Bangalore v Mumbai, IPL 2012, Bangalore May 14, 2012

Mumbai steal final-over win, again

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Mumbai Indians 173 for 5 (Rayudu 81*, Pollard 52*) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 171 for 6 (Agarwal 64, Dilshan 47) by five wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A match that had all sorts of drama - delays due to rain, a floodlight failure, an unbelievable four free-hits in a row, a hit-wicket, and Munaf Patel being caned for 24 in the final over of the first innings by 21-year-old Mayank Agarwal - ended on a familiar note: Mumbai Indians' batsmen completing an improbable chase in the last over, and Bangalore Royal Challengers' fifth bowler costing them again (3.4-0-58-0).

Both teams' top orders have some of the leading lights of the world game, but most of them failed to make an impact, leaving it to batsmen lower down to make an impact. Agarwal slammed a 30-ball 61, his first IPL half-century, to rescue Royal Challengers, but Ambati Rayudu and Kieron Pollard blasted fifties of their own to take Mumbai Indians at least temporarily to second spot in the table.

The match highlighted some other customary themes: Indian bowlers unable to land their yorkers at the death, underlining concerns over the make-up of their World Twenty20 attack, and batsmen refusing to give up even when the asking-rate reached ridiculous levels.

When Pollard walked to the middle in the ninth over, Mumbai Indians had already lost half their side, the required-rate was soaring towards 12, and Royal Challengers were so assured of their position that Muttiah Muralitharan briefly operated with the unusual Twenty20 luxury of three close-in catchers.

Pollard showed the game was by no means over, by calmly lofting KP Appanna for consecutive sixes in the 11th over. With Appanna proving expensive, Royal Challengers turned to Chris Gayle's bowling but Rayudu muscled a four and six to keep Mumbai Indians believing.

Mumbai Indians' desperation to win was shown by the perfect full-length dive Pollard put in in the next over to beat the throw from the deep by inches. Murali was proving unhittable, and the batsmen watchfully played out his overs, and ransacked the rest.

With four overs to go, Mumbai Indians still needed to get 57. Royal Challengers' bowling has been dismal all season, and towards the end of the game they reverted to form. Zaheer Khan was hammered over midwicket for six, and then crashed past long-off. Vinay Kumar's next over was bookended by yorkers, but in between he offered three hit-me deliveries that Rayudu blasted for two sixes and a four. Zaheer was better in the penultimate over, though his one full toss was edged to third man for four.

With the main bowlers having finished their quota, Royal Challengers needed Gayle to win them the match with the ball this time, having 14 to defend. Gayle looked to fire everything flat and fast into the pads but Pollard effortlessly launched the second ball for six over midwicket, before a streaky four past third man and an almighty pull over midwicket took Mumbai Indians home with two deliveries to spare.

The hitting at the end overshadowed another top-order failure from Mumbai. Sachin Tendulkar's troubles continued, Herschelle Gibbs flopped and Rohit Sharma was caught and bowled for 5.

There had been a similar collapse from Royal Challengers early on: Gayle had a rare failure, Virat Kohli was run out after Gibbs proved he's an acrobatic fielder even at the age of 38, Saurabh Tiwary showed glimpses of form before treading onto the middle stump after tucking the ball to the leg side, and even AB de Villiers, for once, didn't fire.

Tillakaratne Dilshan hung around but wasn't at his most fluent, trying to hammer every delivery and succeeding rarely. It was left to Agarwal to lift Royal Challengers with an innings filled with eye-catching lofted off-side strokes. With two overs to go, at 134 for 6, they would have settled for 150, but Agarwal closed off the innings with a sequence of 4, 6, 1 (to retain strike), 6, 4, 4, 2, 6, 2.

It wasn't enough, though, as Mumbai Indians completed their fourth final-over chase of the season, snapping Royal Challengers three-game winning run.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • yug20 on May 15, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    A.Rayudu should be given a chance this time round and should be one of the players boarding the flight to srilanka for world t20... he has been consistent and is fast turning to be one of the best finishers of the game. My team 16 member team for world t20:- Gautam ghambir ajinkya rahane/virendra shewag virat kohli rohit sharma yuvraj singh/S.raina Ambati rayadu mahendr sing dhoni irfan pathan ravindr jadeja R.ashwin zaheer khan munaf patel/U.Yadav/V.Aron

  • Prajay1986 on May 15, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    Wat a shame on Rayudu,... after a stunning win, shouldnt have done that,.. if he did same against the Gayle or Zak or even Kohli,.. could have understood,.. Y to pick young Harshal, who bowled really well..... had lots of respect for Rayudu and MI,. after this incident, if they would have given one match ban it was satisfactory ther was discipline in team,.. they can do it Intl level but they cant do it in IPL,.. coz the owners have invested a lot,.. but they sholud not as granted... not a MI supporter not anymore after seeing Munaf, Rayudu,.. lost respect for MI... a lost little respect for Sachin also...........

