Lions v Mumbai Indians, Group B, CLT20, Johannesburg October 14, 2012

Professional Lions outclass Mumbai Indians

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Lions 158 for 2 (McKenzie 68*, de Kock 51*) beat Mumbai Indians 157 for 6 (Johnson 30) by eight wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A calm and collected Neil McKenzie, and a young and fearless Quinton de Kock added 123 for the third wicket to take Lions to a comprehensive win, their second over the superstar-filled Mumbai Indians.

It was a scrappy ungainly match until McKenzie and de Kock came together. Sachin Tendulkar (16 off 24) and Rohit Sharma struggled for momentum, Champions League debutant Mitchell Johnson was promoted to No. 4 for a 29-ball 30 that frustrated the others into playing low-percentage shots, extras and edges helped Mumbai Indians to a fighting total, and then the Lions openers matched the Mumbai batsmen in the go-slow.

Lions had seen three teams before them win the toss and choose to chase because South African grounds are difficult to defend. All three had failed. Alviro Petersen, though, showed no signs of second thoughts before asking Mumbai to bat. Perhaps he knew something about Mumbai batsmen. Six of them reached double figures, but only three of them went at more than 103.44 per 100 balls.

Clearly the Mumbai batsmen didn't fancy the pace and bounce of Dirk Nannes, Sohail Tanvir and Chris Morris, who bowled 12 overs for 90 runs and four wickets between them. And those figures hardly do them justice.

Their biggest test, though, was Dwayne Smith's charmed 26 off 19. Good shots and edges existed in equal measure in Smith's effort. It seemed to almost infuriate the Lions bowlers, especially Morris who began to bowl wides while trying too hard. However, he got his own back by trapping Smith in front. It might have been 45 for 1 in the fifth over then, but Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma were about to stall the innings.

Rohit went at a run a ball, and Tendulkar at one point was 3 off 10 balls. Left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso found this the perfect time to turn the screws tighter, and finally got Tendulkar when he missed with a heave-ho. Harbhajan Singh sprung a surprise by sending Johnson in at No. 4, but that hardly seem to perturb Lions.

Phangiso and Zander de Bruyn hurried through with a few quiet overs. The pressure duly resulted in wickets, but Dinesh Karthik provided Mumbai 19 quick runs off nine balls. Mumbai seemed to have carried that momentum with them. Johnson and Lasith Malinga gave nothing away at the start, and Gulam Bodi and Petersen threatened to undo Tendulkar and Johnson's work with the bat.

McKenzie joined de Kock at 37 for 2 in the seventh over, and began with a reverse-sweep for four first ball. De Kock had already slog-swept two sixes. Even as the asking rate went as high as 10.66 for the last six overs. McKenzie, 26 off 24, and de Kock, 30 off 21, were in by then. Now was the time to launch.

Wrong. It was time to caress, McKenzie style. He hit Pollard over midwicket, watched the third man come up to accommodate a deep midwicket, and then steered a full delivery fine of that short third man. This was lovely touch play. It continued with two pulled boundaries off Dhawal Kulkarni, chosen ahead of the seasoned Munaf Patel.

The best, however, was reserved for the captain Harbhajan Singh, as if he had not had a bad day already with his tactics. McKenzie swept him either side of square leg, then wide of deep midwicket, and then past point for fours to kill the game in the 17th over. The finishing touch was that de Kock, too, reached a fifty.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | October 15, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    If Mumbai Indians want to win, they need to drop 10dulkar. Simple as. Let Rayudu bat in his position.

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | October 15, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    Lol..Another IPL team got thrashed..Keep it up :P

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    CLT20 is not fair.. y only indian, aussie and sa teams have permanant places and y the other clubs have to qualify for the tournament. 4 IPL teams in it also. that not fair enough.... what is the method they are using to devide teams. teams like t&t runners up in the 1st edition also have to play qualifiers. this is not going to do any good for the cricket.if it is a world tournament it must have a better structure like UEFA CUP... hope organizers will do better next year..

