Pune Warriors v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2012, Pune May 3, 2012

Mumbai defend 120 by one run

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Mumbai Indians 120 for 9 (Tendulkar 34, Bhuvneshwar 2-9, Nehra 2-19) beat Pune Warriors 119 for 6 (Manhas 42*, Harbhajan 2-18, Malinga 2-25) by one run
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

In the end, Mumbai Indians deserved two points for having rendered a target of 121 so difficult that Pune Warriors played catch-up for most of the chase. And the one-run margin magnified the impact of Sourav Ganguly's crawl in the final analysis. There were other Warriors batsmen who found run-scoring difficult on the low pitch, but they did not hang around for as long as Ganguly did and consequently, did not make it as difficult for the doughty Mithun Manhas as Ganguly did.

When Ganguly arrived at 40 for 2 in the seventh over, the asking-rate was just over six runs an over. By the time he was bowled for 16 off 24 by Lasith Malinga off the last ball of the 17th over, slogging and missing tamely, the asking-rate had climbed to nine. Manhas tried to make the most of the strike he got in a 47-run fifth-wicket stand in which Ganguly contributed 13. But he was up against a class Mumbai Indians attack, and with Malinga to bowl two overs at the death, Warriors' chances diminished even further. They needed 12 off the final over, but Munaf Patel managed to hold them off, just about.

The early damage had been done by Munaf when he trapped Robin Uthappa lbw, after the batsman had kickstarted the chase with some big strokes. Mumbai Indians' battery of specialist spinners - though one of them, Robin Peterson, was never used - then broke the back of Warriors' chase. Jesse Ryder chipped Harbhajan Singh to long-on, Michael Clarke got a rough lbw decision and Steven Smith walked past a Pragyan Ojha delivery to be bowled. Warriors had slipped from 40 for 1 to 47 for 4 but with 74 needed from 61, they were right in the game still.

Ganguly's innings ensured they slowly went out of it. He was on 12 off 22 at one stage, unable to earn anything more than singles. He managed to make room and lift Malinga down the ground for a four, but was bowled in the same over.

Manhas wasn't giving up, though. Backing himself to cut almost everything, he and Wayne Parnell took 11 off Pragyan Ojha in the 18th over. But Harbhajan had another over from Malinga left, and it did what Morne Morkel's penultimate over had done for Delhi Daredevils against Rajasthan Royals. Malinga gave just four runs, and left Warriors with too much to do in the last over.

With eight needed off the last two balls, Bhuvneshwar Kumar drilled Munaf over extra cover for four, but could only hit a low full toss - the final ball - to deep midwicket as Warriors ended agonizingly short.

That Mumbai Indians managed even 120 was down to the opening partnership between Sachin Tendulkar and James Franklin. Mumbai Indians did not begin badly for a side that has now changed its opening combination seven times in ten matches. Well past the halfway stage of the tournament, they might have finally even found the combination that clicks. Tendulkar and Franklin added fifty-plus runs for the third time in as many matches, but Mumbai Indians could not build much on that base, losing 5 for 12 from a position of 81 for 2 after 12 overs.

Warriors were accurate with their fast bowlers. Smith led the way in the field with three run-outs, two of them at crucial junctures. He first ran out Rohit Sharma to dent Mumbai Indians after the steady start, and then caught Thisara Perera short to hurt their hopes of a lower-order fightback.

Ashish Nehra recovered from an expensive first over to go for just five runs in his next three overs. It was Nehra who triggered the collapse, getting Tendulkar to edge a steer to the wicketkeeper in the 12th over. He then surprised Peterson with a skiddy short delivery in the 14th, and the top-edged pull was taken by Ganguly.

The middle-order implosion undid the decent start from Tendulkar and Franklin. The duo were kept quiet by Warriors but took Nehra and Ashok Dinda for an expensive over each to ensure the run-rate did not suffer much. Bhuvneshwar got the breakthrough in the eighth over when Franklin top-edged a pull.

Tendulkar could not pick up his scoring-rate beyond a run a ball, and after he fell, Mumbai Indians stalled. Ganguly could not score at remotely close to a run a ball, and after he finally fell, it was too late for Warriors, who have now lost six of their last seven games.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • SuperSharky on May 5, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    Only Manhas seems to be the only batsmen who could find a way, in the middle of the innings, to score more than 20 runs on a strike rate better than a run a ball. All the other batsmen struggled in that conditions. Not just Tendulkar and Ganguly. They were the sensible ones for letting the spectators see 2 full innings'. Great bowling from both sides.

  • SuperSharky on May 5, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    Some of these comments are totally ridiculous and gives me a hint that most of these commentators on this report, has never batted, in their lives, on a low scoring pitch. I've seen a team collapse even before they could reach a team total of 70 runs. It was Professionals with international standard batsmen. To be precise, a game between SA Domestic Champions, Titans vs Freestate Eagles. The biggest and most harsh criticism came for not completing the 20 overs and not using all your 120 balls, because they wanted to hit everything out of the park. This game was a game for the bowlers to brag. Both teams had coaches like Donald and Pollock and I'm just glad that Tendulkar and Ganguly had the experience to try and bat out the 20 overs. It was a spectacular finish with 1 team winning by 1 run. No team would have reached a total of a 100 runs or would have had this close finish if Tendulkar and Ganguly tried to play like youngsters Smith and Sharma.

  • on May 5, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Dada was struggling.......he is not supposed to be in the format as captain,better to sit as Coach for Pune Warriors

  • on May 4, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    DADA pls QUIT.....................................

  • JG2704 on May 4, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    Unless he is injured - why is Alf Thomas not playing? More money than sense

  • on May 4, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Well bowled Malinga.Proved that he is the best death bowler in the word!

    don't blame much 2 gunguly.he tried to anchor the inings but he 4gt singles.MATHEWS is the ideal man also dhoni to chase the targets.PWI should think about it!

