Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2013, Jaipur

Rajasthan thrash Mumbai to go top

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

April 17, 2013

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Rajasthan Royals 179 (Rahane 68*, Yagnik 34) beat Mumbai Indians 92 (Karthik 30, Faulkner 3-16) by 87 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Ajinkya Rahane lofts one over the offside, Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2013, Jaipur, April 17, 2013
Ajinkya Rahane anchored the innings with an unbeaten 68 © BCCI

This match was billed as a clash of the legends, with three of cricket's greatest run-getters - Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar - featuring, and there was the added draw of Sreesanth and Harbhajan Singh facing off days after Sreesanth's barrage of tweets re-opened the Slapgate controversy from the first season of the IPL. To dash the dreams of the marketing men, the three legends played 12 deliveries in all, and Sreesanth was rested from the game as Rajasthan Royals wanted to ensure they didn't overwork him soon after a long lay-off.

Still, the fans at the Sawai Man Singh stadium were treated to one of the joys of the IPL, watching journeymen cricketers take their chance in the limelight as Royals brushed away their underdog tag to go top of the table after demolishing the high-profile Mumbai Indians. Dishant Yagnik made the most of being promoted to No. 3 to ensure the momentum wasn't lost after Shane Watson's high-octane start, the unheralded offspinner Ajit Chandila can tell his grandkids he's the first bowler to have dismissed both Tendulkar and Ponting in the same match, and the under-rated Siddharth Trivedi virtually ended the chase by getting the dangerous Rohit Sharma in a wicket maiden.

This was a night on which almost everything went right for Royals. Their Twenty20 superstar Watson took apart Mumbai's main threat, Lasith Malinga, to lead Royals to 58 after six overs. The trouble for Royals has been that they have struggled to kick on once Watson departs - this time in the eight over - but Dravid decided to demote himself and gave Yagnik a go.

Yagnik had shown in the limited chances he has got that he is not short on confidence, and loves to try unorthodox strokes. He began with a streaky four past the keeper, but then became far more assured as he thrashed Kieron Pollard over midwicket for six, and drilled several boundaries to point before falling for a 24-ball 34 while attempting a reverse-sweep.

Ajinkya Rahane was at the other end when Watson and Yagnik were going ballistic, and though he too played some big hits in the Powerplay, he couldn't find the boundary easily after that. He wisely decided to turn the strike over to the power-hitters, anchoring the innings with his typically orthodox strokes. He hit three fours in the final over after an extended dry spell in the second half of the innings, but the real acceleration came from Twenty20 expert Brad Hodge, who slammed a 15-ball 27.

Mumbai had to chase 180 to win, and against the innocuous Chandila and left-arm spinner Ankeet Chavan, they lost Tendulkar and Ponting cheaply. Tendulkar top-edged a sweep and Ponting lobbed back a return catch, and when Trivedi had Rohit holing out to midwicket in the seventh over, Mumbai were virtually out of it. Pollard was promoted but he was done in by an inswinger from Stuart Binny in the eighth over, after which Mumbai were only looking to limit the margin of defeat. They didn't do too well on that front either, slumping to their biggest loss in terms of runs.

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Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (April 19, 2013, 12:58 GMT)

That was a master stroke by Dravid to open bowling with 2 spinners. He knows that both Tendulkar and Ponting are weak against spin.

Posted by pitch_it_up on (April 18, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

Top 3 batting positions in Test Cricket (having to face the fast bowlers who would be fresh, and the ball swinging), middle/lower middle order in ODI's (ball gets soft, and don't get time to score runs) are very challenging positions. Rahul has done all that while, sometimes, keeping as well. A selfless team man who took tough challenges. Opening in ODI, and # 4 position in Test cricket (getting shielded by 3 batsmen above him, yet not too late to score runs) are very beneficial positions for a batsman. Sachin got these slots and had been adamant from giving it away. Remember the # of times Azhar, Saurav, Rahul and now Dhoni tried sending him down the order in ODIs for the benefit of the team, and he was always expressed his unhappiness and stuck to that position!! I am glad to see this phase where Rahul is reaping the benefits (albeit a bit late) of his tireless efforts and great work ethic, and awesome attitude!! Go Rahul - the real sportsman!!

Posted by alarky on (April 18, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

Cont'd: Yes Suresh, the IPL franchise owners refused to buy Lara to play in the IPL because they feared the fact that Tendulkar would have been surving in his shadows once again. However, they've not the slightest fear for Pontin, because they know that he cannot test Tendulkar under any sub continent playing conditions. You see the smartness in the strategy? But I challenge them now, to still give Lara one season of IPL and he'll still make them all look like ameteurs at age 45. The evidence of what I'm saying is there for all to see - all Lara's peers were offered a spot to play in the IPL one time or another, BUT NOT LARA! here's some evidence: These are some of the big name players of Lara's time who were allowed to play IPL, while there were fears to pick him: Sanath Jayasuriya, Shane Warne, Glen Mc Grath, Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden, Mutiah Muralitheran, Sean Pollock, and on and on! I know that the Indians don't ever practice bigotry - hence, it had to be concealed strategy!

