Mumbai v Hyderabad, IPL 2013, Mumbai

Pollard blast takes Mumbai to No. 1

The Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

May 13, 2013

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Mumbai Indians 184 for 3 (Pollard 66*, Tendulkar 38*) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 178 for 3 (Dhawan 59, White 43*) by seven wickets
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Kieron Pollard smacks the ball for a six, Mumbai Indians v Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2013, Mumbai, May 13, 2013
Kieron Pollard - 66* off 27 balls, 8 sixes © BCCI
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An unreal Kieron Pollard blitz transformed a daunting run chase into a cakewalk for Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede, as he tore the match from Sunrisers Hyderabad's grip in a seven-ball stretch that yielded 36. At the end of the assault, Mumbai dethroned Chennai Super Kings and rose to No.1.

Sixes rained down on a delirious Mumbai crowd, whom for much of the run chase may have anticipated the hosts' first loss at home this season. But with 62 needed from the last four overs, 29 was plundered in the 17th from Thisara Perera, in which he bowled three balls in Pollard's slot and was duly smashed over the straight boundary three times, after Rohit Sharma had already hit a six earlier in the over.

Pollard had had no answer to an intense Dale Steyn, who conceded only four runs in the 16th over, making a turnaround seem all the more unlikely. But Sunrisers' supporting cast could not muster death-over competence, and the 21-runs off Amit Mishra's 18th over effectively sealed the match for Mumbai. Having been 9 runs off 10 balls at the end of Steyn's over, Pollard finished with 66 from 27, ending the match with two massive leg-side sixes off Perera, whose confidence was clearly shattered by then. Pollard bludgeoned eight sixes in all, and one four, and despite Steyn's final over going for only five, Mumbai reaped 67 from the last 21 balls of the match.

The late heroics had followed 16 overs of somewhat meandering batting from Mumbai, who attacked in bursts, but seemed largely content to allow the asking rate to mount - perhaps anticipating a late rally, though even they could not have imagined that Pollard would be so punishing nor Sunrisers so generous. Having been relatively cautious towards the start of his innings, Sachin Tendulkar had looked set to accelerate through the middle overs, but he hurt his bottom hand after striking Karan Sharma over long-on for six, and was forced to retire hurt for 38 off 31 balls. Dinesh Karthik chipped in a 30 off 23 balls, and helped keep wickets in hand, which paid rich dividends in the final countdown for the hosts.

Sunrisers' 178 for 3 had been set up by Shikhar Dhawan, who hit 59 from 41 at the start of the innings, and finished by Cameron White, who blasted 43 from 23. Dhawan prospered square of the off stump, as the Mumbai bowlers continued to indulge him outside the off stump throughout the innings. He found success elsewhere as well, slamming Pragyan Ojha over cow corner in his first over, before reverse-sweeping him powerfully to the fence in his next. He reached his fifty with a open-faced drive through the covers off Lasith Malinga, but was dismissed not long after, yielding the floor to White. However, Sunrisers scored only 33 off their last four overs, while Mumbai doubled that during their surge to victory.

Sunrisers must now win both their remaining games to stand a decent chance of making the playoffs.

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

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Posted by JG2704 on (May 15, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

@Greatest_Game

Re MVP - They said on TV how the points are accumulated.Batting - I think you get certain points for 4s and 6s (or should I call them Yes Bank maximums?) and as a bowler you get points for wickets/dots etc.I'd say it could be very flawed as a batsman could score a 6 and get big points but if he's playing a load of dots , he's not necessarily doing your team any good.As a bowler you could bowl an over where you have a single scored off you every ball and you'll get more points for an over where you have 3 dots and 3 balls where the batsmen score boundaries/sixes. Realistically it should purely be based (as a batsman) on runs scored and SR and as a bowler on wickets and ER but I guess that's too simple. As you put (and I was meant to put before) DS knows Pollard and knows the areas where he is less comfortable.There's no guarantee in T20 but DS bowling would surely have given SRH a better chance.IMO he should have played and captained SRH from the off

Posted by Greatest_Game on (May 14, 2013, 22:24 GMT)

@ everfaithful77 Your analysis is clear, concise and dead right. Mishra & Perera choked under pressure, but should NEVER have been exposed to that pressure. Bowling them & not Sammy & KV was, in THAT match situation, thoughtless.

Who knows how to handle Pollard - Sammy, his World20 winning skipper, or Perera/Mishra? In the World20 final, Sammy used Gayle in the 7th & 9th, bowled Badree out by the 12th, & bowled the 11th & 15th, conceding 6. He held himself, Narine, Rampaul & Samuels back for the last 5. Rampaul had conceded 10 in his first 2, but went for 21 in the 16th. Sammy then attacked with Narine & Samuels' spin for the next 3, NOT using Rampaul again & keeping himself back. He had 4 overs each of pace & spin for the last 5, & when pace leaked runs he had his most economical & attacking spin bowlers to deploy for the death. They did the job: Narine, his best bowler, closed it in the 19th. He did not need to bowl again!

Smart captaincy! SRH could have used that & still need it!

Posted by Greatest_Game on (May 14, 2013, 21:19 GMT)

@ JG2704 I have strongly supported Perera, but he is not the superstar his worshippers claim. I found the IPL's "Pepsi Atom MVP" listing. There is no explanation of calculation method or weighting of the listed values, but "Matches, Wickets, Dots, 4s, 6s, Catches, Stumpings" somehow define a MVP! Just like the IPL & Pepsi, full of sparkle & fizz - no substance. Perera was not #3, & interestingly Dhoni lay at 47 - tactical nous clearly no criterion.

T20 is about runs scored vs runs conceded - e.g. choking an explosive hitter = dismissing him. I tabled the bowling econ figs of Steyn, Mishra & Perera in wins & losses, & averaged them. Win: Steyn 5.48 Mishra 5.53 Perera 6.09 Loss: Steyn 6.04 Mishra 9.76 Perera 11.62 Diff: Steyn 0.56 Mishra 4.23 Perera 5.53 In wins no real difference in econ, but over 4 overs in games lost, Steyn concedes 2.24, Mishra 16.93, & Perera 22.12 more runs! Clearly Mishra & Perera are vulnerable. The Mumbai debacle most clearly illustrates it!

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

Excellent play by Pollard ... But its strange that someone here "alarky" has strange things to say about Sach. Get a life! Calling Sachin names does reflect poorly on ones cricket knowledge ...

Posted by Harmony111 on (May 14, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

@VancouverPunekar: Agreed that Pollard did not take any chances vs Steyn in that over but I think it is more because Steyn was awesome in that over. He nearly split Pollard in two once, the short pitch stuff that Pollard bowled to Pollard was not handled well by him at all. In one replay it was shown how limp Pollard was while facing Steyn, his stance was all semi -crouched with the hand behaving as if it had polio and the body not sure what to do to play that short ball. Pollard did not take any chances vs Steyn in that over cos he could not find a way to. It was his compulsion not choice.

Posted by JG2704 on (May 14, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

@Greatest_Game on (May 14, 2013, 1:08 GMT) Pretty much agree with your analysis there. Sammy should be captain and I think (when deciding who to bowl) you have to look at the bowlers at your disposal and the batsmen at the crease and who they would LEAST want to face. Maybe Sharma could have been held back too but surely Sammy was always more likely to give the danger man Pollard problems than Misra. I'd have probably gambled and bowled Steyn over 18 as he had KP in all sorts of trouble. If he bowled the 18th for 5 runs I make it MI would have been on 151-3 still needing 28 off the final 2 overs. Also Sammy only conceded one boundary in his 2 overs and his 2nd over went for 4.

BTW I think there is a MVP (MOST VALUABLE PLAYER) award where P is rated highly. Anyway I don't think you're saying P is a bad player - just that Sammy would have done a better job with ball and bat towards the end.

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (May 14, 2013, 9:21 GMT)

Some people saying Criticism and Mockery are natural when a player fails, wonder they will make fun of Dravid or Sachin?

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

go Mumbai Indians go....... :) great match with an excellent finish. sunrisers would never have expected that their hard work of 36 overs can be made to look so little in a span of just 7 balls.

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (May 14, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

T Perera is just 24 years old he got plenty of time and talent to become a great all rounder. I remember how much he loves bowling to your Indian batsmen, 29 wickets in just 19 matches with a 5 for,4 for.

Posted by kristee on (May 14, 2013, 8:12 GMT)

If Mishra had bowled 16 th over and Steyn 17th, if necessary, then Perera and Sammy would have more likely been bowling to Bhaji, Johnson or T'kar (if available). With the latter's record, while chasing tricky targets, being not that great, SRH would have had the game in their pocket. Don't label mine as hindsight wisdom when I say White was just terrible.

