Champions League Twenty20, Group B: Lions v Mumbai Indians at Johannesburg, Oct 14, 2012
Lions won by 8 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
14 October 2012 - day/night match (20-over match)

5.55pm Sachin Tendulkar and Dwayne Smith in the middle.

5.50pm Aditya Abburi wisely gets his mails in early: "I am gonna try and get on the board before the game starts and you are flooded with messages! Looking forward to seeing what Rayudu will do today."

And Jayesh is the first to question team selection today: "No Davy Jacobs and Aiden Blizzard in squad? And Levi left out of playing XI?? Ideally they would have been the strongest contenders opening on such pitches. What is Mumbai thinking?"

Kartik Grover: "How come they are showing the toss right now on tv and here the result of toss was already published?" They show it twice, once when it actually happens, and another time 10 minutes before the start of the game.

Raghupati: "Is this a rare case or is it common these days? Lions opening bowling pair is Tanvir and Nannes..both are not from South Africa... Mumbai opening pair is Malinga and Johnson.. and both are not from India." And Chennai opened with Hilfenhaus and Bollinger.

Here's what happened when these two teams met two years ago.

5.35pm Still reading material to keep you occupied till the game starts in 25 minutes. Here's the match preview. And our primers on Mumbai Indians and Lions.

Mumbai Indians were seen as the favourites for the title when the IPL began, but they floundered to finish fourth. Think they have what it takes to defend their Champions League T20 title?

5.25pm Game two of the day coming up. It's the star-laden Mumbai Indians against the Highveld Lions.

James: "What's the deal with teams wanting to chase? 3 coin tosses, 3 decisions to bowl, 3 losses." These grounds are generally viewed to be places where it is hard to defend.

Toss Alviro Petersen spins the coin, Harbhajan calls 'Tails', it is 'Heads.' Lions choose to bowl.

Petersen: "Always nice to play at Wanderers, but there are plenty of blue shirts around as well, so there should be some support for Mumbai as well. 160-plus should be a good score."

Harbhajan: "We would have bowled as well. But we have the bowling line-up to defend a score." Mumbai's foreigners are Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Mitchell Johnson (Mumbai debut) and Dwayne Smith.

0.1

Sohail Tanvir to Smith, 1 wide, Tanvir starts with a ball well wide of off stump

0.1

Sohail Tanvir to Smith, no run, outside off again, but not as wide as the previous one

0.2

Sohail Tanvir to Smith, no run, even closer to off stump and Dwayne Smith is squared up by that one, Smith is drawn towards it and misses

0.3

Sohail Tanvir to Smith, no run, keeps it on a length, outside off and that moves away a touch

0.4

Sohail Tanvir to Smith, FOUR, bludgeoned, short of length ball heading for the stumps, a clean hit sends the ball rocketing over the bowler's head

0.5

Sohail Tanvir to Smith, 1 wide, strays down the leg side this time

Vivek: "Always loved to see new talent perform well. Though I am supporting MI, I would love to see de Kock and Morris put some good fight against the heavyweights."

0.5

Sohail Tanvir to Smith, 1 run, length ball just outside off, steered towards third man

A huge cheer around the ground as a certain Sachin Tendulkar takes strike.

0.6

Sohail Tanvir to Tendulkar, 1 run, length ball snaking in towards the pads, clipped towards square leg

Mahesh: "@Raghupati That shows Indian fast bowling options"

End of over 1 (8 runs) Mumbai Indians 8/0 (RR: 8.00)

    • SR Tendulkar 1 (1b)
    • DR Smith 5 (5b 1x4)
    • Sohail Tanvir 1-0-8-0
1.1

Nannes to Tendulkar, no run, Nannes starts with a back of length ball just outside off, 142kph that one, past the outside edge

Nikhil: "Good opportunity for Mitchell Johnson to show his stuff today...Hopefully he'll perform well and play more during this upcoming IPL."

