Mumbai v Rajasthan, IPL 2013, Mumbai May 15, 2013

Bowling might takes Mumbai to No. 1

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Mumbai Indians 166 for 8 (Tare 59, Watson 2-30) beat Rajasthan Royals 152 for 7 (Hodge 39, Kulkarni 2-21, Johnson 2-23) by 14 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

On a slightly surreal night, Rahul Dravid lost his cool and shouted at the umpire, Kieron Pollard mocked Shane Watson so much he made him leave the dugout and go into the dressing room, Pollard was run out for the first time in the IPL, Mumbai Indians scored just 34 in the last five overs, but their bowling might won them the match comfortably and all but sealed a place in the top two. Mumbai and Chennai Super Kings now have one more win than Rajasthan Royals, and also a higher net run rate accumulated over 15 matches, which will take some doing to overcome.

Mumbai might not have finished their innings well despite 59 off 37 balls from Aditya Tare, who had replaced the injured Sachin Tendulkar, but it was their start with the ball that eventually sealed the game. Two wickets each from Mitchell Johnson and Dhawal Kulkarni reduced Royals to their worst Powerplay score of all time: 29 for 4. Watson wasn't one of those wickets, but he top-edged a Pragyan Ojha long hop before he could cause much damage.

Royals were 58 for 5 in the 10th over when Watson fell but Brad Hodge, held back to No. 8, and Stuart Binny tried to put the chase on track, and even brought the equation down to 38 off three overs. However, Lasith Malinga bowled two of those overs and he went for five and eight in them.

Royals could claim similar success with their bowling towards the end of the first innings, but the start wasn't that good. Mumbai opened with the new pair of Tare and Glenn Maxwell, who weren't pretty but were effective. After Maxwell for 23 off 17, Tare took over and went after all Royals bowlers without discrimination. However, he was only 24 off 15 when Dravid dropped a catch at short midwicket. He rubbed it in by pulling Binny over Dravid's head next ball.

When he finally fell, at 108 for 3 in the 13th over, Tare had set Mumbai up for possibly a score of 200. Some superb fielding and canny bowling from Royals, including Pollard's run-out by Kevon Cooper and James Faulkner's last two overs for just 11 runs, kept Mumbai down, but not for long.

Having recovered from his poor game against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Johnson was creating breakthroughs at the top. In the first over, he might have got Dravid caught at the wicket without the edge, but it was a sharp bouncer nonetheless. Royals continued holding Watson back, and Mumbai kept running through the rest.

When Watson finally arrived, Pollard started talking to him immediately. While Watson seemed furious, Pollard seemed to be laughing almost mockingly. Watson hadn't even faced a ball. The umpires had to tell Pollard off, but he eventually had the final mock when Watson - under the pressure of falling wickets and rising asking rate - mis-hit Ojha to Pollard. After celebrating wildly, Pollard went to his boundary post and seemed to have another conversation with Watson, who sat in the dugout behind him.

Eventually, Watson left the place in disgust, and finally Hodge got to bat when Royals lost another wicket. Royals needed 79 from 43 when he came in, but he and Binny brought the target down with sensible hitting. Hodge hit Ojha for four fours in the 16th over, which included a drop by Ambati Rayudu, but Malinga ensured Mumbai's clean sheet at home.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • SidsIPLTeam on May 15, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    I believe Dravid is tweaking the batting order way too much. In the earlier matches it was a surprise. Not anymore. Sanju Samson is a very good batsman & his promotion might click. But, persisting with Faulkner at 3 doesn't look like a great move. Or Yagnik, who just flays the bat at just about anything is only delaying the obvious for an over or two which could have been utilised better by the big players Watson & Hodge to see a few balls before playing shots. And the result could have been very different. Johnson is a good bowler no doubt. But, not a frightening one who has blasted opposition top orders & from whom you have to shield your best players. That move doesn't inspire a great deal of confidence & this negative tactic might prove costly in the high pressure knock-out matches. Only CSK has done it successfully & that too because Dhoni's striking capabalities at the back end are second to none. Hodge has taken many matches to the end, but pulled off very few. Another example!