Posted by alarky on (April 18, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

SRT has seriously injured the impact that he had as a cricketer in the last 2 years! Now, he wants to retire; but his abysmal failures are not allowing him to quit the way he planned (via a good performance). So, the PR section of his management team, which has done such a great job to promote him to date, is now doing everything for "damage control", in preparation for that moment of inevitability. So, having noticed that they're not achieving their goals as initially planned, they're now picking on all sorts of other intangibles, to try to give him a good send-off. So, one of the strategies was to hire Ricky Pontin to create a photo opt of both he and SRT opening for the Mumbai Indians - whatever help to be gained. But this PR stunt is backfiring on them big time! Their overrated metal as batsmen when they played is now exposed in the twilight of their careers. And only now I see why Lara was snubbed by the IPL owners. The Indians didn't want SRT to continue to live in Lara's shadows

Posted by latecut_04 on (April 18, 2013, 12:34 GMT)

Difference between RR and MI can be seen by watching SRT and RD.Dravid RETIRED from int cricket leaner,fitter and professional than ever.(As Always ofcourse).SRT a contemporary player looks overweight,unfit and burdened.Result--Obvious.Dravid oh Dravid last year i was watching RR's last match with a lump in my throat feeling I would never get to see you play again(had thought you had quit all forms of cricket including IPL).Is there anyone who soes not respect Rahul Sharad Dravid.If there is one he/she must know cricket next to nothing.Rahul--Tell you what I am proud to share the same nationality of Rahul Dravid.Period

Posted by zero_knowledge on (April 18, 2013, 10:48 GMT)

I hope royals continues to win games and make it to the knock out. Last year they stuttered a bit in the middle of the season and had a brain freeze in the final games which knocked them out. Dravid has been brilliant strategically and also has been flexible to try new things. Off course his selfless attitude helps him to drop himself down the order and not give a hoot about it. Cooper who missed out most of the last IPL due to injury has been available which has been good for royals. most of the top order have had 2-3 good knocks. More importantly in spite of not playing any competitive cricket for a year Dravid is still capable of playing good knocks which reaffirms his class :)

Posted by Aamir23 on (April 18, 2013, 10:30 GMT)

Perfect lesson for Mumbai.This is going to happen again in knock out matches with Teams Like RCB Or CSK.Though Sachin and Ponting are great players ,this format does not suit them,especially Ponting,He hardly performed when he played for KKR.Ponting wont be dropped and Winning IPL will remain as Dream for them this year too.

Posted by SunnyKing1008 on (April 18, 2013, 10:27 GMT)

What is the point if you have the potential and not performing to it, you will end up loosing your battle. Never saw Rickys (australian international) team submitting to the opposition this easily

Posted by NP_NY on (April 18, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

It is very hard not to like RR, no matter which team one supports, just like it is extremely hard for anyone not to like Rahul Dravid. I would give him a 10 out of 10, but I am going to give him a 11 instead for keeping Sreesanth under control so far :).

Posted by SL_rockz on (April 18, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

Yeah MI should play with the same openers !!! No matter how they failed they should be playing !! They are legends know !! Playing Legends in IPL gives extra 25 or 30 Runs nah :P So play them ...Very happy CSK fan .....

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

Kudos to Royals - without any stars with exception of Shane Watson - for defeating star studded Mumbai (inclusive of Malinga, Sachin, Punter, Rohit, Pollard,Bhajji and Ojha) by such a huge margin. I must remind you that RR is my favorite team to win second only to CSK !

Posted by JG2704 on (April 18, 2013, 7:56 GMT)

@Chris_P on (April 17, 2013, 21:48 GMT) More money than sense it seems.

From watching the IPL this year and looking at the squads it seems that there are too many overseas players in each squad who rarely/if ever get used.

I've looked out for some of my English players like Wright , Shah and Dimitri and none of those have got a game yet. And I look at some of the players who were benched by Pune and their opponents yesterday - guys like Dumminy,Samuels,Sammy and Mckay and it makes me wonder why IPL sides buy these players if they are not going to replace underperforming overseas players. If they are going to stick with the brand players no matter what then why not save the pennies? I know you won't think badly of me for saying this but guys like Ponting and Gilchrist are currently not up to standard but seem undroppable. And guys like Maxwell (who as you say they pay so much for) don't get a game

Posted by IndiaGoats on (April 18, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

Rahul Dravid is second to no one in terms of his understanding of cricket strategy and analysis of playing conditions. He is a little less imposing though (compared to Sourav, Dhoni, etc) and that showed when he was captaining the India side (especially with high-ego characters like Tendulkar, Zaheer, Ganguly, etc in the team). With a less experienced team at RR, Dravid's analytical and nurturing leadership is really coming to the fore.

Posted by BDHUNTER on (April 18, 2013, 7:38 GMT)

It is the beginning of what RR have done 5 yrs ago,Good luck for RR & waiting to Rock once more...............and wins the heart of Jaipur........................

Posted by srm_ramani on (April 18, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

MI should replace Sachin and ponting with maxwell and other young indian players..

