Mumbai v Rajasthan, IPL 2011, Mumbai May 20, 2011

Mumbai humbled by the other Shane

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Rajasthan Royals 134 for 0 (Watson 89, Dravid 43) beat Mumbai Indians 133 for 5 (Rohit 58, Watson 3-19) by ten wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The prospect of a final face-off between Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne had dominated the build-up to this clash, but on the field it was overshadowed by an imposing performance from Shane Watson. Not only did he deliver a fitting farewell for his captain from competitive cricket, he also left Mumbai Indians under serious pressure to keep their qualification chances alive following a third straight defeat. For someone who had struggled to capitalise on starts through this tournament, Watson compensated with a splendid all-round effort, with each of his crushing blows serving Mumbai a painful reminder of what they should have achieved on a good pitch.

The Tendulkar-Warne contest should have been a non-event as left-arm spinner Ankeet Chavan trapped Tendulkar twice in front, only for umpire Paul Reiffel to think otherwise. Backed up by his disciplined bowling at one end, Watson dismissed T Suman and Ambati Rayudu in successive overs from the other, depriving the hosts of the attacking start they would have hoped for after choosing to bat. And just as Kieron Pollard had warmed up at the death after muscling a couple of boundaries, Watson cleaned him up to restrict Mumbai to a below-par total, one that was given some respectability by a classy half-century from Rohit Sharma.

It didn't take long for Watson to set about punishing Mumbai, as he smote Harbhajan Singh for two massive sixes over midwicket in the second over of the chase. He followed that up by drilling Lasith Malinga past mid-off in an over that perhaps produced his only moment of discomfort. Malinga responded venomously, knocking back Watson's chin with a bouncer - it escaped the grill, there would have been some pain but Watson didn't flinch. His own response? A memorable counterattack, pulling Malinga each time he dropped short, his next seven balls producing three fours, a flat six and a stunned crowd not used to seeing their star-studded home team being overwhelmed in that manner.

A sense of resignation was felt in the crowd, if not among the players, when Watson smacked Harbhajan for three consecutive fours in his comeback over, while Rahul Dravid, happy to play the supporting role, showed his own class with some delightful boundaries off Pollard and Munaf Patel. The pair remained unbeaten, Rajasthan cantered home, marking a satisfactory end after their turmoil-filled build-up to the tournament.

Rohit had won praise from Warne as one of the most exciting talents in Indian cricket, and he undoubtedly would have impressed his opposing captain with his performance today. He quickly took the lead in the stand with Tendulkar, his stand-out shot being an imposing drive against Warne through extra cover, matched by a delightful punch in the same region off Johan Botha who couldn't restrain Rohit despite chasing him as he made room.

Rohit used his feet well to spin, and stepped up in the late overs after Tendulkar perished to an upper cut off Amit Singh. Warne though, wasn't finishing his spell without a cheer. His final victory with the ball was the stumping of Rohit, stunned by the turn and losing his bat to square leg with a wild swing gone bad. At the end of the game, Warne was still smiling while Mumbai stayed baffled.

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • M_Jackson on May 22, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    @sugumarrising- You are a valid point buddy. All this anti-sachin and anti-MI comments come from the fact that they are over-hyped and kind of declared winners even before the tournament kicks off. And you simply can't ignore the MI owners influence over BCCI, bending the IPL rules to suit their needs (player retention rule, pocketing sachin as icon player, introduction of playoffs, since MI chokes in KOs, imposing all possible penalties on RRs). I will give you a interesting piece of stat. As the auction penalty was not enough for RR, they were scheduled to play the stronger sides twice and weaker only once. So RR plays MI, CSK, RCB, KKR (top 4) & KT twice and with PWI, DC, DD & KIP only once. Pure coincidence or a conspiracy! Some people simply can't digest the underdogs winning the inaugural edition and most powerful team winning none!

  • sugumarrising on May 22, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    @Quazar am not here to write hate comments about MI, the fact is MI were poor in 2008,2009 ipl, they started playing well only in 2010, but on the other side CSK have won the ipl & champions league in 2010, RCB apart from the 2008 season they have always performed wonderfully reaching semifinal twice @ reaching final ones, RR are the champions of 2008, till now i don't think they have too many big foreign names except watson,taylor, but still they are performing steadily, we started to write about MI only bcoz of certain fans, commentators, & experts writing about MI before the start of the season as the favourites, the most annoying thing before this years ipl clash between MI & CSK league game is i saw in one newspaper that the champions is the underdogs & they have to play out of their skin to win MI, what a ridiculous comment, personally i feel MI should win the ipl afterwards we will accept, without winning don't compare them with proven teams.

  • rasiramesh on May 21, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    Finally MI & KKR Fans will be happy, after KXIP making a mess in their must win league match against DC. Now the battle for the positions in playoffs to be happen tomorrow (22/05/11) in DLF IPL Super Sunday between the top four teams. Its RCB vs CSK and MI vs KKR. Lets see the probable playoff matches based on Sunday's result. Case 1: IF CSK Win & MI win - Qualifier 1 - CSK vs MI , Eliminator - RCB vs KKR. Case 2: IF CSK Win & KKR win - Qualifier 1 - CSK vs KKR, Eliminator - RCB vs MI. Case 3: IF RCB Win & MI win - Qualifier 1- RCB vs CSK, Eliminator - MI vs KKR. Case 4: IF RCB Win & KKR win - Qualifier 1-RCB vs CSK (or) KKR, Eliminator - KKR (or) CSK vs MI Since in case 4 CSK & KKR have almost equal run rate, the position may differ. Lets see What happens and whom is going to play whom in the play-offs.