  • on May 17, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    I always have respect for Rahul Dravid, but I believe he has gone too far about this. I don't see a big issue about this. Funny thing is, Indian bowlers are the world famous off guys in the world. If Rahul wants to dig about this further, I'm asking him that where was he, when Ishanth gave a send off to Symonds in year 2008 tour ? Rahul was a member of that team at that time. Dig those then !

  • Dragonoids on May 17, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    Watson got what he gave... Now Its time for Pollard.. After a couple of good knocks he started feeling he is almighty.. He'll surely get this back.. Bravo too has got back for what he did last year..

  • on May 17, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Kaushik.....Watson is not doing this for the first time..so relax...he got what he was deserving...

  • APatrick on May 17, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    I am a big fan of Dravid n hence respect him a lot but i jst dint like him favoring watson just bcoz he is in his team... watson will remain an ausuie no matter fr which team he plays...dravid should also comment on watson's behavior on field wid opponents, even he sends off batsmen rudely aftr gettin dem out, now wat happened to him wen he is treated in d same manner...wen watson sledges its fine but wen he is being sledged den he goes to d umpire crying like a kid...grow up watson!

  • Qa_ankit on May 17, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    I wonder if that attitude is because what RR did with Mumbai in Jaipur. Payback is good but have to be in limits as per the behavior is concerned. I actually didn't got a chance to watch match completely but what i am aware is dravid is not gonna lose his temper very very easily. It would have something special arrogance that baught that anger. And about Waty- Pollard scene, i don't why but i feel its gonna get hotter and hotter. And for god sake they both meet again, wooooww, i don't know what Watty is gonna do. He may be over tempered and give his wicket or can win match on its head. Exciting. Lets see what happen in future. I hope they both meets in playoffs.

  • Rally_Windies on May 17, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    those two have a history... Dravid should stay out of it ...

    it did not start in that one game .....

    Watson gives it back to Pollard when he is ready .....

  • Ronnie_dsouza on May 16, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    I have watched a lot of matches that Pollard has played and he has always been arrogant on the field and please, the guys out there, if it means IPL entertainment, I do not agree with them. If a batsman gets out and sitting on the dug-out, it does not give a license to Pollard to say what he wants, it is sheer total arrogance on his part

  • Kadiyala05 on May 16, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    I think SRH is the biggest surprise of this IPL season, hope it moves forward.

  • BRUTALANALYST on May 16, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    @Prats6 He didn't abuse anyone in the dugout he was simply fielding on the boundary and Watson was staring him down glaring and he simply smiled or laughed then Watson threw his toys out the pram and stormed off - think a bit to much has been made of it really especially when Watson has constantly been one of the most aggressive sledgers that gets in batsman faces and sends them off, overall comes off as a guy that can give it but can't take it to me as the analysts pointed out on ITV4.

  • SidsIPLTeam on May 15, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    I believe Dravid is tweaking the batting order way too much. In the earlier matches it was a surprise. Not anymore. Sanju Samson is a very good batsman & his promotion might click. But, persisting with Faulkner at 3 doesn't look like a great move. Or Yagnik, who just flays the bat at just about anything is only delaying the obvious for an over or two which could have been utilised better by the big players Watson & Hodge to see a few balls before playing shots. And the result could have been very different. Johnson is a good bowler no doubt. But, not a frightening one who has blasted opposition top orders & from whom you have to shield your best players. That move doesn't inspire a great deal of confidence & this negative tactic might prove costly in the high pressure knock-out matches. Only CSK has done it successfully & that too because Dhoni's striking capabalities at the back end are second to none. Hodge has taken many matches to the end, but pulled off very few. Another example!

  • on May 17, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    I always have respect for Rahul Dravid, but I believe he has gone too far about this. I don't see a big issue about this. Funny thing is, Indian bowlers are the world famous off guys in the world. If Rahul wants to dig about this further, I'm asking him that where was he, when Ishanth gave a send off to Symonds in year 2008 tour ? Rahul was a member of that team at that time. Dig those then !

  • Dragonoids on May 17, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    Watson got what he gave... Now Its time for Pollard.. After a couple of good knocks he started feeling he is almighty.. He'll surely get this back.. Bravo too has got back for what he did last year..

  • on May 17, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Kaushik.....Watson is not doing this for the first time..so relax...he got what he was deserving...