  • bismoy on May 15, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    @dravid_gravitas Sachin is still better than dravid, when you comapre both ipl records.There is no format in which dravid avg more than sachin or has better strike rate. But again comparing Dravid to sachin is like comparing Venketesh prasad to Mcgrath.

  • Allen.Arendtsz on May 15, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    Dilshan is an awesome player and you cannot blame him for what happend due to the fact that he had to play a controlled innings after the loss of early wickets, if he had gone for his shots and got out like AB De Villers RCB would'nt have reached anything close to the total they posted. Dilshan laid the platform for Agarwal to come in and have a swing. So Dilshan nearly won the game for RCB , but if only had (Gayle and AB De Villers had contributed more) RCB should have won it easily. the bowling too played a major role in the RCB's stunning loss apart from Zaheer Khan and Mulari.

  • AMAZINGFAN on May 15, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    i don't want rcb to be in the final they are two man team.when gayle is not firing they are losing.love the way mi fighted when they were down and out.credit goes to rayudu and pollard.rcb bowling without murali is pathetic.there next match is against delhi i'm sure they will lose against delhi.

  • VinodGupte on May 15, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    @dravid_gravitas - clarke hasn't done much in this IPL either. is he not a good batsman or do you need a break there as well? how about raina? how about zaheer khan? how have they performed so far? you need to get over your obsession with SRT. he does not know you exist and yet you have sleepless nights because of him.

  • on May 15, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    i remember mumbai doing the same way in the CLT20 too.. really struggling in almost all dept, but getting over the line almost at the end in all the matches.. and they won the cup.. i just hope it goes the similar way this time too....

  • coolboy094 on May 15, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    this should b rcb team--(1)gayle (2)agarwal (3)kohli(capt) (4)ab de villers (5)saurab tiwary (6) arun kartik (7) A. McDonalds (8)vinay kumar (9)zaheer khan (10) murlidharan (11)harshal patel/appana (depending on conditions)...............if required mcdonalds can b replaced by vettori/nannes/another foreign player..........n if mcdonalds is replaced by a batsman than an indian bowler can come in for arun kartik

  • on May 15, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    hi mumbai will win dlf ipl 2012

  • athem79 on May 15, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Rayudu . . a consistent performer in all IPL season . . Yet overlooked by the selectors. Please overlook his ICL career and consider him for T20' and ODI . . He is consistent, a great finisher and far better than YusufP, Jadeja, RobinU . .

  • yug20 on May 15, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    A.Rayudu should be given a chance this time round and should be one of the players boarding the flight to srilanka for world t20... he has been consistent and is fast turning to be one of the best finishers of the game. My team 16 member team for world t20:- Gautam ghambir ajinkya rahane/virendra shewag virat kohli rohit sharma yuvraj singh/S.raina Ambati rayadu mahendr sing dhoni irfan pathan ravindr jadeja R.ashwin zaheer khan munaf patel/U.Yadav/V.Aron

  • Prajay1986 on May 15, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    Wat a shame on Rayudu,... after a stunning win, shouldnt have done that,.. if he did same against the Gayle or Zak or even Kohli,.. could have understood,.. Y to pick young Harshal, who bowled really well..... had lots of respect for Rayudu and MI,. after this incident, if they would have given one match ban it was satisfactory ther was discipline in team,.. they can do it Intl level but they cant do it in IPL,.. coz the owners have invested a lot,.. but they sholud not as granted... not a MI supporter not anymore after seeing Munaf, Rayudu,.. lost respect for MI... a lost little respect for Sachin also...........

  • bismoy on May 15, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    @dravid_gravitas Sachin is still better than dravid, when you comapre both ipl records.There is no format in which dravid avg more than sachin or has better strike rate. But again comparing Dravid to sachin is like comparing Venketesh prasad to Mcgrath.