  • POSTED BY dexionbt on | October 15, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Sachin is now gone too old and MUST retire gracefully NOW. He was a great player and has played for more than 22 years and should give up his place to younger promising players like from Under 19 team India. Old players must NOT be selected as they are UNFIT for T 20.

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    sachin should quit from international cricket in a high standard rather than not losing his wickets to a medium spin bowling attack by a young south african bowler

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | October 15, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    @ontheboundary: Well said bro, but sadly your words will fall in to deaf ears i guess, i don't think these people will change

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    bhaji 's captaincy is very poor.he don't know how to use his bowlers and he is a terrible bowler too.

  • POSTED BY Harshmeswanirafanadal on | October 15, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    The 'great' all rounder pollard showed what he is made of . I dont knw wat made mumbai buy this guy he cant bat he cant bowl he can only field. By far one of the most overrated cricketers in the world. How can people call the mumbai team star studded? Except for malinga and until now sachin name me any 1 star? Pls publsh

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Mumbai indians win matches only when rayudu bat at no.3., drop rohit sharma., he better suits for test matches only.

  • POSTED BY DamnStraight on | October 15, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Must agree with the general consensus that De kock must be given a go at a national level. Great replacement for boucher and he can play all three forms of the game, just needs guidance. He's got youth, talent and could fill a much needed void in the South African line up as keeper, without compromising on batting, which lets face it, SA would be doing if they brought Tsolekile in.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | October 15, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    If Mumbai Indians want to win, they need to drop 10dulkar. Simple as. Let Rayudu bat in his position.

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | October 15, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    Lol..Another IPL team got thrashed..Keep it up :P

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    CLT20 is not fair.. y only indian, aussie and sa teams have permanant places and y the other clubs have to qualify for the tournament. 4 IPL teams in it also. that not fair enough.... what is the method they are using to devide teams. teams like t&t runners up in the 1st edition also have to play qualifiers. this is not going to do any good for the cricket.if it is a world tournament it must have a better structure like UEFA CUP... hope organizers will do better next year..

  • POSTED BY dexionbt on | October 15, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Sachin is now gone too old and MUST retire gracefully NOW. He was a great player and has played for more than 22 years and should give up his place to younger promising players like from Under 19 team India. Old players must NOT be selected as they are UNFIT for T 20.

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    sachin should quit from international cricket in a high standard rather than not losing his wickets to a medium spin bowling attack by a young south african bowler

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | October 15, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    @ontheboundary: Well said bro, but sadly your words will fall in to deaf ears i guess, i don't think these people will change

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    bhaji 's captaincy is very poor.he don't know how to use his bowlers and he is a terrible bowler too.

  • POSTED BY Harshmeswanirafanadal on | October 15, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    The 'great' all rounder pollard showed what he is made of . I dont knw wat made mumbai buy this guy he cant bat he cant bowl he can only field. By far one of the most overrated cricketers in the world. How can people call the mumbai team star studded? Except for malinga and until now sachin name me any 1 star? Pls publsh

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Mumbai indians win matches only when rayudu bat at no.3., drop rohit sharma., he better suits for test matches only.

  • POSTED BY DamnStraight on | October 15, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Must agree with the general consensus that De kock must be given a go at a national level. Great replacement for boucher and he can play all three forms of the game, just needs guidance. He's got youth, talent and could fill a much needed void in the South African line up as keeper, without compromising on batting, which lets face it, SA would be doing if they brought Tsolekile in.

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | October 15, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    the reason they got beat was ST and MJ batting far to slowly. ST should realize hees to old and cannot play the type of innings he used to. an the other guy is just a waste of space

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    @ ontheboundary - Wow ! Loved reading your comment. * Respect. *

  • POSTED BY grizzle on | October 15, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Dhawal Kulkarni, the quintessential Indian `quick'! Ha ha!