  • APatrick on May 17, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    I am a big fan of Dravid n hence respect him a lot but i jst dint like him favoring watson just bcoz he is in his team... watson will remain an ausuie no matter fr which team he plays...dravid should also comment on watson's behavior on field wid opponents, even he sends off batsmen rudely aftr gettin dem out, now wat happened to him wen he is treated in d same manner...wen watson sledges its fine but wen he is being sledged den he goes to d umpire crying like a kid...grow up watson!

  • Qa_ankit on May 17, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    I wonder if that attitude is because what RR did with Mumbai in Jaipur. Payback is good but have to be in limits as per the behavior is concerned. I actually didn't got a chance to watch match completely but what i am aware is dravid is not gonna lose his temper very very easily. It would have something special arrogance that baught that anger. And about Waty- Pollard scene, i don't why but i feel its gonna get hotter and hotter. And for god sake they both meet again, wooooww, i don't know what Watty is gonna do. He may be over tempered and give his wicket or can win match on its head. Exciting. Lets see what happen in future. I hope they both meets in playoffs.

  • Rally_Windies on May 17, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    those two have a history... Dravid should stay out of it ...

    it did not start in that one game .....

    Watson gives it back to Pollard when he is ready .....

  • Ronnie_dsouza on May 16, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    I have watched a lot of matches that Pollard has played and he has always been arrogant on the field and please, the guys out there, if it means IPL entertainment, I do not agree with them. If a batsman gets out and sitting on the dug-out, it does not give a license to Pollard to say what he wants, it is sheer total arrogance on his part

  • Kadiyala05 on May 16, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    I think SRH is the biggest surprise of this IPL season, hope it moves forward.

  • BRUTALANALYST on May 16, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    @Prats6 He didn't abuse anyone in the dugout he was simply fielding on the boundary and Watson was staring him down glaring and he simply smiled or laughed then Watson threw his toys out the pram and stormed off - think a bit to much has been made of it really especially when Watson has constantly been one of the most aggressive sledgers that gets in batsman faces and sends them off, overall comes off as a guy that can give it but can't take it to me as the analysts pointed out on ITV4.

  • Prats6 on May 16, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    I sometimes wonder why is it so difficult for people to accept their mistakes? Rohit kept saying, 'I dont know... I dont know!.." Its his job to know, he better be good at it. Aggressive does not mean abusing someone sitting in the dugout. Its was simply pathetic. This is not gully cricket.. Young people watch and emulate the stars. What is the message going out? Shameful.

  • DTom on May 16, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    I find it difficult to understand the twists in logic people are willing to make to defend Dravid. So sledging on the field is fine but once the player is out it is cowardice? Where exactly is this written? If sledging is bad, then it is bad at any time. Friendly banter on the field? So Pollard was laughing and smiling all the time, never appeared to be swearing. Does that count as banter? The sledger may call it banter, but the sledged may not. The best one can do it to have a consistent point of view. Not flip-flop when you are at dishing or receiving ends!

    And losing cool? So it is fine if you get a bad decision? Happens in every match. We might as well legalize swearing at umpires then. You throw a tantrum at field, you set a bad example, period.

    Funny how Kohli got pilloried for his comments on booing, and Dravid is justified for his comments on sledging of a noted sledger.

  • on May 16, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Whosoever is criticizing RSD , please go back and check what he has said. Firstly he mentioned its his personal opinion, secondly he told in genera he feels that bowler sending off a batsmen is an act of cowardice, he did not take any names.. So it could well apply to any of his team mates too if they've done so or will do so.. Don't think hez backed Wason by saying this..

    Also if you notice yesterdays match, when Watson got a wicket, yes he shouted/yelled and celebrated. But did not point fingers nor did he follow the batsmen till dressing room and again poked him..

    One has to agree that MI team from the last year or so have been rude and sledging has become part of their game.. Its not just restricted to sledging.. Look at Harbhajan or Pollads eyes they have so much rage.. The so called aggression is gonna take them no where.. All the ones who support MI are simply SRT fans but please realize that SRT alone is not MI..

  • on May 16, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    I don't know why people don't get what dravid is trying to say, he clearly says that he personally feels its an act of cowardice to sledge a players if he's out referring to the fact that pollard kept sledging Watson even when he was in the dugout. That was unneeded . A bit of banter during the game is ok. Pollard just kept rubbing it in. People questioning dravid's commitment seriously need to take a break.

