Tiwary, Mayanak Agarwal and Kaif have all failed and they cannot be depended in the middle order. RCB must find three good dependablee batsman if they have to win the t20 title.

  • POSTED BY yocasi on | October 10, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    Chris Gayle is great until the BIG moment comes. Second Final in a row he came in on the back of huge numbers, only to fizzle on the grand stage.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    @sweetspot.. you are right.. Kholi should try to calm himself more , if he gets it right , he can one of the best batsman of india in future.. But showing off too much doesnt help... For RCb to win - they should have a dead batting pitch like bangalore , and gayle should make them to a good start, if not all is gone...

  • POSTED BY Advait63 on | October 10, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    RCB were use to play in their own turf in this series and on batting wicket...their home stadium is small compared to chennai stadium..they completely depended on the openers..gayle & Dilshan..this result was expected as MI have good bowlin line up compared to RCB,it was a professional play by MI..Kohli,Karthik should stp behaving like unmatured blokes...pumkin their chest n showin aggression doesnt prove tht youl re doin great for the team..consistent is the key..which they dint do..good to see RCb losing the final...got smack on their face...LOL....Kohli is just a T20 player...he was a flop in England,Westindies tour....whts the use when you dnt perform for your national side..tht should be the first priority....Aneways, Great Win for Mumbai...deserve it !!! Bravo

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    Maligas all round performance and Harbajans Caption sheep make MI champ.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    lol @ ipl teams,dey only depend on foreign players,without them dey will b strugglng while playing with my village team,d teams from australia r d best,dey always play with dere own talent,ipl team r waste,agn lol @ dem.kohli shame on you.without gayle m wondering wat will happen to your team,feel the shame

  • POSTED BY justk on | October 10, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    @riverlime: why are you jealous of MI's win..T&T is a nation not a franchisee to play CL T20..and for foreign players..what about somerset..i believe half of their side is foreign origin only..van der merwe, murali karthik, etc etc..and for you information..pollard plays for SA Redbacks as well as MI..the choice is given to them he had chosen MI same with steyn..he did not join RCB but preferred his country club Cape cobras..and talking of foreigners, then even english team's no 1 to test cricket should be attributed to foreign born players only..LOLZZZZZZZ

  • POSTED BY srinideva on | October 10, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    what a ridiculous result

    Ohh!!! mumbai!!!! You got to be lucky

    Keep it with you for a while.. the champ of chennai will come and beat you i'm sure about this...

    kohli should learn from raina and dhoni that how to behave after some winning position(punching his own head all the time it won't work man)

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | October 10, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    Are you kidding me with this RCB team? The whole Bangalore pitch is glazed down to support Gayle bashing the ball, and Kohli scurrying behind him with glee. Take them out of their comfort zone and nothing goes right. Only Chennai in the IPL first qualifier last season was able to tame RCB in Bangalore, when Raina and Morkel adjusted rather well to suddenly enjoyable batting conditions. Kohli looks far too high strung these days, and I'm not sure it is helping his team's cause when it needs a bit of calm in the middle. I've never seen any batsman crazy enough to pump his fists for every boundary he hits. Kohli didn't do anything of note in England or WI, while his contemporary Raina has risen from the ashes, kept it all under control and is slowly establishing himself with dignity. The more I see of Kohli, the less I am convinced he is team material, forget about captain material. Bhajji is coming to his own, on his own, and that is heartening to see.

  • POSTED BY venky2010 on | October 10, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    Congrats to MI and tough luck RCB. Thank you for making an all Indian owned club final.

    Still my team of the tournament will be T&T, a bit unlucky and a brain freeze from their captain to allow MI take 2 runs of the last ball by #11.

    Chennai pitch - let us not play T20 in a 5th day test match wicket, who ever bats first will win more than 90% time.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 can you please who are the indian players from Tamilnadu.. Aravind is from Karnataka

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    A champion team has to play well on all types of surfaces and the deserving MI won the title. RCB play best when given they r given with the flattest of pitches. An easy way to win RCB. Dismiss the top 3. The tail is exposed.

