Mumbai v Kolkata, IPL 2013, Mumbai

Mumbai thump KKR to go second

The Report by Sidharth Monga

May 7, 2013

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Mumbai Indians 170 for 6 (Tendulkar 48, Smith 47) v Kokata Knight Riders 105 (Harbhajan 3-27, Johnson 2-13) by 65 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

In the increasingly intense fight for the play-offs, Mumbai Indians joined Rajasthan Royals at No. 2 hours after the latter had broken away with a win of their own. And the win came easy against the defending champions, Kolkata Knight Riders. It was the kind of win that coaches love: almost everything went to plan. They won the toss, batted first, Sachin Tendulkar and Dinesh Karthik got them a target, and their superior attack shut Knight Riders out. Only a faulty light tower and some good fielding towards the end of Mumbai's innings posed any resistance.

It was all one-way traffic from the moment Tendulkar smacked Ryan McLaren for five successive fours, all to different areas of the ground, in the fourth over. By the time the power failure countered the Tendulkar blaze, he had reached 29 off 17 balls. Despite Dwayne Smith's struggle to get going at the other end, Mumbai were headed in the right direction.

The lights came back on for Tendulkar to score 19 more off 11 more balls. Smith failed to reach a run a ball, but by the time they fell, Mumbai had reached 99 in the 14th over. Some good fielding - Eoin Morgan's catch at deep midwicket, lobbing the ball up, stepping over the boundary and coming back in to complete the catch; and two run-outs - reduced Mumbai to 144 for 6 in the 19th over.

Karthik, though, kept scoring from one end. Most striking was his unsettling of Sunil Narine. He used sweeps to hit Narine off his length, and took 20 off the 11 balls he faced from Narine. Mitchell Johnson, as if to give a sample of what was to follow, smacked the last ball of the innings for a straight six.

Ten minutes later, he began swinging the ball at a high pace. An inside edge saved Manvinder Bisla first ball, and then next hit him high on the thigh pad. Two balls later, Gautam Gambhir played for the non-existent swing, and was bowled for a duck. Jacques Kallis and Bisla looked to revive the chase, but Pragyan Ojha had Bisla stumped just after the Powerplay.

Kallis soon fell to Harbhajan Singh, who had dropped him earlier. And when Eoin Morgan sliced Abu Nechim to point in the 13th over, the game was virtually over, just like Knight Riders' campaign.

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Posted by Murtaza. on (May 8, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

I Think KKR need Wasim Akram again, they are totaly out of touch, missing players like Sakib and Kivi keeper, Bisla played good inning in final, but he not better then McCulln. Gambir is always under presser while chaseing Big totals. Yousaf pathan is not in good touch since he is playing for KKR. Lee is good but McLaren is not good as Lee. Iqbal Abdullah is good with Narine and Morgen is only inform Batsman. KKR lucky that they are not second last This year. Good luck for the next year.

Posted by   on (May 8, 2013, 9:17 GMT)

I don't understand the captain's logic for giving the last over. In this IPL it has been a big blunders.... Balaji was so economical and he was not allowed to bowl the last over. During CSK vs MI - Bravo has been under utilized. In a Kings X1 punjab match David Hussy bowled the last over and taken for 20+ runs which has contributed to loose the match....Right bowlers should be used at the right time............

Posted by dork29 on (May 8, 2013, 8:32 GMT)

As is quite evident now, it is not about Sachin or Smith or Johnson anymore for MI. It is Rohit Sharma. his captaincy has been brilliant. He has a very mature and capable head on his shoulders and is revelling under the new responsibility. I have a feeling John Wright had something to do with it. Suddenly he seems a much better prospect for a shot at India captaincy, if Dhoni is not available. MI is looking very formidable. 170 is not a very big score. A sixth placed team like Kings' XI overpowered the 190+ score of RCB. KKR could quite easily have overhauled 170. But teh bowling changes of Rohit, the standards he has set with fielding, the passion with which MI is playing all go to show that they have a captain who is sparkling not just with the bat. With Rohit at the helm, MI would be teh team to beat. Excepting Kings XI, all the other teams look to their captain to come good for them to come good. KKR's skipper is at the moment, having a miserable time.

Posted by Shajahan.P on (May 8, 2013, 7:34 GMT)

@simonville, If anybody think SMITH played a good innings yesterday, Pls reply for the below questions.

1. Though smith could not hit the balls in Power Plays, Did he give strikes to SRT by taking quick single or touching the ball? 2. if you are there to hit only Spin bowling, why did you open the innings? 3. Did he get out in a proper cricketing shot? (always touched Wide deliveries) 4. Could he touch S.Narine bowling. 5. Did you and D.SMITH know that the Biggies DK, Rohit, Pollard, Rayudu are longing to strike.

We did not expect SMITH should hit all the ball. But be better not to play a selfish innings. you play in PowerPlay overs and try reaching atleast 100-120 strike rate. so that Middle order can set and play big shots.

First know technically what is the difference between Test, ODI, T20. and watch closely the IPL teams and their playing XI.

Posted by Jinasoma on (May 8, 2013, 7:15 GMT)

I think KKR missed badly Shakib.He is an aggressive batsman than Kallis.