    I think in next auction MI should purchase a Sri lankan,Pakisthan or Indian opener to their team! Levi,blizaad,jecobs all are strugling!

  • Kalii on May 4, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    It is very heart wrenching to see 2 of the greatest Indian batsman trying to make their mark in a field which is dominated by younger (Y), fitter (F) and attacking (A) cricketers.

    Someone has rightly said, as a human being starts aging, his vision starts getting narrow and he can see only himself, he thinks that he is only the right person, he thinks his strategy is always right. But alas!!

    Sachin played out a maiden, then holed out when it was really necessary to step up, putting pressure on people like Rohit Sharma, Rayudu, Peterson.

    Ganguly, though can be spared here as instead of opening he gave the opportunity to others, however that was all wiped out by the silly and senseless display of slow batting. At one end you have a YFA cricketer in Manhas trying desperately to innovate shots, keep the scoreboard ticking and the other hand you have Ganguly making it more difficult for him.

    I was really disgusted to see the attitude of both great players. I am really in a conundrum now

  • on May 4, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    Ganguly is shadow of the history.In the last two games he drowned PW.Even he cant make run by ball in T20 format. I was a big fan of him in the past,he is alltime great player of india and cricketing world.But to keep alive that respect he shouldnt play T20 now.Dada will feel better as a cricket expert in espn or coaching job bt not as a player.This is harsh reality.

  • nitin1090 on May 4, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Player like Tamim Iqbal is lucky that he is playing in IPL.. Many better player then him are not even auctioned..

  • soumyas on May 4, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    if malinga didn't bowl him out...and had ganguly played till last ball.... Mumbai would hav won by big margin....;)

  • SuperSharky on May 5, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    Only Manhas seems to be the only batsmen who could find a way, in the middle of the innings, to score more than 20 runs on a strike rate better than a run a ball. All the other batsmen struggled in that conditions. Not just Tendulkar and Ganguly. They were the sensible ones for letting the spectators see 2 full innings'. Great bowling from both sides.

  • SuperSharky on May 5, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    Some of these comments are totally ridiculous and gives me a hint that most of these commentators on this report, has never batted, in their lives, on a low scoring pitch. I've seen a team collapse even before they could reach a team total of 70 runs. It was Professionals with international standard batsmen. To be precise, a game between SA Domestic Champions, Titans vs Freestate Eagles. The biggest and most harsh criticism came for not completing the 20 overs and not using all your 120 balls, because they wanted to hit everything out of the park. This game was a game for the bowlers to brag. Both teams had coaches like Donald and Pollock and I'm just glad that Tendulkar and Ganguly had the experience to try and bat out the 20 overs. It was a spectacular finish with 1 team winning by 1 run. No team would have reached a total of a 100 runs or would have had this close finish if Tendulkar and Ganguly tried to play like youngsters Smith and Sharma.

  • on May 5, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Dada was struggling.......he is not supposed to be in the format as captain,better to sit as Coach for Pune Warriors

  • on May 4, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    DADA pls QUIT.....................................

  • JG2704 on May 4, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    Unless he is injured - why is Alf Thomas not playing? More money than sense

  • on May 4, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Well bowled Malinga.Proved that he is the best death bowler in the word!

    don't blame much 2 gunguly.he tried to anchor the inings but he 4gt singles.MATHEWS is the ideal man also dhoni to chase the targets.PWI should think about it!

    I think in next auction MI should purchase a Sri lankan,Pakisthan or Indian opener to their team! Levi,blizaad,jecobs all are strugling!

  • Kalii on May 4, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    It is very heart wrenching to see 2 of the greatest Indian batsman trying to make their mark in a field which is dominated by younger (Y), fitter (F) and attacking (A) cricketers.

    Someone has rightly said, as a human being starts aging, his vision starts getting narrow and he can see only himself, he thinks that he is only the right person, he thinks his strategy is always right. But alas!!

    Sachin played out a maiden, then holed out when it was really necessary to step up, putting pressure on people like Rohit Sharma, Rayudu, Peterson.

    Ganguly, though can be spared here as instead of opening he gave the opportunity to others, however that was all wiped out by the silly and senseless display of slow batting. At one end you have a YFA cricketer in Manhas trying desperately to innovate shots, keep the scoreboard ticking and the other hand you have Ganguly making it more difficult for him.

    I was really disgusted to see the attitude of both great players. I am really in a conundrum now

  • on May 4, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    Ganguly is shadow of the history.In the last two games he drowned PW.Even he cant make run by ball in T20 format. I was a big fan of him in the past,he is alltime great player of india and cricketing world.But to keep alive that respect he shouldnt play T20 now.Dada will feel better as a cricket expert in espn or coaching job bt not as a player.This is harsh reality.

  • nitin1090 on May 4, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Player like Tamim Iqbal is lucky that he is playing in IPL.. Many better player then him are not even auctioned..

  • soumyas on May 4, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    if malinga didn't bowl him out...and had ganguly played till last ball.... Mumbai would hav won by big margin....;)

  • passionate_cricket_follower on May 4, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    @nani_chow: dreaming is good. day-dreaming is bad!

  • dork29 on May 4, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Ganguly does not score at such a fast clip.However, we must remember that he dropped down the order, based on the team requirements. He had seen that Uthappa, Ryder and Smith have the ability to score fast. So he pushed them up -all three failed. He should always open the innings and hold up one end, even though he does not score very quickly. The others will score fast and big in his company. No one talks about how well he marshalled his resources to pluck out the strong MI lineup. He has to be there and as captain at that.MiI did not deserve to win this match either.What did Tendulkar do? He took eight balls to open his account and later came to a run a ball. Why is he not castigated? He is a liability. Ganguly won the match against the strongest team DD, almost entirely on his own. The reason why Pune lost is because there was a collective batting failure. The other reason is, giving the last over to Dinda, while he had Clarke and BKuman

  • anver777 on May 4, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Its high time Mr.Ganguly.. you better quit playing cricket & work as a official which i think suits you better right now.....this is the second time he denied PW winning by eating many balls,previously against DC he made the biggest blunder of IPL 2012 by bowling himself & gave some juicy half volleys to White which leaked 25 runs & ultimately changed the game. "A Dada can showcase his Dadagiri only for a certain period not for ever"

  • on May 4, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    That purely because of Dada factor.. Other wise same story.

