Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings, IPL, Mumbai May 7, 2012

'Take a single ... I shall do the rest' - Smith

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"Take a single and give me the strike, I shall do the rest," is what Mumbai Indians allrounder Dwayne Smith said he told RP Singh when 15 runs were needed off the last four balls against Chennai Super Kings. Smith, who was playing his first match of the season, backed himself to score 14 off the final three deliveries, and he did.

Chasing 174, Mumbai Indians were ahead for most of the innings, with Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma putting on a 126-run stand. Following Tendulkar's dismissal for 74, they needed 40 off 25 balls with eight wickets in hand. Mumbai Indians then lost five wickets for 24, leaving Smith and Lasith Malinga to score 16 off the final over, from Ben Hilfenhaus.

Smith managed just a single off Hilfenhaus' first ball, and then watched Malinga get bowled by a yorker. RP Singh pushed the third ball to cover, and gave Smith what he wanted, the strike. "I just backed myself. I know as long as I can watch the ball I can do it," Smith said. "I told him to give me the three balls that were left as I knew I could do it from there."

Having been ignored at the 2012 player auction, Smith was signed by Mumbai Indians as a replacement for the injured Mitchell Johnson and only joined the squad on May 3. "I actually thought I was going to be here with one of the teams from the beginning, but that didn't happen," he said. "But I am happy to be here now and win some games for Mumbai. I remember winning a game for Barbados in similar fashion. It went into the super over. I got two sixes off the last two balls."

Smith clubbing the last three balls for six and two fours to the straight boundary kept Mumbai Indians at No. 3 in the points table and prevented Chennai Super Kings from progressing from No. 4.

The Super Kings coach, Stephen Fleming, said that his team were "favourites going into that last over". "It was an amazing game of cricket, [we have] mixed emotions really," Fleming said. "There was phenomenal see-sawing throughout the day. Through their batting innings we were down and out but we fought back with some great fielding."

The challenge, according to Fleming, would be to lift the players' spirits after such a defeat and get them ready for the final quarter of their league campaign. "We must win three from four games, we played pretty well today and if I get the same performance from my players for the next four games then I think we'll go close," he said. "It's a flat dressing room now but that's the challenge, we have a few days off which is good. We're still in the competition and won't give up."

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  • crindex on May 9, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    All was going weel for CSK until the last three balls of the penultimate over. Anyone could have done a better job than Hilfenhaus. May be Dhoni should consider Jadeja for death bowling. Its just bad day at the office for CSK and good one (with luck) for MI.

  • Vilander on May 8, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    i think WI will win the nxt t20 cup, pollard,gayle,narain,russel..now smith

  • jo_n on May 8, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    Best commentater --- Harsha Bhogle Fav team --- chennai Winning Lineup --- vijay, hussey/faf, raina, badri, dhoni, morkel, jadeja, ashwin, ben hilfenhaus, bollinger, jakati. Old formula --- Strenthen bowlin attack (muralidaran real miss) morkel needs to play well against big teams...... Caution --- ground fielding of jakati & ashwin need to improve, don even miss half chance catches, don miss Direct hits for run outs... Key --- Morkel need to bat/bowl well against big teams, Openers need to play well...Play to your potential... "Chennai U Can Win"

  • brianlarasdaughter on May 8, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    @riprock...i wud pick the same team but with two changes...no way i wud play samuels...he shudn't even b in the squad...i wud put darren bravo or even chanderpaul as an anchor to open with gayle and simmons at 3...ur also forgettin tha lendl can keep so ramdin wudn't b required an we can start kevon cooper...then the trophy wud b ours :)

  • on May 8, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Its funny to hear tht Mumbai Indians are winning by luck, how can u defend 120 with luck? nothing can be "done" with luck! if your team wins, then its by performance,batting,bowling. but the opposition wins then its luck?

  • madras_boy on May 8, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    I am a CSK fan and the way smith played has flattened me. I have to accept that CSK lags this season and anticipate a finish either at 6th or 7th position. Dhoni's magical wand is waning and miracles are not working any more. We don't have a penetrating bowler this season which is haunting CSK. The moment CSK signed Ravindra Jadeja, something was striking my mind that he is a money waster. CSK have good local players like G.Vignesh, Ganapathy etc but not utilising them by playing a money waster here. Comeon CSK, you are off this season but give some chance to local chennai boys else you may be loosing my support soon !!!

