Deccan Chargers v Mumbai Indians, Visakhapatnam April 9, 2012

Rohit dazzles as Mumbai win thriller

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Mumbai Indians 142 for 5 (Rohit 73*, Steyn 3-12) beat Deccan Chargers 138 for 9 (Dhawan 41, Christian 39, Munaf 4-20) by five wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The fifth edition of the IPL, which began in tepid fashion, finally had a nail-biter as Rohit Sharma hit the last ball of the match for six to seal a thrilling finish for Mumbai Indians against Deccan Chargers, who fought tooth and nail while defending 139. Daniel Christian, not the wisest choice for the final over, as very recent history tells us, dished out two full tosses to Rohit. One of them was off the final ball, which was dispatched over long-on to spark wild celebrations.

The Chargers were still favourites with 18 to defend off the last over. Kumar Sangakkara had bowled out his best bowler, Dale Steyn, leaving the final task with Christian. The first ball was smashed by James Franklin past long-off for four; the second down the same region; the batsmen sneaked a bye off the third; the fourth was a high full toss slammed by Rohit Sharma over deep backward point. With five needed off two, the penultimate ball was forced to long-off and Rohit Sharma timed his dive just in time to survive a run-out appeal. Christian couldn't come up with anything special, gifting Rohit Sharma the most hittable delivery of the over, breaking the hearts of the home fans who saw their side slip to a second straight defeat.

Fortunes kept oscillating in the final overs, but for most periods in the chase, the Chargers were in control. Much of the credit should go to Steyn, who ran in with the same vigour as he does for South Africa. He defeated the best hitters in the Mumbai line-up with raw pace and fizzy bounce, nipping out three wickets for just 12 runs. He took 2 for 6 in his first spell, conceded just two off his next over and only five off his final over. In hindsight, Sangakkara will feel he should have kept him for the final over.

Steyn gave the Chargers the early advantage by plucking a return catch in his follow-through to get rid of T Suman. The fourth over, a wicket-maiden from Steyn, was the spectacle of the evening. He ran in high on adrenaline and had his fellow countryman Richard Levi all at sea with raw pace. He targeted the stumps, forced Levi to stab at deliveries cramping him for room, foxed him with a slower one that sneaked past the outside edge and the stumps, bounced him, but saved his best delivery for the last. Levi played all around a fiery full ball that knocked back his middle stump.

For a team with big hitters at the top, Mumbai were struggling at 15 for 2 after five overs. The run-rate touched the five mark only after 11 overs, indicative of how miserly the Chargers were. The ball spun, gripped and even kept low, meaning the batsmen had to concentrate harder. Rohit fetched two boundaries and a six - over extra cover - off Christian to keep Mumbai afloat.

The arrival of Kieron Pollard, in the 12th over, perked up the run-rate. The spinners were always vulnerable against Pollard, who swung two sixes and a four to leave Mumbai a gettable 56 off the last six overs. Another spiteful over from Steyn, in which he hit the deck hard, softened up Pollard. He slammed Amit Mishra over long-off the following over, but perished trying the same against Christian, skying it to Shikhar Dhawan at long-off. Mumbai's shoulders would have dropped after Pollard walked off, but not Rohit's, as he walloped two more sixes off Mishra to restore hope for his side.

Rohit's hitting overshadowed Munaf Patel's four-wicket haul, which was responsible for restricting the Chargers. It also masked an ugly incident involving Sangakkara's dismissal, where some of the Mumbai players got confrontational with the umpires. Munaf bowled a low full toss which Sangakkara shaped to drive, but got an inside edge which shaved the off stump and knocked off the bails. The wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik was standing up close and the ball deflected back to the stumps off his pads, causing confusion as to whether he was legitimately bowled in the first place. The umpires initially gave Sangakkara the benefit of the doubt, choosing not to refer it to the third umpire. The Mumbai players were peeved, particularly Munaf, who flung the ball on the turf as he ambled back to his mark.

A furious Harbhajan Singh marched to the square leg umpire Johan Cloete, who was soon enveloped by Munaf and Karthik. A clueless Sangakkara went across to have a word with the umpires but by then, it was as if the umpires were coerced into referring it. In theory, Sangakkara was legitimately out and the umpires should have had the presence of mind to consult. Mumbai's road-rage, though, left a bad taste in the mouth and it makes one wonder how different it could have been had Sachin Tendulkar, Mumbai's original captain, been in charge. Tendulkar, unfortunately, was at the dug out, and there was nobody around to defuse the situation.

