Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2012, Mohali April 25, 2012

Peterson, Rayudu pickpocket Kings XI Punjab

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Mumbai Indians 171 for 6 (Sharma 50, Awana 3-39) beat Kings XI Punjab 168 for 3 (Hussey 68*, Miller 34*) by four wickets
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Robin Peterson borrowed shots from his namesake, Kevin Pietersen, as he played a cameo punctuated with switch hits on his IPL debut to snatch victory for the Mumbai Indians. Peterson scored 15 runs off four balls in the penultimate over and Ambati Rayudu smacked two sixes to cost Kings XI 27 runs. The pair took Mumbai from a position where victory seemed unlikely, with 32 runs needed of 12 balls, to where it became an obvious conclusion with only five runs to get in the last over.

After allowing Kings XI Punjab to post their highest total in IPL 2012 with a bowling effort that was dominated by deliveries that were too short, Mumbai were favourites to win when Rohit Sharma was at the crease, marching to his half-century. Parvinder Awana swung the pendulum back towards Kings XI with a double strike in his final over - the 18th - in which he removed both Sharma and Harbhajan Singh. Peterson and Rayudu had the final say though, as they ravaged the 19th over and prevented Kings XI from completing the home and away double against Mumbai this season.

In an innings which mirrored the Kings XI's, Mumbai started solidly, were held up in the middle and blazed their way through to the end. Sachin Tendulkar and James Franklin, who was moved to open the batting in the previous match and stayed there, built a sturdy foundation. Tendulkar started by sweeping Bhargav Bhatt to long-leg, allowing his touches of finesse to shine through. Franklin clipped Praveen Kumar through midwicket and drove Parvinder Awana over the covers and the pair put on a fuss-free fifty-two run stand.

Azhar Mahmood caused some jitters in the Mumbai camp when he had Franklin caught behind off a beautiful delivery that nipped away from him. In his next over, Mahmood accounted for Tendulkar, who got a thin inside edge through to Nitin Saini. Piyush Chawla had Dinesh Karthik caught at short fine leg and Mumbai were no longer in command. It set the stage for Rohit, who had not performed to expectation so far, to step up and he did. He announced his intent by smashing Chawla for a flat six over long-off and helped himself to boundaries off full tosses offered by both Awana and Praveen when they missed their lines.

Rohit was guiding Mumbai to victory when he slashed the ball to Mahmood at backward point and the advantage returned to Kings XI. Harbhajan made little contribution as he top-edged without moving his feet to be caught at long-off and Mumbai seemed to need a little miracle to dig themselves out of the hole Awana created.

Peterson started the seemingly impossible, switch hitting Chawla twice for four and slog sweeping him for six before Rayudu launched the legspinner for back to back sixes. Mahmood made it tough for Mumbai to score the last five but they did so with a ball to spare to claim a memorable win.

Kings XI would have thought they had enough runs at the halfway stage, having scored 88 runs off the last seven overs of their innings. David Hussey and David Miller starred in the last third of the Kings XI innings to give them a competitive total on a slow surface with a fourth-wicket stand that mixed defiance with aggression.

Saini and Mandeep Singh built a sturdy foundation for Kings XI with an opening stand of 35 but Kings XI stagnated when Mandeep was dismissed. They scored just 12 runs in four overs after Mandeep returned to the dug out and crawled to the 10-over mark at 56 for 2. In a surprise move, Harbhajan brought Franklin on to bowl and he slowed Kings XI up further. He bowled four good balls upfront, which yielded only four runs, before Shaun Marsh attempted to slice a ball over the off-side but top-edged it to Harbhajan at cover, who took a swirling catch.

Miller was the perfect for partner for Hussey and showed aggression from the get-go, when he pulled the second ball he faced, a short one from RP, through midwicket. Having seen short balls get punished, Kieron Pollard offered Hussey two more and was clubbed over midwicket and upper cut over third man.

