Mumbai v Hyderabad, IPL 2013, Mumbai

Unfortunate Sunrisers let match slip away

For 36 overs, Sunrisers painstakingly built a position of strength only for one terrible over to spoil it for them

Abhishek Purohit

May 13, 2013

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Dale Steyn was the best bowler for Sunrisers Hyderabad, conceding 23 runs in four overs, Mumbai Indians v Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2013, Mumbai, May 13, 2013
Dale Steyn did his job but Sunrisers Hyderabad still let the game slip © BCCI
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One atrocious over from Thisara Perera. One questionable decision from Cameron White. And eight Kieron Pollard sixes in 16 deliveries. That, unfortunately, was the crux of this game. Unfortunate not because Pollard made a mockery of an asking-rate of 15.50. This is to take nothing away from Pollard's innings, an assault so brutal and so out-of-nowhere it numbed the mind. Unfortunate because it took five ordinary deliveries and one ordinary call to decide a game where both sides had been forced out of their comfort zones, and had fought a tense, undulating contest. Unfortunate because the world's best fast bowler had bowled his guts out. Unfortunate because a young, uncapped legspinner had come back to remove two fine players of spin.

Dale Steyn and Karan Sharma hardly deserved to lose. But this format is crunched so tight that even half a bad over from a bowler can undo all good work done earlier, and subsequently, by his colleagues. Admittedly, this was a seriously bad over. And Pollard was seriously ready to take toll. As ready as a hungry lion is when the prey walks into the den uninvited.

A slow long hop outside off. A full delivery around off. A short ball at normal speed, which at Perera's pace meant it sat up at Pollard. A length ball followed by a length ball followed by a length ball, the last one from round the stumps. 6, 1, 4, 6, 6, 6.

With as many as 62 needed off the last four overs, this was about as poor as you could get as a bowler. Not once in the over did Perera hit the blockhole. Not once did he go wide outside off to deny Pollard his straight hitting zone. Not once did he bounce Pollard with an effort ball, as he did later in the last over, by when the game was finished. Twenty20 puts enormous pressure on bowlers. Perera cracked wide open under it.

So did White, in picking Amit Mishra to bowl the 18th over ahead of Steyn, with 33 required. Steyn had toyed with Pollard in the over before Perera's meltdown. The first ball of Steyn's return spell kicked, straightened and sped past the outside edge. The fifth bounced at the batsman's throat and Pollard fended it awkwardly off the bat handle. Steyn gave just four runs off that over, including a leg-bye. Of the 23 that he conceded overall, there were two boundaries off thick outside edges from Dwayne Smith.

Steyn wanted to win this dearly, as he always wants to. He sprinted all the way to square leg to stop a second run off his bowling, and ran so hard he beat the wicketkeeper to the ball comfortably. Even after hitting Perera for four successive boundaries, there was little chance of Pollard going after Steyn, and succeeding.

At the very least, Steyn was more likely than a legspinner to contain Pollard in the 18th over. And Mishra is your conventional legbreak bowler. He is no Piyush Chawla to be able to dish out an over of quick darts. Instead, he tried to induce a false stroke from a charged-up Pollard with a flighted legbreak. Six. Mishra tried again. Six more. Game over.

To Pollard's credit, he connected with almost everything with only five specialist bowlers to come after him. And even when he mishit it, he smacked it deep into the crowd. Maybe a tight 18th over from Steyn would have given Mishra more chances of inducing that false stroke from Pollard in the 19th.

Instead, as Steyn tore in to bowl a testing penultimate over, the sheer futility of the situation matched the sheer intensity of his effort. It had started to look slightly futile for Sunrisers Hyderabad when Sachin Tendulkar and Dinesh Karthik had a partnership in Mumbai Indians' first chase at home this season. Tendulkar retired hurt after hitting Karan for a six and a four. And did the legspinner barge into the opening. Two deliveries later, he had Karthik popping a leading edge to extra cover. In his next over, he had Ambati Rayudu stumped after the batsman missed a flipper on the charge.