Cameron White and Christian added a quick 41 for the fifth wicket, smashing four sixes in their stand to boost the Chargers before the lower order was reined in. The target proved a challenging one, but the visitors were fortunate to run into a bowler who suffered another nightmare of conceding a six off the last ball in front of a global television audience.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 11, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    What an INNING by Rohit Sharma. I liked the confidence with which he hitted the last ball for a SIX snatching the victory against the opponent !

  • Bruisers on April 10, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    "Not a fair game"?? Sanga was clearly out and the right decision was made by the 3rd umpire.. In case of Rohit Sharma runout, there was no clear evidence to give him out.. All that DC fans should do now, instead of ruing the umpire's decisions, is pray for a better fighting performance against other teams because their team will surely finish 9th..

  • karun-10 on April 10, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    The cheer leaders on the cricket ground is not enough?God it is so annoying that extra innings got extra cheer leaders and musicians. What the heck is sony max doing?

  • Tanaka_Yakuza on April 10, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    18 from last over, you are expected to win 99.9% of the games. Luckily for Mumbai there was this Christian lad, who was hammered in a similar situation not so long a go in Australia by Thisara Perera. Sometimes I wonder why there are so many under-performing overrated Australians in IPL teams. Teams like Panjab seems to have only Australians !!! This is what happens when IPL is dominated by Australian coaches. Most of them are not to mention absolutely TERRIBLE . They do favour their own players at the expense of other talented players. IPL needs to stop this, STOP forever.

  • David.G on April 10, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    On yesterday's unpleasant incident, if the reaction of the Harbajan & Co were bad, I think the decision by the Umpire not to review was worse. Not picking up an edge or a close lbw is human error but when the bails go flying, that's just absurd. Even if it went off the wicki's pads after knocking the stumps I think the eyesight of umpires need to be better than that or they should not make rash decisions by not calling for a review. The course of the match could have been altered if the right decision wasn't made and the only people to suffer would be the MI. What's next, the stumps cartwheeling and the umpire deciding it's not out??

  • Naushad79 on April 10, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    pls drop white and christian, and play the SF's Dumini and Rusty they will be better option, also give the local boy's a backup they will perform well in terms of batting. oh if u still want to play Christian find a good Indian fast bowler. like to see DC playing the finals.

  • on April 10, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    talking abt fair play ... first deccan should get less points then mumbai indians......

  • on April 10, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    well Rohit was not out.. his bat was grounded.. and as per rules.. once bat grounded and then if its in air u cant give batsman out... and it was UMPIRE who didnt even ask for referral.. are they blind or no sense to refer it when they were not sure.. so its completely umpire's mistake... deccan had to pay price.....and harbhajan did right... one wrong decision can change result of match....those who have commentted against harbhajan are wrong........yes STYENs efforts were wasted by CHRISTIAN......

  • on April 10, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    STEYN. I like that name. It somewhat rhymes with 'Steam' in Steam Engine. Like steaming in. Dale Steyn. Somewhat like Hail storm. His name itself has that power. And his bowling is world class. I attended the match and was supporting DC like crazy. Totally delightful to see a bowler from my team absolutely literally terrifying the opponent team batsmen (and the fact that Pollard and Richard Levi are one of them is very satisfying). And even more satisfying because I very rarely experience such thrill from the bowling department when I'm supporting India (of course, Ishant Sharma provided me with that thrill against Australia in 2007-08.). Steyn was absolutely brilliant. I don't know what to do if DC decided not to retain Steyn in the Main Auction two years from now. We already did a very very stupid big mistake by not retaining Rohit Sharma in the last Main Auction. A very big mistake. Imagine a team with Rohit Sharma and Steyn in it. Hope Deccan Chargers team selection improves.

  • srinideva on April 10, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    IPL fair play point for last should be.

    MI: 1 DC:9

  • on April 11, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    What an INNING by Rohit Sharma. I liked the confidence with which he hitted the last ball for a SIX snatching the victory against the opponent !

  • Bruisers on April 10, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    "Not a fair game"?? Sanga was clearly out and the right decision was made by the 3rd umpire.. In case of Rohit Sharma runout, there was no clear evidence to give him out.. All that DC fans should do now, instead of ruing the umpire's decisions, is pray for a better fighting performance against other teams because their team will surely finish 9th..

  • karun-10 on April 10, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    The cheer leaders on the cricket ground is not enough?God it is so annoying that extra innings got extra cheer leaders and musicians. What the heck is sony max doing?