Posted by kristee on (May 8, 2013, 7:08 GMT)

This is not the first time the worst available bowler bowling the last over to MI. Hussey, Laughlin and now McLaren. Wonder why this happens too often! Smith's overall average and strike-rate for the season are much better than Tendulkar's; so the former's critics' sudden excitement is a bit weird, I thought.

Posted by ladycricfan on (May 8, 2013, 6:35 GMT)

If Lee/Senanayake played instead of McLaren MI score would've been 30 runs less and the chase would've been a lot easier for KKR. With Johnson in prime form MI bowling unit look formidable. MI is peaking at the right time and look sure to reach the play offs.

Posted by GRVJPR on (May 8, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

There must be an award for best pitch in tournament and that is without any doubt is Sawai Mansingh Stadium Jaipur (Rajasthan)

Posted by simonviller on (May 8, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

You nvited us to the party ,so just enjoy our dance and give credit where it is ue !!!!

Posted by Rafelgibt on (May 8, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

Awesome batting display by SIR SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR>>> Brilliant, Outstanding,Mind Blowing......I thoroughly enjoyed......What to say about KKR??The absence of SHAKIB AL Hasan is heavily felt in the team...May be next year but i doubt SHAKIB is going to play in KKR???All the best to Tendulkar....

Posted by V.Jammy on (May 8, 2013, 5:11 GMT)

Dwayne Smith should be immediately replaced by Maxwell & Dinesh should be opening with Sachin in future matches!

Posted by kristee on (May 8, 2013, 4:50 GMT)

Do you believe Smith would have got MOM even if he had managed 48 off 28, with no further contribution than some misfielding, so as to outdo a bowler, who conceded just 3 runs further than he himself scored and accounted for a major wicket?

Posted by   on (May 8, 2013, 4:44 GMT)

@IPSY & Company, This is my first comment on Cricinfo though I follow it for many many years. Sachin@40 is nowhere near to Gayle for T20. I completely agree. Answer following questions - and you have answers for your points.

1) Which is batting paradise in IPL Grounds? if I am not wrong, its Bangalore.... 2) Who plays 8 matches in Bangalore? Gayle.... 3) Ask Gayle to score 175 or 100 or 75 with same SR in other grounds against the same MEDICORE or SUPER bowling......

Whether cricket fans agree or not, if the same Gayle is part of any other 8 teams in IPL, he can't be even half affective of what he has been? he has been hitting sixes on FLAT ground and that is because of power and not because of skill... if its skill, ask him to show the same consistency, in Non-Blore grounds. Then I salute Gayle.

Posted by Jinasoma on (May 8, 2013, 4:41 GMT)

@Aniruddha Vishnupurikar-You are wrong mate.Galle isn't flat wicket.It's slow low spinner freindly wicket like your Eden Gardens wicket.Very hard to score runs specally overseas players there.Most of the test matches end 3or4 days in there.But now it's like flat wicket'Because SL vs BAN match had drawn.But Gayle played his 333 at very hard wicket.

Posted by   on (May 8, 2013, 4:31 GMT)

What a shame for KKR this year! Make Shakib as the captain next year and see the magic!

Posted by Rohan_K on (May 8, 2013, 4:28 GMT)

@deadite Poor Wankhede wicket??? If you understand cricket you wont say that. MI won in Chennai and lost in RCB by mere 2 runs. This season as far as wickets are concerned all over India, they have been the best from all other IPL seasons. Even Chennai wicket is not as slow as it was last year. This is month of may, wickets tend to be slower. Proud of the Wankhede curators they have made a good wicket which has consistent bounce and carry, swings in the evening, turns too but its a very good batting strip is one has the skills.

Posted by Yasin123Patel on (May 8, 2013, 4:26 GMT)

@vrindavan mohite RR's is the best sporting wicket in this IPL. It has everything for everyone. It is not a crap wicket that help only bowlers or only batsman. It helps both, just you have skill to utilize it. It test your skill as a batsman or bowlers. Ask the pundit and they 'll sy you that It is the best wicket. And lots of commentator said that too. MI miserably fail at jaipur, so jaipur's pitch is bad; what rubish. It is the best wicket.

Posted by kapilesh23 on (May 8, 2013, 4:20 GMT)

Now after watching yesterdays match I seriously believe that KKR's Ipl victory last year was a fluke. The only three real champions of Ipl are CSK, MI and RCB who play consistent good cricket seasons after seasons. Of course KKR fans will say that they won Ipl after all but I would still not consider KKR as a champion side.

Posted by simonviller on (May 8, 2013, 4:10 GMT)

TO you who thought that D Smith played a terrible innings today ,lack the basic understanding of the of cricket . 47 off 53 balls is a good score in any cricket at the top of the order with the movement of the ball as seen today and further more if SRT is that much better ,then why didn't he take the first ball ? It's obvious that the team has a strategy for the games with these two guys at the top . Furthermore ,what did RP do at the top of the order prior to this ? What more do you want from a guy who has done it for you at this point ?

Posted by   on (May 8, 2013, 3:56 GMT)

I really think KKR missed Senanayake here. Narine getting wickets but Sachithra is the man who creating pressure. Gambir always protecting Narine and giving the ball to Sachithra also in the powerplays. Narine gets wicket when batsman feel pressure. with MI they couldn't create that pressure. Balaji 3_7, Mclaren 3_35 and Gambir gave 20th to McLaren???????????????????????????????????

