Indian Premier League, 25th match: Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings at Mumbai, Apr 22, 2011
Mumbai Indians won by 8 runs
22 April 2011 - night match (20-over match)

Right, we know what Satish does in this side. He is opening today, and takes strike. Morkel to open for Chennai. I am Nitin Sundar to take you through the game. Let's go! One slip.

Shikhar: "Sachin Tendulkar's Mother's name is "RAJINI TENDULKAR". Do I need to say anything beyond this?" Enough said, mate.

Saurabh: "Sachin's mom's name is Rajni and coach name rama'Kant'." Boy, we are discovering things today!

Suhrd: "Thirteen years ago - same date, similar time, different place - the first innings I ever saw in my life - as a five-year-old - that gave me my childhood hero, my teenage idol and now an adult role model.. SACHIN TENDULKAR. SHARJAH SANDSTORM." Oh boy, you made my day. Who can forget that innings, and the one that followed on his birthday!

Surya: "Did anybody observe. Sachin's average is 236.00 so far in IPL" As opposed to Bradman, who managed a measly 99.94, huh.

Krishna: "Not many of his fans may know, but MSD stands on his right leg and swings his arms practising Helicopter shot all night before a game."

"I have to go to school to understand "R Satish"s inclusion in MI XI," says Kamal. Yeah, Satish looks like a vestigial organ in this team.

Prashant: "Sachin plz score 12 runs.... because we want to see Orange Cap on your head!" Ah, you aren't a Valthaty fan, I see!

Arun: "Southee dropped ?? Bollinger did not impress in the last match.. Dhoni continues to suprise with his selection decisions :) So this suprise means chennai win today :)" Umm, Bolly had figures of 1-15 in 3 overs in the last game.

Joginder Sharma. World T20 winner. IPL winner. Champions League winner. Is there anything that man can't do? Can't wait to see him run in today. Interesting call from Dhoni, for three seasons and two weeks, he has always preferred to bat first.

Kalyan: "We knew that already..didn't we? "God is good. God is great." and He will be coming out to play cricket soon ... very soon!" Oh my...

Dhoni wins the toss and Chennai will bowl. "A bit different from what we normally do ... but MI are filled with many good batsman who might chase anything we put on the board. In a T20 game it is not about how you look on paper, but what you do on that particular day." Southee and Jakati out. Randiv and ... wait for it ... Joginder Sharma are in! Mumbai have made only one change, Harbhajan comes in for Ali Murtaza.

Pre-toss talk:

Dhoni: "Good to be named in the top-100 influential people by Time Magazine," he says when asked about it. "We've won two, and lost two. We need to find consistency."

Tendulkar: "Chennai are a good side, we look forward to a good game. We are just focusing on what we have to do, and do the right things. Beautiful track, both to bat and bowl." What Zen quotes!

1920 IST Hello hello! Did any of Chris Gayle's sixes land in your living room? A couple of windows here at Cricinfo Towers have been smashed. Blame it all on the WICB for making the man mad! No time for recovery, though. It's Tendulkar v Dhoni at the Wankhede. Toss in 10 minutes. While you wait, here's where you can predict the playing XIs.

"God is good, god is great..." - thus begins Gayle's acceptance speech over in Eden Gardens!


Morkel to Sathish, no run, seam movement straight away, but no carry. Very wide outside off, Sathish pokes and misses as it moves away.


Morkel to Sathish, no run, slanted in from well wide of the crease, Sathish looks to flick but misses and it struck on the front pad.


Morkel to Sathish, no run, very similar to the first ball, again the ball dies after passing Sathish's flat-footed swish.


Morkel to Sathish, no run, top stuff from Morkel, he's getting this to bend away nicely. Sathish doesn't move the front foot to the off stump line and gropes inside the line. Play and a miss.


Morkel to Sathish, no run, Sathish feels the pressure, he jumps out in search of a hittable length and Morkel again gets it to curve away, Sathish drives hard on the up and nearly hits it straight to Badri at cover.


Morkel to Sathish, no run, Morkel starts with a maiden, and he's got all but one ball in that over to move away devilishly. Sathish again swings wildly in hope but the ball just keeps going away and he misses the line by a lot in the end.

Umesh: "Sathish was selected to score 0 runs in first over." Hmm.