  • Tanaka_Yakuza on April 10, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    18 from last over, you are expected to win 99.9% of the games. Luckily for Mumbai there was this Christian lad, who was hammered in a similar situation not so long a go in Australia by Thisara Perera. Sometimes I wonder why there are so many under-performing overrated Australians in IPL teams. Teams like Panjab seems to have only Australians !!! This is what happens when IPL is dominated by Australian coaches. Most of them are not to mention absolutely TERRIBLE . They do favour their own players at the expense of other talented players. IPL needs to stop this, STOP forever.

  • David.G on April 10, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    On yesterday's unpleasant incident, if the reaction of the Harbajan & Co were bad, I think the decision by the Umpire not to review was worse. Not picking up an edge or a close lbw is human error but when the bails go flying, that's just absurd. Even if it went off the wicki's pads after knocking the stumps I think the eyesight of umpires need to be better than that or they should not make rash decisions by not calling for a review. The course of the match could have been altered if the right decision wasn't made and the only people to suffer would be the MI. What's next, the stumps cartwheeling and the umpire deciding it's not out??

  • Naushad79 on April 10, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    pls drop white and christian, and play the SF's Dumini and Rusty they will be better option, also give the local boy's a backup they will perform well in terms of batting. oh if u still want to play Christian find a good Indian fast bowler. like to see DC playing the finals.

  • on April 10, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    talking abt fair play ... first deccan should get less points then mumbai indians......

  • on April 10, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    well Rohit was not out.. his bat was grounded.. and as per rules.. once bat grounded and then if its in air u cant give batsman out... and it was UMPIRE who didnt even ask for referral.. are they blind or no sense to refer it when they were not sure.. so its completely umpire's mistake... deccan had to pay price.....and harbhajan did right... one wrong decision can change result of match....those who have commentted against harbhajan are wrong........yes STYENs efforts were wasted by CHRISTIAN......

  • on April 10, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    STEYN. I like that name. It somewhat rhymes with 'Steam' in Steam Engine. Like steaming in. Dale Steyn. Somewhat like Hail storm. His name itself has that power. And his bowling is world class. I attended the match and was supporting DC like crazy. Totally delightful to see a bowler from my team absolutely literally terrifying the opponent team batsmen (and the fact that Pollard and Richard Levi are one of them is very satisfying). And even more satisfying because I very rarely experience such thrill from the bowling department when I'm supporting India (of course, Ishant Sharma provided me with that thrill against Australia in 2007-08.). Steyn was absolutely brilliant. I don't know what to do if DC decided not to retain Steyn in the Main Auction two years from now. We already did a very very stupid big mistake by not retaining Rohit Sharma in the last Main Auction. A very big mistake. Imagine a team with Rohit Sharma and Steyn in it. Hope Deccan Chargers team selection improves.

  • srinideva on April 10, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    IPL fair play point for last should be.

    MI: 1 DC:9

  • srinideva on April 10, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    and this match would`ve been different if the umpire gave a OUT call to Sharma.

    that was really clear He was OUT. that game was played unfair manner.

    I could remember that match for STEYN performance.

  • srinideva on April 10, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Steyn performance was outstanding in the last match. he won the millions of hearts not only from DC fans , CSK too.. Indians always loves to see a talent cricketers whether they are came from india or SA or Aus. I think he is a world WORLD class Bowler. So much fun to watch that. He gave everything what he has. A good team man....hats off steyn awesome really you are....

    and I don`t want to see MI in the playoff.

  • on April 10, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    It was an exciting match.But i would say that Deccan lost there golden chance to win easily...

  • Rajeev129 on April 10, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    Christian is Lehmann's most cherished boy. Whole world knows that this boy is neither good in batting nor in bowling. He should be dropped from DC squad. He is among the costliest players in their squad, but does't even justify about 30% of that amount, just like his fellow Australian Cameron White. Deccan's bad luck is that they dont even have an Indian bowler who is atleast capable of Christian's abilities.

  • on April 10, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Rohit i s an excellent T20 batsmen who can chase even 20+ runs in an over.. nice move by MI by taking him 4m DC.

  • Baundele on April 10, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    For me, the third umpire had the final say. Rohit's bat was clearly on the air and he was run out. Also, it was unbelievably bad bowling by Dan.

  • Ganes.V on April 10, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    In an earlier edition when Rohit was playing for Deccan he had scored 23 off th last over to win a match. He is capable of doing his but unfortunately in IPL and not when playing for India!

  • red000 on April 10, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    WHAT AAAA BOWLER

    Seen the match at the stadium....rohit was gr8..shown wat a talent he is..hope converts that to indian team .........But what i enjoyed the most is seeing steyn running superfast ....gr8 runup,classical action.....world best...

