Mumbai Indians v Perth Scorchers, CLT20, Delhi October 2, 2013

The eerie coincidence that wasn't

Plays of the day for the match between Mumbai Indians and Perth Scorchers in Delhi
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The hush
Perth Scorchers coach Justin Langer wanted an 'Eric Hollies moment' with Sachin Tendulkar. Hollies was the legspinner who famously bowled Don Bradman for a second-ball duck in his final Test innings in 1948. Cut to 2013 - Tendulkar takes strike to the left-arm seamer Jason Behrendorff. He cuts the first ball confidently to backward point for no run. The second ball is on the pads and flicked. The timing was crisp, effort minimal, but the placement wasn't quite right. Square leg was pushed back and Sam Whiteman ran forward and though the ball dipped, he managed to hang on inches from the turf. There was a hush around the Kotla as Tendulkar walked back, with the fear that this could be his last appearance for Mumbai in the event of them failing to progress further in the tournament. Tendulkar had all but emulated Bradman with a second-ball duck, but with a twist. Mumbai went on to qualify and fans may well get to witness Tendulkar again for the semis, and possibly even the final. Not quite the eerie coincidence that Langer hoped for.

The catch
There was another hush around the stadium when a Mumbai wicket fell. This time it was Dwayne Smith's. Smith bludgeoned the Scorchers bowlers for 48 with some ferocious pulls and he had set himself up for another massive hit. He rocked back to a half-tracker from Brad Hogg and pulled him flat to deep square leg. It was that man Behrendorff who played party-pooper again as he threw himself to his right and plucked the catch on the dive. The catch deserved a better response than the silence that enveloped the Kotla for the second time.

The wide call
It all happened in slow motion. Kieron Pollard angled one really wide across the left-hander Ashton Agar, who shuffled a long way across his stumps to try scoop the ball over the shoulder. Pollard followed him and delivered it very slowly. Agar failed to connect and looked embarrassed that he missed out on a freebie. However, the umpire deemed it wide enough to be penalised and Pollard stood with his hands on his waist and held the pose for a while, shocked at the umpire's decision.

The misfield
The inconsistent bounce gave Dinesh Karthik a horrid time behind the stumps with a couple of let-offs, but he wasn't the only Mumbai Indians player guilty of a shocker in the field. Whiteman cut Glenn Maxwell towards short third man and it was played uppishly towards Harbhajan Singh. It was catchable but Harbhajan didn't get behind it with conviction and the ball bounced and spun past him and raced to third man. Can't blame the pitch for that.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • the_sport on October 4, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    leave it on Sachin, when to retire. He has retired on time from international-T20, ODI and will now soon from IP/CLT. He has already said about retirement that when one is on high then to retire is not good for the nation, as you still have potential to serve your nation. So Sachin knows when he won't be able to serve nation well in tests, he will declare his retirement. Respect Sachin.

  • Reggaecricket on October 4, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    It is sad to see an old warrior struggle like this. He should have retried on a high.

  • on October 3, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    tendulkar hasnt retired from tests, has he? its almost as if people are pushing him to go by pointing out each next innings he plays as probably his final one :P

  • Ashen on October 3, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    I think Man of the Match for this match should go to Sachin Tendulkar. If he played a long innings, Rohit may not have the chance to play the innings he played and Mumbai Indians might have been knocked out of the tournament. So well played Tendulkar for getting out for a second ball duck and helping to win the match for Mumbai within 14 overs. Sachin these days is a walking wicket. What a semi final we are going to have? 11 T&T players Vs 10 Mumbai Indians.

  • HatsforBats on October 3, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    @ Praveen Arasada, yes, let's get real. Bradman played almost his entire career against the best or 2nd best team in the world.

  • shrastogi on October 3, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    Rohit Sharma says Tendulkar's form is not a worry. If a IPL franchise is not worried about one of its player's form we shouldnt lose sleep. But I was trying to remember when was the last time Tendulkar scored two consecutive zeros in any form of cricket and that makes me worried. He is clearly past his prime and if he doesnt give this matter priority then he is closing his eyes to telling signs. I hope he scores two hundreds against much against the tide and signs off. This dragging on is clearly an overestimation of his ability presently. The more he fails the more he puts himself under pressure. Good players go on a high and for him those two occassions in near past were world cup win in 2011 and a very bad 100th 100 against Bangladesh.

  • Darwin1234 on October 3, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    Well said Gokul...Sachin wants to put it across Kallis , that is his only intention now , the resaon behind his continued playing even after the age of 40..come on Scahin retire and give way to young talents..pls do not be selfish

  • manisrinath on October 3, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Tendulkar indirectly steered mumbai to finals. If he not been out for a duck, it would have made thigs tougher for Mumbai. Perth scotchers missed the trick by getting 10kar out. Sad for many mumbai youngsters for missing chances despite 10kar failing match after match and taking his place in team withouit any issues.