Munaf Patel searched for yorkers but missed his length and dished out full tosses. Miller swiped him over long-on and Hussey did the same, to bring up a well-earned half-century. Clint McKay copied Munaf and got the yorker right on occasion. Still, he did not survive the late assault from Hussey, who steered him third man and made room to hit him over his head for six. Munaf finished the innings having conceded back to back sixes off Miller, who ended unbeaten on 34 off 17 balls.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • prachi2000 on April 27, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    COME ON MUMBAI U LL CAN DO IT ............. SHOW UR MUMBAI MAGIC TO DD!!!!!!!!

  • Umair.Khalid_UK on April 27, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    Azhar Mehmood should be playing up in the order. As in BPL he was opening for Dhaka Gladiators. Captain ! please use Azhar abilities properly...as he performed exceptionally well in England T20.

  • Thyagu5432 on April 27, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    DineshCC: I do understand that there is no "the" formula for success (not just in T20, for that matter, in any form of cricket). However, there is this "generally accepted" thing that is done or not done. Everybody knows leggies take wickets but they do leak runs, not just in T20 even in test cricket. When the opponent has to score close to 40 runs in the last two overs to win, you do what is "generally accepted" and not take a risk. Bringing in a leggie at this stage is a risk. It might have worked if he had taken one or two wickets but chances of winning were much higher if White had simply brought Azhar. Yeah! Who knows Azhar would have gone for 30 runs as well but atleast the talk would be on how badly Azhar bowled rather than saying it was a bad choice by White.

  • Rally_Windies on April 26, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    As a Trinidadian, all the comments I am seeing about Harbhajan's poor captaincy is reminding me of Darren Ganga's Captaincy of T&T ...

    poor captaincy , but wins because of stellar individual performances ....

    Unfortunately, I believe just as the case with T&T, it would take a bunch of consecutive losses for the selectors to make the necessary changes ....

    As long as MI continue winning, don't expect to see a change in the Captaincy ... That is just the way cricket works... You never drop a winning captain NEVER ....

  • on April 26, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    it was a great match.... Peterson made the difference... they should try to play with this lineup until Malinga comes back.... Franklin is a better opener compared to rest of the opening partners given to Sachin... (bcoz jacobs, levi and blizzard hasn't been consistent...) ..

  • DINESHCC on April 26, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Thyagu5432: It is the fourth match such thing had happened in IPL 2012. 1st it was between MI and Deccan, 2nd it was CSK and RCB, 3rd it was RCB and PWI. In the MI and Deccan match, 19th over was bowled by Steyn and 20th by Dan Christian. What happened? If and Buts are not applicable in T20. Even if Mahmood bowled the 19th over, in the 20th over MI would have plundered 30 runs. Perhaps who knows, in the 19th over itself they would have finished the match.

  • anver777 on April 26, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    It was a 50over kind of a start for MI openers !!!! But Rohit set the tempo for this great win !!!!!!!!

  • madurai-625001 on April 26, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Bhajji's bowling changes make no sense, giving peterson and franklin just a single over and going with the expensive munaf for the final over, itz the mumbai's explosive batting that saved them in this match.

  • The-love on April 26, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    I don't understand why people comment in the manner that they are owning the team.Hey guys just enjoy the game and move on for the next battle.They are the international players.they possess some quality that is why they are there.You can not tell sachin, how to play....Good players like bhajji,polard can have there days but greate players like malinga they deal with the years and as far as sachin is concerned,he is one of the greatest of all time,he deals in decades....you can't tell him what to do and what not to do....

  • Thyagu5432 on April 26, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    What got into Hussey's mind that he brought a leggie to bowl the 19th over? Brain freeze and that was the luck that MI were waiting for. Absolutely lucky. If only, Azhar had bowled the 19th over, MI would never have scored all those runs needed in the last over even if Piyush had bowled.

  • prachi2000 on April 27, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    COME ON MUMBAI U LL CAN DO IT ............. SHOW UR MUMBAI MAGIC TO DD!!!!!!!!

  • Umair.Khalid_UK on April 27, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    Azhar Mehmood should be playing up in the order. As in BPL he was opening for Dhaka Gladiators. Captain ! please use Azhar abilities properly...as he performed exceptionally well in England T20.