For 36 overs, Sunrisers painstakingly built a position of strength. Their batsmen, used to modest chases set up by the bowlers, posted a big total. Their attack made it increasingly difficult for Mumbai Indians for more than three-fourths of the chase, only to have it snatched away after one mediocre over. Unfortunately, that is how T20 often works.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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

SRH should give the Captaincy to Sammy, he much much better captain than White and Sanga.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 5:23 GMT)

Great Innings from Pollard. Brutal I must say. When Player Like Watson, Miller and Pollard on fire every Team needs 4 Dale Steyn to stop them. Steyn's Economy Rate is 6. 41 in IPL with 73 Wickets in 66 Matches. That's absolutely amazing from a fast bowler point of view. T-20 is a game where a Batsman Single handedly can change the game but a bowler cannot. That's what we all saw in many matches and SRH Vs. MI was the best example of this where Steyn won the bettle as always but SRH lost the game. White should have gone for Sammy and not Parera for sure. Sammy had 2 overs left with almost 7RPO. Parera was too high for the situation.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 0:57 GMT)

Even after perera went for 29, the SRH still had enough to defend to win but mishra also went for 20 runs. Have any other teams allowed 50+ runs in 2 overs either at start or end of a match? Steyn bowled his heart out & fielding in past couple of games were great to see as he put in so much effort. I really wish SRH would try to bowl more yorkers, you hardly even see 1 attempted. Too many length & width balls. We couldve been in great position to make the playoffs with a win against MI & we were in the drivers seat most of the match till last 4 overs. With RCB losing today we still have a good chance, if rcb lose their next match & we win 1 of 2 then we will make semis. If RCB win then we will have to win both as the NRR current is .500 below RCB. Go SRH go, batting has showed it can put up good score & bowling hass been good entire tournament & we were in the game till 16th over. Just 1 improvement, had sammy/perera/white bat ahead of vihari. Hes like pujara, not scoring fast enough.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 22:21 GMT)

Author's observation of Amit Mishra and Piyush Chawla are spot-on. Mishra might be good on slow pitches but looks like the new improved Chawla would be better suited for flat or seaming tracks. Chawla could be the 3rd spinner in India squad after Ashwin as off-spinner and Jadeja as left-arm spinner.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (May 14, 2013, 19:53 GMT)

This IPL has been mediocrity after mediocrity by the Lankans - Sanga, Mahela, that mathews guy, this thisara guy one after the other..... just useless. I don't claim some of the Indian bowlers as world class and so I'm not surprised that our Indian bowlers get tonked all over the park. But lankan fans claim that their 'allrounders' are world class and when they get tonked all over the park, it is bad captaincy by White but not a word against their over-hyped 'world-class' 'allrounder'. Dear lankan fans, how is it bad captaincy to let your 'world-class' 'allrounder' bowl? You can't have it both ways. It is either bad captaincy to let a club-level lankan bowl or it is good captaincy to let a 'world-class' lankan bowl. Pick one! Thankfully, Dravid got rid-off Kushal at an early stage of the tournament. Othewise RR would have been out of the play-offs by now. Get rid-off the lankan mediocrity from IPL. And now Murali put RCB in a very critical situation! Shame!

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

There is no room for emotions or popular sentiments in professional sports. For Mumbai to improve they have to drop Sachin Tendulkar. This talk about crowds flocking to see Sachin is a hogwash. There was a season when he was injured and did not play a no of matches. There was absolutely no reduction in the crowds. Plus the MI also won the Champions Trophy that year.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 18:10 GMT)

MI and Sacin were lucky, Dont worry he door will be opened by CSK or RR very soon.

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

Dale Steyn, you class act! Oh yeah, guys don't blame one guy after a bad performance. Steyn has been battered and bruised many a time, and we've seen it this IPL as well. It happens to the best of players, but yeah Perera bowled absolute filth in that over. White should've bowled out Mishy and Karan before that, and then given the ball to Steyn. Surely wickets would've fallen and the RRR would be so high even Perera could've defended the score. Any case, I'm impressed by Rohit Sharma and his captaincy.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

Cameron White is not as smart as Sanga. He lost the match against CSK the same way by letting Ashish Reddy bowl to the CSK lion Dhoni. SRH should let Sammy lead when they want to rest Sanga. Well, they have only two more chances, and they got a gift today by RCB. Now they must win both the remaining matches or pray for a miracle. Last year CSK had gotten a gift from DC who had beaten RCB. Hope CSK return the favor to the Hyderabad team.