1.2

Nannes to Tendulkar, 1 run, length ball on middle and leg, Tendulkar wants to work it to midwicket, gets a leading edge towards cover instead

1.3

Nannes to Smith, no run, Nannes is grinning, but Smith isn't, Smith went for a massive swipe but missed and was struck below the belt

1.4

Nannes to Smith, no run, short of length ball just outside off, defended down the pitch

Sunny: "Confused??? I thought Simon Taufel had retired?" From internationals.

1.5

Nannes to Smith, 4 leg byes, down the leg side, off the pads and down to the fine leg boundary for four

1.6

Nannes to Smith, FOUR, a screamer from Nannes, that was zeroing in on Smith's toes and he little idea about it, somehow gets a bot of bat on it and it races down to the fine-leg boundary, Nannes can't believe that delivery has cost him four runs, has his hands on his knees in disappointment, this time it is smith who is grinning

End of over 2 (9 runs) Mumbai Indians 17/0 (RR: 8.50)

    • DR Smith 9 (9b 2x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 2 (3b)
    • DP Nannes 1-0-5-0
    • Sohail Tanvir 1-0-8-0
2.1

Morris to Tendulkar, no run, Chris Morris starts off with a ball well outside off, left alone

2.2

Morris to Tendulkar, 1 wide, well outside off, too wide for the umpire's liking

2.2

Morris to Tendulkar, 4 byes, surprises Tendulkar with a 144kph bouncer, Tendulkar ducks under that one, Taufel at square leg is happy that is not too high to be a wide

2.3

Morris to Tendulkar, 1 leg bye, extra bounce there, Tendulkar looks to clip it to midwicket, hits higher on the bat than he expects, the ball rolls to the leg side

2.4

Morris to Smith, FOUR, Dwayne Smith brings out the short-arm pull, he's brutally effective with that shot, Smith looked to be a bit cramped on that stroke, but he connects well and swivels as he sends it past square leg for four

2.5

Morris to Smith, FOUR, shot! lovely stroke from Smith, pure timing as he plays it off middle stump, an effortless flick sends the ball behind square leg for four more

2.6

Morris to Smith, 1 leg bye, short of length and on the pads, off the thigh pad as Smith looks to nudge the ball to the leg side, the ball dribbles to the off side

End of over 3 (15 runs) Mumbai Indians 32/0 (RR: 10.66)

    • DR Smith 17 (12b 4x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 2 (6b)
    • CH Morris 1-0-9-0
    • DP Nannes 1-0-5-0
3.1

Nannes to Smith, no run, Nannes is giving Smith plenty of trouble, bounces more than Smith expects and he is struck on the ribs as he looks to defend that 139kph delivery

3.2

Nannes to Smith, 1 run, worked towards midwicket for a single

3.3

Nannes to Tendulkar, no run, shortish and down the leg side, Tendulkar ducks under that one

3.4

Nannes to Tendulkar, 1 run, a yorker on the stumps this time, blocked out to the off side

Simon from the UK isn't a Mumbai fan: "I always get a warm fuzzy feeling when an IPL team loses in the CLT20. Hoping to feel it twice in one day."

3.5

Nannes to Smith, 1 leg bye, down the leg side, off the pads behind square leg

3.6

Nannes to Tendulkar, no run, beaten outside off, 138kph, length ball that angles away, Tendulkar searches for it outside off and is beaten, Nannes jumps on seeing the ball miss the outside edge

End of over 4 (3 runs) Mumbai Indians 35/0 (RR: 8.75)

    • SR Tendulkar 3 (9b)
    • DR Smith 18 (15b 4x4)
    • DP Nannes 2-0-7-0
    • CH Morris 1-0-9-0
4.1

Morris to Smith, FOUR, easy picking this, length ball sliding down the leg side, glanced to the fine leg boundary

4.2

Morris to Smith, no run, back of length ball on off and middle, 137kph, Smith looks to pull that again, but misses and is struck on the body