  • POSTED BY rosh280 on | October 15, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    Mumbai had enough talents to showcase but they are not utilizing their skills. if they have to win they have to use the right eleven 1.surya kumar yadav2. richard levi 3. r g sharma 4. dayne smith. 5 dinesh karthik 6. keiron pollard 7 ambathi rayudu 8, lasit malinga 9. harbhajan 10. p ojha 11. munaf patel. this should be a great team to watch if they bat at this order it should be the vicrory of mumbai indian team.

  • POSTED BY ontheboundary on | October 15, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    wish someone at CSA reads this. I am black and i proudly support the proteas. I want them to win ALL the time with the BEST possible team; a team chosen on merit NOT colour. It is now close to 2 decades into our democracy, surely the people that remain in SA are ALL committed Saffa's, the unpatriotic one's have long since left our shores. Having Tsolekile in the squad to OZ IS NOT THE BEST TEAM. De Kock is young and passionate and like we did with a very young Bouch we should give this man the opportunity to represent his country. A young Kallis showed us his talent in Melbourne all those years ago surely it is time for another to shine. De Kock is a South African not a WHITE south african or a BLACK south african but a south african. Please hear this black man who cares about his country being successful not about colour.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | October 15, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    MJ was the only mumbai player who didnt have a shocker. it was an aussie day yersterday. all the aussie stars were shining bright

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | October 15, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    dirk was man of the match. of it wasnt for him the lions would not have had a chance to chase a total down. tendulkars knock was painful and he is looking detrimental to the side. that de kock not only has the most hilarious name in cricket but looks a perfect replacement for boucher

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | October 15, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    Must admit it seemed a strange decision to send Mitch in so high and when doing so you'd want him to play a do or die sort of inns and not score at a run a ball. However I think it's a little small minded to purely blame that decision on MI's defeat. I mean MJ is a bowler and not a batsman and if the rest of their bowlers went at 6.6 the game would comfortable have been theirs and Mitch was going at much less at the beginning but when he came back QDC/NM were seeing the ball like a football. There was also plenty of poor fielding and wasn't there a player at the top who scored about half of Mitch's runs at 0.66 SR. I think you have to mainly give huge credit to the SA pair. De Kok's power and Mckenzie's finesse complimented each other well. NM's inns was awesome and proved that you don't need to be a power hitter to succeed if you have the brains and skill level. Absolute Masterclass. Hants missed him big time in the qualifiers

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    First time i have witnessed this thing at cricinfo. If we click at the score card tab on the page, instead of scorecard of Loins and Mumbai indians to be shown it shows match result of Chennai super kings and Sydney sixers :)

    Kindly check it out and resolve the problem,

    Thnx

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    They can't keep De Kock out the proteas much longer! He is dynamite!

  • POSTED BY write2nix on | October 15, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    The "Scorecard and ball-by-ball details" links to the wrong game. It is currently linked to the "Chennai Super Kings v Sydney Sixers" game!

  • POSTED BY jimbond on | October 15, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Every team should know who their key players are. For MI, the key batsman was Rayudu- given the form he has shown for the past couple of years. They should have ensured that he batted more than 4 balls. Karthik, Johnson, should have only come at the end for a swing at the bowling. Similarly in the Delhi match, KP almost lost delhi the game (he did not take a single of Sunil Narine for an entire over when Sehwag had hit a six of Narine's last ball of the previous over). Although most IPL teams have costly and star expat players, their Indian players are their weakness- especially on SA pitches. All the more reason fo Indianr batsmen like Rayudu, Sachin and Sehwag (who can bat on bouncy pitches) to be given more strike.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | October 15, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    SA & Aus T20 teams will dominate this CLT20..... SA are really superb on their home conditions, Indian teams will struggle & have to work hard on seam friendly pitches in SA !!!!!

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | October 15, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    @riaz_7214, Mumbai is example for how wrong captaincy can spoil the teams. they got the world's best cricketers. still they loose to minnows.

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | October 15, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Tendulkar is eating too many balls. Sending Johnson up the order was a mistake. Lions batting started poorly and MI was doing fine until McKenzie and Dekock started turning the tide. I want a non-IPL team to be champion this time around. It will be boring if an IPL team become champion for the third consecutive year. As long as the IPL teams give good fight and we have close exiting matches I'll be happy, win or lose.

