Mumbai Indians v Lions, CLT20, Jaipur September 27, 2013

Mumbai stay alive with easy victory

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Mumbai Indians 141 for 3 (Smith 63*) beat Lions 140 for 5 (Petersen 35*) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Mumbai Indians were huge favourites going into two previous encounters with Lions in the Champions League, and on both occasions they had come up short. This time, there was the added pressure of it being a must-win encounter and the challenge of a juicy pitch with pace that reminded the Lions captain, Alviro Petersen, of the track at his home ground in Johannesburg. Mumbai didn't buckle this time, though, coasting to a seven-wicket victory on the back of a typically power-packed half-century from Dwayne Smith and a superb spell from Harbhajan Singh.

The match had been shifted out from Ahmedabad due to the persistent rains there, and while the skies were clearer in Jaipur, there was still an early interruption as the floodlights failed, holding up play for over 20 minutes.

Before that, there had been a glimpse of the bounce in the surface as Mitchell Johnson got a short delivery to lift off, flying for a one-bounce four with no intervention from the batsman. Still, the early help in the track which had both captains eager to bowl first didn't bother Lions too much as they reached 40 for 1 after five overs.

Mumbai then wrestled the advantage in a passage that began with a Rishi Dhawan maiden. Harbhajan's straighter one - which he used frequently - foxed Quinton de Kock. Neil McKenzie, Lions' hero in both their previous matches against Mumbai, showed glimpses of his ability with a deft reverse-sweep and a supremely-timed six over long-on. He, however, misread Dhawan's incutter to be bowled for 15, and with Pragan Ojha striking in his first two overs, Lions were soon stumbling at 81 for 5.

Ojha's third over was taken for two sixes - including a 103m hit by Dwaine Pretorius - as he and Petersen struck a 59-run unbeaten partnership that took Lions to a reasonable total of 140. With the new ball jagging around, beating the bat consistently, Lions still had a chance of defending the total.

Their hopes were raised as the wait for a big score from Sachin Tendulkar continued when he was baffled by a slower one from Sohail Tanvir, and Dinesh Karthik also departed early.

A muscular innings from Smith, though, dashed Lions' chances. It was not the most fluent knock, as there were several edges, and he missed the ball repeatedly, but when he connected properly, the ball rocketed to the boundary. His runs came almost exclusively on the leg-side as he used the short-arm pull and the launch over long-on quite effectively.

The asking-rate was never out of hand, and even though Kieron Pollard took some time to settle after Rohit Sharma's dismissal, the chase was completed with nine deliveries to spare. Pollard made up for lost time with three big sixes, and Smith stayed till the end to leave Lions hoping for something of a miracle to make it to the semi-finals.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • JohnnyRook on September 28, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    Dwayne Smith is really unsung in club cricket as well as Windies itself. I found it so strange that WI didn't include him in their world cup team. Instead there was Devon Smith who is really nowhere close to him....

    On a side note, both groups stand perfectly parallel to one another. India1, Qualifier, India2, SA,Australia :)

  • BRUTALANALYST on September 27, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    Dwayne Smith often goes unnoticed in contrast to the other more flamboyant West Indians but he continues to be an absolute force for M.I and played a vital roll for them winning the title last year ! He's also one of my favourite openers to watch in IPL such a clean hitter especially down the ground as well as 1 of the best fielders. Greta player, great guy deserves way more credit !