4.3

Morris to Smith, FOUR, length ball just outside off, that is slugged towards wide long-on, not timed too well, but he had put in plenty of support behind that

4.4

Morris to Smith, 1 wide, short and down the leg side, a leaping one-handed take from Thami

4.4

Morris to Smith, 1 wide, well outside off this time, 140kph, Smith swings and misses

4.4

Morris to Smith, OUT, Morris get it on target this time, length ball heading for middle, Smith is stuck on the crease and looks to prod at that, he misses and is struck on the knee roll, Morris is off celebrating

DR Smith lbw b Morris 26 (22m 19b 6x4 0x6) SR: 136.84

Saurabh Bhargava: "Hey Sid, Can we get some idea on CLT20 turnouts? Just want to see how SAs are responding to this "why do I exist" tournament? Thanks." Pretty good this weekend, heard it was a sell-out yesterday at Centurion, and there's a healthy turn-out as well.

4.5

Morris to Sharma, no run, defended to the off side

4.6

Morris to Sharma, no run, leaves that one to the keeper

Firdose Moonda, our South Africa correspondent, chimes in with this about the crowds: "Apparently only 2,000 tickets were unsold today."

End of over 5 (10 runs) Mumbai Indians 45/1 (RR: 9.00)

    • RG Sharma 0 (2b)
    • SR Tendulkar 3 (9b)
    • CH Morris 2-0-19-1
    • DP Nannes 2-0-7-0
5.1

Sohail Tanvir to Tendulkar, no run, length ball on middle and off, defended to the leg side, Tendulkar is 3 off 10

5.2

Sohail Tanvir to Tendulkar, FOUR, well wide of the off stump, calmly steered in front of backward point for four

5.3

Sohail Tanvir to Tendulkar, 1 wide, down the leg side, Lions bowlers haven't been consistent with their lines today, extras are 17 now as the 50 comes up

5.3

Sohail Tanvir to Tendulkar, 1 run, round the wicket angling in towards off stump, Tendulkar waits on the back foot and guides the ball towards third man for a couple, it seems that was one-run short there

5.4

Sohail Tanvir to Tendulkar, 2 runs, short of length ball is punched by Tendulkar, he had advanced down the track to meet that one, sends it rocketing towards extra cover

5.5

Sohail Tanvir to Tendulkar, no run, looks for the upper cut as Tanvir slips in the bouncer, he attempts it but doesn't connect

5.6

Sohail Tanvir to Tendulkar, no run, width offered, Tendulkar can't put that away, guides it towards point

End of over 6 (8 runs) Mumbai Indians 53/1 (RR: 8.83)

    • SR Tendulkar 10 (15b 1x4)
    • RG Sharma 0 (2b)
    • Sohail Tanvir 2-0-16-0
    • CH Morris 2-0-19-1
6.1

Phangiso to Sharma, 1 run, the first over of spin, left-armer Phangiso starts with a length ball that is eased towards mid-on

6.2

Phangiso to Tendulkar, 1 run, length ball around off, paddles it towards short fine, appeal for lbw turned down

6.3

Phangiso to Sharma, 1 run, worked towards square leg for a single

6.4

Phangiso to Tendulkar, no run, length ball is thumped towards extra cover, another dot ball from Tendulkar

6.5

Phangiso to Tendulkar, FOUR, not the most elegant of strokes, a slog down the ground for four as Phangiso bowls it full

6.6

Phangiso to Tendulkar, no run, tapped towards point by Tendulkar

End of over 7 (7 runs) Mumbai Indians 60/1 (RR: 8.57)

    • SR Tendulkar 15 (19b 2x4)
    • RG Sharma 2 (4b)
    • AM Phangiso 1-0-7-0
    • Sohail Tanvir 2-0-16-0
7.1

de Bruyn to Sharma, no run, slower offcutter outside off, defended to the off side

7.2

de Bruyn to Sharma, 1 run, short of length ball on middle, pushed towards mid-on

7.3

de Bruyn to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length ball on off stump, defended to the leg side

7.4

de Bruyn to Tendulkar, 1 run, length ball outside off, slashed towards deep point

Azeem: "Is Simon Taufel the first of a new breed of T20 umpire mercenaries?"A grave problem indeed!