  • cricket_ftw on April 10, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    I never knew daniel christaian is so bad with the ball ... He bowled terribly.. Not international quality at all ...

  • avani on April 10, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    Sangakara made a mistake by not bowling Anand Rajan full quota or atleast not giving him another over. Christian had already leaked @ 10 per over in his 3 overs before the last over he bowled. I am not saying Anand Rajan should have been given the last over. But if he had bowled one more over in between, Stayen would have been bowling the last over. A simple eror lead to a defeat for DC.

  • KK_Cricket on April 10, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    I am sad that Chargers lost.. they deserved to win but happy that this will at least bring Duminy in now instead of Christian.. Christian should only play if any of the other players gets injured or unavailable... he is not an automatic choice over Duminy at least

  • Overtheinfield on April 10, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Dale Steyn ..Another spell from Hell !! It was really intimidating ,fiery spell from Dale. What a joy to watch when he is on song..

  • on April 10, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Sincerely hope the talented Rohit can play in the same vein for the national team too. Hope, I am not asking for too much! Kohli, Raina, and Rahane, I think, are ready to step in, if and when all the seniors retire. By the way, when I say seniors, I include the sporadically brilliant Sehwag too.

  • on April 10, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Seriously Harbhajan and Munaf Patel should be banned for some games! Disrespect to the game at any level needs to be treated harsh! This being the IPL I doubt there would be any action taken at all! People asking for ban of the umpire must understand errors to happen but to react the way these people did is a disrespect to the game we love - which disrespects the fans, players, officials and everything associated such people do not deserve to play the game at this level!

  • on April 10, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    @Sunil Xavier (& other Indians like you)..Do not understand why you guys firest point fingers at Indians. maybe you forgot what happened in India's last tour to SA. But for Kallis, India would have registered first series win there with SA batsmen troubled more by Indian bowlers on SA pitches than vise-a-versa. Also look at stats of yesterday.. Steyn to Suman 4 runs/4 balls, to Sharma 4R/4B, to Karthik 1R/3B (Steyn vs Indians 9runs/11Balls) as against others ... Levi 1R/7B (what an over, Levi had no clue), Pollard 1R/5B (Pollard actually was shattered by Seyn bouncers .. not Indians) & Franklin 1R/1B ... overall others 3R/13B... so what do you think Mr.Sunil?

  • cricket_wins on April 10, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    After what happened, we Indians have absolutely no right to point fingers at the Aussies' 'hard and fair' behavior anymore. We are no different.

  • Makkumatr on April 10, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    The bullying and aggression shown by Harbhajan and Munaf is highly condemnable and nothing short of a match ban will show that the IPL heads are serious about keeping the sport a gentleman's game. Umpires are human, they make errors and they alone have the power to decide whether to review with the third umpire or not. The players on field _have to abide by their decision. If players can yell at and bully the umpires, may I suggest umpires also give out red cards to send a player out of the field for misbehaving?

  • Pathiyal on April 10, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    delightful innings from rohit. expect similar performance from him for team india. dale steyn was magnificent. he should have bowled the last over. sure, the result would be different then.

  • on April 10, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Another example of modern age reporting.... Is the reporter -cum-expert confident about Christian not giving away 18 runs in penaltimate over if he was given penaltimate over (as he did acyually in last over)? Then Steyn would have defend 5 runs (or maybe less) & all would have blamed Sangakkara for wasting Steyn's over

  • on April 10, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    what is the point of paying huge money to Dan Chirstian when he cant defend 18 in his last over. He is clueless and miserable under pressure. He should not be paid such high amount, higher pay means u got to deliver under crunch situation. He failed earlier and he failed again today. Such a shame. Dale Steyn's glorious effort was totally wasted. DC should have won only to do justice to Steyn's superhuman effort.

  • on April 10, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    Heart Broken. Positive about this match is , DC's fight. Delight to watch Styn Bowling. DC need another such fast gun in the team. Some one said in thier comment that to bowl with 'Rajan'. The reason why he didn't bowl is, he was injured his bowling hand. Sanga has no choice other than Chris. Hope DC's batting improves and put at least 160-170 in the board and defend it. OJHA, V. RAO,R. SHARMA, R.P.SINGH, T.SUMAN, Harmeet singh were all from DC. They got success with DC.

  • on April 10, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    The delivery that bowled Levi was at 147kph. The fastest of the match was 155kph. Steyn was on fire yesterday. Over of the tournament. He only got three wickets because everyone was afraid to take him on!

