Royal Challengers Bangalore v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2013, Bangalore

Three legends do battle

Plays of the Day from the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians in Bangalore

Andrew Fidel Fernando

April 4, 2013

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Run-machines in tandem: Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar walk in, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Mumbai Indians, IPL, Bangalore, April 4, 2013
A first for cricket: Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar opening the innings © BCCI

The near déjà vus
In front of the biggest Test crowd Sri Lanka had ever played for, Tillakaratne Dilshan played one of the most boneheaded shots of his career against Mitchell Johnson, who cleaned him up last Boxing Day. Johnson's first ball to Dilshan on Thursday was almost a repeat. Seeing it pitch on middle, Dilshan aimed a heave across the line, and missed the ball by a distance as it straightened. Luckily for the batsman, the bounce in the Bangalore pitch took the ball over the stumps. He was not so fortunate in Johnson's next over, when he played a similar shot to a delivery on the same line, but fuller in length. Dilshan missed again, and the ball uprooted off stump. 

The pitch repair
At 19, fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah made his IPL debut against Royal Challengers, and the beginning of his first spell betrayed his nerves, as he pitched short and wide to Virat Kohli, who smote him on the offside for three boundaries. After the fourth ball, however, he alerted the umpire to some loose soil on the crease where he had landed, and had a groundsman fill that area in with sawdust. From then on, Bumrah was a man transformed. He trapped Kohli lbw next ball, then dismissed Mayank Agarwal with his first ball next over. He eventually finished with the best figures for his side, collecting 3 for 32.

The fantasy
Cricket fans who thought their dreams had come true when two all-time batting greats strode to the crease together to begin Mumbai's innings, had another treat in store for them in sixth over. While Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting remained together, Kohli introduced the greatest spin bowler of all time into the attack. Tendulkar had the best of the battle, hitting two consecutive fours in the first over from Muttiah Muralitharan - one down the ground, and another over mid-on.

The double-strike
After Dan Christian's disastrous 17th over, which leaked 24 runs, Mumbai edged ahead and arrived at the final over needing 10 to win. Two length balls from Vinay Kumar dislodged both set batsmen, however, and put the game right back in Royal Challengers' hands. Dinesh Karthik first attempted to heave Kumar's second ball into the leg-side stands, but managed only a top edge that settled in the hands of the deep midwicket fielder. Kieron Pollard then came to the crease, but because the batsmen had crossed, Ambati Rayudu faced the next ball, and was cleaned up by a delivery that ducked back in sharply.

The near miss
When Pollard finally got the strike, he had to score 8 off the last two deliveries to take his side to victory. When he struck his first ball sweetly though, a couple more inches of distance on the shot, or a little more elevation, might have seen Mumbai finish the night much more happily than they did. The low full toss was hit hard back over the bowler's head, and bounced just before the boundary rope to eventually be ruled a four, by the third umpire.

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Posted by sreejith0712 on (April 5, 2013, 13:58 GMT)

@DauIsKing - I think Pollard has a pretty good chance of facing Sunil Narine, considering that KKR like to keep him for the last 5 overs and considering that MI like to keep Pollard for the last 3 overs :)

Posted by DauIsKing on (April 5, 2013, 11:32 GMT)

I cant wait to see what happens when Tendulkar and Ponting get to face Sunil Narine. Pollard probably wont get the chance to face his West Indian Collegue

Posted by   on (April 5, 2013, 9:48 GMT)

If RCBs are that strong without AB,imagine how when he comes back.I would rate them as favourites this season.

Posted by Arrow011 on (April 5, 2013, 8:42 GMT)

I would surely rate Dinesh Karthik better than Pollard. DK is so small but he hits towering sixes, whereas Pollard hits only in few matches out of whole IPL. DK's success rate is higher than Pollard.

Posted by AnilJaiswal on (April 5, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

Mumbai Indian has some problem In their Mindset. They have new captain, New openers, new coach, new mentor but story was the same like past five years. they love to do wrong things. they love to loose their grip on the match. They don't know how to control oppositions as well as they don't know how to pace their inning. check their matches. they may be slowest in all teams in terms of runs in first ten overs. They always thinks, they can win the match in the last overs. check the records again May be they are the team who mostly loose or win in the last over. Why they love to Pollard, no one can solve this misty Why u give just one-two balls or one two overs to a player like Pollard? Is Rayadu or even Dinesh kartik are better r batsmen than pollard. Dinesh played good last night. But he is certainly not a first down batsman or pinch hitter. If mumbai wants to win future matches, They have to send pollard after 10 overs of the match whether its two wicket down or 5 wkt down.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (April 5, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

Murli is a good bowler but u cant compare him with warne who is greatest spinner with simple action

Posted by   on (April 5, 2013, 6:04 GMT)

Tendulkar fist-pumping Ponting was a sight to behold for generations.

Posted by Rohit... on (April 5, 2013, 4:54 GMT)

The judgement is :- Just let it be - Murali : Greatest Off-Spinner of all times.... Warne : Greatest Leg-spinner of all times ... All other charges dismissed.

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