End of over 1 (maiden) Mumbai Indians 0/0 (RR: 0.00)

    • R Sathish 0 (6b)
    • SR Tendulkar 0 (0b)
    • JA Morkel 1-1-0-0

Bolly to SRT. Over the wicket. April 22. Australian bowler. You know the drill.


Bollinger to Tendulkar, no run, back of a length on off stump, Tendulkar gets behind the line and defends to the off side

Very wide slip in place.


Bollinger to Tendulkar, no run, Bollinger again angles one across, full and outside off, Tendulkar shuffles behind the line and defends.

Eight dot balls. Mumbai behind the eight-ball already.


Bollinger to Tendulkar, 5 wides, Bollinger has let this fly. There seems to be more carry from the end. He dug this in short alright, but it absolutely took off and went several feet above Tendulkar. Dhoni did not have a chance.


Bollinger to Tendulkar, no run, width on offer, Tendulkar gets into perfect position for the flowing square drive, but picks out Raina at short cover-point. He is just in front of square there.


Bollinger to Tendulkar, FOUR, smashed. Bollinger gives Tendulkar width once too often, and it is only a matter of time before one of them is thumped through the covers. Tendulkar stays on the back foot and drills it through the line, beating all the fielders inside the circle.


Bollinger to Tendulkar, no run, smart delivery, Bollinger rolls the fingers over this and sends down an offcutter, Tendulkar is fooled as he prances out of the crease and it nips away from him.


Bollinger to Tendulkar, no run, finishes off with a full and straight ball and Tendulkar can't get much bat on the flick shot.

Sunil: "Is there any instance that the (wide) ball has carried away over the boundary after pitching? If so, what it might be called? Four or a six?" Six. Never seen it happen. Shoaib almost did it in the 1999 World Cup.

End of over 2 (9 runs) Mumbai Indians 9/0 (RR: 4.50)

    • SR Tendulkar 4 (6b 1x4)
    • R Sathish 0 (6b)
    • DE Bollinger 1-0-9-0
    • JA Morkel 1-1-0-0

Morkel to Sathish, OUT, Sathish was picked to play out the first over and perish in the second. Unfortunate dismissal there, he really got a piece of that short ball from Morkel but smashed the pull straight to midwicket inside the circle. Sathish was advancing as Morkel bowled it and pulled it off the front foot, and hence got it in front of square.

R Sathish c Anirudha b Morkel 0 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Rayudu walks out to the middle.


Morkel to Rayudu, no run, Morkel again gets one to go away, but starts it from well outside off. Rayudu pokes without moving his feet.


Morkel to Rayudu, no run, another away seamer, Rayudu gets closer to the line and guides to point


Morkel to Rayudu, no run, Albie Morkel, right-arm fast legspin. Another one darts away from short of a length. Rayudu walks out and wafts at it, but he is yards away from the ball.


Morkel to Rayudu, no run, Rayudu has tried to fish off the back foot, to waft off the front foot, and now he tries to make room as he backs away. And he still can't get bat on these outswingers.


Morkel to Rayudu, 1 run, Breaking news: Morkel has conceded a run. Rayudu gets bat on ball. Gets across to off stump and angles another away seamer to third man.

End of over 3 (1 run) Mumbai Indians 10/1 (RR: 3.33)

    • AT Rayudu 1 (5b)
    • SR Tendulkar 4 (6b 1x4)
    • JA Morkel 2-1-1-1
    • DE Bollinger 1-0-9-0

Aravind: "Anirudha has this ugly habit of sticking his tongue out whenever he catches the ball.. Yuck! Kids these days ...


Bollinger to Rayudu, 1 run, Bolly aims for Rayudu's pads with an incoming delivery and Rayudu nudges it with the deviation towards fine leg


Bollinger to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar has not got forward to a single ball today. Again stays deep in crease to tackle the late movement and pushes a full ball straight to Vijay running in from mid-off. Tough single, but he makes it.


Bollinger to Rayudu, 1 run, back of a length and looks to cramp Rayudu for room outside off, but Rayudu rides the bounce and dabs it past the slip.


