Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2012, Mumbai May 9, 2012

Gayle does it again for Bangalore

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Royal Challengers Bangalore 142 for 1 (Gayle 82*) beat Mumbai Indians 141 for 6 (Karthik 44) by nine wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

It wasn't the easiest of pitches to bat on at the Wankhede Stadium, and Mumbai Indians possess the most potent bowling attack in the competition, but none of that mattered to Chris Gayle as he swung sixes on his way to the orange cap, 500 runs in the tournament and an unbeaten 82 that propelled Royal Challengers Bangalore to the fourth spot.

Victories for Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab on Tuesday and Royal Challengers' win today has tightened the table again, with only three points separating the five teams in the middle.

Mumbai's batting has rarely been at its best this season, and continued to struggle today. The Royal Challengers bowling has had some off days this year, but turned in one of their more impressive performances as Vinay Kumar's double-strike in the second over and Muttiah Muralitharan's two wickets off successive deliveries later in the innings limited Mumbai to 141.

With the ball nipping around, it seemed a competitive score, particularly given the strength of Mumbai's bowling. Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan watchfully played out the main threat, Lasith Malinga, and focussed their energy on scoring plenty off the rest.

As he has been all season, Gayle was relatively cautious early on. Mumbai had two gilt-edged chances to dismiss him within the Powerplays: first, in the second over when a direct hit would have caught him well short, and then in the sixth over when Dwayne Smith put down a skier at cover. That potentially game-changing drop rounded off a horror outing for Smith, who also flopped with the bat a mere three days after his final-over heroics against Chennai Super Kings.

Dilshan was dismissed in the ninth over, and the asking rate began to climb towards nine, but it only took Gayle three deliveries to transform the match. Pragyan Ojha gifted him two friendly full tosses on leg stump which were contemptuously dispatched over the leg side; the second of those had been a no-ball as well, and Gayle dismissed the extra delivery for another six, over long-off for a change. That 22-run over brought the required rate closer to seven. Mumbai were never in the game after that as Virat Kohli found some form and helped Gayle finish it off with two overs to spare.

It hadn't begun well either for Mumbai with Zaheer Khan and Vinay troubling their top order. James Franklin upper cut a catch to third man, and Rohit Sharma was plumb lbw later in Vinay's over as Mumbai stuttered to 5 for 2 - the lowest score in the IPL after four overs.

Sachin Tendulkar then survived a close call for lbw, and was again reprieved when a Kohli throw from backward point was wide. Mumbai finally got some momentum in the sixth over as Tendulkar struck three successive boundaries - the first off the bat in the innings. Just as Mumbai were getting some stability, 21-year-old seamer Harshal Patel dismissed Tendulkar getting him to top-edge a pull.

The signing of Smith and the return of Kieron Pollard made the Mumbai batting seem more solid, and when Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik added 44 quick runs, the stage seemed set for a late onslaught from the two West Indians. Murali, though, removed both the well-set Karthik and Smith in the 16th over, seemingly denting Mumbai's recovery. Harbhajan, however, swung a couple of boundaries off Zaheer and Pollard powered two sixes in the final over from Vinay to lift Mumbai, but not to a total that was beyond Gayle's reach.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 11, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Gayle is unstoppable in this IPL, like in the last for RCB !!!!

  • rsurya on May 10, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    who is the one preparing pitches in wankede, is he worked previously in newzealand. franklin will struggle even in juicy bangalore pitch but mumbai will still have faith in him. "But look mumbai, you can play him only till the last league match, he will definitely not take you to playoffs".

  • on May 10, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    Mumbai Indians so unpredictable, they are a good side but need to be stable. I feel that if tendulkar is opening the innings he needs a partner who can fire from the word go, someone like Levi, blizzard, smith or Pollard but the problem is they are not sure themselves and tendular takes his own sweet time settling down, what i felt was that MI wasted 4 good overs in the start, 6 runs in 4 overs is too less for a T20 game and then gayle dropped on 21 was the biggest mistake, that could have changed the game completely.. Ne ways hats off to RCB they really played well and MI really needs to learn from their mistakes and pull up their socks quick as the points table is really looking messed up and MI cannot afford loosing ne more games.