  • on May 8, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Tired of reading comments to play Tamim! guys, get a life- there is Luke wright and Samuals sitting on bench, and u expect Tamim to play? No doubt Tamim is a good player but bench has better players than Tamim and Shakib. I understand your support being from Bangladesh but be realistic!

  • on May 8, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    Difficult for Chennai to qualify 1. match against Delhi - CSK home record is very poor and Delhi is amazing team 2. match against KKR - difficult to defeat KKR in Kolkota 3. match against RR - RR has always a difficult at their home ground

    They need to win at least 2 of these 3 which is very tough task gien their bowling is not up to the mark. Even MI which was struggling with their batting looked good against CSK bowling.

  • drsuso on May 8, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    This again proves the poor vision of IPL teams. They can't identify the real T20 players! Dwayne Smith gets a chance accidentally. Andre Russell is yet to play for Delhi. Suddenly Rajasthan Royals keep Kevin Cooper out and Brad Hogg or Botha is playing instead! Shakib got two chances and was MOM in one! Tamim is yet to play!! I second Pablo and RIprock's opinion. WI is damn hot favourite in upcoming T20 World Cup and T&T is hot favourite for upcoming champion's lleague if all the players are available.

  • TheUltimateTruth on May 7, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    CSK has 1 very tough game -- KKR in Kolkata and 3 possibly winnable games. Given that the DD game is in Chennai I consider that winnable. Big hitters of DD won't do great on the Chennai pitch these days. CSK has a reasonable chance of making it to the playoffs as the number 4 team. Then anything can happen. Their batting is coming together. Raina and Dhoni seem to be batting better. Vijay is still unconvincing though relying too much on his loft over midwicket and long on. To strengthen their bowling they should drop Morkel and bring in either Kula or Randiv. Bravo is more realiable, though not as explosive as Morkel, with both bat and ball. In my opinion Bolinger is out for the season based on form -- Hilffy is much better than him these days. They should drop Jakati and bowl another Indian bowler (not Yo Mahesh though).

  • crindex on May 9, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    All was going weel for CSK until the last three balls of the penultimate over. Anyone could have done a better job than Hilfenhaus. May be Dhoni should consider Jadeja for death bowling. Its just bad day at the office for CSK and good one (with luck) for MI.

  • Vilander on May 8, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    i think WI will win the nxt t20 cup, pollard,gayle,narain,russel..now smith

  • jo_n on May 8, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    Best commentater --- Harsha Bhogle Fav team --- chennai Winning Lineup --- vijay, hussey/faf, raina, badri, dhoni, morkel, jadeja, ashwin, ben hilfenhaus, bollinger, jakati. Old formula --- Strenthen bowlin attack (muralidaran real miss) morkel needs to play well against big teams...... Caution --- ground fielding of jakati & ashwin need to improve, don even miss half chance catches, don miss Direct hits for run outs... Key --- Morkel need to bat/bowl well against big teams, Openers need to play well...Play to your potential... "Chennai U Can Win"

  • brianlarasdaughter on May 8, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    @riprock...i wud pick the same team but with two changes...no way i wud play samuels...he shudn't even b in the squad...i wud put darren bravo or even chanderpaul as an anchor to open with gayle and simmons at 3...ur also forgettin tha lendl can keep so ramdin wudn't b required an we can start kevon cooper...then the trophy wud b ours :)

  • on May 8, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Its funny to hear tht Mumbai Indians are winning by luck, how can u defend 120 with luck? nothing can be "done" with luck! if your team wins, then its by performance,batting,bowling. but the opposition wins then its luck?

  • madras_boy on May 8, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    I am a CSK fan and the way smith played has flattened me. I have to accept that CSK lags this season and anticipate a finish either at 6th or 7th position. Dhoni's magical wand is waning and miracles are not working any more. We don't have a penetrating bowler this season which is haunting CSK. The moment CSK signed Ravindra Jadeja, something was striking my mind that he is a money waster. CSK have good local players like G.Vignesh, Ganapathy etc but not utilising them by playing a money waster here. Comeon CSK, you are off this season but give some chance to local chennai boys else you may be loosing my support soon !!!

  • on May 8, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Tired of reading comments to play Tamim! guys, get a life- there is Luke wright and Samuals sitting on bench, and u expect Tamim to play? No doubt Tamim is a good player but bench has better players than Tamim and Shakib. I understand your support being from Bangladesh but be realistic!

