Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2013, Kolkata April 24, 2013

Smith leads Mumbai come-from-behind win

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Mumbai Indians 162 for 5 (Smith 62, Rohit 34, Narine 3-17) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 159 for 6 (Kallis 37, Ojha 2-21) by 5 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Harbhajan Singh went for 26 runs in a horror first over of the match, but he hit a six in the last over that broke the hearts of a packed Eden Gardens to top off Mumbai Indian's comeback in the match. From 46 for 1 after three overs of the match, Mumbai clawed their way back through Mitchell Johnson, Lasith Malinga and Pragyan Ojha who went for 72 runs in their 12 overs and took six wickets, including just three runs in the special last over bowled by Malinga. Dwayne Smith then led the chase with batting more hit than miss, followed by handy contributions from Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard before Harbhajan redeemed himself for the night.

There was a measure of redemption for Rohit too, who was leading in the absence of Ricky Ponting who had sat himself out. Rohit went against the common knowledge that Yusuf Pathan has been going through a wretched time against pace, and instead provided him spin at the start. Yusuf tucked into Harbhajan who seemed to lose fresh chunks of confidence every ball.

Immediately partial redemption arrived for Harbhajan when Yusuf edged to him at slip the first legitimate delivery of pace he faced. Mumbai had got a toe in the door there, and little by little they shoved their foot in. Johnson got Yusuf, Ojha frustrated and got the other big two, Gautam Gambhir and Jacques Kallis, the latter once again for a pedestrian strike-rate, which often gets masked by Kallis' all-round ability and stylish stroke-play. Kallis wasn't available to bowl today, and the man substituting for him was involved in a crucial and unfortunate incident.

Coming together at 92 for 3 in the 12th over, Eoin Morgan and Manoj Tiwary tried to force the pace, but Johnson and Malinga proved to be too good towards the end. Morgan hit Johnson straight to midwicket, and Malinga's last over was a reminder of how impossible it was to hit him was when he was at his best. A mix of yorkers and slower balls had two sets of stumps demolished.

In the chase, it seemed like Mumbai were playing against one man, Sunil Narine, who took three wickets for 17, and turned the game around every time he was called upon, but the batsmen were smart and batted well against the others. Narine dismissed the birthday boy Sachin Tendulkar through the gate pretty early, but by then the scratchy Smith was beginning to time a few.

And Smith is a dangerous batsman that way. He can look scratchy before hitting a brief purple patch and taking the slightly relaxed opposition by surprise. As he did in this game, even with wickets falling at the other end. By the time he got out - in Narine's second over, in his second spell - he had clobbered 62 of Mumbai's 82 runs, and had left them 78 to get in nine overs.

Captain Rohit now targeted Sachithra Senanayake, who registered his most expensive Twenty20 figures: 1 for 50 in four overs. Two sixes in one over brought the target down to 56 off seven overs, an asking rate consistent with the one at the start of the innings. Normally, you would back the chasing side, but Narine still had two overs remaining, but even before Narine was called back a slice of luck awaited Mumbai.

For the second time this season, a Knight Riders fielder at long-off lost a catch in the lights, and this one proved to be mighty expensive. Pollard was missed by substitute Brendon McCullum, and he had brought the target down to 10 by the time he eventually got out. Narine, though, had his last say before retiring for the night, taking Rohit with the last ball he bowled, leaving Mumbai 28 to get off three overs.

Pollard looked assured for two overs, but was done in by an extremely slow delivery at the start of the last over, bowled by Rajat Bhatia. It was clear the trick had lost all its novelty when Harbhajan waited deep in the crease, and smacked a slow dolly over midwicket. Three off three was easy to get after that.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 25, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    There are two main reasons why KKR are continuing to lose right now, they continue to leave Brendon McCullum, only second to Gayle as a T20 batter in the midst who is coming off great form in the tests against England. In addition they are also using a death bowler who has proven himself to always get hit if and when facing a decent batter. Everyone knows Narine is their best bowler, however Bhatia can either turn up or just crumble under pressure. How about turning to another bowler, who is more consistent. Mumbai Indians always use Malinga in the end for a reason and the premiere strike bowler made the difference, same with Sun risers using their spear head Steyn at the end.

