Kolkata v Mumbai, IPL 2011, Eden Gardens

Rayudu's Miandad moment

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the IPL game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians at Eden Gardens

Siddhartha Talya

May 22, 2011

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Ambati Rayudu celebrates after winning the match with a last-ball six, Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2011, May 22, 2011
That winning moment © Associated Press

The mix-up
Jacques Kallis drove to mid-on and ran to the other end while his opening partner Sreevats Goswami's attention was directed at the ball. There was no communication between the pair and as Goswami turned his gaze to the other end of the pitch, Kallis had already run past him. Not for the first time were Mumbai Indians fortunate in this game.

Bhatia lands on his head
That must have hurt, though he recovered well to take three wickets. Harbhajan Singh mistimed L Balaji over mid-off and Bhatia, stationed there, back-pedalled a couple of times but lost his balance, spilled the chance and banged the back of his head on the ground. He was in some pain and went off the field for a break, though his return and his spell of three wickets almost clinched the game for Kolkata Knight Riders.

Balaji's Holding moment
Kieron Pollard was under pressure to step up against the increasing required-rate and appeared to have got an ideal ball to dispatch. It was bowled full on leg stump and Pollard aimed for the long-on boundary. It turned out to be a little fuller than he would have liked, and the leg stump went cartwheeling towards the wicketkeeper. It was the last time Balaji smiled tonight.

The trigger to the twist
Off the final ball of the penultimate over of the chase, Ambati Rayudu tried to sneak a leg-bye while Goswami, the wicketkeeper, aimed needlessly at the stumps at the striker's end, where James Franklin had comfortably made his ground. The ricochet produced an extra run, which meant Franklin would take strike in the final over. Gambhir gave Goswami a dressing down, and the captain's worst fears were to come true.

The Miandad moment
And Balaji would have felt like Chetan Sharma. In his attempt to get one into the blockhole - one of several in the over that failed - Balaji ended up doling out a meaty full toss to Rayudu when Mumbai needed four to win off the final ball. We knew where it was heading the moment he made contact, much like Javed Miandad did around two and a half decades ago. Gambhir was shocked, his coach Dav Whatmore speechless and so were 70,000-odd others as Mumbai pulled off a heist. "I was pretty relaxed, and I knew he [Balaji] was under pressure," Rayudu said later. "I was just blank, anywhere he bowls I thought I could hit a boundary."

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Posted by stevedd on (May 24, 2011, 11:38 GMT)

i think its time for MI to spend money wisely and get quality players as RCB and CSK has done, throw out pollard, blizzard, symonds, there are good indian players who can play better than these guys!!

Posted by stevedd on (May 24, 2011, 11:35 GMT)

man of the match shuld have been either pollard (23 runs in 2 overs) or price (33 runs in 3 overs).

Posted by   on (May 24, 2011, 10:02 GMT)

This incident remembering me the India's Australia tour in 2004 where Ausies needed 5 runs on the last ball, bowler was LBalaji and the batsman was BLee, there BLee hit six on that last ball to make Australia win...

Posted by friendfromusa on (May 24, 2011, 8:50 GMT)

Man of the match should have been Laxmipathy Balaji. He let MI score 51 runs in just 3 overs (a half century in 3 overs) and single handedly handed over the victory on a silver platter, which Franklin and Rayadu grabbed with glee. Well done, Balaji. Keep it up...

Posted by Abhi_Rockers on (May 23, 2011, 15:11 GMT)

It was repeat of 2009(KKR Vs DC) for the knight riders. The culprit that time was Mashrafe Mortaza and the encore was rohit....

Posted by siddarthshikhar on (May 23, 2011, 14:54 GMT)

@stevedd What i meant was that if the situation demands it is perfectly okay to bowl such a line. It was a clever piece of bowling and was well within the rules set down for playing the game.

Posted by versatilesimplicity on (May 23, 2011, 14:39 GMT)

Javed Miandad hit that immortal six not one and half decade back, but 25 years earlier!

Posted by raghu1122000 on (May 23, 2011, 14:23 GMT)


the charm of a cricket match isn't in just scoring runs. Its a lot more than that. A cricket can be thrilling even if the runs scored are less. In fact the best limited over match of all time which was between SA and Aus (remember semifinal of the 99) was not at all high scoring game.

Yes, 2020 is about scoring runs and thats how it was conceived, but every format evolves. Batsmen were scoring runs, now bowlers are finding ways to restrict them by bowling some lengths, batsmen will again counter it with their own ways.. This is the beauty of the game... not a guy running in from 22 yards gifting dollies to the guy at the other end and getting tonked to all corners all the time till eternity. get some perspective.


