Bangalore v Mumbai, IPL 2011, 2nd qualifier, Chennai May 27, 2011

Chris Gayle carries Bangalore to final

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Royal Challengers Bangalore 185 for 4 (Gayle 89, Agarwal 41, Munaf 2-27) beat Mumbai Indians 143 for 8 (Tendulkar 40, Vettori 3-19, Aravind 2-27) by 42 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

In Jamaica the term criss is used to suggest everything is all right. Royal Challengers Bangalore may as well rename him Criss Gayle. For with Gayle, they criss. Gayle fell 11 short of his third century this IPL, but for 15 overs he played so much above the game that the 37 that came in the five after his exit didn't look far off par on this surface. Mumbai struggled to replicate Gayle's impact except with the new ball when they got off to a flying start. Gayle came on then to stifle the openers with a two-run over. The pressure resulted in wickets, everything was criss again, and Bangalore were in the final of the IPL.

When batting, Gayle was assisted by Mayank Agarwal, his 20-year-old opening partner yet to make first-class debut, who scored 41 off 31 in a 113-run opening stand. Gayle will be the first one to concede, though, that he couldn't have found a more accommodating opposition. To begin with, Mumbai Indians opted to bowl on a track where sides batting first have won six out of seven games this season. Then they refused to take the bull by its horn, throwing the new ball to Abu Nechim as opposed to Lasith Malinga. It can be argued that they succeeded in the previous game with Dhawal Kulkarni bowling the first over, but surely against a side as heavily reliant on Gayle as Bangalore they would have unleashed their best bowler right away.

Nechim can still argue he hardly bowled a bad ball in that first over, but he still went for 27. The first of the boundaries came off an edge past slip, the second burst through Sachin Tendulkar at mid-off. Nechim, though, bowled length, and Gayle took six, two and four off the rest of the over. Agarwal played his part, foiling Mumbai's other strategic move of bowling Harbhajan Singh to Gayle. Gayle faced only one delivery in Harbhajan's two overs at the start, with Agarwal dominating the strike and hitting big, down the ground and with the turn, taking 20 runs.

More friendliness followed from Mumbai as Malinga dropped Agarwal at square leg. At 57 for 0 after four, it became a Gayle show. Malinga bowled one good over full of slower ones for just one, but Gayle had his way with the rest of the bowlers. Only Rohit Sharma escaped his wrath, but Agarwal tucked into him with a four and a six. The beauty of the partnership was obvious: the right-hand batsman took care of the offspinners, Gayle everything else. The best of Gayle revealed itself in the 10th over, when Nechim was almost through a decent comeback over for four runs. The last ball, though, hardly left the ground, and yet crashed into the sight screen. Gayle was on 61 off 32 then, Bangalore 111.

Rohit dropped Agarwal in the next over, but made amends two balls later. Gayle, however, was not through, and went on to suggest that maybe he didn't need any shielding from Harbhajan, smacking him for back-to-back sixes over midwicket. Munaf, who held his own along with Malinga, eventually got rid of Gayle with a slightly slower one, and patted Gayle's back as he walked back. All of a sudden, slower balls started working, the ball started gripping the surface, inside edges appeared, and the batting seemed like hard work. Just how well Gayle batted was further driven home.

Despite the early wickets, Tendulkar, through cricketing shots and some improvisation, kept Mumbai's fans interested with 40 off 24, but ICL returnee J Syed Mohammad produced one sharp offbreak across Tendulkar to get him stumped. Kieron Pollard, who often teases the fans in such chases with late but insufficient hitting, was spectacularly and coolly caught by Abhimanyu Mithun on the edge of the long-on boundary. With the Mumbai dugout right behind him, Mithun stood with his feet six inches inside as the Mumbai extras made way for him, stretched over the boundary and completed the catch one-handed to shut the door on Mumbai. The filmstar Mithun, known for his outlandish stunts, would have been proud.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 30, 2011, 22:13 GMT

    Vettori is so overrated. I want to see England vs New Zealand in a test match and watch Graeme Swann show him how a real spin-bowler bowls.

  • on May 28, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    its sad to see dat nobody will question will sachin did so many mistakes. Had it been any other captain, he wud have been sacked by now. shame on cricketing minds who do not guts to question d guilty irrespective of d name tags. sachin shud take d responsibility and resign as a captain. he can nvr learn even d basic of captaincy.

  • on May 28, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    when will sachin learn. stats says 6 out of 7 batting first has won at chennai and also its a turning wicket. so why did he choose to field first and also why he didnt took another spinner murtuza?