Posted by everfaithful77 on (May 14, 2013, 8:02 GMT)

@andrew27994 I absolutely agree. White's handling of the SRH bowlers was PATHETIC in this match and begs many questions. Why didn't he allow Sharma and Mishra to complete their overs before the arrival of big hitters like Rohit and Pollard? Why was the best bowler in the previous match Darren Sammy left with 2 unbowled overs at the end of the match and why wasn't he used period in the last 5 overs. With only 5 overs left Mumbai needed over 60 runs, with Steyn and Sammy each having 2 overs left. The spinner Sharma who had taken a wicket and bowled very economically against Tendulkar and Kartik in 3 overs could have completed with the 16th over. Sammy could have bowled overs 17 & 19 while Steyn bowl the 18th & 20th. Is this rocket science? During SRH inns why was Perera sent ahead of Sammy. Due to some poor decisions SRH snatched DEFEAT from the JAWS of VICTORY. My take on it is that the PRESSURE not only got to Perera and Mishra but also to the captain White who shouldn't lead SRH.

Posted by Narbavi on (May 14, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

@siri12345: Oh ok and what did he tell about the 4-1 loss at your home? Did he again talk about making the cb series finals? and did he talk about 8-0? Ask him to play test matches if he can in the first place, one cb series final and you talk as if you have conquered the world, how about losing all 3 matches in the asia cup and finishing in the bottom? U guys made it to the finals but couldn't win but in the previous edition we managed to win the finals 2-0

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

great going MI ! but they left too much for end overs, thanks 2 pollard's blizterig knock & rohit 's senssibility[as he dint go over-board/panick],mumbai pulled it off. .....@otuwa & other rohit bashers who call him bunny against steyn rather sound silly. he stayed calm & composed rather than swinging blindly, he's calmness actually rubbed on pollard who despite intially looking scrapy opened up. i hope this ipl will lay foundation for rohit sharma's india career.

Posted by Narabavi on (May 14, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

@Greatest_Game: Lol that means you are not even watched the match.Go & see official tournament web site.You can find out what I am saying. Don't need to say India's MoM selection policy.Remember in a ODI match vs Pakistan recently Dhoni got MoM for scoring just 20 odd runs just because of boost his morale :) Thatz India's style..

Posted by AllInFairNess on (May 14, 2013, 7:02 GMT)

@Otuwa - Ask Lasith about the treatment he got from Kholi or Dhoni

Posted by Naresh28 on (May 14, 2013, 6:59 GMT)

@baseball-sucks - Agree with you when it comes to shorter version games, its Rohit, Raina and Dhoni who are the central part of our team. Yuvraj and Yusuf are also up there in the sixes list. Shiktar Dhawan looks good to take up Shewag's place.

Posted by pprasadd on (May 14, 2013, 6:57 GMT)

The only mistake I see from SRH is Vihari playing anchor for too long and not using the T20 skills of Parera and Sammy the hitters, especially when PP had given then a good start and Dhawan was playing really well. In T20 when the wicket is good and you have wickets in hand its important that you keep up your scoring from both ends. MI does this mistake too and often (except for the last 5 overs in each inning)

Posted by Otuwa on (May 14, 2013, 6:47 GMT)

Rohit Sharma is like bunny against Steyn's pace.How does he play in England?

Posted by siri12345 on (May 14, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

yesterday we all saw how overrated ashwin got thrashed by watson ball after ball.then again we have seen in this ipl how indian pace bowlers are getting thrashed matches after matches in the death over.overall this tournament is ipl but top 10 performers in this tournament are foreigners.and i want to ask a simple question to people like dravid gravitas??if ur team is so good and our team is pathetic club level team then i just want to ask why the indian team has not advanced even to semifinal last three editions of t-20 worldcup wheras out team has gone to final 2 times and semifinal once last three editions of t-20 wc inspite of your teamplaying in most successful domestic t-20 competition called ipl.searching for answers??????lol.cricinfo plz publish.

Posted by ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on (May 14, 2013, 6:41 GMT)

@AllInFairNess :- It Doesn't matter at all mate. Still that bunch of mediocore guys are the no.1 t20 team in the world :)

Posted by Otuwa on (May 14, 2013, 6:40 GMT)

@AllInFairNess-Malinga's talent=All indian mediocre bowlers talent.ha ha ha.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 6:39 GMT)

Woooow wat an innings from MI Pollard awesome stuff man l had almst given up and gets 29 from 6 balls all the nail bitin stopped great bowlin from Dale

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (May 14, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

@Ravikumar Chillara ; Forget about Pollard. Didn't you see who was at the other end ? Rohit Sharma. If Pollard hadn't attacked Mishra, Rohit Sharma would have taken Mishra apart coz he is better player of spin. Either way it was a bad decision to send Mishra when Rohit Sharma was still at the crease, if you think logically. White has never taken tactical decisions. He just waiting for something to happen. You can't expect to get lucky every time.But thats what White does, hoping for a lucky break. Remember CSK-Reddy incident ? At the end White shamelessly gave up. That's why he gave 20th over to Perera again.

Posted by Otuwa on (May 14, 2013, 6:32 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas:Perera is far far better allrounder than your genuine allrounders Irfan pathan,Ravindra Jadeja,Yusuf Pathan.I am not supprise you are hating for Perera.Because your country hasn't good fast bowling allrounders like Perera and Mathews.That is why you hate for Perera and Mathews.Don't jelous man.You have 1.2 billion people.Find good allrounders.

Posted by andrew27994 on (May 14, 2013, 6:27 GMT)

The real reason that SRH lost the match was because of White's decisions. He should have finished off Mishra's overs earlier along with Karan Sharma and should've saved 1 over off Ishant's at the end. This would've saved a lot of problem for SRH. I think SRH should give the captaincy to Darren Sammy and White should retain his place in the side. As for the Perera issue, I think we shouldn't be too harsh on him. Many good bowlers in this tournament have also had off days and Perera isn't a great bowler in the death overs. Another mistake SRH made was by playing Vihari at No.4 when the platform was already set. White, Perera and Sammy should've come ahead of him. If SRH can avoid these mistakes, then they will have just as good a chance as CSK or RR have in winning this tournament.

Posted by Otuwa on (May 14, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

@AllInFairNess;Totally agree with you.Perera is 2nd highest wicket taker for SRH and 3rd highest runs getter with highest strike rate[150] for SRH and took briliant 2 catches and 1 runout.Look at his stats.How bad his stats.He is the worst player SRH have.He should drop this team.Are you haooy:]]]]

Posted by Narbavi on (May 14, 2013, 6:12 GMT)

@Otuwa :Don't show your lack of knowledge by talking about Johnson's off day, he still bowled well, he was unlucky that he couldn't get his second wicket because of an easy catch dropped, i agree perera has done well on an overall basis in this ipl

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 6:11 GMT)

Sangarkara and Moody underestimated India in WC2011. Y'day they made a mistake by introducing Ishant and Pererra at the wrong time. While batting, they should have called Vihari in and sent in Sammy or Perera - that would have taken the score to 200. They should have given 1 more over to Sharma - not perera or ishanth. And Misra should bowl a proper leg spinner - turn from leg to off. SRH lack a leftarmer yorker length bowler and capped indian players. Pollard is amazing as always. Rohit Sharma like jadeja plays well only in the IPL :)

But Mumbai is an excellent team. They just need one left-hand bat in the top 4. Maybe when Sachin retires they should get one.

SRH - is doing well coz of Srikanth. He is an excellent leader 9remember india drew in pak with him as captain).

I just hope Kings XI wins today to keep the tournament alive till the last matches...

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 6:10 GMT)

@baseball sorry to say. when pllard is hitting white must have thought mishra can mislead the batsman with his tact and get a wicket. well. i dont think we should go on criticising them cause they lost. had pllard got held out to deeps the move would have been welcomed.

Posted by AllInFairNess on (May 14, 2013, 6:08 GMT)

@Otuwa - "Without his contribution SRH can't win a single match" Yes, when cat closes it's eye it will think that entire world is dark now.

Posted by Narbavi on (May 14, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks: I still remember how you talked about Perera to replace Watson in the RR line up and like everyone expected Watson has been firing consistently and you are nowhere to be seen regarding that topic, likewise had SRH won today you would have disappeared like a coward but since they won due to some unbelievable hitting by pollard you have found an excuse in white's captaincy rather than blaming thisara who gave away 55 runs in 3.2 overs

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (May 14, 2013, 5:49 GMT)

So yesterday was that one Pollard day per IPL season. MI opponents don't need to worry about Pollard again this season.I pity the bowlers going for 20 and 30 per over. A six early in the over results in their hand shaking and another one, if follows, freezes their brains as well and what follows from then on is mouth watering stuff for power hitters like Pollard, sealing their place in the next IPL season.