Posted by shrastogi on (May 23, 2011, 13:10 GMT)

Isnt in the IPL3 Dhoni hit a last over six to lead CSK into SF at Dharmshala ? So there is an encore this year. I think this IPL would be remembered for Gayle's pyrotechniques which singlehandedly propelled RCB to top. And off course for Shibani Dandekar's bubblism who must have pushed the IPL4's TRP ratings :-) Dont worry Balaji people would forget this last over.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2011, 13:00 GMT)

gosh give balaji the benefit of the doubt!!!! nobody would do that on purpose!!!! gambhir should have kept lee for the last over....he kept balaji instead!! never mind...you learn from mistakes!!!!!

Posted by   on (May 23, 2011, 12:51 GMT)

I agree with kingcobra85. Ganguly handled Balaji in much better way. He was not a quality bowler at that time as he is now.

Posted by Valavan on (May 23, 2011, 12:49 GMT)

applauding rayudu's effort, its one such day when Mark Taylor promoted shane warne up the order in 1996 WC QF vs NZ in chennai. He thumped a few boundaries and maximums to boost the RUNRATE. This wont work always. In the past here were few last ball finishes, and it wont mean that KKR is out, Gambhir is not a captain like gilly, dhoni or dan. BALAJI has done it so in CSK in past and does that once again now. Brett Lee was tamed by harbhajan, there it went wrong. in any case i think Qualifier 1 will be a dressrehersal for the grand finale in MAC Stadium.

Posted by akshathdorai on (May 23, 2011, 12:33 GMT)

The whole ploy employed by the KKR bowlers to bowl wide yorkers did not work.We saw Lee & Balaji bowl numerous wides and the edges can be attributed to their bowling ploy. Major Blunder!!!

Posted by   on (May 23, 2011, 12:10 GMT)

Ummmm...Sid, TWO decades and a half! 1986 it was! Yeah, we are growing old....

Posted by   on (May 23, 2011, 12:07 GMT)

For all who are wondering how MI got passed the finishing line? Its not the three edges went behind for 4s. Its not Balaji's full tosses...Its Dhoni's luck my friends. Dhoni's angels did it in the middle so that CSK is thru to play-offs and Champions League...Luck favors Dhoni despite a loss to RCB...Now, is anyone have any doubt on the IP4 champions...

Posted by kingcobra85 on (May 23, 2011, 11:36 GMT)

Dhoni's luck helping Mumbai Indians...Imagine if Mumbai had Dhoni in their side lol. Anyways KKR fans stop blaming Balaji he bowled some super spells over the 14 matches.It happens plus if ganguly was the captain KKR would have won this game easy!

Posted by stevedd on (May 23, 2011, 11:34 GMT)

you take out kallis and KKR will never qualify, take out dhoni and CSK are like a carriage without a horse, u take ouy gayle and RCB will struggle, in every loss there are if's and but's, my friend as u cherish the wins also cherish the losses. GOOD LUCK I is when preparation meets oppurtunity.

Posted by stevedd on (May 23, 2011, 11:23 GMT)

@ siddarthshikha u r absolutely right I think malinga, abu, munaf and the rest of RCB, CSK bowlers should use this tactics and bowl all of 20 overs in that spot and keep most fielders on the ropes so that the runs will be limited to below 100 runs and down the line people will stop watching as there wont be any charm. someone should advise the MI bowlers to start doing a la brett lee.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2011, 11:13 GMT)

Its neither the captaincy of Gambhir nor the ability of bowling under pressure of Balji are the reasons for the historic defeat. Its the rare situation sometimes happens for the bowler. But lets thank to Franklin for this epoch making knock.

Posted by talktome2011 on (May 23, 2011, 10:48 GMT)


Posted by kishorekr on (May 23, 2011, 10:45 GMT)

Miandad moment - was it only a decade and a half ago that Miandad tonked Chetan Sharma for a six off the last available ball of the match at Sharjah?

No, it is actually 25 years. There is one other point - Miandad had to hit a six to ensure a victory for Pakistan as they needed 6 runs. Rayudu could well have done it with a four too.

Though it is quarter of a century, Chetan has till today not quite been able to get over that last ball six.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (May 23, 2011, 10:01 GMT)

@Rahul_78 Ur absolutely correct. harbhajan scored 30 of 29 balls . Rohit sharma wud have done better. You want better players at the top. MI was lucky to win this game. I would have loved to see MI lose this game so that they will be better prepared for the next game. Balaji might not give those freebies again. Either Rayudu or Sharma should bat at no 3.