  • POSTED BY veerakannadiga on | October 10, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    When RCB lost previous finals and the new team(excluding Dravid,Utthappa,Pandey,VinayKumar etc)was formed, Mr.Vijay Mallaya, when asked the reason for the reshuffle said, he was fed up of losing in finals and he wanted to win the tittle.Look what happened. Atleast the Bangaloreans could connect with the old RCB team. Good thing RCB lost.MI is a mediocre team. It never deserved to win. Redbacks or NSW Blues should have won. And a word about the pitch.You do not prepare such stupid pitches for a 20-20 final.........low/turning/slowish.People pay to see a real cracker of a match, not such pathetic matches, that too in a final.Blame it on the poor prepared pitch. Both the teams played bad.Cricket in general is the loser.Amen.

  • POSTED BY riverlime on | October 10, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    Lets be honest, here. The winning team has NO ONE from Mumbai, and four of them are not even Indian, so how is the team the Mumbai Indians? In a city of so many millions , could they not find any talented cricketers? Compare that to T&T, for example, who had 13 players in the tournament (out of 110 players in total) at any one time, when you count Pollard and Bravo. For a population of 1.3 million, that's one per 100,000.So, which is the best team again? For my money, it would have been a better final if it had been between NSW and Somerset.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    If its South Africa in international cricket..then its RCB in club cricket...They are now the official CHOKERS in the world of club cricket.

  • POSTED BY zig1 on | October 10, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    Another final, another loss for RCB... Myabe its time to change the team's name to royal chokers bangalore because there was absolutely no challenge from any batsmen chasing down a gettable target... Dr. Mallya's prefernce for flamboyance ( read tiwari) over class ( read dravid, uthappa) has backfired... time for letting tiwari, agarwal, kaif go... Karnataka's Amit Verma, CM Goutham are better batsmen and should be given a chance... If Dilshan had seen off Malinga's 3rd over it would have been a different result.... Great win for Mumbai... Bhajji showed how good a player he is... i hope Kris Srikanth was watching the match !!

  • POSTED BY inshad on | October 10, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    It is all about Slinga Malinga again.....some crucial runs from the bat and the key first wicket of Dilshan.....What an addition for MI he has been.....

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    to my friend waughjunior who is complaining of insufficient display from Indian, i thin we need to remind him that the players are not playing a one day internaional, they are playing for thier franchise. Australia and England also have the freedom to use foreign players, if they decide not too its thier waterloo; you cannot not excercise your options and then complain if another team does so. Think about it rationally before being so obviously sore because an Indian side won.

  • POSTED BY SanjivAwesome on | October 10, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    @waughjunior. This is club cricket not inter-nation cricket.

  • POSTED BY 548notout on | October 10, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    congrats to MI...........a job very well done

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    well well... party time in mumbai for MI's victory in CLT20, definitely Suryakumar Ashok Yadav would be proud off as he is the lonley maharastrian in the squad and played 2 match's in the entire tournament. Finally all the office work to make the team to go through the finals by certifying one fit player unfit and asking an additional overseas players has paid off to the MI management. Cudos.... Congrats Mumbai International's sorry, Mumbai Indians.... @rahulcricket007, i believe Sreenath Aravind is from Karnataka and not from Tamilnadu...

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    his is very good everything happen in yesterday match mumbai bowlers are great so we have won the match enjoy this

  • POSTED BY KoolDaddy on | October 10, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    Mumbai Indians did not take the title THEY WERE GIVEN IT. Anyone with a little bit of common sense (if available) and one who has keenly watched the match on TV including the slow motions will be able to understand my meaning.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | October 10, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    Well played......defending a gettable score, it was a great comeback win in the finals by the injury hit MI !!!!!!!!!!! though legend Sachin was not playing, MI gave him a tribute by winning this CLT20 title & now together with India's dream 2011WC win in Mumbai he had added another feat in his long career......

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    Well done Mumbai Indians by Winning CL20,but not a single young Indian player emerged from this tournament.

  • POSTED BY ani_cric on | October 10, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    CONGRATS MUMBAI .... good team work ....it happened becoz sachin did not play .... simialrily India will be gr8 if sachin does not play india ...sachin does not have cricket sense to plan and act as per the situatuation ...

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    Both teams played like chokers. The one who choked less won the match. I think we should stop calling South Africans chokers. We can give them tough competition in that aspect too.