Posted by ningthoujam on (April 18, 2013, 6:18 GMT)

Opening with Ponting has put extra pressure on Sachin. Previous seasons Sachin used to carry through the innings while the other batsman smacking. They must bring in Dwayne and open with Sachin

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 6:18 GMT)

RR are looking a happy bunch. They look like having fun, unlike some of the other teams that make heavy weather of the IPL.All thanks to the inspirational leader Rahul Dravid. Dravid out-thought and out-witted sachin-ponting-kumble-wright-rhodes. Hats off. Dravid seems to have instilled faith in RR camp that everybody, be it overseas/Indian, capped/uncapped, will get a chance to prove his ability. Some have failed(menaria, Perera), some have excelled, but the spirit in the camp is high, unlike most other teams where half of the dugout knows that they wont get a single game,while the rest are sure they won't be dropped irrespective of their performances.It was amazing thinking by RD to drop sreesanth from the game.He knew he'd be overcharged against MI(Read bhajji), and it might result in another one of his famous meltdown, which would prove costly for the team.RR is going great guns.Best of luck to RR for their next home game against RCB. after all its in Bangalore- their leader's home

Posted by justcricket1 on (April 18, 2013, 6:05 GMT)

The problem with Mumbai is that they think by throwing huge money they can win IPL, that's why they make all weird decisions, they made ponting captain and blocked one foreigner place in team, they bought maxwell for a million to carry drinks, in last 5 IPL's and in this IPL as well they are not able to form a good opening combination. I feel they should have made either Karthik or Rohit as captain and should have got some explosive opener to open with Sachin, it is very clear now that if Mumbai get to chase 160+ or so, they will struggle as they can never take advantage of first six overs by having Sachin and Ponting as opener, It's Cricket on ground which will win them IPL not the millions or a strong team on paper

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 5:50 GMT)

mi is a great team with some great players ,the big reason for their defeat against RR is their overconfidence....they are trusting more to their hitting players like pollard and dinesh......no body can argue that MI have one of great batting line up but problem is that there is some problem in arranging players all the standard players are playing at one site and others playing at other like sachin and ponting. ......... they should try some other combinations so that during the time of no way left they can just go through the match and can even win or if not then the can reduce their defeat margin....and the work load should be transfered equally rather than cencentrating it to only pollard and dinesh or rohit.........

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 5:45 GMT)

So happy to see these so called "best sides" in the IPL lose.... The only teams that are really playing for the sake of bringing young players into everyone's attention are RR, KXIP, SRH and PWI and thus they are called underdogs.... Still they thrash some of the big sides with only one uncapped player (which is necessary, or else they won't play even one uncapped player)...

Posted by SpeedCricketThrills on (April 18, 2013, 5:40 GMT)

What beats my imagination is how such a simple team of "uncapped, unheralded players" are able to combine so well to beat a team which not only has superstars in the playing 11 but also some acknowledged as "the best thinkers" in their think tank watching the match from the dugout. Most baffling of all is that they saw Dravid opting to send "game savers" and "game changers" ahead of himself in batting. And here we have Wright, Kumble, etc etc letting Ponting & Sachin to open the innings. Dravid appears to be more a spiritual force binding the team; sadly the same think hasn't been seen in Sachin and Ponting.

Posted by rsurya on (April 18, 2013, 5:27 GMT)

Drop Johnson and bring in Dwayne Smith. Drop Rishi dhawan and bring in Munaf Patel. Float ponting according to situations. Open with smith and Sachin. No wrong will happen. If you lose too many wickets early ponting will stabilize. first 6 overs will be smashed by smith. middle order will get confidence to play freely. Even further it will be good if ponting gets replaced by maxwell. Mumbai wont lose at any cost.

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 5:23 GMT)

A real bad day in-office for mumbai indians. nothing went right for them. but nonetheless, great victory for RR.

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 5:14 GMT)

Tendulkar and Ponting are becoming stale as they are ageing. On the other hand Dravid is like a wine. He's only getting better with age. His performance in tests in 2011, in 2011 & 2012 IPL, his two fifties in this year's Ipl already, and the way he is marshalling his troops, he seems so energised while the others are looking clueless. I bet he is the only veteran who'll be picked up by a franchisee in the next year's open auction, that is, if he puts himself up for auction. And may be Kallis. That's it. I don't think ponting, Sangakkara or gilchrist will be picked up by any franchisee next year as they are non performing captains unlike dravid who is an inspirational captain and is also performing himself. Even Sachin might lose Ipl contract next year, becoz he is not performing, and he is not even bringing his leadership skills on the table unlike other veterans.

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 5:06 GMT)

CONGRATS RAHUL BHAI .. lion hearted performance by RR.. as per the best vetaran in t20s votings . dravid proving its right .. he is the best veteran .. he is batting as well as captaining. everyone knows about MIGHTY MUMBAI but the team work and planning worked for RR after the tsunami start of RR mumbai looked like an ordinary team.. same team played againest PWI but everything went under the controll of RR . sudden failure .. of MI every batsmen just coming and going. CHENNAI AND KKR LOOKING FOR THE TWO SPOTS IN THE TOP FOUR WHOSE GONNA LOOSE THE TWO PLACES .. IPL WILL narrate the scrypt soon..................

Posted by sane1 on (April 18, 2013, 4:41 GMT)

Clinical Performance by Dravid and Team to say the least.4 Masterstrokes from Dravid. 1. Choosing to Bat when experts said to bat second. 2. Changing the Batting Order as per the situation. 3. Choosing to open with Spinners on both ends, when the pitch suits pacers. 4. Resting Sreesanth, to avoid him facing Harbhajan, and being all excited and throwing away the match

Posted by Udendra on (April 18, 2013, 4:33 GMT)

Mumbai is facing the 'veteran dilemma'. Can't drop 'Pondulkar' nor play them!