  • beyondcricket on May 16, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    looking at Dravid's and Rohit's press conference, you begin to think Rohit has certainly a long way to go. Rohit Sharma might not be responsible for Pollard's actions and same goes with Dravid for Watson, but the way they both have responded in the press conference tells us a story. Rohit's statement seems he tried to brush the incident under the carpet, and dravid had a more big brother like approach. Watson is no saint when it comes to on field skirmish, but Pollard seemed more animated at least in live telecast. Rohit for his part, shouldn't have said "this is the way we play our game", he shouldn't be taking responsibility for other players actions because team image catches on pretty quick and he doesn't wanna become a spoilt brat in the eye of the fan (he should know he is a favorite of many). he was being simply naive, a good player though!

  • Narabavi on May 16, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    Malinga is the difference between MI & other teams. Fantastic last 2 overs !!

  • A.Ak on May 16, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Pollard is a good hitter, below average batsman with unbearable attitude. What he was doing is not fun He is a very good example to show that cricket is not a gentleman's game anymore. Ofcourse I am not saying Shane Watson is good either. These people even pissed of a man who has remained calm through out his career.

  • NEOXY on May 16, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    @Metro-Ant : Please hear again what Dravid has said. He said sledging is part and parcel of the game. But making fun of a batsman after he has got out, that too especially after the batsman is sitting in the dug out is disgrace.

  • Paddy789 on May 16, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    Keep it up Polly, These things makes IPL matches more intresting....after and all IPL is just "entertainment" dont forget !!!!

  • mjrvasu on May 16, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Mathematically CSK, MI or RR can still finish anywhere between 1 to 3. Friday's game will decide the likely slot of RR as also the fate of SRH. Saturday will more or less end all speculations, unless SRH pulls some rabbits out of the hat. SRH unfortunately is suffering the same fate of PWI, having listless and less than astute foreign captains.

  • Metro-ant on May 16, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Had respect for Dravid til now. Out of all people to be defending Watson? Not all remember his send off to Dilshan in IPL 2013 and no one was the least interested that time. Dravid especially surprises me when he says that since he was the one in the team during the 'golden era' of Australian sledging during Steve Waugh's tenure and not a word came out of his mouth then. But when Kieron Pollard does it where are the double standards?

  • on May 16, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Watto wasn't so decent either. He celebrated way too aggressively for dismissing his own team mate. Though Pollard did not do the right thing, don't talk like the Aussie team are a bunch of bunnies. Aussies define sledging. It is time they got a taste of their own medicine. Dravid's wicket was a disgrace. We finally saw him lose his cool after Kallis, Sachin and Dhoni. I guess IPL 6 had it all

  • on May 16, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    Has RR lost fairplay point for rahul's behavior after he was given out. this is reaction after his dismisal.

  • on May 16, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    wonder why so much is being made of one umpiring blunder. all d rr fans r boasting as if dravid would have single handedly won d match. he could have got bowled d next ball. waht if hodge's inside edge got 2 his stump when he underedged johnson. comm'on this is cricket. and stop bashing d umpires, they r doing a fabulous job.

  • naveenvamsi on May 16, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    We people know the behavior of Watson. Finally a good job from pollard to leave Watson not only from ground but also the dugout. Good win for Mumbai

  • on May 16, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    great win for mumbai ! amid all this chaos of dravid getting agitated, pollard-watson face-off, ppl r missing d way rohit led his troops. he dint loose his cool whn ojha was leaking runs & feilder's popping catches. i think responsibility & assurance has brought more maturity 2 rohit's game. i think this is d beginning of rohit sharma's making in team india jersy.

  • kingcobra85 on May 16, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    Shane Watson is no angel. He was making fun earlier.

  • latecut_04 on May 16, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    Everyone seem to have forgotten Dravid dropping a sitter off Tare earlier in the innings .imagine how much difference that catch could have made. RD wanted to compensate with the bat even more due to that failure and probably that is why we saw him so agitated. Come On Dravid--nothing to worry...know you have dropped some catches in this edition but don't worry; championships belong to champions and no one is a better champion than you right now...For someone who holds the record for maximum number of catches in TEST cricket,a few IPL spills mean nothing....Pad up Jammy!!!!!Be yourself and march on like a warrior(like you have always done throughout your career)and cup will be in Rajastan..Hallabol!!!