  • hrit on April 25, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    KKR are in this situation only for these reasons: 1. Absence of Shakib who is the best supporter of Narine with his left arm off breaks. 2. Pathan , Kallis and Tiwary not in form 3. No McCullum Since no tiwary for the next match, Team for the next match should be: Gambhir Pathan McCullum Morgan Tendo Das Bhatia Abdulla Narine Balaji Ahmed

  • on April 25, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    @avi56 dude you got that wrong..rajat bhatia is a bowler who balls the speed of an average college bowler...harbhajan was only person who played him like a slow bowler...common you can cart a player bowling at 80-90kmph ! my college team players bowl above 100 and we dont even enter quarters ! Mumbai is a mercurial batting line up but with bowling they are awesum...just bring in Dhawal kulkarni...you c apart from harbhajan all the bowlers bowled at 6rpo...wich s superb

  • TVicky on April 25, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    KKR had a competitive total on the board but they lost because of two major reasons : firstly the absence of Kallis with the ball and secondly because Sachitra Senanayke went for runs.

  • gnanzcupid on April 25, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Harbhajan has been the main weak link in mi. Just show the man his door if mi should make it next stage.

  • sachinisawesome on April 25, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    @ rajcan , Agree with u but why r u giving special treatment to all other senior players. Sachin's strike rate is better than Dravid, Kallis, Jayawardene, Sangakara, and gilchrist in this addition. And list goes on and on if I start mentioning "youngsters" Rahane, and co. So please first u have some perspective.

  • Krishhhhh on April 25, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    KKR is back to business .. from joke to champions and from champions to joke again .. and they are one among the consistent team this IPL .. yes they are consistently sitting in No 7 of the table. Come on guys you can do it .. just two more win by Pune and Delhi is enough to top the table from bottom. They got to bench Yusuf and play Brendon in place of kallis.

  • SherjilIslam on April 25, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    I can't understand Gambhir's obsession with spinners.....Playing 3 to 4 spinners along-with Balaji and Bhatia (Faster spinners) is just restricting yourself with a very predictable bowling line-up. They should atleast play one fast bowler either Lee/Ahmed.Also again I m saying, Mc Cullum has to find a way in this team.

  • sweetspot on April 25, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    In the end this was a match between two teams that aren't playing the best cricket at the moment. KKR seemed to have worked out a formula for success last year but have shown reluctance to change. Gambhir has gone to sleep as a captain. He really leans too much on this mystery bowling business. It didn't take long for others to figure out Senanayake. This dibbly dobbly stuff from Bhatia can work if the batsmen are under serious pressure, not if they are ticking off 8 an over without risking anything. Overall, it looks like KKR don't have what it takes to come out of this slide.

  • Avi56 on April 25, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    I told earlier also they do not need Senanayake...Narine is doing the job..Abdullah another addition..and Our man goes for 50 runs in his 4 overs. Wow. McCullum and Gambhir is the best opening pair for them. McCullum doing the Big hits and Gambhir anchoring the innings with 4s and singles.. A good start is what is required.But however, i can still say MI werent a good team at all today...It was Dwayne Smith who handed the victory. The match goes till the last ball tht too thanks to Bhajji's Fluke Six in the last over. Anyways I can only see these teams can play for pride ahead becos none of them wil make it to playoffs. RCB,CSK and SRH (they some how win) booked the top spots and the 4th will go to either RR or KXIP..(mostly RR). Now MI go to play RCB and KKR vs CSK...Oh well hope to see a little Fierce Competition rather than easy victories.