  • Kumar_dude on April 10, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    Chargers deserved to win yesterday.They were the better team.Dale steyn was ultimate.That is called fast bowling.All the youngsters in India please a take a note of what fast bowling is.Man that over to Richard Levi was the best over I have seen in the recent past.Last over 18 runs...and Dan christain made a mess of it.Two full tosses went for 2 sixes.Despite the excellent penultimate over by Dale steyn Dan could not finish things off.Darren Lehman rates him high.But 18 runs from the last over ..I think Chargers should have won.However this is the best match in IPL V till now... no doubt.

  • Knightfox on April 10, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    I know that was the rude manner in which munaf, harbhajan and other players acted but let me tell you guys that was not a mistake lbw decision to afford it was a cut adn bold umpires were not ready for third umpire review. So i think fair game is fair....

  • IJ-IPL on April 10, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    BAN Cloete before his wrong decisions ruin another team's chances of winning in the IPL series. It is a very sensitive series and such umpires should not be entertained. He has not only spoilt the relations between the DC and MI fans, but also added bitterness about Harbhajan, Karthik, Pollard and Munaf Patel...this is unfair and IPL chairman should take an action against this umpire. BAN BAN BAN CLOETE ! BAN BAN BAN CLOETE !

    Another team fans will not agree to me, but wait till he does the same to you guys and then wait for your captain to quietly accept the decision and eventually loss the match. You won't know how it feels when an umpire acts in an arbitrary fashion. IT's annoying. we should ban him.

  • IJ-IPL on April 10, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    Frankly umpires of the like of Cloete should not be allowed to umpire in another IPL match. An umpire cannot unanimously decide when there is enough suspicion that there is a possibility of wrong decision. Umpires should not declare themselves as the supreme authority on the pitch. They are present to assist the Match and not decide the flow of wind in the match. I think Cloete shuld give a written apology to the chairman of IPL for not following the procedure for referring to third umpire, despite the MI team (at first) requesting him to refer it to the third umpire. IT was only when he was forced by the captain, keeper, bowler and Pollard that he agreed in a repulsive manner to refer it. And he was proved wrong. Infact this umpire has been known to act in this fashion because a similar incident had happened in Bangladesh v. Pakistan match which took place in Bangladesh. Where such decisions were given by Cloete. Stones were thrown on his car in Bangladesh. This suggests enough.

  • vinayjayaram on April 10, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    My heart goes out to Steyn..what a performance..and unbelievably horrible bowling by Dan Christian..DC wasting JP on the bench..anyway Rohit Sharma is highly overrated; he is a just a basher of club class bowlers and cannot hold his bat properly in International cricket despite being given chances after chances..

  • cricTorque on April 10, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    What an innings by Rohit Sharma. And what a dive to save himself from being run out. Would be better if he plays one of those innings for the national team as well and not just for his ipl team.

  • on April 10, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    Indians are afraid of steyn in indian condition then what about other fast piches in the world .. steyn you are simply superb....

  • on April 10, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    The batting line up for India - Sehwag, Gambhir, Pujara, Sharma, Kohli and Raina. Rohit Sharma reminds one of Inzaman Ul Haq since he seems to have so much time to play his shots and Ijaz Ahmed who had the same hard hitting approach. The selectors should now look at this line up in tests and ODIs for the next 5-6 years and give chances to the batsmen. Also should consider Manoj Tiwari and Ajinkya Rahane.

  • karthickvat on April 10, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    All Indian Young bowlers lets learn from Dale Steyn how to bowl an yorker:) It was the over of the tournment. Bajjii, Karthik & Munaf should have asked for a review in a better way....

  • hari040761 on April 10, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    point 1. IT IS FAILURE OF DC'S THINK TANK. IT IS NOT THE DAY FOR CHRISTIAN. THE LAST OVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO ANAND RAJAN WHO GAVE JUST 9 RUNS OF 2OVERS. HE WILL BE FAST ENOUGH THAN CHRISTIAN AND ALSO A SURPRISE TO THE BATSMEN AND MAY BE LITTLE LETHARGIC IN THEIR APPROACH AGAINST THE INDIAN BOWLER WHICH MAY LEAD TO TAKE COUPLE OF DOT BALLS OR WICKETS. SORRY SANGA. PLEASE MAKE ME AS YOUR TEAMS SUPPORT STAFF. I WILL MAKE YOUR TEAM TO WIN ATLEAST COUPLE OF MATCH.

