Indian Premier League, Elimination Final: Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians at Mumbai, May 25, 2011
Indian Premier League - Elimination final
Mumbai Indians won by 4 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
25 May 2011 - night match (20-over match)
0.1

Lee to Blizzard, no run, back of a length and skidding away from the batsman who reaches out to cut and gets a bottom edge. The ball rolls to the left of slip where Kallis dives to stop it

0.2

Lee to Blizzard, 3 runs, drags this short outside off and Blizzard drag-pulls it through wide midwicket for three runs

0.3

Lee to Tendulkar, 1 run, full in length, just outside off, Tendulkar leans across, opens the bat-face and runs it down to third man

0.4

Lee to Blizzard, FOUR, Sliced! It was a length delivery outside off and Blizzard slashed it up and over point. It flew off the outside edge

0.5

Lee to Blizzard, FOUR, Crunched! Another length delivery outside off and Adrian punches it on the up and through extra cover

0.6

Lee to Blizzard, 2 runs, fullish, on the off stump line, Blizzard drags it across the line past square-leg

End of over 1 (14 runs) Mumbai Indians 14/0 (134 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 14.00, RRR: 7.05)

    • AC Blizzard 13 (5b 2x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 1 (1b)
    • B Lee 1-0-14-0
1.1

Iqbal Abdulla to Tendulkar, no run, flighted on a length on the middle, eased to mid-on

1.2

Iqbal Abdulla to Tendulkar, 2 runs, around the off stump line, Tendulkar punches it neatly through extra cover

1.3

Iqbal Abdulla to Tendulkar, FOUR, fetches the length delivery from outside off and sweeps it aerially over square-leg. He just went for placement there; no violence

1.4

Iqbal Abdulla to Tendulkar, 1 run, full and on the middle, swept to left of short fine for a single

Tendulkar gets across for a chat with Blizzard.

1.5

Iqbal Abdulla to Blizzard, no run, on the leg stump line, rolls off the pad to short fine

1.6

Iqbal Abdulla to Blizzard, no run, on the off stump line, defended back to the bowler

End of over 2 (7 runs) Mumbai Indians 21/0 (127 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 10.50, RRR: 7.05)

    • AC Blizzard 13 (7b 2x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 8 (5b 1x4)
    • Iqbal Abdulla 1-0-7-0
    • B Lee 1-0-14-0

Maddy: "I remember how Ashwin bowled Blizzard in this IPL. Would have opened the bowling with Yusuf Pathan and Balaji. Also, take the pace off the ball"

2.1

Pathan to Tendulkar, 1 run, on the pads, tucked away to right of short fine-leg

2.2

Pathan to Blizzard, 1 run, on the off stump line, punched down to long-off

2.3

Pathan to Tendulkar, no run, quickish delivery, swatted away to backward square-leg fielder

2.4

Pathan to Tendulkar, 1 leg bye, floated outside off, Tendulkar is hit on the pad, trying to paddle sweep it. It hit him just outside off stump on the thigh pad

2.5

Pathan to Blizzard, no run, backs away to cut this really hard but its intercepted at cover

2.6

Pathan to Blizzard, no run, skids in towards the off, with the arm, defended to short extra cover

End of over 3 (3 runs) Mumbai Indians 24/0 (124 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 7.29)

    • AC Blizzard 14 (10b 2x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 9 (8b 1x4)
    • YK Pathan 1-0-2-0
    • Iqbal Abdulla 1-0-7-0
3.1

Iqbal Abdulla to Tendulkar, 1 run, short in length, skids on towards middle stump, pulled to deep midwicket. Blizzard stepped out for the second but got back in time

3.2

Iqbal Abdulla to Blizzard, no run, very full, Blizzard goes for the sweep and it goes off his glove to short fine

3.3

Iqbal Abdulla to Blizzard, FOUR, Crashed! He leans forward to thump this flighted full delivery to the straight boundary.

