Indian Premier League, 12th match: Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals at Mumbai, Apr 11, 2012
Mumbai Indians won by 27 runs
11 April 2012 - night match (20-over match)

Ready to begin..

Pranav: "@Ram ...and the Strategy Timeout is a restroom break!"

Toss: Rajasthan Royals have won the toss and they will bowl first. They conveniently forgot to ask the captains of team changes! Hang on for a bit while I get the teams.

Mumbai are unchanged. One change for Rajasthan. Brad Hodge makes way for Brad Hogg.

I've been told that 67% of voters predicted that Royals' Kevon Cooper would be the find of the season in our poll. Here's an interesting feature on him by Tariq Engineer.

Surendranath: "I feel that forgetting to ask the changes is intentional otherwise nobody would watch Extra Innings till the game starts."

Ram: "Every thing related to IPL is abt testing the patience of the "DLF viewers".... these small talks are like starters and Extra Innings is like the main course.... the match is the much awaited Desert!"

In the meantime, check out our Fan Network page. There's plenty for you to get involved.

7.20: Good day everyone and welcome to the coverage of Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium. Tremors or not, the IPL goes on. Not sure if anything was felt in Mumbai.

Looks like Sachin Tendulkar will be missing in action today as well. Ravi Shastri said he had a chat with him earlier, and the finger didn't look too good. Toss and teams coming up soon.


Chavan to Levi, no run, spin to begin with, comes forward and blocks it down the track


Chavan to Levi, no run, gets forward and defends back to the bowler


Chavan to Levi, 1 leg bye, Chavan skids this through and it hits the pads and rolls to the off side


Chavan to Suman, no run, more air this time and it slides to the pads again


Chavan to Suman, 1 run, chipped in the air down to the vacant midwicket region


Chavan to Levi, no run, swept firmly but straight to short fine leg, nice tight opening over

Kishan: "I dont understand MI choosing Franklin over other foreign players.. Where are Perera and Mitch Johnson?"

End of over 1 (2 runs) Mumbai Indians 2/0 (RR: 2.00)

    • RE Levi 0 (4b)
    • TL Suman 1 (2b)
    • AA Chavan 1-0-1-0

Singh to Suman, no run, outside edge and dropped short of first slip! The fielder was too far back


Singh to Suman, no run, fuller delivery and punched off the front foot to Rahane at point


Singh to Suman, 1 run, collision and a tumble! He drops the ball on the pitch and risks the single, Amit and Levi sprint to the other and they collide as the bowler picks up the ball, he has a shy at the stumps but misses


Singh to Levi, no run, comes forward and he's beaten for pace and movement


Singh to Levi, 1 run, clipped wide of mid-of for a single


Singh to Suman, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and steers him to third man

Vijay: "@Kishan, Franklin has been the integral part of MI from Last year, he won matches for them in Champions League remember?"

End of over 2 (3 runs) Mumbai Indians 5/0 (RR: 2.50)

    • TL Suman 3 (6b)
    • RE Levi 1 (6b)
    • A Singh 1-0-3-0
    • AA Chavan 1-0-1-0

Chavan to Suman, SIX, straight over the sightscreen! Suman gives the charge and lofts cleanly over the bowler's head, neat follow through


Chavan to Suman, 1 leg bye, down the leg side and the ball clips the pads and rolls away


Chavan to Levi, FOUR, gave that a thump! Makes room and bashes it off the front foot wide of mid-on


Chavan to Levi, FOUR, Chavan floats it towards the leg side and Levi is on his knees and sweeps hard to fine leg


Chavan to Levi, no run, slower through the air and defended back to the bowler


Chavan to Levi, SIX, he wrecks Chavan's figures! Tossed up a bit more, on his knee early and it's a clean slog that sails flat over deep midwicket, 21 off the over

End of over 3 (21 runs) Mumbai Indians 26/0 (RR: 8.66)

    • RE Levi 15 (10b 2x4 1x6)
    • TL Suman 9 (8b 1x6)
    • AA Chavan 2-0-21-0
    • A Singh 1-0-3-0

Singh to Suman, 1 run, nicely done, dropped to the off side for a quick single to get the big-hitting Levi on strike


Singh to Levi, 1 run, run-out chance! Pushed towards wide mid-on and the fielder has a shy, a direct hit by Cooper would have sent Levi back