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 29, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    As big a fan as one might be of any particular player, one should never lose perspective. It's Team India first, and, then and only then comes ANY player. Simple as that. Dravid played well in the past. Thank you for your services. VVS played well in the past. Thank your services. Statchin played well in the past. Thank you for your services. But somehow, Statchin's fans are in this perennial wishful state of mind called - "He will prove you all detractors wrong". What exactly has he got to prove to anybody? Why one should paint such a bleak picture of him? One, two or three centuries in any future series doesn't prove or disprove anything new. So, have some mercy on him and drill some sense into his head, if you all really like him.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 29, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    @SandipManjrekar, dude the topic is not about me. Is it? The topic isn't about past either. So, let's talk about present. No exceptions here. So, as we speak, Dravid has been cleaned up for a duck off 4 balls. This is cricket. You know it and I know it. Unless a spot is vacant, you can't bring in a new player. You can get a vacant spot by two means - retirement or dropping. Retiring is a player's personal call. Dropping is the only option that we need to look into. It's long overdue that Statchin gets dropped. But, I'm sure he will excuse himself from the SA Tour. Just wait and watch. Once again, we don't need Dravid or VVS or Statchin in the Indian Team. They are all past due to represent the country team at international level. They want to continue in franchise cricket?? Sure, it's up to their owners.

  • SandipManjrekar on September 29, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas_Atheist

    I don't understand how you wrote about a person who changed IND cricket since last 23 years. He played 20 days of cricket in a whole calendar 2013. IND too played 20 days of Test cricket in 2013. He played in IPL 2013 too & looked good before sitting out due to wrist injury. Why do you are in hurry to retire him? How do you judge the current IND Test team doesn't require him? Cool down your temper man. Don't underestimate about Proteas and overestimate about IND Test team. IND LOI team is different than Tests and you need to change your criteria to judge on the basis of T20. You seem to be quite optimistic fan of T20.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 29, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    @sachinisawesome, dude I understand your point but beg to differ with you. Indian team doesn't need him or Dravid or VVS. Simple as that.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 29, 2013, 0:56 GMT

    @sachinisawespme, dude I understand your point but beg to differ with you. Indian team doesn't need him or Dravid or VVS. Simple as that.

  • sachinisawesome on September 28, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    @ Dravid_Gravitas I love Rahul Dravid but your hatred towards Sachin made me disrespect Dravid. I hope you realise Sachin has given India 23 years of cricket. It is not a joke. It is easy to find flaws in people. I agree its painful to watch sachin batting this way but he has already retired from ODIs and IPL and this is his last CLt20. And most probably will retire from Tests as well. So let him leave properly without insulting him. I know you should not be in the team just becoz of past glory, but too many players retired in a short span and India needed somebody to be there to guide the youngsters. If he was after records he would have played one more series at home and would have score 50th ODI century but he retired without even playing one last match. That is how selfless he is.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 28, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    @statchinisawesome, sure bro talk about franchise cricket. Franchise cricket is very interesting. I like it too.

  • sachinisawesome on September 28, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    @ Dravid_Gra(great strike rate)vitas And I was talking about an elephant who has never performed in franchise cricket. Has never won an orange cap. Has never taken his franchise to finals.

  • JohnnyRook on September 28, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    Dwayne Smith is really unsung in club cricket as well as Windies itself. I found it so strange that WI didn't include him in their world cup team. Instead there was Devon Smith who is really nowhere close to him....

    On a side note, both groups stand perfectly parallel to one another. India1, Qualifier, India2, SA,Australia :)

  • BRUTALANALYST on September 27, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    Dwayne Smith often goes unnoticed in contrast to the other more flamboyant West Indians but he continues to be an absolute force for M.I and played a vital roll for them winning the title last year ! He's also one of my favourite openers to watch in IPL such a clean hitter especially down the ground as well as 1 of the best fielders. Greta player, great guy deserves way more credit !