3.4

Iqbal Abdulla to Blizzard, no run, on the pads, turned to backward square-leg fielder

3.5

Iqbal Abdulla to Blizzard, FOUR, Swipe! low dipping full toss around off stump and Blizzard swipes that full toss to wide long-off boundary

3.6

Iqbal Abdulla to Blizzard, 1 run, gets back to punch this to long-on

End of over 4 (10 runs) Mumbai Indians 34/0 (114 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 8.50, RRR: 7.12)

    • AC Blizzard 23 (15b 4x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 10 (9b 1x4)
    • Iqbal Abdulla 2-0-17-0
    • YK Pathan 1-0-2-0

Priyesh: "@Maddy - It was JP Duminy who bowled Blizzard by an absolute peach of a delivery, not Ashwin....everything can't be done by Chennai Super Kings!... (But then again, they have reached the finals yet again....*sigh*) "

4.1

Pathan to Blizzard, 1 leg bye, slower, from round the stumps, Blizzard shapes to defend and the ball rolls off the pad

4.2

Pathan to Tendulkar, FOUR, Placement! He leaned across, picked this full delivery from outside off and sweeps it to backward square-leg boundary

4.3

Pathan to Tendulkar, FOUR, More cuteness! This time he leaned across, waited, collapsed his arms and plays a paddle-swat to right of short fine-leg fielder

4.4

Pathan to Tendulkar, FOUR, Wow! He leaned forward, allowed the top hand to go slightly limp and used the bottom hand to scoop it high over wide mid-off

4.5

Pathan to Tendulkar, FOUR, SRT is in some mood tonight. He goes for that sweep again and though he gets a top edge he clears the backward square-leg fielder very comfortably

4.6

Pathan to Tendulkar, no run, turns in from outside off, cut to point

End of over 5 (17 runs) Mumbai Indians 51/0 (97 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 10.20, RRR: 6.46)

    • SR Tendulkar 26 (14b 5x4)
    • AC Blizzard 23 (16b 4x4)
    • YK Pathan 2-0-18-0
    • Iqbal Abdulla 2-0-17-0
5.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Blizzard, FOUR, Thumping sweep! it was a short of length delivery and he short-arm pulled it to square-leg boundary

5.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Blizzard, FOUR, The game hurtling along at a frenetic pace. It was short and wide, Blizzard crashes it to the cover boundary.

5.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Blizzard, no run, too full to cut but Blizzard tries and edges it to the off

5.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Blizzard, 1 run, gets down on his knee to sweep it to deep square-leg fielder

5.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Tendulkar, 1 run, on the leg stump line, paddled to short fine for a single

5.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Blizzard, 1 run, gets back to punch it down to long-on

End of over 6 (11 runs) Mumbai Indians 62/0 (86 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 10.33, RRR: 6.14)

    • AC Blizzard 33 (21b 6x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 27 (15b 5x4)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 1-0-11-0
    • YK Pathan 2-0-18-0

Vignesh: "@Priyesh: Jealous Much?"

6.1

Bhatia to Blizzard, 1 run, on the pads, turned to fine-leg

Prabakar: "Oops !!! I think CSK run the risk of turning into the "Chuck Norris" of IPL :)"

6.2

Bhatia to Tendulkar, 1 run, slower one around off and middle, punched down to long-on

6.3

Bhatia to Blizzard, no run, another slower one, pushed out to Kallis at extra cover

6.4

Bhatia to Blizzard, SIX, Knifed! Bhatia tries yet another slower one but Adrian reads this early and gets down on his knee to swing it cleanly over wide long-on. Whoosh!

6.5

Bhatia to Blizzard, 1 run, outside the off stump, cut away to point

6.6

Bhatia to Tendulkar, no run, on a length around off, cut to Gambhir at point

End of over 7 (9 runs) Mumbai Indians 71/0 (77 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 10.14, RRR: 5.92)

    • SR Tendulkar 28 (17b 5x4)
    • AC Blizzard 41 (25b 6x4 1x6)
    • R Bhatia 1-0-9-0
    • Shakib Al Hasan 1-0-11-0

Time out. Shubham: "How many times in their commentary career sanjay manjeraker/ ravi shastri have said that "SRT knows exactly where the fielders are.. " Does cricinfo's statsgurus have any stats about that also?" One gets the feeling that the gurus are on the job.

7.1

Lee to Blizzard, no run, a sharp lifter from round the stumps and it flies past the attempted pull. Too quick for Blizzard

Vipin: "It's because of Balaji, KKR has to play today's match.let's see what does he do today to redeem himself. "

7.2

Lee to Blizzard, no run, digs it in short again, Blizzard backs away and tries to cut it. But is beaten for pace again. Goswami appeals for a catch. Lee doesn't.

7.3

Lee to Blizzard, FOUR, backs away and flat-bats the third short delivery of the over up and over mid-off. It wasn't as short as the other two and he whacked it

7.4

Lee to Blizzard, SIX, Carved! 50 for Blizzard. It was the bouncer on the off and middle line, Blizzard had already moved outside and cut it hard over backward point boundary. it flew to the upper tier.