Bollinger to Tendulkar, OUT, Bollinger silences Wankhede. Valthaty keeps the orange cap for now. Tendulkar is gone. Chennai on top. Really good bouncer from Bollinger, dug it in back of a length and got it to climb rapidly on Tendulkar even as it angled across. Tendulkar moved the back foot across to off stump and went for the hook, but he was late on the shot. He gets a feeble top edge that balloons up towards the cordon. Dhoni runs back and gets ready to take it, but Hussey jumped in front of him and took it.

SR Tendulkar c Hussey b Bollinger 5 (8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

Rohit walks out. Pressure.


Bollinger to Sharma, FOUR, sublime shot. Full and wide outside off, and for once today a Mumbai batsman moves his feet Rohit gets the front foot across with authority and creams it through point.


Bollinger to Sharma, FOUR, the previous shot was textbook, this one was imperious. Bollinger did not over-pitch this one, though it was still there for the drive. It was a gamble, since slip was waiting. Rohit got across and scythed the drive backward of point. The wrists came into play and it was just too elegant to watch.

End of over 4 (11 runs) Mumbai Indians 21/2 (RR: 5.25)

    • RG Sharma 8 (2b 2x4)
    • AT Rayudu 3 (7b)
    • DE Bollinger 2-0-20-1
    • JA Morkel 2-1-1-1

Morkel to Rayudu, 1 run, fullish ball, Rayudu gets the feet forward and and pushed wide of mid-on for a single.


Morkel to Sharma, no run, another away seamer, just short of a length and going away, Rohit lets it go.


Morkel to Sharma, FOUR, that's Morkel's first poor ball today, and Rohit cashes in once again. Full and slanted into the pads, Rohit calmly gets inside the line and flicks through midwicket.


Morkel to Sharma, no run, Bollinger wasn't moving the ball, but Morkel sure is. Hence what was cover-driven for four last over is an ugly play and miss this time. Rohit gets across and gropes unsuccessfully. The ball is already in Dhoni's gloves.


Morkel to Sharma, 1 run, legcutter, Morkel gets this to kick up from a length and Rohit does well to drop it to point and take off. Raina can't cut off the single.


Morkel to Rayudu, FOUR, for a moment there, Newton was wondering if he should rework the law of gravity. Full and moving away again, Rayudu danced out and threw everything he had at it. He gets a thick outside edge and the ball flies at great pace wide of Hussey at slip. Hussey sees, takes off up and to the right, hangs in mid-air for a moment, thinks about it, puts his right hand behind even as the blur of a cricket ball flies past, and tries to grasp it, but this ball went past in a flash.

End of over 5 (10 runs) Mumbai Indians 31/2 (RR: 6.20)

    • AT Rayudu 8 (9b 1x4)
    • RG Sharma 13 (6b 3x4)
    • JA Morkel 3-1-11-1
    • DE Bollinger 2-0-20-1

Joginder comes on.


Joginder Sharma to Sharma, 1 wide, full and swinging away from Jogi as well, but he's started this well outside off. Rohit leaves. Jogi is coming off a fruitful Ranji season.


Joginder Sharma to Sharma, no run, back of a length and just outside off, Rohit undercuts past the off stump.


Joginder Sharma to Sharma, 1 run, try getting a ball past Raina. Full from Jogi, Rohit leans into an blistering square drive and Raina at short point dives to his left and parries it.

Dhoni stands up to the stumps now.


Joginder Sharma to Rayudu, no run, good delivery, nips away a touch from outside off and Rayudu feels for it from the crease


Joginder Sharma to Rayudu, no run, Rayudu is not at his best, so far. He's struggling to force the ball away off a slightly two-paced pitch. Short of a length from Jogi, he goes hard at it and mistimes to the leg side


Joginder Sharma to Rayudu, 1 run, this time he steers a single from off stump line, through third man for a single


Joginder Sharma to Sharma, SIX, boy, he's played some real shots today. Joginder lands one short of driving length and angles it into Rohit. What does he do? He gets the front foot half forward, and slap-slams it over long-on for a big six. All timing.

End of over 6 (9 runs) Mumbai Indians 40/2 (RR: 6.66)

    • RG Sharma 20 (9b 3x4 1x6)
    • AT Rayudu 9 (12b 1x4)
    • Joginder Sharma 1-0-9-0
    • JA Morkel 3-1-11-1

Morkel to Rayudu, FOUR, Mumbai finally get a move on. Horrible ball this, slanting a mile down the leg side and Rayudu deserves credit for actually making contact with it as it slid down the leg side and good pace. Pulled with one hand through fine leg.