  • on May 28, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    I was left shocked to see harbhajan coming at no.3..what the hell MI were thinking abour pollard,rohit sharma?? As long as MI keeps tendulkar at the helm,they can't win IPL...he is a great batsman,but not a good captain..poor man management..pollard's value showed only in the field..symonds could have done lot lot better..be it in fielding,batting or bowling..why wasn't he playing?? why wasn't malinga given the white ball straight away?? I think sachin & co feels harbhajan as an all rounder..thats too much,.,he is not taking wicket..he should have been dropped..the other day he scored 30 runs,but consumed 29 balls..what kind of thinking MI and sachin are doing?? Its quite good that RCB won..quite comprehensively

  • Sreelal_SS on May 28, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    come on,guys...y blame only Sachin?...The target was pretty chaseable considering the good start MI got while chasing, n their power-packed battin lineup..but except Sachin,others performed way below their potential....Is that his mistake?...n Pollard s always overrated...I think he was given the right position 2 bat...but he miserably failed again...!!...

  • Vnott on May 28, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    Best 2 teams have made it to the final. Shd be a close game. Mumbai had a bad form slump in the 2nd half of IPL and were lucky to make it to the final 4. Punjab would have done better and might have put it across RCB .......

    Sad to see Mumbai fans blame Sachin though. It is not poor captaincy which was the issue. Attempts to surprise Gayle with Bhajji and Ahmed wud hv been a master stroke if it had worked. Mumbai had a couple of terrible losses batting first - so Sachins choice to chase was a calculated risk - they just lost to a better team especially with the gaylestorm behind them.

  • harsha_chu on May 28, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    I was stunned that Shastri and Gavaskar had no problems sending Bhajji at No.3. Sachin's thinking here just baffles me ! There are 20 overs to chase the runs. That is 120 balls ! Logic says your best batsmen need to face the most number of balls. The only way Mumbai had a chance was to have this batting order- Rayudu, Sachin, Rohit and Pollard. How can you send Bhajji and Franklin ahead of Rohit and Pollard ? And can someone explain what is Sathish doing in the team?

  • denza on May 28, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    Time and time again Sachin tendulkar proves he is not a good captain. he did it in last years ipl final against chennai where he sent pollard when the game was all but gone, this time he chose to welcome gayle with the inexperience of nechim, then again harbhajan is good enough for a quick fire 20 not at the top of the order when u need 185. All said and done Tendulkar should make way for someone else to lead Mumbai or else the same fate awaits them again next year...

  • Prince458 on May 28, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    Can Chris Gayle be Retained by RCB in next season of IPL? I heard that they bought him for only one season this time.??

  • NickHere on May 28, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    Not just Sachin, all the press & commentators including Shastri are pretty much whats the word DUMB too. Why was he not asked WHY he bowled Nachim in the first over? Accountability is key in a captain. IF he makes a bad decision he should be asked WHY, in the presentation ceremony or even in the press conference. If he does not want to reply to that, he should not be captain. As simple as that. That over cost them the game and there is simply no sort of any logic behind it. The people of Mumbai want ACCOUNTABILITY. Will you give us that Sachin? Will someone ask him. Whats the press for then?

  • on May 30, 2011, 22:13 GMT

    Vettori is so overrated. I want to see England vs New Zealand in a test match and watch Graeme Swann show him how a real spin-bowler bowls.

  • on May 28, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    its sad to see dat nobody will question will sachin did so many mistakes. Had it been any other captain, he wud have been sacked by now. shame on cricketing minds who do not guts to question d guilty irrespective of d name tags. sachin shud take d responsibility and resign as a captain. he can nvr learn even d basic of captaincy.

  • on May 28, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    when will sachin learn. stats says 6 out of 7 batting first has won at chennai and also its a turning wicket. so why did he choose to field first and also why he didnt took another spinner murtuza?

  • on May 28, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    I was left shocked to see harbhajan coming at no.3..what the hell MI were thinking abour pollard,rohit sharma?? As long as MI keeps tendulkar at the helm,they can't win IPL...he is a great batsman,but not a good captain..poor man management..pollard's value showed only in the field..symonds could have done lot lot better..be it in fielding,batting or bowling..why wasn't he playing?? why wasn't malinga given the white ball straight away?? I think sachin & co feels harbhajan as an all rounder..thats too much,.,he is not taking wicket..he should have been dropped..the other day he scored 30 runs,but consumed 29 balls..what kind of thinking MI and sachin are doing?? Its quite good that RCB won..quite comprehensively

  • Sreelal_SS on May 28, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    come on,guys...y blame only Sachin?...The target was pretty chaseable considering the good start MI got while chasing, n their power-packed battin lineup..but except Sachin,others performed way below their potential....Is that his mistake?...n Pollard s always overrated...I think he was given the right position 2 bat...but he miserably failed again...!!...

  • Vnott on May 28, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    Best 2 teams have made it to the final. Shd be a close game. Mumbai had a bad form slump in the 2nd half of IPL and were lucky to make it to the final 4. Punjab would have done better and might have put it across RCB .......

