Royal Challengers Bangalore v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2013, Bangalore April 4, 2013

Gayle, Vinay star in last-over thriller

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Royal Challengers Bangalore 156 for 5 (Gayle 92*, Bumrah 3-32) beat Mumbai Indians 154 for 5 (Karthik 60, Vinay 3-27) by two runs
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A nerveless final over from Vinay Kumar saw Royal Challengers Bangalore earn a dramatic two-run victory over Mumbai Indians at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, in the second match of IPL 2013. Mumbai arrived in the 20th over only three wickets down, and needing 10 runs for victory, but a double-strike from Vinay, early in the over, brought two new batsmen to the crease, and mounted substantial pressure on the visitors. Kieron Pollard got on strike for the first time, with eight runs needed and only two balls remaining and though he struck his first ball for a four, which would have been a six, but for one inch, he could only dig out the perfect yorker Vinay delivered on the last ball as far as long-on.

Royal Challengers' victory had been set up earlier in the match by a Chris Gayle IPL classic. His unbeaten 92 from 58 balls helped his side overcome a pedestrian start, and launched them to 156 for 5. After Gayle, the next highest Royal Challengers score was 24, from Virat Kohli.

Gayle's lone hand began with uncharacteristic reticence, as the Mumbai seam bowlers, led by Mitchell Johnson, found bounce and movement on the grassy Chinnaswamy Stadium surface that had compelled Ricky Ponting to bowl first. The six Powerplay overs saw the fall of two batsmen and yielded only 31 runs, with Gayle having made four of those, from 10 deliveries. In fact it was not until the ninth over that Gayle showed any aggressive intent, when he clipped Jasprit Bumrah through the leg side, before clearing his leg and drilling a full delivery into the sightscreen, next ball.

He rarely eased up thereafter though, hitting 11 fours and five sixes in his innings, as his teammates continued to flounder around him. Pollard came in for conspicuous punishment in the 11th over, disappearing for 15, never to see the bowling crease again, while Munaf Patel's final over went for 16.

Mumbai's reply was promising at the outset, as Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting - opening together for the first time - hit 50 runs together in just over seven overs. But despite that solid foundation, Mumbai's top order was unable to lower the asking rate for much of their innings. Mumbai had Pollard padded up in the dugout, and while Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu allowed the pressure to escalate through a meandering approach during the middle overs, Pollard was not promoted up the order to induce the dash Mumbai required to win the match.

Karthik finally hit out in the 17th over, hitting three consecutive sixes and a four, to plunder 24 runs off Daniel Christian. Although that mini-surge and the ten-run over that followed tipped the match in favour of the visitors, who needed 17 from 12 balls, a terrific penultimate over from Jaydev Unadkat conceded only seven runs, yielding the floor to a thrilling finish.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • InsideHedge on April 4, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    Here on ITV4, Mark Butcher made a good point - Gayle can start slowly and in no time go from a SR of 30 to 130! If Ponting/SRT continue to open in the remaining games, do they have the ability to suddenly accelerate after the ubiquitous slow starts they'll give MI? The answer is a resounding NO.

    I think 2day, it wasn't a bad move to open with the two, ensure that they got off to a reasonable start, their 50 run opening stand was decent. It also helped MI that both got out soon after, it opened up the batting to the big hitters. But pairing Dinesh Karthik with Rayudu was a move doomed to failure. Even Dinesh's timing was way off 2day, let's be honest, it was a terrible over from Christain (he really is awful in the sub continent) that brought MI back in with a chance.

    RCB almost blew the game with that one over. In reality, RCB was ahead for almost the entire game, MI never deserved to even get within a shot of winning.

  • InsideHedge on April 4, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    MI bowled badly, they were frightened of Gayle. I'm afraid Ponting's decision to leave Mitch one over short and hand the last over to Munaf was a poor move, and it's not said just with hindsight, there's no reasonable logic to it. Munaf is also a real stubborn bowler, he was allowing Gayle to free is arms outside off - full pitched deliveries was fine but they needed to be straight. If Gayle is gonna hit you around, make him work for it, don't feed him "hit me" balls! He then shrugs his shoulders but truth be told his last two overs were shocking for a bowler of his experience.

    Don't even get me started on MI's batting order!!!

  • MadrasCity on April 4, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    If Malinga was in instead of Oram - It would have been tough for RCB to score 156. Munaf and rohit has to perform better- they have expectation on them. Hope they come good when the league progresses. I loved watching Pointing and Sachin Opening - Wow moment to cherish. It was a tough condition to bat they saw the shine of the new ball with ease. If rayudu has not crossed when karthik top edged - MI would have won the match. Else if Pollard was in a head of Rayudu or if munaf was not bowling the last over instead Mitchell J had bowled may be. May be if the last but one ball was given 6 instead of 4. What is malinga was in for oram.

    What more excitement can one ask for - Wow one Awesome match. Regardless of the outcome. I see MI will peek soon with right combination and RCB will fall if gayle in injured in this match they don't have any one to score at all. Take one wicket you win the match with RCB. I still believe T20 Cricket needs team work to win a league championship.

  • ravikini on April 6, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Come every IPL season, most of the pundits of the game start predicting that MI will win the IPL. This year too has not been different. With Ganguly n the likes already started the ritual. It absolutely defies logic that Pollard bats so low. They have tried 39 something opening partners for Sachin and never once made Pollard bat higher, say no. 4 or 5. Munaf is a big joke and Rayudu, Sharma and Kartik are not consistent. If MI losing to RCB with such a star studded side, think how they will be mauled by CSK today, i.e., unless the management does something different. Unlike RCB,who solely depend on the hurricane GAYLE, you have very good consistent big hitters in CSK . Harbhajan should be doing Bhajans, such an woeful fielder, Rohit , Rayudu should prove the money they get are deserving. For me the teams that make it to the last 4 are CSK, RCB, MI and KKR. Only DD losing out in the top 4 from last year.

  • pradip1127 on April 5, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    I don't understand the MI think tank tactics after two wickets in final over WHY they send Bhajji instead of Oram. Oram is left hander and good lean hitter. MI should open with Sachin and Rohit followed by Karthik, Ponting,Pollard,Rayudu,Maxwell Harbhajan, Dhawal,Jasprit Bumrah,Malinga. If MI not combination right within 5 matches. It will be tough to make it last four. Think about MI management.

  • PerfectTen on April 5, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    It was refreshing to hear (& see) Kapil Dev during extra innings on the telly. His views appear to come straight from the heart, pragmatic and genuine unlike most of his contemporaries like Shastri, Gavaskar et al. His comments truly reflect his attitude during his playing days. Undoubtedly, the greatest Indian cricketer till date.

  • Richvii on April 5, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Ponting made a big mistake by not using MJ's full quota of 4 overs 18th and 20th should have been bowled by MJ. Secondly, keeping pollard to warm up the bench in the dug out is atrocious!He should have been sent ahead of Rayadu. Munaf is a mediocre bowler. Kulkarni is a better bowler than him now!Once Malinga is in the team,MI will have some teeth in its bowling! The problem is that with Ponting being the captain, it has become difficult to include the likes of Dwayne smith/Coulter nile/Maxwell.One thing is clear-Munaf has to be dropped and Bhajji has to field better!