7.5

de Bruyn to Sharma, no run, short of length ball, punched elegantly to cover

7.6

de Bruyn to Sharma, 1 run, short ball, 124 kph, Rohit goes for the hook, mistimes it towards square leg

End of over 8 (3 runs) Mumbai Indians 63/1 (RR: 7.87)

    • RG Sharma 4 (8b)
    • SR Tendulkar 16 (21b 2x4)
    • Z de Bruyn 1-0-3-0
    • AM Phangiso 1-0-7-0
8.1

Phangiso to Sharma, 1 run, flighted and pitched up, pushed towards long-off

8.2

Phangiso to Tendulkar, no run, missed stumping, gives it plenty of air, Sachin gives himself plenty of room, he misses and Thami also misses, Tendulkar survives

8.3

Phangiso to Tendulkar, no run, pushed back to Phangiso, Tendulkar is struggling to get a move on

8.4

Phangiso to Tendulkar, OUT, bowled him! Tendulkar goes for an ugly swipe, he misses, the keeper isn't involved in this one as the ball hits high on the leg stump, Tendulkar again making room before playing a shot he will regret

SR Tendulkar b Phangiso 16 (38m 24b 2x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

8.5

Phangiso to Johnson, no run, surprise move to send Mitchell Johnson at No. 3, defended by Johnson

8.6

Phangiso to Johnson, 1 run

End of over 9 (2 runs) Mumbai Indians 65/2 (RR: 7.22)

    • MG Johnson 1 (2b)
    • RG Sharma 5 (9b)
    • AM Phangiso 2-0-9-1
    • Z de Bruyn 1-0-3-0
9.1

de Bruyn to Johnson, 1 run, length ball outside off, pushed towards point

Aatif: "I started sending my comments when i joined B.tech in 2009, now my B.tech is going to get over and cricinfo never published my comments." Smile Aatif

9.2

de Bruyn to Sharma, 1 run, full ball on middle, punched towards long-on for a single

9.3

de Bruyn to Johnson, 1 wide, down the leg side, Lions being generous with the extras here

9.3

de Bruyn to Johnson, no run, length ball outside off, defended towards cover

9.4

de Bruyn to Johnson, 1 run, pushed to point for a single

9.5

de Bruyn to Sharma, no run, slower bouncer just outside off, Rohit Sharma is foxed by the lack of pace and belatedly goes for the upper cut

9.6

de Bruyn to Sharma, 1 run, a slower ball, full and outside off, Rohit pushes it towards cover for a single

End of over 10 (5 runs) Mumbai Indians 70/2 (RR: 7.00)

    • RG Sharma 7 (12b)
    • MG Johnson 3 (5b)
    • Z de Bruyn 2-0-8-0
    • AM Phangiso 2-0-9-1
10.1

Phangiso to Sharma, no run, length ball, Rohit taps it back to the bowler

10.2

Phangiso to Sharma, 1 leg bye, came down the pitch, tried to turn it to leg, but it went behind point off the pad

10.3

Phangiso to Johnson, no run, shoots it down the leg side, and it's called a wide by the umpire

10.4

Phangiso to Johnson, no run, shortish delivery, Johnson attempts a pull but doesn't time it

10.5

Phangiso to Johnson, FOUR, full delivery, almost a yorker, and Johnson gets an inside edge down to fine leg for four

10.6

Phangiso to Johnson, no run, bowls it at the pads and Johnson misses his swipe to the leg side

End of over 11 (5 runs) Mumbai Indians 75/2 (RR: 6.81)