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 29, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    As big a fan as one might be of any particular player, one should never lose perspective. It's Team India first, and, then and only then comes ANY player. Simple as that. Dravid played well in the past. Thank you for your services. VVS played well in the past. Thank your services. Statchin played well in the past. Thank you for your services. But somehow, Statchin's fans are in this perennial wishful state of mind called - "He will prove you all detractors wrong". What exactly has he got to prove to anybody? Why one should paint such a bleak picture of him? One, two or three centuries in any future series doesn't prove or disprove anything new. So, have some mercy on him and drill some sense into his head, if you all really like him.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 29, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    @SandipManjrekar, dude the topic is not about me. Is it? The topic isn't about past either. So, let's talk about present. No exceptions here. So, as we speak, Dravid has been cleaned up for a duck off 4 balls. This is cricket. You know it and I know it. Unless a spot is vacant, you can't bring in a new player. You can get a vacant spot by two means - retirement or dropping. Retiring is a player's personal call. Dropping is the only option that we need to look into. It's long overdue that Statchin gets dropped. But, I'm sure he will excuse himself from the SA Tour. Just wait and watch. Once again, we don't need Dravid or VVS or Statchin in the Indian Team. They are all past due to represent the country team at international level. They want to continue in franchise cricket?? Sure, it's up to their owners.

  • SandipManjrekar on September 29, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas_Atheist

    I don't understand how you wrote about a person who changed IND cricket since last 23 years. He played 20 days of cricket in a whole calendar 2013. IND too played 20 days of Test cricket in 2013. He played in IPL 2013 too & looked good before sitting out due to wrist injury. Why do you are in hurry to retire him? How do you judge the current IND Test team doesn't require him? Cool down your temper man. Don't underestimate about Proteas and overestimate about IND Test team. IND LOI team is different than Tests and you need to change your criteria to judge on the basis of T20. You seem to be quite optimistic fan of T20.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 29, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    @sachinisawesome, dude I understand your point but beg to differ with you. Indian team doesn't need him or Dravid or VVS. Simple as that.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 29, 2013, 0:56 GMT

    @sachinisawespme, dude I understand your point but beg to differ with you. Indian team doesn't need him or Dravid or VVS. Simple as that.

  • sachinisawesome on September 28, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    @ Dravid_Gravitas I love Rahul Dravid but your hatred towards Sachin made me disrespect Dravid. I hope you realise Sachin has given India 23 years of cricket. It is not a joke. It is easy to find flaws in people. I agree its painful to watch sachin batting this way but he has already retired from ODIs and IPL and this is his last CLt20. And most probably will retire from Tests as well. So let him leave properly without insulting him. I know you should not be in the team just becoz of past glory, but too many players retired in a short span and India needed somebody to be there to guide the youngsters. If he was after records he would have played one more series at home and would have score 50th ODI century but he retired without even playing one last match. That is how selfless he is.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 28, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    @statchinisawesome, sure bro talk about franchise cricket. Franchise cricket is very interesting. I like it too.

  • sachinisawesome on September 28, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    @ Dravid_Gra(great strike rate)vitas And I was talking about an elephant who has never performed in franchise cricket. Has never won an orange cap. Has never taken his franchise to finals.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 28, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    @statchinisawesome, lol. Good one there bro. Thoroughly enjoyed your reposte. But, I'm specifically talking about Team India and her future. Not franchise cricket.

  • sachinisawesome on September 28, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    @ Dravid_Gravitas There is an elephant in Rajasthan team as well. He once was an icon player when IPL started then was on the verge of going unsold. He has never scored runs but somehow is still playing becoz people think he is a good captain. I think if that elephant is dropped then RR can also win the Champions league. That elephant is wasting one place at the top of the order and scores at a SR of 100 during powerplay. That elephant puts undue pressure on Rahane.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 28, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    Retirement is a player's personal call. Let's not go there. It's none of our business. But dropping an under-performing player is the duty of the selectors, since the selectors have a responsibility and duty towards the squad they are selecting. If a player is selfish and doesn't retire appropriately, then he is just inviting the ignominy of getting dropped, apart from the ignominy of being sent back to the dressing room with pin-code scores under his name. This elephant in the room needs to be dropped if India were to succeed in South Africa. As a critic of this elephant, however, I would like him to continue to play so that his average will take a further beating. But, I'm sure this elephant will not go to South Africa, risking his stats. Just wait and watch.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 28, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    Retirement is a player's personal call. Let's not go there. It's none of our business. But dropping an under-performing player is the duty of the selectors, since the selectors have a responsibility and duty towards the squad they are selecting. If a player is selfish and doesn't retire appropriately, then he is just inviting the ignominy of getting dropped, apart from the ignominy of being sent back to the dressing room with pin-code scores under his name. This elephant in the room needs to be dropped if India were to succeed in South Africa. As a critic of this elephant, however, I would like him to continue to play so that his average will take a further beating. But, I'm sure this elephant will not go to South Africa, risking his stats. Just wait and watch.