  • PerfectTen on April 5, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    Except for Gayle, there was no match winner on either side. Without Malinga, MI's bowling looks pedestrian. Ideally, after sending back the top three with 30-odd on the board, they should have restricted the hosts well below 140. Also, Ponting missed the trick of putting pressure on Gayle and taking him out. Although much criticized, the experienced openers did well for MI when it was required to negate any naughty ball movement at the beginning. A not so good beginning for both the sides, though some positives for RCB in the form of Gayle and Vinay Kumar who yet again showed his experience at the death. Would prefer to see Sachin and Ponting continuing to open for MI. For RCB, would like to see Pujara open with Gayle and Moises & Barnwell making their IPL debut in the next match.

  • ragu_lara on April 5, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    If anyone have seen yesterday's match then they could know why dinesh karthik is not getting the chance instead of dhoni in indian team. With due respect to murali karthik I am telling he is a better batsman and better keeper than dhoni but he cannot replace dhoni.In international cricket you should know how to handle pressure while playing in international level. 10 runs of 5 balls with 6 wickets in hand. Dhoni should have won this type of matches atleast 50 times for india at international level. Karthik instead of being in great touch was not able to handle the pressure and finish the innings in an IPL match. Dhoni instead of saving matches like these also captaining the side in all the formats. Surely no one can replace dhoni either as captain or as keeper. Always Captain Cool is Great.

  • sanjaycrickfan on April 5, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    Pollard struggles against spin and nowhere near as comfortable as he is against seamers. This is the reason he comes to bat just before the slog overs. Just some fyi for those who want him to bat up the order.

  • InsideHedge on April 4, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    Here on ITV4, Mark Butcher made a good point - Gayle can start slowly and in no time go from a SR of 30 to 130! If Ponting/SRT continue to open in the remaining games, do they have the ability to suddenly accelerate after the ubiquitous slow starts they'll give MI? The answer is a resounding NO.

    I think 2day, it wasn't a bad move to open with the two, ensure that they got off to a reasonable start, their 50 run opening stand was decent. It also helped MI that both got out soon after, it opened up the batting to the big hitters. But pairing Dinesh Karthik with Rayudu was a move doomed to failure. Even Dinesh's timing was way off 2day, let's be honest, it was a terrible over from Christain (he really is awful in the sub continent) that brought MI back in with a chance.

    RCB almost blew the game with that one over. In reality, RCB was ahead for almost the entire game, MI never deserved to even get within a shot of winning.

  • InsideHedge on April 4, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    MI bowled badly, they were frightened of Gayle. I'm afraid Ponting's decision to leave Mitch one over short and hand the last over to Munaf was a poor move, and it's not said just with hindsight, there's no reasonable logic to it. Munaf is also a real stubborn bowler, he was allowing Gayle to free is arms outside off - full pitched deliveries was fine but they needed to be straight. If Gayle is gonna hit you around, make him work for it, don't feed him "hit me" balls! He then shrugs his shoulders but truth be told his last two overs were shocking for a bowler of his experience.

    Don't even get me started on MI's batting order!!!

  • MadrasCity on April 4, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    If Malinga was in instead of Oram - It would have been tough for RCB to score 156. Munaf and rohit has to perform better- they have expectation on them. Hope they come good when the league progresses. I loved watching Pointing and Sachin Opening - Wow moment to cherish. It was a tough condition to bat they saw the shine of the new ball with ease. If rayudu has not crossed when karthik top edged - MI would have won the match. Else if Pollard was in a head of Rayudu or if munaf was not bowling the last over instead Mitchell J had bowled may be. May be if the last but one ball was given 6 instead of 4. What is malinga was in for oram.

    What more excitement can one ask for - Wow one Awesome match. Regardless of the outcome. I see MI will peek soon with right combination and RCB will fall if gayle in injured in this match they don't have any one to score at all. Take one wicket you win the match with RCB. I still believe T20 Cricket needs team work to win a league championship.

  • ravikini on April 6, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Come every IPL season, most of the pundits of the game start predicting that MI will win the IPL. This year too has not been different. With Ganguly n the likes already started the ritual. It absolutely defies logic that Pollard bats so low. They have tried 39 something opening partners for Sachin and never once made Pollard bat higher, say no. 4 or 5. Munaf is a big joke and Rayudu, Sharma and Kartik are not consistent. If MI losing to RCB with such a star studded side, think how they will be mauled by CSK today, i.e., unless the management does something different. Unlike RCB,who solely depend on the hurricane GAYLE, you have very good consistent big hitters in CSK . Harbhajan should be doing Bhajans, such an woeful fielder, Rohit , Rayudu should prove the money they get are deserving. For me the teams that make it to the last 4 are CSK, RCB, MI and KKR. Only DD losing out in the top 4 from last year.

  • pradip1127 on April 5, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    I don't understand the MI think tank tactics after two wickets in final over WHY they send Bhajji instead of Oram. Oram is left hander and good lean hitter. MI should open with Sachin and Rohit followed by Karthik, Ponting,Pollard,Rayudu,Maxwell Harbhajan, Dhawal,Jasprit Bumrah,Malinga. If MI not combination right within 5 matches. It will be tough to make it last four. Think about MI management.

  • PerfectTen on April 5, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    It was refreshing to hear (& see) Kapil Dev during extra innings on the telly. His views appear to come straight from the heart, pragmatic and genuine unlike most of his contemporaries like Shastri, Gavaskar et al. His comments truly reflect his attitude during his playing days. Undoubtedly, the greatest Indian cricketer till date.

  • Richvii on April 5, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Ponting made a big mistake by not using MJ's full quota of 4 overs 18th and 20th should have been bowled by MJ. Secondly, keeping pollard to warm up the bench in the dug out is atrocious!He should have been sent ahead of Rayadu. Munaf is a mediocre bowler. Kulkarni is a better bowler than him now!Once Malinga is in the team,MI will have some teeth in its bowling! The problem is that with Ponting being the captain, it has become difficult to include the likes of Dwayne smith/Coulter nile/Maxwell.One thing is clear-Munaf has to be dropped and Bhajji has to field better!

  • PerfectTen on April 5, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    Except for Gayle, there was no match winner on either side. Without Malinga, MI's bowling looks pedestrian. Ideally, after sending back the top three with 30-odd on the board, they should have restricted the hosts well below 140. Also, Ponting missed the trick of putting pressure on Gayle and taking him out. Although much criticized, the experienced openers did well for MI when it was required to negate any naughty ball movement at the beginning. A not so good beginning for both the sides, though some positives for RCB in the form of Gayle and Vinay Kumar who yet again showed his experience at the death. Would prefer to see Sachin and Ponting continuing to open for MI. For RCB, would like to see Pujara open with Gayle and Moises & Barnwell making their IPL debut in the next match.

  • ragu_lara on April 5, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    If anyone have seen yesterday's match then they could know why dinesh karthik is not getting the chance instead of dhoni in indian team. With due respect to murali karthik I am telling he is a better batsman and better keeper than dhoni but he cannot replace dhoni.In international cricket you should know how to handle pressure while playing in international level. 10 runs of 5 balls with 6 wickets in hand. Dhoni should have won this type of matches atleast 50 times for india at international level. Karthik instead of being in great touch was not able to handle the pressure and finish the innings in an IPL match. Dhoni instead of saving matches like these also captaining the side in all the formats. Surely no one can replace dhoni either as captain or as keeper. Always Captain Cool is Great.

  • sanjaycrickfan on April 5, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    Pollard struggles against spin and nowhere near as comfortable as he is against seamers. This is the reason he comes to bat just before the slog overs. Just some fyi for those who want him to bat up the order.

  • Kulaputra on April 5, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Hey Mumbai, does the league pay you to keep Pollard in the hut longer than necessary ? This defines all logic, instinct, intuition, and perhaps astrological chattering as well !!