This IPL season has suddenly opened up big time. Any of MI, CSK and RR can hope to lift the title.

Posted by Otuwa on (May 14, 2013, 5:47 GMT)

@All Perera haters:Please don't show your uneducated mind and short thinking.Perera is the unsung hero of this ipl edition.Without his contribution SRH can't win a single match.Every player has an off day.No matter how good he is.Look at Johnson.Everybody hope his contribution.But his off day was yestersay.Perera is the keyplayer for SRH.

Posted by mjrvasu on (May 14, 2013, 5:44 GMT)

Once again a solid proof that brought out the total inadequacy of foreign captains in IPL. When the first ball of Pereira's over was clobbered by Sharma into the stands, White was not bothered. He should have realized the imminent danger, and calmed down Pereira - to make him think of providing some variations in his bowling, like slowing down the speed, or a disguised leg break or anything like that. Both Pereira and White seemed to have had a brain death, specially the former who lost his cool and was bowling one fast delivery after another all right in the length slot. Finally Steyn and the spinners - particularly Sharma who is a rising star - paid the price for other's cardinal mistakes in the death overs. Sad to see Sunrisers getting knocked out like this.

Posted by SpeedCricketThrills on (May 14, 2013, 5:42 GMT)

The most interesting scenario after MIvsSRH match yesterday is: IF in remaining matches: RR, CSK, KKR, KXIP win all; RCB, MI,SRH lose all: CSK,RR will be joint 1st; MI will be 3rd; RCB,SRH,KKR,KXIP tie for 4th spot

Posted by Theredbaron on (May 14, 2013, 5:42 GMT)

Dale Steyn is wasteing his time at the Sunrisers. He is streets ahead of any other bowler at the IPL, so you can imagine how frustrating it must be when at the other bowling end Pollard smashed 50 in two overs and Steyn conceded about 10

Posted by sanjaykool on (May 14, 2013, 5:38 GMT)

Why does one bother for those who do not know cricket ? Steyn bowled extremely well. And Sachin Smith batted well to survive initial overs of quality bowlers so that pinch hitters like Pollard are less exposed to them. Then Poloard and Rohit finished that well. Had Pollard exposed to quality bowlers story would have been different. It is team work.

Posted by Romenevans on (May 14, 2013, 5:34 GMT)

Parera is a good player, it wasn't his day, that's it. Risers should have bowled 17th over by dale steyn. Poor captaincy by White and lousy bowling by SRH.

Posted by Sir_Barristan_Selmy on (May 14, 2013, 5:09 GMT)

The way i see it, the par score in yesterdays Mumbai pitch was a minimum of 200, and the blame for SRH mainly lies in believing that 178 is adequate in such a pitch where 178 (batting first) is just an average score. Initially sending in Vihari worked for them because he helped Shikar to build a good partnership but Vihari had to get out before the crucial latter overs for this move to work because there were players who were more adept at clearing the boundary waiting for their chance in the bench. But, Unfortunately this didn't happen. Also I believe instead of White they should have sent in Perera to take some chances and clear the ropes because he was in good hitting form while white was struggling prior to this match. (I believe expecting a bloke to get a substantial score in five balls is just unfair on him). If Perera didn't come off then White could have come in and tried his luck. But saying all that, Well played KP that was one heck of an assault.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (May 14, 2013, 5:09 GMT)

@ Narabavi wrote " haha..If Perera did nothing for the Sun Risers, how can he in 3rd position in best performers list (MVP player) only behind T20 super stars Watson & Gayle ???"

1. I did not say Perera did nothing for SRH. I refuted Patdabac's claim that Perera kept SRH from the bottom of the table.

2. I cannot find any IPL records for most Player of the Match awards. I checked every SRH match result, & Perera has never, not once, not any time, won a Player of the Match award for SRH. That means HE HAS NEVER WON THE AWARD!

The Player of the Match awards won by SRH players went to: A Mishra, 3 times, games 3, 14, & 22; GH Vihari, twice, games 7 & 25; I Sharma, game 43; DJG Sammy, game 48; PA Patel, game 59.

Where is this "Best Performer List?" Please give us the link to that list. Cricinfo does not seem to have such a list. Or is this list only in your imagination? Also, MVP is an acronym for Most Valuable Player - thus there is never a MVP Player! Don't know much, do you?

Posted by Trakkan on (May 14, 2013, 5:00 GMT)

@cjscanada, A big fan of Sachin myself and will go hide myself if Sachin gets out during 90s. But please do not underestimate fans. They will not stop watching cricket if Sachin does not play. The same was said of Kolkata crowd when Ganguly was not selected in KKR. When KKR plays in Kolkata do anyone even mention about Ganguly? The generation changes and its all success that will bring more fans. Sachin can focus much on test till there is a reasonable replacement for his position

Posted by Trakkan on (May 14, 2013, 4:55 GMT)

@vxttemp, I will root for Sachin when he plays in tests especially in S.A where most of other Indian batsmen could have problem. More over he is one of those coming from generation of great conduct. I know there is a star attraction and emotional value due to Sachin in IPL but MI can still afford to rest him. There is also too much stress physically and yesterday he was retd hurt. All I am saying is make Rayudu, Maxwell as openers but it is bit late to do with top 2 positions in stake

Posted by spot_on on (May 14, 2013, 4:54 GMT)

No appreciation... Every Shot..Every ball, Every run and even every move in IPL seems suspicious ... Are the people Jack of all ????

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 4:39 GMT)

Definitely Mumbai Win Win the IPL 6 because of talented players like Rohit, Pollard, Rayudu and many more.....

Posted by Narabavi on (May 14, 2013, 4:22 GMT)

@AllInFairNess: If the target was 12-15 higher, Sun Risers are the sure winners :) It's not happened because of Malinga's awesome death bowling & Vihari's over stagnancy at the wicket.

Posted by Htc-Android on (May 14, 2013, 4:19 GMT)

@AllInFairNess. If not for perera then SRH would be having 4 or 5 wins out of 14 games. Then SRH would dream about making to the Playoffs. He is still a much better bowler than your Ishant.

Posted by Narbavi on (May 14, 2013, 4:19 GMT)

@Baseball sucks: Had the great sanga played then SRH wouldn't have made even 150 since white made 40 odd of just 20 balls, stop your needless rant on white, he has been a very good captain always, that day you made fun of ishant for leaking 66 and now saying he should have been given a over at the end, lol double standards!!

Posted by Narbavi on (May 14, 2013, 4:17 GMT)

@Htc-Android: You are right, tough to blame perera, yes they lost the game because of his performance but people should realise he has been consistent this season, was just one off day, and regarding Dinda Ishant etc, we always make fun of them, so nothing much to say whenever they don't bowl well

Posted by Narbavi on (May 14, 2013, 4:10 GMT)

@Rohit_Nene: Wrong, Dravid was the orange cap holder for the first 5 rounds of ipl 2 in south africa, he then went back to india for some personal reasons and returned only after the 9th round got finished!!

Posted by suresh_adapa on (May 14, 2013, 4:10 GMT)

Pollard Unleashed.......Superb Innings.

Posted by SanjeewaWK on (May 14, 2013, 4:08 GMT)

it's a funny game. isn't it? one over changed everything about Thisara. I feel most of the comments are put by perera haters. you should see previous matches carefully. then you will realize his contribution for SRH. mishra got hattrick against PWI & SRH won the match. this time he gave 36 runs in 3overs. I think it was Pollard extraordinary bating.... but Pollard failed other 09 matches only scored 145 runs

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 3:59 GMT)

I enjoyed a huge I can't express in my word really. When match in last stage I thought MI will must lost want to turn off TV and go to sleep but after few minutes I just enjoyed a dream match from Kieron pollard absolutely. A cricketer has huge power and he makes it possible to believe.

Wish many more same dashing match from him. Love you and your amazing confidence match playing. Best wish for MI and you.

Posted by AllInFairNess on (May 14, 2013, 3:56 GMT)

@Narabavi, another 12-15 to target Sir Perera would have got the dubious record from Sir Ishant.

Posted by siri12345 on (May 14, 2013, 3:54 GMT)

@blue and yellow i am also wandering wat this guy perera is doing for srh?why he is coming at positions like 50s -60s for 5 i and rescuing srh match after match and match after match throughout this tournament.when the target is 120 -130 due to pathetic batting display from top order batsman and oppositions are always 50 for no loss in 6 overs why this guy perera is always taking couple of quick wickets and bringing srh into the game????cricinfo plz publish.

Posted by kristee on (May 14, 2013, 3:54 GMT)

ThilankaK, not sure how come I seem a BD fan to you for that comment on Perera, an erratic cricketer, who enormously helped his team snatch defeat against all odds. Tendulkar fans are laughable: they say his presence for a few more overs would have brought his team closer to the target thereby reducing the pressure on the lower order. Their argument is that the temporary lull after his departure was responsible the eventually higher asking rate. Well, that lull could have occurred even after his likely dismissal a few overs after. And what then?