Singh to Suman, OUT, Terrific catch by Trivedi! Amit Singh bowls it full, Suman gathers to slam that over the off side, Trivedi times his dive to his left at mid-on and just about plucks it and hangs on

TL Suman c Trivedi b Singh 10 (13m 10b 0x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

Rohit Sharma walks in


Singh to Sharma, FOUR, eases off the mark in most elegant manner! Short and wide and he timed that slice really well past backward point


Singh to Sharma, 1 run, gets forward and he clips it down to mid-on


Singh to Levi, no run, punched back to the bowler and Amit tries to fling it back to the stumps

End of over 4 (7 runs) Mumbai Indians 33/1 (RR: 8.25)

    • RE Levi 16 (12b 2x4 1x6)
    • RG Sharma 5 (2b 1x4)
    • A Singh 2-0-10-1
    • AA Chavan 2-0-21-0

Cooper to Sharma, 2 runs, full delivery on middle and leg and he pushes it to mid-on, sliding stop but the ball deflects off the fielder


Cooper to Sharma, FOUR, another Rohit special, half volley outside off and he plays an effortless extra cover drive, nobody bothered chasing it


Cooper to Sharma, 1 run, on the hips and he turns it to the leg side


Cooper to Levi, no run, slower ball but he directs it down the leg side, clipped the pad slightly


Cooper to Levi, no run, tries to squeeze out a yorker wide outside the off stump


Cooper to Levi, FOUR, deliberately done! There was no slip and Levi waited for it, dabbed it late comfortably past the keeper and down to third man

End of over 5 (11 runs) Mumbai Indians 44/1 (RR: 8.80)

    • RE Levi 20 (15b 3x4 1x6)
    • RG Sharma 12 (5b 2x4)
    • KK Cooper 1-0-11-0
    • A Singh 2-0-10-1

Singh to Sharma, no run, tucks him up for room and he knocks it back to the bowler


Singh to Sharma, 2 runs, sprays it on the pads and he works it down to deep midwicket


Singh to Sharma, no run, punches it towards mid-on and thinks of a single but sends his partner back


Singh to Sharma, SIX, gave that a heave! Fetches that from the off stump, a bit too short and he heaved that high and over deep midwicket


Singh to Sharma, 1 run, makes room and slices it down to backward point, tried to pierce the gap between him and short third man


Singh to Levi, 1 run, on the pads and worked to the leg side

Akash: "I wonder why these Rohit Specials come only in the home conditions, when is he going to show these outside againest a much more hostile attack?"

End of over 6 (10 runs) Mumbai Indians 54/1 (RR: 9.00)

    • RE Levi 21 (16b 3x4 1x6)
    • RG Sharma 21 (10b 2x4 1x6)
    • A Singh 3-0-20-1
    • KK Cooper 1-0-11-0

Hogg to bowl


Hogg to Levi, FOUR, Levi greets him with a reverse sweep! Low full toss from over the wicket, picked that early and sent it scorching to third man


Hogg to Levi, 1 run, sweeps conventionally to short fine leg


Hogg to Sharma, no run, beaten by he turn! Spun quite sharply and beat him as he made room to heave it


Hogg to Sharma, no run, comes forward and drives to cover


Hogg to Sharma, OUT, Hogg takes off! Rohit made himself room to dab that to the off side but the ball spun back in from outside off and flattened his off stump, he was expecting that to turn away from him

RG Sharma b Hogg 21 (14m 13b 2x4 1x6) SR: 161.53

So Hogg's got the Big Fish

Slip in place


Hogg to Rayudu, 2 runs, spins away and he steers that wide of backward point

It's the Time Out.

Shyam: "Dravid has got it totally wrong here. Why would anyone want to chase after winning the first two games batting first. I think its a lame decision and Royals may lose this."

End of over 7 (7 runs) Mumbai Indians 61/2 (RR: 8.71)

    • AT Rayudu 2 (1b)
    • RE Levi 26 (18b 4x4 1x6)
    • GB Hogg 1-0-7-1
    • A Singh 3-0-20-1

Trivedi to bowl


Trivedi to Levi, 1 run, waits for it and clips it down to wide long-on


Trivedi to Rayudu, 1 run, Rayudu also waits on it and angles it down to third man


Trivedi to Levi, 1 run, fuller delivery and a bit slower, he flicks it late to deep square leg


Trivedi to Rayudu, 1 run, drifts on the leg stump and he stabs it down to long-on