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

An eye-opener for SRH. They should and could have added another 20-30 runs easily had they allowed Thisara/Sammy/White to bat up the order as it was a beautiful batting pitch. What was Vihari doing in 19th over ?? No doubt this kid is talented, but the team should understand that from 15-20 overs when you are batting first, its an opportunity for hard hitting batsmen to pile quick runs and more importantly when you have wickets in hand. I am sure, Thisara/Sammy/White/Karan/Mishra/Steyn - all of them could have easily added 20-30 more runs in the last 5 overs together, even at the cost of losing some wickets.Imagine the result of the game if Pollard came to the crease in the 19th over ? SRH did exactly that - denying a chance to many Pollards within their ranks to play before the 19th over. If they continue to promote Vihari and allow him to play beyond 15th over and protect the wickets, no one can help them.

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

@latecut_04 The difference is, MI have had their bad day couple of times in this tournament already and have come out victorious. That is the sign of strong team. They had bad time against CSK bowling line up. But they destroyed them even after that. MI have had good starts, poor starts, average starts and still have been able to post winning totals. That is all you need from your batting lineup. You cant dismiss this lineup as having 1 lucky day. They had 2 bad matches, and 2 very close ones which they lost, but in every other match, they have been able to pull out a win. If not through batting, then bowling. And when bowling failed then to some extent yesterday, they hammered home with bat. It does not matter who comes to the party on given day. Only thing that matters is that someone does. And the average but cautious starts are working for MI. They have power hitters in their order. Not 1 but 5 of them. And 2 great shot makers in addition to those 5 hitters. That is bonus.

Posted by ToTellUTheTruth on (May 14, 2013, 14:01 GMT)

That was a very sad game for SRH. Decisions...decisions. 20/20 is always right in hindsight. But with Mishra being the best spinner in the league, I guess White did not need to think that hard to turn to him. Imagine if the ball was thrown to Sammy instead. The match would have been over right there. Steyn bowled his heart out and so did Karn (Karn or Karan)? They fell just one bowler short and it is KP's day. No matter who bowled (other than Steyn), the result would have been same.

Posted by latecut_04 on (May 14, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

well..well..well... people seem to remember only the rain of sixes from Pollard(quite deservingly after that carnage)BUT that onslaught is masking many of MI's short comings. Many already proclaim it as a world beating xi which is ridiculous to say the least. To start with this is the only time in the last few matches that Pollard has unleashed himself. Also bear in mind the quality of deliveries..am not talking about ALL the balls he dispatched BUT the initial ones which really set the gear. He wont get that luxury against better bowling sides .Another issue is their dead slow/brittle top order, Unless and until Rayudu is promoted to opening slot and Sachin is dropped MI will have their bad day. Also their death bowling may not be as effective as was yesterday against better batting sides. After Dhawan and White SRH is really poor with batting...In short ther No:1 standing should not be mistaken as 'title holders' bearing in mind ONLY Pollard holocaust...

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 12:26 GMT)

I am replying those people who are doubting on Sachin. MI have Smith, Dinesh Kartik, Rohit Sharma, Pollard, & Raydu and also have Maxwell. They are Destructive. They can change the match any time. They want Player like SACHIN who keep his wicket or construct inning. And Sachin is well known for that. So kindly respect him.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (May 14, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

Bad luck sun risers. Anyways thanks for helping RCB by losing the match

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 11:04 GMT)

I think Mumbai should now look into 2 factors : 1> the inclusion of Smith at the top of the order is not helping the run-rate at all (2 good matches followed by 4 really patchy performances). they can promote Rayudu up the order and bring in Maxwell at 6 . This will give Pollard more space. 2>Second is their their choice of the 5th bowler. Of all the pacers tried in the position so far Nechim has looked the most decisive. He should get a couple of games more. Unless MI sort out these issues before the play-offs they can be shown the door on their bad day

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 10:21 GMT)

Blaming Captain of SRH & Comments criticizing the captain in handing over the ball to Amit Misra are irrelevant . It was just Pollard's day. IPL IS MORE & more becoming a game of Chance .For that matter the T-20 itself is becoming a game of chance. IPL also adding more to the becoming of Cricketers addict to money. This is not a good happening for Traditional Test cricket & World Cup version of One Day Internationals. It is time to think & decide to do away with T-20 format to enable Test Cricket survive.

Test Cricket & World cup have the real charm & National Pride of Cricket.