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | October 15, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Mumbai is full of dangerous batsmen and bowlers, but they are never utilized them properly. captain should know how to utilize the best of given players. Only IPL team who utilized the best of their players is Rajastan royals. Mumbai team is just wasting players ability. harbhajan is not a captain's material.

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    Frankly MI were 2x bigger than Lions, but Lions played great, as they ouster overrated MI team. Except sachin there is no local players in that team and every player were from other areas except overseas players. I wonder how Lions won in that bouncy track with International players like Malinga and Mitchie. MI doesnt deserve to be in CL, as they lost in eliminator round itself.

  • POSTED BY yogi2040 on | October 15, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    We went GaGa over Unmukt Chand's innings but what an innings by an youngster from SouthAfrica Quinton de Kock. IPL teams have to strengthen there bowling attack or else they will b out of the competition.

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | October 15, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    loved watching MI lose :) and Mckenzie wow, so pleasing to the eye his shots were, hope we get to watch more of him with someone picking him in the ipl

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    About MI - Despite having Pollock, Jonty and Robin Singh as their mentors, how come MI always manage to come up with weird decisions ? Johnson ahead of Rayudu, Karthik and Pollard ? Man ! As they say your Best Batsmen should face the maximum no. of balls but MI seems to save them from God knows what ! Even Neeta Ambani was frustrated that when McKenzie was playing reverse sweeps so nicely for boundaries why there was no one at third man position, a bit finer. He made fool of Bhajji. And Munaf might have lost all his pace but with his good height, high arm action and variations he would have been handy on these kinds of pitches. God save MI !

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    Why put extra load on AB by giving him Wicket-Keeping job too when you have someone as talented as de Kock in your country ? Such a fine talent he seems to be; I have been following him since U-19 WC. He not only scored heavily in initial matches but also was brilliant behind the stumps. Against spin too, he looks comfortable. Can play big shots as well. U never know, Kallis might retire tomorrow; AB and Amla can't save you every time. Let AB field at his favourite positions - Point and Long ON / Long OFF and groom this lad de Kock. He has bright future ahead.

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    Mckenzie..you beauty..hatsoff to you...and DEKOCK wat a brilliant and young wicketkeeper batsmen..i dont understand y y y these selectors are not picking dekock in the test team to austarlia in plzce of tsolekile...poor selection commites,,purely quota based..and also plz bring in David Miller And Quinton DeKock in your ODI,T20 Teams.plz

  • POSTED BY Lalankan_sri on | October 15, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    It's time to retire Sachin. You've earned enough. I mean respect.

  • POSTED BY davidatlas999 on | October 15, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    Omg SRT bowled out again.any one counting?

  • POSTED BY riaz_7214 on | October 15, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    what the hell MI thinktankers are doing?? sending MJ ahead of batsmen like raydu and karthik.. its really shame for them loosing a match having such a great balanced team.. i dont understand why they experiment a lot.. its a game of only 120 balls.. time is very less for experiment... and leaving Munaf patel?? why? he is one of the great Indian bowler in bouncy condition with swing and deadly yorker... I dont understand the strategy of MI team... there batting line up should be like this: Dinesh Kartik, SRT, Raydu,Rohit,Pollard and Smith... Pollard and smith to provide the power at the last... and they must take Munaf patel... bowling line up of Malinga,Johnson,Munaf,Harbhajan,Ojha should be the best bowling line up in the world.. what they are doing?????????????????

  • POSTED BY solankibhavesh on | October 15, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    I am the great fan sachin but this time sachin can not make serious nock in match I think sachin have to focus in game dont thinking about retirement and he have to practice more than what he did.And Bhajji poor captaincy no its worse captaincy why should he send Johnson to up to order he is not All Round.Bhajji should be promot pollard up the order or Rayadu. MI must be thinking about batting order in next match

  • POSTED BY coolindianfan on | October 15, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    getting depressed with each and every failure ( sachin ) .He is being reduced to a laughing stock.Plz dont retire but but if u play play like the way u were earlier .