Posted by   on (May 8, 2013, 3:56 GMT)

@deadite MI has won in chennai without malinga and vs KKR in Kolkata......ignore the game vs RR....what poor wicket it has everything for everyone.....

Posted by vxttemp on (May 8, 2013, 3:50 GMT)

@ all Sachin haters - Name one bowler who could win a test match or at least take 5 wickets played between 1989 to 2000.You could include Kapil and Manoj prabhakar also from 1989. I'm not talking about Kapil prior to 1989. If you want to know, I can tell you a big list of Indian bowlers getting humiliated on numerous occasions. Mohanty is our bowler in 99 WC, Subrato benarjee & venkatapathy Raju in our 92 wc squad. Venky prasad, a fast bowler who bowls slower than a spinner.

Posted by   on (May 8, 2013, 3:43 GMT)

Bhajji did not drop Kallis, it was Bisla.

Posted by vxttemp on (May 8, 2013, 3:40 GMT)

@sandy_bangalore: Maybe you are watching cricket from 2003 when wasim and waqar reached 36 - Go and watch prior matches also. Infact, for me Sachin played his last innings in chennai against pakistan(scored 136), where India couldn't manage 16 runs after Tendulkar got out. The way he dealt with Pakistan under such a pressure game(playing a series against pakistan after 10 years) in that match (5th day chennai pitch) and then hurt his back so badly, he had to play with support in the next match. Slowly he lost some of his shots as he was cautious about his back. I always watched him with so much scrunity, I don't think he played a straight lofted shot for few years. Later on he had other problems also. But still not a 100% Tendulkar is better than any other Indian batsmen. Forget about Indian bowlers.

Posted by vxttemp on (May 8, 2013, 3:28 GMT)

@Happy_hamster: I don't mean any of the bowlers I mentioned are mediocore. Just to let some of the guys who have started watching cricket recently, they think even Sachin is mediocore. I've lot of respect for everyone I was talking about in that. Infact not many people rate Aquib Javed, but I still feel he is one of the best intelligent bowlers. The moment he got greatbatch in 92'wc semifinal with a slower ball, I've told everyone, this is pakistan's cup(waqar couldn't play in 92 WC due to injury). I watched only a little of Ried and Merv hughes. I've only heard about them. Botham/Kapil/Imran - they are the best allrounders of their era.

Posted by GRVJPR on (May 8, 2013, 3:22 GMT)

People who are trying to compare sachin and dravid are only making fool of themselves. Bot are Great!

Posted by   on (May 8, 2013, 3:09 GMT)

@Yasin123Patel lets go one by one your statements. you said Sachin has only 35+ test wins but the truth is he is part of 70 test wins with 62+ average including 20 100s. Sachin in T20s has scored 2674 runs with 34+ average and 121+ striker rate whereas Dravid as a T20 player has scored 2428 runs with average of 29 and strike rate of 115. Now, tell me who is a better T20 player. Just because Sachin is not among runs lately doesn't mean that you can't remove all his earlier exploits. However much you try to praise Dravid, there is only one God.

Posted by cric_gates on (May 8, 2013, 2:56 GMT)

KKR doesn't look stronger as compare to other teams. Gambhir, Kallis, Pathan, Morgan are big flops. 1.Poor team selection by ignoring Macculum and playing Kallis regularly instead he is nothing with the bat. cant understand why Maclaren chosen ahead of Breat Lee. 2. Poor Captaincy. Giving last over to Maclaren who had already conceded 35 of 3 overs despite having Balaji with the exceptional spell of 3 overs 7 runs.

Posted by Kashi0127 on (May 8, 2013, 2:53 GMT)

@Hemanth Premkumar Absolutely agree with you IPL is not the yardstick. But Sachin has become depressing in all formats of the game. Sachin is a records/statistics man and there is absolutely no doubt he is capable of breaking/making more records if allowed to in coming days/months/years. But very few of them are of value to his team(s). He has time and again proven his records alone are paramount. And the craze for these records by the general Indian public is understandable as there hardly anything to shout about from an Indian- be it sports, Politics, Economics. There is an exception in Vishwanathan Anand in Chess who is zillion times bigger than Sachin in achievements,and in some forms of arts where Indians have excelled, but both of these are not easy to understand.

Posted by deadite11 on (May 8, 2013, 2:48 GMT)

Mumbai team just going on with the help of poor wankhede pitch, when they come into playoffs, they will get mauled by either RCB/CSK definitely because mumbai cant survive in neutral venues.

Posted by adicric on (May 8, 2013, 2:47 GMT)

I m sick of all these sachin bashers I just can't understand what they want from great man. I am a big fan of both dravid and sachin but if David score 48 ball 52 its a great inning but if sachin score 28 ball 48 its a fluke. isn't it funny??