  • POSTED BY AgeySuhas on | October 10, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    RCB really doesnt Deserved victory...! You can not win the match everytime with performance of 1st 3 batsman...U will not always get bat friendly pitch everytime... a team who chase 200+ target in succesion, can not manage to achieve 140. shows their overdependance & week middle order.

    Overall its a match is between MI Bowlers Vs 1st 3 RCB batsman.......& On a slow bowling pitch not surprizingly MI won the BIG MOMENTS..

  • POSTED BY Cr1cket_Lover on | October 10, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    It pains this fan of Indian cricket, but I have to agree with waughjunior. The real test comes when there is an international T20 - wait - there was one a month or so ago and we lost, and have no fear, we'll be losing this upcoming matches with England at home.

    We need to have this experience 2-3 series in a row before our board decides to do something strategic - part of which would be politely telling cricketers who are not in the plans for WC 2015 to step aside, and then bringing in younger players to gain experience. Besides, we also need pace bowlers. I doubt if Indian pace bowlers would even make the county side in the weaker counties or states outside India. As in - they might not make it into a county/province/state team in Pakistan or Sri Lanka, leave alone from countries with strong pace attacks.

  • POSTED BY Lakpj on | October 10, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    Great Win Mumbai, they had luck but they needed it with so may of their 1st choice players missing out. Malinga was awesome. If possible Mumbai should try to increase his contract by some amount. 450,000$ way too low for a bowler of his class, when compared to him other teams had payed millions on some useless players.

  • POSTED BY waughjunior on | October 10, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    Wow 2 Indian teams full of imported players make the finals. I would like to have seen how these teams would have went with home talent only? At least the Aussie teams had all there own young players. Indian cricket is going downhill when you need overseas players to fill spots in local home teams.

  • POSTED BY Vikram_Afz on | October 10, 2011, 3:13 GMT

    Can it be really called a night of ordinary cricket? I wonder if not enough has been analysed about the nature of the wicket. All shots played look ordinary but what else is the batsman to do? We're comparing Bengaluru matches to Chennai matches way too much, both having different surfaces. No doubt Warner got a great century against CSK but hasn't the pitch deteriorated later and the side batting distinctly having a disadvantage? Mumbai on their part were under pressure after 3 run outs and therefore while the wicket played slightly better when they batted first, their shot making had to be selective and innovative.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2011, 3:11 GMT

    Congrats mumbai. RCB seems to be like chokers(This is the 3rd final they lost(2 IPL finals and 1 yesterday)). Overall CLT20 is not a success this time. Yesterday in the final match, we saw many empty stands and atleast 65% of ground is empty. !!

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2011, 2:42 GMT

    Congrats to MI on winning the champions title. Excellent captaincy from Harbhajan Singh!

    Lots of lessons to be learnt for the RCB. Too much attitude will never pay! Especially for Virat Kohli. I don't know where does the passion and the aggression go when he plays for the national team!

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | October 10, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    ONE QUESTION IS IN MY MIND AFTER WATCHING ARAVIND'S BOWLING IN ALL THE RCB MATCHES THAT IS ON WHAT CRITERIA OR SPECIALITY HE IS SELECTED FOR THE ODI SERIES AGAINST ENGLAND .THIS SHOWS HOW LOW ARE THE STANDARDS OF FAST BOWLERS IN INDIA . ALSO WHY ALL THE YOUNG PLAYERS COMING IN NATIONAL TEAM ARE FROM TAMIL NADU.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2011, 2:01 GMT

    They could have chased with their batting order not good for Bangalore challengers

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2011, 1:56 GMT

    this is very good everything happen in yesterday match mumbai bowlers are great so we have won the match enjoy this

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    One team had to win but Dharmasena's bungling ensured it was Mumbai.