  • POSTED BY Aditya0460 on | October 15, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    I think they should stick to their old batting order and they should stop experimenting for god sake! Raydu should come @ 3 and Karthik @ 4. Rohit should be shown his way out and Yadav should be chosen. Munaf Patel is much better bowler than Kulkarni and he has experience on bowling on these SA Pitches. Then only MI would be able to progress.

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | October 15, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    It seems obvious to me that Tendulkar needs to move down the order. He is not an opener. He was only able to get away with being a one day opener (very different from a T20 opener anyway) at the peak of his powers and selectors have been scared to move him back down. I don't know if Mumbai have any say in what they can do with Tendulkar as he's probably obliged by sponsors to face as many balls as possible.

  • POSTED BY Robster1 on | October 15, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    de Kock and Miller - why on earth aren't they in the SA limited overs squad ?

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | October 15, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    @Robste1 - BECAUSE he's 19 and South African not West Indian . . . haha he has plenty of time no need to rush him in at the deepend like W.I do with guys the latest example being Barath. Phangiso and Du Plessis however should be in your T20 team/squad and most likely ODI to - Du Plessis has to play in the T20 11 100% it was a joke he spent most of the Wolrd Cup on the bench just like Smith for West Indies both missing out to limited overrated players in Levi and Charles.

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    The batting order suggested by @Feroz9700 is absolutely right! Would have made a big difference, and perhaps a different result.

  • POSTED BY on | October 15, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    The great man is really showing pre-retirement form, so consistently (after a few glorious decades), that even he can't miss it. Hope, it leads to the right thinking, and right decisions. Preferably by himself; if not... by the selectors.

  • POSTED BY krik8crazy on | October 14, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    Hats off to McKenzie for a great innings. He showed that taking time to build an innings works even in 20-20. He settled in and dictated the pace of the match, making the MI team play on his terms. Before the MI team realized what happened, he took the game away from them. The young de Kock played a very composed innings. I was surprised to know he is not even 20. He played like a mature 25 year old.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | October 14, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    Tendulkar was anything but a Master in this game. He struggled to get runs & finally tried rank bad cross bat slog & was bowled. Rohit was once again out to his famous slant bat slog where he misses the line of the ball & gets out LBW or bowled. Unless he learns to play straight bat shots till he is set, he will continue his run of failures. I was disappointed by poor bowling of D.Kulkarni, who was so good on the Indian pitches. He bowled between 135 -140 KPH but his length & direction were just as bad as Balaji's.Agarkar bowled with lot of fire for DD & if he bowls like that he will open for India. De Klok had a field day hitting the bowlers as did Mckenzie. Harbhajan's captaincy was poor at best with very questionable tactics & field placing. His first over was good but there after it was like club standard bowling. Only Delhi Daredevils are likely to advance. Gambhir, Tendulkar & Rohit Sharma showed poor form. Let Chand,Pujara & Kohli take their spots in the Indian Test team.

  • POSTED BY D-Ascendant on | October 14, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    After watching Unmukt Chand and Sachin Tendulkar play on consecutive days, I think it's obvious who should be on his way in, and who should be on his way out of the Indian team...

  • POSTED BY C.Dila on | October 14, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    sachin and Bajji playing real club cricket.after this series heroes will become zeroes.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | October 14, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    great innings from Mackenzi and pretty good from de kock also, although the latter seemed to be only strong on the leg side as he tried to play every ball there..Bhaji, was poor as a captain and Malinga was as expected...

  • POSTED BY jonnybtestmatch on | October 14, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    Neil Mckenzie is absolutley class. I am convinced this guy should still be in SA T2O and ODI side. He has proven time and again just how good he is. I have seen him do this on countless occasions for Hampshire and it came as no suprise to me to see him finish the game off in this fashion. Get him back playing international cricket asap, SA need to get rid of the likes of Albie Morkel and Levi and replace them with class like Mckenzie and Miller.