Posted by Yasin123Patel on (May 8, 2013, 2:38 GMT)

well. Sachin play one fair inning and all early innings failure was erased. Ya he play good, but this one prove that dravid is more clssier than him, because his inning isn't classy than dravid's last two. Well that doesn't mean sachin isn't classy but in t20 ;no. Lots of people talk about sachin's record but how many matches he won for india. He played almost 200 test and score 50+ centuries, but still india not able to win 35+ wins in these period. Dravid is better player than him in test. Ya but sachi is slight betterin ODIs. Well sachin's hundred vs Oz is acme when his biggest threat M'cgrath was not in team with couple of exception. He never admit but he struggle to play against him with couple of exception. But he is far btter than gayle . There is no comparision at all.

Posted by criclover1900 on (May 8, 2013, 2:10 GMT)

Champions trophy team should not have been announced this has made the likes if gambhir, yuvi, a bit demoralised which is writ large on their faces. They have no committment or fire in their bellies.

Posted by novice_Win on (May 8, 2013, 1:57 GMT)

Form is temporary, Class is PERMANENT !!! Beautiful innings from Sachin! Totally loved it! :) :) :) And all the Sachin-haters, please note that I am not a Sachin-lover BUT I think IF we don't hesitate to criticise him for his failures THEN we must appreciate him when he plays well. We must use the same scale of judgement!

Posted by sandy_bangalore on (May 8, 2013, 1:57 GMT)

@Alary:100 % agree with you brother. Some guys here go gaga over a tendulkar 30 or a 40, which even Indian journeyman players produce once a while(Saurabh tiwary). And you are also right that for the last 25 years, he has made 100s of such runs which hardly made a difference to the team. When people are asked to pick 5 top innings by a tendulkar what do they come up with? 1) 100 at perth(when the match was when and truly lost) 2) 100 at old trafford(flat pitch england attack led by a bloke called chris lewis) 3) 155 against Oz(no mcgrath,gillespie, and warne returning from surgery) 4) 98 vs pakistan 2003(against 36 year olds wasin and waqar, far past their prime) 5) 100s at sharjah: again, bowling attack led by fleming and kasprowick on flat sharjah pitches. The point is when young Indian batsman make 100s on flat decks, we call them flat track bullies. So the same yardstick must be applied to Tendulkar!

Posted by solankibhavesh on (May 8, 2013, 1:45 GMT)

Good match and good inning by SRT i think he now gets some momentum and may be after this he will do better and better.

Posted by Jangali_Maanab on (May 8, 2013, 1:43 GMT)

I loved Sachin's batting so well this match. Hope he plays in similar manner when it matters, even better.

Posted by   on (May 8, 2013, 1:30 GMT)

Its disheartening to see the number of Sachin bashers on cricinfo.. I fail to understand what this is all about. A T20 league like IPL? Come on people, this isn't much more that a circus. If we start using a platform such as this to benchmark batsmen, the game will soon loose all its romance and charm.. Agreed that Chris Gayle is a good player, maybe even great in a T20 context.. But performances in IPL cannot be a measure of cricketing greatness.. He has had one great season, Sachin Tendulkar has had dozens.. and oh yeah, we are talking about test cricket here. I also read someone say, '5' of Sachin's 100 100s came against Namibia and Kenya.. Come on.. Can it get more absurd than this? Give the man a break.. There is a whole generation in India who have grown up watching that man wage lone battles against much fancied oppositions, in the worst of conditions. I suggest all Sachin haters read the book 'Sachin - Cricketer of the century' By Vimal Kumar. Just to refresh your memories..

Posted by   on (May 8, 2013, 1:16 GMT)

I dont see why people talk about sachin on hows he playing..... and most of them are those who havent played cricket for years and whenever played might not even have played 10 overs and scored 50 runs in an innings

Posted by elgenioroshan on (May 8, 2013, 1:13 GMT)

@ipsy - A true cricket lover no matter which nation, would never criticise Sachin. He has changed World Cricket. He may not have been his best post 2003, but before that he whacked the most toughest of bowlers on the toughest of wickets. Bradman himself compared Sachin to himself in 1998. Give the man some respect for his 100 centuries rather than being a hater. The 5 hundreds u r saying he scored against Namibia and Kenya are like needle in a haystack. Maybe you don't know that 9 of those 49 ODI hundreds have come against Australia. The highest by any batsman(other than Sachin) against an individual team is 8 hundreds but Sachin scored 9 against the mighty Australia who were invincible in the 90's and early 2000's. If you don't like him atleast don't criticise because that is an insult to cricket and arguably the greatest batsman to ever play the game. Cricinfo plz publish.

Posted by cruisnat25 on (May 8, 2013, 1:09 GMT)

Anyone knows why the last over was given to McLaren who was very expensive already and not to Balaji who bowled his 3 overs for 7 runs? Seriously dumb captaincy from Gambhir...

Posted by Happy_hamster on (May 8, 2013, 0:48 GMT)

Viraj Kulkarni- spot on the whole game is weighted heavily in the favor of the batsmen so the gullible sheep in the stands have something to foam at the mouth about, this will be at the detriment of Indian bowling in the long term as the kids don't want to be bowlers. vxttemp not completely clear of your point but surely you cannot rate Merv Hughes and Bruce Reid with Wasim etc and higher than 'mediocre' IT Botham (look up legend in the dictionary and it will show a picture of him!)

