Mumbai v Deccan, IPL 2011, Mumbai May 14, 2011

The game-turning spat, and Rajan's initiation

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the IPL game between Mumbai Indians and Deccan Chargers in Mumbai

Welcome, Michael Lumb
He had opened the innings for Rajasthan Royals in the previous season but Lumb, before this game, had yet to make an appearance for his new team. When he did, he took strike against the wrong bowler. Just his second ball this IPL season, Lumb made room while simultaneously stepping out to Lasith Malinga. It turned out to be a full delivery that he failed to make contact with, and out went the stumps. What a return.

Dhawal or Malinga?
You couldn't make out who was who. That's pushing it a little, but Dhawal Kulkarni would be proud of the yorker he bowled to dislodge Daniel Christian. It was fired in the blockhole on middle and Christian was done in for pace more than the length, failing to get his bat down in time and you know what happened next.

Rumble at the Wankhede
Had this game been a Hindi movie, you'd think the country's seemingly paranoid film censor board would have edited out its most pivotal scene. The verbal exchange between Amit Mishra and Munaf Patel in the final over of the Deccan Chargers innings marked a decisive turn in a game that Mumbai Indians had controlled until then. Mishra went for the pull, got a top edge that landed just short of the fine-leg boundary, something was said by someone and Munaf lost control.

It took the umpire to separate the two, and there was more two balls later when Mishra slashed one past third man. This time, there was a collision and another flare-up. More unpublishables. The result: Mishra won the battle. A full toss followed, it was duly dispatched. Last ball, Munaf pitched on a length and out it went over midwicket. Mumbai never recovered completely from there on.

The Duminy cameo
This time, with the ball. Kumar Sangakkara revealed later that the ploy to bring Duminy on in the first over was to test out Aiden Blizzard. The signs of it working were there the first ball Blizzard faced Duminy. He came round the wicket, landed it on middle and got it to shoot away just as Blizzard closed the face. Not only did it beat the batsman, but also keeper and slip. The first ball of Duminy's next over, the bowler had his reward. Blizzard decided to counterattack, slog-sweeping at a length delivery that spun away to knock back off.

Rajan's day out
Anand Rajan was a surprise choice in the XI, and in his first IPL appearance he didn't disappoint. In just his second over, he got T Suman with a slower ball and then the big one, Sachin Tendulkar trapped lbw trying to improvise.

His biggest test, though, came in the final over. He was bestowed with the responsibility to restrain Kieron Pollard. A six first ball, and the nerves kick in. A wide down the leg side, the nerves show. A four over square leg, it's crisis time prompting a mid-pitch conference. But there's relief, finally, when Pollard miscues one to third man to decide the game. In the end, figures of 3 for 27 don't make for bad reading at all.

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Aashish on May 16, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    I hate how players from their own country are abusing each other... THIS IS IPL, NOT THE WORLD CUP!!! Dont fight with your own team members and have bad relationships... I know its a competitive game but you cant cross the line with your own mates...

  • rafik on May 16, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    You(sach) played the worst innings in the IPL ... u didn't even took singles..

  • PRABAKAR on May 15, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    @Karn Mamgain - No way am I goin to accept that the Mumbai crowd is partisan :) Each crowd is unique and the fact that Mumbai expresses its support a bit more vociferously does not make it Partisan :) Not sure about Chennai, though I have fond memories of the India - Pakistan 1999 test...On the turn-out part...It is indeed quite strange that turn-outs have been low in Chennai in recent times....One reason could be the emergence of a large number of parlors/pubs screening the WC/IPL matches in the city - a very recent phenomenon....Another could be the election phenomenon, with all the campaigning, etc that result in traffic snarls....Hope that I am right and the trend stops in 2011, with Chepauk witnessing full crowds in IPL 2012 :)

  • kumar on May 15, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Everyone is saying that Sachin didn't play well...Sachin didn't score faster...Anyways for how many matches u expect Sachin to play. Is he the only one to score? Though DC is low profiled team sometimes they played well and now because they r under dogs in this match. This is IPL so anything can happen and anyone can win.

  • sri on May 15, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    @sweetspot It has happened already. Mumbai crowd insulted sachin (booed) long time back. @Maulik he could have taken some risks but others were equally woeful too. For deccan, we may have won but i will never cheer for amit mishra (His body lang through out the tournament suggests how arrogant he is) who undeservedly got a spot for WI tour.

  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    @ PrabakarKP

    U hit the nail on the head wen u say that each venue has somethin unique bout itself and we need to respect that ! i fully agree on that :)

    But i jus wanted to to that person that NZ-SL at wankhede was played in front on 23.5k n that was actually a dead rubber bcuz both teams had already got thru... While the very crucial Eng - Windies which was a do or die match for England in chennai was played in front of 10k ....This was just to tell that person who was trying to tell that Mumbai crowd does not know its cricket...Just because the crowd is noisy n it chants doesnt mean that they do not know ther cricket.. Some1 shud come to see the turnout in Wankhede for Ranji trophy matches to see how much of cricket they kno .. Cheers Mate :)

    N i consider very lucky to be an Indian that we have places like Wankhde, Eden, Brabourne, Chinnaswamy , Chepauk in India ! :)

  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    @PrabakarKP - I partially agree with you. I believe that Mumbai crowd is quite partisan, which is not a new, nor necessarily, bad thing. Chennai crowd is not that partisan, and I can recall several instances, such the game where SRT score 136, etc. Nevertheless, Mumbaikars turn out in huge number, while that's not the case with Chennai crowd. The turnout for IPL games has been disappointing, with sparsely filled stands. On the other hand, the Wankhede has been seeing full turnouts.

  • PRABAKAR on May 15, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    @Mr.Vipul Yadav - Though I do not endorse sweetspot's view that the Mumbai crowd is partisan, I also do have certain reservations about your arguments....1) World Cup finals will be sold out irrespective of the countries playing...1987 Finals at Eden Gardens had World Record attendance, in spite of India not playing 2) You cannot compare a NZ-SL and a NZ-Kenya match to draw inferences about partisanship...Especially when the latter is at the start of the tournament when the Kiwis hadn't proved a point or two with their performances...All said and done, each venue in India has its own characteristics, and personally I would prefer any of the big 4 - Wankhede, MAC, Eden and Chinnasamy - when it comes to hosting matches like the WC finals...Nothing much to differentiate among the four....

  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    It was your call, Munaf... to tarry your anger or the ball. Didn't it bring Mumbai's down fall?

  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    @RaviNTejam : rofl , sachin not a match winner??????? good humor sense dude :)

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