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

Mumbai steal final-over win, again


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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  • Yug 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

  • Prajay 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 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.

  • adithya 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 the way mi fighted when they were down and 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.

  • Vinod 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.

  • Dummy4 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....

  • Umang 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

  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    hi mumbai will win dlf ipl 2012

  • Sidharth 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 . .

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