  • on May 8, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    Difficult for Chennai to qualify 1. match against Delhi - CSK home record is very poor and Delhi is amazing team 2. match against KKR - difficult to defeat KKR in Kolkota 3. match against RR - RR has always a difficult at their home ground

    They need to win at least 2 of these 3 which is very tough task gien their bowling is not up to the mark. Even MI which was struggling with their batting looked good against CSK bowling.

  • drsuso on May 8, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    This again proves the poor vision of IPL teams. They can't identify the real T20 players! Dwayne Smith gets a chance accidentally. Andre Russell is yet to play for Delhi. Suddenly Rajasthan Royals keep Kevin Cooper out and Brad Hogg or Botha is playing instead! Shakib got two chances and was MOM in one! Tamim is yet to play!! I second Pablo and RIprock's opinion. WI is damn hot favourite in upcoming T20 World Cup and T&T is hot favourite for upcoming champion's lleague if all the players are available.

  • TheUltimateTruth on May 7, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    CSK has 1 very tough game -- KKR in Kolkata and 3 possibly winnable games. Given that the DD game is in Chennai I consider that winnable. Big hitters of DD won't do great on the Chennai pitch these days. CSK has a reasonable chance of making it to the playoffs as the number 4 team. Then anything can happen. Their batting is coming together. Raina and Dhoni seem to be batting better. Vijay is still unconvincing though relying too much on his loft over midwicket and long on. To strengthen their bowling they should drop Morkel and bring in either Kula or Randiv. Bravo is more realiable, though not as explosive as Morkel, with both bat and ball. In my opinion Bolinger is out for the season based on form -- Hilffy is much better than him these days. They should drop Jakati and bowl another Indian bowler (not Yo Mahesh though).

  • on May 7, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    What a shame. Smith should have been opening the batting for WI from day one. He and Gayle would have made a wicked combination.

  • riprock on May 7, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    Check this out folks! 1.Chris Gayle, 2.Lendl Simmons, 3.Marlon Samuels, 4.Dwayne Bravo, 5.Keiron Pollard, 6.Dwayne Smith, 7.Andre Russell, 8.Denesh Ramdin, 9. Darren Sammy, 10.Sunil Narine, 11.Ravi Rampaul. subs:Kevon Cooper, Adrian Barath, Fidel Edwards, Kemar Roach. How's that for a T20 team? The World T20 trophy's definitely flying Caribbean this September.

  • gotya73 on May 7, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    drop M vijay, he plays one inning and then play full IPL. CSK plays only star indian player never tried new talent of indian player Vijay/ Badrinath/Anirudha Srikanth Raina, Dhoni, Morkel, Jadeja, Ashwin, Jakati where is new talent of south all same playing indians. IPL is about getting new talent. in CSK team is playing half of National Indian team.

  • India_calling on May 7, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    @vickytheboss......yes u r right man.....its pure luck.....making 3 finals of 4 IPL seasons....winnning 2 back to back IPL titles and once CL winner....these all time only luck was favouring CSK and they were just watching the game sitting in comfort....isn't it??? but tell me 1 thing y do u sound like a pure MI supporter getting jealous of CSK's earlier performance.....CSK have got the talent to bounce in in league from any situation but does MI have those guts...u just can't judge a player's or a team's performance based on a single day outcome.....ups n downs are all part of game....and do watch....CSK too give their best till the end...

  • on May 7, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    Its simple for CSK, win 3 out of 4 games left and qualify 4th. And they are capable of doing it and will do it. They would be contenders for the trophy even if they qualify 4th. that is the kind of team they are. Go CSK :)

  • vickytheboss on May 7, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    I am very happy to see dhoni's csk ran out of luck. Only team that won matches by luck for past 4 years. Mumbai is not lucky team, they fight till the end. Very happy happy happy happy to see csk lose.

  • Aussasinator on May 7, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Those last 3 hits were brutal and Hilfy was lucky not to get hit. It will take some time for a bowler to get over it but they get over it fast in T20.

  • TheLight on May 7, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Yet the WI selectors continue to leave him out of the ODI team, even after excelling in the T20s against Australia.

    What a shame.