  • RoarofTiger on May 21, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    I am seeing lots of anti-sachin comments here which makes me really wonder what does he needs to please them. Can you imagine if you deduct his runs from MI score what others are contributating. Now there will be debate that he uses lots of balls to get those runs. SO what is he suppose to do if he is losing partners at other end. And Guys wishing for him to retire, Can you please check the amount of runs he is still getting and please for god sake do not comment that his runs are in losing cause. Is it his fault that our ballers are not able to restrict opposition or it is his fault that he is still scoring. Yeah there will be lots of guys thinking of me to be Die hard fan of Sachin, but the Guy is still scoring runs. and @ Quazar thanks for the stats, but I guess there will be lots of them even trying to prove them wrong :( @pkm124 which team you are supporting, please ask their adminsitrator, if Sachin is willing to play from their team what their asn will be :)

  • catsalive on May 21, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    Just goes to show how poor the mumbai team is. There is absolutely too much hype being created about the team and about sachin as well. No doubt sachin is a great player, but he is just good enough to perform in this format. This format is not just about how many runs you score, its about how quickly you get them. Sachin is not capable to ripping apart a bowler.As far as Malinga is concerned, his bowling was torn apart by shane watson and he has a lot of thinking to do. A guy who quit test cricket just for the sake of playing in the IPL... well he has to come up with a better show. I think CSK is again going to show who is the boss to MI.

  • rahulcricindia on May 21, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    sorry to all the critisizers of mumbai indians punjab is being thumped badly by deccan and THE SACHIN and mumbai are through....yeah

  • Quazar on May 21, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    @sugumarrising ... I don't know why you hate MI so much. But there is not a single post on this page claiming that MI are above and beyond all other teams, or that they are invincible... so i don't know to whom you are responding. This is T20... nobody is invincible. KKR thumped Kings XI, who then thumped them back, RR got thumped by Kochi, and then RR thumped MI. Yes, CSK are a terrific side, and Dhoni is a terrific captain... nobody has said either is poor. So not sure why all your hate...

  • blondblackberry on May 21, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    sachin is a excellent batsman,cricketer, neat gentleman but he is a very poor captain.

  • vind_2801 on May 21, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    @sugumarrising well said dude .....really the media and commentators are treating MI as a only team that is playing IPL ......and showering with praises ....even though it is such an substandard team.....and more the fans are jealous of CSK's rise ...."success breeds contempt ".....hail CSK

  • on May 21, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    Its good to be adamant fan, and also back ur team and players ... but how do u rate them ... ofcourse scoring centuries and half-centuries is great .. but whats the point if they dont contribute in winning the match .. SRT is greatest batsmen of all time and no one will come even close to him ... still there is something is called resource utilization and he is NOT GOOD AT IT ... plz accept this .. especially MI franchise should understand and take the pressure off him so that he can give his best and MI wins ... individual spark helps in a shorter run, its team as a unit that makes a side great ... and a captain who can bring out the best in the players, take crucial decisions, take decisive calls and keeps his composure calm even in the strongest of winds ... may MI franchise understand this before its too late ... may GOD(real one/SRT) bless MI ...

  • M_Jackson on May 22, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    @sugumarrising- You are a valid point buddy. All this anti-sachin and anti-MI comments come from the fact that they are over-hyped and kind of declared winners even before the tournament kicks off. And you simply can't ignore the MI owners influence over BCCI, bending the IPL rules to suit their needs (player retention rule, pocketing sachin as icon player, introduction of playoffs, since MI chokes in KOs, imposing all possible penalties on RRs). I will give you a interesting piece of stat. As the auction penalty was not enough for RR, they were scheduled to play the stronger sides twice and weaker only once. So RR plays MI, CSK, RCB, KKR (top 4) & KT twice and with PWI, DC, DD & KIP only once. Pure coincidence or a conspiracy! Some people simply can't digest the underdogs winning the inaugural edition and most powerful team winning none!

  • sugumarrising on May 22, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    @Quazar am not here to write hate comments about MI, the fact is MI were poor in 2008,2009 ipl, they started playing well only in 2010, but on the other side CSK have won the ipl & champions league in 2010, RCB apart from the 2008 season they have always performed wonderfully reaching semifinal twice @ reaching final ones, RR are the champions of 2008, till now i don't think they have too many big foreign names except watson,taylor, but still they are performing steadily, we started to write about MI only bcoz of certain fans, commentators, & experts writing about MI before the start of the season as the favourites, the most annoying thing before this years ipl clash between MI & CSK league game is i saw in one newspaper that the champions is the underdogs & they have to play out of their skin to win MI, what a ridiculous comment, personally i feel MI should win the ipl afterwards we will accept, without winning don't compare them with proven teams.