Trivedi to Levi, 1 run, on middle and leg and he clips it down to midwicket


Trivedi to Rayudu, 1 run, shuffled at the crease before delivery, another slower delivery which he clips it to square leg

End of over 8 (6 runs) Mumbai Indians 67/2 (RR: 8.37)

    • AT Rayudu 5 (4b)
    • RE Levi 29 (21b 4x4 1x6)
    • SK Trivedi 1-0-6-0
    • GB Hogg 1-0-7-1

Hogg to Rayudu, 1 run, made room but the ball spun back in and tucked him up, managed to punch it to long-off


Hogg to Levi, OUT, the 41-year-old is having a party! Tossed up and full, the ball spins back in and Levi tries to work it with the spin but he left a big gap between pad and bat and was bowled through the gate, Hogg takes off in celebration

RE Levi b Hogg 29 (39m 22b 4x4 1x6) SR: 131.81


Hogg to Pollard, 1 run, leading edge and the ball drops safe towards mid-off


Hogg to Rayudu, 1 run, on the pads and clipped to the on side

Gaurav: "@Shyam So, regardless the conditions, they should wait for a defeat while batting first, only then they could chase."


Hogg to Pollard, FOUR, didn't read the wrong un but he got away with it! Spins away and the ball beats the edge and the keeper's gloves and first slip, the umpire thought he edged it though, should have been given byes


Hogg to Pollard, 1 run, worked to the on side

Abhinav: "@Shyam: Its a different opposition, different venue. Plus, last season, RR thrashed MI batting second both away and home. Perhaps Dravid figured that might play on the minds of MI."

End of over 9 (8 runs) Mumbai Indians 75/3 (RR: 8.33)

    • KA Pollard 6 (3b 1x4)
    • AT Rayudu 7 (6b)
    • GB Hogg 2-0-15-2
    • SK Trivedi 1-0-6-0

Chavan to Pollard, no run, keeps Pollrd quiet as he gets forward and defends


Chavan to Pollard, 1 leg bye, chips down the track and knocks it to the on side off his pads


Chavan to Rayudu, 1 run, down the track again and worked down to long-on


Chavan to Pollard, no run, flatter delivery and Pollard is happy to defend, the lull before the storm?


Chavan to Pollard, 1 run, makes room and punches it down to long-off


Chavan to Rayudu, 2 runs, goes back and punches it against the turn to wide long-on tight over

End of over 10 (5 runs) Mumbai Indians 80/3 (RR: 8.00)

    • AT Rayudu 10 (8b)
    • KA Pollard 7 (7b 1x4)
    • AA Chavan 3-0-25-0
    • GB Hogg 2-0-15-2

Hogg to Pollard, 1 run, goes for a slog and mistimes it to short fine leg


Hogg to Rayudu, SIX, no it's not Pollard! Tossed up on middle and leg and Rayudu is on his knee and slogs that several rows over deep midwicket


Hogg to Rayudu, no run, gets across and clips it to the on side


Hogg to Rayudu, no run, goes back and slaps it straight to midwicket


Hogg to Rayudu, no run, makes room and the ball spins back in sharply, can only chop it to the off side


Hogg to Rayudu, no run, attempts another slog but the ball clips the top flap of the pad and lobs to the off side

End of over 11 (7 runs) Mumbai Indians 87/3 (RR: 7.90)

    • AT Rayudu 16 (13b 1x6)
    • KA Pollard 8 (8b 1x4)
    • GB Hogg 3-0-22-2
    • AA Chavan 3-0-25-0

Cooper to Pollard, SIX, Pollard tees off! Length ball on middle and off and Pollard lofts him high over wide long-on


Cooper to Pollard, no run, drops it shorter and it comes on to him quicker, quietly defends it


Cooper to Pollard, 1 run, slams a full delivery straight to long-off


Cooper to Rayudu, no run, this one skids through outside off and beats the edge as he tries to slash that


Cooper to Rayudu, 1 run, fuller delivery and he plays it away down to long-on


Cooper to Pollard, 1 run, drops it close to the pitch and calls early, Rayudu was too quick for Cooper who tried to boot it away to the stumps

Abhinav: "Has Dravid forgot botha??"