Posted by Lovetesh on (April 18, 2013, 4:22 GMT)

RR is a team, MI is a bunch of superstars. I like RR and KXIP as they gave opportunities to local players like Yagnik, Chandila, Chavan, Trivedi, Mandeep, Vohra, Awana... and so on. Other big teams like KKR, CSK, RCB and MI rely on foreign and Indian superstars to bail them out while try to hide their local talent and use them sparingly.

Posted by GrindAR on (April 18, 2013, 4:12 GMT)

I liked how the match was played and the outcome. Here is my slogan for RR & S[R]H... Keep low profile, Nail high profile.

What a show... I will remember this twin extra-ordinary results today. No hope to a decisive win for SunRisers (what a 19th over man... I still cant believe it has happened...). Better show followed by an outstanding show by RR.

Posted by ibbani on (April 18, 2013, 4:10 GMT)

Nice tosee RR thrash MI so heavily. RR and RCB are the best teams so far as the table suggests. If there were no 2 close last ball defeats RCB would have been enjoying all 6 wins. Draivd handles his resources well. He was not given a good support when he was a captain of Indian team. I am glad that he is doing too good now. Congrats Dravid, you make me so proud being a Bangalorean.

Posted by sanjaykool on (April 18, 2013, 4:00 GMT)

After three wickets down cheaply the should have sent Rayadu instead of Pollard. He would have tried to stabilize innings. Pollard place is not in middle order but down the order. Only after 14 or 15 overs pollard should be promoted up the order. He can not play stabilizers role. He can not do controlled aggression. What ever half cooked cricket Pundits may say.

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 3:31 GMT)

RAJASTHAN's Rahul Dravid's men ROYALLY TUCKED Mumbai Indians- Why? Cos the form of Mumbai Indians Opening pair of Tendulkar-Ponting HAUNTING thus the DAUNTING Task to chase was never on Cards. Except Dinesh Karthik who is the only inform batsman, none are their heroes are performers. I have said and we all are aware that Players like Rohit Sharma playing 15/20 matches and becoming a Hero in one match and so is Keiron Pollard. Mumbai Indians had Dwayne Bravo in previous IPL, and now for Chennai Superkings, I rate Dwayne Bravo much much ahead than Keiron Pollard in the Al-Rounder Category and a Match Winner.

Posted by Romenevans on (April 18, 2013, 3:30 GMT)

The Chelsea of IPL. What a team! Halla bol. It was not only beating, it was pure thrashing of a stars studded team by young kids full of passion and hunger to perform.

Posted by himanshu.team on (April 18, 2013, 3:20 GMT)

RR are an example of how T-20 should be played. It is not about big names: big hitters and one or two special bowlers like Naraine or Malinga. It is indeed a team game. Lesser known bowlers have to bowl 3 or 4 decent overs. Similar batsmen have to make quick 20s or 30s, rotate strike and not be in awe of big names in opposition. You do that and chances are you will win a handful of matches. That is all they are doing. Keeping things simple may result in few losses if one of the big names in opposition camp fires, but it keeps you on the ground and keeps you in the fight. That is why RR have almost always been in contention for last 4 even if they dont make it. They acheive the target they set for themselves in the IPL; and always punch above their weight.

Posted by Narbavi on (April 18, 2013, 2:35 GMT)

Everything about RR makes you support them, first reason is the presence of Dravid as the leader, second is the way he uses his resources to perfection, third is his selflessness, fourth is the fact that this is the only team where there are more uncapped players in the playing 11 than any other team in the ipl including other underdogs kings 11, DD and Hyderabad!!

Posted by pradave17 on (April 18, 2013, 2:17 GMT)

This IPL for MI has become practice sessions for SRT and Punter. They are still trying to see whether they can do something by bat or not. Wasting so many matches for this objective will cost MI badly. May be this pair will score a fifty in the next match. Then they will waste another 10 or 12 matches (not only IPL) to practice again. IPL shows there is a distinct future for many Indian young batsmen. Karthik, Rahane, Vohra, Ghony have to be wait in the benches of selecting committee and hail for their Golden Oldies's Duck's and rare fifties. Gosh....when will this people recognize that they are getting weaker and should not damage their legacy that developed in last decades.

Posted by CricketAkshay on (April 18, 2013, 1:56 GMT)

Mumbai had stiff task on hand as they had to chase in excess of 9.00 runs per over. 180 runs always win games for the side bowling second unless an exceptional innings comes from the side batting second. Many would have hoped for another close-encounter, given the strong batting line-up that Mumbai possess.

With the departure of Tendulkar and Ponting in quick succession, Dinesh Karthik was required to put in a big performance. He didn't get support from the other end as he kept losing his partners at regular intervals, and consequently had a significant task at hand. They also lost Rohit Sharma in the 7th over and Pollard in the 8th over, which shifted the burden on Dinesh Karthik. Dinesh Karthik didn't resist too long as he was dismissed by James Faulkner for 30.

Mumbai Indians were nowhere in the game following Karthik's dismissal, as they crumbled out for 92 runs - one of the worst batting performances in IPL history from the Mumbai Indians. Dinesh Karthik top scored with 30 runs.

Posted by GRVJPR on (April 18, 2013, 1:34 GMT)

I think finlas should always be played at Jaipur. It is a good testing pitch and ordinary sloggers like Pollard are sorted out. Why finals are always at flat 'Chennai' or 'Mumbai' pitch??