  • on May 4, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    SACK DADA BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE ................

  • on May 4, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    i am a fan of mumbai , so thanx ganguly for ur efforts to make us win

  • nitin1090 on May 4, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    N first of all i don't know why PWI bought Tamim Iqbal.. No S/R nothing.. Then everbody is saying he should get chance over Luke wright and Clarke.. Look at their S/R and runs...

  • nitin1090 on May 4, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Even Dada's S/R is better than Tamim Iqbal.. N then they say include Tamim Iqbal in team.. Ridiculous..

  • nani_chow on May 4, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    PWI WILL PLAY PLAYOFF.....WAIT AND SEE.....

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 4, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Forgot about Luke Wright. I think he'll be preferred ahead of Tamim to take Jesse's place.

  • nani_chow on May 4, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    he played well...the mistake only he has done is trying to hit a shot in malinga's last ball.....if ganguly had gone early every one say he is waste....but he rotated the strike well...but bad luck he was out........................

    if 100 loses in a row also no problem........then also i m a fan of DADA

  • on May 4, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    That purely because of Malinga factor.. Other wise same story.

  • K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on May 4, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    I am a die hard fan of DADA but after yesterdays match i was hurt by DADA.....Batting order was worst and the blame should be taken by DADA and Uthhappa..Neways bygone is bygone.. If Pune Warriors wants to see themselves in semi finals than the they shoulld drop Jesse,go with following team and Batting order should be........

    (1) Luke Wright (2) Dada (3) Clarke (4) Uthhappa (5) Smith (6) Parnel (7) Manhas (8) Bhuvneswar (9) Kartik/Rahul Sharma (10) Dinda (11) Nehra

  • on May 4, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    where are all the Ganguly supporters now??? seems they biting their own tongue now..this man has always played for himself n never for the team...when in KKR,he never let them come up n now the same i s being done with PWI...Mr. Sahara should understand this thing n need to drop him from the team for better results next IPL..this IPL is anyways over for PWI

  • on May 4, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Who is this 'Tamim' that most seem to be raving about!! You should play him so that more Bang fans support the team as it seems a whole nation is against PW at the moment and they need they love. Play Tamim FTW!!!!

  • on May 4, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    @PFEL....Don't get me wrong or anything Clarke is a top batsman and of course he is better than Tamim at the moment no doubt about that but that's why I said Tamim is only 23 whereas Clarke is 31 and he's still very young and has a long and bright future ahead of him but you just can't take the fact that Tamim is very talented in fact just look at his record so far at his age but you are clearly jealous, you don't have the ability to play like neither of these players so s@hame. Clarke couldn't even win you the games since he came so that proves he's not that special so end of argument :)

  • parvez1987 on May 4, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    @ aj_123 : its funny you even term Tamim as a slow starter ... he hasn't played a single match in the IPL and u have already judged him as a slow starter .. great observation mate !!! i really don't know why a team that is failing continuously with the current tactics are not open to change...giving extensive chances to guys like ryder who played two 'fluke' innings is sheer madness ... i really don't know why uthappa isn't performing ... he is a talented batsman ... CHANGES might CHANGE the tide for PUNE !!!

  • SuperSharky on May 4, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    It was a great contest. I love the low scoring 20/20 matches where the bowler can also shine. Great batting from Tendulkar and Manhas in these conditions. And excellent bowling from Bhuvneshwar, Harbhajan, Nehra and Malinga. Great team effort from both sides. And having seen some of the bowlers, in the coaching staff of both the teams, bowling in the past, I did expect a low scoring total and aggressive approach towards getting wickets. In the end it was a nail-biter and funny to see that Steady Shaun Pollock went one up against Furious Allan Donald.

  • on May 4, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    There is no Indian player good enough to replace Ganguly in Pune team. Hence he is automatic choice in the team as a "player"

  • on May 4, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    One of the decision that cost pune was playing a overseas all rounder which does not work for them . They either try with mathews or samuels. both of them can't perform well enough. this was lack of clack and yuviraj availability.

  • anshu.s on May 4, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    I am still surprised by some fanboys of Ganguly defending him after his IPL performances so far that it beggars belief !! i understand why is he loved so much for all his past achievement but we are talking about present,problem is not just him but he also influences team selection we all know Nehra is his protege and he continously gets picked while deserving youngsters like Manish Pandey or veterans like Murli Kartik and someone like Rahul Sharma are quickly dropped after one bad performance.This team yesterday had 5 players above 30 and some of the fielding is abysmal to say the least.Subrato Rai has got to step in and take a decision fast.

  • on May 4, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Do not just blame Ganguly. Last year where was Pune in standing? if you look back in the first match of Pune. it was just a mediocore team coparing Delhi and Mumbai. Ganguly give them right direction and performance. Even that great come back match against delhi where he single handedly win the match. the players that Pune have , not all of them are world class. Among overseas players only smith performed well consistantly. Loss of Yuvraj is also a drawback. Best wishes for Pune and Ganguly

  • on May 4, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Ganguly should join in commentary box nd he is a great we all know!! We are human not superman nd its not appropriate to expect too much from Ganguly!!! Sorry dada!!