  • Allen.Arendtsz on May 15, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    Dilshan is an awesome player and you cannot blame him for what happend due to the fact that he had to play a controlled innings after the loss of early wickets, if he had gone for his shots and got out like AB De Villers RCB would'nt have reached anything close to the total they posted. Dilshan laid the platform for Agarwal to come in and have a swing. So Dilshan nearly won the game for RCB , but if only had (Gayle and AB De Villers had contributed more) RCB should have won it easily. the bowling too played a major role in the RCB's stunning loss apart from Zaheer Khan and Mulari.

  • AMAZINGFAN on May 15, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    i don't want rcb to be in the final they are two man team.when gayle is not firing they are losing.love the way mi fighted when they were down and out.credit goes to rayudu and pollard.rcb bowling without murali is pathetic.there next match is against delhi i'm sure they will lose against delhi.

  • VinodGupte on May 15, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    @dravid_gravitas - clarke hasn't done much in this IPL either. is he not a good batsman or do you need a break there as well? how about raina? how about zaheer khan? how have they performed so far? you need to get over your obsession with SRT. he does not know you exist and yet you have sleepless nights because of him.

  • on May 15, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    i remember mumbai doing the same way in the CLT20 too.. really struggling in almost all dept, but getting over the line almost at the end in all the matches.. and they won the cup.. i just hope it goes the similar way this time too....

  • coolboy094 on May 15, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    this should b rcb team--(1)gayle (2)agarwal (3)kohli(capt) (4)ab de villers (5)saurab tiwary (6) arun kartik (7) A. McDonalds (8)vinay kumar (9)zaheer khan (10) murlidharan (11)harshal patel/appana (depending on conditions)...............if required mcdonalds can b replaced by vettori/nannes/another foreign player..........n if mcdonalds is replaced by a batsman than an indian bowler can come in for arun kartik

  • on May 15, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    hi mumbai will win dlf ipl 2012

  • athem79 on May 15, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Rayudu . . a consistent performer in all IPL season . . Yet overlooked by the selectors. Please overlook his ICL career and consider him for T20' and ODI . . He is consistent, a great finisher and far better than YusufP, Jadeja, RobinU . .

  • on May 15, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    Rayudu should be given chance at leat 1 time in Intl. ODI squad

  • on May 15, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Same talks and critics ! Wonder boy Virat is now facing heat! Just 2 days back everybody expresses RCB is doing very well under Virat's captaincy than Vittori. Today's loss against MI people starts talking, he may scored centuries against SriLanka & Pakistan but not a good captain. Same about Sachin. He is not scoring runs in this IPL. People starts talking about him. Hey guys cool down. It's T20 cricket. But please don't let ur mind to think so fast like T20. Every player can be judged only in longer format. T20 is not the perfect format. What Virat, Rohit did in last few matches in longer format is the real judgement of their tallent. Please be there in the month of June, when India A team will be performing gainst WI A in longer format. All major IPL champions are playing for India A there. Judge their performance there. There only you will get the real Indian talent. Till then let's enjoy 2minutes maggie !!!

  • Fawmy on May 15, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    @ beyondanything, I am with you, as well there are many players better than Indian squad, like Ambati Rayidu (MI), Ajake Rahane(RR), Cheka Dawan (DC) and Nadeem (DD)more youngsters should be given chance in coming T20 WC, drop Virat, Raina and Jadeja for shake of god. They can play street cricket if required.

  • satish619chandar on May 15, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    @beyondanything : The guys you mentioned to be selected next to Rayudu have proved to be better than Rayudu in domestic circuit and are decent performers in IPL too.. Raina or Kohli might have not set fire this IPL but they did more than anything in last couple of editions.. I am not saying that Rayudu is not capable but as any other player, he need to wait for his turn.. Raina waited for his turn in WC where Yusuf was the first choice and when he got the chance, he made it count.. Same with every player.. Dhawan and Vijay got their chances in international games but not able to prove themselves there whereas, the likes of Kohli and Raina were able to do a bit justice and get regular games and Rohit and Jadeja showed decent outcomes and are just hanging there.. Rayudu just need to wait for his chances.. plus, he need to keep himself setup to use it..

  • Naresh28 on May 15, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    rahulcricket007 - quite right about Sachin. At least we Indian fans know there is some new quality for future Indian team - Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are there. Other new players could build around these two classy players. Still Indian cricket's greatest downfall is lack of quality bowlers. Rohit is my favorite to watch - I seriousily dont know why he was been excluded from final 11 for test matches.