Posted by Rahul_78 on (May 23, 2011, 9:44 GMT)

All those accusing Balaji needs to look at his role, he along with brett lee were consistently assigned with bawling in the death overs and performed admirably so far. This kind of things do happen in cricket that is why it is called game of glorious uncertainty. Balaji had a very good IPL so far and has improved a lot.If you ask franklin and Rayudu to score 23 runs again they will also not back themselves. If anything Gambhir was at fault, field placing were not great in last over and luck also played the part as 2 boundaries were scored behind wicketkeeper on plain unintentional and lucky shots.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2011, 9:37 GMT)

L balaji must have been slapped by gautam the way he has balled ,,,, he must be rested 4 the next games

Posted by   on (May 23, 2011, 9:27 GMT)

I can only say Sachin cannot take captaincy decisions. How can u explain not playing Rayudu at no. 3?? Harbhajan can hit bt not wen the ball is turning square. And Balaji always wilts under pressure remember the 1st IPL final wen 6 runs were needed of the 3 balls and he bowled a wide...

Posted by Red_Hat on (May 23, 2011, 9:08 GMT)

Poor captency by Gambhir at field. While spinners and slow bolwers were doing well, YP was given 1 over to bowl. Last couple of games Gambhir usually forgot Balaji to give bolw. But yesterday night Bala was hammered from the beginning, nevertheless Gambhir kept faith on him and lost the game.

Posted by raghu1122000 on (May 23, 2011, 8:27 GMT)


dont be a whiner. infact ur comments are against the spirit of cricket. Whining!! Cricket has its rules and as long hes bowling with the framework of these rules its fine. and thats what cricket is about.. bowlers bowling lengths to make it difficult and batsmen finding ways to get over it

Posted by ashankar on (May 23, 2011, 8:16 GMT)

@SyedArbabAhmed - Dude, Relax you guys tagged deutants (not one but many) as the Future Sachin or even greater than Sachin. This is not bad for that ;)

Posted by nickvegas on (May 23, 2011, 8:05 GMT)

Brett Lee should what??? Mate you are clueless. How is good bowling not in the spirit of the game?? Ijit

Posted by John.Doe.Cricket on (May 23, 2011, 8:00 GMT)

Why everybody is saying that Mumbai Indian's were lucky where they got three boundaries in last over edged past the wicket keeper. What do you expect when KKR bowled deep and wide outside the off side. Nobody said a single word when KKR got lucky with that kind bowling strategy to keep Pollard quiet for some time. Only stevedd in his comment above has raised the questions against KKR bowling strategy.

Posted by siddarthshikhar on (May 23, 2011, 8:00 GMT)

@stevedd I think the tactic of bowling wide by Brett Lee was a very intelligent piece of bowling. Some may call it negative but at that particular stage it was essential. It was the job of the batsmen to counter this tactic. I think they needed to move around the crease a bit more to disturb the line of Lee.

Posted by skyeshwin on (May 23, 2011, 7:29 GMT)

Even though balaji plays for KKR, he helped CSK seal the 2nd spot....A true Chennai guy....

Posted by stevedd on (May 23, 2011, 7:16 GMT)

Can someone tell Mr. Brett lee to play in the game's spirit and please do not bowl on the wide crease, this is not sporting but negative bowling. if every bowler from every team bowls like brett lee does then cricket will loose its charm of watching. we all know everyone wants to win but winning is only an event and being a winner is a spirit Mr. brett lee.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2011, 6:49 GMT)

Sachin is a great player and an individual, but not a good leader. The team has top 2 performing bowlers, best indian spinner, best indian batsman, big hitters like symonds and pollard, the uncapped players are sparkling as well, but the team has to settle with no. 3 position.

Getting Harbhajan top of the order was the same mistake repeated in IPL final last year. I was there at the match. Ideally Raydu and Sharma should bat at the top order, followed by Symonds and Pollard .

Posted by   on (May 23, 2011, 6:43 GMT)

it was good victory for mumbai i hope they play symonds next game he s far better then pollard kp s good nly n fielding nd hope davy jacobs gets fit again nd the four foreigner players shld be davy jacobs if fit , franklin,symo,malinga nd pollard if jacobs nt fit

Posted by SyedArbabAhmed on (May 23, 2011, 6:25 GMT)

WOW! Siddhartha Talya comparing international then Pakistan India and then the very great Javed Miandad with domestic then teams representing teams and then a player who did not even played international cricket.

Posted by game_mayank on (May 23, 2011, 5:59 GMT)

love cricket_for_all comments.....

Posted by PGW81 on (May 23, 2011, 5:18 GMT)

Crickets enteratiners and perfect match winners. Never a dull moment when bowlers like Balaji, Agarkar, I Pathan are around. They play their roles to perfection. Sheer luck alone helps them. Otherwise their teams can effectively play a bowler less. I remember how I predicted that Agarkar would leak 12 runs per over in the DD vs KXIP match. Bowlers like this play for their opponents and not their team. To think that Gauti was such a moron to get someone like Balaji to bowl the last over when some slow bowler or even Y Pathan would have ensured that the runs were checked. Please make L Balaji as the 12th man and get some deserving bowler in his place. Balaji relies a lot on luck and fluke..... Please drop him. His luck has blown over.