  • SpeedCricketThrills on May 16, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    @BinuJoseph - don't you know? dont you understand? Menaria is a useless guy - consumes Balls without scoring Runs

  • latecut_04 on May 16, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    The manner in which RR went for the chase is slightly worrying. They always looked under pressure and not confident right from the start(although there was no need for that....they had just pulled back things by superb on field performance in the last 5 overs).Sending Faulkner should act as a positive for the remaining games now that he wont ever be promoted ahead of the likes of Watto, Hodge or even Binny(again no need...night watchman/whatever the reason).Now we know why Dravid was so agitated with that dismissal. Plan was for him to see off the initial overs with best technique and then unleash the stroke players. RD has been praised so many times in this edition for player selections/batting order etc. Spare him this time for failure. Like all champions he will bounce back with lessons learnt from this defeat. Am sure because that is why he is what he is--Best Ever Indian Cricketer(not only with the bat but with attitude ,professionalism, selflessness, fitness and what not)

  • Petesta on May 16, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Kudos to Watson to stepping away from a fight. It's being portrayed like he ran away and cried, but I think he decided he didn't want to lose his cool and bring scorn on himself. Isn't it more manly to refuse a cat fight than to retaliate?

  • ladycricfan on May 16, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    If BCCI wants to test the accuracy of DRS what's is better than using it in IPL. In T20, because of it's short duration, one umpiring howler is enough to deny a team a victory. With lots of inexperienced umpires officiating in IPL, DRS will definitely improve the umpiring standards. Dravid was unlucky yesterday. Rahane's role is to be the anchor. He played an irresponsible shot and got out. RR played well to reach 152 from 28/4, without much contribution from Watson. With Hodge and Binny at the crease RR still had chance. But Malinga was too good in the end. Barring some collapses in CSK, MI matches, RR will have to settle for 3rd place in the table.

  • bhuschamps on May 16, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    A good win by Mumbai, after a superb fight back from Binny/Hodge. Hodge has again demonstrated why he is the best T20 batsman in the world. All brilliant cricketing shots. I believe if he had come ahead of Yagnik, Hodge would have most certainly won the game for RR single-handedly just as Pollard did the other day against SRH. Well now the battle is for the 4th spot, and it is really paining to see a team (RCB) that was almost certain to make the playoffs are now struggling. Virat will need a big favor from Gambhir, if his team is to make it into the last 4. Good luck all the 3 teams who are trying to make it to the final stages.

  • bhuschamps on May 16, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    Hello, I have been reading a lot of comments about Pollard sledging, but is it not the thing for which the Australians are famous for. To be on the receiving end isn't much fun eh Mr. Watson? Or has Watson forgotten the "war of words" he started with Gambhir, and everyone started blaming Gambhir for having an altercation with Dravid. I respect Dravid a lot, I have one question for you Sir, why did you not take any action against Watson when he was trying to entice Gambhir? I did not see anything wrong with what Pollard was doing, just giving some sledging back to Mr. Watson.

  • on May 16, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    @Tupz why go for final before the play off as the both playoff either the qualifier or the eliminator plays in delhi and kolkota where MI loses the match correspondingly in the league phases

  • on May 16, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    Its high time the umpiring is backed up by Hawkeye and two referrals are allowed In a 20 over game umpiring mistakes can impact to the detriment of the losing side

  • Otuwa on May 16, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    ha ha once again Malinga showed how good he is at death.Good example for some players from Malinga show your aggresion your talent not your facial expressions.

  • ramji48 on May 16, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    So Mumbai is at top with help of deliberate poor umpiring, first against KXIP's last over where a beamer ball well in line of chest was not no-balled nor the leg umpire took any notice of it and now for a ball well above gloves Dravid was given out caught behind whereas even the bowler was not in mood of any appeal. Umpire was in such mood to give him out that even an appeal from spectator would have prompted him...shameful umpiring in favor of MI.

  • on May 16, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    Shame on Mumbai Indians... Why are the gentle giants in the MI not coming out against Pollard... Pollard should know that he was run out by a brilliant throw by the bowler.... if he has the ability he should have got Watson out by his cricketing abilities and not by sledging... Shame...