  • TheOnlyEmperor on April 5, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    The batting order for MI should be Sachin and Dwayne Smith, Pollard, Sharma, Kartik, Ponting, Rayudu, Johnson, Bhajji, Bumrah, Munaf. This is a no brainer. Dwayne and Pollard should be given as many balls to face as possible and asked to play freely a la Gayle. With the current batting line-up of MI, it is possible to restrict MI to sub 150 without giving Pollard a chance to bat... and that means MI WILL lose at that below par score! IMO there are egos at play at MI. Why else would Pollard be sent at the fag end for 2 consecutive seasons? What is the MI so called think tank doing?

  • on April 5, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    MI still has the power in them. But using guys like Munaf in the last over when Mitchell has one over left, is doomsday for them. Rohit, Rayudu should be more responsible if they ever have a eye on the cup for this 6th IPL. Sachin was in good nick, but unlucky. Cant blame Pollard because he was made to sit in the dugout for no fault of his. Punter could have promoted him. Committed the same mistake Bhajji did in the last IPL. Anyway better luck for you MI guys for the rest of the tournament. Of course u need an eye opener. yesterday was one.

  • Gazzamonster on April 5, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    @Madrascity...why would you take Oram out when he let 22 runs go off his 4 overs (a perfectly acceptable 5.5 and over) and yet Patel shipped 40 in his 4? Patel is a bowler, Oram and allrounder with the ability to strike the ball and score quickly. Surely Oram in the team is a better option than a fulltime bowler being destroyed at 10 an over?

  • Arch_Warrior on April 5, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    I think MI are nt gonna win lyk diz. Rayudu is a gud player no doubt abt dat, bt in yesterday's case, MI should hav sent Pollard before Rayudu. You are correct sachin_vvsfan about ur pollard theory and sachin and ponting part!!! Pollard is a kind of batsman who takes 7-8 balls to get set and den fire, but strangely MI don't promote him.... If this is gonna be the case, Pollard wud definitely want to leave MI as he would be counted as an underachiever here!!!! Thinking Time MI Manangent....

  • Surajrises on April 5, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    I can't understand the strategy by Mumbai Indians! They seem to dig their own grave all the time! How can u have two senior players to open the innings and like to take their time before hitting their 1st boundary! Ridiculous! It should be Rohit who should be opening with Tendulkar and Ponting at No 3 and then whoever wants to follow! Like I said before, Too many cooks can spoil the broth, that's exactly been the case with Mumbai Indians.

  • harshthakor on April 5, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    I feel really sorry Mumbai did not romp home or cross over the line after Dinesh Karthik's spectacular assault in the 17th over.Karthik's blitzkreig against Christian should have won the game and the finish shows how in the final analysis temperament and nerves are the most crucial ingredients..Mumbai just did not have the finishing touch and any professional team would have reached a target of 10 run sin the final over with 7 wickets in hand.Pollard should definitely have been brought in earlier.Anyway I hope Mumbai learns its lessons early and gains an impetus for the rest of the tournament.

  • on April 5, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Ponting is a new entrant, however, think thank of MI appears to have become stale due to below par performances!!! They should have looked to infuse some new talents like Rishi Dhawan or other fresh legs in place of stale and stubborn Munaf Patel. Of course, Pollard's batting order had always been a cause of concern for MI, it should be flexible as per the need. Ponting never appeared an innovative captain on his first outing.

  • on April 5, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    MI has lost but overall it was an awesome match. MI need to improve as a team. Ponting is a good captain, but he did not do a good job in yesterday match. Pollard should to bat higher. should choose Mitchell J instead of Munaf for the last over. Ponting is not a good option for open the inning. Smith should play in palce of Oram even open with pollard or ryudu. Team should be like this Sachin, Ryudu, Ponting, Rohit, Karthic, Pollard, Bhajji/Ojha, Johnson, Malinga, Bumrah, smith/Tare

  • on April 5, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    Poted by Venkat Sraman Once again Chris Gayle rose to the occasion for RCB's thrilling victory against MI. Spirited last over bowling by Vinay Kumar tilted the match in favour of RCB.Players of MI need to prove their worth collectively.

  • soumyas on April 5, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    Answer to Mark Butcher (who commented on ITV4) : surely SRT/ponting can't increase Strike rate like Gayle, actually they don't have to. because they have big hitter like pollard,sharma down the order who can catch the run rate upto 15 per over. That is why SRT/ponting's slow start on seaming pitch like yesterday is justified. but pollard came too late yesterday which was a main reason for yesterday's result. Anyway, for RCB, Andrew McDonald is much better bowler and batsman than Dan christian. christian almost spoiled the the RCB party in a single over, luckily Vinay kumar saved them. Unadkat and m.kartik bowled well too.

  • TimBombadol on April 5, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Was Andrew Fidel Fernando in a hurry to send this report to press, or did he have a word restriction?! There is no mention of the debutante Bumrah's deeds, and Dinesh's part has been terribly underplayed. Have we forgotten so soon the innings he played against CSK in CLT20 just last year? In that innings he wreaked more disaster on th eopposition than Gayle did yesterday on MI. Why should he not be considered capable of doing it again? And when he actually does do it again, why brush it aside as poor bowling?!

  • ladycricfan on April 5, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    What a thrilling match. Last ball finish. Had Pollad's first hit landed an inch far it would've been 6 and we would've had super over. All the IPL teams being equal strength, there will be lots of last over, last ball finishes like this. This what make IPL so interesting.

  • sachin_vvsfan on April 5, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    Can't stop laughing at ppl who complain that MI lost due to Rayudu or Rohit. They conveniently forget that these are match winning players for MI. If it wasn't for that dan christian over(thank god Hyd got rid of him) no body would even think about MI getting close.MI was never in contention. Even DK had horrible time until that over.(Remember how he was dancing against Steyn last year?). Truth be accepted Sachin and Pointing as openers is not good inT20. If you are chasing get pollard at num3. If you are batting first then send him when around 13-14 overs.

  • Haleos on April 5, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    when will mumbai learn? Pollard needs to bat higher. Rohit and specially Rayadu should have thrown their wicket away. Playing almost 5 over for run a ball is not going to win you a over 9/over target match. We do this when we play mumbai galli cricket. And these are supposed to be professional cricketers getting millions.

  • MadrasCity on April 5, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    Mumbai had pinch hitter like Pollard, M Johnson , J oram and they sent in Harbajan ahead of Oram and Johnson. They are left hand batsmen - vinay would have had to change his line to them who knows anything could have happened. Why did harbajan walked in and scored a single.

  • on April 5, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Dwayne smith opening with Sachin and Ponting at No. 3 should be ideal. while both Ponting and Sachin are greats, somehow having them together does not induce the same confidence they brought to the ODIs. With Smith, they have an attacking option at the top and Ponting can really play the role of a consolidator at one-down. also having Pollard at No. 5 should be an immediate change as its a waste of talent by having him bat at No. 7. Also, Ojha needs to be included in the further matches to compliment Harbhajan and of course Malinga would anyday replace Johnson in the squad. So my line up will be 1 Smith 2 Sachin 3 Ponting 4 Sharma 5 Pollard 6 Karthik 7 Rayadu 8 Harbhajan 9 Malinga 10 Patel 11 Ojha

  • dayada on April 5, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    I think murali, ponting, & tendulkar are not suitable for this tournament. They are legends in test & odi not in t20. if mumbai going to open with ponting and & tendulkar for whole tournament, it will be disaster...

  • sandeep1978 on April 5, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    Pollard should bat at no.4 . Not because i think he is a gr8 batsman but cuz everytime MI lose , everyone starts shouting he gets too few balls to face.I personally think he is very weak against spinners, thats why MI hold him back but hey, what do i know?