Posted by GRVJPR on (April 18, 2013, 1:10 GMT)

A little bit of seam movement and that Slogger Pollard is out bowled middle stump flat .

Posted by sweet2hrme on (April 18, 2013, 1:05 GMT)

That is enough! I hope this is last year of sachin. I am big fan of sachin but his time is over..we cant expect anything extra ordinary now.. His reflection is getting poor now so as his foot work. Plz take retirement now.. I am saying this not becoz MI lost badly. I am saying only becoz i am in search of truth. AND its truth now SACHIN is now history ..

Posted by Yoker111 on (April 18, 2013, 0:33 GMT)

Its a good thing Kusal Perera is not picked for the playing 11. But my 4 int players will be Watson, Shah, Cooper and Hodge. Shah needs to bat 1 down while Hodge 2 down.

Posted by Ajit_Gupta on (April 18, 2013, 0:25 GMT)

I guess Tendulkar and Ponting are over-awed by each other's presence. It will be a good idea to open the innings with Kartik and Tendulkar and letting Ponting come at fall of Sachin. In case Kartik gets out Rohit should come in. This way Sachin and Poting will have their undoubted hegemony while on crease and allowing the inform batsmen to do their job (to score) while they find rhythm in their own way....there is no doubt that these two legends still have something to offer and that is why so many fans are waiting for Pondulkar to show their magic...staggering the two greats will surely help MI to come out of unfortunate situation they are....good luck Sachin..Ricky....show some flexibility...you had been amongst some tough ones to change....but somethimes it is good to heed to such requirements...in the interest of the team....

Posted by Alexk400 on (April 17, 2013, 23:55 GMT)

I really think MI making mistake of playing rayudu and DK same time again. Two ox on pitch is a disaster. Rayudu was taking singles wrong time in last ball. He messed up starting of every over. I think he has skills but he is not pressure player. I seriously think even with DK playing great , they have serious hole in Mumbai Indian team. They have two similar players. Rohit sharma and pollard same , Rayudu and DK same. Its killing them. If they do not mix and match and bring new players in between them , MI will lose in semifinals or finals.

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 23:18 GMT)

Mumbai Indians is just a overhyped team. Their fans should appreciate good cricket apart from their craze. This season they are playing with 9 players each game instead of 11.

Posted by darren_1146 on (April 17, 2013, 22:59 GMT)

Let's face it folks, Tendulkar and Pointing are truly greats of this game but they simply should not open together. They have done very little for the MI at the top of the innings, thus leaving the bulk of the run scoring to Karthik, Sharma and the others. That batting order needs to be changed if they want to win the IPL

Posted by CricOr on (April 17, 2013, 21:48 GMT)

....the three legends played 12 deliveries in all...... Only two of the three legends played. Rahul Dravid who had scored two half centuries in previous four matches decided to demote himself from his standard batting poistion for the good of the team. As he has always done for team India. Congrats Rajasthan Royals

Posted by Chris_P on (April 17, 2013, 21:48 GMT)

Although personally not a great fan of T20, & still believing Glen Maxwell is well short of test standard, the guy, however, IMHO, is one of the most dynamic players of this form of cricket in the world. I don't know why MI bought him (& paid so much) for him to warm benches. Cricket followers are missing something special. Otherwise, games like this always happen, and to all teams.

Posted by AmarJiith on (April 17, 2013, 21:38 GMT)

Srt and Ponting must retire from all formats of the game.

Posted by kaidranzer on (April 17, 2013, 21:29 GMT)

@EverybodylovesSachin: "If Mumbai Indians had won the toss they would have won."

I remember Ponting saying at the toss that he would have opted to bowl first. So even if MI had won the toss, they would have bowled first and lost. Please look at the facts before making such wild conjectures.

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 20:54 GMT)

boycs says sehwag will fade away!....ha ha ha...but boycs and cricinfo don't say anything about sachin tendulkar...sachin is too old old now and should give up all forms of cricket...

Posted by Sageleaf on (April 17, 2013, 20:53 GMT)

The biggest joke of IPL this season is the openers of Mumbai Indians. Tendulkar and Ponting are too old for this format and cannot open. Both are legends & there's no two words about it but age is catching up for them. Why is Ponting made captain? Surely they can find a better player to captain. Even Gillly is finding hard to keep up for his team. I feel experience is not enough to win matches in T20 format.

Posted by Y2SJ on (April 17, 2013, 20:36 GMT)

Nice to see how Rahane has matured in the past year. If Dravid can mentor him, he will be a great addition to the Indian team. Very good captaincy by Dravid

Posted by lebigfella on (April 17, 2013, 20:32 GMT)

I am a Mumbai fan... or certainly as close as I can be BUT there is a huge question mark regarding their opening partnership... historically one of the most potentially exciting on record... in reality I feel they clash, lack chemistry & are too old... if one has to open then it should be with a less experienced team mate... Master & Servant so to speak. Ricky Ponting needs to review his strategy, cast aside the old ego and drop himself down the order. Just because they are/were (controversial) awesome (two of the best... ever) batsmen doesn't neccesary mean they will be great team mates... something needs to be sorted asap

Posted by Nampally on (April 17, 2013, 20:18 GMT)

MI had 4 out of top 5 batsmen getting out for single digit scores of 1,2,2,4. Compare the top 5 of the of RR where they all contributed over 25 runs with a minimum S/R of 124, with single digit guy run out. Legends like Ponting & Tendulkar should live up to such status by performing. Result: much fancied contest ended up as a farce. MI had neither bowlers nor batsmen performing. On the other hand a calm & cool Dravid showed total confidence in his team by demoting himself & put guys like Yagnik , Binny & Hodge to show the way. Indeed they did by setting 180 run target. Dravid followed it up by giving his unknown bowlers a crack at the legends & Chandila clicked by getting both of them out with 2 Wkts. for 6 runs in his 2 overs! That sealed the fate of MI despite the "lone ranger Kartick" trying to rescue a sinking ship.Pollard should be @#4 so that both he & Rohit can play responsibly, instead of each hoping other would perform! In T20 you are a HERO by performing & ZERO by failing.