    Sad to see Mumbai fans blame Sachin though. It is not poor captaincy which was the issue. Attempts to surprise Gayle with Bhajji and Ahmed wud hv been a master stroke if it had worked. Mumbai had a couple of terrible losses batting first - so Sachins choice to chase was a calculated risk - they just lost to a better team especially with the gaylestorm behind them.

  • harsha_chu on May 28, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    I was stunned that Shastri and Gavaskar had no problems sending Bhajji at No.3. Sachin's thinking here just baffles me ! There are 20 overs to chase the runs. That is 120 balls ! Logic says your best batsmen need to face the most number of balls. The only way Mumbai had a chance was to have this batting order- Rayudu, Sachin, Rohit and Pollard. How can you send Bhajji and Franklin ahead of Rohit and Pollard ? And can someone explain what is Sathish doing in the team?

  • denza on May 28, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    Time and time again Sachin tendulkar proves he is not a good captain. he did it in last years ipl final against chennai where he sent pollard when the game was all but gone, this time he chose to welcome gayle with the inexperience of nechim, then again harbhajan is good enough for a quick fire 20 not at the top of the order when u need 185. All said and done Tendulkar should make way for someone else to lead Mumbai or else the same fate awaits them again next year...

  • Prince458 on May 28, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    Can Chris Gayle be Retained by RCB in next season of IPL? I heard that they bought him for only one season this time.??

  • NickHere on May 28, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    Not just Sachin, all the press & commentators including Shastri are pretty much whats the word DUMB too. Why was he not asked WHY he bowled Nachim in the first over? Accountability is key in a captain. IF he makes a bad decision he should be asked WHY, in the presentation ceremony or even in the press conference. If he does not want to reply to that, he should not be captain. As simple as that. That over cost them the game and there is simply no sort of any logic behind it. The people of Mumbai want ACCOUNTABILITY. Will you give us that Sachin? Will someone ask him. Whats the press for then?

  • gothetaniwha on May 28, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    Gayle you da man ! - RCB go hard tonight -and to to think no team bid for Gayle at IPL auction RCB are laughing now .

  • on May 28, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    Best two teams are contesting the final. RCB can be said to have the Gayle edge but then CSK are playing at home. They have the better spinners on a spinning wicket. This game too like the last one between RCB and MI could be won by the team keeping nerves calm.

    My view is CSK are cooler, its only Gayle who can deny them.

  • BULTY on May 28, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    Trouble started for MI not in the first over of RCB's innings as some of you have written. The actual trouble started when Sachin won the toss and opted for bowling. You have played Int'l cricket for 20+ years and you should be the best judge on what's best for your team. He knew pretty well that RCB's bowling isn't great and his strength(his team's rather) lies in batting. Then where was the need for opting for bowling. Goes to show how poor a captain Sachin is. Secondly, MI are lions only in their den and not elsewhere as proved in this match.They were clearly outwitted in every department of the game by RCB, starting with the batting, then bowling & last but not least fielding. RCB deserved to be the winner. Yes Sachin should be replaced by someone else as captain if MI is to feature in IPL finals. Now, for today's final. It's going to be the cool MSD versus the walking computer Anil Kumble. May the better side win.

  • on May 28, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    Well very very disappointing performance by MI. I'm great fan of Sachin but captaining skill of Sachin is what made me more disappointed. MI have to look for a good captain if they want to win IPL and CL.

  • uk8581 on May 28, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    To say it out loud, Sachin sucks at captaincy,and MI are the chokers of IPL..... What you say...

  • sircha on May 28, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    MI had a great team but they seemed to lack confidence especially when it came to exploiting their big guns. Symonds was warming the benches in crucial matches. Pollard turned out to be miserable with the bat. Somehow, MI never looked like a well settled unit. It only goes to show that TOO MANY COOKS SPOIL THE BROTH. James Franklin did a much better job for MI than Pollard. I don't think it's right to blame Sachin for his captaincy. After all, we are talking about professional players at the highest level.

  • on May 28, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    Stage set for BLEEDING RED...!

  • harshacc on May 28, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    Nechim opening the bowling to Gayle?What was Tendulkar thinking? MI will never win anything as long as he is captain.They prolly are the chokers of IPL

  • miti on May 28, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    now its tough game csk who need to work hard to retain their tropy!!!!! sachin made a couple of mistake.. he did not selected symonds who times the ball well then pollard and always promoting harbajan up the orde.... the 1st over also made the difference... this shows inexperience in sachin's captaincy.... GOOD LUCK for csk who have to face gayle's force.....

  • wincowalker on May 28, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    Sachin is a poor Captain !