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 3:34 GMT)

i am very happy as mi wins this match and will also win the IPL hope.......

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 3:34 GMT)

I wonder sometime... what if dale steyn and gayle come in Mumbai indians instead of johnson and smith.... who would defeat this team??

Posted by CricketAkshay on (May 14, 2013, 3:24 GMT)

How often we have seen this. Now what total is sufficient for side batting first? You saw Miller scoring 97 runs off five overs, Watson against CSK, and now Pollard against SRH. What kind of length do you bowl in these stages? What kind of bowlers do you go? I think it was a poor captaincy from White. When Steyn is in rhythm he can fetch you a wicket. If anybody remembers last year where Deccan Charges vs RCB match. It was a must-win match for RCB. Steyn picked Gayle. At one stage RCB were favourites to win. Sangakkara brought steyn at that time and he put the brakes on the scoring rate. So, you have to use your strike bowler effectively. On the other hand, it was Mumbai Indians' last three overs in their field, pulled the things back. Malinga's 19th over - 5 runs and Kulkarini's 20th over 9 runs.

Posted by cricpanther on (May 14, 2013, 3:24 GMT)

Pollard has shown his character once again, playing out of his skin and get team to chase superbly!! For Mumbai Indian, I want to make just one change, REPLACE RAYADU as soon as possible. As He is fielded well, but he won't bat..for whatever the reason, it's been for a long time now.....why MI has not find any domestic talent??? Looks like Rayadu is playing for not MI but playing for somebody!!!

Posted by deadite11 on (May 14, 2013, 3:18 GMT)

As like Jaipur, Mumbai also defended their fort undefeated. Pollard lucky being touched the ball to six. He cant able to hit in steyn's overs and easily capitalize in perera and mishra's spells. If rohit sharma had been retained in old hyderabad team now they wont feel like that. Mumbai team is just having plenty of talents who had been bought. One of the poorest match of IPL history!!

Posted by Narabavi on (May 14, 2013, 3:17 GMT)

@AllInFairNess: Then not Perera, it was Sir Ishant Sharma eliminates Sun Risers from IPL6 by single handedly giving away 66 runs in his 4 overs against CSK

Posted by RajeshNaik on (May 14, 2013, 3:08 GMT)

It was very poor decision from White not to have Steyn bowl the 18th over. I have observed that White's decision making has always been poor let it be as a captain, as a player or as an individual. He started off as a bowler, lost interest and focus and became a batsman. All of us have forgotten that he was a leg spinner once and toured India a decade back as an understudy to the great Shane Warne! He has failed more often than succeed. I was amazed that someone actually brought him at the auction (same holds true for Dan Christian). As the captain of Australia T20 team he was very mediocre as well. He may have batted well but then that does not change anything.

Posted by AllInFairNess on (May 14, 2013, 3:04 GMT)

@Htc-Android, what is the use. He has eliminated SRH from IPL unless RCB does hira kiri.

Posted by AllInFairNess on (May 14, 2013, 3:02 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas, spot on bro, i like the way you summed up pathetic club SL cricketers.

Posted by kapilesh23 on (May 14, 2013, 2:58 GMT)

In the 16th over itself I completely gave up on Mumbai. Never ever in my dreams I thought there would be such a turn around. Even the Rohit Sharmas six on the first ball of Perera didn't built my confidence on Mumbai but Pollard had some really big plans. Of course Pollard cannot bat like this in every match, we could say it is one innings in five matches but its worth it. If he can at least win one in five matches than its still worth it.

Posted by AllInFairNess on (May 14, 2013, 2:55 GMT)

@siri12345, then don't chest beat that he is the best all-rounder, best finisher etc., he is also an another number in the team. Ready to accept sticks if you also ready to accept accolades.

Posted by AllInFairNess on (May 14, 2013, 2:53 GMT)

What a contribution 55@3.3 and 2@5, great man to have in your team.

Posted by Htc-Android on (May 14, 2013, 2:49 GMT)

@Greatest_Game. Perera took 16 wickets in 13 matches, which more than the wickets taken by Steyn and Ishant. Most of his wickets are batsmem and they were taken at crucial moments of the game. Dont forget his contributions with the bat as well. It was Perera who played those attacking innings when Dhawan was absent due to injury.

Posted by talkcric.com on (May 14, 2013, 2:47 GMT)

Lets face it, Steyn is class but can't make up for the dross around him. How many times do we see the teams near the bottom of the league giving 50 runs off the last 20 balls. Why can't these bowlers learn? Its simple, bowl the right fuller and mix the pace up!

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (May 14, 2013, 2:46 GMT)

It's now confirmed - Perera is the grand daddy of pathetic club level cricketers. He batted like a snail to score 2 off 5 balls and gave away runs by the bucket-loads while bowling. Talk of mediocrity - look no further than the club level Sri Lankan cricketers in IPL. Franchises will do better to pack them off.

Posted by AllInFairNess on (May 14, 2013, 2:46 GMT)

@Narabavi, it does not matter where his position in MVP. Ultimately you are judged by what you have done to cross the line.

Posted by Siva_Bala75 on (May 14, 2013, 2:42 GMT)

The one trick SRH missed was that Vihari batted too long. White, Samy and Perera could have batted much more and SRH would have got 20 runs more. Chasing close to 200 would have been an entirely different story than chasing a par 178.

Posted by siri12345 on (May 14, 2013, 2:35 GMT)

@to all the perera haters ,r u guys serious?perera just had an offday in the office and suddenly it is perera who eliminated srh from playoffs.ohh common.....the position srh is today is only and only because of perera.he has to bat sensibly when top orders fail lke nin pins.then he has to acclerate runs in the end,he has to bowlin death overs and what more this guy has been doing all these three roles superbly through out the tournament barring a couple of off day games and suddenly people find perera as the scapegoat lol.what was white thinking????had he never ever seen pollard,s batting.dont he know pollard loves balls with a bit of pace to hit it out of the ground.couldnot he think sammy taking the pace out of ball would have worked better.my question is when u have specialist bowlers like steyn and ishant why perera should take the additional responsibilities of bowling the death over along with everytime bailing out srh with bat.cricinfo plz publish.

Posted by Narabavi on (May 14, 2013, 2:16 GMT)

@Greatest_Game : haha..If Perera did nothing for the Sun Risers, how can he in 3rd position in best performers list (MVP player) only behind T20 super stars Watson & Gayle ???

Posted by Narabavi on (May 14, 2013, 2:05 GMT)

@ AllInFairNess: Without him Sun Risers not in playoff race at all :)

Posted by YogifromNY on (May 14, 2013, 1:46 GMT)

@uppi2kcp - you would be right about the top 5 teams depending on 3-4 individuals to win games, and not just RCB. The only problem is with RCB it is the same three or four individuals. The rest are mediocre. With RR or CSK or the other teams, almost everyone in the team has combined with 2 or 3 other individuals at different times so that those teams are not reliant on any specific group of individuals. The RCB team is mediocre and over-rated in general, except for those special players. That is not the case with RR, MI, CSK or SRH.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (May 14, 2013, 1:45 GMT)

@ Patdabac wrote that " SRH would be at the bottom of the table if it wasn't for Perera this year." Really??

In T20 only 2 things really count: scoring runs, and not giving up runs. Perera is the MOST EXPENSIVE of the SRH bowlers. Only Ankit Sharma's 2 overs, and Reddy's 6.4 overs have cost more. So you are saying that Perera kept SRH off the bottom of the table with an economy of 8.17? Really?? And Steyn's 5.73 economy did nothing for SRH I suppose?

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2013/engine/records/averages/batting_bowling_by_team.html?id=7720;team=5143;type=tournament

Posted by KapilJoshi on (May 14, 2013, 1:34 GMT)

Now Sunrisers would understand how it feels to lose from position of winning.. This is what they did to other teams like twice with Pune Warriors and earned the title of escape artists.. Pune fans must have enjoyed this very much

Posted by AllInFairNess on (May 14, 2013, 1:33 GMT)

Perera eliminates SRH from IPL, what a player.