Posted by Shan156 on (April 17, 2013, 20:04 GMT)

Great job Royals. That was indeed a 'Royals' thrashing. I hope Mumbai loses every game like this.

One bad thing because of the IPL is that sloggers like Pollard are now considered cricketers. It is sad and unfortunate.

Posted by catsalive on (April 17, 2013, 20:01 GMT)

I just dont understand why people keep saying that mumbai has a very strong batting line up. Tendulakar and Ponting's magic has expired long time ago. DK is playing pretty well. Sharma is way way too highly rated. He is never consistent. Pollard is a player who can come good only at the end. He can never be a player who can anchor and play in crisis situation all the time. Rayudu is again an over rated player. A Good bowling unit lcan rip through this line up. MI has to rething its strategy and probably even change their openers. Well they have done this way too many times, so this should be a shocker. ALl is not over for MI, they can come back. However this defeat would have dented their confidence big time.

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 19:50 GMT)

Dravid rocks, Pondulkar shocks. Dravid is undoubtedly the best captain in this IPL. Very calm, Very cool, Very meticulous, Very methodical, and at times Very different. I'd venture to say that he's the best captain India has ever seen. Unlucky for him that one loss against Bangladesh in 2007 left a permanent blot on his career. If only Ganguly and Chappell had supported him like he supported Ganguly and John Wright, he could have been the most successful Indian captain. That was total demolition of Mumbai Indians by the eternal underdogs. Scratchy wins like the ones against DD and KXIP help them retain their underdog tag but After such professional and dominating performance against MI, i guess it'll be very difficult for RR to remain under the radar. The other teams are going to take them seriously through the rest of the tournament.

Posted by JG2704 on (April 17, 2013, 19:48 GMT)

Not sure what the obsession these IPL Franchises have with picking veteran batsmen who seem neither to be able to up the tempo or anchor an innings esp some of the overseas players. Also others are being picked because of an international rep but not in this format. Still , it was very funny to see the run out aftermath between Rayudu and H Singh. Broad gets alot of comms re petulence but surely Harby is a master in that art

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (April 17, 2013, 19:47 GMT)

Come on guys stop thrashing Mumbai Indians, specially Sachin and Pointing. One game can change the result drastically. If Mumbai Indians had won the toss they would have won. Very easy wicket batting first on fresh wicket.

Poor bowling by Johnson and Pollard. 180 was toomuch for any team to chase. Rajasthan Royals should have been restricted to 150, 155 max.

Mumbai Indians will be very good next game. I do not think Dravid has done any special things to win this game.

Posted by wake_up_india on (April 17, 2013, 19:35 GMT)

It is clear who are the men and who are the boys among the present players. At least Australia had the sense not to persevere with Ponting.

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 19:28 GMT)

Mumbai - So disastrous...

Posted by ravikini on (April 17, 2013, 19:26 GMT)

Before this match, if anyone said that MI will lose by (for that matter any team) 87 runs, that guy would have been ridiculed as the one who don't know anything about cricket. Thay would say "bro, this is not a test match, this is twenty/20 cricket. I am amazed by the margin of victory. In most of the matches, teams take around 12 overs to score 87 runs, with 100 runs coming in the 14th or 15th over. I am also curious about this format where a team such as PWI can beat the CSK relatively easy and lose that next one to a less stronger opponent. Also MI bat so deep that they should score runs and even if lose , may be by 10 or 15 runs and not by 87 runs. This is simply outrageous.If we really want to see every team fight tooth and nail to win a match, bonus points must be credited to the team winning so handsomely and some points should be debited from the losing side. Comeon Guys, you people are playing in the most popular tournament in the world and you need to keep up the standards

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 19:25 GMT)

and thats called a thrashing... what a match from RR's perspective.. another potent inning from jinx(Rahane)... another show of selfless captaincy by Dravid.... Being an avid Dravid and RR fan,its like a dream come true to me... and yes what a performance from the bowlers specially from our local talent Chandila..... cheers!!!

Posted by Richvii on (April 17, 2013, 19:11 GMT)

MI team mgmt needs to be changed first! By making Ponting the captain, it has restricted them to utilize the bench strength of foriegn players. What was the rationale of spending 1 mil on Maxwell? Like Tendulkar has affinity towards Bhajji, Ponting has for MJohnson! Coulter Nile is a better bowler and a great pinch hitter than MJ, but has not been given an opp.MI needs to drop Ponting/Tendulkar/Dhawan/Mitchell johnson asap. We can get Dwayne Smith, CoulterNnile, Dhawal kulkarni or Bumrah and Yadav/Tare/saxena. Remember folks, MI has a very poor domestic batting bench strength among all the ipl teams.In fact Rayadu looks all rusty and out of form!However, we have no option but to continue with him---

Posted by DrVivekPS on (April 17, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

GIANT KILLERS did it again!!! Rajasthan Royals are gelling together as a really good unit under the captaincy of Rahul Dravid...