  • kaushik312 on May 28, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    RcB all the way. to those who say they are too dependent on gayle look at the contributions of mayank agarwal (who scored more than any MI batsman), daniel vettori's 3 wickets and syed mohammed's 2 wickets including a ripper to dismiss sachin.

  • on May 28, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    CSK will deflate RCB's balloon today. MI had no clear plans for Gayle offering him juicy length balls, while CSK had clearly sorted him last match. But, even 183 was chasable with 80/2 in 10 overs had the MI batsman not played like headless chicken.

    Anyway, RCB has hardly anything to with B'lore with no local performers nor continuity with the previous IPLs. CSK on the OTOH rely on local hands - Ashwin, Badri, Vijay helped handsomely by adopted sons - Raina, Morkel & Dhoni who were always there for us. Gayle, I feel sorry for you.

  • on May 28, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    I m afraid if gayle wil nt perform in final RCB is sure to loose so plz RCB do not depend totally on GAYlE. All players should perform BEST OF LUCK RCB i want u to win

  • arvindhsuperking on May 28, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    @ Yechu Idi .......csk has never scored less than 112 in its history...mumbai was restricted twice less than 100 in ipl 4...u say rcb only deserves a place in final....it proves u people are jealous over csk which has won 41 of its 68 matches played over all ...being the highest by any ipl team...i do agree rcb deserves the final spot....csk too deserves a spot far better than mumbai and kkr...saw mumbai's worst performance after its 10th match of ipl 4...lost 4 of 6 games..hahaha

  • on May 28, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    Royal challengers have been very luckey to get gyle on their rolls. I am not able understand as to why he was dropped from the westindies squad. It is really a foolish decision on their part. Gyle was luckey as he gaind super status over night and has become a phynominon. I do not know sho will succed him in the bid for the next season. RCB should reward him for his servises. I am eagerly waiting for the final battle. The best team on the day will win. No emotional attachments as we are enjoying the game played by tyhe best players in the world of cricket.

  • arvindhsuperking on May 28, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    gayle+kholi+de villiers=hussey+dhoni+raina agarwal+tiwari+pomersbach=vijay+badri kaif=waste of balls vatorie+khan=bollinger+bravo+ashwin+jakati mithun+arvind=bowler morkel+batsman morkel morkel+bravo=??????? csk+home=rcb+?????? csk+pressure handling=rcb+??????

  • justcricket1 on May 28, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    Again proved that sachin is not a good captain, no doubt about his batting skills, but mumbai must give captaincy to someone else otherwise mumbai cant win ipl, sachin just cant handle the captaincy, having malinga, munaf and harbhajan in the team and start bowling with a less experienced bowler against most feared batsman in this ipl is the mistake, that costed mumbai the ipl 2011 and shows sachin's failure as a captain

  • dravinashbs on May 28, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    @ cricketman123 If MI were allowed to bowl all 20 overs with malinga, then RCB would have batted all 10 wickets with gayle

  • ENBEE on May 28, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    IT's alreay set from first when RCB and Chennai on top 2 that these two team only play final, 3 & 4 Team is just use for formalities for qualify for final.Before match start i already comment SUMAN should not play this and it happen but still POLLARD there if SYMOND is there may be some hope is there, MAY be Sachin/Bhajji play with SYMOND ?

  • thakkarvijayrajiv on May 28, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    Good Article by Sidharth. Impressive :-)

  • on May 28, 2011, 3:54 GMT

    I think decesion taken by Tendulkar to bat Second was the first mistake made by him in this match (Only one team in IPL had won by batting second in 8 matches played here). Second was giving the bowl to young inexperienced Nechum who went for 27 runs (of which 6 were Wides). He should have bowled the first over with either Malinga or Patel (or even Franklin who has more experience than Nechum).

    Also failure of Pollard to perform well had being another burden for the MI. Still he has some tiime to show that still he is valuable player for MI by playing well in Champaions League 2011 or MI should consider of aquiering a good allrounder + dependable middle oreder batsman.

    -Anyway RCB deserve a place in final with the way Chris Gayle is batting-

  • SasiGladi on May 28, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    CSK planned and executed to perfection against Gayle in qualifier 1.Albie and Bolinger contained well increased pressure made Gayle to go against Ashwin and you know the result. You need smart to people like Dhoni to tame the monster like Gayle hope CSK repeat to tame Gayle and wins the cup....

  • on May 28, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    Some times some one really becomes hero. Gayle all the way

  • skidmarks on May 28, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    good stuff vettori, chennai should pick southee, his yorkers will reallly help

  • Alexk400 on May 28, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    Sachin always chokes and get nervy when under pressure. He always was and always will be. Very Very bad captaincy material. How in the world he is benching andrew symmonds and playing franklin? Worst selection , worst bowling and batting moves.

    He and rayudu raking runs in useless games but when under pressure rayudu is somewhere...