  • POSTED BY WestIndies1987 on | October 10, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    I thoroughly enjoyed this tournament even though T & T did not make it out of the 1st round. THIS TOURNAMENT IS THE ONLY WAY FOR CRICKET TO GROW BECAUSE NOBODY OUTSIDE THE 10 TEST NATIONS WILL EVER CARE ABOUT SEEING THE SAME TEAMS PLAY EACH OTHER OVER AND OVER AGAIN. In fact many people who have watched cricket for decades are becoming BORED with the same teams playing each other.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    Congrats to MI. Both MI and RCB just scraped through to make it to the finals is the known fact here. T@T, NSW deserved to be in the finals for the splendid play throughout the tournament is another well known fact. Once Chennai was a batsmens' delight in terms of hittin massive scores, now it turned out to be batsmen's nightmare. The pitch was really dead and even kinda dangerous for the keepers everytime it bounced just short of them. Comeon guys, us, the spectators dont want to watch cricket on a slow pitch in a T20... Darnit !!

  • POSTED BY D-Ascendant on | October 10, 2011, 1:23 GMT

    Yay! Mumbai Indians won! Now we can all forget the disastrous tour of England this summer! In fact, I've forgotten already! What England tour???

    All I know is that Harbhajan is the best spin bowler around today, who will never be dropped by his own national team! Right! Right?

  • POSTED BY Navin84 on | October 10, 2011, 1:07 GMT

    Gayle played too cautiously, had he batted his 'usual style' Bangalore would have had a better chance. On his day he would have scored atleast 28 off those 12 balls he faced.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2011, 0:50 GMT

    RCB's meek surrender was surprising. They didn't want to take singles and rotate the strike as it would have brought MI under pressure. They just played as MI would want them.

  • POSTED BY div09 on | October 10, 2011, 0:48 GMT

    FOR ALL PEOPLE WHO HATE IPL.....2 ipl teams in the finals 4 in the league and 2 ipl teams winning trophy in consecutive years..........THIS SHOWS THE WORLD HOW GOOD INDIA IS. SO NOW DONT CRITICISE IPL ANY MORE DONT BLAME IPL FOR THE INJURIES N E MORE. MUMBAI INDIANS WINNING THE CLT20 2011 is just so so good they had like half of their team injured or not playing. THIS IS THE BEST YEAR OF MY LIFE...................India winning the ICCWC2011 MUMBAI INDIANS WINNING THE CLT20 2011, and some personal stuff also that contributed to this perfect year....one being me captain of my school cricket team. ;-).

  • POSTED BY div09 on | October 10, 2011, 0:41 GMT

    YEH...MUMBAI INDIANS U R D BEST......winning a tournament without half your normal team missing, SACHIN TENDULKAR missing and obviously changing captains is tuff...well done bhaji....managed the team nicely...will pray to god that u come back into indian side......n e way......MALINGA is the best congrats to him he played a great role.......BOWLING IS ALREADY GREAT BUT NOW EVEN BATTING :) GREAT WORK MATE. I THINK it was in 2009 when i saw his true batting powers come out, malinga got like 40 against aus with another no10 batsmen getting around 30 and they both with a partnership of like 70 - 80 runs gave SL an easy win. Well done Malinga. I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER IN CLT20 2011 WAS BHAJI - captaining and bowling THEN MALINGA - all round skills THEN FRANKLIN - allround skill specially batting. KANWAR AGAINST CAPE COBRAS WAS FUN TO WATCH TOO. ;-). WE WOULD HAVE WON IT AND CRUISED INTO THE FINALS BUT UNFORTUNATELY RAIN PLAYED A HUGE ROLE and washed the game out. :(. :'(.

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    I or for that matter majority of Pakistanis don't follow IPL or CLT20 because of lack of interest due to non-Pakistani players participation but I support such leagues because I love cricket and want it to prosper just like soccer or any other world sport. And I think since its not as intense or as high quality cricket compared to a world cup T20, it should be extended to minor countries like Ireland, Scotland and USA. That will generate a lot more public interest and more revenue from TV rights / sponsors.

  • POSTED BY Aashish_goyal on | October 10, 2011, 0:26 GMT

    @shrastogi..in his last 15 ODIs Sachin has scored about 1000 runs @ avg.57 and strike rate 90+..on what criteria do you talk about his retirement??

  • POSTED BY anupamraj114 on | October 9, 2011, 23:39 GMT

    i have no idea why vettori came so late to bat....he is the best batsman of the team after top 3....his experience could have come handy at a time when youngsters had no idea what they were doing.....i wish instead of going for glory shots they could have taken 1s n 2s....