Most of the people underestimated this side, calling them just GIANT KILLERS & never expected them to get into the playoffs.Now they r proving that they r more than that. Well its still early days but with 11 games @ hand & needing just 5 wins out of them, they r @ a pretty good position.

The 2 games coming up , one with RCB @ Bangalore & with CSK @ Chennai will really test RR's potentials.

Inability to maintain gud runrate in the powerplay & middle overs has been the real problem of RR in the last seasons .With Watson up in their ranks they cud get some gud starts. If he can bat atleast 7-8 overs every game RR wud fancy their chances this tournament.

RR team management loves to pick the playing eleven suiting the conditions & having in mind the opposition's strength, so have surprised many in the process.

Fingers crossed for their comin up matches!!!

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

been a royals supporter since the inaugural competition, this time i'm quietly confident with the team's chances. there's a great balance in the team in terms of characters, experience and exuberance! also have to say Trivedi is the most underrated bowler in IPL! Great start to the tourney, keep going boys! :D

Posted by Slizzle on (April 17, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

Every time I watch with great anticipation for ponting to fire and score a 50 off 25 balls....still hope to see it, if he is still misfiring by the knockouts he should excuse himself.....come on pondulkar!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 18:53 GMT)

Tendukar has been finished. It is better to r e tire in favor of new generations.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (April 17, 2013, 18:46 GMT)

Lol...MI done and dusted! Take a bow, RR! MI will get the taste of Statchin's obsession with reserving batting positions. This unbelieavably selfish cricketer will never play as per team's needs. He gets to play as opener or at no.4, is what that matters to him. Team India experienced his selfishness a lot. Time for MI to experience it now. Feel sorry for MI team and fans. Take a bow, Dravid! The complete, quintessential team-man. As usual, he flies under the radar and has the last laugh. What a MAN! What a CAPTAIN! Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty-Kundra must be one happy couple.

Posted by ThyrSaadam on (April 17, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

MI should stop fantasising and should think about what really works for them. In the first few seasons they did just that by Having Sanath open with SRT, and an ageing Sanath that too. He had a few good knock but was by and large a failure. Rohit Sharma is way too inconsistent by even t20 standards. Only one between SRT, and Ponting can play.

Posted by alarky on (April 17, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

"TENDULKAR and PONTING FAIL AGAIN"! This headline was really short lived in the cricket media. However, TENDULKAR FAIL AGAIN is no surprising news - he is in his 3RD CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF FAILURES! And he's accustomed to these alarmingly extended performance-droughts. In fact, he failed for almost 4 CONSECTIVE YEARS between 2004 and 2007. But, the Indians are still hollering that he's better than Dravid - I won't even mention the stupid argument they're having about Bradman, Sobers, Richards, Lara and Gavascar. There has never been QUERIES about the place of any of the foregoing names in their team. Pontin was dropped once, as was Michael Clarke. This is the second time that Tendulkar's position in the Indian team has been questioned. And who say that IPL is not international cricket? It's very similar to English county cricket in the 70s - can any cricket be more international? Not long ago, I saw SA's Steyn bowling to WI's Gayle in the IPL - really serious INTERNATIONAL cricket!

Posted by philipsmgp on (April 17, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

I guess Pontings non performance is taking a toll on tendulkar... he knows ponting is not scoring so he is trying to be more aggresive so that he could compensate the run rate which ponting is not getting going. And thats not good.May be some one could open for Mumbai and ponting could come in the middle order so that he could be more relaxed and play according to the situation.

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

Excellent captaincy by Dravid. Demoting himself was a selfless act. Good to see that he is promoting local talent, the very purpose of IPL. Trivedi, Samson, Binny, Chandila..all flourishing under him. I would like to see Sachin Baby in next game. RR may or may not qualify for play-offs, but they have won the hearts with their on field behavior and attitude, led admirable by a perfect gentleman!

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 18:30 GMT)

2 unbelievable happened today,,, one when PWI were stunned to see them falling from 101/4 to 108 all out and losing the winning match & the other when RR thrashed MI, totally one sided when everybody had a belief in MI batsmen of atleast a fight.,.,

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

Rahul Dravid's tactics made all the difference, first with the batting order and then starting with a spinner.

Posted by sportslover86 on (April 17, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

This is called captaincy.Well done Rahul Dravid & co.. Great performance by RR. Dravid shows how to use limited resources for maximum output. Go RR go. Interesting to see Rd planning agains Gayle.

Posted by philipsmgp on (April 17, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

Five non performing international captains.... mahela,gilchrist,ponting, sangakara, mathwes.Franchise owners do not know what to do with them.... atleast HYD had the intelligence to drop sanga. At this point of time mahela and gilchrist can not be dropped (no one else to lead). But mumbai and pune do have the options.

Posted by anand_ on (April 17, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

Today one got to know why Dravid doesn't have the same numbers as Ponting or Tendulkar that is coz he always put his team ahead of himself. Hats off to the champion and hope RR make it to the playoff this time so that Dravid could end his cricket on a high.