In other games of Sports like Football,Hockey& Basket ball ,there are no different versions.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 10:15 GMT)

You have to feel for Steyn. What a spell that was. Hard Luck SRH! And coming to Sachin, it looked more like he had retired on purpose because he was slowing it down. I think its time he says goodbye to the game. He knew SRH had a better chance of winning with him on the crease

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 10:02 GMT)

What an unbelievable match it was in the IPL! Although Mumbai Indians has the reputation of winning at the Wankhedes,this win was something different from the past.Smith & Tendulkar had given a fair start .Tendulkar had 3 fours & a six in his 38 from 31 balls when he fell at 94 Retired Hurt. This fall later on proved to be a Blessing in Disguise..Tendulkar is almost always a blessed person as was as Mumbai is concerned.in the match between MI&SRH,this was very much Obvious.Had he not got hurt & retired ,perhaps SRH could have taken the match away from MI.Such was the impact of Pollard's rain of Sixes to win from the last 4 overs when SRH was ready& preparing for celebration. However,the destiny of SRH thought differently. The efforts from Dhavan had become futile at the end. Pollard, who had a bad spell earlier in the previous matches,compensated terrifically in this match to post an impossible win..And his knock had also placed MI at the top of the Table also. RCB& SRH be on alert!

Posted by Travis_Bickle on (May 14, 2013, 9:41 GMT)

Those who are saying Sachin was slow, please pay attention, he was playing beautifully. After he retired hurt, Mumbai Indians were struggling. Sachin has the ability to hit any bowler. He is still playing a vital role in MI. Show some respect to the best batsman this sports has seen.

Posted by hotcric01 on (May 14, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

This is the nature of t20 cricket.Anybody should not be worried about it. One bad over from either batting or bowling can change the game.Pollard is a clean hitter of the ball and he has tremendous physical power.All batsmen cannot play like him even against poor bowling.So,we should give credit to him.Steyn at his best rhythm,most batsmen don't want to take a risk against him.All bowlers can't bowl like him.They are bound to do mistakes,and fluent batsmen are waiting to get maximum use of poor bowling.Perhaps polard would have hit Steyn too,had he bowled 18th over.Because with the pressure in mind,bowlers tend to do mistakes.

Posted by rishabh_unplugged on (May 14, 2013, 9:23 GMT)

Add gayle, Dhoni and De Villiers to the MI Team and you have the World XI. That's how good this team is. It would be a shock if they're not able to replicate the Mumbai Ranji team this season.

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

@ 777aditya on (May 14, 2013, 7:45 GMT): Absolutely spot on mate.I think Mr. Purohit mixes his emotions too much when writing an article.

Posted by Pain. on (May 14, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

@Gangu_9629: ball hit Raydu's shoulder and you call that a nick!

Posted by sanju_sethi2004 on (May 14, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

i thing our leg spinner should learn from legends. they should try spin from middle to off or from leg to off at death over. if amit mishra bowle like this he is a wrong selection in Champions Trophy.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

The flaw in this article is that the author has the benefit of hindsight. I think Pollard played Steyn the way he did in the penultimate over was because MI were in a comfortable position and simply did not want to lose a wicket at that point. I vividly remember what Ab de Villers did to Steyn last year. I think it was just a combination of poor bowling and brilliant batting when the situation demanded it. No point blaming the captain or anyone else with hindsight on your side. If Mishra, who is one of the top wicket takers in this IPL had got Pollard's wicket this article could well have been about what a brilliant move it was by White! unimpressed by the views in this article.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

When a west-indian is batting in death overs why the captain is not thinking to give the ball to Darren Sammy... He was the captain.of WI. and he is a good bowler too... that cost them 2 matches one with CSK and one with MI.. both the time the SRH captain is C.white. he dont have faith in sammy's ability or what?

Posted by EdGreen on (May 14, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

Bizarre to me that Sammy wasn't given the ball - I'd also look to him as a potential captain - anyone who can keep the WIndies singing from the same sheet can lead water up-hill!

Posted by sanju_sethi2004 on (May 14, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

it is really bad coaching or captaincy. perera never a death bowler. they should have tried to save one over of ishant sharma or would have tried to go with sammy or karan sharma. vihari batting is to slow they should tried sammy/perera/samantry.i don't understand if u are playing samantry you should give him one or two over he is a good all rounder than vihari and reddy brothers.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

@Gangu_9629 RCB are the biggest chokers not MI. Mumbai won CLT20 with a depleted team albeit with an extra foreign player. They were not very strong in the 1st two seasons, at their strongest in the 3rd. Pollard has already played a good innings vs CSK in this season at Chennai , go and see the score. Dhoni also claimed similar catches like Karthick, so have other keepers. and Rayudu was NOT OUT. Go and get those blinkers off.