  • beyondanything on May 15, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    HELLO SELECTORS! HERE IS A GUY WITH REAL BATTING SKILL. HERE IS A MAN WITH THE DIE HARD FIGHTING SPIRIT. HE IS NEVER WILLING TO GIVE UP THE FIGHT EVEN WHEN THE TARGET APPEARS TO BE SOMETHING IMPOSSIBLE. PLEASE CONSIDER THIS MAN AHEAD OF ANYONE AND EVERYONE. HE HAD PROVED HIS FIGHTING SKILL AGAIN AND AGAIN. HE HAD WON MANY MATCHES ON HIS OWN FOR MUMBAI, NOT ONLY IN THIS IPL EVEN IN THE PREVIOUS IPLs. HE IS A GREAT FIGHTER, HE IS A GOOD FINISHER. TEAM INDIA NEED FIGHTERS AND FINISHERS NOT FANCY HITTERS. PLEASE SELECT HIM FIRST AND OTHERS NEXT. RAINA, KOHLI, JADEJA, SEHWAG EVERYONE SHOULD BE CONSIDRED NEXT TO AMBATI RAYUDU ONLY. HATS OFF AMBATI RAYUDU. YOU HAVE A BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD OF YOU!!!

  • on May 15, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    this chinnaswamy stadium is an amazing ground to play t20s coz of a fast pitch and small boundaries. no total is safe here and even average batsmen can chase down huge targets

  • Fawmy on May 15, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    Its huge disappointment for me the way RCB lost the game, they had sufficient runs on the board, Virat has to be blamed himself for his poor captaincy, if he make centuries against Pakistan and Srilanka it doesn't mean he can be good caption. No more chance to be top 4 in the table, Virat Kholi and RCB management really disappointed RCB fans.

  • kiranlegend on May 15, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    Sachin's average is still respectable 26 in this IPL eventhough his start of this IPL season got halted by his finger injury.. and on top of it, Mumbai played on some good bowling wickets on its home turf.. when u play as an opener on bowling turf, because of the hardness of the ball (white ball is more harder than the red ball in the initial overs period) seam attacks would be tough to encounter.. and in T20 it makes it difficult because, batsmen try to blast the bowlers which is unproductive in such conditions.. yet he was among the highest run getters in those matches.. 30 odd against Punem i think, is as good as 50 to 60 runs on any other surface in IPL. Yesterday he got out in the first ball.. come on.. moreover, despite playing so many fewer number of matches when compared to Raina or Gambhir, he is still the third highest rungetter.. it goes to show his consistency! this is becoming too much of unncessary analysis on Sachin.. !!

  • Dev9212 on May 15, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    @sachinkhairnar5983 there is no way one can drop Kohli just because he has had one bad IPL, players like Raydu are no match for him and there is no way that Rajat Bhatia and Debrata Das are getting in the sqaud they have done nothing special and getting an Indian cap isn't that easy.

  • on May 15, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    Why you people are talking about Sachin if he gets out without scoring anything. One Batsman cant be in form everyday. Just check the IPL allover records and you will find where Sachin stands in that among the new comers. 1.He is on 3rd position in most run scoring in IPL 2.Highest average position of 7th by 61 matches and no one is even close to this much matches & keeping the average same & 1st of Indian Batsman in IPL. Why no one is talking about Virat or Raina or other youngsters when they get out without scoring anything or not even in this ranks. Before talking just try to understand that legends are not made in one day performance, its for the ability to maintain through the lifetime. He prove that. just know the facts and then talk..

  • Lakpj on May 15, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    Thus far in the tournament Mumbai hopes were carried by the bowlers, now it is good see the batsman coming to the party for some extent. But have to say that still their batsman haven't fully fired. I still believe that Pollard is batting too low down the order. a quick 30 from him at the end could be handy for mumbai, but if he comes early and hammers for quick 75-80, then the opposition could be out of the match. if Sachin and Gibbs to open the batting rest should be followed by Rohit, Rayudu, Pollard, Karthik and Smith.

  • Dev9212 on May 15, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas may be after he scores 200th international hundred or any other motive that he has in his mind.

  • caught_knott_bowled_old on May 15, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    Another familiar rant from @Dravid Gravitas on SRT. I am not a Tendulkar fan myself, but this guy's comments have become so repetitive and boring...Yes, Rayudu is a good player and has played well for MI, but his first class average is mediocre (only 42). There are atleast 6-7 other batsmen with superior first class records who are waiting their turn on the Test team. Jeez!