  • Jammy7427 on May 7, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    My probable 11 for CSK in next match..... 1. Duplessis, 2. Vijay, 3. Badrinath/Anirudha Srikanth, 4. Raina, 5. Dhoni, 6. Morkel, 7. Jadeja, 8. Ashwin, 9. Jakati, 10.Bollinger, 11.Hilfenhaus/Kulasekara Eventhough if we drop bravo...Still we have 7 Batsmen/4 specialist bowlers..

    Common CSK!!!!!! Gear up and show, what you guys are capable of....

  • harshthakor on May 7, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    The best match and finish of this IPL.Dwayne Smith displayed those nerves of steel of a match-winner launching a blitzkreig in the end.He showed that the game is played in the mind above everything else.The match had the twists and turns of a climax in a Hollywood film.Mumbai seemed cruising home to victory when Tendulkar was batting.After a sudden flurry of wickets the pendulum swung in favour of Chennai.Before the final 3 balls the table had virtually turned Chennai's way before Dwayne Smith's assault.

    Overall cricket was the greatest winner.

  • on May 7, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    This nis 3rd time MI gets lucky.1St again DC then KXIP and now CSK.They may reach semi but dont have the quality to go all the way.

  • hunksurat on May 7, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    MI got out of jail again. Lucky........ Ravindra Jadeja is hopeless..........I do not know why dhoni keeps playing him...may be no other replacement.

  • johnathonjosephs on May 7, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    But somehow he still won't be in the West Indian Team...

  • vinodkannan on May 7, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    How long this whole world is going to talk about the old man. Please ask him go away so that young talent will get an opportunity to play for the country and which is a certain dream for any player. All records broken still what needed? All good sentences should have a full stop many commas and semi colan will be awkward. Dont think am against the great man but he has to think even about the youngsters. Dont be selfish like your game Great man.

  • Raiyan24r on May 7, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    just an example of the standard of players of bpl

  • on May 7, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Well The West indies side for T20 world cup is scary.With Gayle resolving his issues with the board.there is pollard, Dwayne bravo, Darren sammy all of whom can destroy the best of bowling attacks. But Just when you think this is it Dwayne smith comes up with something phenomenal. Oh i Forgot there is Sunil Narine.Nobody has picked his bowling yet. Beware Australia, England , india.

  • Trakkan on May 7, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    It is refreshing to see MI winning some clost matches this season. They are owners of Chokers tag in IPL but this time if they contiune with winning crunch situation they can get rid of that tag. With Sachin not captaining and playing freely its a good sign. However their batting is collapsing which can impact them during playoffs. I think CSK for the first time may not qualify for playoffs. This season may be a blip for CSK after 4 great seasons as they are the only consistent team. But predictions often go wrong and as usual they may start winning in the right time. My heart goes to RR as I ever love that team

  • KK_Cricket on May 7, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Smith deserves every bit of accolades... CSK has done this so many times in the past.. The Chennai fans forget how Albie Morkel got 2 edges (both inside and outside once each) and how Chennai got lucky and won that game against RCB... Else Chennai would have been at 9 points out of 12 games.. And RCB much higher.. So guys, give it when the player deserves.. Even full tosses need to be put away and its very difficult in pressure situation, kudos Smith was able to handle it well and gave CSK their own medicine.. :)

  • on May 7, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Sachin's innings would have went in vain if at all Smith doesnt finish the game with some stunning sixers and fours. My hope on MI dint shatter even they lost 8 wickets.. Coz i knew Smith could do it.. Undoubtedly Mumbai Indians are the best..

  • Advanced_Donkeys on May 7, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    "Take a rest....I shall do a Single" should be the title.

  • on May 7, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    its pure guess hitting.. Now hind sight Smith can say.. "i always knew i can do it" etc etc... But its 60 % effort + 40 % luck..

    Hilf shud have opted for yorkers / full length outside off stump.. But as dhoni said.. CSK cud only bowl upto thier bowling strenghts. Hinting that they dont have a Malinga or Sunil Narine..

    Mumbai has been the luckiest team in this IPL by winning lost matches... Lets see how thier luck helps them.. They keep commiting mistakes and get away easily.. wow what a lucky team!

  • on May 7, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    this is how my friend you 'try' to flog a dead horse make it look epic!

  • Ankush_Khanna on May 7, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Amzing Smith!!!! Awesome Smith!!!! Wonderful Smith!!!!

  • on May 7, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    I was rather disappointed to see Hilfenus bowling 3 full tosses in the crucial last over. CSK"s bowling is not up to the mark. What happened to Dhoni"s luck?.Better luck next time.