  • JG2704 on May 16, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    Re Pollard - He's a great player in this format but as a Somerset fan I remember an incident he had with a Notts fan in a T20 QF a couple of years ago. I think many players who have big egos have a tendency to behave that way

  • Otuwa on May 16, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    Ha ha once again Malinga showed how good he is at death.He is a far far better bowler than some cardboard heroes.These cardboard heroes show their aggression only from facial expressions not their ability.Good example for them from Malinga show your agression from your talent with smile.@gsingh7:Not a supprise you hate for Malinga.Because your bowlers can't bowl a atleast two yokers continously.

  • on May 16, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Dravid was not out. Even the Bowler did not appeal. And the ball should have been a No Ball because of being above shoulder height. Batting teams should be permitted 2 challenges. Cut out the talk about cool or not cool, focus on facts.

  • anand_sreekumar on May 16, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    When it comes to sledging Watson finds a place in list of top 5 sledgers Cant understand why he complains to umpires when he gets the same treatment back from the opposition..(not supporting Pollard here) MI won due to a brilliant over from Malinga..

  • Travis_Bickle on May 16, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    What about Watson's sledging and antics throughout IPL. He deserves what Pollard did to him. Absolutely love it.

  • marts30 on May 16, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    Whatever Dravid, Watson is one of the WORST sender-offers in the game. He gets what he gives. Literally every dismissal he will shout in the batsman's face as they walk past.

  • Cobra0077 on May 16, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    Pollard maybe a great player, but, what he had done in this match WAS CHILDISH AND UNPROFESSIONAL. I used to have a good opinion of Pollard & Watto, but, now I have a higher respect for Watto & my respect for Pollard has gone down the drain. Why can't the act like adults and that includes Sammy(from my home team SRH) with that pacifier they need to grow up, they are being paid as professionals so at least act like a professional & not a child.

  • Romenevans on May 16, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    With due all the respect to Dravid, but i have no idea why he is so obsessed with Ankit Chavan? He is a mediocre bowlers and not to mention a pathetic fielder. That maxwell catch at 3rd man, he didn't even try to take it. He was so pathetic in the field and gave away so many runs. Please Dravid no more experiments.

    Even if Binny going for some runs, we can still bowl him his 4 overs and for that we can get in Sachin Baby, but no more Chavan or Chandila because they are anyway going to leak runs and dont bowl all the 4 overs, so whats the point of playing them? And on top of that their pathetic fielding cost us a lot more.

  • TUPZ on May 16, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    no doubt what the MI players do now or acheiving the pole position of the ipl standings they should keep in mind that the final is to be played in the eden garden where malinga and Johnson will be of no use and non-availability of good slow bowler in the team will costr them the ipl tropht this season for sure

  • my_comments on May 16, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    It was a wake-up call for both MI & Royals, both teams did not play up to their potentials. The better bowling line-up of MI won the match for them. Both teams batting were regular. Nice to see Maxwell opening, I hope they try him in the next match before the play-offs. He should be given the licence to hit the big shots even if he loses his wicket. Rohith should stay until the latter part of the innings to unleash his force but until that he should take the single and put the bad ones away. Royals are experimenting too much, holding back your best batsman in a big chase will be ineffective if there are little balls to face. So Watto should come at 3 and Hodge at No.4 or 5 (but for sure not at 8)

  • unni001 on May 16, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    RR Lost a match ,they could have easily won.Lessons from the match for RR: 1) Rahane and Samson need to be counseled to bat according to the situation ,show more responsibility and not get carried away. 2) I do not know why Yagnik a mediocre wicket keeper and batsman is being persisted with. If they bring in Sachin baby,they will have a bowler extra since he can bowl a couple of tight overs.Plus,he is a fantastic fielder. 3) Hodge should come up the order . 4) Pace bowling attack with Watson,Faulkner and Cooper is quite good and need not be tampered with. 5) If RR batsmen do not show discipline, they may get a shock from Sunrisers.