  • sacnit11 on May 4, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    Harbajhan is experimenting too much and playing with Rayudu. When Sachin was captain rayudu used to come @ 1 down but now he is coming @ 7th position. When rohit sharma is not getting runs in that form why not rayudu fill in that place, so rohit can come in his usual position(4th). So that the batting woes will be solved for MI. Also MI picks perera and gives him only 1 over.

  • soumyas on May 4, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    @Thomas Cherian, Dravid is doing really nice job with Rajastan, he is batting well too, don't simply include before watching him play. he is awesome to watch. doing well as captain too. abt Tendulkar, he is struggling a bit, but not costing the match like ganguly who has become burden for PUNE.

  • on May 4, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    See Delhi.. their batting line up clicked this season and they are dominating ipl right now. So Pune can gamble playing Tamim, Ryder , calrk and smith. Their batting will be more strong and stable. Already Dinda is back, Nehra done well as well Bhuvneshwar. Murali kartik and Rahul shrma is good in spin deparment . Clark can be utilized well . in recent time he got 5 wickets in a test match. If Uthapa is not playing well then give chance to manish pandey

  • on May 4, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Just look at some of Jessy Ryder Innings. He scrored only two big innings. When he was in top form, he just give away his wicket. Pune batting line up is not balanced. Play three overseas classy batsman as Dinda is back in bowling. Pune also have some domestic good players. Give them chance instead of uthapa. Rahul sharma also can be back with his good bowling. one devastating openning combination can be Tamim and jessy Ryder. Play Tamim, Ryder, clark and Smith. Clark can be also handy with his bowling. Pune have some quality domestic fast bowler like Dinda, nehra, vhubonessor

  • on May 4, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    To go further i think pune have to win all the remaining matches..It's hard to accept pune exiting after such wonderful start in the tournament...To come out of this menace they hv to go exceptional and out of the box...Luke Wright or Tamim Iqbal are pretty handy bat in this format...to waste them is stupid...would like to see one of them in action if pune still cherish the desire to go to the next level....

  • ravindias on May 4, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    Sachin , Ganguly and Dravid are liabilities to a team. They can't score quick enough , which put so much preasure on all other players. Shouldn't put Clark in the same boat.He is a natural stroke maker. To make it worst 2 of them are captain's, indeed not good one's.

  • Haleos on May 4, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    why has tendulkar not learnt in 22+ years that the shot he got out to is high risk with a gain of just a single run? The slow starts that SRT gives hurt MI.

  • Hayat22 on May 4, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    When PWI bought Saurav, they should of known of all these so near yet so far and the excellent strike rate as per T20 standards so how can they blame anyone now?

  • on May 4, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    we all wait to hate someone.....!!!!!! first bhajji for his non performance it wud have been sachin if mumbai lost.... but now its ganguly.... wht about the other 10 players in the team !!!!!

    this is a team game.... !!! at least blame more than one player

  • rsurya on May 4, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Mumbai was lucky as Steven Smith was not in a mood to bat yesterday, if he propelled just for one or two overs then it would have been a cake walk for Pune. TIPS FOR TEAMS CHASING AGAINST MUMBAI Deduct the number of overs left for Malinga from the total overs remaining and then calculate the Required run rate and keep in line with it otherwise u will end up a few runs short of the target. DOUBT Dhoni is doing the same what ganguly does but ganguly gets criticism and dhoni gets wow what a master plan.

  • aj_123 on May 4, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    Pune lost due to poor batting and team selection . I dont think tamim iqbal would do any good . He starts very slowly which is not gud for the team as they already have ganguly n clarke to do that kind of a role . The 4 overseas players for pune should be 1. luke wright (scored a ton mind u in bigbash against a quality attack ) 2. Clarke 3. smith 4. thomas . Their 11 should be 1. manish pandey 2. luke wright 3. michael clarke 4. mithun manhas 5.steve smith 6. ganguly 7. uthappa 8. murali kartik 9.thomas 10. dinda 11. bhuvaneshwar kumar . 5th bowling option can be shared by clarke,ganguly n smith . Uthappa should b used a finisher n so is ganguly .

  • caught_knott_bowled_old on May 4, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    This was the reason why KKR (and John Buchanan) tried to ease out Ganguly. But public sentiment was too strong. In fact, the model of playing different captains for different matches was also seen as weird; but if you can see the comments on this forum and from what Sangakkara has initiated, it was not a bad idea. In T20, its reasonable to have different captains for different matches. Why not? At RCB, Vettori need not be playing all matches if (say) Murali is needed for a particular match. ABdeV or Kohli can captain. Perfectly reasonable. Coming back to Ganguly though, I think he's got to hang up his boots.

  • smiteswap on May 4, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    the most funny part is when ganguly says the turning point was when my wicket fall.actually the turning point was when his wicket started..

  • AbhijitKadam on May 4, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    Can anyone explain why Robin peterson didnt bowl a even a single over

  • jeetusan on May 4, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    The Problem with Pune is that, Ryder, Uthappa and Ganguly are all slow starters and consume a lot of deliveries and do not back their middle and lower order to comeplete the task. The should be more confident and atttacking like uthappa used to be in 2007 T20 world cup. But sad to say there is no place for uthappa in the side now, hes only there because he is a wicketkeeper. Now they need to bring in Tamim and Luke and any other young indian batsman and let go off people like uthappa and ryder which eventually make em loose the match. And im sure this is last IPL for dada, lets hope he can bring in a respectable performance against KKR.

  • AbhijitKadam on May 4, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    Why was Robin Peterson picked.. if he didnt bowl a single over... Is he playing as a batsman or a bowler?????..... Levi and blizzard are definately better batters... or they could have picked surya or Suman. Poor team selection they are not going to win many matches this way. If u see then all MI matches were close one and they could have been at the bottom of the table. But some how luck favours MI just like champions league. I want to see MI play quality cricket just like DD are doing it. MI please raise our game, i want MI to win this IPL....