Morkel to Rayudu, no run, Rayudu charges out to Morkel who keeps it back of a length outside off. Play and a miss.


Morkel to Rayudu, 1 run, interesting tactics from Rayudu, initially moves his front foot outside leg, before bringing the back foot to off stump and flicks towards square leg.


Morkel to Sharma, 2 runs, over-pitched on the pads, Rohit is getting some gifts today. This one he flicks uppishly past a sluggish Bollinger at mid-on and they get a couple


Morkel to Sharma, 1 run, back of a length, and again it ends on the pads. Rohit nudges to the leg side for a single.

Paragordius: "What's with Rohit Sharma and IPL? He was given so many chances to play for the national team and squandered all of them. And when everyone is struggling in this game he seems to be playing on a different pitch!" He clearly has the talent. You need something more, though, to do well at the highest level.


Morkel to Rayudu, no run, Rayudu again moves all around the crease and then looks to heave a short ball to the leg side. No contact made. He's trying too hard today.

End of over 7 (8 runs) Mumbai Indians 48/2 (RR: 6.85)

    • AT Rayudu 14 (16b 2x4)
    • RG Sharma 23 (11b 3x4 1x6)
    • JA Morkel 4-1-19-1
    • Joginder Sharma 1-0-9-0

Joginder Sharma to Sharma, 1 run, full and a foot wide of off stump, this time Rohit gives Jogi more respect. Guided down to third man.

Sumeet: "Couple of weeks back I read a article by Greg Chappel mentioning Australia does not have the liberty to waste talents like India , He was probably referring to Rohit Sharma"


Joginder Sharma to Rayudu, FOUR, Fifty up for Mumbai. Rayudu pulls away that innovative lap flick. He shuffles all the way across the stumps and is standing in Shiv Chanderpaul style by the time the ball comes. It is angling into the pads and he slaps it away to the left of fine leg.

Dhoni goes back now.


Joginder Sharma to Rayudu, 1 wide, Rayudu again leaps across with the back foot and then plays a baseball shot, but it is too short and wide.


Joginder Sharma to Rayudu, no run, Rayudu is going for a walk around his crease every ball. This time he is a foot outside the crease, with the feet planted on middle and off as Jogi bends one in a touch.

Third man is inside the circle.


Joginder Sharma to Rayudu, no run, full and straight on off, Rayudu defends sedately towards mid-off


Joginder Sharma to Rayudu, 1 run, slow and short, Rayudu waits until eternity and is still so early in the pull, he drags it to long on. He wanted only one, but Rohit hared half way back for the second. He got back in time though.


Joginder Sharma to Sharma, 1 run, full toss on middle, Rohit politely punches to long-on for a single.

Kunal: "Somehow Rohit reminds me of Mark Waugh or Inzamam Ul Haq.. seems to have all the time to play fast desperate to see him do well at the top level."

Athreya: "Just wondering if the ball is swinging wild for Morkel wonder how devilish it will be for Malinga when he comes on to bowl ?"

End of over 8 (8 runs) Mumbai Indians 56/2 (RR: 7.00)

    • RG Sharma 25 (13b 3x4 1x6)
    • AT Rayudu 19 (20b 3x4)
    • Joginder Sharma 2-0-17-0
    • JA Morkel 4-1-19-1

Finally some spin. Ashwin comes on.


Ashwin to Sharma, 1 run, tossed up outside off, worked with the turn down the ground for one.


Ashwin to Rayudu, no run


Ashwin to Rayudu, 1 run, big turn from outside off, but it is slow and Rayudu guides to third man for a single


Ashwin to Sharma, no run, this could be trouble. Rayudu might be run out. Another misunderstanding between these two. This time Rayudu wants the run but Rohit doesn't. Full on off, Rohit lunges out and pads it to the off side, Dhoni is off in a flash and throws to Ashwin on the bounce, as Rayudu dives in. The dive might have saved him. That, and the fact that it wasn't the most powerful throw.


Ashwin to Sharma, no run, floater on off stump, Rohit reaches across and defends


Ashwin to Sharma, 1 run, straighter one outside off, Rohit times the back foot push through extra cover well and they think of two, but the running is iffy again. They settle for a single.