  • on September 28, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    ONLY TECHNICAL POINTS: ...........SACHIN MUST NEVER CLOSE HIS BAT FACE. ................ th In the past 2 years every time Sachin closed his bat face he was dismissed..................I don't know why doesn't he understand this simple thing. He was dismissed only 1 out of 100 times when he opened his bat face towards point. It proves opening bat face is 100 times better than closing bat face........................Sachin, please understand this simple statistic. .............All that closing bat produces is a mere single. Why wasting your wicket for 1 greedy single. U dont need single every ball. every good inn has 50 % dot balls. Just block stump aimed deliveries. I have been saying this same thing on no of times in past 2 years on various forums. It is not the age, nor is it the bad form, it is just this bad habit of closing bat face that is completely destroyed Sachin's performance.

  • on September 28, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    i really wonder at some of the comments irt inclusion of foreign players in ipl. these comments either sound jealous or naive. the idea of IPL/ any other domestic league was to gel the local talent with international players & give them a platform to showcase & enhance their skills. if few leagues r unable to attract best of foreign players that's another issue. so pls desist from such pessimistic comments. These leagues have defintely brought the game to another level. so lets appreciate it.

  • on September 28, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Now is the time for sachin to score else he playing the SA tour would be a complete joke for most people.. nobody deserves a free place in national side... definately not on past records... tough situation awaits India if sachin doest score now... either perform or retire (PS-A big sachin fan)

  • on September 28, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Good win for mumbai, but they still have lot of bases 2 cover. The form of sachin & karthik is putting lot of pressure on smith, rohit & pollard. I think sachin/karthik should give way to aditya tare who was superb in whatever limited oppurtunities he's got. Sight of sachin getting bowled really was painstaking & karthik appears a shadow of his own. i think mumbai should also find a way 2 bring in maxwell b4 the knockouts, provided they qualify.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on September 28, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    Oh the game was 1 sided alright ,but watching Mitch unleash 150 kph bolts was more than the share of thrills for the day's game. And he generated speed off a flat pitch by not even trying much ,and should easily have had 2 or 3 more wkts though when he missed the direction he leaked a few as expected at that pace .Looks he is saving his best for the biggest cricket event this year end -Ashes - and has a few Eng bats in his sights .And all cricket fans are waiting to watch the Johnson show in the Ashes , except the Eng batsmen off course -:) Oh ,and the play of the day is a no brainer . Tanvir's 'express' ball @ 108 kph doing Sachin for pace and the stumps scattered all the way to the keeper ,a sight reminiscent of Lee and Akhtar in the prime . Am sure even they would've enjoyed it as all of us did .

  • cnksnk on September 28, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    Contd 1... As much as the DON was the greatest batsmen ever, his mystic , I suspect is that much higher because of his 99.75 average rather than a perfect 100. A retirement now is the honourable thing to do... to yourself, to all that you have achieved and to us fans who want to have only the majestic memories of you and not the ones of your pain to try and achieve a target...

    Separately every cricketer has said probably politely that Sachin is the best judge of when to retire and he has the right to choose his retirement. While that is his right, just like it is for every cricketer, the selectors have a duty. If Sachin is not pulling his weight and chooses not to retire after the 200 th tests ( the fact that he will play till then seems to be a given - my plea not with standing) , then they have a duty to the Indian cricket team and have an off line chat with Sachin and if that does not get the desired result actually go ahead and drop him... Am sure that Sandeep Patil will do it....