Posted by kaakal on (May 14, 2013, 8:41 GMT)

@saikat Mukherjee : u r right ....While the 17th over being bowled by perrera , live TV showed White miming leg spin action to the SRH dug out as to whom to be bowled the next over. I think it is the collective Team management fault in gifting the match what was SRH s . While we ardent fans were clear while watching... it had to be steyn again followed by Sammy or atleast a reasonable gamble in Karn Sharma 18 , 19 & 20 th overs..... Even Amit who realized after struck for 3 sixes that a faster one wud hv worked as pollard flung his bat and missed the shots twice.

Posted by sampatir on (May 14, 2013, 8:38 GMT)

Too much criticism for While and Perera. You cannot expect one scores that much in eavry over. Why was KP unable to score run a ball in Hyd, it happens sometimes, I have seen White discussing with team management during the Perera's over, We cant blame White.

Posted by SriramS on (May 14, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

Perhaps there should be a third dimension of thought, as to not take wickets considering the circumstances. Had Ambati Rayudu made to stay for some more time at the crease until 17th / 18th over this would have avoided the early entry of Pollard, with Steyn capitalizing the situation. Sometimes not taking wickets might be a good strategy. ssr

Posted by Hammad-Hasan on (May 14, 2013, 8:11 GMT)

Moral of the story is Preira is not death over bowler. He always got smashed in death overs still SRH persist with him in death overs dats y they died in yesterday's match.

Posted by Cricket_Is_Oxygen on (May 14, 2013, 8:10 GMT)

Pollard last played a knock like this in 2008 in Champions league against NSW blues . Now he has played a knock like that i predict his next knock to be in 2018 for the same MI.Ha ha one match and the MI fans have almost started dreaming of the IPL final.. Ha ha..The biggest chokers in the entire IPL history..Play offs there is no better team to choke.. All the best MI and its supporters.. yesterday Dinesh karthik took a ball which bounced well in front of him and appealed for a catch ambati rayudu edged a ball clearly it was clearly taken by parthiv patel.. he didnt walk. the irony is that these MI fans are calling kohli a cheat.. Ha ha .. Good luck rahul dravid.. They may even Booh you tomo..

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 8:01 GMT)

Gayle and pollard are only monster hitters not david miller, he is one match player. Rohit sharma is better than miller

Posted by srdoc on (May 14, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

tuning point of the match not Perars's disastrous over, but Sachin getting the cramps and Pollard taking over....

Posted by indiasucksgobd on (May 14, 2013, 7:54 GMT)

Patil man all teams look to play steins overs out and target other bowlers e.g mishra,perera that's why he doesn't get many wickets

Posted by muski on (May 14, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

With on Steyn SRH is not winning matches just like RCB is unable to win with one Gayle. When there are some many support staff I fail to understand if such a scenario is not discussed in team meetings. Its difficult for the captain to have a clear mind when all hell is breaking loose. Maybe its high time the IPL teams started hiring mental conditioning experts as most teams seem to wither way when confronted by a Miller, Watson or Pollard assault.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 7:48 GMT)

SRH will be themselves to blame if they don't make it to the top 4. IMO lack of flexibility has caused them big time. They have been playing the same bowling unit since the beginning. While this combination of fielding 2 fast bowlers, 2 classical legspinners, with one or two medium bowling allrounders would've won them matches on slow and sluggish pitches of Hyderabad invariably, It has all the prospects of being teared apart on fast paced pitches of say Jaipur or a batting paradise like Mumbai. The same mistake Chennai did the other night, playing 2 spinners against Royals on a pacy surface. Ashwin or Mishra are really good bowlers, but nothing much can they do against the might of Watson or Pollard with no assistance from the pitch. SRH need to rotate the bowlers, where is Sudeep Tyagi/Clint Mckay/ or the experienced N.Mccullum. Look at Dravid, look how flexible he has made his bowling unit. Even Chennai, Mumbai have tried out different options, according to the pitches.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 7:46 GMT)

Dear Mr.Purohit, I think you missed it, the instruction to bowl the 18th over to Amit Mishra was given by Waqar Younis to Craig White, if there is any wrong call by the Captain, it was to give the 17th over to Pereira,that too it must have been told to him in the Strategic TImeout, which happened after the 16th, that could have been given to Steyn to get Pollard out, if he had survived Steyn, he would have made the runs anyway. When you have an asking rate of above 15, thats the time, it is very easy for Pollard, because then you are not expecting to win the match, so you have nothing to lose.