Posted by maheshwar_reddy on (April 17, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

Ponting should step down as captain voluntarily and can be a mentor for MI.Maxwell should be given a chance

Posted by sweet2hrme on (April 17, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

That is enough! Plz kick out poth sachin and ponting.. Worst player 4 t20! Cant play spin cant play fast! What a shame ..

Posted by sameer_warun on (April 17, 2013, 17:48 GMT)

MI should always play this same team, ponting & sachin are legends, pollard is in any T20 eleven, jhonson playing well accept this game, malinga is the No.1 ODI/T20 bowler, DK,rohit, paying well, why should change this team, that's how game goes ! today they'er off color, don't worry they will bounce back & we should back ponting ! & we should keep a faith !

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (April 17, 2013, 17:47 GMT)

It's sad to see the old legends still trying to save face at the top of the order when you have T20 specialist like DWAYNE SMITH on the bench who brings an all round package batting bowling and some of the best fielding around to the team ! think it's time for Ponting to take a leaf from Sang'a book have a rest and let Karthik captain and open with Smith.

Posted by AneYako on (April 17, 2013, 17:47 GMT)

lol Malinga got more runs than Ponting and Sachin combined today!

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (April 17, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

It's sad to see the old legends still trying to save face at the top of the order when you have T20 specialist like DWAYNE SMITH on the bench who brings an all round package batting bowling and some of the best fielding around to the team ! think it's time for Ponting to take a leaf from Sang'a book have a rest and let Karthik captain and open with Smith.

Posted by sweet2hrme on (April 17, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

See what i said ! Today MI is favorite and but they will loose. See tatics of MI they are playing with two spiners in a green track! No body language as they dnt want to win..so ipl continues and the match continues to ...?? What a shame.. Does MI lost the match or ???

Posted by lesterloyd on (April 17, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

Sachin and Ponting both shud be dropped frm few matches to learn a Lesson.. Both r too comfortable with their positions buwaaaahhh

Posted by srinideva on (April 17, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

Quite happy with the result...since MI not only lost the match, they lost by big margin.time to bring that NRR into the action..happy faces for CSK,KKR,RCB..

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (April 17, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

Everyone was talking about Nohit Sharma like he had an amazing innngs v PWI but they forget the amount of times he was dropped and also fact he got a no ball and 3hit back to back which boosted his innings after the slow start, he never looks in form even when he scores to me.

Posted by ddr3 on (April 17, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

lol harbajan is really unprofessional and MI have the worst think-tank :P

Posted by SurlyCynic on (April 17, 2013, 17:20 GMT)

Worst team batting performance I've seen in T20. Time to drop Ponting and Sachin.

Posted by 07sanjeewakaru on (April 17, 2013, 17:20 GMT)

I was listening to the "Brothers of Arms' by Dier Straits and Just peeped in to the Cricinfo to see Mumbai in Dier Straits Chasing 180.

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

Mumbai need a left hand bat at the top. Either Rayudu or Rohit Sharma can be traded for Shikar Dhawan or Saurabh tiwary. Sun risers could do with Venu rao or pujara who are not getting many chances. Maybe swap Parthiv for dinesh karthik or for Bisla. Pune need an overseas fast bowler. Maybe trade mannish Pandey for valthatty....sort of unequal now with some leagues having all the Indian regulars ... Chennai for example has too many Raina, Dhoni, Aswin, vijay, Badrinath, Jadeja, Saha, etc.

Posted by Biggest_Cricket_Fan on (April 17, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

Even though I am Mumbaikar, its nice to see Rohit Sharma is out. He is just one over rated player in India along with Tendulkar. Hopefully at least now he goes back to basics and practice at lower level instead of focusing on money making IPL.

Posted by Narbavi on (April 17, 2013, 16:45 GMT)

@Ratheesh Menon: As if Sreesanth is a legend, anyway he was kept out due to an injury and sanju actually came in as a replacement to yagnik because of an injury to yagnik and he played superbly today, Dravid knows what he is doing!!

Posted by krishheturi on (April 17, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

over the game is now of royals they will win it by atleast 40-45 runs

Posted by AneYako on (April 17, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

It's fine, let's keep giving ponting and Tendulkar more chances because they are legends in the game..who cares if they are horrid to even watch now lol

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 16:14 GMT)

Oh my dear Kerala cousin Ratheesh! dont spill out Kerala feelings! its a injury which kept out Sree! and Dravid has played 300 odd international games and he is also coach he knews whats better for team!!!!!

Posted by Ross_the_Boss on (April 17, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

well....yagnik justified dravid's faith and so might chavan! Dravid unselfish as always promoted younger faster scoring batsmen over himself after a great start by watson/rahane..wonder how many other skippers would do the same! my prediction MI will end in the 160s

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (April 17, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

So 9 an over is needed are M.I going to shoot themselves in the foot again and not let Pollard come until the game is lost ? has to be given 10 overs to bat cos if he does M.I win if fails Rohit and Raydu can back up but Pollard needs to be utilized to his full potential in such circumstance !

Posted by musingsofamoron on (April 17, 2013, 16:03 GMT)

Rahane has done his best to convert what would have been a formidable total into a reasonable one!!!

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 15:49 GMT)

thats to avoid any issues between Bhajji and Sree,....

Posted by   on (April 17, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

surprise decesion sreesanth and sanju are out frm team, dravid will pay for it

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