  • rasiramesh on May 21, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    Finally MI & KKR Fans will be happy, after KXIP making a mess in their must win league match against DC. Now the battle for the positions in playoffs to be happen tomorrow (22/05/11) in DLF IPL Super Sunday between the top four teams. Its RCB vs CSK and MI vs KKR. Lets see the probable playoff matches based on Sunday's result. Case 1: IF CSK Win & MI win - Qualifier 1 - CSK vs MI , Eliminator - RCB vs KKR. Case 2: IF CSK Win & KKR win - Qualifier 1 - CSK vs KKR, Eliminator - RCB vs MI. Case 3: IF RCB Win & MI win - Qualifier 1- RCB vs CSK, Eliminator - MI vs KKR. Case 4: IF RCB Win & KKR win - Qualifier 1-RCB vs CSK (or) KKR, Eliminator - KKR (or) CSK vs MI Since in case 4 CSK & KKR have almost equal run rate, the position may differ. Lets see What happens and whom is going to play whom in the play-offs.

  • RoarofTiger on May 21, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    I am seeing lots of anti-sachin comments here which makes me really wonder what does he needs to please them. Can you imagine if you deduct his runs from MI score what others are contributating. Now there will be debate that he uses lots of balls to get those runs. SO what is he suppose to do if he is losing partners at other end. And Guys wishing for him to retire, Can you please check the amount of runs he is still getting and please for god sake do not comment that his runs are in losing cause. Is it his fault that our ballers are not able to restrict opposition or it is his fault that he is still scoring. Yeah there will be lots of guys thinking of me to be Die hard fan of Sachin, but the Guy is still scoring runs. and @ Quazar thanks for the stats, but I guess there will be lots of them even trying to prove them wrong :( @pkm124 which team you are supporting, please ask their adminsitrator, if Sachin is willing to play from their team what their asn will be :)

  • catsalive on May 21, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    Just goes to show how poor the mumbai team is. There is absolutely too much hype being created about the team and about sachin as well. No doubt sachin is a great player, but he is just good enough to perform in this format. This format is not just about how many runs you score, its about how quickly you get them. Sachin is not capable to ripping apart a bowler.As far as Malinga is concerned, his bowling was torn apart by shane watson and he has a lot of thinking to do. A guy who quit test cricket just for the sake of playing in the IPL... well he has to come up with a better show. I think CSK is again going to show who is the boss to MI.

  • rahulcricindia on May 21, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    sorry to all the critisizers of mumbai indians punjab is being thumped badly by deccan and THE SACHIN and mumbai are through....yeah

  • Quazar on May 21, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    @sugumarrising ... I don't know why you hate MI so much. But there is not a single post on this page claiming that MI are above and beyond all other teams, or that they are invincible... so i don't know to whom you are responding. This is T20... nobody is invincible. KKR thumped Kings XI, who then thumped them back, RR got thumped by Kochi, and then RR thumped MI. Yes, CSK are a terrific side, and Dhoni is a terrific captain... nobody has said either is poor. So not sure why all your hate...

  • blondblackberry on May 21, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    sachin is a excellent batsman,cricketer, neat gentleman but he is a very poor captain.

  • vind_2801 on May 21, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    @sugumarrising well said dude .....really the media and commentators are treating MI as a only team that is playing IPL ......and showering with praises ....even though it is such an substandard team.....and more the fans are jealous of CSK's rise ...."success breeds contempt ".....hail CSK

  • on May 21, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    Its good to be adamant fan, and also back ur team and players ... but how do u rate them ... ofcourse scoring centuries and half-centuries is great .. but whats the point if they dont contribute in winning the match .. SRT is greatest batsmen of all time and no one will come even close to him ... still there is something is called resource utilization and he is NOT GOOD AT IT ... plz accept this .. especially MI franchise should understand and take the pressure off him so that he can give his best and MI wins ... individual spark helps in a shorter run, its team as a unit that makes a side great ... and a captain who can bring out the best in the players, take crucial decisions, take decisive calls and keeps his composure calm even in the strongest of winds ... may MI franchise understand this before its too late ... may GOD(real one/SRT) bless MI ...

  • M_Jackson on May 21, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    Thats what happen when you make one person the god! First worship him, then crucify for not producing miracles. Common guys, we all know that Sachin is one of the best thing that happened to Indian cricket and the unmatched run-machine...but he is not the certainly not the same match winner as compared to the Gayle, Watson, Sehwag or Gilchrist! And definitely not a good captain. Give him some break and give other talents appropriate applauds for what they achieve. Its a pity that as we want to win WC only for Sachin.. as if other players doesn't matter. its always a team effort that win trophies. No single person can be or should be bigger than the sport. Give Sachin the respect he deserves, but credit other players as well. Only when the dependency on a single player reduces, the team performs well. Remember the time Indian wins were directly proportional to sachin's success in that match. We got over that era, lets not push ourselves back in that!

  • kevinpp on May 21, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    Sachin is the reason for MI situation. He plays during field restriction but doesn't score fast enough. Everybody saying Sachin plays anchor role. Why would you do that when your opening partners are failing. Also he is reluctant to use his overseas batting resources. Its understandable to give chance to local players but situation demands you should use pollard, like sending bhaji ahead of symonds( killing his confidence). Its like Sachin will score 60 of 60 balls and others should score 120 of 60. No justice.