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2011, 23:05 GMT

    Franklin showed that he's a handy cricketer to have. Hopefully NZ cricket will see this and give him a contract.

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2011, 22:13 GMT

    Well done Mumbai Indians...We love you...2 IPL teams reaching the finals and an IPL team winning the Champions League for the 2nd successive year. It was like a big tight slap on the face of all IPL haters around the world...Long live IPL and its teams..JAI HO!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    Even though i am RCB fan,I must say,MI played very well,and bhajji at some stage was really unplayble,Well done MI,I guess RCB has to think about players like,Mayank,Kaif,and upto some extend Tiwari,They never look like making any kind of threat what so ever,So In my opinion have a look at some other(better)options,Kaif played his last ODI in 2006,and is not selected in indian team for some reasons.

  • POSTED BY BravoBravo on | October 9, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    I am glad that this boring circus named CLT20 is over. Who cares who won?

  • POSTED BY mainnahin on | October 9, 2011, 21:35 GMT

    RCB depends on Dilshan ,gayle and koholi, but mumbiindians full team , malinga 100/100, tendulkar support them, well come to Mumbiindians.

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    Franklin should have been the Man of the Match...

  • POSTED BY EverybodylovesSachin on | October 9, 2011, 20:49 GMT

    ..This year this tournament showed class and way to go for 20 World cricket...I love twenty cricekt. more than test matches...Champions Leauge is my favourite after IPL.. We need more tournamets like this one..

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | October 9, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    Personally I enjoyed the tournamentwith twista and turns in so many games. I think it's fair enough having 4 Indian sides in there - one of the 4 having to qualify - as it was taking part in India and that's where the money is. I think that maybe some of the sides from England/Aus/SA possibly missed a trick by not bringing in some (more) overseas talent. Having said that the other countries qualifiers all proved to be competitive with what they had.Was proud of how Somerset performed and who knows if they could have gone a step or 2 further with Tres or a batsman of similar quality. HS really changed the match and MI proved that bowling is their forte while RCB offered very little resistance today with Gayle seeming unable to find any sort of rhythm. Mallinga changed the course for the totnament for MI with the bat vs CSK. Other players who I enjoyed watching in particular were Warner (who has never looked so good) and Kevon Cooper for T&T who were a breath of fresh air.

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    no doubt LM is a great t20 bowler bt look at his test performance, it will give you guys a clear idea what kinda bowler MALINGA is...

  • POSTED BY rahulcricindia on | October 9, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    Gayle was out easily he had the big stride alright but you cannot forget low slow track of Chennai ball the hitting the middle of off stump and it was quiet low too and these decisions should be given to bowlers , RCB just proved they are one man team Bhajji just give it back to his criticizers how good bowler he is especially in pressure situation cannot forget the 2007 WC T20 against Aussies, he should be in the team as he brings so much energy to the team no one can be more vibrant than him. He is aggressive and fearless surely he cannot be kept out of the team for long.........

  • POSTED BY WC2011Champs on | October 9, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    TELL ME WHAT'S THE USE OF THIS TOURNAMENT IF...

    Abu Nechim bowling alongside Slinga Malinga and nothing is rubbing off of him. Abu has got 140+ kph consistence pace with good bowling action that is not injury-prone. He must master to bowl three types of deliveries: toe crushing yorkers, slower ones, and outswingers from off stumps. He would be so valuable to Indian cricket.

    It is about mastering what you have got. Every batsman knows that Malinga's yorker is coming but can do little about it. Batsman with Sehwag caliber knows Anderson has bowled an outswinger but finds himself driving and getting out.

  • POSTED BY SanjivAwesome on | October 9, 2011, 20:17 GMT

    Kohli collaped in a key match. An average cricketer, at best.

  • POSTED BY cricketisagame on | October 9, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    I DO AGREE with shrastogi. If Sachin had been playing in this tournament MI wouldn't have even enter the semifinal.

  • POSTED BY MH19 on | October 9, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    Malinga is a world class bowler at times unplayble.However it is sad that he chosen 20/20 format ignoring the Countrys commitments which he should reconsider revoking his decision and play for SL in all formats of the game.

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    Agreed with Mayan it really looks a rubbish tournament... I wonder BCCI would think double before announcing CLT20 2012

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    James Franklin makes me proud, too!