Posted by 777aditya on (May 14, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

"As ready as a hungry lion is when the prey walks into the den uninvited." A lion never hunts, lionesses do. Secondly, why would a prey walk in a lion's den uninvited, let alone invited (unless it has a death wish like Perrera did). To play with words requires logic, Mr. Purohit, not just strong emotions. The other day you justly massacred Yusuf Pathan in your article. Its all good as long as it makes sense. Of course, I am hardly a Yusuf Pathan fan, and in fact agree with everything you have to say, but the manner in which you express.

Posted by Tapash on (May 14, 2013, 7:42 GMT)

Player positioning was the big problem for SRH. Vihari never deserve to play at #3. Sammy or Akash Reddy could have played.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 7:20 GMT)

Dale Steyn did his job but Sunrisers Hyderabad still let the game slip.....I disagree He is the strike bowler..... when we strike he has to take wickets. If would have taken either of the 2(Pollard, Rohit) may be the match result would have been a different one.

Posted by pprasadd on (May 14, 2013, 6:53 GMT)

Its, all about picking your bowlers to target. And Parera is a good target for good and/or powerful batsmen. He is good against people who cannot play bounce and are not as tall as Pollard. And he regularly bowls length balls, not just that one over. When has he bowled yorkers? Well I am not criticizing him. Its his game and is good for different types of situations. Not when a powerful clean hitter is made to answer the call of 15.5 RPO and is connecting as well. Well played SRH. Way to go MI.

Posted by Playfair on (May 14, 2013, 6:51 GMT)

Cant blame White for bowling out Steyn, you have to go with your best to build and create the pressure.Thisara did not execute his penultimate over well For me Karan Sharma has been the find of the tournament

Posted by tj.k on (May 14, 2013, 6:50 GMT)

I totally agree with Kluvsindia. MI has not topped the table by sheer luck or fluke. Give credit where its due. The four losses that MI had were to DD, SRH, RR and RCB. MI defeated Chennai and KKR twice. MI is actually the most balanced of all teams with no major weaknesses. The top six batmen are all proven match winners and MI has won matches when 1 or 2 of these top batmen have clicked. It doesn't have to worry even when 3 or 4 batsmen fail. This is a sign of the depth and strength this line up has. The team is so strong that it has no place for players like Maxwell, Ponting, Blizzard. The bowling lineup is among the best in the league. Even when Malinga is not at his very best and doesn't even figure in the top five wicket takers like he has done consistently, it is not a worry for the team. Fielding is up to world standards. MI Deserves its place at the top and will most likely finish in the top 2.

Posted by VK on (May 14, 2013, 6:38 GMT)

Whilst bowling Mishra was a mistake in hindsight, given his form in the competition I suppose it wasn't the strangest decision ever at the time. What I find more bizarre was giving the ball back to Perera (though admittedly at that stage it's unlikely anything would have worked). Perera was guaranteed to go for sixes. Sammy might have stood an outside chance, even K Sharma would have been a crazy gamble, but one with a flicker of a chance - (where did his final over go anyway?). But Perera? Maybe it was some Aussie thing whereby White said 'you broke it, fix it.'

What's more worrying is this isn't the first death over captaincy blunder by SRH. Remember the final over Reddy was asked to bowl when Sammy was still an option and there were loads of runs still required as a buffer? Sammy would most likely have pulled that one off and this game might not have mattered...

Posted by Aditya0460 on (May 14, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

This is a very biased article. I agree with u "kluvsindia". Every word. Abhisekh has not yet written an article on MI who are the table toppers for now and deserve an article to be written about their success. Very pathetic article.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 6:31 GMT)

i agree with kluvsindia. Don't understand why anyone who is a writer or a commentator hates MI so much. And everyone seem to find their reasons as well. Some don't like the owners, some don't like SRT, some hate Bhajji and so on. I don't see our players abusing players from other teams or their own. Barring Bhajji who goes a bit over the top with the celebrations others are restrained in theirs. But still when MI wins, it is either a batting track or a bad over or bad captaincy. Give everyone a break. 10 wins out of 14 games- surely credit to a strong middle order and a compact bowling unit is due.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

Such was the mood of pollard that you can't give ball to anyone except for steyn. So it is not the decision of giving ball to sammy. If that would have happened he would have been the centre of jokes

Posted by deathstar01 on (May 14, 2013, 6:15 GMT)

SRH have two home games- that is an important factor. They should not get disappointed. Confidence and team spirit should can still take them into the last four.