  • on May 21, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    Dipankar Lal comments are too funny :)

  • sugumarrising on May 21, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    MI is the most invincible team in ipl, they have won all the 3 previous ipl tournaments (in dream), teams like CSK,RCB,RR should not be allowed to play in the ipl bcoz no one can match the standards of MI as they have played against RR yesterday,in ipl 2011 no playoffs is required hand over the cup to MI bcoz of certain people giving huge hype(what a great team MI is biggest margin of victory while chasing in the history of ipl by RR) LOL

  • Quazar on May 21, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    And some facts on overall IPL captaincy winning % : Dhoni 61% (34 out of 56), SRT 60% (28/47; he was injured for most of IPL-1 hence lesser games, and there was no Malinga, Zaheer or Bhajji, who was banned), Warne 55% (30/55), Gilly 47% (25/53). So again, granted Tendulkar isn't a great tactician as skipper... but he's not the useless skipper some haters are making him out. (Also note that Warne's win % falls to 44%, 17 wins out of 39, in the last 3 years, when he didn't have Tanveer - the best bowler by far in IPL-1)

  • Sreelal_SS on May 21, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    @Quazar : well said...!!...

  • on May 21, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    I feel if Sachin was the captain of the Titanic, They wouldnt even have hit the iceberg!!!

  • Quazar on May 21, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    @Maheshsoordelu... 2 points: 1) For sure Tendulkar in IPL 4 is a shadow of himself in IPL 3... but remember that he's coming off a draining WC... and he's 38, not 29 like Dhoni, Yuvi, Gauti. 2) Yes, his aggressiveness is lesser too... that's coz twice he got out early and MI slumped to 87 vs Kings XI and 94 vs RR... and Blizzard, Rayadu and Suman have been throwing their wkts away early in the last 3 games leaving MI 20/2 or 25/3 causing Tendulkar to play even more cautiously. So while I agree his SR this season is lower than it should be, you have to recognize the situational contributory factors too.

  • Quazar on May 21, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    @Vatto, you too are perhaps missing some facts. Dhoni is a superior captain for sure, but it is not Dhoni's captaincy alone that wins most games for Dhoni, and Sachin's captaincy that loses most games for MI. Otherwise why have MI won 4 out of 6 away games, while CSK have won only 2 out of 6? How did MI defend 158 vs CSK... or 158 against Kings XI too? And how did CSK make 188 and lose to Kings XI? So again, yes, Dhoni is the superior captain... but don't credit every win to Dhoni and debit every loss to Tendulkar. (And do remember that in that DC game, Sohal just threw his wkt away with a silly reverse sweep, while Sanga and Christian, and more so White, have been in poor form... so it wasn't some magic from Dhoni alone that won that game... although credit to CSK spinners and Bollinger)

  • Quazar on May 21, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    Essentially, there is very little objectivity among Tendulkar haters too. He isn't a great captain, but he's a committed captain, who has given ample opportunities to flower to talented youngsters like Tiwary, Rayadu, Kulkarni, Murtaza, Nechim, et al... which is one of the main cricketing (as opposed to commercial) objectives of the IPL. The problem with Mumbai is their batting form and confidence... they keep losing 2-3 wkts in the 1st 6... and are struggling against spin. MI could well get knocked out by KKR, but Tendulkar's side will always remains a force in the IPL... especially next year when the pitches will be less tired (no WC) and so will Tendulkar himself (whose batting in IPL 2011 is below that of IPL 2010) as he won't be coming off a draining WC (which makes a difference when you're 38).

  • sarga2006 on May 21, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    what tha hell is sachin doing. he is not using his players properly.sachin must either hit those fours or rotate strike rather than wasting all the balls. the team lineup should be ; sach,symonds,rohit,suman,pollard,rayudu,franklin,bhajji,manaf,malinga,kulkarni. Sach in should enough of oppurtunities to Franklin and Symonds since both are very talented players. sach is being too partial to rayudu by promoting him at 3.Symonds can score at run per a ball and if rohit,pollard,and franklin can hit down the order mumbai can still go into playoffs.suman is also very talented

  • rahulcricindia on May 21, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    @Vatto do not compare SACHIN and dhoni both are perfect in their art i.e. batting and captaincy respectively...even i would say dhoni has some way to go to be in the list of all time great captains...but SACHIN tops the list of all time great batsman...so please do not compare them.....i will be disrespect to them

  • on May 21, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    @ dipankar lal , M S dhoni is a wicketkeeper first and then a batsman , and he is india's greatest captain . if he scores half of the runs of sachin , thats good enough . and i personally feels if dhoni would had born in delhi or mumbai , he would be in indian team 4 years earlier for debut . CSK and RCB is already in top 2 , game between them is just a formality

  • RogerC on May 21, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    MI lost to RR to keep the interest in the rest of the games. In the next game, MI will beat KKR and both will qualify. I sometimes wonder if IPL is a great drama show of the business tycoons. On another issue, I think veterans like Sachin, Ganguly, Dravid and Laxman should gracefully exit from IPL this year. 20-20 is not their strength any longer.

  • Imayank on May 21, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    I think weak link in MI side is captaincy as Sachin as captain dont have gr8 imagination and innovation.

    On traditional wankhedey and RR home pitch which is assisting spin he have opted for additional fast bowler to specialized left arm spin of murtaza. All teams rely on left arm spin against right hand batsmen and we dont play spinner. Also rohit sharma and even symonds can be better utilized then they are now.

    I also wonder why he persist with Suman who is complete flop in all matches. He can even try and open with symonds or in that case Rohit sharma or even sometime with polard. Why MI have not selected Specialized batsman cum wicket keeper that i really dont understood from last 4 season.