End of over 12 (9 runs) Mumbai Indians 96/3 (RR: 8.00)

    • KA Pollard 16 (12b 1x4 1x6)
    • AT Rayudu 17 (15b 1x6)
    • KK Cooper 2-0-20-0
    • GB Hogg 3-0-22-2

Trivedi to Pollard, 1 run, whips it across the line down to deep square leg


Trivedi to Rayudu, FOUR, pitched up on middle and leg and Rayudu improvises and slogs that behind short fine leg, good use of the wrists there


Trivedi to Rayudu, 1 run, slower ball and he chops it down to backward point


Trivedi to Pollard, 1 run, another slower one and quietly tapped down to Rahane at point


Trivedi to Rayudu, 1 run, comes down the track and slams it down to long-off, slight fumble by Botha but doesn't cost anything


Trivedi to Pollard, 1 leg bye, the leg cutter this time and Pollard moves across to work it to the leg side, clips his pad and rolls to the off side

End of over 13 (9 runs) Mumbai Indians 105/3 (RR: 8.07)

    • KA Pollard 18 (15b 1x4 1x6)
    • AT Rayudu 23 (18b 1x4 1x6)
    • SK Trivedi 2-0-14-0
    • KK Cooper 2-0-20-0

Botha it is


Botha to Pollard, FOUR, not the best delivery, a bit short, Pollard waits for it to turn back in and clubs it just wide of Cooper at wide long-on


Botha to Pollard, SIX, on to the second tier! Tossed up more, Pollard tees off and the ball goes several rows back and close to the camera equipment


Botha to Pollard, SIX, He comes round the wicket but it makes no difference! Fetches that from wide outside off and heaves it plenty of rows over deep midwicket


Botha to Pollard, FOUR, leading edge! Tries to work that over the on side but there was so much power that the ball sailed over cover and even beat the sweeper


Botha to Pollard, 2 runs, on the pads and whipped wide of square leg, some respite for Botha

What an over so far


Botha to Pollard, 1 leg bye, down the leg side and tucked off the pads to short fine leg, 23 off the over

You guys were asking about Botha?...

End of over 14 (23 runs) Mumbai Indians 128/3 (RR: 9.14)

    • KA Pollard 40 (21b 3x4 3x6)
    • AT Rayudu 23 (18b 1x4 1x6)
    • J Botha 1-0-22-0
    • SK Trivedi 2-0-14-0

Hogg to Pollard, 1 run, fires in a full delivery and he jams it to the on side


Hogg to Rayudu, 2 runs, makes room and spoons the drive inside out just wide of point

On the one hand we have Pollard smacking everything, while his WI team-mates in Barbados are throwing it away #sad


Hogg to Rayudu, 1 run, gives the charge and slams it down to long-off


Hogg to Pollard, FOUR, bowls it a touch short and he swivels and pulls hard down to deep midwicket, power!


Hogg to Pollard, no run, booming drive but Rayudu gets in the way! Owes him a couple of runs here


Hogg to Pollard, 1 run, clips it just wide of short fine leg and keeps the strike

It's the Time Out.

Abhishek: "This is one of the rare occasions Pollard is getting good amount of over left to him. Sachin mostly gave him 2-3 overs. :) lets see how far he goes today."

End of over 15 (9 runs) Mumbai Indians 137/3 (RR: 9.13)

    • KA Pollard 46 (25b 4x4 3x6)
    • AT Rayudu 26 (20b 1x4 1x6)
    • GB Hogg 4-0-31-2
    • J Botha 1-0-22-0

Trivedi to Pollard, 1 run, down the track and he checks the shot and the ball dribbles off the pads


Trivedi to Rayudu, SIX, the sixes continue! Pitched up and he clears the front leg and wallops it over wide long-on


Trivedi to Rayudu, 1 run, clears the front leg and whams it down the leg side and deep square leg cuts it off


Trivedi to Pollard, 1 run, fullish on the pads and clipped down to the on side


Trivedi to Rayudu, 1 run, makes room and thumps it across the line to deep midwicket


Trivedi to Pollard, 1 run, good slower ball again, Pollard makes room but settles for a single to long-off

Roshan: "Why does everyone keep forgetting about Tait? He can prove to be a handful in any circumstances and can turn a game around on its head."