Posted by popcorn on (May 8, 2013, 0:24 GMT)

Simply cannot understand why Ricky Ponting has chosen to bench himself and Glenn Maxwell. Hopefully a Tactic to be fresh for thre Playoffs and win the Finals.

Posted by   on (May 8, 2013, 0:23 GMT)

@IPSY .. you talking abt 5/100 hundreds... ignore them and what abt the rest 95. Did he score them against reputed oppositions? Grow up man..

Posted by JerryV on (May 8, 2013, 0:21 GMT)

IPSY, no argument with you on Tendulkar but somehow 5 easy hundreds out of 100 damages your argument rather than helping it. It implies 95 were made against better opposition than IPL teams'.

Its a meaningless argument. Tendulkar is at the end of his playing days. I have watched him play in an actual Test. I have never seen a better or more complete batsman in my life of watching first class and Test cricket.

Every one fades. Even the greatest batsman of all.

Posted by CricketAkshay on (May 8, 2013, 0:19 GMT)

Sachin played with freedom. When he struck two blistering boundaries at the start, he started to gain confidence and it was also his day as he was finding the middle of the bat. Also, a player like Dinesh Karthik batted well and put the pressure on KKR fielders. The idea to promote Johnson at number eight was good as he has got the ability to clear the fence. Gambhir and Bisla were noway near the target. Bisla will hit only against mediocre bowling attack. He can't score against one of the good attacks against MI. Their spinners, Harbhajan, Ojha came to the party. Johnson was once again terrific. As I said in this match Preview of Cricinfo, CSK and MI will play the first-play-off. I expect RCB and SRH to play the Eliminator

Posted by   on (May 8, 2013, 0:14 GMT)

This is one of the more responsible innings that D. Smith have played in years. Its nice to see that he is learning the game better at the highest level .

Posted by   on (May 8, 2013, 0:08 GMT)

@IPSY, 5 out of 100, that itself tells the story of the legend :) 95 of them have come against quality attacks then. As far as Gayle is concerned, he is nowhere there. His 333 has come against SL in Galle, a flattest pitch you can ever get. I am not saying Gayle is not good, just that you have to agree that real test is not in IPL, but in international cricket, where Sachin has succeeded.

Posted by zwartedepiet on (May 7, 2013, 23:48 GMT)

As a New Zealand cricket fan, I must applaud KKR for not playing McCullum (behind Gayle the worlds best t20 player), for it has only given him time and space to concentrate on the England test series. Unbelievable though really given his amazing t20i record (second to none). Unfashionable country NZ. Great cricketer not in favour. Going to the ipl off 7 better than run a ball half centuries in 8 innings vs england in all formats. haha, kkr management need a reality check.

Posted by dcaprio on (May 7, 2013, 23:46 GMT)

@IPSY-yes..Gayle always feeds on medicore bowlers..he does..he trembles agains steyn..check last 3 of his encounters against steyn..while Tendulkar smacked Steyn..Johnson and Malinga HUMILIATED GAYLE..(AND THAT TOO WHEN GAYLE IS IN PRIME FORM)!SRT has also been dominated by bowlers but not when he was at his best..He has been dominated quite a few times but only after 2002, Yes SRT is having some serious problems,dealing with these 3rd rate bowers,but i think since 2004 onwards,SRT hs never been usually that comfortable against Left arm(in tests,odis,T20s) spinners and Slow medium bowlers(he struggles versus them in mainly t20s)..But he is still more comfortable to SHEER PACE like Pattinson or STeyn,he is playing them with much ease than Vijay or Dhawan or Kohli.What about SRT's 21 100s vs AUS and 11 vs SA.more than GAYLE'S WHOLE CAREER....SRT IS STILL MANAGING TO SCORE RUNS OFF STEYN,PATTINSON..DESPITE BEING WAY PAST HIS BEST AND NEARING HIS END..SRT AT HIS 5%>>>>GAYLE at his 100

Posted by vxttemp on (May 7, 2013, 23:38 GMT)

@ IPSY :Great analysis dude: 5 centuries aganist namibia from Sachin - that's 5% dude. Sachin not playing well in IPL means a lot to you. Thank God, you didn't declare Bradman as zero since he scored that much in his last innings. I guess, Bradman just needed 4 to have 100 average but he failied to score 4. Hopefully you will not call Bradman also "one who couldn't handle the pressure" Have fun.. By the way, You've forgot Kenya reached a semi-final in a World Cup when SA and Pakistan couldn't. So those teams might not be eligible to play cricket in your dictionary..

Posted by SidsIPLTeam on (May 7, 2013, 22:57 GMT)

KKRs problem has been choosing the best Foreign Player combination along with Gambhir's lack of runs when needed most. He started well but couldn't play even one good innings when they were crashing out. Kallis as usual was never able to accelerate & Kolkata needed more batting strength, given their thin batting line up - Bisla & Pathan suspect against the better attacks, Tiwary missing with injury & Das/Bhatia no more than decent lower order players. But, Gambhir kept on playing Senanayeke/Lee/McLaren, wasting McCullum's red-hot form on the bench. His captaincy was strange but today he took the cake. Not sure what he was thinking when he bowled McLaren the last over, who had already gone for plenty before. He gave 25 runs & it cost the match & with that any hopes of qualifying. Most surprisingly, he didn't bowl Balaji, his best bowler today whose 3 previous overs had cost only 7 runs, his full quota. Sums up their strategy and tournament really - how to make a good team look dismal.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2013, 22:18 GMT)

Narabavi your comments about Smith tells me either you haven't been following the Mumbai Indians or you knows nothing about the game of cricket.