  • SpeedCricketThrills on April 5, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    All those harping and carping on Pollard's batting position should remember that Rayudu has an equally impressive (or perhaps better) record and reputation for scoring big in IPL and he is no less competent than Pollard. It is a myth that Pollard batting earlier would have changed MI's destiny. In fact whenever sent earlier, Pollard has failed. The mistake was made by Dinesh and Rayudu in crossing over, depriving Pollard of a few valuable balls. And Vinay's yorker is what effective last ball bowling is all about. All in all, the world's greatest think tank - Wright, Kumble, Sachin, Ponting (plus the Ambanis, of course) could not stop Gaylestorm. Congrats RCB. Thanks to both teams for a great match.

  • romySharma on April 5, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    Mumbai Indians lost the match because of team management and captaincy

    Ricky the most experienced captain did a blunder to gave last over to Munaf instead of Johnson. second no mum captain properly used pollard I didn't understand why Raydu came before Pollard at-least pollard or Oram use as pitch hitter .

  • Kashi0127 on April 5, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    Like someone else commented here, if Tendulkar had made the same runs that Dinesh Kartik did, papers , commentaries , radio, TV would be talking about just that all over. Same goes for Vinay Kumar. If it had been someone else like Zaheer Khan who had bowled like that papers would be all praise for that. Vinay has always been consistent and intelligent but with very little or no recognition!

  • on April 5, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    MI should get rid of Rohit and Rayudu as they are occupying many other valuable players slot without adding any value

  • Xtra-Cover on April 5, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    Why Malinga was not there with MI? He was the second best bowler in the last IPL. And it is very strange to see 3 Ausie players in MI squad in this game. Howzzz..dat Mr. Ponting ?

  • on April 5, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    Mumbai should've batted Oram above Rayudu in this game, they would've got home easily. I hope Mumbai realise they've got a potentially game-winning allrounder in him, not just a parsimonious bowler.

  • on April 5, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    Mumbai Indians are yet to learn from their typical mistake. The issue of top order playing with a run rate that is suited to an ODI in the first half of their innings and leaving the middle order/lower middle order too much to get in the second half.

    Most occasions, they failed from such situations in the earlier editions. Same thing has happened in the first match as well. They seem to be too much into this particular 'Template Strategy'.

    The issue of Pollard ending up not out after having faced only a few balls also happened. This is another poor planning. Why people are trying to strategies T20 too much like an ODI?

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on April 5, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    The game ending on expected lines ...with the 'icon' MI opener scratching his way to see off the PP for RCB-:) in the end a bit closer than RCB would've liked . Guess had the 'master' been allowed to stay for until 12 th over by hosts win could been bigger in margin .. MI can only hope the opener(s) fall in 1st over in coming games or even the best of Mitch or Pollard with ball or bat won't enough to win them games -:)

  • Rohit... on April 5, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    Malinga should replace Johnson ... & Please Open with Smith ( That means Ponting will have to be the 12th man in the team).

  • vak1997 on April 5, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Gayle at the presentation was asked the consequence if he had bowled his off spinners. He replied he could have had figures of 4-10 as he was the best off spinner around! Gayle, I agree that you are the best T20 batsman around but certainly not off spinner. Muralitharan is your teammate! :P

  • on April 5, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Only technical points: .............Whenever Tendulkar did these 3 wrongs he failed 1. he began closing face of blade 2. he began playing outside the line of delivery 3. he preferred back foot to front foot...................whenever 1. he played with open face of blade even if it results in dot or gully catch & not greedy for easy single on leg side 2. he played inside the line of delivery even if it results gully catch 3. he played good length of front foot he was invincible..................It is always better to get caught in the gully/slips playing confidently rather than getting lbw / bold playing tentatively because the probability that a ball is edged to gully/slips & is caught is 1 in 100 but the probability that you will miss a stump aimed delivery if you play with closed face is 1/5. Simple math tells the secret

  • vak1997 on April 5, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    Dan Christian's selection itself was annoying. Henriques was a better option. RCB batsmen will have to chip in now. Other than Gayle, Kohli and Arun Kartik to an extent were in good touch. The others failed miserably. MI will have to keep going. The loss isn't demoralizing. In their next game RCB ought to improve their batting.

  • kapilesh23 on April 5, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Its poor fielding and negative mindset of MI which lost them the match. The match was completely MI's to lose. RCB did nothing special here.

  • BDforever on April 5, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    Mumbai Indians paid the price for not selecting any Bangladeshi players in their squad. If Shakib ,Tamim ,Nasir Hossain, Mushfiqur, Ashraful, Razzak, Mortaza, Mahmudullah or Sohag Gazi was there Mumbai Indians could have won the match with in 18 overs. That's the reason why people feel IPL has lost excitement without these super stars.

  • Venkiwaran on April 5, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    Dinesh Karthik's was a wonderful innings. I just don't understand why no one gives him any credit. And that would include the commentators. I guess the powers that be still look at him as a threat to Dhoni and the commentators also have been instructed thus. Ridiculous! He is a far better keeper than Dhoni and is a technically correct batsman. One of the reasons that India won the 2007 Test series in England was Dinesh Karthik, who opened for India and was the highest run getter in the series. Someone who should have been nurtured and encouraged was kicked out for obvious reasons. That's the last we saw of him. Dinseh deserves better!

  • ajaygodbole on April 5, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    I think for MI ponting should bat 3-4, Rayudu can open along with Sachin. so in case quick wickets fall Ponting can hold the fort. Also Pollard should be sent in earlly. Even if he scores 20-30 runs, those would come very fast thus the Required Runrate would be in control. Would like to see either Dwayne Smith OR Maxwell in the team. atleast Smith. he can bowl a bit and in batting once he gets going no target is big. Once Malinga is In, it would be a big question as who would be dropped? Mitch was good yesterday.

  • Alexk400 on April 5, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    Rayudu is a nudger. He do not deserve a place in this Mumbai team. They need aggressive batsman. Only reason he is there because he can do wicket keeping. I will make him bat 8. Seriously Mumbai lost because Rayudu. he was taking singles instead of attacking.If he attacked and got out , Pollard would have come early. I think its bad batting order. May be ponting learned the overhyped rayudu do not deserve to bat high in the order. He can if all big guns fail. Even he is ok at bat when Mumbai indian bats first. DK has always "SKILLS" to play all kinda of shot. But people expect him next great player like dhoni , he is not. He can do cameo like he did today. if DK doing wicket keeping , Rayudu should not be in Mumbai team. Its my opinion. They need to find young aggressive batsman in place of him.

  • satishchandar on April 5, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    We.. This has been the problem for MI ever since IPL 4.. They are very much unsure of who their match winner is.. The season 3, by far the best for MI, They had Sachin and a opener to do it for first 6 overs, Rayudu and Tiwary doing it for them till 13-15th over and Pollard and Bhajji to take it over in end overs in those days.. Now, they bought in Rohit, Dinesh and everyone and collapsed the roles of team members.. It is ok that one might click on a given day and if clicked, will complete the job like DK almost today.. But it really upsets the balance of the team.. Not one of Rohit/DK/Rayudu will be sure that this is their role.. What if Rohit and DK plays till 17th over and who will be the finisher and who will turn the aggressor and go for the shots? IT should be like how RCB played.. Gayle at one end and the other guy is clear of his role - to assist Gayle.. Leave three big shots in the team and 3 assisters.. There lies the perfect balance..