  • on May 4, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    I just cant quite understand all these guys asking for the head of Ganguly... Sure.. He dint finish it.. Nor did he help the team by playin so many dots... But he knew what he was doing... Pune were batting thin yesterday with Parnell at 7.. That being the case, if Ganguly had got out, match would have been much earlier... With Manhas having to do too much... The only mistake (as he pointed out) was that he should have played a dot of the last ball of Malinga and tried hitting the next over.. Because in the end, it was just a question of just one more boundary and if Ganguly was dr, he wud have defnitly hit it... Sad that it dint happen... And yeah.. eagerly waitin for Ryder to be dropped... Would love to see Wright/Tamim openin with Clarke... Dada No.3,Smith,Uthappa,Manhas to follow..

  • on May 4, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    it was very exciting moment for me.....my legs were shaking''sitting on the chair, but dnt know why i always knew dat bombay ...will win.Pune is out i think so.////and mumbai will like to cont. this winning streak till the finalss......Best OF Luck mumbai

  • soumyas on May 4, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    sanga dropped out of team and came bak they started winning, Gilchrist dropped out of team they started winning, now it is time for Ganguly...if he sits out of team for entire season they might win the trophy with Micheal Clarke as captain.

  • soumyas on May 4, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    @ Gauri-Shankar, i agree with u, Pune shud drop ganguly and make Micheal Clarke as new captain.

  • soumyas on May 4, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    @Seneka, as u are saying PWI lost due to slow batting of ganguly, not due to overseas players. Ryder and smith have won matches for PWI many times . and Michael Clarke is class act. they need fast bowler and they picket Parnel who is doing good as a bowler plus he is a all rounder too. So becuze of 4 overseas players limit makes LUKE,TAMIM sit out. so PUNE Warriors are all right with the overseas players, It is only ganguly they are not able to accommodate, his slow batting costed them the match more than anything.

  • on May 4, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Still you are not even gonna think to play Tamim in the team. LOL...MAAASSSSSIIIIVVVVVVEEEEE LOooooooooooooOL

  • shrastogi on May 4, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    It was a poor match with both the teams underperforming.Warriors chasing strategy was baffling. If you cant make 121 runs on that wicket in 20 overs then there is something very wrong with the team. Why send Utthappa to open when the asking rate was only 6 an over. Looks like the team wanted to finish match in 15 overs which is such a poor strategy when you need points desperately. Ganguly should have opened. Warrioors have lost all the momentum. They had such a good start but now they cant afford to lose any or just one match. Mumbai wouldnt mind such gifts but even they are struggling. Some close wins have helped them garner useful points but at this rate one cant bet on them.They heavily rely on Malinga and even he can have off days. At present form DD & KKR should be through.The other two slots are open. The surprise packet is KingsXI. Surely this has been the most open IPL.

  • on May 4, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    I disagree to some extent....

    Ganguly was forced to be cautious because score board read 47/4 and batting was not easy. He build up the partnership which was kind of must for the Pune warrior otherwise PWI could have bundled out below 100 if he has got out that time as that was the last recognized batting pair.

    If you look at that, on a decent pitch PWI needed to score 16 runs of last 2 overs (at 8 run on over) with 5 wickets in hand. I don't think this was impossible, I felt PWI was on top at that time. But the inexperience lower batting order panicked and could not do it.

  • British_North_America on May 4, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    I am so happy that Pune lost.Now, we got avenge for Tamim.

  • t2_t24 on May 4, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    PW is just wasting their talent like Tamim and Luke wright. Why are they using Clarke or Ryder. Give chance to Tamim and Luke Wright. Its very pathetic to see that they are just ignoring inform Tamim who could be devastated. Bad luck Tamim and PW.

  • PerfectTen on May 4, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    A mediocre match where no team deserved any points, qualitatively. Both the teams were exposed of their fragility in batting. This loss by PWI shows some serious cracks in their mental make-up. The body language of even the usually exuberant Murali Karthik & Steve Smith suggests that not allzwell with the team. It's not enough to make some cosmetic changes to the team by getting in McCullum & Tamim. It requires a more capable leader to sort things out before they make an exit from IPL5. They have 5 more matches to play, but this change cannot happen against KKR in Calcutta for obvious reasons! As for the MIs, they simply cannot take any positive from this outing despite 2 points, just like their previous match against DC. Even a slightly off-day for the consistent Malinga would have meant a different result.

  • Seneka on May 4, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    I happen to be a very big Ganguly fan. But I must say it's so awful to see Ganguly is scoring 12 facing 22 balls, then he hits a four and gets clean bowled the next delivery playing a horrible shot! It's appalling to see how he was struggling to get runs, even to rotate the strike, and he seems to be unable to exhilarate and play big shots these days. Whenever he tries to do so, he either gets bowled or his shot goes to the hands of a fielder. Such poor performance with the bat is not helping his team in any way, and he also fails to inspire his teammates.

    So Pune looks like a team completely disorganized, and they are not playing like a T20 unit; seems they don't even know the basics of T20. Luke and Tamim are continuously ignored; and except Smith the others in playing 11 are awfully unable to hit sixes. Even Malinga hits six against Dinda yesterday; but Manhas, Parnell or Kumar could not hit a single six when it was much-needed. Unbelievably dismal T20 performance!!

  • balathupakki on May 4, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Pune will come back stronger will make 5 out of 5 to make into playoffs .....wish you dada................

  • on May 4, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    it looks all over for pwi after chargers. another 3 wins from rest also will bring them to 14 points which may not work out to play off stage. Now I think they should venture in to all other options like most are suggesting trying out tamim at no 4 or 5 may be.

    They can stay somewhere between 6 to 8 positions depending on how others fare and how they themselves in rest. Malinga to me is the difference and big pain in for all batters. May be some one like viru can take a big score against him. Ganguly tried to stay longer by limiting to singles and twos perhaps would have tried to explode but it just didnt work out as to turn plans to actions you require the body has to act to plans which perhaps is increasingly difficult with increasing age. we may see him only in this year ipl unless he works out terrific fitness to over turn the principle.