7.5

Lee to Blizzard, OUT, Lee bowls this fuller and Blizzard slashes it straight to deep point fielder. Very fine hand from Blizzard. He has put Mumbai on course here.

AC Blizzard c Iqbal Abdulla b Lee 51 (30b 7x4 2x6) SR: 170.00

7.6

Lee to Tendulkar, 1 run, short again, tucked away to the on side for a single

End of over 8 (11 runs) Mumbai Indians 82/1 (66 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 10.25, RRR: 5.50)

    • SR Tendulkar 29 (18b 5x4)
    • RG Sharma 0 (0b)
    • B Lee 2-0-25-1
    • R Bhatia 1-0-9-0

Dara: "So the 2nd qualifier will be Blizzard v Gayle?"

8.1

Kallis to Tendulkar, no run, gets back and across to punch this out to mid-off

8.2

Kallis to Tendulkar, OUT, Rohit Sharma is run out It was punched to mid-on off the back foot and Rohit set off. Tendulkar sends him back but Rohit had rushed too far across. Direct hit and he is gone. Sachin is angry at Rohit for running so far down. He makes his displeasure known. Rohit trudges back to the hut. Tendulkar had taken a start after playing that shot but said no almost immediately but Rohit had moved too far down the track by then

RG Sharma run out 0 (0b 0x4 0x6) SR: -

8.3

Kallis to Tendulkar, no run, gets back to defend it to the bowler

8.4

Kallis to Tendulkar, no run, the bouncer arrives and Tendulkar goes for the pull but the ball climbs over the blade.

8.5

Kallis to Tendulkar, 1 run, stays back to cut it to off for a single

8.6

Kallis to Rayudu, no run, full in length around off, defended to the off side

End of over 9 (1 run) Mumbai Indians 83/2 (65 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 9.22, RRR: 5.90)

    • AT Rayudu 0 (1b)
    • SR Tendulkar 30 (23b 5x4)
    • JH Kallis 1-0-1-0
    • B Lee 2-0-25-1
9.1

Lee to Tendulkar, 1 run, on a length around off stump line, pushed through point

9.2

Lee to Rayudu, no run, banged in short outside off, left alone

9.3

Lee to Rayudu, 1 run, on the middle , tucked down to fine-leg region

9.4

Lee to Tendulkar, 1 run, presses back to punch this back of length delivery to sweeper cover

9.5

Lee to Rayudu, no run, full and straight, Rayudu mistimes the drive to mid-on

9.6

Lee to Rayudu, 1 run, short and outside off stump, cut away to sweeper cover

End of over 10 (4 runs) Mumbai Indians 87/2 (61 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 8.70, RRR: 6.10)

    • AT Rayudu 2 (5b)
    • SR Tendulkar 32 (25b 5x4)
    • B Lee 3-0-29-1
    • JH Kallis 1-0-1-0
10.1

Kallis to Rayudu, no run, full and outside off, Rayudu drives it down the track and Kallis stops it with is right boot. and smiles.

10.2

Kallis to Rayudu, 1 run, length delivery outside off, slashed away to wide third man where Lee makes a neat sliding stop

10.3

Kallis to Tendulkar, FOUR, tries the slower bouncer, Tendulkar opens his stance, waits for the ball to arrive before pulling it to the wide midwicket boundary

10.4

Kallis to Tendulkar, no run, the quicker bouncer outside off this time, Tendulkar tries to steer it through slips but doesn't connect

10.5

Kallis to Tendulkar, OUT, Now then.. Do we have anything special looming over the Wankhede Stadium. Kallis hurled another bouncer, this time at the body of Tendulkar who tried to pull it. Cramped for room and done in for the pace and bounce. Tendulkar gets a top edge on that very awkward pull and the ball lobs to backward point

SR Tendulkar c Tiwary b Kallis 36 (28b 6x4 0x6) SR: 128.57

Franklin walks out. Pressure..! A bit of it, in any case.

10.6

Kallis to Franklin, 1 run, back of a length, on the hips and he turns it away to midwicket for a quiet single.

End of over 11 (6 runs) Mumbai Indians 93/3 (55 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 8.45, RRR: 6.11)

    • JEC Franklin 1 (1b)
    • AT Rayudu 3 (7b)
    • JH Kallis 2-0-7-1
    • B Lee 3-0-29-1

Cometh the hour.... Balaji gets his first over. Franklin faces, Rayudu at the other end. Deja vu moment.