  • on April 25, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    There are two main reasons why KKR are continuing to lose right now, they continue to leave Brendon McCullum, only second to Gayle as a T20 batter in the midst who is coming off great form in the tests against England. In addition they are also using a death bowler who has proven himself to always get hit if and when facing a decent batter. Everyone knows Narine is their best bowler, however Bhatia can either turn up or just crumble under pressure. How about turning to another bowler, who is more consistent. Mumbai Indians always use Malinga in the end for a reason and the premiere strike bowler made the difference, same with Sun risers using their spear head Steyn at the end.

  • hrit on April 25, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    KKR are in this situation only for these reasons: 1. Absence of Shakib who is the best supporter of Narine with his left arm off breaks. 2. Pathan , Kallis and Tiwary not in form 3. No McCullum Since no tiwary for the next match, Team for the next match should be: Gambhir Pathan McCullum Morgan Tendo Das Bhatia Abdulla Narine Balaji Ahmed

  • on April 25, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    @avi56 dude you got that wrong..rajat bhatia is a bowler who balls the speed of an average college bowler...harbhajan was only person who played him like a slow bowler...common you can cart a player bowling at 80-90kmph ! my college team players bowl above 100 and we dont even enter quarters ! Mumbai is a mercurial batting line up but with bowling they are awesum...just bring in Dhawal kulkarni...you c apart from harbhajan all the bowlers bowled at 6rpo...wich s superb

  • TVicky on April 25, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    KKR had a competitive total on the board but they lost because of two major reasons : firstly the absence of Kallis with the ball and secondly because Sachitra Senanayke went for runs.

  • gnanzcupid on April 25, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Harbhajan has been the main weak link in mi. Just show the man his door if mi should make it next stage.

  • sachinisawesome on April 25, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    @ rajcan , Agree with u but why r u giving special treatment to all other senior players. Sachin's strike rate is better than Dravid, Kallis, Jayawardene, Sangakara, and gilchrist in this addition. And list goes on and on if I start mentioning "youngsters" Rahane, and co. So please first u have some perspective.

  • Krishhhhh on April 25, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    KKR is back to business .. from joke to champions and from champions to joke again .. and they are one among the consistent team this IPL .. yes they are consistently sitting in No 7 of the table. Come on guys you can do it .. just two more win by Pune and Delhi is enough to top the table from bottom. They got to bench Yusuf and play Brendon in place of kallis.

  • SherjilIslam on April 25, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    I can't understand Gambhir's obsession with spinners.....Playing 3 to 4 spinners along-with Balaji and Bhatia (Faster spinners) is just restricting yourself with a very predictable bowling line-up. They should atleast play one fast bowler either Lee/Ahmed.Also again I m saying, Mc Cullum has to find a way in this team.

  • sweetspot on April 25, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    In the end this was a match between two teams that aren't playing the best cricket at the moment. KKR seemed to have worked out a formula for success last year but have shown reluctance to change. Gambhir has gone to sleep as a captain. He really leans too much on this mystery bowling business. It didn't take long for others to figure out Senanayake. This dibbly dobbly stuff from Bhatia can work if the batsmen are under serious pressure, not if they are ticking off 8 an over without risking anything. Overall, it looks like KKR don't have what it takes to come out of this slide.

  • Avi56 on April 25, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    I told earlier also they do not need Senanayake...Narine is doing the job..Abdullah another addition..and Our man goes for 50 runs in his 4 overs. Wow. McCullum and Gambhir is the best opening pair for them. McCullum doing the Big hits and Gambhir anchoring the innings with 4s and singles.. A good start is what is required.But however, i can still say MI werent a good team at all today...It was Dwayne Smith who handed the victory. The match goes till the last ball tht too thanks to Bhajji's Fluke Six in the last over. Anyways I can only see these teams can play for pride ahead becos none of them wil make it to playoffs. RCB,CSK and SRH (they some how win) booked the top spots and the 4th will go to either RR or KXIP..(mostly RR). Now MI go to play RCB and KKR vs CSK...Oh well hope to see a little Fierce Competition rather than easy victories.