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    what a rubbish tournament. no crowds. big money. half of teams from india, at least play this tournament is aussie or england for cricket sake.

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    Glimmer of Malinga.... hey man u make us feel proud of being a SRI LANKAN always :D

  • POSTED BY wackwella on | October 9, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    Unbelievable, Mumbai Indians winning this the Champions League without Sachin, Rohit Sharma, and Munaf (3 of their big guns). Malinga once again proved he is worth more than $450,000 in the auction. MI had the worst batting side and RCB had the worst bowling side (especially with Aravind blowing last over). Somehow Mumbai's bowling attack managed to restrict the oppositions for lower totals. Malinga is a big factor in the team.

    Congrats Mumbai Indians!

  • POSTED BY shrastogi on | October 9, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Well done MI & commiserations RCB. As I commented in these pages RCB had a untested middle order and that was their undoing. MI made a mess of their batting with three ridiculous runouts but bowled well to win the crown. Harbhajan bowled and led well but still would have to cool his heels and show more of such performances if he wants to make a comeback to national team. There is a lesson for selectors as well. Dont go by reputation. 38-39 is not the right age to play 50 overs or 20 overs cricket and believe me if Tendulkar had been playing MI wouldnt have won. Tendulkar should gracefully retire from 50 overs cricket and if he throws his weight around and doesnt retire then he should be dropped. Empower youngsters and give them sometime and be very mean about fielding standards. That is the only way to build a national team. Results would come.

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    slow wicket makes it easy for mumbai else we all have seen what RCB can do........

    Cheers for mumbai

    cup remains in the country

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    RCB have firmly cemented their reputation as chokers amongst the IPL teams. Even on the slow-and-low Chennai surface, not chasing down 139 with many big guns in your batting lineup cannot be characterised as anything other than a massive choke.

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  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    RCB have firmly cemented their reputation as chokers amongst the IPL teams. Even on the slow-and-low Chennai surface, not chasing down 139 with many big guns in your batting lineup cannot be characterised as anything other than a massive choke.

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    slow wicket makes it easy for mumbai else we all have seen what RCB can do........

    Cheers for mumbai

    cup remains in the country

  • POSTED BY shrastogi on | October 9, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Well done MI & commiserations RCB. As I commented in these pages RCB had a untested middle order and that was their undoing. MI made a mess of their batting with three ridiculous runouts but bowled well to win the crown. Harbhajan bowled and led well but still would have to cool his heels and show more of such performances if he wants to make a comeback to national team. There is a lesson for selectors as well. Dont go by reputation. 38-39 is not the right age to play 50 overs or 20 overs cricket and believe me if Tendulkar had been playing MI wouldnt have won. Tendulkar should gracefully retire from 50 overs cricket and if he throws his weight around and doesnt retire then he should be dropped. Empower youngsters and give them sometime and be very mean about fielding standards. That is the only way to build a national team. Results would come.

  • POSTED BY wackwella on | October 9, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    Unbelievable, Mumbai Indians winning this the Champions League without Sachin, Rohit Sharma, and Munaf (3 of their big guns). Malinga once again proved he is worth more than $450,000 in the auction. MI had the worst batting side and RCB had the worst bowling side (especially with Aravind blowing last over). Somehow Mumbai's bowling attack managed to restrict the oppositions for lower totals. Malinga is a big factor in the team.

    Congrats Mumbai Indians!

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    Glimmer of Malinga.... hey man u make us feel proud of being a SRI LANKAN always :D

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    what a rubbish tournament. no crowds. big money. half of teams from india, at least play this tournament is aussie or england for cricket sake.

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    James Franklin makes me proud, too!

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    Agreed with Mayan it really looks a rubbish tournament... I wonder BCCI would think double before announcing CLT20 2012

  • POSTED BY MH19 on | October 9, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    Malinga is a world class bowler at times unplayble.However it is sad that he chosen 20/20 format ignoring the Countrys commitments which he should reconsider revoking his decision and play for SL in all formats of the game.

  • POSTED BY cricketisagame on | October 9, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    I DO AGREE with shrastogi. If Sachin had been playing in this tournament MI wouldn't have even enter the semifinal.