End of over 16 (11 runs) Mumbai Indians 148/3 (RR: 9.25)

    • KA Pollard 49 (28b 4x4 3x6)
    • AT Rayudu 34 (23b 1x4 2x6)
    • SK Trivedi 3-0-25-0
    • GB Hogg 4-0-31-2

Chavan to Pollard, FOUR, the stumps get a hammering! At the other end that is, down the track and slams it just past the bowler's fingers, deflects off the stumps and nearly cleans up Aleem Dar! Scorches to long-off


Chavan to Pollard, SIX, over the wicket but it doesn't help! Few paces down and scooped easily over the sight-screen


Chavan to Pollard, FOUR, Royals' nightmare continues! Flatter delivery and Pollard slogs that and finds the gap at deep midwicket


Chavan to Pollard, 1 run, slogged again and but this time straight to deep square leg

Bruce Oxenford: "I should consider getting a helmet."


Chavan to Rayudu, 1 run, down the track and lofted but just short of long-on


Chavan to Pollard, OUT, Relief for the Royals! Dropped a bit short and Pollard goes back and slams that flat but down Rahane's throat at long-on

KA Pollard c Rahane b Chavan 64 (39m 33b 6x4 4x6) SR: 193.93

End of over 17 (16 runs) Mumbai Indians 164/4 (RR: 9.64)

    • AT Rayudu 35 (24b 1x4 2x6)
    • AA Chavan 4-0-41-1
    • SK Trivedi 3-0-25-0

Cooper to Rayudu, 2 runs, goes back and forehands that to Rahane at long-off

That Pollard blitzkrieg was breathtaking!


Cooper to Rayudu, SIX, so what if Pollard's out! Rayudu waits on a short delivery and deservedly flat-bats that several rows over long-on, picked the slower one


Cooper to Rayudu, 1 run


Cooper to Karthik, OUT, soft dismissal! Karthik goes right across his stumps to paddle that over to fine leg but he scoops it tamely to Trivedi at short fine leg

KD Karthik c Trivedi b Cooper 0 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Cooper to Rayudu, 1 bye, makes room to a slower ball and swishes and misses, they sneak in a bye


Cooper to Franklin, 1 run, dropped with soft hands down to point for a quick single

End of over 18 (11 runs) Mumbai Indians 175/5 (RR: 9.72)

    • JEC Franklin 1 (1b)
    • AT Rayudu 44 (28b 1x4 3x6)
    • KK Cooper 3-0-30-1
    • AA Chavan 4-0-41-1

Singh to Franklin, 1 run, on the pads and worked with the angle down to long-on


Singh to Rayudu, no run, big swing and a miss, it was outside the off stumo


Singh to Rayudu, 1 run, slower ball and he backed away and swished at it but the ball dropped short of deep extra cover


Singh to Franklin, OUT, another slower ball and Franklin doesn't pick it, stays at the crease and tries to clear long-off, had quite a bit of power on the shot but not enough to beat Rahane

JEC Franklin c Rahane b Singh 2 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66


Singh to Rayudu, 1 run, makes room and slaps that wide of backward point and Cooper does a great job to slide and stop it


Singh to Harbhajan Singh, SIX, even Harbhajan's tonking it! His first ball, seizes on a pitched up delivery and tees off several rows over long-on

End of over 19 (9 runs) Mumbai Indians 184/6 (RR: 9.68)

    • Harbhajan Singh 6 (1b 1x6)
    • AT Rayudu 46 (31b 1x4 3x6)
    • A Singh 4-0-29-2
    • KK Cooper 3-0-30-1

So, 200 a possibility here


Cooper to Rayudu, 1 run, slams it down to long-on and it's only a single


Cooper to Harbhajan Singh, SIX, poor ball from Cooper! Slower ball and in the slot for Harbhajan to smack it over long-on, straighter this time


Cooper to Harbhajan Singh, no run, slower ball wide outside off and the batsman swings and misses


Cooper to Harbhajan Singh, no run, follows that up with a quicker one, the bouncer almost, fizzed past him


Cooper to Harbhajan Singh, 2 runs, slapped it back to the bowler and dropped! Rebounds to long-on and they scamper two


Cooper to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR, bangs it in short and he gets a thick top edge off the pull and the ball lands a few inches short of the fine leg rope!

The highest total of IPL 5 so far. Pollard gave the home fans much to shout about with a display of electric batting and Rayudu's knock was as demoralising for Royals. We'll find out if Dravid's decision was a mistake or not. Join us in 20 minutes.

End of over 20 (13 runs) Mumbai Indians 197/6

    • Harbhajan Singh 18 (6b 1x4 2x6)
    • AT Rayudu 47 (32b 1x4 3x6)
    • KK Cooper 4-0-43-1
    • A Singh 4-0-29-2





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