  • RajCSK on May 7, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    The teams looks like strong, We dont know their capacity during knockout stages. CSK proven to be the best team in knockout stages and can handle pressure very well. So let see......

  • ravi_88 on May 7, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    As@krnatraj said,its end of the road for csk in this editon of ipl. Because their upcoming 4 matches are with very tough teams in the likes of RR,DD,KINGS PUNJAB,KKR. No matter how hard csk play they may win only 2 out of 4 matches.and they deserve it because they never had the intention to give chance to local talents.:-P

  • on May 7, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    @Kochar : it is not a direct over-to-over comparison...Steyn has proved his worth all over d wrld acorss all d 4mats..4 flat pitch bowlin dere cnt b a better instance dan what he did 2 Indian in d Nagpur test durin d last SA visit...firind dwn 6 yorkers is relatively is when all u hv 2 do is play in d IPL..Steyn has been bowlin xtra-ordinarily well over after over, match after match for a ong tym...bt yeah u cn say dat in d IPL Malinga is a be8r bowler dan Steyn just d same as Raina being a better batsman dan Dravid...but best in d wrld, no way

  • thinktank1 on May 7, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    Dwayne Smith has his a different style of stroke making. He plays cricket like Afridi, Sehwag..

  • on May 7, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Dwayne Smith opens for WI in T20s maybe Mumbai can use him in place of Franklyn.

  • Lakpj on May 7, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    @KOCHAR it is obvious that Steyn struggles in 50 and 20 over games, but in Tests he is way ahead of any other fast bowler. on the other hand Malinga is exceptional in limited over games but haven't played enough test matches to judge how good he is in tests. but with pace and a good variation he would have been a real asset to the SL team in tests as well. getting bounce is not malinga's strength, if you see his figures in fastest and bouncier wickets like Wonders, Perth or Gabba he struggles somewhat to control.

  • on May 7, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Malinga last 3 balls 1 run 2 wickets..Harris last 3 balls 14runs.lolz Smith come makee MI more stronger.drop Franklin n put levi or drop peterson n put thisara

  • phendel on May 7, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    I knew Smith was just waiting on his opportunity to shine again after a splendid performance.......understand why he went unsold because he was a flop in previous IPL's but he's back with a vengeance in 2012.......another star performer for the dream WI T20 & ODI teams to come!!

  • ZiggyMarley on May 7, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    @KOCHAR. Being good at T20s is different to being a great overall bowler. Tests provide the true challenge, where a bouncer is not a wide but rather an important weapon. Also, in tests, hitting a quick-fire 20 and then getting out is a victory to the bowler, in T20s it is a victory to the batsman. Steyn is not even that good in ODIs because batsman just swing their bat at him, often allowing them to edge past 3rd slip for 4, whereas in tests you'll usually have a fielder there.

  • on May 7, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    WHAT??? This guy was available for the whole IPL and no-one wanted him????? Great job Smith.

    btw Smith opens for WI in T20. why not let him open in place of Franklyn?

  • on May 7, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    CSK Team mainlY depends On their fOrign plaYers....bravO dOing his jOb well with bat and sOme times with ball....mOrkel didnt fire still, except in d starting matches,OfcOrse der r manY teams mainlY depends On fOreign plaYers n neglectIng indian dOmestic plaYers..like RCB,One thing I feel bad is d fOreign plaYers r making mOre cash in d IPL with their perfOrmance...like shah,watson,steve smith,hOdge,du plesis,narine,AB devlr"s,gaYle,dilshan.....but nOt dhOni,raina,jadega,yusaf,kOhli,ZAheer,bajji....etc...,,if u make stats On basis Of cOuntrY u can understand wat im trYing to saY....

  • satish619chandar on May 7, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    How about a good rest for Mr.Dhoni.. Its too much of pressure to captain a team for whole year and keep wickets and be primary batsman in ODI format.. He looks very much overused.. Especially, he had to come over from a heavy negative result tours across England, Australia and in Asia cup.. Can rather have Gauti or Viru who are in good form now and a team with fresh look.. Let Dhoni take a good break and comeback stronger and fitter..

