Mumbai v Royals, CLT20 final, Delhi October 6, 2013

Two legends, one dismissal

Plays of the day for the Champions League final between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians

The comeback
Shane Watson should have had Sachin Tendulkar out for 1 when he struck him mid-pad in front of middle and leg, but having survived that shout, Tendulkar seemed to hit form in Watson's next over, the first two balls of which he sent to the fence. A full delivery on the pads was glanced to fine leg, before Tendulkar unfurled a commanding cover drive suggesting even more strongly that he was in good touch. Next ball though, Watson jagged one back in from outside off stump, and aiming another big drive on the off side, Tendulkar missed the ball by a distance to have his off stump removed from the ground.

The innovation
Glenn Maxwell went some way to justifying his million-dollar price tag as he blasted 37 from 14 balls, and the most remarkable stroke in his innings was his four to third man off James Faulkner in the 19th over. In the age of scoops that plunder runs from yorkers and length balls on the stumps, Maxwell improvised a stroke that sent wide yorkers to the fence as well. Getting low with his arms crossed on the bat handle, Maxwell created a ramp almost two feet outside the off stump, and sent the ball over the infield.

The pattern
Even in Twenty20 cricket batsmen often like to take a few balls to become accustomed to the pitch and the opposition bowlers, but four Mumbai Indians batsmen wasted little time before sending their first one into the stands. Rohit Sharma began the trend on his third ball, launching Stuart Binny's slower one high over long-on, before Maxwell went one better, by depositing his second ball into the legside stand with a pick-up shot. Dinesh Karthik improved the pattern further, when he slogged his first ball into the deep midwicket stand, before Harbhajan Singh followed suit with his own first-ball six on the leg side, off a high full toss.

The ball-watchers
Kusal Perera had been flown in from Sri Lanka as the injured Brad Hodge's replacement just hours before the match, only to be given short shrift by his partner Ajinkya Rahane in the first over. Having hit two fours off his first three balls, Perera pushed one wide of cover and immediately called Rahane through, never taking his eyes off the ball to look at his partner. Rahane too was staring at the ball and though it was Perera's call, he yelled "no" loudly, when his partner was about a third of the way down the pitch. Perhaps not hearing this though, and possibly pulsing with finals-adrenaline, Perera continued to sprint down the pitch, though Rahane remained stationary. It wasn't until the bails were being removed at a vacant strikers' end that the batsmen looked at each other, sporting expressions of anger and frustration.

The battle
Shane Watson and Kieron Pollard engaged in a tussle of egos in the 13th over of Royals' innings, and though Watson got the better of Pollard during the over, Pollard had the last laugh in the next. Pollard had run in to deliver the last ball of his over, but failed to release the ball although he went through the action. This prompted animated words from Watson, who went back to smash the next ball high into the stands behind midwicket, inciting more chatter between the players. Next over though, Watson's slog off Harbhajan Singh flew high into the air off the top edge, and it was Pollard who advanced from long-on to take the chance.

The inglorious finish
One of the most admirable careers of the modern age got the kind of ill-deserved ignominious end that only Twenty20 cricket can provide, as Rahul Dravid made his last act on a professional cricket field an awful swipe across the line. Having moved around the order to suit the team's needs during his limited-overs, and even his Test career, Dravid demoted himself to No. 8 in his last match, and arrived at the crease at a time when plenty of boundaries were needed. He dug out a single first up, but when Nathan Coulter-Nile delivered the kind of humdrum yorker that Dravid would have patted firmly back to the bowler in all his years as 'The Wall', he instead aimed a slog to midwicket, and had his leg stump flattened.

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

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  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    Wow what a Game; Salute the legends! Thank You Sachin and Dravid both of you revolutionized cricket in every apects. You will be missed but never forgotten

  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    @RentFree ED.. What a post man.. It brought tears to my eyes. Sometimes, nothing is fair inthis world.. It pained me to see Dravid 'second best' yet again. in the shadows of the so called GOD, As always...