11.1

Balaji to Franklin, no run, he starts with a short of length ball. Not a full toss, note the point! Franklin stays on the crease and steers without timing to point

11.2

Balaji to Franklin, 1 run, a little more room this time, Franklin forces him away into the covers for a single.

11.3

Balaji to Rayudu, no run, Rayudu calmly gets behind the line of a length ball angling in, and defends.

Kaushik: 'I hope that Rayudu won't get a stress in the neck due to the chat between him and Franklin. The height difference between them is significantly high'

11.4

Balaji to Rayudu, no run, tentative. Rayudu doesn't quite get across to the line and then pokes uncertainly outside off to a length ball that held its line.

11.5

Balaji to Rayudu, FOUR, kitchen sink through the off side. Rayudu jumps up, opens up the off side and gets a juicy length ball well outside off. He throws everything at it to squeeze a boundary backward of point

11.6

Balaji to Rayudu, 1 run, ends the over with a back of length ball outside off, Rayudu slaps into the covers for a single.

End of over 12 (6 runs) Mumbai Indians 99/3 (49 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 8.25, RRR: 6.12)

    • AT Rayudu 8 (11b 1x4)
    • JEC Franklin 2 (3b)
    • L Balaji 1-0-6-0
    • JH Kallis 2-0-7-1

Slip in place.

12.1

Kallis to Rayudu, no run, full and straight on off stump, Rayudu plays it back down the track

12.2

Kallis to Rayudu, FOUR, bumped away violently. Short ball from Kallis, angling in nicely, Rayudu moves quickly inside the line and thumps the pull emphatically through midwicket.

12.3

Kallis to Rayudu, no run, over-pitched but well outside off, Rayudu looks to cream through the off side but he is far from the pitch.

12.4

Kallis to Rayudu, no run, the quicker bouncer outside off and Rayudu pulls it down to midwicket

Gambhir and Kallis have a long chat

12.5

Kallis to Rayudu, OUT, Ambati Rayudu can't believe it! It was a bouncer outside off and Rayudu went for a cut. The ball flew through to the keeper. Kallis and Goswami celebrate. Rayudu actually had a wry smile as if to say why are you guys celebrating, I didn't nick it. The camera panned to the umpire Asad Rauf who put his finger up. Rayudu's visage turned grave. he can't believe it but he has to go. Hope they show another replay. There doesn't seem to be any deviation nor noise. No snicko or hot spot of course to really nail it down.

AT Rayudu c †Goswami b Kallis 12 (16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

12.6

Kallis to Pollard, 1 run, fullish, on the middle and leg, turned through square-leg

End of over 13 (5 runs) Mumbai Indians 104/4 (44 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 8.00, RRR: 6.28)

    • KA Pollard 1 (1b)
    • JEC Franklin 2 (3b)
    • JH Kallis 3-0-12-2
    • L Balaji 1-0-6-0

There doesn't seem to be any deviation nor noise. No snicko or hot spot of course to really nail it down.

13.1

Balaji to Pollard, 1 run, jabbed out to the off for a quick single

13.2

Balaji to Franklin, 2 runs, full in length, skidding across, Franklin gets an inside edge to fine-leg

13.3

Balaji to Franklin, no run, full in length, around off, pushed down the track

13.4

Balaji to Franklin, 2 runs, full in length outside off, driven on the up to right of Lee at long-off

13.5

Balaji to Franklin, FOUR, Balaji tries the bouncer but he doesn't get much pace behind it; Franklin pulls it away to the backward square-leg boundary

13.6

Balaji to Franklin, 1 run, slower, full and outside off, driven to sweeper cover

End of over 14 (10 runs) Mumbai Indians 114/4 (34 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 8.14, RRR: 5.66)

    • JEC Franklin 11 (8b 1x4)
    • KA Pollard 2 (2b)
    • L Balaji 2-0-16-0
    • JH Kallis 3-0-12-2

Aaram: "One good over, and it's still Mumbai's game, but Kolkata would need quite a few of those, or one exceptional over. A Bala redemption special perhaps?"

14.1

Kallis to Franklin, 2 runs, from round the stumps, short delivery, pulled to right of deep midwicket for couple of runs

14.2

Kallis to Franklin, 1 run, just outside off, on a length, cut away for a single

14.3

Kallis to Pollard, 1 run, This one kicks up from back of length, it screams up at a surprised Pollard who stabs it off his chest to short cover region.