  • Thyagu5432 on April 27, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    DineshCC: I do understand that there is no "the" formula for success (not just in T20, for that matter, in any form of cricket). However, there is this "generally accepted" thing that is done or not done. Everybody knows leggies take wickets but they do leak runs, not just in T20 even in test cricket. When the opponent has to score close to 40 runs in the last two overs to win, you do what is "generally accepted" and not take a risk. Bringing in a leggie at this stage is a risk. It might have worked if he had taken one or two wickets but chances of winning were much higher if White had simply brought Azhar. Yeah! Who knows Azhar would have gone for 30 runs as well but atleast the talk would be on how badly Azhar bowled rather than saying it was a bad choice by White.

  • Rally_Windies on April 26, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    As a Trinidadian, all the comments I am seeing about Harbhajan's poor captaincy is reminding me of Darren Ganga's Captaincy of T&T ...

    poor captaincy , but wins because of stellar individual performances ....

    Unfortunately, I believe just as the case with T&T, it would take a bunch of consecutive losses for the selectors to make the necessary changes ....

    As long as MI continue winning, don't expect to see a change in the Captaincy ... That is just the way cricket works... You never drop a winning captain NEVER ....

  • on April 26, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    it was a great match.... Peterson made the difference... they should try to play with this lineup until Malinga comes back.... Franklin is a better opener compared to rest of the opening partners given to Sachin... (bcoz jacobs, levi and blizzard hasn't been consistent...) ..

  • DINESHCC on April 26, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Thyagu5432: It is the fourth match such thing had happened in IPL 2012. 1st it was between MI and Deccan, 2nd it was CSK and RCB, 3rd it was RCB and PWI. In the MI and Deccan match, 19th over was bowled by Steyn and 20th by Dan Christian. What happened? If and Buts are not applicable in T20. Even if Mahmood bowled the 19th over, in the 20th over MI would have plundered 30 runs. Perhaps who knows, in the 19th over itself they would have finished the match.

  • anver777 on April 26, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    It was a 50over kind of a start for MI openers !!!! But Rohit set the tempo for this great win !!!!!!!!

  • madurai-625001 on April 26, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Bhajji's bowling changes make no sense, giving peterson and franklin just a single over and going with the expensive munaf for the final over, itz the mumbai's explosive batting that saved them in this match.

  • The-love on April 26, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    I don't understand why people comment in the manner that they are owning the team.Hey guys just enjoy the game and move on for the next battle.They are the international players.they possess some quality that is why they are there.You can not tell sachin, how to play....Good players like bhajji,polard can have there days but greate players like malinga they deal with the years and as far as sachin is concerned,he is one of the greatest of all time,he deals in decades....you can't tell him what to do and what not to do....

  • Thyagu5432 on April 26, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    What got into Hussey's mind that he brought a leggie to bowl the 19th over? Brain freeze and that was the luck that MI were waiting for. Absolutely lucky. If only, Azhar had bowled the 19th over, MI would never have scored all those runs needed in the last over even if Piyush had bowled.

  • on April 26, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Well there was no luck factor in MI innings.. it was sheer power hitting by their players Rayudu and Pete. I dont understand why many havee 'overused' luck word here.. CSK won against RCB chasing 205 and that was lucky (they got few boundaries with edges and got Virat Kohli to bowl the 19th over) and this is no luck :P

  • IJ-IPL on April 26, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    @Bruisers: Your comment makes no sense. Bhaji has not done these stupid actions for the first time, this has been happening since the last 3 games continuously. Firstly of all, Franklin is not the 7th Bowler, He is a strike bowler for his team. Please get your facts straight. He should have given Franklin the over long before. So Bhaji has not done anything that I need to appreciate him. Infact he should be disgraced in public. He did not bowl at all in the match where MI got hammered (thats a different match in this IPL season). And the fact that he should have given the over to Franklin or Peterson was with respect to this match. I have tried to some a limited version of this miserable mistakes which he has made. Do you know, Iif you make a 10th std student as a captain of team, even he would not make these mistakes. His mistakes just defy common sense. I still think he should resign before he is insulted and removed from MI. I dont think MI will retain him next year.