Posted by sumitsingh02 on (May 14, 2013, 6:06 GMT)

This shows the importance of picking the right Bowler at the right time. One World class bowler can not win you a match. As it happened against Chennai, Steyn gave 19 in his 4 overs and rest 16 went for 204 runs. Sun Risers need Ishant back to his best and along with Mishra atleast one world class bowler to take them further.

Posted by SachinIsTheGreatest on (May 14, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

Good summing up of the situation. As an SRH supporter I was crushed at the result so I cannot even begin to imagine how the players themselves are feeling. But take nothing away from Pollard and Sharma. Towards the last 5 overs I knew there are very few pairs more dangerous than these two. And once Pollard gets in the mood, you either have to have Steyn from both ends or applaud the ferocity of the knock. Well done to SRH and congratulations to MI. Both teams in their own have lit up the tournament.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 5:51 GMT)

sachin had nearly made this run chase a impossible one, but pollard bailed out mumbai indians with his fierce batting.

Posted by zxaar on (May 14, 2013, 5:33 GMT)

@ Lankan_Pride07 " the moment Sachin went off after being retired hurt, i knew SRH lost the match" ----------- what a joke man. You also have no clue about. When sachin got retired hurt asking rate was 10 and 9 wickets intact. That was MI's match to lose. How about you and others like you take your sachin hatred somewhere else. He scored runs and left you burning from bottom.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 5:30 GMT)

One bowler bowling an excellent spell of 4 overs does not mean the match is won. Five bowlers have to bowl 4 overs each and contain the opposite team. If that is not done, then there is no point wasting one full article on the four over spell of one good bowler. Grow up Purohit.

Posted by Lankan_Pride07 on (May 14, 2013, 5:20 GMT)

Well, the moment Sachin went off after being retired hurt, i knew SRH lost the match.. Then, when Karthik & Rydhu got out, there ws hope because I thought Sachin would come back.. But he didn't.. So i agree with @patibandlakoshal. Sachin s/b man of the match for getting hurt.

Posted by kluvsindia on (May 14, 2013, 5:12 GMT)

Abhishesk Purohit always has such a biased attitude towards his views.This has been a case with all these analysts and journalists.. Not one word of how well MI are playing.. All talk of CSK being such a strong side led by Dhoni when MI has been the only team to defeat them twice.All talk about RCB, Kohli and Gayle and how they need to be in the playoffs when MI figured how to stop Gayle in Mumbai. All talk about how Sunrisers bowling is the best when MI bowling is good as an entire unit and not just dependent on one bowler like Steyn. All talk about how KKR should be in playoffs because they are defending champions when MI have thrashed them twice. I mean why do they hate MI? Is it because of Sachin? Because all these journalists cant wait to see sachin out of cricket. Not one good article of good word about MI. This author talks like as if all of MI wins are fluke. Really bad bad article

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 4:49 GMT)

I am not sure whether SRH had someone except Steyn to stop Pollard and Rohit. Infact MI batsmen knew that Steyn was the important bowler, so they just played safely without loosing wicket. Even Gayle also does oftenly against quality bowlers like steyn or Malinga. Smart batsmen know the game, when to atttack and whom to attack. Perrera is not fast bowler. So He bowled as per his capacity. If someone like Pollard clears the ground with his massive hits. One should give credit to Pollard. Even if Steyn would have bowled 18th over, MI would have smashed in 19th and 20th over. Instead of Parera, Sami could have been used. Or in-form leggie Karan Sharma. We can always says if and but. Bottomline, it was brurtal assault by Pollard and SRH became victim.

Posted by BrianCharlesVivek on (May 14, 2013, 4:40 GMT)

Thats why Sammy should be captain..