Posted by TheLastJeed on (May 14, 2013, 1:13 GMT)

meandering batting? Which match were you covering? MI has this rule. They have 3 opening materials in sachin, karthik and smith. The rest were finishers. rohit turned up to be a better finisher than dhoni in this ipl that you don't want him out early and spoil the chase. So mumbai batted sensibly enough that they didn't let the asking rate touch 12 when they got out. When they started it was 9 and when the openers fell it was just 10.8, something too easy for their finishers. I'd say it was a calculated way they built up the innings and you can sense in sachin's batting as they neared the business end. He came down the wicket almost every ball to the spinners because he knows he took the game to a stage where his finishers can win the game and he wanted to do as much damage before he got out. Solve the fifth bowler problem and the title is yours.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (May 14, 2013, 1:08 GMT)

@ Baseball-Sucks. You say everybody was talking about only the 17th over. Not me. The 18th was almost as bad as the 17th. I suggest Mishra AND Perera be benched. I do agree that White's bowling decisions were bad. He should NEVER have bowled Perera after he started falling apart in his 2nd over. Sammy and Karan Sharma should have bowled, not Mishra & Perera. White should also not have sent Perera in to bat in the 19th. Sammy would have scored more than 2 off 5 balls! Sammy also captained the World T20 winning team - why is he not the captain. Who is making these choices? Moody, Srikkanth and Sanga I guess. Moody won't stay around - never has wherever he has coached!

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 0:59 GMT)

MI love u ,,great inng.bt pollard SRH bowling attack was demolish my MI batting poor SRH

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 0:13 GMT)

Had the privilage to watch it from the stadium.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 23:28 GMT)

As a DC fan for past 5 ipls & now a SRH fan, I am no stranger to defeats but this was a tough one to watch as everything went sideways in 16th over. Its t20 so bowlers will get whacked to all parts of the ground but 50 off 2 overs was heartbreaking. I also agree with some other fans, vihari should not be batting that high up the order. That 1 game vs rcb has gotten him permanent slot at #3 which shouldnt be the case as he is not a good striker of the ball. Even today it took him 26 deliveries to cross 100SR, compare that to parthiv/dhawan/white going to above 140SR. We missed out on a few runs in the middle & thisara missing a few at the end. Maybe next year vihari will improve like kohli did after his first ipl but for now he should bat down the order & let guys like white/sammy/perera come ahead of him. Would like to see more yorkers being attempted, as most time its length & away balls that are bowled to get wickets. Not many bowled for SRH bowlers.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 22:56 GMT)

PERFECT PITCH for a T20 game . Bowlers at their best ,and Batsmen at their best. This is what the crowd paid for . Let us all hope that the FINALS will be just as explosive .

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 22:02 GMT)

wow mumbai number1 and pollard smashes to number 1

Posted by VancouverPunekar on (May 13, 2013, 21:17 GMT)

"Pollard had had no answer to an intense Dale Steyn, who conceded only four runs in the 16th over, making a turnaround seem all the more unlikely"

If you have followed MI (typically rohit and pollard), they usually pick the bowlers they want to target or/and give respect etc. Pollard "didn't have answers" seems taking it a bit far... it was a calculated gamble on their part not to take chances against him..considering other bowlers today were much less threatening...

Posted by vxttemp on (May 13, 2013, 21:12 GMT)

@ Trakkan: By the way, My brain says " Sachin should retire" but my heart questions me "Will you watch cricket anymore if he hangs up his boots?" Maybe I won't. Everybody has their view, but criticizing Sachin at the end of his career or anyone during their last days is no good. I never liked Sampras (am a Boris Becker fan) but I watched his last match aganist agassi in US open final and I was rooting for Sampras. I still remember I was rooting for Ganguly during his last IPL. I know ganguly can't play short pitch but can play many shots and he was a great captain(In my dictionary Dhoni surpassed him for not scoring 90+ runs in a WC final. But going ahead of inform Yuvraj with almost the whole of India criticizing him not scoring runs in that WC). People fail to see many good things but they will always succeed in finding remarks.

Posted by cjscanada on (May 13, 2013, 21:06 GMT)

@Trakkan, I reckon you do not understand the existence of IPL. It is to provide entertainment to the public and it is a form of business. Do you even understand how many people go to watch only Sachin play, and the owner decides what is best for them, it is not Sachin's call. At the end of the day it is the management that picks the team. Also if you know the basics of T20 it is not about slogging, but understanding the pitch and playing according to circumstances, which is why he plays to the circumstances and the role he is designated. So few who may not like him for whatever reason's does it matter? The end is the people who have interest ad go to watch him play

Posted by Vijayaanto on (May 13, 2013, 20:59 GMT)

They lost the match due to white's captaincy very poor captaincy from white the man who took two wickets in this match shasrma was not finished his over infact pollard found difficulty against the legspinner sharma second mistake he has done is after perera's over he should have given the ball to steyn but he has given to Mishra

Posted by vxttemp on (May 13, 2013, 20:57 GMT)

@ Trakkan: I'll root for Sachin even if he scores a duck. His failures after 23 years of cricket doesn't matter to me(be it a test match or a T20). I don't have short term memory issues. My memory is still fresh about the great Indian team and it's great record from 1985(I'm being sarcastic - so don't be too proud after reading "great India record"). There is nothing Sachin has to prove @40. By the way, you'll not see my posts once he retires. Even if Sachin plays against my own team, I'll still root for Sachin.

Posted by uppi2kcp on (May 13, 2013, 20:54 GMT)

To all the anti RCB fans not wanting RCB to go thru to the playoffs,this SRH mauling by mumbai is just the right medicine. Guys, uinderstand this IPL the top 5 teams are depending on 3-4 individuals!!! There is no proper 100% team effort except in a match or two. Either its a gayle/abd/vira/vinay-RCB. hussey,MSD,raina,bravo- CSK.pollard,johnson,DK ,Rohit for MI. Dravid,Watto,Faulkner, binny - RR......mishra,steyn,shikar,perera - SRH......In what ways ceratin teams are different from RCB? Its the same story all across.....few individual brilliances have made certain teams on top and remaining on bottom(DD,KKR,KXIP).....its gonna be CSK vs MI (1st Playoff) eliminator(RR and RCB)....eventually its gonna be RCB VS MI or RR vs MI.....Wait n watch....

Posted by Htc-Android on (May 13, 2013, 20:39 GMT)

@Patdabac. Forget abt Test cricket. Can he do this for West indies in a T20 match?

Posted by JamesSmithee on (May 13, 2013, 20:30 GMT)

Today we saw quality batting of Dhawan and power hitting of White and Pollard. TP is a part timer and it is unfair him to asked to bowl at the last overs specially against super hitters. He bowled really bad today. first he needs to stop bowling slow bouncers which batsmen has long time to react. He bowled good yorkers in last few matches but not able to deliver them today may be due to pressure and dew. Today we saw bad captaincy from White. Definitely not using Styne to bowl 18th over was very bad. White was trying to be too smart and finally SRH lost 2 matches (against CSK, MI) due to his innovative thinkings . Styne needed to use first to destroy the momentum made by pollard. Second Pollard, Sharma were facing difficulties to face Styne. If Styne could struck at 18th or send 6 runs over SRH could make more pressure.

Posted by Provost on (May 13, 2013, 20:27 GMT)

MI is winning for a while so they will slide soon and unfortunately they will slide during playoffs and earn the name chokes....

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 20:23 GMT)

really a bad day for sunrisers the two bowlers really fed pollard into power as for white shame the poor guy cant captain,its a no brainer use your best bowler in key overs to create pressure he didn't do that and steyn really was ineffective if you take the account that they lost such a pity!

Posted by Provost on (May 13, 2013, 20:23 GMT)

good pollard fired this time and not in playoffs, this type of innings, most of the time, one can do very few times in a season and won't happen in succession. For Pollard (like miller) it is over so going forward, I don't expect a huge score from Pollard in this edition. However, Gyle was misfiring in the last few matches, so he could play one more huge innings in this edition (just one more big innings)....

Posted by abcdef_12345 on (May 13, 2013, 20:23 GMT)

Everybody is forgetting that there was Darren Sammy who can bowl four overs and was used for only two overs.

Posted by Patdabac on (May 13, 2013, 20:15 GMT)

Wow how can people blame just Perera. After one game of IPL a young good all round cricketer is being called bad things. Some of you indian fans are so blind and don't have much cricket knowledge do you. SRH would be at the bottom of the table if it wasn't for Perera this year. Perera was the 2nd highest wicket taker in ODI's last year with a hattrick too. Pollard is a brillant power hitter but can he do this for West Indies in test cricket?

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 20:15 GMT)

@ remnant : dear that time i have written that i has a doubt,, but now i m sure that u dont have any knowledge about cricket......i am just giving u a vertual match seatuition....... sachin was in the field at 16 th over..... what could be the match situition :

Mumbai 140/2 or 140/3 as 44 runs in 4.4 overs aganist spin with wicket in hand not an issue in 20-20 cricket... so mumbai would have needed to score just 39 runs in 4 overs or may be 5 runs more 39-44 runs in 4 overs. now what was the actual condition ....mumbai needed 62 runs in 4 overs.. at any days what ever batsman is batting...ask any caption which condition he wants to be.......i think u got ur ans.......

dude i have been analyzing cricket match for last 7-8 years ,,, i was almost 90-95% correct. this is a very basic math......i bet give mumbai such condition..... mumbai will 9 out of 10 for the 1st virtual situition , but will loss 8 out of 10 for the actual condition...... so am i rite or do u still have any doubt...