    He literally destroyed super star team.

    If dhoni captain the same team , the team will never lose. Mumbai indian got more firepower than any team in battinga nd bowling and lacked big time in captaincy.

    Sachin should quit captaincy and bhaji also worst captain. So they need new captain and i doubt anyone is ready to take over captaincy.

  • on May 28, 2011, 3:17 GMT

    @ Yechu Idi y only RCB are u nutts?

  • chad_reid on May 28, 2011, 3:17 GMT

    SO WHERE ARE THE COCKY MUMBAI INDIANS FANS NOW STILL THINK THEY'LL WIN THE IPL PFFT YOU MAKE ME LAUGH

  • on May 28, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    I knew this was going to happen so I'm not even surprised...I am backing Dhoni to win IPL Back to Back...

  • InsideHedge on May 28, 2011, 3:08 GMT

    Mumbai's star performer of the campaign: R. Satish. Please, a big round of applause. But let's also not forget the "brains" who showed up at the auction a few months ago. Three overseas all rounders (Pollard, Symonds, Franklin), none of whom can be trusted to bowl their 4 overs. Which begs the question, why they would be thought of as all-rounders.

    And then the final piece of the jigsaw: The captaincy of Sachin Tendulkar.

  • srijsen on May 28, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    Inspite of being a Mumbaikar, Im so happy that MI lost. MEans SRT is available for the England tour and there is no further chance of him getting injured

  • karansagar on May 28, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    Philibert If Banglore deciede to not keep him back. Which is they will keep him back because of his effort in the ipl

  • on May 28, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    I am a great fan of Sachin. But you have to say his captaincy is very average. For a player with such great cricketing brains his limitations as a captain is very surprising. Based on what did MI not bowl Malinga in the 1st over and gave it to a rookie bowler. They lost the match in the very first over. On a spinning Chennai track not to play an extra spinner in Ali Murtaza, how stupid is that? In earlier games when MI were in trouble, Rohit-Symonds rescued them. Not playing Symonds was STUPID. They struggled to find an opening partner for Tendulkar. Instead of trying all types of people they could have tried Symonds. And persisting with Pollard because you have spent big bucks on him was again foolish. Throughout the tournament he has contributed only as a fielder. MI need a partner for Sachin who can be explosive. As great as a batsmen as he is, 120 SR does not cut it in 20/20 cricket. Dravid can open only because he has Watson at the other end MI SHOULD HAVE BATTED 1ST TO START WITH

  • dpkr on May 28, 2011, 2:23 GMT

    The captain is reflect as good as his team. There was no support for Sachin. Pollard , Rohit Sharma were big failures this whole season. Dhoni did nothing for Chennai and yet they are in final becos of Badri , Hussey , Bollinger and Ashwin. Its a team game. If Abu Nechim had Gayle out in the first over...those critizers would have come applauded for no reason. If Ashwin gets Gayle out on the first over in finals , then it is not Dhoni effort...It iis the bowler who should get credit.

  • on May 28, 2011, 2:21 GMT

    just imagine.. chris gayle playing at number 6 ?????? means........allow pollard higher in bating order..........no one can hit 12 runs per over .......

  • on May 28, 2011, 2:20 GMT

    It is apparent MI reached their limit yesterday. They are very poorly led. First mistake, asking RCB to bat who had batting as their strong suit. Second, it was a pitch expected to get slower down the night, so first strike was the thing to go for. Third, Gayle should have been attacked with best bowlers in Malinga, Munaf and Harbhajan. AN Ahmed was a jalebi for Gayle who duly crunched it.

    Its obvious Sachin has limitations in captaincy. His batting too is not suited to this crash-bang format. Sooner or later, preferably sooner you have to go on a blistering offensive. I wonder if Sachin remembers when he last did that, in any format. He is miserably orthodox.

    Mumbai will not go places unless they bring in a competitive, fiercely fighting captain. My grading in the IPL has been Dhoni, Warne, Jayawardene, Vettori, Gambhir, Gilchrist, Sangakkara. Its upto Dhoni. If he allows 3-4 overs to Gayle, he will find that the home crowd is reGayled by a visitor.

  • on May 28, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    sachin s mistake........ 1 replace winning combination of kulkarni with nichem.......also t suman with satish.. i dnt knw satish s role in team...........we dont need batsman at number 7 when u hv harbhajan who can bat at 3 as pinch hiter......so i think murtuza can b better choice ........as even gayle .. syed bowled well along with bhajji and vettori...........so i think.........thts diff........and its nice to see sachin playing t 20 with 175 strike rate.. first time.. though.. lol

  • Sawankumar21 on May 28, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    If gayle plays like this in finals , then chennai have no chance against them..