    • MG Johnson 7 (9b 1x4)
    • RG Sharma 7 (14b)
    • AM Phangiso 3-0-13-1
    • Z de Bruyn 2-0-8-0
11.1

de Bruyn to Sharma, FOUR, wide-ish yorker, but Rohit opens the face beautifully and sends it behind point for four

11.2

de Bruyn to Sharma, FOUR, slower bouncer, but Rohit was wise to it and pulled it down to fine leg for another boundary

11.3

de Bruyn to Sharma, no run, another slower ball, this time fuller and outside off stump, Rohit fails to make contact

11.4

de Bruyn to Sharma, SIX, length ball outside off stump, Rohit moves to the legside and larrups it over point all the way for six

11.5

de Bruyn to Sharma, 1 run, driven down the ground to long on

11.6

de Bruyn to Johnson, 1 run, hit to long off

End of over 12 (16 runs) Mumbai Indians 91/2 (RR: 7.58)

    • MG Johnson 8 (10b 1x4)
    • RG Sharma 22 (19b 2x4 1x6)
    • Z de Bruyn 3-0-24-0
    • AM Phangiso 3-0-13-1
12.1

Phangiso to Johnson, 1 leg bye, nudged to the legside

12.2

Phangiso to Sharma, 1 run, shortish, and Rohit knocks that to the cover sweeper for a single

12.3

Phangiso to Johnson, no run, fires it into leg and Johnson misses again

12.4

Phangiso to Johnson, 1 leg bye, another slog sweep attempt, but the ball ricochets off the pad and the batsmen cross

12.5

Phangiso to Sharma, 2 runs, driven long on

12.6

Phangiso to Sharma, 1 run, Rohit tries to pull this but it's not quite short enough. a top edge flies towards cow corner, but lands safely in the outfield

End of over 13 (6 runs) Mumbai Indians 97/2 (RR: 7.46)

    • RG Sharma 26 (22b 2x4 1x6)
    • MG Johnson 8 (13b 1x4)
    • AM Phangiso 4-0-17-1
    • Z de Bruyn 3-0-24-0

Nannes is into the attack, bowling over the wicket

13.1

Nannes to Sharma, no run, Short of a length, angling across the batsman who was beaten

13.2

Nannes to Sharma, no run, huge swing there by Rohit, but the ball goes through unmolested to the keeper. It was shortish again and ended outside off stump

13.3

Nannes to Sharma, 1 run, fuller this time, 146kph, it's driven to the cover sweeper as Rohit takes the bottom hand off

13.4

Nannes to Johnson, 1 run, fuller again, and Johnson works this to the leg side

13.5

Nannes to Sharma, no run, Nannes angles this across Rohit again, and the batsman attempts another swipe. The ball slips through under the bat

13.6

Nannes to Sharma, OUT, You could sense it coming in the over. Rohit plays across the line again, but this time Nannes is more wicket to wicket - which is exactly what he hits. The ball skids through to hit middle and off.

RG Sharma b Nannes 27 (35m 27b 2x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

End of over 14 (2 runs) Mumbai Indians 99/3 (RR: 7.07)

    • MG Johnson 9 (14b 1x4)
    • DP Nannes 3-0-9-1
    • AM Phangiso 4-0-17-1
14.1

de Bruyn to Johnson, 1 run, slower length ball outside off stump, Johnson knocks that to the off side

14.2

de Bruyn to Pollard, no run, short of a length outside off stump. Pollard tries to punch that on the up and misses

14.3

de Bruyn to Pollard, 1 run, slower fuller delivery, Pollard hits it to long on

14.4

de Bruyn to Johnson, 1 run, full again, but faster. Johnson drives down the ground.

14.5

de Bruyn to Pollard, FOUR, not a lot of foot movement, but Pollard gets on top of that short ball and sends it powerfully through square leg for four

14.6

de Bruyn to Pollard, FOUR, attempted yorker from de Bruyn, but he gets it wrong and is punished. Pollard sends it scorching back past the bowler along the ground for four.