  • on May 10, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    I dont know why MI is not giving chance to Suryakumar Yadav. He was the highest run-getter for Mumbai in Ranji 2011-12. Not only highest run getter but he scored runs at 85% strike rate, no other batsmen in Ranji 2011 scored so much runs at this strike rate. I dont know about his bowling ability but he took 6 wickets at about 2.65 economy rate and with strike rate of 14 balls! (if I am not forgetting)

    I know problem with MI is whom to drop? Mumbai batsmen are Tendulkar, Franklin, Sharma, Rayadu, Pollard and now Smith. But except Sharma and Tendulkar nobody has displayed consistency. Not a single batsman has strike rate of more than 125!! (Except Smith- thanks to his 3 balls 14 runs). MI needs to rethink once again to utiliise S Yadav before loosing the last opportunity. When other younger batsman like Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh are getting opportunity to display their ability, I think S Yadav is deprived of his opportunity.

  • on May 10, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Gyale has been ruling the IPL 2012 again

  • anver777 on May 10, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    Gayle is unstoppable in this IPL, like in the last for RCB !!!! Spectators, Umpires & Non strikers be ALERT !! & "KEEP YOUR DISTANCE" the Gayle Force is in full swing.

  • SatyajitM on May 10, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    @LoftedShot, wrong analysis about SRTs strike rate (88). you have to see it in the context of match situation. Initially playing wasn't easy and Tendulkar was more comfortable among the batsmen (surely not at his best). When Tendulkar got out, strike rate of others batsmen is as follows: Franklin 16, Rohit 0 and Karthik 56. Later on the pitch eased out and people could play some shots. There has to be synch between curator and team management as the home team isn't getting the pitch that they understand. About these senior folks Rahul, Sachin and Sourav, Rahul and Sachin are quite fit and still quick runners (they were never Jhonty Rodes) while Sourav isn't that quick, but PWI has a weak team and require a strong leader. I think once Yuvraj is back next year it will be slightly better but they still require some big hitters (possibly from overseas) as Clake is more of a classical player and Steve Smith is yet to mature.

  • rofl on May 10, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    CG is the coolest cricketer ever.. Whenever I see him on TV I get the impression that the man is content with his life. Nothing fazes him or worries him or scares him(I am not talking about opposing bowling here, but life in general). It seems like he's gotta a cool calypso song running in loop in his head and he's just in the swing of things..just chilling ! What a Gentle Gaint!

  • satanswish on May 10, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    Wish Gayle had shown such massive consistency playing for WI.

  • on May 10, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    RCB just showed again that they have the best batting lineup. Do you know that yesterday was the 1st time this season that Malinga hasn't taken a wicket in a match!!

  • on May 11, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Gayle is unstoppable in this IPL, like in the last for RCB !!!!

  • rsurya on May 10, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    who is the one preparing pitches in wankede, is he worked previously in newzealand. franklin will struggle even in juicy bangalore pitch but mumbai will still have faith in him. "But look mumbai, you can play him only till the last league match, he will definitely not take you to playoffs".

  • on May 10, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    Mumbai Indians so unpredictable, they are a good side but need to be stable. I feel that if tendulkar is opening the innings he needs a partner who can fire from the word go, someone like Levi, blizzard, smith or Pollard but the problem is they are not sure themselves and tendular takes his own sweet time settling down, what i felt was that MI wasted 4 good overs in the start, 6 runs in 4 overs is too less for a T20 game and then gayle dropped on 21 was the biggest mistake, that could have changed the game completely.. Ne ways hats off to RCB they really played well and MI really needs to learn from their mistakes and pull up their socks quick as the points table is really looking messed up and MI cannot afford loosing ne more games.

  • on May 10, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    I dont know why MI is not giving chance to Suryakumar Yadav. He was the highest run-getter for Mumbai in Ranji 2011-12. Not only highest run getter but he scored runs at 85% strike rate, no other batsmen in Ranji 2011 scored so much runs at this strike rate. I dont know about his bowling ability but he took 6 wickets at about 2.65 economy rate and with strike rate of 14 balls! (if I am not forgetting)

    I know problem with MI is whom to drop? Mumbai batsmen are Tendulkar, Franklin, Sharma, Rayadu, Pollard and now Smith. But except Sharma and Tendulkar nobody has displayed consistency. Not a single batsman has strike rate of more than 125!! (Except Smith- thanks to his 3 balls 14 runs). MI needs to rethink once again to utiliise S Yadav before loosing the last opportunity. When other younger batsman like Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh are getting opportunity to display their ability, I think S Yadav is deprived of his opportunity.