  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    In limited overs game, once Ind got rid of decent Dravid, Ind rose & rose: won Asia cup 09 & defeated AUS legendary team in AUS in 08 CB series with selfish Sachin's brilliance, then became world champion (Selfish Sachin again top scorer from Ind) & then won ICC championship.

    Ind called Dravid back for Eng 2011 ODI series & Ind couldn't win even single game bcz of Dravid'd brilliant S/R of 70……….

    In this series so called stylish Dravid got bold every time he played....At least Sachin produced cracking glorious mouth watering shots in every inn before being dismissed. In today's game, knowing his limitations, he kept himself at 8 among bowlers & still he couldn't even attempt to chase 40 runs in 20 balls. Today's inn & his 80 runs inn of 110 balls chasing 300 vs PK in ICC champions trophy 09 must win game that ensured Indian defeat, sums up his limited overs carrier.

  • Rahul on October 7, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    It pained me no ends to see Rahul batting at 8 and getting his timber rattled by playing the stroke most unlike him. It was epitome of opposite of what Rahul stood for in all his cricketing career. The top order batsmen with water tight technic and loads of patience. Truly one of the greats of the test cricket. Only silver lining was in his last game of professional career he stood out for his values of putting teams interest in place of his own. Nobody will ever fault him for that. But it was painful to see Rolls Royce being made to race with todays modified cars customized to sprint for short distance at high speed.

  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    The fairytale continued….As Mumbai Indians won the CLT20 beating Rajasthan Royals, Sachin Tendulkar the "God" of Indian cricket was hoisted by his team mates as Rahul Dravid looked on unflinching. It so much summed up their careers. The real "Gods" must be crazy. Sachin Tendulkar might be the "God" of Indian cricket. An idol that perhaps deserves all the extra plaudits that pours for the right reasons and the not so ones as well. If Sachin is "God" Rahul is the "mom" of Indian cricket. The mom we rushed to when in trouble and in pain. Even when the "God" failed "Mom" delivered. Even as we prayed fervently to God to get us out of our trouble we looked at our mother for assurance. The mom who selflessly worked for us, expecting nothing in return. There could be a million Gods but there will be only one "Rahul Dravid

  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    The Tendnatics are in full flow again after his 30+ in the semifinal and his team's victory in the final. Get a life dudes. Vintage Tendulkar - Yeah right and the Vintage Tendulkar made 35. That is the fact, even in his most Vintage of forms thats what he can do now.

    He has already outstayed his expiry date by two and half years. This is obvious to everyone except his myopic fans and he himself. It is becoming more and more boring and he is cutting a sorry figure by each passing day.

    Years down the line, when talking about all his achievements and greatness, people will talk will also talk about how he selfishly dragged his career.

  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    Salute the Legends..Mi had a better team...Rr badly missed hodgie...Mi innings went electrifying 142 in last 10 ovrs....mesmerizing cricket.... was sad to again see WALL being shadowed by the GOD...Massive Respect for both the Legends

  • Rodney on October 7, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    everything said and done lets concentrate on australian series which India will win 7-0 because we have batsmen who are better then rahane playing for India and if rahane can be so good and obviously those playing for India will be better then him as they are prefered over rahane,so lets wait and watch how many of them score 4 consecutive half centuries.

  • naresh on October 7, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    Love you Sachin. Love you Rahul (and I hope your other "Grave-id" fans learn to love you without hating Sachin - LOL).

  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    Hi, Dravid was retired from all form of cricket, Give him due respect and reasonable fairwell to him . All the journals are writing about mostly sachin, hey he is still playing in test format. When he leave from there(as he wish and when) then we can do all this stuff for sachin. Dravid was always give way for others all along in team order or celebration or farewell. Don't try to speculate i am against sachin as you all do asusual, i am fan of Indian cricket team