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 20:12 GMT)

Mumbai Indians is a well balanced side so they won and i think it will be impossible to beat them in the near future!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 20:07 GMT)

@Greatest_Game Quite interesting to see you say that Mishra and Perera won't be of any help after today as Mishra's been one of the best bowlers in the IPL and just had an off day and Perera can be extremely lethal on his day. Also although I admit Pollard isn't in the Gayle/AB calibre to suggest he's just a slogger who pounces off poor bowling is way off the mark. Yes he's obviously weak against a real good short ball but so is Gayle,Raina and many other class batsmen yet we still credit them. Also I think Karan Sharma played very well and deserves a lot of credit. But being an RCB fan glad MI won

Posted by JG2704 on (May 13, 2013, 20:07 GMT)

Well played Pollard (Sorry I mean MI)

Perrera , who has had a good tournament seemed to have had a bad day at the office (or at least bad end of day) Hindsight is an easy thing but because of the type of player Pollard is , I'd have bowled Sammy him ahead of Mishra towards the end and while the damage had already been done , it seemed a very daft decision having Perrera bowling the final over. Pollard loved his bowling and while their chances were severely compromised anyway , surely their only chance was trying something different. Also I wonder if Sammy wouldn't be the best choice of captain. He seems to do a lot of pep talking etc on the field anyway

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 20:05 GMT)

Mumbai has finished this game in 2 overs. Against RCB B'lore as well, they finished the game off in 2 overs claiming the wickets of Super Dangerous Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB Devillers. With Chennai Super Kings, it was just 1 super over, with wickets of Vijay, Raina and Badrinath. Hats off to this consistency. Sweet Revenge of MI over SRH. Hope SRH recovers in time to win the remaining 2 matches and stay in contention for play off. Good Luck SRH

Posted by Narabavi on (May 13, 2013, 20:03 GMT)

Amazing bowling under pressure by Mishra ! bowling beamers to stop Pollard :) Playing guys like Ashwin, Mishra in English conditions will be a disaster for India in champions trophy.

Posted by yahiko on (May 13, 2013, 20:02 GMT)

@baseball sucsk..why are blaming white? he is a good captain..remember he gave the ball to darren sammy for the last over against kings 11 punjab..u seem to be very biased against and mishra and white and favouring thisara perrrra..no doubt thisara perrera is a good player but why blame others..it is a team game..so blame a single person..pollard made the difference..sunrisers didn't play well..they didn't bowl well..please don't blame any one..its a team game..take care..peace out..

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (May 13, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

Trakkan -- If everybody plays like Pollard in the team then it might wokr or might not..Mostly it moight not..Sachin is the second highest run maker in the team today and without his partership with KD MI would have lost..You need player like Sachin who can always give stability into the team..He is not going to hit like pollard cause he knows that other players are bought for this purpose..but if necessary he can still do that..each player has its own role in the team..to win the games not everybody can play from the begining like pollard or Gayle..or team will be allout in first ten overs...

Posted by kc69 on (May 13, 2013, 19:54 GMT)

Well it is proved that white is a bigger hitter than Sanga but worse captain because i still remember his final over Vs CSK where he gave bowling to Ashish Reddy(15 off 6 balls) with Sammy still available.Today he did the same.But we can say that Dale Steyn is the best pace bowler in the world off whom even pollard had difficulty playing.But SRH will need more than 1 Dale Steyn to win against a player like Pollard.RCB fans must be in joy because the ball is in their court now considering tomorrows match.Loss against Kings XI tomorrow might put the ball again in SRH's court.Its nice whne you have a see-saw competition for the final playoff position.I have a strong feeling that the final league game on 19th at Hyderabad(SRH Vs KKR) will decide the fate of the final team.

Posted by cjscanada on (May 13, 2013, 19:52 GMT)

There are many comments attacking Vihari and Perera for SRH. Perera, has been an important cog in the wheel for SRH and without him their hopes of qualifying would not be alive this late in the tournament. One bad game and critics take it to another level, same with Mitch. Vihari's role was to ensure against collapse which he did very well and got out trying to accelerate at a later stage, also Sachin, who was playing very well and looked dangerous. It is important to understand each players role. Yes pollard played well and that is his role. You have to understand sending Pollard early, you risk loosing him as its not easy to hit out when the ball seams and they did try him earlier without success. Bhajji did well. Mishra too had an off day but I must sayk the slow pitch at SRH helped his stats better. Sangha is a better captain then Cameroon and it is sad he is not in form. I like watching Raydu bat and hope he gets into some form for the playoffs if they do, ditto for RD.

Posted by Trakkan on (May 13, 2013, 19:45 GMT)

@vxttemp and other Sachin lovers, I am also a great fan of Sachin but he is belittling himself by playing in T20. When a player is above the team then that team is not going to go extra mile. In critical knock out matches MI play like India of 1990s. MI should bring Rayudu, Maxwell for opening and then followed by DK, RS, KP. Rayudu is an uncapped player and needs more chance. Otherwise he does not get any chance at all and just ends up fielding for the side. In my opinion IPL should be for uncapped players and not those who have already played for decades. Its time to focus on future

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 19:45 GMT)

ipl cn b rily excitin but painfull at most.....pollard you jus did both

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 19:42 GMT)

It was lucky for Mumbai that Rayadu got out when he did. Why does Rayadu come to bat before Pollard ?.

Posted by zxaar on (May 13, 2013, 19:41 GMT)

@remnant , dude would you stop making fool of yourself with your rant about tendulkar. You have no clue. Tendulkar retired hurt after he hit a 6 and a 4 two balls earlier. Anyone with modicum of brain would understand that this is not called struggling in cricket.

Posted by Anupam88 on (May 13, 2013, 19:35 GMT)

I don't think its white's fault to hand over the ball to amit mishra, coz he jus wanted to take the speed off of the ball so that while trying to hit ball heavily, batsman might comit a mistake... It was marvllous batting from pollard that turned everything around... and remember spinners tend to give away less runs compared to seamers in a T20...

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (May 13, 2013, 19:32 GMT)

Well, yeah..Thisara had a bad day even though he had single handedly won matches for SRH previously. But the funny thing is that everybody here is talking about 17th over n only 17th over. What about 18th over ? Mishra got hit for 21 runs. Its like "Its ok that Mishra got hit but Perera should have done better" . Pathetic.. After 16 th over , the match wasn't finished. SRH still had a chance as MI still needed 33 runs from last 3 overs.

White must be the worst captain ever to take the field in the IPL history. (In CSK match, he sent Reddy to face Dhoni the last over). First, he used all 4 overs of Ishant Sharma. Remember , He is one of 2 main bowlers. He should have kept at least 1 over of him for death overs. Then he gave 18th over to Mishra knowing that Mishra's gonna get hammered. After 17th over, he gave it up shamelessly. Thats why he handed the ball back to Perera to defend 7 runs in the last over. You need a BIG HEART to fight till the end which of course White doesn't have.

Posted by vxttemp on (May 13, 2013, 19:28 GMT)

@Arup Baroi: "mumbai was 95/1 in 11.2 overs and he and kartick was well set and just started batting freely....i think you know what happened after that...... mumbai scored 117/3 in 16 overs....just 22 runs in 4.4 overs" You are spot on. You are definitely watching this match. Others failing to notice this basic thing seems to be the ones watching this match to Bash Sachin. But at the end of the day, what Pollard did is, Miandad six of a last ball in Sharjah. That's massive...

Posted by Harmony111 on (May 13, 2013, 19:26 GMT)

@HTC_Android: That's cos Ind fans never claimed that Dinda or Sreesanth etc are going to set the world on fire by their bowling. In fact, Ind fans make a lot of fun of these players cos they tend to disappoint more often than not. On the other hand it is the tendency of some fans to hype up their players. Junaid Khan was called world's best bowler after the 1st 2 ODIs in ODI series vs India. Angelo Matthews was called as one of the greatest all rounders by one fellow after that hat trick T20 match vs SRH. Perera is often called a destructive batsman and a bowler with a lot of teeth. Today we say that Perera wasted 4 balls in the final over (JUST IMAGINE !!!) and scored a mere single run. When SRH had the match in their bag, Perera gave away 29 runs. Had he given mere 19 runs even then it would have remained difficult for Mumbai. But Perera chose to open the tap fully.

Just like Junaid was in SA, Perera met a catastrophe today in IPL. Thus, criticism and mockery is natural.