  • vaidyar on October 3, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    SRT's wicket was the turning point in the chase. On recent form alone, his being around would've bogged down the scoring rate.

  • BharatKaSher on October 3, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    Sachin writes his own destiny, nobody can predict when his last T20 innings is going to be.

  • the_sport on October 4, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    leave it on Sachin, when to retire. He has retired on time from international-T20, ODI and will now soon from IP/CLT. He has already said about retirement that when one is on high then to retire is not good for the nation, as you still have potential to serve your nation. So Sachin knows when he won't be able to serve nation well in tests, he will declare his retirement. Respect Sachin.

  • Reggaecricket on October 4, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    It is sad to see an old warrior struggle like this. He should have retried on a high.

  • on October 3, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    tendulkar hasnt retired from tests, has he? its almost as if people are pushing him to go by pointing out each next innings he plays as probably his final one :P

  • Ashen on October 3, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    I think Man of the Match for this match should go to Sachin Tendulkar. If he played a long innings, Rohit may not have the chance to play the innings he played and Mumbai Indians might have been knocked out of the tournament. So well played Tendulkar for getting out for a second ball duck and helping to win the match for Mumbai within 14 overs. Sachin these days is a walking wicket. What a semi final we are going to have? 11 T&T players Vs 10 Mumbai Indians.

  • HatsforBats on October 3, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    @ Praveen Arasada, yes, let's get real. Bradman played almost his entire career against the best or 2nd best team in the world.

  • shrastogi on October 3, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    Rohit Sharma says Tendulkar's form is not a worry. If a IPL franchise is not worried about one of its player's form we shouldnt lose sleep. But I was trying to remember when was the last time Tendulkar scored two consecutive zeros in any form of cricket and that makes me worried. He is clearly past his prime and if he doesnt give this matter priority then he is closing his eyes to telling signs. I hope he scores two hundreds against much against the tide and signs off. This dragging on is clearly an overestimation of his ability presently. The more he fails the more he puts himself under pressure. Good players go on a high and for him those two occassions in near past were world cup win in 2011 and a very bad 100th 100 against Bangladesh.

  • Darwin1234 on October 3, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    Well said Gokul...Sachin wants to put it across Kallis , that is his only intention now , the resaon behind his continued playing even after the age of 40..come on Scahin retire and give way to young talents..pls do not be selfish

  • manisrinath on October 3, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Tendulkar indirectly steered mumbai to finals. If he not been out for a duck, it would have made thigs tougher for Mumbai. Perth scotchers missed the trick by getting 10kar out. Sad for many mumbai youngsters for missing chances despite 10kar failing match after match and taking his place in team withouit any issues.

  • vaidyar on October 3, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    SRT's wicket was the turning point in the chase. On recent form alone, his being around would've bogged down the scoring rate.

  • BharatKaSher on October 3, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    Sachin writes his own destiny, nobody can predict when his last T20 innings is going to be.

  • Rohit... on October 3, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    SRT is a legend beyond anyone else imagination... He has scored runs fluently against every team, in all types of venues, in all formats... Even Bradman and Ponting failed to do so...How can anyone question his abilities?

  • on October 3, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    @Viking_217 - let us get real here - with all due respect to The Don, his 99.96 was basically against England (given the amount of cricket he played against them). Maybe you are the jingoistic one here?

  • Sharath274 on October 3, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    MI do not seem to have any addl. batsman in their ranks as a replacement. I can see only Aditya Tare, which means if a couple of players are out of form, they will struggle to put up the replacements.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on October 3, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    Was statchin attempting an average of 100? If not, where is the comparison?

  • PadMarley on October 3, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    This is sad.... These teams keep on playing him, he keeps on hanging in with his past glory and keep on failing. And everyone believes, that one of these days he is gonna come in to the middle and play on of those super awesome innings. No disrespect for the great master of batsmanship! Some of the greatest players retired in style, e.g. Murali with a bag of wickets in his last game, he could have dragged himself and make it a 900. Sachin's brilliance is slowly becoming a distant memory, but he is still playing.

  • Edassery on October 3, 2013, 2:14 GMT

    Why compare Bradman and Tendulkar based on a duck in a meaningless T20 match ?

  • on October 3, 2013, 0:45 GMT

    It is all due to Jacques Kallis. Yeah, blame it on this Kallis guy still playing and playing with some form for Sachin Tendulkar's reluctance to retire ;) Just 7 Test centuries and 2709 Test Runs behind and still in some form!!!!!