    So till we have good captain we have to rely on individual performances. Just imagine Shane Warne or Dhoni or even Gautam Ghambir captaining Mumbai Indian.

    I adore and like sachin as batsman but would rate him 3 out of 5 as captain and he is defensive captain which is not good for MI.

  • k_biran on May 21, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    @Dipankar Lal first u stop this nonsense, CSK already qualified for the play offs, even if it gets thrashed at the hands off RCB its not gonna make a difference, but sorry to say MI is in a tricky situation remember that and b quiet in a corner. whether u agree r not apart from Sachin the great MI batting looks weak.

  • Vatto on May 21, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    @Dipankar Lal: Mate dont talk trash. CSK scoring a century is a non-issue. The topic is that even when Dhoni scores a duck he makes it up with good captaincy because the team is good. MI is a team of stars but CSK is a star team. Hope this settles the issue. CSK have won matches scoring 140, but MI cant win scoring 180 against Kochi. The truth is Sachin's captaincy IS SIMPLY NOT good in a pressure situation. Did u see CSK vs DC? Sunny sohal was slogging like anything and they needed 90 in 15 overs. Once he got out the pressure exerted by Dhoni on DC ensured they crumbled. But did sachin at anytime take that risk? That is the question that has to be answered. And also the innovation in field placing. Did u see dhoni use a mid off and a long off against Pollard? Did sachin ever do that to anyone. So dont think we are against Sachin or CSK is better. We love Sachin than in Mumbai or Maharashtra. The fact is Sachin is 2 experienced but lacks dynamism in captaincy.

  • Quazar on May 21, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    Sachin isn't a great captain, but only petty, jealous folks want to crucify him day in day out. Yes, he misread the wkt (due to its shine) and played seamers... but MSD too often misread the pitch in the WC (eg. Mohali, Mumbai) and was often getting his combo wrong... so is he a horrible captain? As for Franklin & Bhajji... they made 11 in 5 balls & 1 in 1 ball respectively... how would Symonds have changed the game in 1 over, when he made only 8 in 19 balls in his last game at Mumbai, and has been out of form? And Pollard has been sent in early several times this year, so why criticize Sachin on that count? And don't forget that Warnie & Dhoni have themselves often kept their hitters like Yousuf (in last 3 years) and Morkel (last 4 years) at 6 or 7... in fact, Warnie didn't even open with Watson for multiple games this year... so are Dhoni & Warne useless captains?? Or is it that all captains can err? Fact is MI's batting form & confidence has slumped, esp vs spin, hence their losses.

  • Maheshsoordelu on May 21, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    The Problem with Mumbai Indians is probably with their approach to the game. Sachin Tendulkar apperas to be more interested in guarding his wicket rather than accelerating the scoring. The Top Order then leaves too much to the Middle Order. T 20 especially requires a carefree attitude which appears to be missing with MI of late. I am ardent fan of Tendulkar. But his current approach is too difficult to digest. It is the time when he has achieved almost everything should make the bowlers fear hiim. Rather now they respect him and do not fear him anymore. He should end his career in the same manner as he started. Being flambouyent.

  • Chetan__Pandit on May 21, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    Boom Boom Watson does it again.

  • on May 21, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    MI are in trouble finally. Its because they have not bothered to give enough batting exposure to their essential components in Pollard and Symonds. Sachin has been delegating the top slots to nonentities like T. Suman, Jacobs, Blizzard or Rayudu who are replaceable.

    Seeing there were few batting collapses at the top Pollard and Symonds have got used to sitting on the bench. When Malinga malingered there was trouble.

    If KXIP put it across DC today one of MI or KKR will find themselves eliminated. MI would have deserved it too.

  • bismoy on May 21, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    Its seems while other player scores 0 no one rembers,but if sachin scores 31 its deemed as failure.......talk of hight expectionion from one man only.......

    Sachin was 2nd hisghest scorer when indian won wc and top run scorer when india reach wc final and semis.....when he didn't perform india failed to reach semis .

    Like to know what dravid,ganguly,shewag,laxman contrubution in WC????

    Fact is whenever india reach semis(96,2003 or 2011) always beacuse of sachin ,rest batting never done anything ....

  • on May 21, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    @ Balaji Viswanathan stop this nonsense how many teams have won trophies? guess just three and only once. may MI thrash KKr and RCB thrash CSK all CSK fans will be quiet then.

  • on May 21, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    Shane Watson's onslaught on Malinga was just a treat to watch. It did show that if Malinga was hammered he won't get his weapon "yorker and slow bouncer" right. Good entertainment indeed !

  • on May 21, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    @Balaji Viswanathan Be quiet in a corner and watch Ipl who are you comparing these batters with, CSK? they have scored century each Gayle scored two by the way what's Dhoni's highest score, just one 50 that too against Delhi.

  • on May 21, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    Shane Watson onslaught on Malinga was just a treat to watch. It did show that if Malinga gets hammered he won't get his weapon "yorker and slower bouncer" right.

  • on May 21, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    Sachin cannot do everything... but atleast he can do something..other than wasting the balls at one end and pressurize the less experienced players.

  • on May 21, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    Mumbai Indians should have invested in a good captain - some one like Dhoni, Vettori, Warne or Gilchrist who make the group play as a team. Sachin is a great batsman but we all know how well he captained India and now MI (who have not won a single trophy in 4 seasons).