End of over 15 (11 runs) Mumbai Indians 110/3 (RR: 7.33)

    • KA Pollard 9 (4b 2x4)
    • MG Johnson 11 (16b 1x4)
    • Z de Bruyn 4-0-35-0
    • DP Nannes 3-0-9-1
15.1

Morris to Johnson, 1 wide, Hint of swing for Morris, but way down the legside and is a wide

15.1

Morris to Johnson, no run, length ball angled across the batsman, Johnson couldn't make contact

15.2

Morris to Johnson, FOUR, full delivery from Morris, Johnson tried to turn that to the leg side but it takes his outside edge and shoots behind point for four

15.3

Morris to Johnson, 1 run, short of a length, punched to cover sweeper

15.4

Morris to Pollard, 1 wide, another wide down the leg side

15.4

Morris to Pollard, no run, short ball angled in, Pollard ducks underneath

15.5

Morris to Pollard, 1 run, slower delivery which Pollard tries to scoop, but it takes an inside edge and goes to fine leg for a single

15.6

Morris to Johnson, 2 runs, played towards square leg for a couple

End of over 16 (10 runs) Mumbai Indians 120/3 (RR: 7.50)

    • MG Johnson 18 (20b 2x4)
    • KA Pollard 10 (6b 2x4)
    • CH Morris 3-0-29-1
    • Z de Bruyn 4-0-35-0
16.1

Sohail Tanvir to Pollard, 1 run, full and wide, Pollards bends and steers that one towards third man for a single

16.2

Sohail Tanvir to Johnson, no run, short of length ball from over the wicket, Johnson looks to swipe that but it bounces more than he expects, this Johnson promotion hasn't flopped for Mumbai

16.3

Sohail Tanvir to Johnson, 1 run, length ball on the pads, clipped towards deep midwicket

16.4

Sohail Tanvir to Pollard, OUT, a brilliant yorker from Tanvir, 134 kph, that zeroes in towards the base of middle stump, much too good for Pollard, bat not near to ball and the stumps are a mess, the umpires take their time making sure that isn't a no-ball, first they check for the front foot, then for the back foot, finally they are satisfied, Pollard is on his way

KA Pollard b Sohail Tanvir 11 (12m 8b 2x4 0x6) SR: 137.50

Dinesh Karthik

16.5

Sohail Tanvir to Karthik, SIX, whoah! what a way to begin your innings, shortish ball from Tanvir coming in, Karthik lifts his front leg as he pulls that towards the cheergirls behind midwicket

16.6

Sohail Tanvir to Karthik, no run, length ball outside off, 138kph, Karthik looks to dab that towards third man, beaten

End of over 17 (8 runs) Mumbai Indians 128/4 (RR: 7.52)

    • KD Karthik 6 (2b 1x6)
    • MG Johnson 19 (22b 2x4)
    • Sohail Tanvir 3-0-24-1
    • CH Morris 3-0-29-1
17.1

Morris to Johnson, FOUR, full ball outside off, Johnson goes for an extravagant drive, it ends up as a French cut, the inside-edge misses the stumps an evades a diving keeper as well

17.2

Morris to Johnson, 1 run, a direct hit there and Johnson was in trouble, he mistimed a pull towards mid-on and set off

17.3

Morris to Karthik, 1 run, went towards third man, short of length ball, leading edge as he looks to work it to the leg side

17.4

Morris to Johnson, 1 run, pitched up, around middle and leg, punched towards mid-on, Johnson can't get the big hits away here

17.5

Morris to Karthik, FOUR, lovely stroke from Karthik there, shuffles down the track and unleashes an extra cover drive, placement and timing were terrific there

17.6

Morris to Karthik, FOUR, lofted extra cover drive from Karthik, he's giving this Mumbai innings some momentum raising more questions about sending in Mitchell Johnson as a pinch-hitter