    point2: AS WRITTEN BY MR.PRCJ ROHIT IS NOT A PERFORMER IN INTERNATIONAL LEVEL BUT ONLY IN IPL. HE IS TAKING IPL MORE SERIOUS BUSINESS THAN FOR INDIA. HE IS A CONSISTENT FAILURE AND OCCASIONAL SUCCESS. HOW MANY TIMES HE FAILED TO FINISH FOR DECCAN IS KNOWN FROM PAST RECORDS. EVEN ANY 5TH DIVISION LEAGUE PLAYER WILL FINISH THE GAME IF SUCH JUICY FULLTOSS BOWLED

  • srinath_f_o_john on April 10, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    Hi PRCJ (Posted by PRCJ on (April 09 2012, 20:45 PM GMT)

    Most of us agree ur point. But i strongly disagree on u. Rohit is capable of playing in all positions. But kohli will play only on 1 down. Rohit comes to ground only if india is in critical situation. He is a good finisher. But i don't think kohli will be... He proved all the places. Even he played as opener and scored well. We can't see just the average.Then U can start arg that Dhoni is the best player since his average is good.

  • on April 10, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    Being a Fan of Indians, today I feel very happy. But am feeling really bad about Chargers. This victory should have given lot of joy, but now having mixed emotion. Chargers were a better team and should have won.

  • Rens on April 10, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    "it makes one wonder how different it could have been had Sachin Tendulkar, Mumbai's original captain, been in charge."

    It is funny to me. If it was Tendulkar , Sanga would get more balls to bat to win the game for DC. OK, What you want, fair play award or the win. Sachin is not a good captian just because of his modest nature. He can't argue, he can't scold and he cannot complain.

  • Romenevans on April 10, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    Daniel Christian is becoming a mess of a bowler when it comes to bowling him the last over. Lats year also he was smacked for 6 of the last ball, today again.

  • VJGS on April 10, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    MI did not deserve to win after questioning the umpire's decision in such a rude manner. All four of Harbajan, D Karthik, Munaf, Pollard should be dropped from the rest of the tournament. But one has to agree that if Tendulkar was on the field, none of these things would have happened.

  • dinuhebbar on April 10, 2012, 1:01 GMT

    I would like to remember this match for Steyn's bowling rather than rest of what happened.

  • on April 9, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    DC need to get rid of Chipli. DC performed much better than expected. Too bad they lost.

  • balajeev on April 9, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    Seems like the usual Rohit Sharma ipl heroics. Why does he continue to frustrate for India in ODI cricket?

  • muralicric on April 9, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    well done rohit good knock from u!sanga u have to fire up bcz u have to keep not prdhiv

  • PRCJ on April 9, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Rohit is not at all consistent in his performances, one lucky day he will perform and the restwe all know…. As per everyone's perception, Kohli and this guy will be future of India, then this guy has to perform in a consistent manner… see the records of So called Future of India

    Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 ODIs 80 75 16 1961 114 33.23 2487 78.85 2 12 Twenty20 110 102 19 2674 101* 32.21 2046 130.69 1 17

    And see Kohli's Records

    Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 ODIs 85 82 11 3590 183 50.56 4159 86.31 11 21 Twenty20 93 83 13 2117 84* 30.24 1655 127.91 0 10

  • luvusachu on April 9, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    If Indian Players not contributing, nothing going to change for DC's. The teams winning always because of some Indian Player performs.

  • yadavrohit on April 9, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    finally a cracker finish in IPL 5...but still i feel a poor chase by mumbai.. although it is very difficult if steyn fired with full pace. can anyone tell the speed of the delivery in which levi bowled.. another great finish by Rohit Sharma in IPL.. one thing is sure that if Dhoni for team india and Rohit in IPL remains not out in a chase , team will always win..

  • Rick777 on April 9, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Hit Patel with the maximum possible punishment. Karthik should be suspended and fined and so should Haribajan. He being the captain should be hit with the maximum fine.

    If they could behave in such a manner, there should be know officials. Officials will be penalized by the respective boards for their mistakes. Players should not get involved...

  • cking on April 9, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    Here is a prime example of Good and Great cricketer and due to the nonsense and havoc created by Bhajji and group where does the MI team stand we can see that very clearly. Sachin is not only a great cricketer but also a very humble person due to which he has over 20 years of long career. I hope someone had a chat with Bhajji after the game but i doubt he will ever learn because if he hasn't learned from Sreesanth slap incident he will never. God help Mumbai Indians

  • on April 9, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    I liked the game very much but incident involving Harbhajan was one of worst incidents that has happened in the game of cricket.As captain you should know how to behave in field. The IPL committee should warn Bhajji for such nonsense . Harbhajan, Munaf and Kartik should be punished.Dale Steyn was superb to watch.