  • Viraj_Asanka on April 25, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    Its time to drop Kallis for Tendo or McCullum...We have seen enough of kallis.....No doubt he is a class Test player but He is not in that league to play t20.....He hardly gets a strike rate over 105...there is many players in the kkr line up who can guide the innings i.e (Tendo,Tiwary), Kallis isnt the only one....so its time to drop KALLIS (the so called man to guide the innings but in reality ends up scoring 20 or 30 at a strike rate of 95-100)...........

  • kevepere on April 25, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    KKR bowling options are limited . MI can be dominant but they want to more show off ponting coming out with sachin and entertain people other ways :D stupid. CSK and RCB are favorites by far. Especially CSK ! SRH would find hard when the pitches become batting friendly than bowling

  • on April 25, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    Why Ponting being the captain of Mumbai and having a very good past record should opt to sit out? Did it do any good to his team? Sachin's devotees please think! If you can't, God save Mumbai!

  • on April 25, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    I think KKR should opt for Mccullum at the start and persist with pathan in the middle order. Morgan is too good to be left out.Drop Senanayeke and bring in either Lee or McClaren. The reason they are loosing is bad team selectio. you need to have mccullum right at the top with Gambhir. Kallis in the middle is a good option or morgan also at no 3 is a safe bet. Go in with Lee and Narine.

  • anjaneya2 on April 25, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    I feel sad that people talk bad about sachin. he is already out from ODI format to give chance to what some people call youngsters. Also in IPL many local players are playing in all teams what problem you have sachin playing for MI. in 2010 IPL he is top scorer, no one has any right to talk about his strike rate or his form. Let him play, he scored 40+, 50+ in this IPL, 2 run outs out of 7 matches he played. His total score in this IPL is 125 better than yuvraj singh, kallis, manoj tiwary, camron white, march and many others and he is top 30 scorers in this IP, so what you all guys want to say there are only 30 players playing this IPL??? You all people want him always play well and on top and you dont compare him with others players who are not playing well and who are still in their respective teams. I pity on all just concentrating on sachin and making him to retire even though he is not a low scorer. I know its a game and he has to perform and he is performing

  • on April 25, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    Bowling is not good enough for KKR. LEE and McLaren are sitting on the bench. Senanayeke is not a good option for the team. NARINE is sufficient for KKR along with Yousuf Pathan. Gambhir should use both of them for 7-8 overs. Balaji, Shami Ahmed, McLaren or Lee can go for another 10-12 overs. Then comes J Kallis. KKR vs MI, KKR team was not good enough for victory. After a good batting KKR lost at least 2 times this IPL. Gambhir should think of this. Tendo is a good option for the team as he bowls good. Morgan is playing well this season but McCullumm should play for next 2 matches atleast.

    Gambhir, Bisla, McCullumm, Kallis (or Tendo is a good option as an allrounder), Y Pathan, Tiwary, L Sukla (D Das is not a good option), B Lee (or McLaren), S Ahmed, S Narine, L Balaji.

  • on April 25, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    Sachin must formulate a strategy against spin. If he looks back at his successful innings against spinners he will find that slog sweep over long on & mid wicket always flourished so he must resort to slog sweep always against spin.............however it was not a special delivery from Narine that got him.

  • on April 25, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    Mr. Sachin take a cue from the likes of Sanga and Punter.. Pls sit out until u find form. Let some youngster play for MI instead. Let him know what it means playing in front of thousands of spectators. It is not fair to keep playing until u find the long lost form of yours at the expense of someone else's career!!