  • AmayandAshray on April 5, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    no malinga again see ya later mumbai

  • pitch_curator on April 5, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    @ Sachin_for_life -- Can you tell me the strike rate of Sachin in IPL matches? For a player who is hyped so much, it is ridiculously low. Remember that averages do not mean a lot in T20 once they are above 25. Strike rate does. You will see that whenever he plays a long innings, it has to be someone else (pollard/rayudu/kathik) who will need to give impetus to the innings. He is one of the greatest ODI players ever but he is no more than an average T20 player. I would pick Gayle or Raina or Jayawardena ahead of Sachin any day in T20. In T20s the guy facing the maximum deliveries should at least match the required strike rate of the chase.

  • on April 5, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    Ha Ha Ha....Gayle and Narain can only perform in ipl,bpl but not in odi,test.Just look at their performance against Bangladesh.

  • chennaicricfan on April 5, 2013, 2:27 GMT

    This match has been analysed from a million angles. But if Pollard's hit off the first ball had gone 1 or 2 inches farther it would have been a SIX and the match would have been tie. Then it would have been anybody's match. So I think RCB got AHEAD BY JUST ONE INCH.

  • on April 5, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    It's obvious Pollard can bat and is not a pinch hitter. Why do teams insist on wasting this man's talent? Then when the other batsman do crap and the pressure piles on him at the end, he's expected to deliver a rescue akin to a batting messiah. Happens far too often. Nonsense. MI did this all of last season. If the don't value you Pollard go to a different team!

  • Dhutugemunu on April 5, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    MI XI : Sachin, Rayudu, Ponting, Kartik, Pollard, Rohith, Harbhajan, Johnson, Malinga, Munaf, Ojha.

  • Ritespirit on April 5, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    A wisecrack commentator was saying Dinesh Karthik is only a nudger of the ball, he could not hit boundaries. The immediate next 3 deliveries went soaring into the sky followed by a four. If he had not scored 23 of that over, MI wouldn't be anywhere near RCB total. And another comment says Dinesh is not a finisher, after scoring tall among the heap, including heavyweights Sachin and Ponting. When he left, it was child's play, anybody including Rayudu could have completed the job. If the same innings had been played by Sachin, the mob would be praising his genious for spacing the innings and blasting at the right time. Look at Dinesh's record last IPL, you'll appreciate how many matches he was single-handedly responsible for winning, unlike Sharma who failed most of the matches. I think MI doesn't deserve Dinesh.

  • cricfanboy on April 5, 2013, 0:33 GMT

    Instead of going out there and having a blast, Sachin has been batting in IPL like a rookie afraid of losing his place. In ODIs, they used to say that Sachin needs to bat out the fifty overs and the runs will automatically come. He is using the same logic here and trying to bat out the 20 overs. Unfortunately it has not worked out in IPL. MI is also probably influenced by the same muddled line of thinking. Can't believe they are holding back Pollard even after all these years!

  • Al_Bundy1 on April 5, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    When it comes to T20 - Gayle is the King. He can do in T20 what King Richards could do in ODI 30 years ago. When it comes to T20 Ponting and Tendulkar are puny men compared to Chris Gayle. We just saw that in this match.

  • on April 4, 2013, 23:42 GMT

    Mumbai Indians are just hyped team. Their fans go crazy just bcoz of sachin. After 5 ipl season a team that has still not won an ipl has the biggest fan following.

  • class9ryan on April 4, 2013, 23:38 GMT

    Cant believe it ... Mumbai werent able to score of someone like Unadkat... They will regret that

  • Klgn on April 4, 2013, 22:55 GMT

    Mumbai lost because of smartly underperformed Rayadu!!! You can give chance to other players!!!

  • b4u8me2 on April 4, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    The WI uses Pollard in the same ridiculous way!!! You have a player that can score at a strike rate of over 200 when he bats and you allow him to only face 2 balls!!!! Can you imagine if Gayle batted that low in the order - it would be a waste!!! Every team Pollard has played in has wasted his talent. He only gets to bats 10 overs or more when his team loses 5 wickets or more in the first 10 overs and he comes in to bat automatically down the order. Pollard should come in at about the 9th over even if the first wicket has fallen at this stage. I would not say to send him at no. 3 if his team loses a wicket in the first over and the ball is moving about. But for heavens sake allow him to bat at least half the 20 overs!!! That is not rocket science!!!!

  • ddr3 on April 4, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    @dhanno: i guess you haven't seen previous seasons of ipl coz in season 3 sachin was the leading run scorer in ipl and in season 4 he was still in top 5 and they are the only seasons in which he played all the games and MI reached finals in season 3 with sachin,raydu and saurab tiwary being in the top 10 leading scorer in that season..so in all its not just about one man's SR it needs collective effort..so stop making baised comments!

  • sweet2hrme on April 4, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    @elgenioroshan! Yeah i was watching ön Tv. But i wana tell u .. You hv very little knowledge about cricket. Banglore pitch is a always good 4 batting. Its a high scoring pitch. U can check the records. But today there was more grass on pitch so the movement was obvious! U r saying sachin playing fabulously bt i dnt think so. One think more u cannt compare sachin with Cris gyle. One is a Dynamite n other is 'God' . This dynamite fails whn playing on fast or bouncy pitches only best suited 4 asian type pitches. There is only 1 God of cricket that is 'SACHIN'. Still i want sachin shld retire afterall im tired now i want to close my eyes at some stage. Im 30 now watchin u from chlidhood. How can i forget a boy just 10 yr listening radio commentary of ind vs newzealand match with my father at 2.30.am. Thanks 'GOD' !! Thanks SACHIN !

  • Dhanno on April 4, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    @abhiyog.. that whole comment had more than a hint, it was more like riddled with sarcasm. I guess such things are lost upon people. @sachinforlife.. sachin is targetted as he is only fellow pulls strings in here. Its shame RP was made captain, now he cant even sit out of games. Being proud fellow he will play every match but 38 yr old guys opening IPL and wasting power plays, where did we see it before. oh yes MI, remember the great partnership of SRT and Jaya ? This is same thing over again. MI goes and buys a big name to partner SRT at top (mostly at his behest), that big name is well past his best and that causes the team to lose. In all this SRT remains the constant at the top of order. Keep an stat, of the guys who will open atleast 10 games and face 200 balls, SRT will have lowest strike rate at the end of IPL.

  • MadrasCity on April 4, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    Why are you guys blaming Sachin and pointing. I have been CSK fan - CSK has been doing this for last 5 years . They hardly score 60-80 in first 10 over and have wickets in hands to peek @ last 10 over. They do it even if its was a flat pitch. But this was a bowling pitch and Pointing and Sachin did gr8 to save there wicket and score more than run a ball. If the players coming after them cannot score at a quick rate blame them for not scoring even after having wickets in hand. Mi has Rohit / dinesh karthik / rayudu - all have a similar style of game plan for scoring. MI should Buy Yuvraj and give rohit sharma to pune. Then Mi will be the champion team.

  • Nampally on April 4, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    A thriller in which the match swayed from one side to other until Vinay sealed it with a superb last over. MI did well to restrict the RCB side to <160. Two fancied guys Dilshan & Kohli failed to produce a big partnership with Gayle as was expected.Nevertheless Gayle played a super innings of 92* & almost single handedly led RCB to a competitive total. MI started well via SRT & Ponting with 50 runs in 7 overs. But Ponting's batting order needs a huge change. He cannot put Pollard @#6 & expect to win matches. Late heroics from Karthick after a sedate start brought MI within victory range. It was so near yet so far - 10 of the last over. But a new "Never say Die" hero emerged in Vinay. He got Karthick to sky the first ball. If Rayudu had not crossed over, Pollard may have sealed the Win. But Rayudu crossed over & got bowled on second ball. That was the tuning point of the game back to RCB because Pollard could not get 7 of 2 balls. Rayudu should learn to think on his Feet. A great Match!