  • POSTED BY FRRR on | October 14, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    Harbajan does not deserve to be a captain.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    @Robster1 A year ago, he was still playing schools cricket. He isn't even twenty yet. As talented as he is, rushing him could be a big mistake. It would be far more beneficial for his game (and the Proteas' long term future) if he played first-class and List A cricket as opposed to sitting on the sidelines on tours until somebody gets injured. South Africa took a huge leap of faith when they gave Mark Boucher his debut - it paid off but that won't always be the case.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    Very bad batting Rohith very bad bowling by Harbhajan and very bad captaincy by harbajan again the best batsman in MI is Raydu he is coming @ 7 and D karthik coming @ 6? Now a days Rohith is thinking run a ball method in T20! Get sooryakumar yadav in the eleven otherwise bye bye MI from Cl2T0

  • POSTED BY Feroz9700 on | October 14, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    MI should seriously look at there batting order, Pollard should be promoted up the order and bat as high as # 3 or # 4. I'm a big fan of Sachin but for some reason the little master is not the force he was, when he could clobber any bowling attack. He is still good but should consider batting lower down the order especially on South African pitches. Munaf would have been a handy option on this pitch along with Malinga and Mitchel Johnson. MI should consider opening with Ambati Rayudu and Smith with Pollard at #3 followed by Sachin at # 4.

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | October 14, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    McKenzie "looks" like he's not going to be dangerous at all but he simply murdered MI. I don't think he hit anything in the air. This is a bloke who's quite happy to bat all day in FC cricket, he showed his effectiveness in limited overs cricket playing about as composed innings as you could ask of anyone - perhaps SA have missed out over the years in not selecting him in ICC tourneys, or perhaps he's just matured (in this format) very, very late.

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | October 14, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    I thought De Kock was very impressive, it was the 1st time I saw him play. His most impressive asset was his temperament. How does a 19 yr old know what to do? Truth is, they don't given their complete lack of experience. Given that, how cool of him to stay till the very end. If I have any mild criticism - nay constructive criticism - it looked like he may favour the leg side a little too much. But I saw some cracking off side boundaries too, it's not a deficiency which Richard Levi faces. Talking of Richard, he seems like a really nice bloke but I think it's curtains for his international career with Du Plessis and upcoming youngsters such as De Kock.

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | October 14, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    MI's bowling "attack" is dismal. Dhawal Kulkarni looked out of his depth, these SA wickets help the pace bowlers but you can't just run up and roll your arm over, you need to bend your back a little! Even Ajit Agarkar looked quicker the other night. Pollard should never bowl more than 2 overs, he's simply awful, and Bhajan's struggle continues - I couldn't believe how elated he was after the England game the other day in what was, quite frankly, a dead rubber.

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | October 14, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    Those of us who are Tendulkar fans will have noted with horror at the over in which he was dismissed. The ball where he should have been stumped, he was playing completely down the wrong mile. Am I exaggerating when I say that he missed it by a country mile? The ball that dismissed him was a simple straight delivery, little to no spin. Nicely bowled, slow, and he played all over it. Bowled again, hate to say it. If he's missing straight balls, and off inexperienced spinners on SA wickets offering little spin, he's got serious problems. Sadly, he seems to be the last to accept the problem he's faced with. All his interviews show him to be in denial.

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | October 14, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    One can only assume that Sachin is important to MI from a brand and business perspective. No doubt, he sells a lot of tickets thru his name, along with merchandise. However, he no longer justifies his place in the team. At this stage of his career, if he is truly serious about playing international cricket, he should be playing FIRST CLASS cricket. No matter how weak the domestic teams in India, he would be playing against bowlers trying to get him out (as opposed to the nets), and be in a position to play a long innings. Over the last 2 IPLs, I've noted his IPL innings last an average of 30 deliveries. Hardly preparation going into the Test series against England.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Imran Khan rightly advised Tendulkar to retire before he disgraces himself. I'm afraid he might have chosen that road for himself. Better decide before it's too late.