  • talktohari2002 on May 21, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    Mumbai Indians r the most over rated team in this years IPL...they have only sachin & sarma in batting and one & only malinga in the bowling..they really miss sahir khan & sourabh thiwary this season!!!!!

  • on May 21, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    MI (Sachin/Malinga), DD(Sehwag) & RCB (Gayle) are one trick ponies. And when that lead pony fails the results suck. And a one trick pony never wins the trophy in the end. On the other hand, CSK (and RR) look better gelled as a team and there is a sense of better teamwork in display headed by captain cool. CSK owners have invested in a team (by retaining most of the past members) while the other franchises have invested in individuals & that's the reason others never win the trophy.

  • on May 21, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    i always beleive that sachine can be a great captain if he could handle the pressure situation. now i am doubt of it, because sending faranklin, and harbhagan ahead of symonds and also sachine is not using his bowling talent, cant understand kulkarni's selection, this season he is batting like as he plays one day match..his strike rate is below 110. so now i can say this man play for records only. no doubt sachin has great records he is great batsman but when matters come on to play for a team or to get a victory for his team Brian Lara and Ricky ponting is far greater than him.

  • BULTY on May 21, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    Overconfidence, despondency and lack of Sachin's communication with the team members cost them the match. They lost the match for reasons attributable to them only and nothing else. I was happy the way RR showed them they can be drubbed too and that too quite heavily. If KKR wins the match against MI, then it's pack off time for them 'cos KXI winning against DC is almost sure, because of departure of DC's mercurial captain Sangakkara.

  • sircha on May 21, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    Looks like KXIP are going to pip MI to the playoffs.

  • AjitNarayan on May 21, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    Why is everyone criticising Sachin? He can not do everything....

  • Farce-Follower on May 21, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    @Geetham : Typical statistics orientation. Sachin did get his century in the IPL and what happened? MI lost. Ask Shane Watson what he would preferred, and the last thing on his mind would be an inane century. Thats the difference between Sachin and the rest of the cricketing world.

  • rajeevtheprince on May 21, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    In general nobody enjoys when an Australian dominating the others, but yesterday it was a different response, apart from die-heard MI fans everybody in the world enjoyed watching Watson. He has proved the that Malinga is just a bowler. Fabulous Innings from WATTO.

  • mpcobra on May 21, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    4 big things which MI has been messing around with having sachin as anchor having bhajji in squad as spinner when we all know how bad a turner of ball he is. In later part of ipl its all up to which team has good spinners no back up spinner even part timers also doing bad job( but ideally u r main spinner bhajji should make his mark count) Best part of them all is MI hitters can't accelerate against spin , AS IPL progresses its always about spinners

  • eomer17 on May 21, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    Malinga is a HUGE factor in mumbai's success.Sachin is Important but he needs support at other end.Also Mumbai's has stuffed too many batters for similar positions.rohit should open,symmo!get him out of there,get pollard ahead.Pollard has been batting all IPL at 6!!get an extra seam bowler in symmo's place.

  • Rokingrishav on May 21, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    Sachin never play for the team but only for records. It might be little bitter but how many times the team has won when he has scored a hundred they always have been in the losing side even in T20.................. But the team has won whenever Saurav or Shehwag has done that

  • on May 21, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    sachin proves again that he ia a GOD as a player. but captaincy is sumthng not a cup of tea for him. he is leading the best t20 side of the IPL nd still not able to win in tough situations. and on the other side shane ware is one of the gr8 captain i hav ever seen. the way Rajasthan has performed in the whole tournament...with the team they got. it is just unbelievable bcz their two main foregn players watson nd taylor didn't do much in the entire tournament except one match each. Nd Draid he was the cheapest buy with maxmimum return ofor rajasthan. again shown his consistency nd class in the entire tournament. only 3 innings in which he failed.

  • on May 21, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    I'm so happy to see MI loosing... all the best for KKR to send this MI out..

  • sunny312 on May 21, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    crikkfan...even in that case it should be 13 games. twice against the teams in same group & once against the teams in other group which would be (4x2=8 + 5 =13) i may have calculated wrongly, pls correct me if i am wrong

  • on May 21, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    I think it was just an awesome performance that floored mumbai not only from cricketing perspective but their egos...Rayudu and Pollard should have kept quiet rather than sledging Watson , he would have finished match in his own pace but instead packed them up at rockets pace....:)....i think somebody crictized Rahul for not letting Shane Watson complete century and then talking about so called god of cricket not making 200 , come on man...i hope he knows a bit of playing for team and held bat and bowl in life....its a team sport and captain has to decide whats best for the team...

  • mkdenning on May 21, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    @ Chetan: Everybody need a chance to prove themselves... These guys are playing from a long time.. get this sachin out of the Indian team... He is not letting other players to groom in.. Why is he still playing with out contributing any thing on big occassions... just making runs for record books...

  • mkdenning on May 21, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    @ Chetan: Everybody need a chance to prove themselves... These guys are playing from a long time.. get this sachin out of the Indian team... He is not letting other players to groom in.. Why is he still playing with out contributing any thing on big occassions... just making runs for record books...