    #yeahampreparedfortheSRTians

  • on October 3, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    This is the issue with a currently non-performing super star of the past, the team's cause will be forgotten in favor of the individual stature. Mumbai Indians needed to score 150 from 14.2 overs to qualify and everyone knew that Sachin Tendulkar is not the right person to be an opener for this match.

    Thats right; everyone knew, but, who will tell him that? who will bell the cat? So, he opened the innings as usual!!

  • jplterrors on October 2, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    The 2 Jims Neesham and Frankie are way better then Bradman and Tendulker and will steer NZ 2 an easy WC win in 2015!!

  • BigINDFan on October 2, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Becoz he is Tendulkar he gets another chance unlike the great Don!It will be fascinating if he hits a quick fire 50 or more in the semis against T&T just to remind us of when he came bursting onto the cricketing scene.

  • on October 2, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    Are we comparing missing out on an average of 100 in Test cricket to just another score in T20 cricket for a club side?? Thanks Katich!

  • EverybodylovesSachin on October 2, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    Very difficult catch to get rid of Sachin. Hope he will score good runs in next games before he retires from shorter versions.

  • Viking_217 on October 2, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    @IndTheBest What about 99.96 emulation? Jingoistic cricket fans will never figure out.Bradman the Best ! No comparison.

  • on October 2, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Are you serious ? SRT is legend without a any doubt but again look at his statistic....

    He scored 29 Hundred in 52 matches and Sachin did 51 in 199 match how is this comparison ? Now I might see some angry comments but lets not mix them because they both are in different times and are great legend but don't compare them with each other........................

  • CricketChat on October 2, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Sachin doesn't deserve a place in the team just based on his scores. If MI can drop captain designate Ricky Ponting due to poor contribution, they should apply same rule to Sachin. Sachin can ease the pain of his former fans by sitting out and making it easy on the MI selectors. Someone more deserving should play in the remaining matches.

  • IndTheBest on October 2, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    You can't argue that Tendulkar has Bradmanisque statistics! We cricket fan can never figured who is/was better batsman! Can you believe it Tendulkar is even matching the last matches's scares! (though it's not quite a last match).

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  • IndTheBest on October 2, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    You can't argue that Tendulkar has Bradmanisque statistics! We cricket fan can never figured who is/was better batsman! Can you believe it Tendulkar is even matching the last matches's scares! (though it's not quite a last match).

  • CricketChat on October 2, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Sachin doesn't deserve a place in the team just based on his scores. If MI can drop captain designate Ricky Ponting due to poor contribution, they should apply same rule to Sachin. Sachin can ease the pain of his former fans by sitting out and making it easy on the MI selectors. Someone more deserving should play in the remaining matches.

  • on October 2, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Are you serious ? SRT is legend without a any doubt but again look at his statistic....

    He scored 29 Hundred in 52 matches and Sachin did 51 in 199 match how is this comparison ? Now I might see some angry comments but lets not mix them because they both are in different times and are great legend but don't compare them with each other........................

  • Viking_217 on October 2, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    @IndTheBest What about 99.96 emulation? Jingoistic cricket fans will never figure out.Bradman the Best ! No comparison.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on October 2, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    Very difficult catch to get rid of Sachin. Hope he will score good runs in next games before he retires from shorter versions.

  • on October 2, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    Are we comparing missing out on an average of 100 in Test cricket to just another score in T20 cricket for a club side?? Thanks Katich!

  • BigINDFan on October 2, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Becoz he is Tendulkar he gets another chance unlike the great Don!It will be fascinating if he hits a quick fire 50 or more in the semis against T&T just to remind us of when he came bursting onto the cricketing scene.

  • jplterrors on October 2, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    The 2 Jims Neesham and Frankie are way better then Bradman and Tendulker and will steer NZ 2 an easy WC win in 2015!!

  • on October 3, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    This is the issue with a currently non-performing super star of the past, the team's cause will be forgotten in favor of the individual stature. Mumbai Indians needed to score 150 from 14.2 overs to qualify and everyone knew that Sachin Tendulkar is not the right person to be an opener for this match.

    Thats right; everyone knew, but, who will tell him that? who will bell the cat? So, he opened the innings as usual!!

  • on October 3, 2013, 0:45 GMT

    It is all due to Jacques Kallis. Yeah, blame it on this Kallis guy still playing and playing with some form for Sachin Tendulkar's reluctance to retire ;) Just 7 Test centuries and 2709 Test Runs behind and still in some form!!!!!

    #yeahampreparedfortheSRTians