  • on May 28, 2011, 1:22 GMT

    Tough Luck to MI, perhaps the notable failure this season was Pollard and Good luck to RCB (only team in final who deserves there to be)

  • on May 28, 2011, 0:39 GMT

    Surely Tendulkar was soo poor as a captain in this match. He should know if you get Gayle out 90% of the work done. For that he should have bowled his best bowlers and a spinner at the start. He should be replaced as MI captain next IPL for certain.

  • philibert on May 28, 2011, 0:02 GMT

    I think Criss Gayle will be the highest bidder in the next auction !!!!

  • on May 28, 2011, 0:00 GMT

    Once again we falter at the wrong time...! Its frustrating for a MI fan like me to see his time going down like this...! Come on Sachin you can be much better captain than this...! What you think of these Iindian wickets, you were foxed my much lower opponents by spinners and you were clue less about the slow nature of these tracks......no quality spinner apart from Harbhajan in the squad...?! Think mate think!!!! Any way GAYLE seemed to from some another planet...! Thanks for your superb batting display...! No other bats man in the tournament seemed to be any way near you.! You are simply amazing to watch against opponent, but one can't take it when you bat against his favorite team. HOPE GAYLE'S dominance continues in the final as well..!!! All the best to MI for the Champion's League!!! Hope you will not disappoint us there. Thanks Sachin for providing us great cricketing moments throughout this year..! Take rest you deserve it...!!! Looking forward for a exciting final ..........

  • on May 27, 2011, 23:37 GMT

    yea WICB should learn, if they don't then they should retire honestly, look at gayle now like a tiger who is hungry

  • shawnsundar on May 27, 2011, 23:09 GMT

    I think Tendulkar is not a very good captain, great player though. Tough luck for Pollard, hopefully he finds form at the CLT20!

  • CricketChat on May 27, 2011, 23:01 GMT

    This match is just another illustration of Sachin's limitations as a captain. Basically, the first over from MI decided the match. He started on the wrong foot and his team never recovered from there. I hope someone else captains MI in next IPL. Sachin should do what he does best, just score runs for his team.

  • on May 27, 2011, 23:00 GMT

    MI should have bowled their best bowlers and got Gayle out early or at least kept him quiet. I wrote that Malinga should bowl his first 4 overs to Chris if they could not get Chris out. Giving 27 runs in the very first over was a joke and the match was over in the very first over I hope Chenai will fair better and give them a fight. Sending Harbajan at number three was another Joke when there are hitters like Pollard, Rohita and Rayad in the side..

  • on May 27, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    Mumbai indians think tanks / sachin captaincy was not upto the mark in this ipl.They didn't give any of there batsman proper run in the IPL.i couldn't understand the logic of sending harbajan as pinch hitter when they have most aggressive batting line up.Except tendulkar and raydu none of the other batsman got a proper position in the batting order.Rayudu should bat at first down position why you guys are moving him around.Its failure of the mumbai indians think tanks to properly utilise symonds and pollard. They should have promoted up the order to get at least 10 over in a game couple more games.Its totally captaincy /think tank failure because you have to bat only 20 overs then use best batsman's in your team rather sending t suman or harbhajan.

  • on May 27, 2011, 22:08 GMT

    While Gayle has performed outstandingly for this team, I do not believe the reporters have given a fair deal to reporting about the bowling. Looking at Vettori's figures throughout the tournament, and top that off with Gayle's and Khan's efforts you have one of the best and intelligent bowling attacks in the competition. Sadly the batting from Gayle (and in a good sense) has dominated the performances.

  • Sri_M1 on May 27, 2011, 21:41 GMT

    Sachin forgot one simple rule. Keep It Simple. First with the opening over and then when he was batting so good, why in the world he has to be so cute to play that shot. No single player has the match winning knock in the T20 by playing it cute. And what Bhajji is doing top of the order. GOOD that Sachin never captained India..he thinks way too much and it clearly impairs his on-field decisions.

  • on May 27, 2011, 21:39 GMT

    Go Chris Gayle Go...u can do it ...

  • asterix.gaul on May 27, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    I am very happy for Sachin Tendulkar. He'll get an extra few days of much desired rest and relaxation with his family.

  • on May 27, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    NO COMPAIR OF GAYLE 83 INDIA WON WORLDCUP LOYED CAME WITH HIS TEAM IN INDIA N SHOW HIS TEAM POWER TO INDIAN NOW ONLY GAYLE CAME N SHOW BIG SHOW

  • Avi56 on May 27, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    both teams are equally strong...but RCB s performance today was superb....both with bat and ball....Gayle was amazing as usual...but Mayank Aggarwal has been the true highlight.. opening the batting and facing malinga, bollinger, ashwin...and has done a decent job overall..the bowling was superb with most of the bowlers getting wickets at crucial stages and mind blowing fielding....i wont say who will win and all (tho it is evident)....but the team who bats first will for sure win...so all the best for the toss

  • on May 27, 2011, 20:19 GMT

    Brilliant writing....hats off Sidharth

  • cricketman123 on May 27, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    Looks like Mumbai bowling depends on Malinga too much. unfortunately he only has 4 overs every match. Wished he was allowed to bowl all of the 20 overs.