  • on April 4, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    I think Mumbai should try sending Pollard or Rayudu to open the batting with Tendulkar, Ponting to come one down. This would allow us to play both Malinga and Johnson in the team, which could be one of the most devastating bowling attacks in the IPL. They could also try rotating between Pollard and Dwayne Smith or Maxwell.

  • Hardy1 on April 4, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    I don't get it, how is Chris Gayle far and away better than any other T20 batsman in the world? Clearly he's a talented Test & ODI cricketer too but it all comes together for him in T20s, particularly in the IPL it would seem. I've never seen any cricketer dominate games to the extent he consistently does. Of course it's in the IPL & not as impressive as what the likes of Ponting & Tendulkar have done in Tests (& ODIs) but the fact that he's so far & away ahead of everyone else warrants some attention.

  • sonu77 on April 4, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    I don't think this is the ideal opening pair for Mumbai.In t20s, one of the two openers should be a agressor.After Sanath Jayasuriya in first two seasons Mumbai struggled to find that type of player. My lineup for MI after Malinga's comeback : Sachin, Maxwell, Ponting ( if sachin falls first), Pollard (if maxi falls early, Pollard at no.3 will be a good option), Rohit, D.Karthik, Rayudu, Bhaji, Malinga, Ojha/ Kulkarni (depends on surface ), Bumrah/ Munaf.

  • jaggi.jagan on April 4, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    I love Dinesh Karthik. Yet again he proved why he lost out to Dhoni for ever. If Dhoni was in the position he was, Dhoni would have won the game 9 out of 10 times. Karthik has good wicket keeping skills and great batting skills. But, he is not a match winner like Dhoni is. I was certain that he wouldn't carry his team past the finish line.

  • bijuphilip on April 4, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    Ponting not even deserve in the final eleven,It's sachin's stupidity that he made him as a captain,if sachin doesn't want to do that ,harbajan is not abad option as acaptain. 1.Ponting and sachin bats almost same style,we don't need both of them, 2.Ambadi rayidu is one of the best batsman who nedds to come even before karthik, in the begning sachin and ponting couldn't waste those balls. last over was given to munaf when johnson was there was a serious mistake, more over this game lost only because of bad stratagies. rayidu should open the innings with sachin

  • Sudhir65 on April 4, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    Love IPL. I can not recall getting this much excitement from ever watching Test cricket. Sachin and Ricky opening together. That is Nirvaana for a cricket fan.

    I wish IPL would add 3-4 more teams from next year. The small or Tier II towns in India are hungry for cricket and crowd would love to see cricket stars in their towns.

    We don't need to watch all IPL matches on National TV . I only care about my local team. But I have to wait 5 to 6 days before my team plays again. Not fun. This is T20. Each team should be playing at least 5 to 6 games each week. Just like Major League Baseball in USA- whose season lasts for 7 months.

  • shrewd_Analyst on April 4, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    While I agree T20 provides more excitement and other aspects in a short time, It still feeds off from the longer versions of the game. As a fan, we need to understand the Class, Technique, Luck, Athleticism, close games are all aspects of the good game and not one format can serve all the purpose. I don't remember many(or even a single) game which is played for more than 3-4 hours. If good test cricket can still hold people for 5 full days, that's fascinating. And same players fight as hard for 3 hours now, that's even fascinating. It shows the diversity in the game

  • on April 4, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    It was a good showcase for 20-20 format, another 1 of those close games. MI will have to rethink their strategy and use Pollard in a more effective manner, rather than believing that he will just come out and smoke them all. Kudos to Gayle for such a fascinating innings. Just hoping Sachin finally turns up this IPL and replies to his critics with his batting as always.

  • PrinceofPortofSpain on April 4, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    Mumbai Indians need to bat Pollard higher in the order. They have not learned lessons from recent IPL finals. The innings is only 20 overs long and they have a proven hitter in the order. Bat him higher. Thank You.

  • Angry_Bowler on April 4, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    If Gayle can open for RCB why not Pollard for MI? Hello! MI do you have cricket brain I mean T20 brain. This is not Test cricket and your test records doesn't count in T20. And for RCB, get Gayle out early game over.

  • dxbssp on April 4, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    I think player of the match should have been shared between VK and CG as both played their part well. MI was shown some last minute luck but could not finish...unluck as well...

  • Jay.Raj on April 4, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    if you are saving pollard for power hitting then why do you need oram and johnson and harbhajan. i thought ponting is good at utilizing his players at the right time.

  • sweet2hrme on April 4, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    If u guys hv good knowledge than can any tell bajji is better hitter batsman than Oram! Its poor team management!

  • elgenioroshan on April 4, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    @sweet2hrme - Seems you were watching the match at home. I watched it live and the pitch was not a cakewalk for batsmen. This is one of the best pitches that suit fast bowling in India. If it wasn't for Mumbai's opening stand, MI would have lost badly. Give credit to the openers that they saw through the new ball which was doing so much. The same thing happened when RCB was batting. If Gayle scores only 4 runs in the powerplay, then that is a tough wicket. And btw since you and so many others are behind Sachin, he was playing fabulously and got run out rather than playing a bad shot. Cherish these moments as long as he plays, because you are witnessing the greatest batsman alive. After him, there is no one with that kind of class and strokeplay. So give the legend some breathing space.

  • InsideHedge on April 4, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    I reckon Pollard should speak up in team meetings. He's a far better batsman than MI have ever given him credit for. If they can't trust him to face fast bowlers in the early overs, spinners in the middle overs, they'll never utilize his batting.

    Ironically, MI usually give him his full quota of 4 bowling overs, an area in which he's weak. It's only by accident that they have him fielding for 20 overs, but MI is dumb enough to even mess that up. Rarely have I seen so much money spent on so-called mentors/experts/seniors etc. In my earlier messages, I forgot that John Wright is the new coach, a man I have much admiration for. Let's hope the penny has seriously dropped 2day.

    They couldn't have tried harder to lose even if they wanted to.

  • Top-Spinner on April 4, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    In the end, Bhaji's over dramatic dive to save a boundary and in the process letting the ball through for four cost them the game.

  • on April 4, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    Pontig is better at no 3. Why take chances when you hv spclst opnr in form of smith

  • MadrasCity on April 4, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    Why are you guys blaming Sachin and pointing. It was a tough pitch to bat on they made sure MI had wickets to peek in last 10 overs. Imagine Dhoni or raina or Yusuf pathan or irfan pathan or any other indian player hitters ar that position when they needed - 17 runs from 12 balls. Its easy win for any team with 6 wickets in hand. Imagine morkel walking in and Murali karthik bowling left arm spin. I still feel if rayudu has not crossed when Dinesh was trying for a quick finish. Pollard would have won the match. Rayudu was not able to put bat to ball in a must hit delivery - that's shame. Same with Rohit sharma. They both where not extra ordinary delivery or unplayable they where bowled straight and they didn't even get an inside edge. They are swinging there bat with there eye's closed.I would blame Rohit , Rayudu and Munaf. Not sachin and pointing for sure.To my surprise Mumbai had Pollard if rayudu had got out earlier even then they would have won the match by 18 over easily.

  • InsideHedge on April 4, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    The big hitters Pollard, Oram, Mitch and Bhajji faced THREE balls between them, and not a single one was dismissed by RCB.

    That's MI Stategy for you. Go figure!