  • Chncricfan_2k0 on April 25, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    Good win for MI..Smith's good knock well supported by Rohit in the middle gave MI a much needed win..Sorry for all Mr. Great Sachin's fans, me too a few years ago, a die hard fan of him, but seeing his game in the last few years, it was more like a man, who has been greeted as a god of cricket in India, playing for his records rather than for team's cause both for the national team and even in IPL.and sadly blocking one younger's spot to be selected for the team..Having played cricket for almost 24 years, still having plenty of weakness against both spin and pace..If any players would have got the chance of playing that many years and being selected for each and every game at their will, they should have scored more runs..Why people always blessing and greeting him blindly, Im not here to argue about his records.just think what it done for the team's cause especially in chase..even Dhoni played for just 10 years, would be far better than Sachin's record in team win ..Realize realize..

  • Ajit_Gupta on April 25, 2013, 2:16 GMT

    Just because he is not performing in last few games does not make him any less than a legend....He was, he is and he will remain one of the best cricketer this world has seen. Some time shear presence of an individual is enough to infuse confidence in the team....and Sachin is surely one such cricketer....I wish he never retires and prove all his critics wrong....it is so pleasing to see him in line-up....

  • sweet2hrme on April 25, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    Its smith ining was the main difference..woh! he played brilliantly just smashing spiners out of the park on a pitch thats always assists spiners.. It was shocking decision by umpire to give lbw to KARTIK... Thanks god Rohit lost the toss.. If MI batted first and scored 160 i was sure they wont defend that target.. So plz MI its not bating first all the time.. MI U hv bowlers to restrict any team under 160 hv batting to chase it .. Sometimes u need to play mind games as well. Rohit looks brilliant as a captain.. His field placing was gud.. Never allow opposition easy single.. In last to matches MI Conceed too many runs in power play and thn defensive fielding by punter that cost the match.. Nevertheless well played MI!

  • on April 25, 2013, 0:56 GMT

    Why is mccullum only used as a substitute fielder? 2nd best t20 batsman in the world and hes not even playing. Thsts why ur losing KKR!!!!

  • on April 25, 2013, 0:51 GMT

    I watched it live from eden garden,got thrilled by yusuf and gauti in first over but great come back then after. it was sad sachin didn't score much on his birthday but happy for MI win.

  • MySayOnThIs on April 25, 2013, 0:44 GMT

    @big.apple .... very true .. this season theres no replacement for anyone.. but next season if yuvi comes into this same squad if possible.. with varun aaron

  • on April 24, 2013, 22:54 GMT

    Obviously,the knock from Dwane Smith was the heart& soul of the Mumbai Innings.However,the last over burst from Harbhajan to compensate for his horrible first over Balling was the real factor behind Mumbais win today.

    Harbhajan had been a good spinner all along his carrier .he was on many a occasions the force behind India's victory in International cricket.every cricketer has his lean period.Age too started showing in the carrier of the once upon a time great bowler.But it is not yet time to write him off.he is a bit unlucky in getting wickets nowadays.

    He is not virtually much behind from Sunil Narine except that he is not as lucky as Narine.we can not forget that Harbhajan had a fluent Century to his credit as a tail Enders Batsman.today he proved once again that he is useful at crucial juncture of a match.just for one six in the last over,he deserves every praise. He should not be underestimated any more.He is just 32 years old .not overaged for cricket. SreedharanMundanat

  • big.apple on April 24, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    To all those who want to see Sachin dropped: I don't see that happening. AFAIK there's still the7(ind)-4(foreign) player rule in play when selecting a performing team in the IPL. As ineffective as Sachin has been over the last few games, he's probably still better than the other Indian players in the dressing room. I'd love to see someone list up a MI team with a degree of a balance, without Sachin in the side.. Thoughts anyone?

  • MySayOnThIs on April 24, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    The same mumbai indian squad plus replace sachin with yuvaraj ....and with sachin as mentor would help them win the IPL trophy

  • EverybodylovesSachin on April 24, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    Albert_cambell -- Play outside India on non flat tracks. He will sure get his 101th hundread..Haaaa.