  • mkdenning on May 21, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    MI should exit form this IPL...Sachin can not win u anything.. He just plays for his own records.. And more over a worst captain of all time.. Don't know how to use the resources.. Rohith and Symmo should have played for other teams.. Franklin and Bajji as batsmen and symmo just as a fielder.. LOL

  • crikkfan on May 21, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    deepkar...thats coz every team is not playing every other team, there are 2 groups of 5 teams each and every team is only playing teams in its own group twice - once at home and once away. it is playing the teams in the other group once - so it comes to 14. 9 must have been too short and 18 too long i guess..so they must have contrived it.

  • Chetan007 on May 21, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    @Bibhakar Shah:- Until the place vacated by Sourav Ganguly is not filled, neither of the 3- Sachin, Dravid, VVS should retire. This will surely create an scarcity like the Australian team is suffering. Whether it would take 50 years or less. We were not even being able to find a suitable candidate for a single test match. none of the young guys have the the potential to play a long inning. just don't be a criticizer, find out what is best for Indian cricket. Criticizing is an easy part instead of finding something best of what we have now.

  • on May 21, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    @Winsome- Yeah only that match-winning 160-odd for the Aussies against England in the first ODI in Australia that set them on the path to dominate that series. But don't worry about facts and figures, your opinion is what matters...

  • on May 21, 2011, 3:28 GMT

    What a great team man Rahul Dravid is. Once he declared Indian innings with Tendulkar stranded on 194* and yesterday he deprived Shane Watto a well deserved century.

  • on May 21, 2011, 2:16 GMT

    Its a 'do or die' and KKR could put MI to the sword. MI have failed to galvanize their batting resources. At this level all good teams need a big hitter at the top. MI have tended to leave theirs on the bench, experimenting with ersatz.

  • on May 21, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    Sachin is nowhere to be blamed! The team has not been suppourtin enough, his role in d team is of an anchor,which he undoubtedly performs! The biggies in d team have lost der shine,and d allround lacklusture performance hav driven dem right on 2 d doors of playoff's, where they r litrelly on fence!

  • on May 21, 2011, 1:06 GMT

    Mi - (malinga+sachin)=0 . Im surprised why a power house like Sanath was not selected for this season.No other big guns have fired this season. It's not surprising if they get eleminated before play offs.

  • malharsire on May 21, 2011, 0:52 GMT

    Bombay is vastly overrated! Sachin can only inspire awe not people.

  • WestIndies1987 on May 20, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    As a Rajasthan fan at least the teams goes out of the tournament with their heads held high. I am a huge fan of Shane Waston and I am very happy for his allround exploits in this game.

  • antophil on May 20, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    why sachin is still hanging desperately in the game...it's time for him to retire..we all thought he will retire after worldcup..but this fellow has other plans...it's nothing other than 50 centuries in odi and 50 centuries in tests...and i bet he will retire the next day after he achieve this..he is ready to play until age 50 to get this "record"

  • Deepkar on May 20, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    Please somebody tell me why every team is playing 14 matches as there r 10 teams every team should get 9 games or 18 games.

  • MaruthuDelft on May 20, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    @elangop, mi struggle because of tendulkar's batting. tendulkar has lost the game again for mi; remember the first match against pw? tendulkar's batting cuased the match to extend to the last ball; the target was just 120! he has dumped mi many times. since it is tendulkar no one has complained!

  • Winsome on May 20, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    Shame Watson waited till RR couldn't go anywhere to play a blinder. He's been doing exactly that for the Aussies all summer.

  • PradeepR on May 20, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    Sachin lost his batting form and Mumbai Indians have been losing ever since. Rayudu and Sachin should open followed by Rohit Sharma, Andrew Symonds (Symonds fought with Clarke literally for this 4th batting position in the Australian batting order, remember? Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan should come next, Suman and the rest of the folks can follow.

  • on May 20, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    If kxip win against dc by atleast 30 runs or chase down 6-7 overs remaining then it will be a knockout between mi and kkr......great excitment ahead....loving it

  • on May 20, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    If kxip win against dc by atleast 30 runs or chase down 6-7 overs remaining then it will be a knockout between mi and kkr......great excitment ahead....loving it

  • on May 20, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    If kxip win against dc by atleast 30 runs or chase down 6-7 overs remaining then it will be a knockout between mumbai and kkr........great excitment ahead......loving it.....

  • elangop on May 20, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    MI won few games just because of Mallinga.(one coz of Sachin's century). now they are exposed. main reason I think is they are not pacing their innings properly with their big star studded line up. wont be surprised even if they choke against KKR.. good luck

  • sehwaguparcut on May 20, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    come on Sachin whats going on, get the team back on track

  • PradeepR on May 20, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    MI aren't using their resources properly. Why are players like Suman playing in the top half of the batting order and why are Pollard and Symonds not getting to bat enough? To be honest, Sachin sucks at captaincy.

  • mogan707 on May 20, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    Reckless,Shameless,batting and bowling performance from Mumbai (not) Indians.In a crucial game like this they could have bowled and restricted RR to a decent total and chased it.Instead because of ridiculousness they allowed a perfect farewell to Shane Warne.Watson proved to be a biggest thorn in the flesh of MI.Things extra-ordinarily changed such that I suspect there is a great amount of fixing going on regarding the pitch,selection and performance of some of the players in every franchise in the past few matches.Shame on MI,Shame on IPL

  • MavenDude on May 20, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    hang on guys..!! lots to come n the next two days..!! if punjab wins the next match, MI vs KKR will be a nail biter...