  • soumyas on April 26, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    D.Hussey failed as captain by giving 19th over to a spinner. death overs shudn't be given to spinner at any cost. Mumbai got lucky they had Peterson in their rank, he is the one who snatched 17 runs from Nehra's last over to win during WC-2011. actually Harbhajan also failed in captaincy by keeping peterson,rayudu late in order but luckily escaped. both peterson,rayudu are better T20 batsmen than D.karthik and Hrbhajan himself.

  • srinideva on April 26, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    Somebody needs to teach the indians (especially the IPL anchors and commentry team) that don`t always ask the other cricket players like "how was that sachin batting?, How good talent R sharama is? I`m alos indian>>> move forward

  • on April 26, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    MI team for next match- 1.Sachin 2.Karthik (as he can open) 3.Rohit 4.Rayudu 5.Franklin (hard hitter at no-5 or 6) 6.Bhajji 8.7.Perterson 9.Munaf 10.Malinga 11.Mitchel Johnson

  • rsurya on April 26, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    Sachin should stabilize the innings at the top and his partner should blaze away attacking, this is the only way mumbai could win all the matches. But franklin is playing like he doesn't like playing cricket, such a lazy shots. Eating balls upfront will require miracle hits at the end to win matches. This can happen sometimes like yesterday, but can't expect always. Now wat mumbai will think is they have executed a perfect plan by stabilizing at the start with franklin and fire powered at the end to win the match. But a cricketing brain will only know that they made a blunder by not playing levi at the top. Wat baaji does yesterday is wat dhoni do all day but luck favours the later. If they again open with Franklin then god even can't save mumbai. Malinga,peterson,Levi,Pollard/johnson will be a good foreign intake. better give someone like dinesh karthik the captaincy and rest harbajan.

  • akhilhp on April 26, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    I am surprised to see comments like lucky and all. Please see after 18th Over KXI was 140/3 and MI were 137/6. Only difference of 3 runs. So if they can score 28 in last two overs (and you feel they were not lucky) why MI needed luck to score 32 ... So chill guys you need planning in 20-20, MI has played to win there was not any shot where catch was dropped or run out missed to say they were lucky.

  • on April 26, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    nice play by MI !!! but luck foavoured them in the end

  • mngc1 on April 25, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    The height of madness is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. MI was lucky to win today. Against a closer like Narine MI would have lost the match. MI do not seem to understand the maths involved.

    A scoring rate of 100 equates making 120 for the innings. That score is not winning many matches as in this series 205 and 192 lost. Therefore having an opening pair who both score at 100 - 110 will put the later batsmen in trouble. In the earlier match when Pollard came in at 30 runs in 7 overs, if the batsmen scores at 10 per over (rate 166) the team would have made 160. That is a fairly big ask. Today Pollard came in when the RRR was 11.44. It is clear to see that the batting line up is all wrong.

    Pollard makes the team as one of MI's top 5 bowlers based both economy rate and wickets taken. His catching and exemplary fielding adds to his value. He bats best when he gets a few balls to get his eye in, One opener must score at 150+ and he must be #3.

  • K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on April 25, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    @Hound Hunter...Brother never ever compare Bhajii with the gr8 DADA.

  • SanjivAwesome on April 25, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    How Munaf keeps getting selected to play for premier matches defies judgement. Long been an ordinary performer - except in his own mind.

  • Rally_Windies on April 25, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    oh and to the Pollard haters ...

    he bats at 6-7 .... people want him to deliver miracles ... he isn't Jesus or Krishna ...

    it won't happen every day.....

    but with the ball and as a fielder , he contributes ...

    I believe ALL the bowlers in Mumbai will pick Pollard not to bat or to bowl, but to field on the boundary to save crucial runs and turn what would normally be 1 bounce 4's into dismissals ..... the distance he covers to make impossible catches seem simple is incredible, if he gives up cricket, he should shed 20 pounds and go train with Usian Bolt .....

  • on April 25, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    welll... people go crazy over dada's captancy.... even if he doesn't perform.... why can't v do the same with Bhajji?