  • SidsIPLTeam on April 24, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    This strategy of KKR's to play on low slow pitches, stacking the bowling line-up with spinners, preferably mystery ones at that, Senanayeke the latest one; and a few slow medium bowlers only, field first and restrict the opposition to less than 130 for an easy chase isn't working. Last year due to the pitch being conducive it worked. But, this year the Eden Gardens pitch is much better for batting and the lack of variety is costing them big time. To add to the woes, the middle order looks extremely suspect and is neither able to post above par totals nor able to chase anything above 150 odd. They are over reliant on Gambhir and he can't get a big score everytime. So, when something is not working, backup strategies have to be considered. Think the only way out for them is to try McCullum in place of Senanayeke. He is in great form and might be able to turn around the fortunes of the team. Time is running out. They lose one more now & their campaign is as good as over.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on April 24, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    Albert_cambell -- I just checked the Sachin's test record. He scroed more hundreads and fifties outside India then in India. His average is better in Australia and England (non-flat track countries??) then in India. This does not include Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.. I am sure everyone knows his ODI records. Sachin Granpa certainly did very well outside the India and that is the reason he is a LEGEND..

  • Albert_cambell on April 24, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    I should come out with my street level cricketers to play cricket with sachin. So that he can get his 101th hundred.

  • vaibhavgera on April 24, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    Nothing against Sachin but the should drop himself in order to give chance to other Indian players... I m waiting to see Glen Maxwell in action. he was bought for more than $1m for warming the benches...that's pretty strange As for KKR, they should get in McCullum in place of Kallis...no point sticking to him... Hes a great player but not T20 material.

  • Albert_cambell on April 24, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    Mumbai won it because sachin granpa got out earlier. But noone can deny that he is a legend.(Especially on indias flat tracks.)

  • EverybodylovesSachin on April 24, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    Happy to see Mumbai won on Sachin's birthday. I do not expect Sachin to score 50 plus runs every game in every format each time he comes out to bat. He will fire soon and will get his rhythm back.

  • on April 24, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    @Kopperman- Nope it was that other umpire seems to be an indian - by the way are you joking mate to dharmasena - the world best umpire to give that out -specially on his birthday like SRT

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 24, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Dwayne Smith should have been opening since the start of the tournament M.I shot themselves in the foot signing Ponting. I'd personally have him opening with Dinesh or even Maxwell if pitch offers nothing for Johnson. That would be a real T20 superstar opening pair, Smiths power to clear ropes even on slow tracks like Eden Gardens today is so vital, he took an over or 2 to get his eye in like Gayle then it was carnage !

  • sweet2hrme on April 24, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Whn bajji conceed 26 runs so many things were going in my mind against bajji..but whn son of sardar smashed 6 in a last over (whn 9 req. frm 4.) i foregot everything bad that was i thinking aftr 1 ovr. So how situation changes so as the feeling.. It was not bajji's fault but it was poor decision of mgmt to open with spin against Yusuf.. For Yusuf i wana say u plz take retirement u cant play fast bowling..ur fielding and fitness is very poor..

  • penagamuri on April 24, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    I really liked Rohit sharma's captaincy today. He looked in control and has natural sense of calmness unlike virat kohli. We need captain like Rohit not like Kohli. I think MI should have done this from the begining of this season. I would not be suprised if Rohit claims the captaincy before Virat provided he finds his regular spot which he deserves. My next indian captains are Pujara test matches and Rohit for T20 and ODI's.

  • sweet2hrme on April 24, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    It is almost perfect ending. Its special day as Sachin birthday so i want see MI on a wining side.. I m so glad now n so as my family.. Its perfect gift to Sachin.. Whn son of sardar bowled 1st ovr and conceed 26 runs i thought MI göna loose now. But what a come back.. Bajji become Hero from Zero.. All credit shld be given tò MI boys they played better cricket than KKR. Nowadays I dnt hv any complian against Sachin.. U play or Not , U make score or Not.. It does matter .. U will always be my Hero.. OUR HERO!

  • rajcan on April 24, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    Thanks Cricinfo for posting my comment, as usual you are great!