  • kevepere on April 4, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    Mumbai indians side is full of talent , but when you have too much big names its hard to drop or make the big names bat lower in the order. Pollard should come at number 4 or 5. CSK always makes the right choices. IPL 2013 Final 4 would be, KKR , RCB ,CSK and MI

  • abi111 on April 4, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    rcb luckily won the match,but over dependence on individual performances cant win the ipl for you better luck next season

  • sweet2hrme on April 4, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    M.I PLEASE READ MY COMMENTS I M PRAYING ... Just needed 17 from 12, Its hard to believe mumbai indians lost the match! Mumbai indians hv to blame themselves. They hv not leant from the past same old story, their openers always playing dull cricket, playing run a ball in a power play does not make any sense putting lots of pressure on a middle order almost in every match. Poor captaincy by Ponting wy johnsan is bowling only 3 overs. Pollard is batting too late more important he is not a bowler, he leaks too many runs! M I playin in such a manner u r not going to win no matter how many stars u have! Sorry sachin u shld take retirement now from all formats u r player of only 20-30 runs maxium(from 25 balls waisting power play) nothing else. Sorry to say but its truth now! Please send my msg to M. Indians specially to sachin! Thanks..

  • torsha on April 4, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    MI is making fool out of themselves. No matter how many big players you buy but they will never understand to utilize batsmen in proper order. How frustrating to see Pollard coming at 6 when he could only faced two bowls. The funny thing is that they never learn from past six seasons and probably that's why they have not won IPL yet.

  • InsideHedge on April 4, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    MI continues to REPEAT mistakes. Like the definition of insanity, they execute the same flawed strategy and expect to win the IPL.

  • InsideHedge on April 4, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    Amazing that ppl are blaming Rohit Sharma for MI's loss!! Seriously, ppl need to engage their brains. And the supposed "featured comment" says that it was "unheard" of Ponting and Sachin to score runs at a run a ball when they played Test cricket, I can understand comparing T20 strike rates to 50-overs cricket but to compare with Tests is plain silly. And it's not as if Ponting/SRT were blazing away 2day. Some seriously ignorant ppl on here.

  • abhiyog on April 4, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    @dhanno i have seen the whole squad jumping in joy and nation saluting when our own Team India won us many famous tests home and abroad ,here its the same no of players celebrating a win but the win is celebrated by only a particular city and its fans not the whole nation...So watch IPL and enjoy best wishes to whichever club u support.......Jai Hind...

  • Ruban_Varathan on April 4, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    Two reasons behind #MI loss 1.)Opening pair need to be changed...smith should be playing in the place of oram..2.)Absence of death over specialist Malinga...... Smith should open the batting with sachin and ponting should bat at no.2, #MI should find settled batting order...........If these things are sorted out then Mumbai will be a serious contender!!

  • sweet2hrme on April 4, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Just needed 17 from 12, Its hard to believe mumbai indians lost the match! Mumbai indians hv to blame themselves. They hv not leant from the past same old story, their openers always playing dull cricket, playing run a ball in a power play does not make any sense putting lots of pressure on a middle order almost in every match. Poor captaincy by Ponting wy johnsan is bowling only 3 overs. Pollard is batting too late more important he is not a bowler, he leaks too many runs! M I playin in such a manner u r not going to win no matter how many stars u have! Sorry sachin u shld take retirement now from all formats u r player of only 20-30 runs maxium(from 25 balls waisting power play) nothing else. Sorry to say but its truth now! Please send my msg to M. Indians specially to sachin! Thanks..

  • on April 4, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    The game was lost due to Pollard's late introduction, Ricky ponting has much to learn in putting 5 "regular" batsmen infant Pollard.......leaving the match/winner destroyer....2 balls.....Chris gayle is of the same vein.... Given a look in Pollard can do the same! Not rocket science....come on" sheesh

  • on April 4, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    MI did not lose to RCB...they lost to a man called Gayle. The MI need to rethink their strategy... accept both the openers are legends but do not fit right into T20. Would need one aggressive opener and Pollard...Well no idea if MI wants him to provide a winning innings or provide a cinematic finish every time he walks in. Common he is not a superman to come and finish a game when the RR is 24 or more RPO.

  • on April 4, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Close nail biting finish;Congrats Mumbai 4 bringing in another swinging talent Bumrah- 4-0-32-3, as the figures state some of his deliveries were "hit me"... Munaf was poor in line and i strongly believe Johnson was a much better option 2 bowl the last over which leaked 16 runs, Johnson really threatened with good bounce and carry with the new ball, but ironically didn't complete 4 overs!!! Gayle- 92* (58), with a harmstring pulled leg was excellent. Ricky Ponting was really a pain to watch, struggling to middle the ball...It was his slow 28(33) which shifted match in RCB's favour. Dan Christian i dunno how the hell he got selected to Aussie national team ????Hope De Villiers or Vettori will replace him easily. The real cream of talent was shown by Vinay Kumar 4-0-27-3; and the gem of this was delivered in last over where he hold nerves well.... GO RCB GO..... But still in victory, RCB bowling lin

  • MSDMoorthy on April 4, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    @ BRUTALANALYST - Flat deck ?? This is one of the best pitch in india which helps fast bowlers in the first 10 overs a lot.

  • realfan on April 4, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    funny selections over all.... dilshan?? on seaming track?? pathetic..... opening with ponting??? useless...... oram ahead of dwane smith???? and polard still in low down the order????..... guys please get back smith and let polard play at 4 or 5, he is being wasted.... i am MI fan but happy with RCB results, especially because of kohli ( its his first appearance as captain in big stage apart from U19 WC )

    and finally as for RCB, its all gayle again.....would love to see ABD coming back... and get rid of cristian already...... and for mumbai my team will be having smith instead of oram or jhonson... and malings comes back....

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 4, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Statchin and Ponting lost the game for MI. Leaving Ponting aside for now, had Statchin batted for another 10 to 15 balls, the match wouldn't have been this close and RCB would have won with ease. Gotta feel for talented players like Dinesh and Rayudu. Dinesh should open with Dwayne Smith and Rayudu should come in at 3 with Pollard at 4, Ponting at 5 and may be Statchin at 6. In fact, I don't see any place for Statchin in the final XI. MI should show some spine and bench him, if they harbour any ideas of having a decent run this year. Statchin is THE liability, THE Elephant in the room. Mumbaikars are too proud or have too much of a false prestige to admit that their beloved is a spent force. Well then, keep losing.

  • Temuzin on April 4, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma and Ryadu should be rested for most of the games. Bring in some exciting batsman if you want to win, Mumbai.

  • binu.emiliya on April 4, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    You have to use your players according to the situation Raydu is my favourit player but he is a touch player should bat up but today Pollard is the obvious choice in that position and I wonder there is no left hander in the top 5 MI batsman Murali Karthik was bowling well and a left hander can deal him well

  • MadrasCity on April 4, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    RCB can not survive by just depending on Gayle. They have to find a way out to sort it out.

  • Temuzin on April 4, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Posted by Hussain Sharif on (April 4, 2013, 18:33 GMT) Mumbai Indian lost just because of Ambati Rayudu AND the Rohit Sharma.

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 4, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    If d he doesn't perform soon RCB should consider dropping Dilshan and opening with Kohli when ABD arrives at 3 and Barnwell instead of Christian, Christian should not be playing for any IPl side let alone a favourite like RCB ! I don't understand what they see in that guy he's useless with bat and ball and I'm not just commenting on this game.