  • All_IS_WELL on May 4, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    @PFEL'what u say it is 100% true.

  • Phoenix_Vodka on May 4, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    Good dat MI pulled of nthr victory out of thin Air. Cudos to Malinga's efforts! He now knws hw SRT must be feelin thruout his career for 22 long years. Carrying the burden of zillion expectations. But seriously, MI, if you r thinkin bout qualifying for play-offs, whch seems a distant reality nly bcz dey hve yet nt sorted out der batting troubles even aftr playing 10 matches. the decisions r baffling, failin to understnd wat xctly dey r tryn to do.

    Was Peterson selcted as a batsman??? surely, coz he didn't bowled a single over & Wat was Perera doin in line-up whch boasts of seven bowlers. It was simply pathetic team selection wen u knw dat pollard is unfit & u require a boost at d end, u opt for more bowlers dan batsman. Seriosuly bhajji, ur lucky to survive diz. Blizzard was available & he could have opened wid SRT & franklin & peterson @ 6 & 7 wld hv given dem stability. Selectn Ojha ws a gud cal, bt plz plz plz against teams lik Kolkata, blore, chennai, choose a squad wisely.

  • on May 4, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    I was really disappointed in the way PWI, specifically Ganguly, gave up 2 easy points today. PWI lost at least 4 other very "gettable" points due to poor strategy. One man's ego cannot stand in the way of team success - so IMHO Clarke should be handed the captaincy now.

  • Narbavi on May 4, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    @Thomas Cherian : damn funny mate!! u want dravid and sachin to quit ipl?? look at their stats and speak!!

  • indianphysio on May 4, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    why everyone is behiend dada? i know he played very slow but wat u expect from him when his team is 49 for 4.want him to hit n loose his wicket ,then all u will say he gave away wicket when team needed him.dont blame him alone for wat happen in match none of the batsman played well nor rider,smith robin so why blame only dada? and talking about tamim i dont think there is any place for him in this ipl..his track record in t 20 is very poor and with other good international players like clarke,ryder,mathews,thomas i dont find any place for him...i think pune is out of ipl now as wining almost all the remaining matches is not possible with current performance...

  • satanswish on May 4, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    Another boring match with both boring teams. No wonder TVR dropped for IPL.

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 4, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    Two players should be in- Nathan Mccullum and Tamim Iqbal- you will see the difference then only

  • Freddie.Dcosta on May 4, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    Ganguly should relax and enjoy his game. He should not bat lower in the order, he should open the innings and bat in his natural aggressive style... if he gets quick runs well and good, if he gets out quickly there is enough batting depth in the side...

    Best of Luck to the Warriors!!! Go get those Knights in their den !!!

  • Huss_Sac on May 4, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    People should realise that CLARKE is vastly experienced and brings a different dimension to the team..Tamim can be given a chance instead of RYDER not clarke..also Manhas should get more chances upfront..

  • on May 4, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    Ganguly has been a hero but he is best now as an expert commentator..fall from grace...

  • bigwonder on May 4, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    Where are those naysayer's who kept yelling that Munaf can be hit all over the ground?

  • on May 4, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    Most people on this forum are naive reactionaries having a very reductionist attitude, blaming Dada, while in reality the whole unit failed to click as a batting unit. Look closely and a different picture emerges. Actually Steve Smith's strike rate is lower than Dada's along with Rohit Sharma and Rayudu, but hey no one will blame Rohit nor Rayudu as MI won. Ryder's SR is just slightly higher than Dada, but that that is OK. People have been whining that why does Smith not come higher up in batting: well he came today and we all saw what he did today, but hey that is also OK. Let's consider what would happen to PWI without Dada: high chances PWI would be all out before reaching three figures, instead of just loosing by 1 run, but hey who cares: loss is a loss. PWI bowled really well today and they need to figure out the kinks in their batting armory, and I still believe with Dada's captaincy they can make it to the play-offs and actually are very capable of being the champions. Very best

  • sandy_bangalore on May 4, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    Easy decision for PWI management: Michael CLarke as captain, as he's the best captain around. And give ganguly a so-called 'mentor' role!

  • usudath on May 4, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    Get Mathews in... you could win the rest of matches... otherwise no chance

  • vickytheboss on May 4, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    During presentation time, Dada said that losing his wicket was turning point of de match. That was some terrible comedy of this ipl. If he stayed at de crease till last over, there wouldn't be any thrilling in this match

  • on May 4, 2012, 1:21 GMT

    @Thomas Cherian, at least Tendulkar is scoring, Ganguly is just a big waste to his team.

  • AB99 on May 4, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    Can Ganguly do a Sangakara and step down ... it is sad to see my favourite Indian cricketer playing in his current form. And with Clarke, the team has got a current Aussie captain, it would be good to try it out ...

  • PFEL on May 4, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    @ ahmed hussain. Lol at comparing Tamim to Clarke. Also ganguly is just terrible. Anyone can fail in T20 so much luck is involved. Clarke hasn't failed totally by any means and he will make big runs. He is one of the best batsman in the world in any form and I doubt Tamim wil ever reach that level in his career.

  • Farce-Follower on May 4, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    Defeat from the jaws of victory...and do I hear someone comparing Tamim with Clarke. When will reality dawn on such blind supporters of Tamim. Dada lost the match, when the script was perfect for him.

  • siddhartha57 on May 4, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    Dada has done it again...... he has really been working hard on his t20 technique and it clearly shows.... a technique which wins the match for the opponents.... I wish DC plays a couple more matches with Pune as thats the only team they feel comfortable defeating... I assure you by the end of the season DC will not be at the bottom of the table....