    Anyone wants to comment on my comment? Isn't it unfair for any other batsmen giving numberous chances for Sachin even though he is not contributing anything to the team on the field?. In the national team, he was given plenty of chances for him to score his 100th century. This was achieved at the expense of many other batsmen. I hate to see this continuing with IPL too.

    I am not against to the Great Sachin, I do have his pictures all over my room, but when you don't perform either you quit or the selectors have to do the job properly not selecting. Sir Donald Bradman quit at one point, Brian Lara quit, Viv Richard quit, but not Tendulkar, he is being too selfish. Dont you agree with me, if Laxman is given the same amount of test appearance what Sachin got when Sachin was not performing well, Laxman would have scored century also.

  • Akshita29 on April 24, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    @rajcan well that is the way things goes in India . And we have seen almost every non performing player get dropped in the IPL apart from the so called God . Well I am very much sure he would not get past 10 even once in SA tour and then finally he would retire .

  • on April 24, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    KKR badly needs a good indian bowler..either a spinner or a fast bowler..without a quality indian bowler I cannot see them going to the qualifiers..so this has opened up the table in an interesting way..DD and KKR almost out of top 4..which leaves one spot open..the other three being CSK, MI and RCB..considering this scenario, this should be the most open IPL itll date

  • santhoo24 on April 24, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Oh, and as I predicted, SRT's quick departure was a good omen for MI, they won it today, just like with any of the wins MI had this season - SRT's early departure.

  • santhoo24 on April 24, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    at this point only 2 teams are certain to be in playoff (CSK and RCB) while two others are surely out of them (DD and PWI). The other two teams to make it to playoff may be SRH (my fav team) and RR with the other three teams trying for a spot (KKR, MI, and KXIIP).

  • priceless1 on April 24, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    @BlueAndYellow he had an off day today , but he did well in previous games , anyways malinga's last over was the different between the two teams today

  • on April 24, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    Sachin must formulate a strategy against spin. If he looks back at his successful innings against spinners he will find that slog sweep over long on & mid wicket always flourished so he must resprt to slog sweep always against spin

  • pjkaka on April 24, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    Is there anyone else who has just about had it with the Sachin worship?

    I love the man and he's one of the finest batsmen of the last 50 years, but our obsession with him is just getting a little out of control. There was a full page spread of articles about him in Hindu today. I've read various versions of the same plaudits all through the last decade, and even before that. It's a variation of the same thing: Sachin is God.

    I get it. Sachin IS God. But this worship is getting out of hand. The man is getting old. He just touched 40. Let him rest. Let him retire. Find other people to shower your prayers and plaudits on.

    At the end of the day, he is a sportsman. A phenomenal sportsman, but a sportsman nonethless.

  • SL_rockz on April 24, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    Well done MI.Their chase looked like really well planned.They had several plans.If one failed then execute next and if it fails then the next one etc.They never panic when 2 wickets fell.And fought back brilliantly.It is a good sign and nice to see whole team contributing for the win.(cannot be seen such quality in MI as we see every day in CSK or RR).Sachin's inclusion is debatable now and i do not know whether a new player will get a chance in the next match as all administration and all ppl prefers little master above every other.So hope he will play as usual in entire 16 matches .Smith was good .But maxwell seemed to be the best fit for that overseas spot (rom my point of view.).Try him Once.

  • Dhutugemunu on April 24, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    Interesting thing is that three fancy teams (MI, KKR and DD) are in bottom 4 of the table.

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 24, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Dwayne Smith opening Pollard in earlier as I've been saying since the beginning, it's hardly rocket science. I can't believe Smith hasn't been given more of a chance at the start especially after end of last season when he did this - http://www.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2012/engine/match/548377.html

  • ddr3 on April 24, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    tense match glad MI won!! :D

  • ddr3 on April 24, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    @rajcan thats because we here in mumbai who are the base fans of MI want to see him(Sachin) in Mumbai team! Simple! Go and check MI pages and you shall see all MI fans(except a few) want to see him play for MI...i hope you get it!!