KM: "Good point, Kunal. I remember watching Inzy play and thinking that he can actually drink a cup of coffee between the time bowler releases the ball and he plays it. " Often, that's what Inzy actually did.

Hari: "I am Chennai fan, but clearly S.Rajesh's Numbers game article has jinxed Ambati Rayudu - Sachin Tendulkar partnership today... " Here it is.

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End of over 9 (3 runs) Mumbai Indians 59/2 (RR: 6.55)

    • RG Sharma 27 (17b 3x4 1x6)
    • AT Rayudu 20 (22b 3x4)
    • R Ashwin 1-0-3-0
    • Joginder Sharma 2-0-17-0

Randiv comes on. Nice partnership this after the early jolts


Randiv to Sharma, no run, turn from middle and off line, it is worked with the spin to short fine leg.

Anant: "They use slow motion cameras which capture at thousands of frames per second. Why don't they use these cameras to record runouts? This would prevent the bails from dislodging between frames."


Randiv to Sharma, 1 wide, too much turn, drifts down and is called wide.


Randiv to Sharma, FOUR, too short, and Rohit is in too good form to let it go. It turns in from well outside off, but Rohit is in position for the cut early and focuses on eluding backward point.


Randiv to Sharma, no run, more air, Rohit leans out to work it to mid-on


Randiv to Sharma, 1 wide, Randiv's lines aren't too good, another one slides down the leg side


Randiv to Sharma, no run, loopy ball on middle, whipped to midwicket


Randiv to Sharma, 1 run, again drifts down the leg side, and it is helped along to short fine leg where Badri intercepts


Randiv to Rayudu, 1 run, too straight again to end the over, swept without much control backward of square for a single

End of over 10 (8 runs) Mumbai Indians 67/2 (RR: 6.70)

    • AT Rayudu 21 (23b 3x4)
    • RG Sharma 32 (22b 4x4 1x6)
    • S Randiv 1-0-8-0
    • R Ashwin 1-0-3-0

Ashwin to Rayudu, no run, keeps it short of a length on off stump, Rayudu comes out and then defends.


Ashwin to Rayudu, FOUR, Joginder muffs it in the outfield. Tossed up on a length around off and breaking in, Rayudu sweeps it hard, but Jogi at deep square leg moves slowly and comes down late to left it skid through


Ashwin to Rayudu, 1 run, carom ball on off stump, Rayudu sees it and swipes it across to midwicket


Ashwin to Sharma, 1 run, slower and loopier offie, Rohit nudges with the spin through midwicket


Ashwin to Rayudu, no run, Rayudu again tries to work the carom ball from the crease to the leg side, but finds midwicket this time


Ashwin to Rayudu, 1 run, tough of width outside off, Rayudu steers through cover point for a single

End of over 11 (7 runs) Mumbai Indians 74/2 (RR: 6.72)

    • AT Rayudu 27 (28b 4x4)
    • RG Sharma 33 (23b 4x4 1x6)
    • R Ashwin 2-0-10-0
    • S Randiv 1-0-8-0

Randiv to Rayudu, OUT, Rayudu has run right past a straighter one from Randiv. He announced his intent early and gave the charge, Randiv landed the floater short of a length and got it to hold its line. Rayudu was not to the pitch and did not pick the variation as he shovelled to the leg side. Swing and a miss, Dhoni does the rest.

AT Rayudu st †Dhoni b Randiv 27 (29b 4x4 0x6) SR: 93.10

Symonds walks out. Does he have the mojo of 2003 still?


Randiv to Symonds, 1 wide, another wide from Randiv, he slips it down the leg side

Slip in place.


Randiv to Symonds, no run, tossed up outside off and turning in, Symonds plays it back down the track

Round the wicket now.


Randiv to Symonds, 2 runs, another straighter one, squares of a nervy Symonds who pushes from the crease after getting across. Outside edged towards third man for two


Randiv to Symonds, 1 run, straightens from middle, Symonds slaps with the turn to square leg

Ashish: "DC v CSK now"


Randiv to Sharma, FOUR, unlucky for Randiv, it was his version of the doosra again, doesn't turn away too much but holds its line. Rohit was beaten, but was good enough to adjust and open the face to steer it down to third man.