  • on May 4, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    Dada!!!u should consider Tamim for save ur team & u!!!! Big names doing nothing for u....Tamim now having prime form & he is a opener that's the position in ur team most weak..so u should give him chance!!!!

  • on May 4, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    120 and u lose!!! Is it me or did PWI lose 2 matches confirm because of dada? He bowls and gives like 25 runs, and today he wasted almost 25 deliveries to make 13?? If you can gamble by giving yourself a chance then why don't you give chances to mathews, luke wright or tamim? No wonder KKR is doing much better without him, 1st 3 years he was there KKR never went in top 4 now look at them. He has to take responsibility, the game was lost because of him. You drop pandey, but resist with uthappa? Bad luck for Smith today, but I think even Smith can do better than what dada has done. If this continues, PWI, you can say goodbye and farewell to IPL 5.

  • azirqusa on May 3, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    Dada, you did it again! I thought you are working for the Team but does not look like it.

  • SpartaArmy on May 3, 2012, 23:32 GMT

    @Nsmart: Even if he had won the game for pune in last over they would call it a sensible one only if the pitch is tricky. But the pitch has no demons in there, so it is just a lack of required skills to play T20.

  • xylo on May 3, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    The only skill that Ganguly was bringing to the Pune XI was his captaincy. Now that an equally skilful Clarke is around, he should think of gracefully leaving.

  • dmqi on May 3, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    This is exactly what I said yesterday along with another comment writer,DO NOT TAKE DADA'S WICKET EARLY, HE WILL SCORE 20 RUNS IN 30 BALLs and put enough pressure on his own batsmen' . I am glad he was not out in his 1st or 2nd over. Now he knows why he nedds Tamim.

  • on May 3, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    ganguly CANNOT play cricket

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 3, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    Was Ganguly out of his mind to play the way he did? Very sad for PWI. I thought the match was in their pocket until Ganguly played that 'blinder'. Hope they bounce back to reach the play-offs. Good luck Ganguly. Tamim is coming in for Ryder from next match. No two ways about it. Just wait and watch.

  • fr600 on May 3, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    Gangu's last IPL?

    Well, I think so.

  • on May 3, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    All these oldies including dravid and sachin should call it a day..time to take hint from Kumble who like Srinath knew exactly when to call it a day

  • on May 3, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    This was actually the first full match of the IPL I have actually watched but that was because I wanted Pune to lose for yet again not including Tamim after 11 games with 5 to go. All we're asking is for Tamim to play at least '2' games its not even a quarter isn't it? Who is this Michael Clarke? Ever since he came from the Caribbean he has not been of any use that's why Pune have lost 2 important games since he came and played in the games so he alone can't win you games alone and that's a fact now. Whereas Tamim has been in the IPL since the very beginning but Clarke comes much later in the tournament after the West Indies tour and immediately gets ahead of Tamim which is totally disrespectful but never mind Tamim is only 23 years old whereas Clarke is 31 big difference and Tamim has a bright future ahead of him. Ganguly is too old and is of no use bad captaincy and team selection and I can't wait till Pune are knocked out :))))

  • hasib9 on May 3, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    When Ryder gets going, he scores high.. But he is not consistent.. Consistency was required today.

  • on May 3, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    ganguly is a disgrace and should immediately retire. manish pandey should replace him. clarke should be captain. they need to win all their games here on. they ruined such a golden chance today

  • on May 3, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    It's all about Malinga......the crucial wickets @ crucial stage....

  • on May 3, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    MI batting is bad but PWI was worst thanx to DADA....T20 is not for u DADA....10 overs in middle and still on loosing side ....he can share his thoughts sitting in dugout but not in middle

  • on May 3, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    A captain should always give a chance to the players and convince them to play good . it is the time he should bring tamim in and rider out. ..... i am not telling like others to drop himself , he can do better. for Rider this is an awful season for him..... as he didnt perform well. 9, 7, 0 , 86 , 9 , 34 , 73* , 7 , 8........

  • on May 3, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    What a turn around from most of the cricinfo experts on Mumbai's opening partnership! Even halfway through the match they were criticizing the opening stand between SRT and Franklin and now this article is praising it! Agree that MI may not have still cracked the nut for better wickets where scoring at a higher rate is required, but on this day and pitch, this was a crucial and sensible effort from SRT and Franklin. And if they can repeat that even on belters of pitches, the following batsmen should be able to capitalize on it. 70+ runs for loss of one wicket after 10 overs is not bad on any pitch and in most of the conditions...its the job of the middle and lower order to build on that foundation and impose a strong total...anyways, a great game between these two neighboring cities...sad to see Dada fail, but happy that MI eventually won..they deserved it!!

  • vickytheboss on May 3, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    Dada Dada Dada Dada. Thank you so much for play a test cricket. Happy to see mumbai win

  • Robin-Hood on May 3, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    I think malinga was the key. I feel so sorry about dada. He's try his best, still not working for him.

  • cricfan2007 on May 3, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    Pune should consider playing Tamim just to gamble at the top to provide some kind of boost. Too many slow and unreliable players are killing Pune. they have good bowling unit.

  • yug20 on May 3, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    Mumbai's woo still continues at opening. I wish D.Smith will be able to cement his place for the remainder of the series. Or else try D.Karthik to open with tendulkar. So we can have Clint Mckay as the 4th Overseas player in the playing 11 to strengthen the bowling further. Tendulker, Karthik, Rohit ,Suryakumar Yadav, A.raydu, J.Franklin,R.peiterson,Harbhajan,Clint Mckay/Pollard,Malinga,Munaf....Go MI Go....Bleed blue !!!

  • Hayat22 on May 3, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    This match has certainly sealed it for the PWI. not sure what the Ganguly diehards would have to say about today, but the pressure on him for the next match would be immense, and it is possible he may just opt out or can he?