  • on May 10, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Gyale has been ruling the IPL 2012 again

  • anver777 on May 10, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    Gayle is unstoppable in this IPL, like in the last for RCB !!!! Spectators, Umpires & Non strikers be ALERT !! & "KEEP YOUR DISTANCE" the Gayle Force is in full swing.

  • SatyajitM on May 10, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    @LoftedShot, wrong analysis about SRTs strike rate (88). you have to see it in the context of match situation. Initially playing wasn't easy and Tendulkar was more comfortable among the batsmen (surely not at his best). When Tendulkar got out, strike rate of others batsmen is as follows: Franklin 16, Rohit 0 and Karthik 56. Later on the pitch eased out and people could play some shots. There has to be synch between curator and team management as the home team isn't getting the pitch that they understand. About these senior folks Rahul, Sachin and Sourav, Rahul and Sachin are quite fit and still quick runners (they were never Jhonty Rodes) while Sourav isn't that quick, but PWI has a weak team and require a strong leader. I think once Yuvraj is back next year it will be slightly better but they still require some big hitters (possibly from overseas) as Clake is more of a classical player and Steve Smith is yet to mature.

  • rofl on May 10, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    CG is the coolest cricketer ever.. Whenever I see him on TV I get the impression that the man is content with his life. Nothing fazes him or worries him or scares him(I am not talking about opposing bowling here, but life in general). It seems like he's gotta a cool calypso song running in loop in his head and he's just in the swing of things..just chilling ! What a Gentle Gaint!

  • satanswish on May 10, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    Wish Gayle had shown such massive consistency playing for WI.

  • on May 10, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    RCB just showed again that they have the best batting lineup. Do you know that yesterday was the 1st time this season that Malinga hasn't taken a wicket in a match!!

  • Vicky.mb on May 10, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    Firstly Congratulations to RCB!!! Other than 1 Dropped chance of Gayle they stuck to their plans well and were deserved winners. (IF only they played like this in CLt20 final) Finally RCB bowling clicked which made the difference. Kudos to Gayle because they way he is pacing his innings this entire IPL compared to last years risky hitting is commendable. IF only the remaining 9 players other than AB n Gayle would have performed couple of times RCB would have been with KKR n DD by now. Mumbai have only themselves to blame... They have purchased more than enough local players cause of their financial power. (Karthik,Ohja) And retained local uncapped players thanks to their influential power ( Raydu, suman etc) So many of these Indian players in MI squad rather play here than anywhere else even if they don't get chances to shine cause of MI name n SRT. They are an embarrassment of riches and should be on top with their squad. And they were lucky all the close finishes went in their favour

  • nikhil_tawde on May 10, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    MI should improve their batting to stay alive in the tournament, get gibbs in for franklin as he is way better batsman and can play attacking cricket right from the word go. Saw him smashing the ball in the BIG BASH LEAGUE, can surely do better than franklin in the IPL.

  • on May 10, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    I agree with Rahulcricket. West Indies have a potentially massive lineup for T20 World Cup if they can put all of their talent together. They would be the Dream Team of the event. I hope the selectors don't screw it up for us.

  • srtamit on May 10, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    i just dont understand, why MI opening with Franklin? They Have Bizzard, Levi... They have to go for killer batsman at the top with Tendulakar. Otherwise forget about playoff seat. MI needs to support their players like S yadav, T suman even Levi or Blizzard, they got just 1 or 2 games & then out if the team. They need show confidence in their players.

  • faisalameer on May 10, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    Robin Sing & Harbhajan Tactic are very poor. If pollard in your side Dwane smith should open with SRT. Still people are blaming SRT. Franclin not trying to hit the ball (every match first over becoming maiden or 1 run and get out, this will give SRT had to take more risk. Why Dravid, Rehane, Gayle, Sewag on the top run getter their home pitch making good Batting Track. Look Vankade, except 2 all match is low scoring. If gayle out yesterday (smith' easy catch drop) this match will be vey close.