  • on April 9, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    you gonna rock this time...keep it up MI.

  • Echi on April 9, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    Dear Mr.Hattima, Umpires are allowed to do mistakes and players cannot act the way they did. How do you blame SAGGAKKARA , would umpires reverse decisions after looking at replays if they are given wrong especially LBW. Kumar had all the right to hold his ground till the umpires decide. He did not fall in to the caliber of HARBAJAN, Dinesh OR Munaf. He also would have said it is not allowed for players to force umpires to refer it to 3 umpire. He accepted the decision given by umpires although they were forced to do so. He is the most professional cricketer with a huge personality. You cannot compare him to harbajan who had been sacked for slapping players, and over other incidents like the above.

  • Unmesh_cric on April 9, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    It's good to see Rohit Sharma finishing things off for Mumbai. Keep it going, Rohit!

  • Echi on April 9, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    Incident involving Sangas out was one of ugliest incidents that has happened in the game of cricket. If international players are behaving like this, how do you expect the youngsters around them to behave in this gentlemen's game. True it was umpires fault, the way Harbajan and Munaf was arguing was like street cricket in India.

  • ABjuventus on April 9, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    i have always said and once again reiterating that ROHIT SHARMA is the next legend for indian cricket and the most appropriate successor of tendulkar's and MUMBAi's legacy .....He just need to be more consistent and i am sure he will do that and proves his worth

  • hattima on April 9, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    The incident was really ugly. Harbhajan, Munaf and Kartik should be punished appropriately, and the umpires should also receive punishments for their poor performances, first not noticing the ball hitting stumps (that was ridiculous), then not talking to the third umpire before making the decision, and then referring it to the third umpire, (were the allowed to do so by the rules?) Lastly, as an international veteran cricketer Sangakkara should have walked after watching the replays. Everyone came out losers out of this ugly incident. Now it is upto BCCI to show that they have a spine and muster the courage to administer the right punishment to the powerful franchise.

  • on April 9, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    Rohit Bats Mumbai out of trouble....

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 9, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    WOW what a game !! Congratulations to Mumbai Indians on a hard fought win. Sad to see Sanga's boys lose. Also, SHAME on Harbhajan Singh for such a childish behavior with the umpires. The IPL committee should warn Bhajji for such nonsense attitude. Cricket should be played with fairness even when things don't go your way. Sanga proved he's a true gentleman by keeping calm and going about his business. Young Indian players look up to some of these players as role models and Bhajji didn't quite behave mature. I am disappointed. Anyway it was a great game.

  • on April 9, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Tendulkar should play cricket as much as he performs well. Nobody has nothing to say about it. Just oil in your own machine! Tendulkar knows very well when to retire.

  • mamif on April 9, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    Rohit, you are very late in increasing run rate today you were lucky but not every time.

  • on April 9, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    MI...Blues..the real champions..

  • on April 9, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Rohit the hero. He is very talented batsmen. I love the way he bat in every match.

  • sanjaycrickfan on April 9, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    For god's sake, please stop playing Dan Christian. He is nowhere as good a batsman as JP Duminy who is also one of the best fielders in the world. Lehmann is responsible for this favoritism being a fellow Aussie.

  • zavahir on April 9, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    So we saw DRS in action in India at last.

  • shrastogi on April 9, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    DC proved me right that they need more Dale Steyns. He must be feeling hugely let down after bowling so magnificiently. It was Rohit Sharma magic aided hugely by terrible last over from Christian ,who needs a reality check on Indian pitches, which brought MI victory. MI is a better team than chasing 139 of last ball. They were hugely aided by some inexplicable captaincy by Sangakkara. Bowling White ,who didnt use to bowl when he was captaining Australia, was a huge gamble against Pollard. I thought he should have trusted Rajan a bit more. But anyway DC shouldnt lose morale. They put up a good show inspite of scoring 15-20 runs less.They should think of Duminy in the line up and if they fight like this they should do better than the weakest side in IPL5 where KingXI is also contender. A standout verdict from the match is that Lehmann trusts aussies more than other members of team. Though they have won and had legitimate dismissal of Sangakkara MI should have behaved better on field.

  • D.Sharma on April 9, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    So, Tendulkar's team wins when he scores a 100 or when he is not playing.

  • the_wallster on April 9, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    Why is Dan christian still a professional cricketer? How does he keep getting games? Everytime I see him play he bowls at the death and gets smacked out of the park. he wouldn't get into my local under-11's team.

