Trinidad & Tobago v Mumbai Indians, 2nd semi-final, CLT20, Delhi October 5, 2013

Vintage Tendulkar, wily Narine

Plays of the day from the second semi-final between Trinidad & Tobago and Mumbai Indians

The bullet drive

It wasn't quite as picture perfect as his best straight drives, but Sachin Tendulkar produced a fine rendition of one of his signature strokes to lift himself out of a poor run in the tournament. He had made three off his first seven balls, but when Ravi Rampaul delivered a length ball outside off stump, a small and precise nudge forward preceded a measured swing through the line, and before mid off could even move, the ball had sped past him to the fence.

The red-herring stutter

Rarely do three top-order wickets fall in quick succession in a Twenty20 and have little effect on the match, but Mumbai Indians did not allow their mini-collapse to derail, or even delay their chase. Tendulkar edged one behind off Lendl Simmons in the 12th over, before Sunil Narine bamboozled Ambati Rayudu and Dwayne Smith in the next. But although Trinidad and Tobago seemed to have wrested back some momentum, Dinesh Karthik and Rohit Sharma wasted no time reasserting Mumbai's control, slamming two fours and a six in the next two overs to keep the innings running smoothly.

The delivery

It came too late to save T&T, but Sunil Narine's knuckle ball to dismiss Rohit Sharma in the 18th over was a reminder of his destructive ability in this format, as he reclaimed the top wicket-taker position in the tournament. The ball flew flat threw the air to pitch on middle, and anticipating little turn given the speed of the delivery, Sharma aimed a drive towards long on, playing a leg-stump line. Somehow, Narine had put plenty of spin on the delivery though, and it broke back sharply to evade Sharma's outside edge and take middle stump out of the ground.

The monster strike

Although two batsmen renowned for their aggression made half-centuries in the match, it was Darren Bravo who produced the biggest shot, when he hit Harbhajan Singh for six in the fourth over. Harbhajan floated one up on middle stump, and Bravo stepped down the pitch, meeting the ball with a big swing as soon as it had pitched. He struck it cleanly and sent it high into the night, on to the Feroz Shah Kotla roof.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • praful on October 9, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    when they say vintage tendulkar they are talking about the bullet drive, which is and was nothing but sheer class. Please understand the article before commenting.

  • beverly on October 6, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    I do agree this was a 'vintage Tendulkar innings'! I hope youths aspiring to become great batsmen did not see it! Because, to tell them that this is a 'vintage' performance from one of the guys whom some think is worthy of being in the super league of batsmen is really ridiculous! Imagine Tendulkar made a DUCK, when his team wanted a good score from him to take them to the semi-finals, and a silly statement was made saying: "Tendulkar, EMULATING Bradman in Every Way"! No batsman is EMULATING BRADMAN when they are wilting under pressure, when their team needs them to stand up! Bradman used to 'put up his hand' when his team needed him to do so! That headline should have been instead: "Typical Tendulkar, Wilting Under Pressure, When His Team Needed Him to Put Up His Hand! I'm surprised the Australian media didn't respond to such mischaracterisation of Bradman! Again, 16 batsmen before SRT scored 50, 000 runs or more, we never heard a single name. But it's a big thing now that SRT did so!

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    @Varun - Check Viv's record in his last few years in International cricket. He had become so bad that he eventually had to be dropped from the team. #JustSaying

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    No matter what other ppl say, I love to see Tendulkar playing cameos like dis

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    Vintage Tendulkar ? Hitting an unknown spinner for 2 sixes is not vintage. He is finished. He is a liability for the Indian team. Just because he had done things in the past doesnt mean that he can keep on playing forever. You perish when you are not contributing. Even Viv Richards and Gary Sobers had done great things in the past for West Indies and I would say they were bigger legends than Sachin. But that did not mean that Richards and Sobers kept on playing till eternity. If Sachin is not realizing that he is no longer good enough and not leaving, he needs to be dropped.

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    why is evry tom dick n herry criticizing SRT ...yesterday he had played a crucial part with SMITH to help MI reaching the final spot ...we have seen many times MI batting collapse to achieve even smaller target under pressure ...SRT's presence in playing XI is more than enough to put opposition in immense pressure ...every1 fails and so does he ..leave the legend alone.. let him feel free 4 heaven sake...if ppl criticizing SRT are so intelligent why are they nt in plyg XI.. it's easy to say than to do the things.. remember he is a human nt God ...jst think if SRT hasn't done thing for Indian Cricket s in past the future of cricket could have been like Hockey in India.. he is the 1 who inspired rohit,virat and thousands of players...if you dn respect SRT thn u probably nt respecting cricket ..@ chetan..dn disrespect SRT if ur a TRUE Indian cricket fan..GOT THAT .. SRT LIVES 4EVER..

  • Anthony on October 6, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    @Chetan Asher and what about dravid?

  • Anit on October 6, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    Tendulkar's inning was at best a cameo. Sorry, it was not a vintage SRT. SRT is done.

  • Chetan on October 6, 2013, 2:13 GMT

    I love vintage Tendulkar...Classic

  • Dummy4 on October 5, 2013, 23:56 GMT

    I know it is the fashionable thing in Indian Cricket media circles to write good about Sachin Tendulkar, but - Sachin should now be dropped. He is clearly unable to deliver on field, is unable to see the writing on the wall & go with grace. He should therefore not be given the dignity of a retirement. Dressing room & practice session inputs are fine (Anil Kumble, John Write, Jonty Rhodes all of them provide these without being in the playing 11) There is almost nothing on field from Sachin. Worse - he insists on blocking a prime slot in the batting order, does not get sufficient runs, manages to lose his allegedly prime wicket & only contributes to improving the opposition bowlers' morale. The only positive of Sachin's presence in the 11 that I can see - he has shown us the true class of Rohit's captaincy (Rohit has managed to get such good performances from the other 10 that MI won the IPL & reached finals of the CLT in spite of a deadweight passenger called Sachin).

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