  • Front_Foot_Lunge on May 10, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    Peterson is still better though.

  • truthhh on May 10, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    drop Franklin&give that chance to another one,then MI can win,otherwise no chance!!

  • Alexk400 on May 10, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    continued...this is what i see. Everything goes thru sachin. Everything get rubber stamped with sachin approval even team selection. SA coaches making money not making decision on player selection. if captain makes selection then we all know bhaji is not a good leader. He does well once in a while , but long run leadership is not his asset.

  • Mervo on May 10, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    Tendulkar is way past his best and is far too slow for this stuff. Call it a day Sachin.

  • on May 10, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    VERY dengerous player for all team

  • LoftedShot on May 10, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    Dravid has been doing relatively better then the other two but Dravid, Tendulkar and Ganguly, all three must realise that T-20 is not meant for them. Occasionally, because of their class they will get some kind of score but invariably, their usual output would fall way short of what this game demands. In yesterday's game, Tendulkar's SR was a measly 88 when almost all else are more than 125 or even more! Apart from batting slow, these three are obviously slow in field as well and cost their team runs there too. Best would be if all three gracefully step aside now. Bitter truth is they will never be able to match ABDV, Gayle, Sehwag, Rahane, Smith, Pollard etc. forget outperforming them. Having been legends of Test cricket and ODIs, better to step aside from a format where you have no chance of doing better than many, rather than getting criticism on almost every alternate day basis!

  • Rick777 on May 10, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    Foreign Players - Levi or Gibbs at the top instead of Franklin. Must try them before it's too late. Malinga, Pollard sealed players. The 4th player should be selected from & Thissara, Smith or Peterson.

    Indians - Tendulkar, Sharma, Karthik, Raydu, Munaf, Baji & Ojah.

    Batsmen - 6 Bowlers - 5

  • rahulcricket007 on May 10, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    IT IS ONLY ME OR OTHERS ALSO WHO THINKS THAT WI HAD A VERY GOOD CHANCE TO WIN T20 WC . THEY HAVE BIG HITTERS LIKE GAYLE , POLLARD , RUSSELL , SMITH , SAMMY IN THEIR TEAM . ALSO THEY HAVE GOT NARINE WHO IS DIFFICULT TO SCORE OFF & THE SL PITCHES WILL ALSO HELP HIM .

  • satish619chandar on May 10, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    As far as i see, Franklin is decent openenr for MI than Levi.. Levi apart from one streaky 50 against CSK, looked very weak.. Whereas, Franklin did the job more than once opening and whenever he got out early, there was a massive collapse.. It shows his value.. And looking for alternatives, How about Dwayne Smith opening? He has been doing it consistently in this format and play SK Yadav in middle order.. This will give room for one additional overseas player too..

  • shrastogi on May 10, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    No wickets for Malinga - No victory for MI. Though the score want challenging at all. RCB chased it well and some teams like PWI would learn well from them on how to chase. The damp wickets caused early trouble for MI though both Franklin & Sharma got out to dreadful shots and Tendulkar also struggled and one doesnt need to say why he bats at 4 in test cricket. Its not as if one is picking his low scores to prove a point but fact remains that his super human image created is flat wicket syndrome. On juicy wickets he would struggle as others so he shouldnt be overrated. MI should be happy with how much they have progrssed in this IPL. If it hadnt been for those three last ball wins they would have had 8 or 6 points.

  • Romenevans on May 10, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    At the moment if all these West Indies players playing in IPL form a new west indies team for T20 WC, they will surely win it. I mean this is so amazing, by looking at their talented players. Gayle, Adrian Barath, Simmons, D. Bravo, Andre Russel, Pollard, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo, Dwayn Smith, Kevon Cooper and so many more...this team is packed with top notch allrounders. Wow im amazed!

  • Dev9212 on May 10, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    The MI are missing a trick here they can open with D.Karthik and play a extra batsmen or a bowler depending upon the conditions. Right now Bhajji is trying to play safe he does not bowl in the powerplay or the death.