  • on April 25, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Rayudu played gem of an innings at the right time.He proved on several occasions now time has come to give him a chance.

  • PakoP on April 25, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Azhar Mehmood , should be given a much broader role. He has more than 120, T20 games under his name and he actually play for almost 10 different teams in all. as a PUNJAB XI biggest Fan, I would like to see senior players given more role rather than experimenting with new blood. Thanks

  • on April 25, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    @Androyuvi... I think you forgot to include Shahdab Nadeem in your list. He is doing exceptionally well.

  • Sigma-Eleven on April 25, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    MI & KKR are the most nervous teams in the IPL. Even if they reach the play-offs, I doubt they can win this tournament.

  • Sigma-Eleven on April 25, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    @pai11 ... Leave that to DHONI.. :)

  • andrew27994 on April 25, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Though I am a Mumbai Indians fan, I still feel that MI never deserved to win this match. Some idiotic captaincy from D.Hussey cost KXIP the match. He should have finished off Chawla's and Bhatt's overs before the 15th over and then bowl the pacers. Spinners/slow bowlers should never bowl in the death overs as they are the easiest to slog. Harbhajan too was idiotic with his captaincy decisions by giving Peterson just 1 over which he conceeded only 3 runs and bowls 3 overs himself which were very expensive. Also when he bowls balls down the leg side, he has got no right to shout at the keeper- Karthik. It is his own fault and he can't expect Karthik to stop the ball all the time if he continues to bowl there.

  • K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on April 25, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    The blame of Punjab loss should be taken by the captain David Hussy. He doesn't know how to manage his bowlers. I always believe 19th over of the innings should be bowled by the most economic bowler of the innings.

  • satanswish on April 25, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    Munaf Patel is simply ridiculous as a bowler. RP Singh is another mediocre bowler. Dhaval Kulkarni is better than these two. Slow batting of Tendulkar makes T20 game look pretty boring.

  • Bruisers on April 25, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    @Sat Pattanayak - You are saying JACOBS and LEVI don't have much talent..! LOL. Its just a pathetic understatement made without much research.. Jacobs is not in good form, he has just come out of an injury. I know he isn't much but he surely can bat. But about LEVI.. Boy, he is probably the most consistent T20 batsman in SA domestic cricket. I would've paid a million dollars to get Levi in my team. He will be a big star one day. (He is one already)

  • on April 25, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Before today's match Piyush Chawla had picked up 8 wickets at an economy rate of 5.65 in 7 matches. So without any doubt he was the best bowler for Punjab. He had bowled extremely well in the tournament. I admit the fact that he bowled a very poor 19th over which lacked variations. But it was an off day for him.Hope KXIP will bounce back strong.Best wishes from Sri Lanka ....!!!!!!

  • on April 25, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Harbhajan's performance in this tournament has been rather poor. Only 1 wicket in 7 games, and he's picked to play as a bowler. And he's got to be played since he's the captain of the team. It's a rather unfortunate situation that the Mumbai Indians find themselves in. Malinga not being around does seem to make the rest of the bowling look somewhat ordinary, but this is more a testament of how formidable Malinga is as a T20 fast bowler than of how ordinary the rest of the bowling is (it's not really that bad.)

  • on April 25, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    My team against dd - Sachin , Blizard , Rohit , Karthik , Raydu, Franklin , Yadav , Harbajan , Robinson, Munaf , Malinga . if malinga is not fit bring pollard and rp or nechim insted yadav. rohit and franklin can bowl...

  • on April 25, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    i think harbajan is not allowing any other spinners in his team to bowl... ojha and robinson seams to b under utilized and discouraged... bad captncy..