  • MadrasCity on April 4, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    Sachin's Run out was very crucial, I am very very disappointed again with Rohit sharma. And If rayudu has not crossed over when Karthik top edged the ball - MI would have won for sure. Munaf gave too many run in the last overs - Mitchell J should have bowled the last over. But loved watching Sachin and Ricky bat together - they will evolve. MI is really the team to watch out but every time when the expect Rohit sharma to play he never hits - There is not point just having potential with out performance.

    Feel sorry for MI. I am excited to see live match MI vs CSK in Chepauk .I am excited to see Pointing and Sachin live opening.A moment to cherish regardless of being a CSK fan.CSK style of play is to peak at latter stage this year i some how few MI would peak in latter stage. I would love to see MI , CSK in last 4 teams list for semi finals.

  • uddeshmukh on April 4, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    MI should build a museum and keep Pollard in it. What sense does it make to lose a match with 5 wickets in hand and a striker like Pollard getting only 2 balls to face. Ridiculous strategy.

  • Surajdon9 on April 4, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Oh Dear Christian Consistency Failure of Death Bowling When will got Improve and One thing with Opener Ponting & Tendulkar MI will always struggle to get quick start which will put Middle order under Huge pressure.I think they need to re shuffle their batting order if not need to drop Tendulkar Because Currently Ponting is captain....

  • on April 4, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Mumbai Indian lost just because of Ambati Rayudu

  • on April 4, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    what a great over bowled viny. not only he stoped the bat of karthij but also won the match for his team

  • on April 4, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    The opening pair pretty much cost MI the match. I think Malinga would have scored faster than Ponting in those first few overs. I feel bad for Pollard, he should be moved up the order

  • Dhanno on April 4, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Great game. great advert for cricket. So much so better than test matches which draw after 5 whole days. This is inspiration for next generations to pick up a game which is epitome of athleticism. Watching SRT and Ponting bat and make runs at almost 100 SR, that was unheard of when these two played test cricket.

    T20 and especially IPL teaches one how to be enthusiastic all the time, how else can one explain RCB players jumping and screaming with joy at the end of game ? It was less than a year ago when these guys had to do it (jumping and screaming with joy that is) for 20-30 such meaningful games, and now they are at it again. Hats off IPL !

  • ibbani on April 4, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    Wow, what a match, RCB rocks, a hot favorite to win the IPL this time. What else is neded apart from these types of close matches. RCB rocks.

  • bumsonseats on April 4, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    how much is dan christian on these days the guys a liability. good luck to him iff franchises are daft enough to pay contracts to below average players like him and maxwell, whos around somewhere picking up loads of cash

  • ddr3 on April 4, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    @Dhanno: why targeting just sachin? ponting did not do anything special too? sachin still had better SR than rohit and even kartik..and the pitch isn't that easy one too!

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 4, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    M.I waste Pollard they expect him to produce miracles every game with like 3 overs to score 12 plus an over, Dwayne Smith needs to open to make most of power play an offer some balance in reality I wouldnt have Ponting,Oram or Rohit Sharma in my best MI 11, it would be Smith Sachin then Raydu with Pollard next if there slow wickets but if fast wickets fallen and more than 12 overs Karthik with Pollard next, Malinga and either Johnson/C.Nile/Maxwell as final overseas player given pitch or form /rotation.

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 4, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    Everyone was so excited about Ponting and Sachin opening together but it's gone exactly as I thought, really kind of painful watching 2 legends of the game struggling with 1's and 2's in t20 on flat Indian deck, If they both have to play in the 11 at least go 1 and 3 and let Dwayne Smith open to give some balance.

  • ddr3 on April 4, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    and what a bad decision Dinesh Karthik at 3? Rayudu at 5? Rayudu should have been at no 3

  • ddr3 on April 4, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    lol mumbai has a really bad think-tank Jacob Oram playing ahead of Dwayne Smith? Sachin and Ricky opening together? this opening pair won't work for sure! Dwayne and sachin should open!

  • Dhanno on April 4, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    I guess we have a headline which will be a constant each time MI bats. It shows currently : SRT ponting start cautiously. What cricketing sense (if it is at all needed for T20) does it make to have them open ? With C Gayle alone batting from start to finish RCB got 160. Both these men can barely score at 100-115 SR, which is subpar. Add to it the field restricted overs which MI lose ( I believe 6 overs ?). Then the poor running between wickets. Everything will add pressure to guys who come down the order.

    SRT's obsession with opening when he could not help the team at that position is astounding. The whole IPL 2012 and ODIs for last 3 years he has returned with 120 to 90 SR. It used to be great in 1990s and we are thankful for that. But if one really likes team they would stand aside and let a Pollard/ Karthik do their job.

  • on April 4, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    Again RCB proves that the team completely rely on Gayle.... though I'm not a RCB fan but I really enjoyed watching Gayle's innings.....

  • on April 4, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Good to see Oram out there again!

  • AnishSomani on April 4, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    what about de villiers.he is necessary for the team

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 4, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    Pollard should of had Gayle out first 2 balls, 1st lbw second caught instead he went for 15 , If Dwayne Smith was at point it probably would of been out also some very suspect fielding form Johnson on the boundary for the other 4 . . .

  • on April 4, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    harbhajan singh and ricky ponting in the same team thats real interesting haha

  • British_North_America on April 4, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    Dilshan was bowled in both BPL's final and semifinal.Now, here.What happened to him?

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 4, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    Jacob Oram ahead of Dwayne Smith ? Dan Christian for RCB ? Interesting selections . . . Dilshan looks terrible first over I think RCB might be better opening with Kohli and putting Barnwell or Mcdonald in the side.

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 4, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    Jacob Oram ahead of Dwayne Smith ? Dan Christian for RCB ? Interesting selections . . . Dilshan looks terrible first over I think RCB might be better opening with Kohli and putting Barnwell or Mcdonald in the side.

  • British_North_America on April 4, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    Dilshan was bowled in both BPL's final and semifinal.Now, here.What happened to him?

  • on April 4, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    harbhajan singh and ricky ponting in the same team thats real interesting haha

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 4, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    Pollard should of had Gayle out first 2 balls, 1st lbw second caught instead he went for 15 , If Dwayne Smith was at point it probably would of been out also some very suspect fielding form Johnson on the boundary for the other 4 . . .

  • AnishSomani on April 4, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    what about de villiers.he is necessary for the team

  • on April 4, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Good to see Oram out there again!

  • on April 4, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    Again RCB proves that the team completely rely on Gayle.... though I'm not a RCB fan but I really enjoyed watching Gayle's innings.....

  • Dhanno on April 4, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    I guess we have a headline which will be a constant each time MI bats. It shows currently : SRT ponting start cautiously. What cricketing sense (if it is at all needed for T20) does it make to have them open ? With C Gayle alone batting from start to finish RCB got 160. Both these men can barely score at 100-115 SR, which is subpar. Add to it the field restricted overs which MI lose ( I believe 6 overs ?). Then the poor running between wickets. Everything will add pressure to guys who come down the order.

    SRT's obsession with opening when he could not help the team at that position is astounding. The whole IPL 2012 and ODIs for last 3 years he has returned with 120 to 90 SR. It used to be great in 1990s and we are thankful for that. But if one really likes team they would stand aside and let a Pollard/ Karthik do their job.

  • ddr3 on April 4, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    lol mumbai has a really bad think-tank Jacob Oram playing ahead of Dwayne Smith? Sachin and Ricky opening together? this opening pair won't work for sure! Dwayne and sachin should open!

  • ddr3 on April 4, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    and what a bad decision Dinesh Karthik at 3? Rayudu at 5? Rayudu should have been at no 3