  • athentik on May 27, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    Mr. Gayle is proving so many naysayers wrong. Thanks Cramps.

  • InsideHedge on May 27, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    MI gave just one game to Ray Price. Here was a quality left-arm spinner who could take the ball away from the right-handers. Not one game given to Dilhara Fernando, they should have used him in a couple of games to rest Malinga. No courage in dropping Pollard who was exposed as a very ordinary cricketer in this edition. While his fielding is world-class, he can't bat or bowl. Despite being a mediocre medium pacer, he managed a shocking number of wides. Never stopped SRT from giving him a full quota of 4 overs almost every game. In his defence, MI were guilty of sending him too late down the batting order.

    Kulkarni and Nechim were jerked around with. One game in, dropped the next game. Franklin was never trusted with more than an odd over but what did SRT see in Pollard?

    And can someone tell me what the deal was with R. Satish? Just why does this man feature? He's supposedly an all-rounder. The side was packed with medium pacers. Shocking!

  • on May 27, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar has been a great player for India. But!!! There is a big but in between. I feel sorry to say that he has not been a efficient and effective captain. His captaincy has always come under a scanner and in today's semi final, the match was lost in the 1st over itself. What was the so-called Master thinking by giving Nechin the first over? He has proved again and again that , he can't perform on big occasions. Mr Tendulkar, you need to give up your captaincy for the sole reason that you have failed to prove your leadership qualities from time to time.

  • xylo on May 27, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    Curtains for Mumbai South Africans. One area where the team is way behind the other teams is captaincy. It is sad that they have to hand it over to their icon, but seriously he can contribute way better as a batsman alone. The sadder part is nobody from the team is really captain-material... Malinga/Munaf maybe?

  • RFeynman on May 27, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    Well the two best teams of the tournament have made it to the final. It should be a good contest between the teams, the highlight would undoubtedly be between Gayle and Bollinger and Co. RCB would do themselves a favour by not underestimating the strength of CSK's batting. They really stunned RCB in the last 5 overs of their previous clash. Just to kick off a debate, the southern teams have dominated the finals in the 4 editions so far :)

  • samananda7570 on May 27, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    Three cheers to RCB and its legendary mentor Kumble.. Hip hip Hurray

  • on May 27, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    CSK is a much better team compared to RCB.. the big advantage for CSK is MSD.. so another feather to MSD's crown coming tomorrow ;)

  • ravikini on May 27, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    The hurricane gayle carries on with no end in sight. It may subside with one final sweep tomorrow. RCB fielding is unbelievable especially the Mithun catch to dismiss Pollard must rank as one of the greatest catches in IPL. I feel the only person standing in the way of RCB in clinching the title is Captain cool Dhoni. I think CSK fans think of Gayle as their main threat. Looking forward to a cracking grand Finale. Best of luck guys!! May the best team win.

  • on May 27, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    only boly can remove gayle

  • on May 27, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    Sachins captaincy has been really bad in the last few matches and he was lucky that mumbai pulled through but today mumbai lost because of his captaincy and team selection. To bowl first in chennai?? and get an inexperienced bowler to bowl at the most devastating batsman in this season's IPL??? sending harbhajan in at no. 3??? sticking with pollard after he failed in every single match this season?? they are only good on paper rohith sharma hasnt performed and mumbai havnt had a solid opener to partner sachin apart from malinga mumbai has been pretty awful this year didnt deserve to make it to the finals.

  • Malina on May 27, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    Chris is in the best form of his life. i hope it continues and help Bangalore to win the final.Go Chris......make us proud!!! Prove to the West Indies selectors that they made a mistake by overlooking you.....

  • skyeshwin on May 27, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    Well, the match wasn't the one I thought......Anyway RCB should be applauded for the demolition of MI.....Don't expect CSK will play like MI.....

  • on May 27, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    Congrats RCB for a easy victory against Mumbai... BUT I HAVE A DOUBT... Everyone in commentary and RCB players saying that matches between RCB and CSK , each has won 1 match between them , but why are they not considering the match where CSK won against RCB in the initial part of the IPL, that time they weren't RCB...?? Guys Its 2-1 in favor of CSK... MIND IT.. :)

  • sweetspot on May 27, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    MI got gobsmacked today. Shows they peaked at the start of the IPL, and were really flat after that. But more than anything, Sachin made a mockery of captaincy. (Just a few mistakes here. Abu Nechim did bowl a big wide that went for 5 total - so not all his balls were bowled right in the first over. Actor Mithun was known for doing his own stunts, and very physical ones, not for doing anything outlandish.)