End of over 18 (15 runs) Mumbai Indians 143/4 (RR: 7.94)

    • KD Karthik 15 (5b 2x4 1x6)
    • MG Johnson 25 (25b 3x4)
    • CH Morris 4-0-44-1
    • Sohail Tanvir 3-0-24-1
18.1

Sohail Tanvir to Johnson, FOUR, a poor delivery there, a nice hit-me full toss just outside off, once again Johnson doesn't get as much power as he would have wanted but he sends that away over extra cover for four

18.2

Sohail Tanvir to Johnson, 1 run, pitched up and on middle and leg, Johnson can't get under that one, thumped towards mid-on

18.3

Sohail Tanvir to Karthik, 1 run, short of length ball outside off, slower as well, only 110kph, Karthik looking to launch over extra cover again, the ball doesn't arrive at all, and he is forced to adjust to dab to third man

18.4

Sohail Tanvir to Johnson, 1 bye, terrific slower one from Tanvir, 109kph, full and outside off, Johnson totally surprised by that one, through to the keeper and they sneak a bye

18.5

Sohail Tanvir to Karthik, 1 run, short of length ball outside off, badly mistimed towards mid-off as Karthik attempts a flamboyant drive

18.6

Sohail Tanvir to Johnson, OUT, Johnson's struggle is over, he looks to clip that slower one towards long-on, leading edge sends the ball soaring high, and doesn't go too far from the stumps, Tsolekile safely pouches that one

MG Johnson c †Tsolekile b Sohail Tanvir 30 (47m 29b 4x4 0x6) SR: 103.44

End of over 19 (8 runs) Mumbai Indians 151/5 (RR: 7.94)

    • KD Karthik 17 (7b 2x4 1x6)
    • Sohail Tanvir 4-0-31-2
    • CH Morris 4-0-44-1

Ambati Rayudu, one of Mumbai's most consistent middle-order performers, is in the middle

19.1

Nannes to Rayudu, 2 runs, sends that towards third man for two

19.2

Nannes to Rayudu, 1 run, back of length, on middle and leg, backs away to make a bit of room, guided towards backward point

19.3

Nannes to Karthik, 1 run, length ball on middle, Karthik waits for it on the back foot, and whips that nonchalantly towards deep square leg

BKhan: "What's up with MI and the tactic of playing bowler over specialist batsmen?..See, Franklin then, Johnson now!! In last IPL, in even some of the team selections were bizarre!"

19.4

Nannes to Rayudu, 1 run, full ball on legstump, pushed towards mid-on for a single

19.5

Nannes to Karthik, 1 run, a yorker on off stump, batsman had moved across the stumps initially, he has to get his toes out of the way and block that one

19.6

Nannes to Rayudu, OUT, looks for a massive slog, a length ball outside off, misses and they try to sneak a quick single but Rayudu is run-out, Karthik continues running most of the way to the dug-out

AT Rayudu run out 4 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

A decent effort from the Lions, though they would have liked to have reduced the number of extras. Phangiso showed he was not afraid to toss the ball up every now and then, Tanvir showed his slower ball and yorker is up there with the best, and Dirk Nannes showed he has lost none of his aggression and pace even at 36.

Mumbai will rethink their decision to use Johnson up the order. The total flatters them a bit, giving the huge quantity of extras and the huge number of edges they had while batting. Still, it should be a competitive total. Join us for the chase in a few minutes.

Sundar: "@Siddarth Ravindran : Do you have a statistic on how many people email in trying to be the expert and teach strategy to SRT and Shaun Pollock?" I don't, but I'd guesstimate it to be 80% of the mails we receive.

End of over 20 (6 runs) Mumbai Indians 157/6

    • KD Karthik 19 (9b 2x4 1x6)
    • DP Nannes 4-0-15-1
    • Sohail Tanvir 4-0-31-2
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