14.4

Kallis to Franklin, no run, full in length, from round the stumps, pushed out to covers

14.5

Kallis to Franklin, 1 wide, hurls across a high bouncer and Franlin lets it fly past him. Kallis runs on through his follow through and stares. Franklin stares back.

14.5

Kallis to Franklin, 1 run, short in length around off, run down to third man

14.6

Kallis to Pollard, no run, sharp lifter outside off and Pollard sways away from the line of fire. Supah spell from Jacques.

Time out. Kallis: 4-0-18-2

End of over 15 (6 runs) Mumbai Indians 120/4 (28 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 8.00, RRR: 5.60)

    • KA Pollard 3 (4b)
    • JEC Franklin 15 (12b 1x4)
    • JH Kallis 4-0-18-2
    • L Balaji 2-0-16-0
15.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Franklin, 2 runs, full and outside off, driven wide of sweeper cover for couple of runs

15.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Franklin, no run, slower, outside off, cut to left of backward point where Lee makes a diving stop

15.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Franklin, 1 run, skids on outside off from short of length, punched out to sweeper cover

15.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Pollard, OUT, Trapped! Shakib Al Hasan nails Pollard. It landed on a length on the middle and skidded on with the arm. Pollard pushed outside the line and the ball skidded on to hit the pad. That would have taken out the leg stump. Ooh la la. More fun awaits us. The game keeps turning and churning. hawk eye suggests it would have missed the leg stump.

KA Pollard lbw b Shakib Al Hasan 3 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

Hawk eye suggests it would have missed the leg stump. hmmm thought it was hitting the leg.

15.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Suman, no run, this one grips and turns past the defensive poke. Slip and silly point

15.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Suman, no run, leans forward to defend to the on side

End of over 16 (3 runs) Mumbai Indians 123/5 (25 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.68, RRR: 6.25)

    • TL Suman 0 (2b)
    • JEC Franklin 18 (15b 1x4)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 2-0-14-1
    • JH Kallis 4-0-18-2
16.1

Iqbal Abdulla to Franklin, 1 run, shortish outside off, cut away to deep point region

slip and silly point in for Suman

16.2

Iqbal Abdulla to Suman, 1 run, full and around off stump, punched out to sweeper cover

16.3

Iqbal Abdulla to Franklin, no run, this one was delivered from a round-armish angle and it skidded on outside off, Franklin was beaten, lunging forward to defend

16.4

Iqbal Abdulla to Franklin, FOUR, Nicely done! Wider outside off, Franklin presses back, waits on that back foot and cuts it late well to the left of short third man

16.5

Iqbal Abdulla to Franklin, 1 leg bye, on the leg and middle, spins on to the pad and rolls away

16.6

Iqbal Abdulla to Suman, no run, full and on the middle and leg line, Suman leans forward to defend and almost chips it back to the bowler. It landed short. Iqbal shuffled to his right and got behind Franklin. Perhaps a more desperate diving effort was needed. Not sure whether he would have got it even if he tried but it was worth the laundry bill

End of over 17 (7 runs) Mumbai Indians 130/5 (18 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.64, RRR: 6.00)

    • TL Suman 1 (4b)
    • JEC Franklin 23 (19b 2x4)
    • Iqbal Abdulla 3-0-23-0
    • Shakib Al Hasan 2-0-14-1
17.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Franklin, 1 run, around off stump, Franklin taps it quietly to left of backward point

17.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Suman, 1 run, leans forward to ping long-off. Shakib throws in a desperate dive but can't reach

17.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Franklin, no run, slower, on the middle and off, turned to midwicket

17.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Franklin, 1 run, leans forward to tap it to left of cover for a single. Very calmly done.

17.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Suman, no run, flighted up on a length on the middle, Suman goes down the track and pushes it back to the bowler

17.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Suman, OUT, Crumble rumble! Shakib is da man tonight. Suman implodes. It was tossed up slowly on a length around off and Suman goes down the track and chips it to Manoj at long-off. The ball popped up but he held it on the rebound and then lobs it up and kicks it off his right foot

TL Suman c Tiwary b Shakib Al Hasan 2 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

End of over 18 (3 runs) Mumbai Indians 133/6 (15 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.38, RRR: 7.50)

    • JEC Franklin 25 (22b 2x4)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 3-0-17-2
    • Iqbal Abdulla 3-0-23-0
18.1

Lee to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR, Lucky top edge! It was a lovely bouncer at the body, a cramped-up Harbhajan is late on the pull but top edges it to his helmet grill and it flies to the fine-leg boundary!

It flew off the edge and then off his helmet grill!