  • satish619chandar on May 7, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    First of all, First time in history, one guy is rooting for RJ!! I wont blame Hilfy.. if to blame, i would blame him for not bowling a short one as Smith was just blasting the fuller ones.. I think CSK is now out of race.. 4 out of 4 is just too much.. And, Smith had just produced some of the brutal hits ever seen.. Though i support CSK and was on a high after a massive fightback, was left with near tears by the big man.. There is another franchise developing inside IPL.. WIPL.. Almost every WI guys are rocking.. Just love the calypso and their flair!!

  • Teja_Smart on May 7, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Still CSK is having chances to enter into next level... In every year CSK came to semies n finals in this manner only... Don't blame Dhoni, He didn't have a main bowler like Malinga, Styen... Just wait n see...

  • on May 7, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    CSK should admit that they got weak bowling link. Dhoni has no choice to go with Hilfy. Show me local CSK bowlers. CSK should have lost this game easily, but thanks to MI midder order who has provided a chance of winning this game.

  • on May 7, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    I don't understand the reason behind having the IPL finals played in Chennai during May month which is hottest period of the year in that part of the country!

  • Thyagu5432 on May 7, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Mumbai have been extremely lucky this season. All these close finishes have gone in their favour. Bajji seems to be their lucky charm. He won Champions League without the team really putting up any great performance and now they are somewhere near the top without doing anything significant. As far as CSK is concerned, they are losing the plot. I would have had some pity on them if the last ball had gone for a six but letting them score a four of the last ball when there was no field restriction in vogue is criminal. Umpire also had his hand (actually both) in this result, calling a non-wide as a wide.

  • on May 7, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    What I write here will attract some argument and most people wont agree with me but this is a fact that SMITH & PIETERSEN are not consistent match winner like GAYLE who plays match winning innings consecutively. SMITH & PIETERSEN might have won two matches for MI but it is very less likely that they will repeat the same again in near future. So it will be better for MI to give some new player a chance hoping some magic from him. As SMITH & PIETERSEN have won matches in their opening matches in the IPL the same may happen with somebody else.

  • KOCHAR on May 7, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    one thing amongst all the last ball win what we forget is the last over bowled by malinga during chennai innings i think that turned the match in favour of mumbai. I am sorry many say steyn is the best bowler in the planet at the moment but malinga is way ahead of steyn. You give a responsve pitch to steyn then he is the best not on Flat Pitches look at the history of ipl and you will see that on flat pitches malinga is way way ahead and steyn gets beaten all over the park..

  • on May 7, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Dwayne Smith is one of the world's"BETTER" players in the short format of the Cricket game.Lets hope that the WICB see it that way and keep him in the squad. Good luck "SMITTY" .

  • Knightriders_suck on May 7, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    What's with the west indians? They rock all the T20 leagues all over the world but fall flat when playing internationals?

  • KK5619 on May 7, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Wrost captain of ipl 2012 dhoni.

  • on May 7, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    This year CSK committed three mistakes....1) home pitch not suits CSk batting Style...Usually they are attacking last 6 overs to get big score

    2)Last auction they gone for another one alrounde jadeja instead of genuine indian fast bowler from Kochi team RP, Vinay, Sreesanth....Jadeja is good palyer , but no need for CSK to get third alrounder in the squad..

    3) Lack of form of M Vijay & Raina..and late arrival hussey these factors made huge difference.....!!

  • on May 7, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    @Ram Jagendran: We cannot diminish the effort of Smith by saying that if Jadeja wud have bowled he MI would not have won. May be that if Jadeja would have bowled MI would have won 2 balls before only. As far as Jadeja is concerned, i think he is only an enigma, who can throw a ball and swing his bat. See his performance in this IPL and last season in Indian team. He does not qualify to be selected in Indian team at this stage of his career. He needs to improve a lot. It's time that Dhoni/selector should stop selecting him as he consistently not perform ming. So for me even if he would have been given last over Smith would have taken him all over the ground.

  • on May 7, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    I seriously think Dhoni's priorities have shifted from Cricket itself. He has lost it both at the International Cricket Level and in the IPL as well. The Ranchi boy with a uncluttered mind and ability to think on his feat has disappeared. Everyone in life is faced with conflicting priorities and I dont blame Dhoni for the same. But be it cricket or war, on the field, no other priorities can take precedence. If Dhoni has the courage to embrace this fact then he should gracefully handover the reigns to a person who is still yearning for that spot in life and do the Country and his IPL Team some justice for the money he is paid.