  • gobisar on May 16, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    166 is a easy target to chase in that wicket and that to RR's caliber they should have done it with ease. But the pressure of being on the top two got it finally for RR. Samsom should be groomed properly and he seems to be future cricketer for India. But MI played well and all around and went to top of the table. Now it will be interesting stage in the series,even is RCB didn't win against CSK they have the better NRR and they stay 4th, so SRH & KXIP has to win both games to qualify for playoff. Sledging is a part of the Watson's cricket, then why Watson is showing this much reaction to Pollard I don't know. He should think how he sledge the batsman when he is in the field. Might be he is in a receiving end this time and so he got frustrated.

  • on May 16, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    Shane Watson gave Maxwell a send off , so what is Dravid livid about

  • Vishal_07 on May 16, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    Come on Dravid, sending Hodge down the order when he is a proven big hitter, why oh why!!

  • deadite11 on May 16, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    People are talking about dravid's frustration and not about the worst behavior by Mumbai team. Mumbai crowd as well as team not respecting the opponents so far. First virat kohli, and now dravid. I just remind that mumbai team thinks they are lord of IPL. Anyday they must come out of wankhede stadium and get humiliated in neutral venues for sure.

  • mathewjohn2176 on May 16, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    Well played MI.It was an expected performance from you and please carry on this good form till the finals and lift the trophy.May you win IPL 6 .All the best.For RR,they need to win away games too,not only in their home fortress.Atleast they should try win in flat or spin pitches where both teams gets to play in same wicket.Hope they pull off a win in remaining away match and play well in playoffs ,Dravid dedication and commitment need no less than a final or trophy.good luck to both teams.Go MI

  • Majorraki on May 16, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    @sweet2hrme : You do remember the thrashing RR gave to MI at jaipur,watson didnt contribute much and yet RR won by a margin which is more than the total MI scored.RR have won 10 matches u cannot win 10 matches on luck ,yes luck favours u once in a while like it did to mumbai on the other night against Hyderabad,there is no way pollard could have scored that much without a bit of luck and help from SRH bowlers,same goes to other teams as well.FOR GODS SAKE DONT COMPARE DRAVID WITH MAXWELL BECAUSE OF ONE PALTRY INCIDENT.They are heaven and earth apart as far as technique and skills are concerned and an Australian will be the last person on earth you want to learn discipline from!!Just let him play some matches and he will show you his true colour

  • AChinnam on May 16, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    Pollard you may be a big hitter but u should start behaving yourself in the field.

  • zeus_kris on May 16, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    I hope that CSK wins the qualifier against MI in Delhi, and when RR and MI play, then RR wins that match and gets through to the finals. That would be the true justice. I think that match will be played in Eden Gardens, where MI batting will fail. MI are flat pitch bullies.

  • r0adrunn3r on May 16, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    I can't help but think what the public's reaction would be had Virat Kholi or Gambhir acted the way Dravid did today. We would never hear the end of it, they would be criticized till the end of their careers but since it was Dravid, they are looking the other way or even blaming the umpire (of course that was a horrible decision). I don't like the double standards. This coming from a huge Dravid fan.

    Then again I do like a good show of emotion, there is nothing wrong with a little display of anger on the field, we accept it in football but even a simple spat is blown out of proportion in cricket. You can't expect everyone to be the kind of person who is emotionally flat.

  • RogerC on May 16, 2013, 1:16 GMT

    CSK and SRH are the only teams that take win or loss with maturity.

  • Sadiq1952 on May 16, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    What a contrast between MI and RCB !!! Arguably they have the best bowling combo. But most importantly they they have big competence at death bowling. Keeping the mighty RR batting at bay in the last 5-6 overs won them the match. RCB should pay attention for the next season in picking quality bowlers. Sadiq

  • umakanth749 on May 15, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    MI has so many over rated player like KP maxwell rohit and they cant win by playing proper cricket like CSK/RR they may win this match but they cant win trophy as they can easily hammered by CSK/RR which has legendary skippers

  • InsaneInsaan on May 15, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    im totally against sending nightwatchmen. in tests there is no limit on no of balls consumed. here its diffrnt. if nightwatchman doesnt get out at desired time, he will be obtructing a better batsman entry 2 d game

  • IndCricFan2013 on May 15, 2013, 21:16 GMT

    Well When did MS Dhoni so much emotion? I saw Sachin reaction at the start of the tournament, when the umpire gave out against CSK match, even though it was plumb LBW, Sachin showed so much frustration. Dravid today. But have not seen MSD react, except for pumping the helmet few year back after winning against KXIP in a criticle match for play off qualification, when he own it single handed, but have not seen much to umpires. He is still the Captain cool, not showing as much as Sachin and Dravid. I really wish one day, he can show off some emotion like Dravid and Sachin, at least once. Come on MSD, you can do it, may be it will come when he is nearing 40's after having kids!!!!