  • johnathonjosephs on April 25, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    Its pretty sad too, without Malinga, Mumbai look beatable. Shows how much faith they have on one bowler. If Malinga went to Deccan, I wonder how many wins Deccan would have had now

  • johnathonjosephs on April 25, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    Somebody please explain to me why Rayudu and not Rohit was the man of the match? Rayudu did play a good hand, but it was Rohit who accelerated and gave them hope

  • androyuvi on April 25, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    i would like to point a fact about the indian spinners in this ipl. Harbhajan, as we all know, he is way out of his form, chawla getting hammered for 27, rahul sharma giving away five straight sixes, and ojha couldnt even find a place for himself in playing eleven.. least damaged is ashwin, though took only 3 wickets, he seem to trouble batsmen and maintains his economy.. maybe ashwin bowling in pp overs and batsmen like gayle are trying to save themselves from ashwin's offspin and they are playing defense and he goes wicketless.. ashwin still proves he is better than other spinners in india.

  • on April 25, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    well i see a great batting by robbie pietersen in penultimate over but why he did not bowl other three overs of his quota why bhajji is behaving like a kid who doesn't know anything is robbie a batsman or bowler or allrounder in this side

  • pai11 on April 25, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    after 7 matches Bhajji has taken only 1 wicket (that of DADA) & even DADA has taken more wickets than him!!!!!! on a serious note, its worrisome to see that none of the Indian bowlers have shined & how do we intend to tackle the Gayles, Pietersens, Devilliers in the T20 World cup????

  • Fir3Blad3 on April 25, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Harbhajan is of no use in this team instead Ojha should be given a chance.. Also Why Mitchell Johnson is not playing he is also a very good bowler.. is he injured\unfit?

  • on April 25, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    wElL playEd MumbAi Hat OfF 2 R PetErsOn fOr hiS foUrs anD siX bUt wHy hW boWl onLy onE ovEr...

  • balajeev on April 25, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Tendulkar got another award? You must be kidding.

  • SurlyCynic on April 25, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    As others have said, Harbhajan made some ridiculous decisions. Why only one over for Peterson? Why did Harbhajan come into bat before Peterson and waste 2 balls? Anyone would think he had a big ego or something.

  • Rally_Windies on April 25, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    WOW .. Pollard fail with Bat & Ball Harjaban Fail with bat & ball Tendulkar not playing ...

    and still they win with big hitting at the end....

    incredible ...

    they may be 6th on the table, but once they get into the top 4, i'm putting my money on Mumbai to win it ....

  • TheUltimateTruth on April 25, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    I am sad that Chawla has fallen off so much. Wasn't he once mentioned as a possible replacement for Kumble? I wish there is a way for the BCCI to "save/nurture/develop" players like him, Ishant Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Amit Mishra ... and going forward possibly Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, V.Aaron, etc. Murali Karthik and Munaf Patel are two others that showed promise at several points but didn't go on to do well enough for team India. It seems to be happening more with bowlers than batsmen (rigors of the game?), although the likes of Kaif, Jaffer, Badri, and now possibly Manoj Tiwary would beg to differ.

  • newMachine on April 25, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    we saw today how much MI needs Malinga he completes their bowling attack..

    i did not understand why Peterson only bowled one over when he got only 3 runs in the first over and why didn't he come in before Harbhajan. I think MI captain needs to stop making such stupid decisions otherwise MI would not make it to the final.

  • B.Moizuddin.Gouhar on April 25, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    hard luck punjab it was a good match except that one over for chawla...i would have to see punjab win - but im still happy to see munna being too generous again... keep it munna from 40 to 41 and try to make it to 50....

  • Bruisers on April 25, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    @rocks-IPL - You should be appreciating Bhajji firstly for giving Franklin the ball at that stage. No one expected a 7th bowler to bowl at that stage.. Although I agree about playing one batsman less. Either Munaf or RP should be dropped and Suryakumar Yadav must be brought in. Another thing I notice about your statements is you have complained Bhajji for not bowling his 4 overs and at the same time you are saying Bhajji was leaking runs and Peterson/Franklin should have bowled instead of him.. This made no sense at all.

  • TheUltimateTruth on April 25, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    Rayudu should be included in the national T20 or ODI team if only to adjust his IPL wages up. The poor guy is being ripped off -- earning the minimum designated for uncapped players. I do think he deserves a call up anyway.