  • AbhijitKadam on May 7, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    Please drop James Franklin... He is too slow for t20. Even is Levi gets out early, his strike rate wont put pressure on other batsman.

  • krnataraj on May 7, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    end of the road for csk. they have just lost what it takes to clinch these thrillers. msd looks so jaded and bowling is just fourth rate. csk needs to score minimum 190 to have any chance of defending the total and win matches. for sure DD, KKR are favourites. the berths for the remaining two will surely go down to the wire with the last games of the preliminary stage deciding the same.

  • krnataraj on May 7, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    end of the road for csk. they have just lost what it takes to clinch these thrillers. msd looks so jaded and bowling is just fourth rate. csk needs to score minimum 190 to have any chance of defending the total and win matches. for sure DD, KKR are favourites. the berths for the remaining two will surely go down to the wire with the last games of the preliminary stage deciding the same.

  • csowmi7 on May 7, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    mumbai have been one of the luckiest teams this season. Against Pune they won by one run defending 120. Against the Deccan Chargers they managed to hit 18 runs off the last over to claim victory. Robin pietersen and rayudu hit 27 runs off the penultimate over for victory against punjab. And now this performance against Chennai. They will be found wanting against teams like Delhi and Kolkota who have better death bowlers in the play offs. At the moment Chennai look lack lustre but they may still make the play offs because their batting is starting to come good. Murali Vijay, Raina, Dhoni, Bravo, Du Plessis(who has been sensational) have found form. They just need an experienced death bowler like kulasekara or bollinger instead of Hilfenhaus who has no experience in these situations. What was Dhoni thinking giving it to Hilfy. yorker != full toss.

  • on May 7, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    dwayne smith wat an innings man !!!!! West indies looks the dangerous team in the forth coming T20 WC smith gayle narine bravo pollard kevon cooper!!!! my goodness . people who judge players on the basis of ipl are just fools . dhoni did everything rite but it is just bad luck ... hilfy sccumbed to pressure... he cant handle pressure ..did the same thing in ashes

  • rsurya on May 7, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    If franklin stayed for just another over then sachin would have gone out soon, franklin adds pressure to sachin in the opening, he was very lazy in his stroke making. Franklin should be dropped or put down the order as a replacement until pollard returns, Levi can be tried he is definitely required against RCB to chase a mammoth score. Franklin will eat overs, please mumbai change ur belief in him. I think the man of the match for last match should be given to franklin bcoz if he didnt get out early then mumbai would have lost by a huge margin.

  • sonti on May 7, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    fantastic finis, smith is an under estimated cricketer he had previously also done the same in ODIs for the WI,

  • Rising_Edge1234 on May 7, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    It's a little know fact that DR Smith is just as explosive as Pollard.

  • Jammy7427 on May 7, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Fantastic match with many twist and turns..... CSK batting order looks good now.... CSK requires some bowling force to enter into the semis.... Remove jakati and place a good specialist bowler..... Chennai can try the opening pair with Anirudha Srikanth and Vijay.... with going duplessis on bench and bring in Bollinger or Kulasekara..... CSK has to pick a good bowlers for the next season.... Preferrebly Philander from SA will be available for next auction.......

  • venu1004 on May 7, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    This is the best IPL so far ........all the matches are so exciting ...........hopefully Mumbai should make it to the final and be the champions

  • Bruisers on May 7, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    @indiarox4ever- Chennai never dominated any IPL.. i.e. They never finished at the top of the Points Table any season....

  • on May 7, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    really great tallent.. hats of smith, CSK need to think and utilise badri.. Kula may be the better option because he can bring variety with slower deliveries. Dhoni should come up and play good cricket.. drop Bravo and play both imported seamers....

  • on May 7, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    What is Franklin doing in MI team, I am clueless. They get the worst start in every game. Where does Mumbai get such players as Levi and Franklin?

    Great news is that Sachin has come back in form.

  • SamAsh07 on May 7, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    I don't think CSK will go ahead now, Rajasthan Royals have found a perfect XI with Tait in their side, I'm positive that the qualifiers will be DD, KKR, MI and RR.

  • on May 7, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Yes its true

    MI rocks Sachn genius shone Rohits brilliance was dere

  • indiarox4ever on May 7, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Its not only a flat dressing room, the entire campaign appears pretty flat at the moment. Chennai is nowhere close to the dominance they exhibited in the first four editions of IPL. Like his captaincy in last two test series Dhoni appears to fizzling out at all levels. I hope I am wrong but the signs are not good at all.