Posted by kapilesh23 on (May 14, 2013, 4:34 GMT)

Dale Steyn is the man he bowled his heart out and he fielded his heart out. Even though SRH lost they can take inspiration from Steyn, he gave it everything he got. Steyn is really a great bowler and a great team player. Respect Steyn

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 4:00 GMT)

Similar to the Miller assault on RCB. When monster hitters like Gayle, Miller and Pollard go into overdrive, there's very little bowlers can do in this format. Just sit back and enjoy the fireworks.

Posted by shwet14 on (May 14, 2013, 3:46 GMT)

Everybody is tearing into White for choosing Mishra to bowl 18th over. This is what I don't like about such armchair critics. The same people would have said - what a brave move" had Pollard miscued one and holed out somewhere in the deep. its always easy to be wise after the event. What matters most is the captain's gut feel at that point in time. Purely going by logic though, Steyn stood higher chance of getting Pollard, who was in the "mood" to hit. 33 off 3 could then easily have become say 27 off 2 which would have added to the pressure. Nonetheless, lets admire the strength of the man. Only Gayle can match this fury.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 3:03 GMT)

simple question : How come no one called it as a Batting wicket. avg score on the wkt : 178. What Hyd made was par. Mumbai was just 10 runs short all along till the 13 over. Karan's 2 wkts snapped up Dinesh and Rayadu... Good players not Game Changers. Pollard and Rohit were. This talk abt 2 good bowlers etc... thats in every IPL. 2 good bowlers with popatwadi bowlers. Amit Mishra in this IPL has been unplayable at times. Pollard's reach on a flat pitch meant he had nothing to offer. No bad captainship. This one was Pollard all the way. Just like Gayle's 175 was his all the way.

Posted by patibandlakoshal on (May 14, 2013, 1:55 GMT)

Sachin should be given man of the match. If he hadn't got retired hurt and played 20 overs. SRH would have won. :)

Posted by Riddymon on (May 14, 2013, 1:53 GMT)

Steyn had plent of opportunities to take a wicket. It's just bad luck that he didn't because Pollard had NO clue what to do with those deliveries.

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

There should be no limit on the number of overs bowled by a bowler. That way you will always have your best bowler or bowlers to challenge the best of batsmen on the opposing side. Is it not what is desired in professional cricket match..best bowler vs best batsmen?

Posted by dcaprio on (May 14, 2013, 1:20 GMT)

Did Sachin deserve to loose??or did Dhawal Kulkarni,who bowled exceptionally well in the 20th over..anyways.even without the polly blast..Rohit would have easily seen MI through..simple policy..block stey.get 1s and 2s on him and destroy the others

Posted by dcaprio on (May 14, 2013, 1:16 GMT)

@Abhisek purohit-how can you miss the fact that at the time when SRT went retired hurt,MI was clearly the favourite..84 form 50 with 9 wickets in hand..too much biased against MI....

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 0:48 GMT)

Steyn Didnot Deserve to loose AT ALL!! especially not after his fiery spell against monsterous batsmen. How often do you see a Bowler dictating terms to most ferocious of Batsmens CONSISTENTLY? Again Decisions are like a gamble, some times you go by past experiences some times you believe your intuition. Mishra is the one who took 4 wickets in an over to seal a game single handedly earler. Unfortunately White believed his intution( against CSK) and believed in past experiece ( Today against MI). Sheer BAD Timing. Hopefully SRH will bounce back to get in to playoffs, That would be perfect for a hard working passionate bowler like Steyn and hard working TEAM like SRH.

Posted by QTS_ on (May 14, 2013, 0:38 GMT)

With 62 required off 4 overs, including one from Steyn which could be expected to yield about 6 runs, it was reasonable to expect the other bowlers to contain 55 runs in their three overs. Thanks largely to Pollard, it did not happen. Owing to his physique, he can easily clear the boundary, scoring more sixes than fours when he starts going. At such times, a surprise delivery is needed to get him out, like a slower ball or a ball that keeps unexpectedly low. The bowlers apparently were not prepared for something like that.

Posted by QTS_ on (May 14, 2013, 0:31 GMT)

Even if Steyn had bowled in place of Mishra, Pollard would still have had 12 consecutive balls not bowled by Steyn. Since he was hitting almost everything from the other bowlers, it is likely that he would have clubbed a number of sixes to wrest away the match. Steyn bowled well, the others did not, Pollard cleverly survived Steyn and waited for those other bowlers to wreak havoc. Not much point blaming the captain.

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