  • lazyplayers on April 9, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    My heart goes out for Dale steyn. What a great game from him.

  • isurufdo247 on April 9, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    ohh christian wat hv u done......

  • rohitrainakohli on April 9, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    dc is the unlucky team in ipl ,they have lost by last over

  • zavahir on April 9, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    DC should rethink their strategy and a way to control the Aussie dominance and influence. I can't understand why play both overrated Aussies. DC Should have played JP Duminy. I can remember Christian going for a last ball boundary even in the Champions League.

  • AjitDJ on April 9, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    For goodness sakes, get some bowlers who can actually bowl. Not just bowlers who can fill in the spots. And Dan Christian is a highly overrated all rounder. He is neither a good batsman, nor a good bowler. And is Cameron White paying the DC owners to keep him in the side?

  • on April 9, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    Still figuring out whether the penultimate ball with a runout is NOTOUT ... I thought it was a very fast decision by the umprire ... as there was a bit of suspicion. MI team played in unison in crying out for Sangakkara's dismissal. Truly that was out ... but mistakes do happen.

    There is no use in signing out the so called FAIR GAME blah blah ....

  • The_TIGER_of_BD on April 9, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Totally one of the worst bowling in t20 by Cristian.

  • on April 9, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Poor show as far as Spirit of Cricket is concerned by the MI team.

  • on April 9, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Wow!!! this iz what called d heart beating match!!!@@!!! Mumbai indians Rocks allover!!@@!!!

  • on April 9, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    ********** Not a fair game ************

  • on April 9, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Please drop parthiv patel please please for gods sake...... he dont deserve to play cricket .....he missed soo many runouts which could have resulted in many wickets.....please drop this guy !!!

  • nzcricket174 on April 9, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Harbhajan should not captain any team...gosh.

  • Professori on April 9, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    "Ugly scenes" is an understatement. Munaf, Harbhajan and Kartik were downright disgusting in their unruly behavior today. They disqualify from being called gentlemen anymore. These three players should be banned from all forms of cricket for at least 3 years.

  • reghuh on April 9, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    If there was a world XI, the following would be my choice 1) Chris Gayle/David Warner/S Marsh 2) Shane Watson/Mahela Jayawardene/Sachin Tendulkar 3) Virat Kohli 4) Jaques Kallis/Kevin Pieterson 5) Michael Clarke/Hussey 6) MS Dhoni/AB Devilliers 7) Shakib Al Hassan/Kieron Pollard 8) Darren Bravo/J Botha 9)F Edwards/K Cooper/Z Khan 10) D Bollinger/D Steyne 11) L Malinga/Swann

    Hows that

  • on April 9, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    TENDULKAR SHOULD BE MORE REST

  • Happy2332 on April 9, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    I think absence of Sachin tendulkar will be a key factor in the decision of match.

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  • Happy2332 on April 9, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    I think absence of Sachin tendulkar will be a key factor in the decision of match.

  • on April 9, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    TENDULKAR SHOULD BE MORE REST

  • reghuh on April 9, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    If there was a world XI, the following would be my choice 1) Chris Gayle/David Warner/S Marsh 2) Shane Watson/Mahela Jayawardene/Sachin Tendulkar 3) Virat Kohli 4) Jaques Kallis/Kevin Pieterson 5) Michael Clarke/Hussey 6) MS Dhoni/AB Devilliers 7) Shakib Al Hassan/Kieron Pollard 8) Darren Bravo/J Botha 9)F Edwards/K Cooper/Z Khan 10) D Bollinger/D Steyne 11) L Malinga/Swann

    Hows that

  • Professori on April 9, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    "Ugly scenes" is an understatement. Munaf, Harbhajan and Kartik were downright disgusting in their unruly behavior today. They disqualify from being called gentlemen anymore. These three players should be banned from all forms of cricket for at least 3 years.

  • nzcricket174 on April 9, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Harbhajan should not captain any team...gosh.

  • on April 9, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Please drop parthiv patel please please for gods sake...... he dont deserve to play cricket .....he missed soo many runouts which could have resulted in many wickets.....please drop this guy !!!

  • on April 9, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    ********** Not a fair game ************

  • on April 9, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Wow!!! this iz what called d heart beating match!!!@@!!! Mumbai indians Rocks allover!!@@!!!

  • on April 9, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Poor show as far as Spirit of Cricket is concerned by the MI team.

  • The_TIGER_of_BD on April 9, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Totally one of the worst bowling in t20 by Cristian.