Randiv to Sharma, FOUR, When Rohit bats like this, you really wonder why this man isn't a staple in the India line-up. Tossed up from round the wicket, just outside off, Rohit leans out languidly and tees off over extra cover. That was the one area on the off side with no protection. Supreme shot.

End of over 12 (12 runs) Mumbai Indians 86/3 (RR: 7.16)

    • RG Sharma 41 (25b 6x4 1x6)
    • A Symonds 3 (3b)
    • S Randiv 2-0-20-1
    • R Ashwin 2-0-10-0

Ashwin to Symonds, no run, turn from outside off, Symmo is playing the spin from the pitch, he isn't picking it. Played with bat and pad close to each other back down the track


Ashwin to Symonds, no run, loopy ball, worked with the spin to midwicket


Ashwin to Symonds, 1 run, Symonds is not picking him at all, the floater that holds its line, is outside edged to point.


Ashwin to Sharma, 1 run, carom ball outside off, Rohit pushes into the off side for a single


Ashwin to Symonds, 1 wide, slides a wide down the leg side


Ashwin to Symonds, 1 run, drifts into the pads, Symonds carefully pull-slaps backward of square leg


Ashwin to Sharma, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Rohit steers in front of point for another single

Raj: "Symonds was taunted on the same venue, now he is cheered... IPL has changed people for the good..."

Chandrasekar: "A Sri lankan bowler, bowling to an Australian batsman, wickets kept by Indian, commentry by a South African, and the match being watched in USA. Cricket doesn't get more global than this."

End of over 13 (5 runs) Mumbai Indians 91/3 (RR: 7.00)

    • RG Sharma 43 (27b 6x4 1x6)
    • A Symonds 5 (7b)
    • R Ashwin 3-0-15-0
    • S Randiv 2-0-20-1

Raina comes on for some offies.


Raina to Sharma, 1 run, short of a length on off, forced with the spin wide of long-on for a single


Raina to Symonds, 1 run, speared in, full on the pads, Symonds clips it from the crease through square leg.


Raina to Sharma, 1 run, a hint of Laxman in that shot. Short of a length and turning in, Rohit stays back and has all the time in the world to loft it over the short midwicket.


Raina to Symonds, no run, how did that miss the stumps? Raina gets this ti skid on from middle and Symmo plays all over it as he looks to heave. He might have got an inside egde, and that was really close to the leg stump.


Raina to Symonds, 1 run, this time he gets the single away, in front of square with more assurance.


Raina to Sharma, 1 run, Rohit times the extra cover push really well and Badri does well to keep it down to a single

End of over 14 (5 runs) Mumbai Indians 96/3 (RR: 6.85)

    • RG Sharma 46 (30b 6x4 1x6)
    • A Symonds 7 (10b)
    • SK Raina 1-0-5-0
    • R Ashwin 3-0-15-0

Randiv to Sharma, SIX, Rohit has hit that almost out of the Wankhede. Typical shot to being up a 50, it lands in the third tier over long off. Randiv tosses it up from round the stumps, Rohit charges out and launches him clean and high.


Randiv to Sharma, 1 run, wisely fires this in flat, and Rohit guides backward of point for one


Randiv to Symonds, no run, huge appeal, turned down. Very full from Randiv on middle and leg, and it was straightening into the stumps. Symonds was caught on the crease. It was clipping the top of leg stump.


Randiv to Symonds, FOUR, lovely shot, Symonds' muscles come into the pitcture. Full on leg stump again, he just crouches out to the pitch and mows it over the infield. Didn't do much at all, but the ball flew away in fear.


Randiv to Symonds, no run, skidder on off, played into the off side without fuss


Randiv to Symonds, no run, beats him outside off with a quick floater, Symonds looks to guide through point but misses

Namratha: "My 9 yr old son is wondering why is symonds putting toothpaste on lips!" Haha! A variant of that Shakira song might help - So that 'lips don't dry'.

Krishna: "Raj, I don't think people have changed at all....I'm sure he would have been taunted if he was in any other team" Sad.

Mohit: "@Chandrasekar, you forgot, Umpiring by Pakistani."

End of over 15 (11 runs) Mumbai Indians 107/3 (RR: 7.13)

    • A Symonds 11 (14b 1x4)
    • RG Sharma 53 (32b 6x4 2x6)
    • S Randiv 3-0-31-1
    • SK Raina 1-0-5-0

Joginder comes back on. Looks like cannon fodder.