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | October 14, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    For once, a lot of sensible comments coming in - It's amazing how clueless MI's strategists are considering the quality of their backroom staff. MI continue to make basic errors, invariably they select an unbalanced side. I believe in backing players but can anyone tell me what MI sees in Keiron Pollard's BOWLING? As pointed out above, Dwayne Smith looked much better! Well played Highveld Lions, the MI died a death by a thousand cuts 2day.

  • POSTED BY Robster1 on | October 14, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    Yet again, can someone please explain why de Kock is not the reserve keeper for the national side ?

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | October 14, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    I was shocked to see 10dulkar on the scoresheet, hasn't he retired yet???? CSA can you please pick de Kock for S.A. next T20 and ODI before England steals him too!!!! Already knicked kieswetter.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    IPL teams should mark the players who are hindering their progress in Champions League Twenty20 and make sure they buy them well before the next one.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | October 14, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    Sachin again letting the team down by using up too many balls. Scoting 16 in 24 balls is almost criminal in this format. Getting bowled by a average bowlers is hard to digest for the caliber of such a player.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    Out of interest, how much do these IPL teams actually play together outside of the IPL? The Lions, Titans and other SA franchise sides play T20, List A and First class cricket together with pretty much the same players, so they are very settled sides. Do the IPL franchises only come together for T20 or do they also play List A and First Class together? It just seems like the IPL sides are very disjointed and don't seem to really know the best way to use the players they have available. Case in point: Mitchell Johnson coming in at four. Just curious.

  • POSTED BY GasPipe on | October 14, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Unmukt Chand top scoring, and now Quinton de Kock playing a lovely shaped innings. Good to see some truly talented youngsters coming through, a bright light for cricket!

  • POSTED BY guntur_ap_ind on | October 14, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    Mumbai seem like losing once the partnership between MCkenzie and DEKock has began. A better captain could have pulled this game with better bowling changes.

    I think he should have bowled mitchel johnson to break that partnership in that 10 to 15 over period. Malinga played his part nothing to blame him, just poor captaincy and tremendous batting form MCKENZIE AND DEKOCK

  • POSTED BY mngc1 on | October 14, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    MI does not learn. Sachin SR is too low for this game. They limit their maximum score by holding back high SR batsmen to play out 20 overs instead of making a score the opposition cannot achieve. They played this way and lost IPL 2012 and will continue to lose until they change their batting order with Pollard at # 3 with the aim of making 180+ every time and even 200+ like the WI in the WC T20.

  • POSTED BY bpaliwal on | October 14, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Both IPL teams lost to non-IPL teams. Is this an indication of a downslide for the IPL teams? Have the others caught up and even moved beyond the level of IPL?

    India lost in World T20 recently. Is it an indication that foreign players are getting a lot of out of playing from IPL - including the strategies or thought processes of the Indian team members and using it well against India?

    Just wondering...

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | October 14, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Nevermind M.I Smith should be opening for W.I ODI's and T20's he always has great starts - M.I lost today because they put Mitchell Johnson up the orderand he didn't do anything along with ROHIT SHARMA don't be fooled by his score and balls he hit 3 bad balls for 16 in one over the rest of time he looked clueless especially v the spin of Phangiso who bowled amazingly the batsman will get the credit but his 4 overs 17 for 1 was critical.Then on the otherhand the young Indian for M.I that went for 40 form 3 overs sealed it !! Why don't MI ever bowl SMITH ? he can always keep it tight a better bowler than most the others in the side including Pollard

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    "Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians failed today, What a sad day for Cricket"-Ravi Shastri Sunil Gavaskar-"Its Got nothing to do with the pacy bouncy Bowling friendly pitch, its just a coincidence"

  • POSTED BY veeru.cg on | October 14, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    I like the way Quinton de Kock he shaped his innings today.Being the youngster and showed lot of character and maturity.He is definitely great prospect to SA and world cricket.

  • POSTED BY siddheshsawant on | October 14, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    What made them send Mitchell Johnson up the order before Pollard, Rayudu and Karthik? Really ridiculous, move.. Remember MI similar mistakes by sending pinch hitters before pollard, why dont they learn from their previous mistakes??