Posted by shubham.nishad on (May 13, 2013, 19:26 GMT)

It was just pure abuse of power on the part of Pollard. He just found some loose balls and they were smashed for sixes. When it comes to facing some good bowlers, he is just like a normal batsman who is trying to survive the good bowling. This was evident form the second last over of Dale Styen, when even after hitting 29 and 21 in the previous two overs, they could score only 5 of Steyn's over. And Cameron White, really bad captiancy, third last over should have been given to Steyn.

Posted by Trakkan on (May 13, 2013, 19:26 GMT)

Seems many are still rooting for Sachin. There is nothing for him to prove in T20 and to judge him based on IPL is silly. However I feel that keeping an individual above the team is a major reason for MI not winning any IPL so far. Sachin scored 48 of 45 chasing 167 in 2010 finals and did not send Pollard till end. That match could have turned IPL in a different direction. What is wrong in him taking few matches off and giving opportunity to new comers?

Coming to Dravid, I am a big fan of him but amused that he never dived or attempted to hit so many sixes while playing for India. In 2009 I even saw Kumble diving while fielding and becoming too animated. Certainly

Posted by Greatest_Game on (May 13, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

Perera, aided by Mishra, simply handed the match to Mumbai. In his 2nd over Perera started coming apart, conceding a wide after just escaping one & Mishra recovered slightly after a weak start.

Even after Ishant conceded 13, Steyn brought Sunrisers back, conceding just 4. Sunrisers looked good. Mumbai needed 62 from 24, & Perera obliged with 29 in the 17th, starting with a long-hop and no improvement. Mumbai smelled blood, & right away Mishra bled 21 in his over, tossing up fluff & finally a rank no-balled full toss, conceding 21. Mumbai had been handed 50 in 2 overs! Steyn's final over, giving up just 5, was in vain as Perera gave Pollard two 6s in the 20th to complete the suicide.

For the bowlers to give it away after the batting finally contributed is heartbreaking. Pollard is a slogger, & no great batsman - no Gayle or ABdV. Give him rubbish & he will put it away, & he did! Sunrisers now have to win everything to qualify. After today, Perera & Mishra won't be of any help!

Posted by samincolumbia on (May 13, 2013, 19:23 GMT)

Perera - What a player. Sri Lanka has so many talented players..no wonder the rest of the world are so envious!

Posted by vxttemp on (May 13, 2013, 19:22 GMT)

Perera has done so much for SRH. SRH wouldn't have been any better than PWI(just in terms of points) without him. One off day for him or one good day for Pollard - it could be either way :-)

Posted by remnant on (May 13, 2013, 19:21 GMT)

@Arup, the statement you are making is quite brave. The 15 IPL matches demonstrate that otherwise. Tigers do get old and when they get old, they get slain. Mumbai were lucky that Sachin chose to leave. Had it been otherwise, the huffing and puffing of a chase as was the case against Pune, would have been repeated. If the top batsman eats up 40 deliveries for 40 runs in every match, it doesn't help the batting side. MI are winning despite the genuis of Mr. Tendulkar, and not bcoz of it. a third of a IPL innings cannot be wasted for a run a ball, especially at the very top. This will prove deadly in the knock out stages, and we could compare our cricketing knowledge then.

Posted by vxttemp on (May 13, 2013, 19:14 GMT)

@Sachin bashers: If you've not followed Indian team from 1980's, today's SRH loss is a big example of why so many die hard fans Sachin has why they used to Turn off TVs. At the end of Steyn's 16th over, it was all SRH. It happened so many times in Indian cricket where you expect India to win but ends up losing. I'm glad so many are pittying Steyn. I've done that so many times for Tendulkar(with the exception of Ganguly and Dhoni's captaincy). Ganguly is like Border/Taylor who started building the aussie team and Dhoni is similar to steve waugh who carried it forward with the difference being, India never produced the likes of McGrath, Warnie and co. It is just, one day Zaheer , Irfan in another test, Balaji or a Sreeshanth but not the consistency.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 19:13 GMT)

@ remnant KV Sharma looked better ONLY AFTER SRT retired hurt and took 2 wickets. not sure you were noticing that.

Posted by SidsIPLTeam on (May 13, 2013, 19:09 GMT)

Pollard hit 6 sixes in 7 balls. Gosh!! Fantastic effort. It keeps better & better with each of these big hitters showing us what they've got. But what was Perera doing!! Dishing up length balls one after the other in his area of strength, where he could just pick up & hit straight sixes. Never thinking of an yorker & finally bowling the bouncer in the last over when the match was tied. Senseless bowling to be honest. Also, surprising to see White bowling Mishra instead of Steyn the 18th over. Atleast, Steyn could have got a wicket & pulled back the match a little while there was still some pressure. Mishra kept tossing the ball hoping for a top edge & kept going out of the ground..!! White is reputed for being a good captain but not sure we have seen enough of that yet. This is his second glaring mistake after the CSK match where he bowled Reddy the last over instead of Sammy. He has to be smarter at the business end otherwise SRH would find it very hard to reach the play-offs.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

@ remnant : dear i have a doubt ,,,, on your cricket knowledge..... if sachin would have continiued and was not injured , the match could have been won by mumbai much earlyer..... when he got off the field ,, mumbai was 95/1 in 11.2 overs and he and kartick was well set and just started batting freely....i think you know what happened after that...... mumbai scored 117/3 in 16 overs....just 22 runs in 4.4 overs. Match was almost finished..... but the heroic of polard won the match....but it would have been won much earlyer if sachin was in the field...... i just saw how poor plloard was aganist dale stain...... that y those guys are not successful cricketers in internationalial stage.....in int stage all are good bolwers.... no tusher perrara......

Posted by sonu77 on (May 13, 2013, 19:05 GMT)

Wel done Kieronnnn! People blame Perera here. But the truth is without him Sun Risers are fighting with pune to avoid wooden spoon at the moment.Cameron knows his value, that's why he select Perera to bowl the last over even after a expensive over.

Posted by Dr.Lakson on (May 13, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

Very poor captaincy by White. White succeeds only with luck and his bowling changes are good as long as he is lucky! In batting he was lucky with a sitter being dropped by MI but his luck did not work in the field!

Posted by vxttemp on (May 13, 2013, 19:02 GMT)

@Rohit_Nene: Well said, The best part about sachin is, Everyone will try to compare with the very best performer in every format, but that is not the case with certain players like Dravid. By the way, I do like Dravid. What they don't understand is, Sachin can play like viv richards in one dayers and a Dravid in Tests. Had we invented T20 in 1985, I bet sachin would've been a Gayle or Pollard in T20's too. Another note is, they pull each any every stat of Sachin to pull him down(but they fail to understand so many stats) and they never realize the bowling standards of Indian team.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

Good things like this will follow if sachin quits.

Posted by abcdef_12345 on (May 13, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

I can't believe that while Sammy still had two overs, White gave the bowl to Perera in the last over specially after Perera conceded 29 runs in the 16th over.I think he should have used Sammy's full quota because we know Perera can be very expensive at death.Teams like Pune and Hydrabad are missing a genuine captain.They should have at least one Indian player who can be the captain.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

well played POLLY... and a bad for thishara...he had puled outl his team in many games but 2day his badluck....

Posted by sameer_warun on (May 13, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

@ IndianCoolGuy ; yes White is good hitter BUT sanga is too good captain , captain matters the END , because winning matters the end NOT runs !!!

Posted by sonu77 on (May 13, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

Thanks to God's timely departure, MI won :)

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

Nothing can do by C.White for Pollard's unexpected firework. He gone with Perera instead of Sammy because he did decent bowling in previous games and he is a full time bowler in Srilanakan side....Thisara Perera will never forget this in his life.

Posted by PT03 on (May 13, 2013, 18:53 GMT)

@EverybodylovesSachin: You are spot on, Sachin role is quite different then Pollard and Rohit. Someone has to stay at the wickets and lay the foundation for the big hitters. Dravid is also doing the same thing, but people like coldcoffee123 will never understand that. But how does it matter, in the end MI is on the top of the table.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 18:53 GMT)

coldcoffee123 u shud look at the situation and have some hot cofee.. then u will understand what role tendulkar played 2day. If he would have bat for some more overs the match will be not this much tensed... When he went out on retired hurt the new batsman took some time to fire.......

Posted by ThilankaK on (May 13, 2013, 18:52 GMT)

@ kristee ; I think you are a Bangladeshi fan, every Indian knows who perera is , yes he's got a ONE BAD DAY at the office , this is what cricket is all about , cool down guys !!! CSK,RR,MI & RCB is going to play offs !!!

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

The happiest aside for me from the IPL has been the potential resurgence of the West Indies...Gayle, the Bravos Dwayne and Darren, Ravi Rampaul, Narine, Smith, Pollard, Sammy, Russel, Holder, Chanderpaul, Best, Edwards make for a serious contender in all three formats...the kind of performances extracted from the IPL draftees show what they can do as mercenaries....imagine what's possible when they don the Windies maroon....I do hope these performances continue into the Champrions trophy and beyond....cheers Maan !!!!