Joginder Sharma to Sharma, FOUR, is cannon fodder. Polite length ball outside off, Rohit gets to the line and murders it through the covers.


Joginder Sharma to Sharma, 1 run, angles into the pads, Rohit works him with the angle through square leg for a single


Joginder Sharma to Symonds, SIX, Symonds sends him into downtown Mumbai. Hapless length stuff from Joginder, on the stumps and despite Symonds' reluctance to get forward, this is in the slot. He pile-drives it just over the head of long-on.


Joginder Sharma to Symonds, 1 run, this time he lands it well outside off in the mid-120s. Symonds has a huge swipe at it and gets it down to third man


Joginder Sharma to Sharma, FOUR, intelligent batting this from Rohit. The field is set back on the off side, and inside the circle on the leg side. Rohit picks his spot and walks across the stumps. Jogi's pace is such a dawdle, it sits up on middle and Rohit pulls it over Morkel at square leg. He runs back and puts it a slide, but the ball wins.


Joginder Sharma to Sharma, 1 run, better line, Rohit works him off the pads to midwicket where the fielder slips. There is a lot of dew out there.

Abz: "Although I would love watching Symonds and Pollard on the pitch together, it would be even more of a delight to watch Symonds and Harbhajan batting together at some point. Imagine the worst if one of them gets the other run-out. "

Karthik: "I remember when I was a kid, I used to think the Allan Donald on the field was different from the one off the field!!"

End of over 16 (17 runs) Mumbai Indians 124/3 (RR: 7.75)

    • RG Sharma 63 (36b 8x4 2x6)
    • A Symonds 18 (16b 1x4 1x6)
    • Joginder Sharma 3-0-34-0
    • S Randiv 3-0-31-1

Ashwin to Sharma, 1 run, Ashwin lands this flat on middle, Rohit punches off the back foot past the bowler for a single


Ashwin to Symonds, SIX, oh boy, this is brutal. He's tonked a full ball well outside off over long on with a swiped drive. The timing was immense.


Ashwin to Symonds, 2 runs, poor from Chennai, they give away an overthrow after Symonds worked him with the angle to square leg


Ashwin to Symonds, 1 run, again Symonds looks to cart him straight, but can't get much behind this one. On the bounce to long on.


Ashwin to Sharma, no run, well bowled, skids the full offspinner on leg stump, past Rohit's defence and just past the leg stump


Ashwin to Sharma, 1 run, yorker of sorts to end the over, Rohit pushes it into the covers to retain strike

Harbhajan is padded up!

End of over 17 (11 runs) Mumbai Indians 135/3 (RR: 7.94)

    • RG Sharma 65 (39b 8x4 2x6)
    • A Symonds 27 (19b 1x4 2x6)
    • R Ashwin 4-0-26-0
    • Joginder Sharma 3-0-34-0

The last 3 overs have gone for 39. Chennai have let Mumbai off. Bolly comes back on.


Bollinger to Sharma, no run, short ball, not short enough to pull and Rohit is hit in the tummy as he swings and misses. Ouch.


Bollinger to Sharma, 1 run, another short ball, Rohit looks to pull again and edges onto the pad for a single to the leg side


Bollinger to Symonds, no run, smart ball, Bollinger cramps Symonds outside off and doesn't give him length either as he motors out of the crease. He ends up looking to carve through the off side, but misses

Mid off up for Symonds.


Bollinger to Symonds, 1 run, another hustling short ball, Symonds looks to make room and swat it, and ends up mis-timing a single down the ground.

Mid off goes back for Rohit.


Bollinger to Sharma, no run, clever, clever stuff. Bollinger sees Rohit wandering to the leg side this time and pushes the ball full and wide outside off, Rohit could not reach it.


Bollinger to Sharma, SIX, Rohit ruins the over with a superb shot. Bollinger was looking for the yorker, but the ball slipped out and ended a full toss at waist height. Rohit was shuffling across already and the kept his wits about him to play the lap shot, all the way over Dhoni's head.

End of over 18 (8 runs) Mumbai Indians 143/3 (RR: 7.94)

    • RG Sharma 72 (43b 8x4 3x6)
    • A Symonds 28 (21b 1x4 2x6)
    • DE Bollinger 3-0-28-1
    • R Ashwin 4-0-26-0

Raina gets another over. Aha.