Posted by sgd120 on (May 7, 2013, 21:51 GMT)

Two aspects that i want to point out. Firstly, this was a match-winning innings from Sachin. He certainly set the tone at the beginning of the match. Karthik then took it through to fruition. Secondly, I am really loving the bowling unit and attacking instinct that MI have built up, it is singularly focused on aggression (taking wickets). Even Harbhajan seems to be bowling better. That I think is down to Ponting (non-playing captain).

Posted by IPSY on (May 7, 2013, 20:57 GMT)

Viraj Kulkarni, What's your argument! You said that the IPL bowlers are mediocre, etc. Thus, "the likes of Gayle" benefit. But Sir, while "the likes of Gayle" recognize IPL bowlers as mediocre and treat them as such, the said Sachin whom you rate so high, because you love him so much is finding it EXTREMELY DIFFICULT to last 2 good overs against them. He has played 10 matches so far this year, and every time he walks to the wicket, everyone of these MEDIOCRE BOWLERS knows that he has to just pitch an "off-cutter" about one and a half inches outside his off stump at no more than "120-125 Kph" and SACHIN IS BOWLED! His avge in the 10 matches this year is '21', made at an unacceptable stike rate for a top order batsman in T/20 cricket! Also, you're talking about MEDIOCRE bowling, while you too are singing Sachin's praises for his so called 100 International 100s. Do you know he made 5 of those 100s against Namibia and Kenya - two nations that cannot beat any team currently playing IPL?

Posted by   on (May 7, 2013, 20:30 GMT)

@AnilKp. I am with you:) Rahul Dravid's team deserves to be in Title Winners

Posted by anilkp on (May 7, 2013, 20:11 GMT)

@vxttemp: you are right. If Anarchy feels Gayle/Miller as the new Bradmen, Ashok Dinda must be Garner, W+W, McGrath and all those biggies amalgamated into one. LOL.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2013, 20:02 GMT)

@BasuC.. Good to see people like you still exist. Its not about Sachin or any specific player but the fact is that cricket viewers these days dont understand the real meaning of skill and talent. The likes of Gayle are good only on flat wickets (Bangalore) against mediocre bowling attacks (PWI). In fact in the IPL many power hitters score big due to the lack of quality bowling attacks due to the restriction on foreign players. Most teams have 1-2 good bowlers and the rest are mediocre - pacers bowling at 120-125 Kph. International teams have atleast 4 good bowlers in their line up. Real cricket is quality batting against quality bowling. If we want to see each ball hit out of the park, we should replace bowlers with bowling machines. To sum it up - Gayle slogs his way to 175 against hapless Pune and fails to put bat to ball against Mumbai the next match. Doesnt that tell a story in itself?

Posted by vxttemp on (May 7, 2013, 19:52 GMT)

@ BasuC, Glad to see guys like you. Your statement " MI, in their last match have shown how to tame the pathetic power hitting of the likes of gayle" It is not even comparable to any of the pitches/bowlers great man Sachin dealt with. By the way, Indians do have short memory problems.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2013, 19:50 GMT)

@alarky thanks for the enlightenment. Maybe everyone else other than you is living in a parallel universe.

Posted by vxttemp on (May 7, 2013, 19:48 GMT)

@ guys like ALARKY. You are right mate. Chris Gayle & Virat are the best, may be better than Bradman in cricket. They are playing the likes of Wasim, Waqar, shoab, Quadir, saqlain, mushtaq, McDermott, Merv Hughes, McGrath, Gillespie, Lee, Shane warne, Donald, Pollock, Fanie de viliers, Marshall, Walsh, Ambrose, Shane bond, Murali and the great Imran on such a good bowling tracks we see all over the world. Forgot to mention few medicore bowlers like Aquib Javed, Damien Flemming, Flintoff, Vaas, Heath Streak, bruce Ried, Botham, darren Gough. Forgot, if these are medicore, what do we call the current crop of fast bowlers with the exception of few bowlers?

Posted by SL_rockz on (May 7, 2013, 19:47 GMT)

KKR so good bye for you know in the ending note of the season.They were never played like champions ans showed they came to that place due to luck of that day and unexpectedly.CSK other hand shows that day was a mistake and they are the real winners or CHAMPIONS !!!!! CSK is the best. But tomorrow i think we should loose to SRH and drop RCB to 5th.Then with pressure they will do mistakes in rest of the games.:)

Posted by Abitha on (May 7, 2013, 19:44 GMT)

I hope KKR (by the way they are playing now) will not have the Dubious Distinction of finishing last if two other teams DD and Pune win their remaining matches. Holder one year and last place in the next Edition. GG did a mistake in allowing Mc.Laren to bowl the last over though he had Balaji (the most economical bowler of the day) to bowl one over. Costly mistake Had the score been around 150 KKR would have made it. Kashinath

Posted by Narabavi on (May 7, 2013, 19:41 GMT)

Terrible knock from Smith.He can't bat like Sachin.He should play his normal game.If he is going to continue this way, it's better replace him with Ponting or someone else.He will save atleast two more overs for big hitters.btw enjoyed Sachin's knock very much.