  • on May 20, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    the team mumbai who looked a certainty in the top two a few weeks ago are now fighting for a place in the playoffs certainly in the game of cricket there's no place for complacency and certainly mumbai have lacked commitment that they have been showing in the earlier matches ,they losses have been due to poor opening pair, mere strike rate of SRT and their dependency on pollard and specially malinga if he fires then they win and he gets smashed all over the park like the game today they hardly pick a wicket also so mumbai needs to tighten their plans and execute them well against KKR otherwise pack their bags and start preparing for the nxt ipl.......

  • on May 20, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Now, all of a sudden MI has become the most preferred team to play against in the play-offs (provided they make it to) !!!

  • priyankunhale on May 20, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    So sad to see RR exiting IPL... this team has been the one to see apart from CSK! Brings out the best with minimum resources and Shane being the best captain. Had whatto and rosso played up to their potential in a couple of earlier matches, they would surely make it to the playoffs. Lack of quality Indian players costed the team dearly.. Hope to see RCB winning this time. They have been a team to beat after Gayle inclusion! CSK deserves as well for their consistency. Mumbai completely depends on Malinga.. they are half potent when he haves an off day..which is rare though... KIP will probably win against DC, but still will have to wait for MIvs KKR which could be interesting

  • on May 20, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    i just got one question did the home team get the pitch they wanted ? if they got that they would have won the match. may be srinivasan is the reason behind this loss too :P

  • MJaganath on May 20, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    Shane Squares r shining... cool buddy

  • pkm124 on May 20, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    Sachin and MI have been thrashed again by RR..... wonder, sachin wants but not able to find any excuse this time like last time. .so, all blind and crying supporters(duffers) of sachin who consider him god.... go n help him out..... or at least pray for his paining soul!! hahahaha...... :))

  • abhi_cricinfo on May 20, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    I don't think MI have a good batting line up. They don't have good openers (SRT can score at SR of100 or120 but thats enough). Blizzard , Jacobs , Franklin and Suman are fail as second opener. Rayudu ,Symonds and Pollard are not consistent. Their highest score this season was 188 (courtesy of SRT's 100) but still MI lost because of slow batting at other end. I think CKS will win this IPL as well.

  • Valavan on May 20, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    MI generally loose if there wont be mailinga

  • RoarofTiger on May 20, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    There has been serious lack of commitment in MI in past few matches...how quickly a formidable team has started losing matches so badly. Perhaps serious changes in team is in order. Opening pair is serious disappointment this year. perhaps try Rayudu with Sachin in the last very imp game. Hope MI wins these year :)

  • on May 20, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    Now if MI lose their next game against KKR and if Punjab manage to win against Deccan, even with a small margin, then MI will get knocked out of the tournament.

  • akchowdary on May 20, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    Good work MI. Your hard work on last few games is really gr8. You guys really reserved 5th place. Go get it...

  • pkm124 on May 20, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    Khaaaaaaaaamosh....... (Sachin n MI supporters)

  • blondblackberry on May 20, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    mumbai is playing what they are actually. any so called "big team" will not lose so big twice.simply,they don't play as a team and never will so, m.i. please get out of playoffs u r fired.

  • rohan.kumar586 on May 20, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    Good work shane watson i am your biggest fan

  • SridharStar on May 20, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    After Gilly its Watson now.

  • on May 20, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    Mi are going to lose this game. They've done a schoolboy error of not picking Murtaza. A rookie like Ankeet Chavan is turning the ball as good as any other spinner, and what do MI do? Pick another medium pacer - Franklin. Great tactics ! Unless Malinga produces an exceptional bowling performance, MI are ought to lose agains RR

  • SridharStar on May 20, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    MI like Australia team in last world cup, have strongest team but loosing matches..Need captaincy change here too LOL

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  • SridharStar on May 20, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    MI like Australia team in last world cup, have strongest team but loosing matches..Need captaincy change here too LOL

  • on May 20, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    Mi are going to lose this game. They've done a schoolboy error of not picking Murtaza. A rookie like Ankeet Chavan is turning the ball as good as any other spinner, and what do MI do? Pick another medium pacer - Franklin. Great tactics ! Unless Malinga produces an exceptional bowling performance, MI are ought to lose agains RR

  • SridharStar on May 20, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    After Gilly its Watson now.

  • rohan.kumar586 on May 20, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    Good work shane watson i am your biggest fan

  • blondblackberry on May 20, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    mumbai is playing what they are actually. any so called "big team" will not lose so big twice.simply,they don't play as a team and never will so, m.i. please get out of playoffs u r fired.

  • pkm124 on May 20, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    Khaaaaaaaaamosh....... (Sachin n MI supporters)

  • akchowdary on May 20, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    Good work MI. Your hard work on last few games is really gr8. You guys really reserved 5th place. Go get it...

  • on May 20, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    Now if MI lose their next game against KKR and if Punjab manage to win against Deccan, even with a small margin, then MI will get knocked out of the tournament.

  • RoarofTiger on May 20, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    There has been serious lack of commitment in MI in past few matches...how quickly a formidable team has started losing matches so badly. Perhaps serious changes in team is in order. Opening pair is serious disappointment this year. perhaps try Rayudu with Sachin in the last very imp game. Hope MI wins these year :)

  • Valavan on May 20, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    MI generally loose if there wont be mailinga