  • mohamedamin on May 27, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    Gayle Power...surely the Man of the IPL

  • on May 27, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    With Chennai at Chennai, the finals is gonna be a tough one. They haven't lost at home in this season.... Can we shatter that record? I think we can. It's now Chennai 1, Bangalore 1 .. Clash of the Titans! Game On. Bangalore ... all the way! :)

  • vind_2801 on May 27, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    Bye bye Mumbai .................................

  • friendfromusa on May 27, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    Congrats RCB. Thanks to series of mistakes by MI. 1. Win the toss and filed/bowl in a high tension match. That means, give a free hand to Gayle. 2. Start the bowling attack with most inexperienced bowler of the lot to the batsman, who is in the devastating form of his life. 3. Keep on playing Kieron Pollard, whose contribution has been negligible through out the tournament. 4. Sloppy fielding and dropped catches. 5. Defensive mindset from the word go. Of course, Gayle played wonderfully, ably supported by young Mayank Agrawal. Kudos to both of them and whole RCB team. Now we know, why SRT failed as a captain in his international career. Give captaincy to someone else next season.

  • on May 27, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    Sachin is greatest batsmen without any doubt,but he is very very very ordinary Captain it proved again

    Bowling First is a poor decision and more to that making abhu nichaem opening bowling to gayle is worst of sachin decision

    Frankly Speaking Sachin Must Step down his captaincy for better results for Mumbai Indians

  • on May 27, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    A warm welcome to RCB for the defeat in the IPL4 final, - becoz you going to challenge CSK - "Mind it"

  • Saim93 on May 27, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    The man is in the form of his life, just goes to show that Gayle is amazing without pressure on him. The WICB isnt involved with him here so he can play without any tension!

  • luvnardz on May 27, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    Well done Chris, another tremendous batting performance!.

  • InnocentGuy on May 27, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    So CSK vs RCB it is. I'm glad. I hope CSK win, but honestly I don't mind even if RCB win. Glad that MI didn't make it.

  • rajeshtheterminator on May 27, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    once again mumbai indians lost due to the poor captaincy of tendulkar.., the mumbai indians team was a team which could win international world cup but just could not reach finals of a local tournament....,best luck next time with a new captain probably.., May hope Dhoni leads chennai to the title again....,best of luck to chennai...,

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  • rajeshtheterminator on May 27, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    once again mumbai indians lost due to the poor captaincy of tendulkar.., the mumbai indians team was a team which could win international world cup but just could not reach finals of a local tournament....,best luck next time with a new captain probably.., May hope Dhoni leads chennai to the title again....,best of luck to chennai...,

  • InnocentGuy on May 27, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    So CSK vs RCB it is. I'm glad. I hope CSK win, but honestly I don't mind even if RCB win. Glad that MI didn't make it.

  • luvnardz on May 27, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    Well done Chris, another tremendous batting performance!.

  • Saim93 on May 27, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    The man is in the form of his life, just goes to show that Gayle is amazing without pressure on him. The WICB isnt involved with him here so he can play without any tension!

  • on May 27, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    A warm welcome to RCB for the defeat in the IPL4 final, - becoz you going to challenge CSK - "Mind it"

  • on May 27, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    Sachin is greatest batsmen without any doubt,but he is very very very ordinary Captain it proved again

    Bowling First is a poor decision and more to that making abhu nichaem opening bowling to gayle is worst of sachin decision

    Frankly Speaking Sachin Must Step down his captaincy for better results for Mumbai Indians

  • friendfromusa on May 27, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    Congrats RCB. Thanks to series of mistakes by MI. 1. Win the toss and filed/bowl in a high tension match. That means, give a free hand to Gayle. 2. Start the bowling attack with most inexperienced bowler of the lot to the batsman, who is in the devastating form of his life. 3. Keep on playing Kieron Pollard, whose contribution has been negligible through out the tournament. 4. Sloppy fielding and dropped catches. 5. Defensive mindset from the word go. Of course, Gayle played wonderfully, ably supported by young Mayank Agrawal. Kudos to both of them and whole RCB team. Now we know, why SRT failed as a captain in his international career. Give captaincy to someone else next season.

  • vind_2801 on May 27, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    Bye bye Mumbai .................................

  • on May 27, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    With Chennai at Chennai, the finals is gonna be a tough one. They haven't lost at home in this season.... Can we shatter that record? I think we can. It's now Chennai 1, Bangalore 1 .. Clash of the Titans! Game On. Bangalore ... all the way! :)

  • mohamedamin on May 27, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    Gayle Power...surely the Man of the IPL