Posted by anilkp on (May 7, 2013, 19:40 GMT)

@Anarchy: is a 28-ball 48 in T20 not awesome? How many 100s has David Miller scored so far? One evening, and he is able to outpace a quarter of a century? Greatness is measured by strong flexibility, the ability to perform in diverse situations, contexts and formats. How many of your T20 "awesome" specialists will thrive in gruelling 5-day formats--let alone shine there? Gayle is on record for his aversion to Tests--even when he was to captain his international side in England. And, Sachin? Add to him the likes of Rahul and Kallis, these are the true "awesome" players. They differentiate no context/pitch/situation/format from another. An opener--especially when there are big hitters down the order--needs to make a 30-ball 50, that is awesome for an opener. That is what he did here. That set the platform. Otherwise, at 30 for 4 and with Dwayne struggling, Gauti would have read a news paper on the field and still won it.

Posted by anilkp on (May 7, 2013, 19:28 GMT)

I am both happy and disappointed at the same time. Happy because KKR lost; poor captaincy, poor selection of playing XI, topped with terrible, continued arrogance by the captain (and its owner) make KKR a deserving loser. I am disappointed because now MI are too close a competitor of Rahul Dravid. I wanted Dravid's team all success--and a good gap from others in terms of points. Anyway, as long as Dravid's team (you may call it RR; but I do not care about RR actually, I care about Dravid) is not toppled from the final four, I am OK. I want RSD and MSD to be the captains in the final; whoever wins is win for me.

Posted by carmichael on (May 7, 2013, 19:20 GMT)

This is a good day for trinidad and tobago at least we get narine for our last champions league...lmao

Posted by mnmdude on (May 7, 2013, 19:17 GMT)

in my opinion smith didnt do too bad. he supported tendulkar well but he needs to stop having so many dot balls. smith and tendulkat are having good partnerships.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2013, 19:11 GMT)

@BasuC.. Good to see people like you still exist. Its not about Sachin or any specific player but the fact is that cricket viewers these days dont understand the real meaning of skill and talent. The likes of Gayle are good only on flat wickets (Bangalore) against mediocre bowling attacks (PWI). In fact in the IPL many power hitters score big due to the lack of quality bowling attacks due to the restriction on foreign players. Most teams have 1-2 good bowlers and the rest are mediocre - pacers bowling at 120-125 Kph. International teams have atleast 4 good bowlers in their line up. Real cricket is quality batting against quality bowling. If we want to see each ball hit out of the park, we should replace bowlers with bowling machines. To sum it up - Gayle slogs his way to 175 against hapless Pune and fails to put bat to ball against Mumbai the next match. Doesnt that tell a story in itself?

Posted by gsingh7 on (May 7, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

kkr is gone now hope kings 11 sneak through. why play smith again. he is a big liability, little talent he got . previously too he caused mi many matches, plz drop him asap . he bats too slow or gets out making 7 or 8 runs

Posted by Provost on (May 7, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

I would suggest that CSK should lose the game tomorrow to let SRH up and RCB out of the top 4. This will put pressure on RCB and they might make mistakes. Also, even if SRH comes up, the qualifers and finals are not in Hyd. Outside of their backyard, they are yet to prove. They are like MI and RCB, home ground bullies.......

Posted by sandeep1978 on (May 7, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

@ alarky, thanks for enlightening us on the true meaning of the word 'awesome' and 'below par performances'. As for the rest of ur message, still trying to find out the deep meaning in them, which no doubt i will understand one of these days..

Posted by   on (May 7, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

@alarky - exactly below par performances for almost 25 years? Yes, with those performances he scored 34,000 runs, 100 hundreds and 163 fifties. India won 53 matches where he scored 50+, second most by any player (Ponting 1st at 55 wins). In T20s he scored at 34 average and 121 strike rate, better than any other players (though not exceptional). I am not suggesting that every knock he played is awesome or exceptional. But, if you consider his life achievement as sub-par, then seriously you have been living under a rock for the last 25 years. May be, it is time you wake up and see the world for what it is!

If you want to just bit*h because you cannot appreciate someone else's talent, I pity you.

Posted by Happy_hamster on (May 7, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

Well done tiny Sachin, to score so many runs when you are the size of a child is indeed AWESOME. Kohli is the next deity in waiting as he is a puny little wimp too.

Posted by 4th_umpire on (May 7, 2013, 18:51 GMT)

@ alarky. It's very sad to see everyone talking as if like Sachin did nothing to Indian cricket. I grew up watching cricket from early 90's when there was no Laxman, Dravid for tests Yuvraj, Dhoni's and Shewag's to rescue India. Sachin played the role of a Dravid in tests and Yuvraj in ODI's. He tool all the burden on his shoulders and played some great knocks. There were occasions where people used to turn off the TV after Sachin's dismissal. The emergence of Rahul, Laxman and some young batsmen who can hit the pressure on Sachin got relieved. He shouldered the burden of Indian cricket team for more than half of his career. He was always in the team with his performances and not by having contacts in the selection panel. He will definitely call it a day when he feels that he is not doing any good to the team. Sachin was never sole reason for India losing. I guess Sachin haters started watching cricket only after tennis elbow started affecting his batting.