18.2

Lee to Harbhajan Singh, no run, goes for the yorker this time, Bhaji digs it out, lee leaps to bring it back

18.3

Lee to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, ah! another really full delivery, almost a yorker and Bhaji was almost lbw. The boot seemed in the way but somehow he crouched and got the bat just in time ahead of the boot to dig it out to long-on!

18.4

Lee to Franklin, 2 runs, Low full toss time. Franklin drives to left of sweeper cover. Harbhajan wants the second. Franklin is late. Ryan makes a sliding save and fires the throw but Franklin gets back in time

Lee wants some fielding changes. fine leg up

18.5

Lee to Franklin, 1 run, Lee goes around the stumps and keeps this full and straight, Franklin drives it to long-on

18.6

Lee to Harbhajan Singh, no run, Dot ball. Lee gets close to Harbhajan. They talk. It was a bouncer that went past the attempted pull. Goswami threw the ball back to Lee who caught it and kept on walking towards Harbhajan who walked towards him and eventually past him. Chat. Wicked fun.

End of over 19 (8 runs) Mumbai Indians 141/6 (7 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.42, RRR: 7.00)

    • Harbhajan Singh 5 (4b 1x4)
    • JEC Franklin 28 (24b 2x4)
    • B Lee 4-0-37-1
    • Shakib Al Hasan 3-0-17-2

Seven from the final over. Who to bowl? Gautam has gone for the spinner of course. Shakib Al Hasan. Shakib wants his men placed precisely where he wants them. The men move. here we go

19.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Franklin, 1 run, slow through the air, outside off, driven to long-on for a single Bhaji on strike

19.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Harbhajan Singh, SIX, Game over! Crunched for a six! Harbhajan roars. Tendulkar smiles. Gautam's face drains out of expressions. Harbhajan rushed down the track and slugged it over wide midwicket boundary. Nice and easy. KKR out of the tournament. Mumbai Indians stay in. Tendulkar, for some reason still padded up, walks out to the middle to congratulate his team-mates. Huge smiles, as you would expect in the Mumbai camp.

Tendulkar high-fives with the ice-cool James Franklin. Mumbai have also qualified for the Champions League.

Franklin: "It's not sunk in yet. I am relieved. Unfortunately, we lost a few wickets in the middle. Harbhajan came out and hit that four and that six. My role was to stay till the end. Bhaji got those boundaries and took off the pressure. Quality players step up and he (Harbhajan) is one of them. Bangalore will be tough opposition. This is Play-off cricket. We are here to win and I hope we do."

Sudheer: "I bet Tendulkar still padded up was a sentiment of sorts... have seen him doing that many times during crucial matches."

Rakesh Misra: "Poor Gambhir had to see KKR's last 2 matches against MI end with a six over deep midwicket!"

Adrian Blizzard: "We are pumped. Slightly disappointing that we had to scrape through in the end. Relief. We have now qualified for Champions League. When you go out with Sachin, it gets too loud out there with the crowd support! It's a great experience. We have played Bangalore without Gayle. He is a massive factor in their success. We will get a good sleep tonight and think about that challenge tomorrow."

Kowshik: "What is IPL ? It is a competition where 9 teams will play hard to reach the finals to play against Chennai Super Kings!"

Gautam Gambhir: "We played some good cricket. Some of the games we could have won. The boys were professional and showed what character they are made off. Even today, Mumbai were cruising but the boys fought hard. Ryan played well. He is a fantastic guy and a fantastic cricketer. A captain is only as good as his team. There are no great captains and there will never be. with the fantastic bunch I didn't have to captain!"

Tendulkar: "I thought we were very much in control. fabulous start to the bowling and to the batting. Victory means a lot. In between we had a rough patch but there has been a good turn around in the last two games. That's a right tonic for the team. Fabulous start from Blizzard, something we needed today. Some big shots played by him. This was one of the very few good starts we had in entire tournament. And then Franklin and that shot from Harbhajan. Rayudu is a youngster and you let him react the way he does. He will mature. You just let him be. Harbhajan has always been aggressive. We have had characters in tennis like McEnroe... We need characters like that in cricket."

Man of the match is Munaf Patel. "Bowling is going well. Body is also holding up despite playing so much. I am happy that team is doing well. These days I enjoy. I have learned to relax. Previously I used to put too much pressure on myself and had forgotten to smile. These days i am enjoying my cricket. All the talks with the coaches have helped. I am also much fitter now and that has helped my fielding."

Good bye and good luck. Ta ta.

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