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    You know the best moments where a legend can proudly call it a day is after winning the World Cup but the legend didn't and another moment when he achieved his 100 100 but the legend still didn't. If India has young guns who can easily replace this guy then isn't it wise to use them honestly? The legend has nothing to prove now and is respected by almost everyone including critics. I feel his last chance to call it quits is against the series coming up towards the end of the year against Pakistan otherwise there's no other good moment to choose to finish.

  • POSTED BY CricShanghai on | October 14, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Sachin seemed a little out-of-touch in this innings, anyone who has seen a lot of cricket recently can comment on that?... Has he played a lot of cricket lately, or it's just not his day today?...

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  • POSTED BY CricShanghai on | October 14, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Sachin seemed a little out-of-touch in this innings, anyone who has seen a lot of cricket recently can comment on that?... Has he played a lot of cricket lately, or it's just not his day today?...

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    You know the best moments where a legend can proudly call it a day is after winning the World Cup but the legend didn't and another moment when he achieved his 100 100 but the legend still didn't. If India has young guns who can easily replace this guy then isn't it wise to use them honestly? The legend has nothing to prove now and is respected by almost everyone including critics. I feel his last chance to call it quits is against the series coming up towards the end of the year against Pakistan otherwise there's no other good moment to choose to finish.

  • POSTED BY siddheshsawant on | October 14, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    What made them send Mitchell Johnson up the order before Pollard, Rayudu and Karthik? Really ridiculous, move.. Remember MI similar mistakes by sending pinch hitters before pollard, why dont they learn from their previous mistakes??

  • POSTED BY veeru.cg on | October 14, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    I like the way Quinton de Kock he shaped his innings today.Being the youngster and showed lot of character and maturity.He is definitely great prospect to SA and world cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | October 14, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    "Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians failed today, What a sad day for Cricket"-Ravi Shastri Sunil Gavaskar-"Its Got nothing to do with the pacy bouncy Bowling friendly pitch, its just a coincidence"

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | October 14, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Nevermind M.I Smith should be opening for W.I ODI's and T20's he always has great starts - M.I lost today because they put Mitchell Johnson up the orderand he didn't do anything along with ROHIT SHARMA don't be fooled by his score and balls he hit 3 bad balls for 16 in one over the rest of time he looked clueless especially v the spin of Phangiso who bowled amazingly the batsman will get the credit but his 4 overs 17 for 1 was critical.Then on the otherhand the young Indian for M.I that went for 40 form 3 overs sealed it !! Why don't MI ever bowl SMITH ? he can always keep it tight a better bowler than most the others in the side including Pollard

  • POSTED BY bpaliwal on | October 14, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Both IPL teams lost to non-IPL teams. Is this an indication of a downslide for the IPL teams? Have the others caught up and even moved beyond the level of IPL?

    India lost in World T20 recently. Is it an indication that foreign players are getting a lot of out of playing from IPL - including the strategies or thought processes of the Indian team members and using it well against India?

    Just wondering...

  • POSTED BY mngc1 on | October 14, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    MI does not learn. Sachin SR is too low for this game. They limit their maximum score by holding back high SR batsmen to play out 20 overs instead of making a score the opposition cannot achieve. They played this way and lost IPL 2012 and will continue to lose until they change their batting order with Pollard at # 3 with the aim of making 180+ every time and even 200+ like the WI in the WC T20.

  • POSTED BY guntur_ap_ind on | October 14, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    Mumbai seem like losing once the partnership between MCkenzie and DEKock has began. A better captain could have pulled this game with better bowling changes.

    I think he should have bowled mitchel johnson to break that partnership in that 10 to 15 over period. Malinga played his part nothing to blame him, just poor captaincy and tremendous batting form MCKENZIE AND DEKOCK

  • POSTED BY GasPipe on | October 14, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Unmukt Chand top scoring, and now Quinton de Kock playing a lovely shaped innings. Good to see some truly talented youngsters coming through, a bright light for cricket!