  • on April 25, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Richards Levi and Davy Jacobs were also bought by MI unnecessarily. Jacobs was picked due to his 74 runs from 46 deliveries in Champions trophy and Richards Levi due to his fastest century. But both of those shows were just by luck and they dont have that much talent.

  • Bruisers on April 25, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Who said only PIETERSEN can play the switch-hit? Even PETERSON can do it!

  • on April 25, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Any one can tell why Pollard is given too much chance? He has just performed in one match in this year's IPL and has performed in 2-3 matched in last years. He plays for 1 match and hibernates for 10 matches. If we explain mathematically then the standard deviation of his scores will be highest among all players.

  • Haleos on April 25, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    It would help Mumbai if their opening partnership does not make a 50. Sachin needs to understand that required RR is important. Puts too much pressure on the middle and lower orders. If they can not hit in the powerplay it is useless.

  • Sadiqahmed on April 25, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    David Hussey should take responsibility for losing a sure win game in the same way that Vettori lost the sure wing game to CSK. Like Vettori he used a slow spiinner to bowl at the penultimate over and similarly gave away the game. In T -20 one should never use a spinner ( unless it is world class like Ajmal or Swan and it is a turning pitch) at the last 2-3 overs. Even Praveen Kumar with his wayward bowling could probably have helped saved the game. So much for lack of experience. Punjab clearly needs to have a world class bowler in it's team if it has any ambition to rise up the bottom ladder. With Gilchrist resting they should use it's two international player slot wisely and strengthen the bowling effort. Azhar Mahmood is a great all rounder. Why not use the fourth position for a top specialist bowler? Sadiq Ahmed

  • Micky.Panda on April 25, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    Amazing. Match was won despite Tendulkar's normal somewhat slow batting (he should retire from T20). Slow batting from Marsh and Saini will have to be held responsible for the loss. T20 is game for sloggers and not plodders, unless pitch happens to play really difficult. Congratulations to the Mumbai sloggers who were willing to really have a go.

  • IJ-IPL on April 25, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    the only reason MI won the match was because of players....the captain was pathetic. harbhajan should be removed from the team. MI desperately needs a new captain otherwise they can't dream of being in the play off. Please please Ms. Ambani remove harbhajan and place someone else as a captain (even Rohit Sharam is fine....but not harbhajan). We demand his resignation.

  • on April 25, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    MI miss Malinga soo much here! death overs,conceed lot of runs

  • xChaos on April 25, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Naw, yes, its true that Malinga is probably the one of the best players on MI, but there is still Sachin Tendulkar, finally coming back.

  • on April 25, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    Why Harbhajan Bowled 3 overs for 29 & Peterson Bowled only 1 over for 3 runs Whats the logis behind this ? Anyone Knows other than God

  • PhaniBhaskar24 on April 25, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    I think, this will be last time we see Harbhajan Singh in IPL or International Cricket. ( I mean IPL V will be his last). Look at his body language, he hardly looking himself convinced with his decisions. 3 overs for 29 without a wicket. He is not even bowling his full quota. He is just bowling to say he is still in team ( am sure his crediantials as batsmen is no way considered). without his frontline bowler, once considered as world class bowler doesn't even completes his quota. If he is feeling pressurized of captiancy & left, he will not be in playing 11 as well. Thanks Harbhajan for showing some class cricket till now. Hope to see u soon as coach for some domestic club

  • IJ-IPL on April 25, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    frankly harbhajan is the worst captain ever in the history of cricket. look at the funny things he does: (i) he does not bowl at all in the match, despite being a key bowler in the team; (ii) he takes 4 main-stream bowlers in addition to him and takes 2 part-time bowlers in the same team instead of taking a specialist batsman; (iii) he makes Peterson open the bowling who gives only 3 runs, but he is never brought back despite the fact that runs are leaking from other bowlers, (iv) similarly, Franklin not only bowls a beautiful over but also takes an important wicket to change the match, but he also never brought back to bowl despite the fact that runs are leaking from not only other bowlers but from harbhajan himself. He should not have bowled when he is leaking runs, he should have given the ball to Franklin or Peterson. This is ridiculous. I think he should voluntarily resign from captaincy. Now I am starting to think that Champions league was a fluke win for harbhjan as a captain.