  • rahulcricket007 on May 15, 2012, 2:07 GMT

    IT'S NOW CLEAR THAT SACHIN 'S BODY IS NOT HELPING HIM ANYMORE . NOW HE CAN'T MAKE RUNS EVEN ON FLAT WKTS . IT WILL BE GOOD FOR HIM TO TAKE RETIREMENT AFTER NZ TEST SERIES BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO SEE THE GREAT MAN FALLING CHEAPLY AGAINST ENGLISH BOWLERS . DUE TO HIS PAST 1 YEAR PERFORMANCES IN WHICH THERE WAS A MORE HUNGER FOR GETTING 100 TH TON RATHER THAN CONTRIBUTING TO TEAM HE ALREADY HAS LOST FANS LIKE ME WHO WERE ONCE A DIE HARD TENDULKAR FAN .

  • caught_knott_bowled_old on May 15, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    Terrific run chase by Rayudu and Pollard. Well done. RCB's problem this season has obviously been their bowling - which may prevent them from making the playoffs. That will be unfortunate as they have a great batting lineup and would offer tremendous competition. Hope they make it.

  • on May 15, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    Rohit Sharma and the rest of top order too dint do well..y Sachin alone?? dint he score a match winning knock against CSK?? .. it is a just a matter of one more knock..instead of blaming Sachin just appreciate Rayudu and Pollard

  • QingdaoXI on May 15, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    Bring on Rayudu in t-20 world cup at the expenses of kohli or M.Tiwary because both are ODI players and cant play t-20. Tam for T-20 World cup: Sehwag, Gambhir, Rahane, Rohit, Rayudu, Raina, Dhoni, Rajat Bhatia, Debrata Das, Aaron, Yadav, Dinda, Irfan, Ashwin, Rahul Sharma.

  • Analyst_c on May 14, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    This might be the last IPL season for Tendulkar. I don't think he is enjoying it anymore. Also Harbajhan needs to go unless he takes a significant pay cut. He is not a good value for his price anymore. Munaf Patel is not a bad bargain for his price. He was bowling well in the beginning of this IPL but has lost form now. When you are bowling at medium pace you need more variation.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 14, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    Sachin dismissed for a golden duck and Rayudu tonked the same bowlers. When will Rayudu get to play for India in Tests and ODIs? I mean, when does selfish Sachin call it a day? His average and strike-rate both are pathetic. Greatest batsman? Stop kidding me now!

  • sadha1972 on May 14, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    vettori needs to come back as kohli is poor under pressure with his captaincy.his batting is poor so why only drop vettori .rcb needs vettori as captain.drop dilshan and promote agarwal.

  • on May 14, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    if i want to be like that, i can be,critical i mean but i am caribbean i like it when the boys do goodl of course they are worth there price in gold i think,this is a wonderful competition if not the best,of it's kind in the world,but test cricket take the cake,hence the word test before cricket,but i also have a passion for any form of the game including hong cong sixes,but when we want to sit and try to tell professional what to play or where to play and when to play,well that is something else no national team can pay these guy's this kind of money,don't talk about the fault findies who are a honk off boo-hoo in any case,what is the problem,please please get off these guys case enough already lets play cricket with the best avaliable at the time OK,now let's play.

  • Mayan820 on May 14, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Perhaps someone in RCB management will see my point after yet anothe RBC's loss. My point for the last 4 Bangalore games: Even fools understand that prof. T20 matches are won by good strike rates rather than high scores with average/poor strike rates. A batsman who scores 47 runs from 50 balls (SR = 94) will, just about, 9 out of 10 times LOSE a match for his team, rather than help to win it. Perhaps this SR of T. Dilshan was somewhat justified today because of all the wickets that fell cheaply around him, but really, . . . his average SR for the 4 scores of 40+ runs he achieved so far this IPL season is 119.24. This is simply NOT good enough for any score over 40 runs, NOT NEARLY!! If one can balance it out with excellent bowling, then maybe, BUT his bowling figures for the entire tournament so far reads . . . 3 0 41 0 13.66 ?? In the 3 games he played A. McDonalds bowling figures are . . . 10 0 61 5 6.10, which is simply excellent! He must replace Dilshan, yesterday!

  • on May 14, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    @Rocking-IPL Munaf's issues are more 'mental' . Today (and couple of other games), he was bad at the death , BUT,He has the best record vs Gayle of any Indian bowler since 2006. CHECK IT.