  • cnksnk on September 28, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    Oh Sachin.... I am part of the generation who grew up watching your exploits and for about 180 tests of your career been waiting for you to bat... The last 18 odd tests have started to bring pain to die hard fans like me. You should have taken a leaf from your mentor ( Sunil Gavaskar) who famously said at the time of his retirement - : the time to retire is when people ask why rather than why not.... Over the last year and half a number of your fans have slowly started asking why not. Given the current nature of your game the most painless thing to do is to pick up the phone and talk to N Srinivasan or the selectors and announce your retirement from Indian cricket at the end of the CL. Surely that is the most pain less thing to do. 200 tests is just a number and even playing against the WI is like extending an un welcome stay. 200 is just a number and it is not a number which is going to be easily achieved or make you any less a legend. Contd .....

  • on September 28, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    @Tori Knight: If Sachin plays for Otago in his current (and, recent) form, Otago may not qualify. Why do you wish ill of Otago?

  • on September 28, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Million dollar baby maxwell must get a chance instead of coulter Nile n Abu nechim must come in instead of Sachin

    My eleven would be Smith,maxwell,rohit,pollard,rayadu,Kartik,Bhajji,Johnson,Abu nechim,rishi dhawan and ojha

    Mumbai will Atleast get quicker start and they have to rest Sachin if they want to win this competition.

  • JustIPL on September 28, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster: There is a clear difference between the IPL fantasy teams and the other teams that truly play for their region apart from money. IPL teams are formed through online fantasy leagues that thousands of internet maniacs formed over the years and then the idea of ICL was stolen to make IPL. Attendance is also not the real cricket fan, they are cinema goers and want to follow the movie stars who somehow sponsor these tournaments. Any person with normal frame of mind will not be entertained by six after six. The real teams from other countries have real fans and almost totally depend on resources from their region. So. the contest of real teams vs fantasy or virtual teams is certainly not logical and is geared towards buying name for India by using stars from other skies. It is not generosity to conspire against other teams and making them weaker just by using money. If we take 4 foreign stars from each of the fantasy teams then they will be as good as real, teams may be.

  • Prabhash1985 on September 28, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    Mumbai Indians need Lasith. I think he should return to squad if it is possible to do so.

  • ad2810 on September 28, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    Imran tahir bowled spin very well last game hope he continues to do so and get a solid place in both the South African team and in an IPL team!!

  • Falew on September 28, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    When i see Sachin now,Sanath's old days come to my mind,Whole Srilankans were waiting for Sanath's typical innings,But it never came again,Same thing happens here in India,Anyway Adithya Tare might be wonderful opener for MI,But unfortunate with him, :)

  • svel on September 28, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    @Harvinder Pal Singh Bobby - - "bhajji & Yuvi in indian squad for world cup in place of Ashwin & Jadeja" ya ya in your dreams. . haha ;) may be yuvi has a strong chance to make it to the XI in place of DK. but BAJJI replacing Ashwin no way dude.

  • SamRoy on September 28, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    @fr600 How about turning pitches and the prospect of Ojha and Harbhajan bowling in tandem on them to your batsman? Pretty certain won't make even 100 runs in 20 overs.

  • on September 28, 2013, 2:57 GMT

    I am still seeing bhajji & Yuvi in indian squad for world cup in place of Ashwin & Jadeja sir

  • slackers11 on September 28, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    Blade-runner, include the 4 overseas players in your team and it will still be a joke. unless the other 7 players are good no team can win matches however good the foreign players are. Look at CSK, the main contribution is from domestic players, international players just support the domestic ones. The overseas players must be happy to be playing in the best league, with the best players, India being the no 1 ODI side.

    Divde SL domestic league into 8 teams and an Indian School team would beat them, no offence.