  • SL_BiggestJoke on May 7, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Amazing match!!! This seasons IPL has really been a classic so far!

  • on May 7, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Lot of confident gave him a success. All Caribbean's Effort in IPL is Awesome!

  • on May 7, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Jadeja bowled a match winning 18th over taking two wickes and conceded only 4 runs. I thought Dhoni did the right thing as he usually does. To my surprise he bowled Hilfenhus he is not the bowler to bowl the last over under pressure. Since Jadeja clean bowled Rohit who was in form and got another wicket that too of Rayadu another reputed batter I could not see any reason why he did not bowl Jadeja? It was elementary. If Jadeja had bowled the last over Jadeja wd ve been the man of the match and not Smith. Will Chennai play Hilfenhaus again who bowled a slow ball to R P allowing him to take a single and gave a chance for Smith to smack him 14 runs off the last 3 balls. Play your locals Chennai they are better than imported players.

  • on May 7, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    With Pollard returning from injury soon, MI has a fairly decent squad now. The opener + middle order bat issues seem to be getting resolved with Franklin and Smith. Franklin needs to weigh in more at the top though - getting scores but at moderate Strike rates. Hopefully the pitches will get better for the next games.

  • on May 7, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    Fantastic last over where CSK lost its plot and smith deserves accolades for brave hitting. But CSK will make the last four because they have started batting well. Muralist Vijay has come back to form and is playing his breath taking shots. Raina and MSD are also finding their way. Ashwin is bowling tidily but will also start taking wickets. CSK will gain momentum from now on. Even last two years they have come back from behind. Go CSK and play positive cricket.

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  • on May 7, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    Fantastic last over where CSK lost its plot and smith deserves accolades for brave hitting. But CSK will make the last four because they have started batting well. Muralist Vijay has come back to form and is playing his breath taking shots. Raina and MSD are also finding their way. Ashwin is bowling tidily but will also start taking wickets. CSK will gain momentum from now on. Even last two years they have come back from behind. Go CSK and play positive cricket.

  • on May 7, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    With Pollard returning from injury soon, MI has a fairly decent squad now. The opener + middle order bat issues seem to be getting resolved with Franklin and Smith. Franklin needs to weigh in more at the top though - getting scores but at moderate Strike rates. Hopefully the pitches will get better for the next games.

  • on May 7, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Jadeja bowled a match winning 18th over taking two wickes and conceded only 4 runs. I thought Dhoni did the right thing as he usually does. To my surprise he bowled Hilfenhus he is not the bowler to bowl the last over under pressure. Since Jadeja clean bowled Rohit who was in form and got another wicket that too of Rayadu another reputed batter I could not see any reason why he did not bowl Jadeja? It was elementary. If Jadeja had bowled the last over Jadeja wd ve been the man of the match and not Smith. Will Chennai play Hilfenhaus again who bowled a slow ball to R P allowing him to take a single and gave a chance for Smith to smack him 14 runs off the last 3 balls. Play your locals Chennai they are better than imported players.

  • on May 7, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Lot of confident gave him a success. All Caribbean's Effort in IPL is Awesome!

  • SL_BiggestJoke on May 7, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Amazing match!!! This seasons IPL has really been a classic so far!

  • indiarox4ever on May 7, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Its not only a flat dressing room, the entire campaign appears pretty flat at the moment. Chennai is nowhere close to the dominance they exhibited in the first four editions of IPL. Like his captaincy in last two test series Dhoni appears to fizzling out at all levels. I hope I am wrong but the signs are not good at all.

  • on May 7, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Yes its true

    MI rocks Sachn genius shone Rohits brilliance was dere

  • SamAsh07 on May 7, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    I don't think CSK will go ahead now, Rajasthan Royals have found a perfect XI with Tait in their side, I'm positive that the qualifiers will be DD, KKR, MI and RR.

  • on May 7, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    What is Franklin doing in MI team, I am clueless. They get the worst start in every game. Where does Mumbai get such players as Levi and Franklin?

    Great news is that Sachin has come back in form.

  • on May 7, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    really great tallent.. hats of smith, CSK need to think and utilise badri.. Kula may be the better option because he can bring variety with slower deliveries. Dhoni should come up and play good cricket.. drop Bravo and play both imported seamers....