Posted by ThilankaK on (May 13, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

white captaincy is too bad, yes he's a good hitter but NOT A GOOD CAPTAIN because he has to manage his bowlers , K.Sharma left 1 over & mishra left 1 over those two over should use in the middle part & most importantly sammy who took 4 wickets in the last match was left 2 overs !!! can't believe !! THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME, REMEMBER readdy's last over with CSK ????? I think sanga is a too good captain compare with white !! when you have a strong bowling line up need a good captain to handle it If not even you get 200, other side will chase it !!!

Posted by sonu77 on (May 13, 2013, 18:47 GMT)

Poor captaincy & Vihari's inexperience cost the match for SRH !

Posted by Rohit_Nene on (May 13, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

now it turned very hard for Mr.coldcoffee.!

Sachin playing well his role their & RR is just 10.50 (which is getable for power packed MI middle order) until he gets craps & then all plan affected but thanks to Polard.

Dravid also doing same thing by keeping one side with a decent strike rate what Sachin did today. Even yesterday RR struggled in first 10 overs due to Dravid's slow batting & if Watson & Binny not played then it might cost RR.

But its a part of the game & we have respect the legends like Sachin & Dravid.

But some guys always try to blame Sachin by comparing with Dravid.

But you guys may be forgot that he was Orange Cap holder through out the season 3 & i has't rememberd Dravid wearing Orange Cap for a single match in 6 seasons.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

@coldcoffee123.. nothing against Dravid as he is been in a very good form in this IPL bt if u want to talk abt taking risks, Dravid is striking at 111 while sachin at 125 in this IPL.. So Sachin is taking risks, may be people are blindsided by better performance of Dravid as compared to previous IPLs which in my view is fabulous as Sach and Dravid are my two all time favourites.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (May 13, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

Pollard u beast !!! 9 of 10 and 50 of 20. Perera had an off day.Failed with bat and horrible with ball. As mentioned in cricinfo commentary it all started and ended with perera. Happens sometimes but he won some games for SRH and can be excused. Also Sammy should have come in ahead of vihari. And sachin's retired hurt was timely.Gotta feel for for steyn.I

Posted by Trakkan on (May 13, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

@ravikini, Unfortunately many Indians tend to be too supportive of foreign players but when Indian player plays well we find many ridiculing them due to jealousy etc. Many new Indian youngsters like M. Sharma, K.Sharma, Binny, Samson, Yagnik, Unadkat, Vihari have done good. IPL is about uncapped players, players who are still trying to find place in Indian team and not about Dhoni, Raina, Sachin, Dravid etc

Posted by remnant on (May 13, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

@EverybodylovesSachin, pls spare us this apology..had Sachin not left, the match would have been lost by 45 runs atleast. If MI have to win IPL, they have to ask Sachin to drop to no.3 or 4, as an innings anchor, like Kallis. That's the only role he can play now.

Posted by vijay2pvk on (May 13, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

MI still guarding there fortress. But anyways teams that will b in playoffs n finals is not going to play in there fortress. Let's c which team plays good in Delhi n Kolkata. :)

Posted by Narabavi on (May 13, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

wel done Pollard..You beauty ! Perera & Mishra were the unlucky mens.White should've bowl Steyn in the 18th.Malinga's superb death bowling made all the difference I beleive.

Posted by Htc-Android on (May 13, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

Hmm.... When these indian bowlers like Dinda, Umesh, Ishant , RP singh, Vinay kumar got hammered all over the park, no one bothered on blaming them, but when this happens to a SL bowler they blame him as if he committed a crime. This is called double standards. Atleast he he got hammered by a destructive hitter like pollerd. Mishra too got hammered by pollard today. So why not blaming him? Also dont forgot pereras allround performances throughout the series. He just had an offday today. He will come back strongly in the next game.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

tendulkar is anytime better than johnson. u need to realise that johnson is talender not a batsman.

Posted by vam_aru on (May 13, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

Wow... Excellent death overs batting by Pollard .. hitting 8 Sixers.. Superb Show.. Mumbai really bounced back after 16 overs, full marks to Pollard.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

Ohhh!when these people will shut their comments on Sachin Tendulkar. Target is big ,If a wicket falls then there may be pressure on next coming batsmen.So,he played well and build some partnership with karthik.Then after all Pollard makes to a big ladder for no.1 position.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 18:32 GMT)

Did someone say MI won't qualify for the playoffs??? :)

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 18:32 GMT)

Sunrisers will never today's Sunset.. Kierron Pollard you rock man..!!

Posted by kristee on (May 13, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

Perera! What a player! 2 off 5 while batting and 55 off 3.3 when bowling! A spoiler award is in order.

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (May 13, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

coldcoffee123 -- Everyone cannot have strike of 200 in the team..and everyone canot take too much risk ..Sachin batted beautifully today and saved the wickets till the end and so called risk takers took the charge and finished the game and that should be the game plan most of the team is applying..

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

@coldcoffee123.... ha ha ha... Mumbai won and its because sachin n DK partnership and Rohit n Pollard big hitting.....

Posted by Abitha on (May 13, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

Poor captaincy cost the game for Sunrisers. K Sharma had one over after taking a wicket.White SHOULD have used him as Pollard entered. Well played Kirron Kashinath

Posted by Htc-Android on (May 13, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

Nothing you can do when Pollard bats like this. He was hitting sixes all over the ground. It was extremely poor decision to ask Mishra bowl to pollard when he is in murderous form. Steyn should have bowled the 18th over instead of the 19th over, that could have created some sort of pressure on pollard.

Posted by Trakkan on (May 13, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

why give to Perrera when he had conceded 29 runs in previous over. SRH is standing precariously and now they have to win both and are dependent on RCB to lose at least one. SRH played greatly in this tournament despite having lots of new players. Pollard was great but Cameron could have handled bowling changes better

Posted by ThyrSaadam on (May 13, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

Thank you Thissara Perera

Warm Regards RCB fan

Posted by Ahgg on (May 13, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

Vihari lost the match for srh. What's the management thinking sending this strokeless guy one down. On a true batting pitch like this white should have come at one down. By sending vihari in srh lost about 10-15 runs. Every one knew mi would have exploded on this pitch and that's exactly what happened. If srh had those extra 15 runs even pollard wouldn't have been able to get it.

Posted by vijay2pvk on (May 13, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

Poor captaincy by white. They had a very good chance to breach mumbai fortress. I don't know y he gave 17th over to perara when u have other good bowling option like mishra, karan n sammy. He dig himself n gave the match to MI.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

SRH brutally murdered by Pollard. welcome back Pollard. MI needs u now onward.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 18:13 GMT)

Miller who? Step aside and see how the West Indians do it.

Posted by priceless1 on (May 13, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

Perera should be kicked out of the team , he is the worse bowler in the world when its come to the pressure situations , cannot believe he bowled length ball after length ball... when Pollard was clobbering them out of the park

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (May 13, 2013, 18:10 GMT)

Thisara Perera is the god today. He made an impossible task to possible in just one over. He is seriously beyond god.

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

this result is a slap on the face of Vihari and Perera who wasted lot of deliveries....a lesson or two to SRH management..... pack off all SLs from IPL

Posted by VinodGupte on (May 13, 2013, 18:07 GMT)

pollard! pollard!! KP justifies his top billing. this time with his batting, not just fielding. i think i saw mishra weeping a bit.

Posted by coldcoffee123 on (May 13, 2013, 17:20 GMT)

Tendulkar putting too big a price on his wicket. He must realize this is not team India he is playing for. He needs to look at Dravid and take calculated risks. Strike rate of 100 in T20 is not good enough. I do not see MI qualifying for the playoffs if they keep putting individuals before team. For this chase, Sachin should have dropped himself to the lower order and let someone like Johnson do some power hitting at number 3. There is rigidity in the MI camp when it comes to innovative and new ideas.

Posted by vam_aru on (May 13, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

Excellent Batting by SRH, clearly put Mumbai under pressure, Eohit Sharma will be aware that chasing is tricky on this surface with barrage of SRH bowlers waiting to bounce on mumbai is going to make it very difficult for Mumbai.

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (May 13, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

It proved that White is a big hitter and plays far better than Sanga. Thanks to SRH management for choosing right person.

Posted by BlueAndYellow on (May 13, 2013, 16:16 GMT)

What was this Perera doing, wasting balls at the 20th over. Should have given the strike to the capable batsman (White) on the other end.

Posted by Narbavi on (May 13, 2013, 16:13 GMT)

This blistering cameo from White has effectively ended Sanga's season!!

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