  • Azza_Indian on May 3, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    ridiculous batting by pune! especially saurav....

  • on May 3, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    Its time for Sourav Ganguly to drop himself from the PWI team and give the captaincy to Clarke.... Bring back some new face like Tamim, Matthews... Dada's captaincy and the team management the worst in this year IPL...

    Come dada you are not performing man, learn something from Sanga when he saw he is not fit for the best 11 he dropped himself...

  • on May 3, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    Ganguly should drop himself down and Tamim should replace his place. They should give it a try!

  • on May 3, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    very happy with result bcz tamim not played

  • on May 3, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    How can any team win if their captains scoring rate is slower than that of a tortoise ?

  • on May 3, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    When will Pune give Luke Wright a real shot. His last 2 innings were 45 & 75 playing T20 in South Africa. He scored the fasted 100 in the Big Bash recently of just 44 balls His T20 strike rate is 146 and he also bowls. In the recent big 6 contest his name was in the top 5 for distance 3 times.

  • NSmart on May 3, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    Very dissapointing...if Sourav had stayed till the end and had taken his team over the line, then his innings would have been branded as a sensible one. Now that they have lost, the blame would be completly on him. And moreover, four straight losses has taken the fizz out of the the much hyped match against KKR.

  • Quddus-Mamu on May 3, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    JD Ryder, MJ Clarke, SC Ganguly* , RV Uthappa and SPD Smith- all together failed to chase 120 runs. They are all supers stars. It's better to play with Ramu and Shamu type of players. I'm sure they can do even better.

  • RK204 on May 3, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    captain should bat at num11...........

  • catchmeifuyoucan on May 3, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    I feel sorry for Pune and Dada.. for still not being able to figure out what/ who the weak link is! BD fans (overzealous!) have been ridiculed for crying out the name of Tamim. Ind fans should finally come to their senses and realize that the weak link has long been RYDER .. yes.. RYDER (how many more single digit scores do you want him to present you?). While not picking Shakib can not be disagreed given the apparent good balance in team combination of KKR, keeping Tamim out of the playing eleven day in and day out is pathetic, bordering on a crime now! Before judging Tamim by his stats in T20, go talk to Sir Ian Botham, Nasser Hussain and Mike Atherton about Tamim!

  • pjbarua on May 3, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    Pune's starting have not been upto the mark. They should opt to Tamim as he is in super form. You have to use ur resources properly & Tamim is a very good one Pune have got.

  • on May 3, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    I do not know why Ganguly not trying other players sitting on the bench when Ryder are not performing. Please make some changes and try something else which may bring the luck for PWI. So sorry for GANGULY........................

  • on May 3, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    what a poor batting performance from DADA !!! I really cant believe he scored so slowly... and tried to occupy creeze for too much time by hurting pune the match..I dont actually understand why manish pandey left out and robin uthappa retained ?? Jst for wicket keeping cause ??? It is serously a very agonising moment for the real fans... terrible captaincy shown again and again by dada !!!!

  • punewar on May 3, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    sourav ganguly not to step down but should be sacked for his performance

  • sjcteam on May 3, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    It was the poor batting from Ganguly (so called Dada) cost the match for the Warriors. It is the time for him to give up the captaincy and act as the mentor for the team.

  • on May 3, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    ganguly kept playing like there is always another day. When he is not able to get in touch why he wasted balls . next match he better drop himself to number 7. Bajji and munaf were the bowlers easy to score for all the teams in IPL but dada found them hard. Dada without you are a good captain but your playing skills are not like before

  • on May 3, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    pune out of ipl, bad performance............

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  • on May 3, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    pune out of ipl, bad performance............

  • on May 3, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    ganguly kept playing like there is always another day. When he is not able to get in touch why he wasted balls . next match he better drop himself to number 7. Bajji and munaf were the bowlers easy to score for all the teams in IPL but dada found them hard. Dada without you are a good captain but your playing skills are not like before

  • sjcteam on May 3, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    It was the poor batting from Ganguly (so called Dada) cost the match for the Warriors. It is the time for him to give up the captaincy and act as the mentor for the team.

  • punewar on May 3, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    sourav ganguly not to step down but should be sacked for his performance

  • on May 3, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    what a poor batting performance from DADA !!! I really cant believe he scored so slowly... and tried to occupy creeze for too much time by hurting pune the match..I dont actually understand why manish pandey left out and robin uthappa retained ?? Jst for wicket keeping cause ??? It is serously a very agonising moment for the real fans... terrible captaincy shown again and again by dada !!!!

  • on May 3, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    I do not know why Ganguly not trying other players sitting on the bench when Ryder are not performing. Please make some changes and try something else which may bring the luck for PWI. So sorry for GANGULY........................

  • pjbarua on May 3, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    Pune's starting have not been upto the mark. They should opt to Tamim as he is in super form. You have to use ur resources properly & Tamim is a very good one Pune have got.

  • catchmeifuyoucan on May 3, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    I feel sorry for Pune and Dada.. for still not being able to figure out what/ who the weak link is! BD fans (overzealous!) have been ridiculed for crying out the name of Tamim. Ind fans should finally come to their senses and realize that the weak link has long been RYDER .. yes.. RYDER (how many more single digit scores do you want him to present you?). While not picking Shakib can not be disagreed given the apparent good balance in team combination of KKR, keeping Tamim out of the playing eleven day in and day out is pathetic, bordering on a crime now! Before judging Tamim by his stats in T20, go talk to Sir Ian Botham, Nasser Hussain and Mike Atherton about Tamim!

  • RK204 on May 3, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    captain should bat at num11...........

  • Quddus-Mamu on May 3, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    JD Ryder, MJ Clarke, SC Ganguly* , RV Uthappa and SPD Smith- all together failed to chase 120 runs. They are all supers stars. It's better to play with Ramu and Shamu type of players. I'm sure they can do even better.