  • on May 14, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    Sachin needs to think on IPL now, He will be a better coach or mentor rather than opener in T20. If IPL would have started when he was 20 years old he would be star in this format but now at this age i really do not think that he can do much.He is not a power hitter now, most of the shorts he played in IPL are cut or over the cover, no big sixes/ I really dont know how many sixes he hited in IPL so far.

    No indian bowler shows any promise in this year IPL so again it shows the lack of bowler we have. You cannot be a worlds best team with bowlers like Dinda,vinay Kumar and Rahul Sharma.

    Another question, if Wasim akram can coach KKR, then we can not he coach indian team????

  • on May 14, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    when i read some comments of some of these so call cricket lovers,i have to wonder and in doing so i have come to the conclusion that they only love the game,but do not understand this game of glorious uncertainty,and i will leave it wisely at that,this has been the season for the spectators nearly every game there is excitement,for me it's the best so far some thing for everyone the only thing is the critict has to find a fault or invent one,so sad just can't enjoy can you,and who died and make you the GRU of cricket please do the world a favor and resign thank u.

  • on May 14, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    MI intelligently grabbed Rohit Sharma and Rayudu.... Rayudu playing in 2nd innings of his career, is doing enough, to be selected for national side..

    Raina, Kohli, Rohit, Ajinkya, Rayudu seem to be find of IPL.. Ifran also doing well... Future of India seems good now, when likes of Ganguly, Dravid, SRT, Laxman, Viru.. have retired or will retire shortlly....

  • on May 14, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    superb knock from Rayudu and Pollard.. Kohli made a blunder similar to the one made by Vettori where kohli conceded 28 runs off 6 balls. He should have completed the 5 th bowler's quota before 15 th over..

  • priceless1 on May 14, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    it is just one of those rare Pollard's days .RCB was unfortunate to ran in to him while they had the upper hand of the game

  • SurlyCynic on May 14, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Well played to MI to win from there, I really thought they were gone. It's a shame though as I really wanted RCB to win as we need the most exciting teams in the semis. It would be a disaster if fans can't watch players like Gayle and AB in the semis, although RCB need more bowlers.

  • Bruisers on May 14, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    Gonna be a shame on the part of the Indian selectors if they don't pick Rayudu for the WT20 squad. No more Kohli or Tiwary in T20 squad please.. They are ODI specialists.

  • on May 14, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    When MI find themselves in times of trouble, Ambati Rayudu comes to crease, taking his team to victory, let it be

  • on May 14, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    one thing is clear in ipl 5 if you R PLAYING against mi ,,,whatever total on the bord dont thing opposition can win,,,,,they won many game in ipl 5 just in last over mi rockssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss great team

  • on May 14, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    i feel bhajji, patel, in MI & yusuf, vinay doesnt deserve their place in IPL..... GANGULY --- disgusting ....... why the hell he is playing ...... he is not fit enough for street cricket aswell

  • AbAdvani on May 14, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Glad that Vinay kumar gets tonked all over -such an ordinary bowler being paid such big bucks shows the hollowness of the RCB owners. Mr. Krish Srikanth's myopic vision in picking Vinay Kumar for England and Australia tours earlier also stands thorougly exposed

  • harshthakor on May 14, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    The best 6th wicket partnership I have seen in the I.P.L.Mumbai seemed down and out at 51-5 before this epic partnership.It is remarkable that both players remained unbeaten.Rayadu gave a display of one of the most organised and spectacular assaults in the last few overs.He exhibited complete mastery over the bowling in the3rd last over.It is now becoming routine for teams to chase down run rates of 13-14 run sin the last4-5 overs.

    One of the best games of this I.P.L.

  • maddinson on May 14, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    Why this vinay kumar guy get so many opportunities, he is one of the most ordinary cricketers you could ever see in the game yet get so many opportunities.

  • on May 14, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    good that it was not another heart break, yest it was with MU not winning the EPL title...

  • Sadiqahmed on May 14, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Bowling remain's RCB's Achilees Heel. Batting first any score less than 200 seems undefendabe by the lack luster RCB bowling. This is too much of a constraint and I can't see how they will get past Mumbai or CSK to make it to the top 4 . For next season the RCB owners must correct this anomaly.