  • Kopperman on April 24, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Was it Dharmasena who gave LBW out to Denish Karthik the batsman from TN? The Senanayake's ball was high and on the leg side.

  • rajcan on April 24, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    I hope this comment will be published. I prefer cricinfo to be a neutral media and publish negative and positive comments.

    I still dont understand why Sachin has to be given special treatment than anyone else. He had accomplished so many things in cricket, but for a respect to the game, only the performers have to be chosen to play the game. Sachin has been in horrible form. Any decent batsmen is given the amount of chance he is given, that batsmen will also will have one good game. It is time to drop Sachin and move on. All great batsmen were dropped at one point of time when they were not scoring, why Sachin gets special treatment. At 40, not performing on filed, just because of fan's favorite and a legend, he is given opportunity by rejecting a chance to another player. When the Indian cricket will be without favoritism???

  • ddr3 on April 24, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    Dwayne may score big or not...but got to say he is looking great in his thought..just attacking loose ones and thats a great sign!! and in SACHIN's Dismissal narine did not do anything great...Sachin was too loose there with lots of gap between bat and pad :|

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 24, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    WOW Narine has clean bowled SACHIN through the gate for the second time ! you don't see that often, great change of pace and flight.

  • on April 24, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    What a start wasted! Kallis has to make it up with the ball because his batting is too slow and is way past his usual self. Mccullum in foe him.

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 24, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    This is the best M.I team, I'm glad they gone with Smith he is a gun fielder and has always been the best opener with Sachin out of the 100 they've tried !

  • JamesSmithee on April 24, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    He is the best player to be captained. He has a very good team. Only thing he needs to do with replace Smith with million dollar baby(Maxwell).

  • ddr3 on April 24, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    They should have not picked Harbajan....he is not even a proper cricketer anymore!!

  • ddr3 on April 24, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    They should have not picked Harbajan....he is not even a proper cricketer anymore!!

  • JamesSmithee on April 24, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    He is the best player to be captained. He has a very good team. Only thing he needs to do with replace Smith with million dollar baby(Maxwell).

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 24, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    This is the best M.I team, I'm glad they gone with Smith he is a gun fielder and has always been the best opener with Sachin out of the 100 they've tried !

  • on April 24, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    What a start wasted! Kallis has to make it up with the ball because his batting is too slow and is way past his usual self. Mccullum in foe him.

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 24, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    WOW Narine has clean bowled SACHIN through the gate for the second time ! you don't see that often, great change of pace and flight.

  • ddr3 on April 24, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    Dwayne may score big or not...but got to say he is looking great in his thought..just attacking loose ones and thats a great sign!! and in SACHIN's Dismissal narine did not do anything great...Sachin was too loose there with lots of gap between bat and pad :|

  • rajcan on April 24, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    I hope this comment will be published. I prefer cricinfo to be a neutral media and publish negative and positive comments.

    I still dont understand why Sachin has to be given special treatment than anyone else. He had accomplished so many things in cricket, but for a respect to the game, only the performers have to be chosen to play the game. Sachin has been in horrible form. Any decent batsmen is given the amount of chance he is given, that batsmen will also will have one good game. It is time to drop Sachin and move on. All great batsmen were dropped at one point of time when they were not scoring, why Sachin gets special treatment. At 40, not performing on filed, just because of fan's favorite and a legend, he is given opportunity by rejecting a chance to another player. When the Indian cricket will be without favoritism???

  • Kopperman on April 24, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Was it Dharmasena who gave LBW out to Denish Karthik the batsman from TN? The Senanayake's ball was high and on the leg side.

  • ddr3 on April 24, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    @rajcan thats because we here in mumbai who are the base fans of MI want to see him(Sachin) in Mumbai team! Simple! Go and check MI pages and you shall see all MI fans(except a few) want to see him play for MI...i hope you get it!!

  • ddr3 on April 24, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    tense match glad MI won!! :D