Posted by BasuC on (May 7, 2013, 18:46 GMT)

feel pity to see the likes of alarky shouting loud about the likes of chris gayle. It is not about loving Sachin or anyone else. It is the sheer mediocrity that looms large over most of the viewers today. They can appreciate hitting petty length balls with brute power but not consistency, class and technique. Anyways MI, in their last match have shown how to tame the pathetic power hitting of the likes of gayle. Anyways, good luck transient viewership!!

Posted by thespire on (May 7, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

@alarky YES Sachin was indeed AWESOME today!! one cant survive 25 yrs in Cricket with below par performances...give some RESPECT to the guy, atleast he is only sporting hero that we have got who is known by someone outside INDIA...PS you compare performance with the situation of the in todays scenario he played well .....

Posted by   on (May 7, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

gambhir hasnt used the resources available to him what was shocking to see was he didnt gaved balaji the 4th over

Posted by sweet2hrme on (May 7, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

Today Smith playing sachin role and sachin playing smith role. Very gud win for MI. Johnson a genuine wicket taker fast bowler. Wow he is bowling with great speed!

Posted by cricket-is-best on (May 7, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

Good captaincy by rohit..going for the kill to increase NRR and using bowlers efficiently. Abu nechim gave KKR the decisive blow with clever bowling. otherwise who knows,eoin morgan has the capability to do a miller..

Posted by forzaps on (May 7, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

When Mitchell Johnson is in the mood he reminds me of Wasim and Waqar when they were bowling a good spell, almost every ball looks like a potential wicket.

Posted by Alexk400 on (May 7, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

Dk should be man of the match. 1 stumping , 1 run out and 1 catch plus 200 strikerate 38.

Posted by CricHitesh on (May 7, 2013, 18:29 GMT)

Gambhir has let himself and team down, lot of thinking needs to be done

Posted by alarky on (May 7, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

Cric_vk, I am not surpried that you called Sachin's performance today "AWESOME", because it is exactly these below par performances that he has patched up together for almost 25 years and have some of you comparing him with real AWESOME PERFORMERS! So, if you rate Sachin's performance today as AWESOME, suppose one day you see when Chris Gayle hits a 20; or David Miller a 25; or Shane Watson a 32; or Rohit Sharmer a 35; etc?

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (May 7, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

Classic inning from Sachin and well played MI.. Holiday for Sachin haters today.

Posted by coldcoffee123 on (May 7, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

Looking forward to what Gambhir has to say in the post-match presentation. The guy has been rambling of "positives" in all his presentations. Should be fun.

Posted by ddr3 on (May 7, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

lol now MI has won 10 out off 12 matches against KKR...SACHIN was Awesome today...and why aren't there any comments from SACHIN haters today? :P

Posted by NixNixon on (May 7, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

Im a South African, but J Kallis is useless at t20 cricket, he cant hit a six without getting out its just too difficult for him. For me that is the one thing he lacks to make him one of the best allrounders, and that is his attacking game. He does not have any ability to hit a long ball. Singles he can take

Posted by soumyas on (May 7, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

when Johnson was bowling well giving next over to Abu Nechim didn't look logical, when new ball is swinging Rohit shud have utilized malinga. his deadly swinging yorkers wud have helped, Also what on earth makes harbhajan the SLIP fielder ? he shud never be in slip, mumbai have better fielders to field at slip especially when the ball is swinging and bowlers like Johnson is bowling. Rohit sharma is still not a good captain but their luck has changed since he became a captain.

Posted by rajcan on (May 7, 2013, 16:54 GMT)

If Mumbai loose this game, Smith will be responsible for low run rate. He took almost half of the overs, 53 balls and scored 47 runs. In T20, if you are there to stabilize the innings, you don't need to be an opener to kill half of the overs including power play and score at the strike rate of 80s.

If Mumbai wins and it should be a wake up call.

Posted by ddr3 on (May 7, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

MI should try using HARBAJAN and MITCHELL as pinch hitters...specially MITCHELL he has done really well whenever he has got a chance to bat for MI even today he was awesome..hoping for a MI win :P

Posted by vam_aru on (May 7, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

Gautam Gambhir, Poor captain... He has balaji to bowl one more over, and given to Mclaran, 25 Runs looted... so KKR going to lose this one.

All credit goes to Captain GG. !!!

Posted by srinideva on (May 7, 2013, 16:24 GMT)

I can say that MI record in boob boo mumbai gonna end today..wait and see.. half way stage..

Posted by ddr3 on (May 7, 2013, 16:22 GMT)

DINESH KARTHIK is such a awful runner either he gets himself run-out or gets other players run-out!! Unfortunately DWAYNE ate a lot of balls today and may be they could have promoted POLLARD and HARBAJAN up the order! Anyways still a great total.

Posted by coldcoffee123 on (May 7, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

Dwayne is hogging the strike. Every over he has taken a single of the last ball. Sachin is in such rare zone, but getting wasted at the non-striker end.

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