  • on April 25, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    All please note....Harbhajan always come to bowl when wickets taken by other bowlers and the new batsman / opposition team under pressure. He clearly understands that he is the weakest bowler..........pity he wants to play again for India and that too replacing Ashwin who has shown courage at all forms / situations.

  • kamriyas on April 25, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Harbhajan Singh should be dropped. He always tries to play safe by coming to bowl after power play or after a fall of wicket but still he gets banged.. lol Being captain he got everything in his favor. Ojha is the only quality spinner and he is dropped. Without Malinga and With Harbhajan, it is going to be very difficult for Mumbai Indians.

  • Robin-Hood on April 25, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Without Malinga, I don't think MI have a chance.

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  • Robin-Hood on April 25, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Without Malinga, I don't think MI have a chance.

  • kamriyas on April 25, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Harbhajan Singh should be dropped. He always tries to play safe by coming to bowl after power play or after a fall of wicket but still he gets banged.. lol Being captain he got everything in his favor. Ojha is the only quality spinner and he is dropped. Without Malinga and With Harbhajan, it is going to be very difficult for Mumbai Indians.

  • on April 25, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    All please note....Harbhajan always come to bowl when wickets taken by other bowlers and the new batsman / opposition team under pressure. He clearly understands that he is the weakest bowler..........pity he wants to play again for India and that too replacing Ashwin who has shown courage at all forms / situations.

  • IJ-IPL on April 25, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    frankly harbhajan is the worst captain ever in the history of cricket. look at the funny things he does: (i) he does not bowl at all in the match, despite being a key bowler in the team; (ii) he takes 4 main-stream bowlers in addition to him and takes 2 part-time bowlers in the same team instead of taking a specialist batsman; (iii) he makes Peterson open the bowling who gives only 3 runs, but he is never brought back despite the fact that runs are leaking from other bowlers, (iv) similarly, Franklin not only bowls a beautiful over but also takes an important wicket to change the match, but he also never brought back to bowl despite the fact that runs are leaking from not only other bowlers but from harbhajan himself. He should not have bowled when he is leaking runs, he should have given the ball to Franklin or Peterson. This is ridiculous. I think he should voluntarily resign from captaincy. Now I am starting to think that Champions league was a fluke win for harbhjan as a captain.

  • PhaniBhaskar24 on April 25, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    I think, this will be last time we see Harbhajan Singh in IPL or International Cricket. ( I mean IPL V will be his last). Look at his body language, he hardly looking himself convinced with his decisions. 3 overs for 29 without a wicket. He is not even bowling his full quota. He is just bowling to say he is still in team ( am sure his crediantials as batsmen is no way considered). without his frontline bowler, once considered as world class bowler doesn't even completes his quota. If he is feeling pressurized of captiancy & left, he will not be in playing 11 as well. Thanks Harbhajan for showing some class cricket till now. Hope to see u soon as coach for some domestic club

  • on April 25, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    Why Harbhajan Bowled 3 overs for 29 & Peterson Bowled only 1 over for 3 runs Whats the logis behind this ? Anyone Knows other than God

  • xChaos on April 25, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Naw, yes, its true that Malinga is probably the one of the best players on MI, but there is still Sachin Tendulkar, finally coming back.

  • on April 25, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    MI miss Malinga soo much here! death overs,conceed lot of runs

  • IJ-IPL on April 25, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    the only reason MI won the match was because of players....the captain was pathetic. harbhajan should be removed from the team. MI desperately needs a new captain otherwise they can't dream of being in the play off. Please please Ms. Ambani remove harbhajan and place someone else as a captain (even Rohit Sharam is fine....but not harbhajan). We demand his resignation.

  • Micky.Panda on April 25, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    Amazing. Match was won despite Tendulkar's normal somewhat slow batting (he should retire from T20). Slow batting from Marsh and Saini will have to be held responsible for the loss. T20 is game for sloggers and not plodders, unless pitch happens to play really difficult. Congratulations to the Mumbai sloggers who were willing to really have a go.