  • on September 28, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    Sorry, Dear Sachin. It is time to hang your boots. And become a "Cricketing Patriarch" to all the young Indian batsmen, who look at you with a gleam in their eyes. For inspiration, guidance, advice and what not!

    It looks more pathetic than what Kapil Dev used to look, while desperately trying to beat Hadlee's record. Hope such great cricketers also know when to leave the game gracefully.

  • on September 28, 2013, 0:44 GMT

    Congratulations ! (Particularly to the two West Indians in the team, for such a facile chase!)

  • on September 28, 2013, 0:43 GMT

    Floods OR Floodlights; you have the choice!

  • on September 27, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    Why is Tendulkar even playing ? He is clearly out of his depths, and should retire from all forms of cricket. I have never seen him looking so clumsy, as he was castled by a slower delivery from Sohair Tanvir.

    It's time to go, Mr. Tendulkar, and the sooner you decide the better - before the board decides to 'rest' you, permanently.

  • on September 27, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    Foreign players aren't the issue. The IPL having the "right" to use their greater bargaining power to remove players from their home team is what makes it farcical. Imagiine if Sachin decide to play for Otago for a season, and that then Otago could remove him from the Mumbai team to play for them simply because they had more money. Then you would hear the Indian fans howl! It is simply the exercise of exerting greater monetary power to buy championships, which is what has ruined Eurpoean football. Yes they are making a lot of money, but only a few teams have any chance of winning anything.

  • on September 27, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    Well said samincolombia. heavy franchise have to buy big names as everyone would only love to see his team as the best. so we are fortunate to have atleast seven Indians in the lineup. . spare s thought on epl and their foreign investments. . I would say I love ipl and it's teams as it is full of the bests in the market. . stop complaining about ipl..

  • rogues13 on September 27, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    @ SaminColumbia....actually Sri Lankan League dont even have a franchisee, forget about foreign players.....even their local players have to be forced to play for their local teams....as was evident by the Sangakarra-kandurata episode...

  • rogues13 on September 27, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    @ Blade runner....i know in secret u wish that the Sri Lankan National team was allowed 4 foreign players, so that they could atleast try to be competitive....

  • rogues13 on September 27, 2013, 21:11 GMT

    @ fr600.....for your kind information, there is a Domestic T20 competition also, the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.....there are no internationals player there....please go and research a little before you comment.....

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 27, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    Some people criticize the IPL teams for fielding 4 overseas players. I look at it differently. I think the IPL teams are 'generous' enough to give opportunities to these players which they otherwise might never have. I am speaking about those players whose teams HARDLY qualify for the CLT20 or even play well in their own respective domestic competitions. So I think the IPL is fantastic for these things. It's not as if the other teams cannot recruit overseas stars. Look at Otago Volts, they have Ryan Ten Doeschate as a player. Sohail Tanvir plays for Lions. Last year, Michael Lumb from England played for the Sydney Sixers. So it's fair game to the IPL teams. They are simply better in subcontinental conditions than the other teams. I am expecting at least 2 IPL teams in the knock outs along with T&T and Otago.

  • 2nd_Slip on September 27, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    The selection of van der Dussen ahead of Gulam Bodi is a very strange selection by the Lions. de Qock is also very disappointing when outside SA borders.

  • samincolumbia on September 27, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    @Blade-Runner - Every prestigious franchise, be it IPL or EPL (football), have foreign players, with dozens waiting in the wings, just for a chance. Just because the franchise in your country has no foreign players, for obvious reasons, does not make the IPL teams a 'joke'.

  • Blade-Runner on September 27, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    Thanks god there are 4 foreign players in every IPL team. Otherwise it would totally be a joke.

  • Harmony111 on September 27, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    @BRUTALANALYST:

    I partially agree with you. WI have a plethora of hitters these days and Dwayne Smith would perhaps be rated as the least in that group by most but for MI he has played some absolute gem of knocks. His biggest weakness is spin and he seems unable to read the hand of the spinner. His dismissals vs spinners have been quite duds on many occasions. Even today we saw him going back to a googly from Tahir that he had failed to see.