  • on May 14, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    POOOOOOOOOR over management by kholi!! pooor...why would u leave it soo dat gayle would have to bowl the last over!!...RCB had the game tooo win!!...also that was a poooor over from vinay kumar...its really fustrating!!!

  • LAKINGSFAN on May 14, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    It's really,really good for CSK.

  • on May 14, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    well done mumbai.... keep fighting spirit till last ball....

  • IJ-IPL on May 14, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    harbhajan should be kicked out of MI for the next season. Munaf on the other hand should be banned from cricket for lifetime. such disgraceful performance and captaincy

  • on May 14, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    You cannot call this a steal! Yes, MI have been winning many close matches but its more to the credit of the team that they fight till the end than being considered lucky. But for Delhi Daredevils, MI have competed hard against all the other teams. And Rayudu deserves a call from the selectors after this knock. He is a really mature player and played a flawless knock today. And they took calculated risks by choosing to play out Murali.

  • riyazquest on May 14, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    Was at the ground and was supporting MI, what a match and what a great partnership by Rayudu and Pollard. For me the winning moment was when Pollard was correctly judged not out after a run out appeal.

  • on May 14, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Agarwal score 64, not 61. Please cross-check with your very own scorecard. Not that it's reliable all the time, though.....

  • on May 14, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    i really wanted RCB to win but i like to see when west indians play a stand out role

  • pavillion_bradman on May 14, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    SRT hasn't done much in this IPL (except one game against CSK ). Dhoni too is nowhere near his true self. But somehow both MI and CSK have been able to do some Hudini as a team! Is that good enough for media to be indifferent about them? If PWI managed a few more wins,would it be the same for Ganguly?No.I don't know why Indian media is so rampant about SG? It's sickening to see that my favorite cricinfo does the same!In match reports,they don't highlight SRT,Dhoni or Dravid's failure as badly as they do SG's. I am not a Cricketer Ganguly's fan but I am a great fan of Ganguly's guts!Nobody else could have the guts to hold a bat aginst Morkel or Tait after 3+yrs of retirement! We didn't get crushed in Eng land Aust even against Aus with Gilchrist,Hayden,McGrath etc!

  • srdivya on May 14, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    well played Mumbai Indians well played raydu and pollard I really recommend rayudu for indian team for the next coming t20 world cup

  • on May 14, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    The match was really awesome :D Mumbai are playing really awesome :D

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  • on May 14, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    The match was really awesome :D Mumbai are playing really awesome :D

  • srdivya on May 14, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    well played Mumbai Indians well played raydu and pollard I really recommend rayudu for indian team for the next coming t20 world cup

  • pavillion_bradman on May 14, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    SRT hasn't done much in this IPL (except one game against CSK ). Dhoni too is nowhere near his true self. But somehow both MI and CSK have been able to do some Hudini as a team! Is that good enough for media to be indifferent about them? If PWI managed a few more wins,would it be the same for Ganguly?No.I don't know why Indian media is so rampant about SG? It's sickening to see that my favorite cricinfo does the same!In match reports,they don't highlight SRT,Dhoni or Dravid's failure as badly as they do SG's. I am not a Cricketer Ganguly's fan but I am a great fan of Ganguly's guts!Nobody else could have the guts to hold a bat aginst Morkel or Tait after 3+yrs of retirement! We didn't get crushed in Eng land Aust even against Aus with Gilchrist,Hayden,McGrath etc!

  • on May 14, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    i really wanted RCB to win but i like to see when west indians play a stand out role

  • on May 14, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Agarwal score 64, not 61. Please cross-check with your very own scorecard. Not that it's reliable all the time, though.....

  • riyazquest on May 14, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    Was at the ground and was supporting MI, what a match and what a great partnership by Rayudu and Pollard. For me the winning moment was when Pollard was correctly judged not out after a run out appeal.

  • on May 14, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    You cannot call this a steal! Yes, MI have been winning many close matches but its more to the credit of the team that they fight till the end than being considered lucky. But for Delhi Daredevils, MI have competed hard against all the other teams. And Rayudu deserves a call from the selectors after this knock. He is a really mature player and played a flawless knock today. And they took calculated risks by choosing to play out Murali.

  • IJ-IPL on May 14, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    harbhajan should be kicked out of MI for the next season. Munaf on the other hand should be banned from cricket for lifetime. such disgraceful performance and captaincy

  • on May 14, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    well done mumbai.... keep fighting spirit till last ball....

  • LAKINGSFAN on May 14, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    It's really,really good for CSK.