Posted by SachinLara1 on (May 23, 2011, 5:15 GMT)

gr8 disappointment in dis IPL: MI: Pollard CSk:Raina(although he scored some runs) KKR: Yusuf(lot more expected) RR:Watto,Taylor Punjab: David Hussey

Posted by   on (May 23, 2011, 5:11 GMT)

I think when MI reached 172 in penultimate ball, CSK NRR was little higher than KKR. Even if KKR won that match giving away just one run in last ball, it wont hurt CSK..

Posted by   on (May 23, 2011, 5:09 GMT)

stupid captaicy by the gambhir, he can give one over either to kalis or ran ten, he is underestiamting ren ten, he is classy international player

Posted by akars on (May 23, 2011, 5:08 GMT)

Balaji bowling over the wkt to a lefthander... thirdman up and bowling wide fulltosses... whats happening whats the Indian Captain doing.. shouldnt he have bowled te same from round the stumps...and again a juicy fulltoss to end it alll. God put some logic into these guys...

Posted by Rahul_78 on (May 23, 2011, 4:54 GMT)

MI got plain lucky...After Sachin, Rayudu is the best batsmen of the season for mumbai, what was he doing below harbhajan, pollard and franklin? At another time and another moment balaji is not going to concede 21 runs again neither would be franklin and rayudu able to pull the impossible. To win the IPL MI needs to win 3 matches in a row against 3 best teams of the IPL, with this strategy and defensive mindset they are not going to do it. They need to bat their best batsmen in Sachin, Rayudu and Rohit in top 3 or 4.

Posted by speed007 on (May 23, 2011, 4:07 GMT)

Thanks Balaji.. When you were in chennai team, you always played for the opponent...Now you are out of chennai, but still play for the opponent. Atleast now you have helped your home team.. Thank you. Please retire before everyone starts branding you as agarkar version 2.0

Posted by RogerC on (May 23, 2011, 3:19 GMT)

Rayudu is amazing. Eager to see Rayudu, Manoj Tiwary or Pujara playing for India within 12 months. Hoping that the seniors clutching on to their seats will give way gracefully.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2011, 3:12 GMT)

Its was mumbai indians day......... awesome match

Posted by   on (May 23, 2011, 2:24 GMT)

Hey, Pollard has gotten little or no chance in this IPL to do anything. In the early games Sachin was making all the runs. Now that his runs have slown down to a trickle and wickets seems to be falling consistently Pollard always comes in under pressure for quick runs. If Mumbai make the mistake to drop him next season I am sure he will punish them with his bat! Tell me which batsman in the IPL or any T20 tournament in fact batting lower down the order has made a lot of runs? All the top run scorers come in the first three and sometimes four batsman. Get real people!Pollard is an asset to the tema and he was the MVP for them in last year's tournament. If I had a say in how Mumbai ran things I would send him in earlier like what they did with Harjaban.

Posted by varunrallapalli on (May 23, 2011, 2:21 GMT)

Luck smiled big time on Mumbai Indians yesterday,3 out of 4 boundaries Franklin and Rayudu scored in the last over of Balaji were out of sheer bad bowling rather than good shots. Balaji doled out rank full tosses to both of them and they made full use of it. In post match assessment KKR captain Gambhir was generous in his assessment of Balaj, inside he must be ruing the fateful move he made,that of giving the last over to Balaji.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2011, 1:37 GMT)

THREE FOURS WENT TO BACK SIDE IN THAT LAST OVER...ITS A LUCK...BUT LAST BALL....mmmmmm JUICY FULL TOSS.....Mi WON THE MATCH...i am happy.....but same teams will play in PLAY OFF matches..

Posted by ashy2010 on (May 22, 2011, 23:10 GMT)

I think MI should drop Pollard for a couple of matches and make him feel less special.. The unnecessary hype seems to have got to his head..He is an asset on field but is becoming more of a liability with bat and ball. he has not done anything close to special in the last two seasons of IPL..Similar was the situation of Yuvraj in his early days.. Dropping him for a series actually helped bring him down to earth and peak his performance...20/20 leagues around the world should drop him for non performance.. he needs to get back to the nets and practice normal cricket and perform for the WI..

Posted by cricket_for_all on (May 22, 2011, 22:57 GMT)

Please don't compare this crap baseball with real cricket.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2011, 21:11 GMT)

A complete Miandad Moment!!! Save type of delivery, Same Area the ball was smashed to.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2011, 21:06 GMT)

The Miandad moment: was two and half decade ago...probably I am following cricket since then!

Posted by   on (May 22, 2011, 20:53 GMT)

What a win 4 mi.just dat csk could also hav won 2nite!

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