  • rsurya on May 10, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    I am a die hard fan of Mumbai Indians, but if they continue to persist with franklin at the top, I would better stop watching IPL and switch off my TV. Batting collapse is always on for mumbai as long as franklin opens. Jadeja for India, Now franklin for Mumbai Indians. 1 ball 0 runs is way better than 9 balls 1 run.

  • sandeepkrao on May 10, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    MI seriously needs to think on their mindset, they have purchased H. Gibbs and he hadn't play any match till now. Gibbs is much-2 better player than franklin or levi or blizzard, plus he is one of the best in terms of fielding as well.

  • whyowhy on May 10, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    Mumbai Indians do not need Haribijhan, as a player yes, but as a captain he has that sad and beaten look even when they are winning, and with him at the helm they are a beaten team even before the first ball is bowled...........

  • Abhilash19 on May 10, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    MI is the richest team in the league but has the worst management of all.Franklin has scores of 1 & 1 in last two innings and hasnt bowled stil MI is letting him play.Its high tim MI should use Gibbs open the innings with Sachin or allow Smith to open.Smith has opened the innings an MI needs a attackin opener to start the innings.MI is the only team who play 1-6 powerplay overs like a test innings.Allow Smith to open n let Franklin bat in middle order.Franklin wil help steady the innings if quick wickets fall. MI is a strong team on paper but Bhajji should remember that matches are not won on paper.

  • pradave17 on May 10, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    I dont know why they have Polard. Is he a bowler? If he comes as an opener, the same batting as Gayle would be exhibited. SRT and Dada were legends. But everybody must understand that they are out of form now. Only Dravid can be a heroic in his 40's. Well done again Gayle, Murali & RCB.

  • on May 10, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    Other than Pune and DC everyone has a chance to qualify for play offs.

  • Technical-1 on May 10, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    CG.. Just Great!!! Above all others!

  • All_IS_WELL on May 10, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    now RCB better then any team .well done murli and gayle

  • cracker2012 on May 10, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    Well done RCB, great bowling, fielding and master batting performance to top it off. Hope the batsmen don't feel bad because they fielded and didn't get a chance to bat. :)

  • ramps_wi on May 10, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    This was waiting to happen for MI, too much streaky wins. Now they have to dace up to their problems and deal with them dwayne smith would be a better opening option than franklin

  • SurlyCynic on May 10, 2012, 1:01 GMT

    Alexk400- Bizarre statement to say that 'South Africans are not a good coach'. Strange to make statements about a whole nation, was Gary Kirsten a bad coach? Would you say Indians make good coaches? Look at individuals not nationalities/races.

  • on May 9, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    Is amazing that the world watches the best of the West Indies in the IPL and the WICB cant figure out how to get them on the field at the same place at the same time to defend the West Indies honor. Well done, Mr. Gayle, show them what devastating batting looks like. Congrats RCB.

  • Alexk400 on May 9, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    Mumbai Indians need new GM and new coach , new captain. Lots of money , don't know what to do. They have lots of bits and pieces aussie players who do not perform. For me they need a good system where players play for the process. They depend on too much malinga and pollard and rest just making money. It clearly shows south africans are not a good coach. May be that is not correct but i think you need to bring people with leo sign as coach , captain , gm. I am into astrology. Leos are born leaders. Bhaji is multi skilled great in planning and stragey do not have people skills. Sachin , franklin , karthik , rayudu , rp singh all same multi skill players not at good at playing under pressure situations. They have to mix match different players. I play Levi anyday than franklin. Ship out blizzard , jacobs. Not needed. Ship out Rp singh rayudu.

  • on May 9, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    pick a team of heart or a team of tallent... Gayle Narine, Russel, Bravo, Pollard..., wouldnt it be nice to see a WI unit comprising these players.. Brillinat win RCB.. ltes see Gayle prune the Pune warriors next... :)

  • Bruisers on May 9, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    MI should buy out the contracts of Jacobs and Blizzard, who are pretty useless these days, and buy someone like Guptill.

  • Bruisers on May 9, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    Come on MI, drop Franklin for god's sake! He creates pressure on the entire batting order either way- when he plays a long slow innings and even when he gets out early.. What's up with Gibbs? Still not recovered from injury?? And I don't understand why Sarul Kanwar was dropped from the squad this year..