    Among the many knocks he has played for MI, the best one was the one where he scored 3 bullet 4s on the trot in the final over of the match vs CSK in 2012. I have never seen a faster off drive than the 2nd four in that sequence.

    @fr600: Yawn.

  • teamxxx on September 27, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    well who so ever won, one thing is quite astonishing and amazing for me that Misbah ul haq is still at the top of highest runs scorer list, remember he has played just 3 matches scoring 195 with the same average(that is also highest at the moment,and also the tournament of big six hitters, he is leading with 13 sixes in 3 matches woww n we call him tuk tuk its really a shame

  • on September 27, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    mumbai wins today they could make some changes bring tare in as a replacment to tendulkar

  • fr600 on September 27, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    Well played Mumbai. Only if internationals players weren't allowed in certain teams, we would see a completely different tournament.

  • on September 27, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    was a nice show by mumbai indians today....looking forward to a great knock from tendulkar with mumbai winning the title!!!

  • on September 27, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    was a nice show by mumbai indians today....looking forward to a great knock from tendulkar with mumbai winning the title!!!

  • fr600 on September 27, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    Well played Mumbai. Only if internationals players weren't allowed in certain teams, we would see a completely different tournament.

  • on September 27, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    mumbai wins today they could make some changes bring tare in as a replacment to tendulkar

  • teamxxx on September 27, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    well who so ever won, one thing is quite astonishing and amazing for me that Misbah ul haq is still at the top of highest runs scorer list, remember he has played just 3 matches scoring 195 with the same average(that is also highest at the moment,and also the tournament of big six hitters, he is leading with 13 sixes in 3 matches woww n we call him tuk tuk its really a shame

  • Harmony111 on September 27, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    @BRUTALANALYST:

    I partially agree with you. WI have a plethora of hitters these days and Dwayne Smith would perhaps be rated as the least in that group by most but for MI he has played some absolute gem of knocks. His biggest weakness is spin and he seems unable to read the hand of the spinner. His dismissals vs spinners have been quite duds on many occasions. Even today we saw him going back to a googly from Tahir that he had failed to see.

    Among the many knocks he has played for MI, the best one was the one where he scored 3 bullet 4s on the trot in the final over of the match vs CSK in 2012. I have never seen a faster off drive than the 2nd four in that sequence.

    @fr600: Yawn.

  • Blade-Runner on September 27, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    Thanks god there are 4 foreign players in every IPL team. Otherwise it would totally be a joke.

  • samincolumbia on September 27, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    @Blade-Runner - Every prestigious franchise, be it IPL or EPL (football), have foreign players, with dozens waiting in the wings, just for a chance. Just because the franchise in your country has no foreign players, for obvious reasons, does not make the IPL teams a 'joke'.

  • 2nd_Slip on September 27, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    The selection of van der Dussen ahead of Gulam Bodi is a very strange selection by the Lions. de Qock is also very disappointing when outside SA borders.

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 27, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    Some people criticize the IPL teams for fielding 4 overseas players. I look at it differently. I think the IPL teams are 'generous' enough to give opportunities to these players which they otherwise might never have. I am speaking about those players whose teams HARDLY qualify for the CLT20 or even play well in their own respective domestic competitions. So I think the IPL is fantastic for these things. It's not as if the other teams cannot recruit overseas stars. Look at Otago Volts, they have Ryan Ten Doeschate as a player. Sohail Tanvir plays for Lions. Last year, Michael Lumb from England played for the Sydney Sixers. So it's fair game to the IPL teams. They are simply better in subcontinental conditions than the other teams. I am expecting at least 2 IPL teams in the knock outs along with T&T and Otago.

  • rogues13 on September 27, 2013, 21:11 GMT

    @ fr600.....for your kind information, there is a Domestic T20 competition also, the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.....there are no internationals player there....please go and research a little before you comment.....