Raina to Symonds, 1 run, spears the first one in full and Symonds drags it to midwicket for one


Raina to Sharma, SIX, horror ball. Raina lands this short and at a really amiable pace, Rohit gladly pulverises it over wide long on


Raina to Sharma, 2 runs, dropped. Calling is not in fashion in this IPL. Full and on leg stump from Raina, Rohit looks to slog sweep, but is too close to the ball and top-edges it behind square leg. Hussey and Badri converge on the ball, both go for it, both dive, both drop and someone, both escape from clunking their heads into one another.


Raina to Sharma, SIX, this is brutal. Rohit and Raina are fighting for one spot in the Indian side, and Rohit is trying to settle the debate out there. Another poor length ball from Raina, Rohit lines him up and catapults a lofted on drive out of the field.


Raina to Sharma, 1 run, Chennai have lost it somewhat. This time Vijay, from long on, doesn't go for a catch since he assumes midwicket running back will. Rohit looks for another six, but doesn't get much on it this time. Safe though.


Raina to Symonds, 1 run, Symonds pushes a single to end the over. Poor one from Raina.

End of over 19 (17 runs) Mumbai Indians 160/3 (RR: 8.42)

    • A Symonds 30 (23b 1x4 2x6)
    • RG Sharma 87 (47b 8x4 5x6)
    • SK Raina 2-0-22-0
    • DE Bollinger 3-0-28-1

Can Bolly finish off well? Mumbai have flown here. Rohit is on 87.


Bollinger to Symonds, 1 leg bye, short ball, hurries onto Symonds who pulls and gets hit in the midsection now. He winces as he runs across, and Rohit is at the other end in no time. He wants a 100.


Bollinger to Sharma, OUT, No 100 to be had, but this has been a top innings nevertheless. Bollinger rolls the fingers over this one and keeps it short of a length outside off. Rohit looks to go back in the crease and heave this over the on side, but it never comes on. He mishits it straight to long on.

RG Sharma c Hussey b Bollinger 87 (48b 8x4 5x6) SR: 181.25

Pollard gets a bat, finally.


Bollinger to Symonds, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Symonds under edges to Dhoni and they hare across.

One Caribbean batsman went bonkers today. What can Pollard do?


Bollinger to Pollard, no run, escapes with a near wide, Pollard stands back in the crease and backs away, Bollinger keeps it full and wide of off stump. Pollard can't reach it.


Bollinger to Pollard, 1 bye, lovely bowling. 123 kph offcutter, Pollard did not pick it at all as he looked to pull. They run a bye as Dhoni can't collect cleanly. Dhoni picks it up eventually and fires a really poor throw, and might have twisted his ankle in the process.


Bollinger to Symonds, 1 wide, monster bouncer that. 137 kph on a length and it shoots away. Might have hit a patch of grass or something, it went well over the batsman's head.


Bollinger to Symonds, no run, Dougie has finished off with two nerveless overs, despite that slippery full toss that went for a six. He gets the last one to squeeze under Symmo's bat outside off as he looks to chop it away. They think of a single, but Dhoni collects and prances up to the stumps to deny them the run.

Ganesh: "Rohit Sharma does exhibit the lazy brilliance of Inzamam. But I really question is committment. Come IPL, he is thin and fit and for does not really care about fitness while playing for team India."

Devang: "Rather than wasting Pollard's talent by not giving him a bat I think Mumbai should just open with Rohit Sharma so that everybody moves up one spot and balls are not wasted at the beginning of the game. Hope the maiden doesn't haunt MI. "

It was all Rohit Sharma there. Delightful innings. And infuriating in a sense, if you have been watching Indian cricket over the last 3-4 years. Ritangshu: "With due respect, Rohit has MILES to go before he challenges Raina for his spot. The former can steal the show in an inconsequential IPL match, but the latter proved his mettle against Australia and Pakistan." True, that.

Sam: "Nitin Sundar is a mallu...Twisted his angle...hahaha" Spot on, but that was an honest typo :-)

End of over 20 (4 runs) Mumbai Indians 164/4

    • A Symonds 31 (26b 1x4 2x6)
    • KA Pollard 0 (2b)
    • DE Bollinger 4-0-30-2
    • SK Raina 2-0-22-0





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