  • Alexk400 on May 9, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    Mumbai lost only because of their coaching. They selected wrong players. Levi needs to given more chances than franklin. He is like indian irfan pathan. Can't bowl , can't bat. He does both a bit and streaky runs once in a while. Pathetic selection, Munaf patel better bowler than HIT ME RP singh. Dinesh karthik and Rayudu are similar players. They need to bench one of them. Bhajji is not a good captain. He is good at strategy session not leadership area. I would put pollard or malinga as captain. Pollard is better , malinga do not need extra load. Mumbai indian team is like blind leads blind. Dwayne smith in team as a slogger? He has one fluke inning.

  • on May 9, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    nice and sensible batting from gayle.....atlast rcb is in top four

  • landsite on May 9, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Wouldn't it be nice to see Narine bowl to Gayle in flow,if it does happen I doubt that Gayle would be taking too many chances against him.If my memory serves me right I think the Trinidad spinners have got the better of Gayle whenever they met in LO cricket.

  • on May 9, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Gayle the master,,,, u cannot put a good man down, it is a slapppppppp in the face to all his critics........ England here we come... Gayle storm is forecast

  • on May 9, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Well done RCB, Murli, Gayle and the others did well. I must confess I have not seen any other players smash a cricket bat as MR.Galye.

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  • on May 9, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Well done RCB, Murli, Gayle and the others did well. I must confess I have not seen any other players smash a cricket bat as MR.Galye.

  • on May 9, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Gayle the master,,,, u cannot put a good man down, it is a slapppppppp in the face to all his critics........ England here we come... Gayle storm is forecast

  • landsite on May 9, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Wouldn't it be nice to see Narine bowl to Gayle in flow,if it does happen I doubt that Gayle would be taking too many chances against him.If my memory serves me right I think the Trinidad spinners have got the better of Gayle whenever they met in LO cricket.

  • on May 9, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    nice and sensible batting from gayle.....atlast rcb is in top four

  • Alexk400 on May 9, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    Mumbai lost only because of their coaching. They selected wrong players. Levi needs to given more chances than franklin. He is like indian irfan pathan. Can't bowl , can't bat. He does both a bit and streaky runs once in a while. Pathetic selection, Munaf patel better bowler than HIT ME RP singh. Dinesh karthik and Rayudu are similar players. They need to bench one of them. Bhajji is not a good captain. He is good at strategy session not leadership area. I would put pollard or malinga as captain. Pollard is better , malinga do not need extra load. Mumbai indian team is like blind leads blind. Dwayne smith in team as a slogger? He has one fluke inning.

  • Bruisers on May 9, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    Come on MI, drop Franklin for god's sake! He creates pressure on the entire batting order either way- when he plays a long slow innings and even when he gets out early.. What's up with Gibbs? Still not recovered from injury?? And I don't understand why Sarul Kanwar was dropped from the squad this year..

  • Bruisers on May 9, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    MI should buy out the contracts of Jacobs and Blizzard, who are pretty useless these days, and buy someone like Guptill.

  • on May 9, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    pick a team of heart or a team of tallent... Gayle Narine, Russel, Bravo, Pollard..., wouldnt it be nice to see a WI unit comprising these players.. Brillinat win RCB.. ltes see Gayle prune the Pune warriors next... :)

  • Alexk400 on May 9, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    Mumbai Indians need new GM and new coach , new captain. Lots of money , don't know what to do. They have lots of bits and pieces aussie players who do not perform. For me they need a good system where players play for the process. They depend on too much malinga and pollard and rest just making money. It clearly shows south africans are not a good coach. May be that is not correct but i think you need to bring people with leo sign as coach , captain , gm. I am into astrology. Leos are born leaders. Bhaji is multi skilled great in planning and stragey do not have people skills. Sachin , franklin , karthik , rayudu , rp singh all same multi skill players not at good at playing under pressure situations. They have to mix match different players. I play Levi anyday than franklin. Ship out blizzard , jacobs. Not needed. Ship out Rp singh rayudu.

  • on May 9, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    Is amazing that the world watches the best of the West Indies in the IPL and the WICB cant figure out how to get them on the field at the same place at the same time to defend the West Indies honor. Well done, Mr. Gayle, show them what devastating batting looks like. Congrats RCB.