  • dhruvasoorya on May 15, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    Sachin baby was in good form in domestic cricket and he should get a chance ahead of yagnic. In the earlier two games, he didnt get a chance to bat. he is a part time bowler also. Ajith Chandila should play instead of Pravin Tambe or Ankeet Chavan. RR has a big chance to regain the trophy.

  • sweet2hrme on May 15, 2013, 21:12 GMT

    I love this IPL very much. And i love to write & read your comments. Thanks cricinfo for providing such a great platform where we can share our comments. Hats off u guys too for writing.

  • Jimi01 on May 15, 2013, 21:11 GMT

    gsingh7. Youre asking to drop Malinga? He is one of the greatest death bowlers of t20, his presence in the team is enough to boost MI confidence.

    Its quite funny to see your comments, especially now on bowling as India has the worst bowling attack in the world despite the population 1.3 Billion.lol Only Bkumar is the only good fast bowler out of that population

    Cricinfo, thanks always for being great and publishing my comments, thank you.

  • IndCricFan2013 on May 15, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    Well I know why so much frustration from Darvid. It is not a dead match. It is a win that would have given RR a better chance to be in Top 2 and then 2 wins to Cup. If there is one thing Dravid wants to prove, that is, his T20 and captaining credentials. From the fans perspective, I think he has already proved that. Winning the Cup might be icing on the cake. He wants it so much. Finally his wicket could have been the difference between win and a loss today and difference between Top 2 vs 3rd place on the points table, and finally that Cup. So much in it and why not let it out!

  • PFEL on May 15, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    What on earth is Brad Hodge doing batting anywhere except in the top 3 fro Royals?????? No. 9? It's too late by the time he come in, Hodge is the 2nd best batsman in the team you need to give your best players time to face the most balls.

  • Nampally on May 15, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    Sadly, It was an Umpiring decision that decided what appeared to be a winnable total for RR. In each match, at least one bad Umpiring decision is consistently observed in all IPL matches. Giving Dravid CBW appeared to be premeditated because Umpire was fast on the draw - reminiscent of John Wayne drawing his gun. The RR defeat was not because of the "MI bowling might" as the headline suggests but because of Umpiring blunder. Dravid's early dismissal effected lower batting because they expect at least one opener to hold one end up. By the time RR recovered from early shocks they were 53 for 5!. Even so they rallied & failed just by 14 runs. Pollard is a fine cricketer but his unsportsman like sledging has reduced his status in the eyes of many cricket fans! Watson's response by vacating his spot from the RR bench was an excellent response to Pollard's bad behaviour. Capt. Worrel would have sent Pollard off the field after making him apologize to Watson. - 1960 Cricket Culture !

  • InsaneInsaan on May 15, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    even dravid loses his cool. thaaaat means dhoni is the coolest captain. not dravid.

  • sweet2hrme on May 15, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    Honestly speaking RR is only one man army. They heavily depend 200 percent on Watson. 100 pecent from his batting and 100 from his bowling. They play like tiger when playing at home but what happen if they play out side?? They lost! They failed against KKR, CSK, RCB, now MI when they play out side. Now I have strong feeling SRH is also going to thrash RR when they will be playing to SRH. So RR is lucky enough to have a berth in playoff.

  • andrew27994 on May 15, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks and Tal_Botvinnik ; Calling Watson a mediocre player shows what knowledge you have in the game. He is the most valuable all-rounder in T20s at least. Say what you want about him in Tests but no one can deny that he is a devastating player in this format. Even Mr Cricket ( M.Hussey) said it, and if he said it, then that proves that your comments are irrelevant. However, I agree about what you said about his attitude.

  • bijuphilip on May 15, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    batting order and playing eleven should be should be 1.rahane 2dravid 3sanju vsamson 4.watson--------------------can bowl 4 over 5binny------------------------4 over 6yagnik/ 7sachinbaby-----------------4 over 8hodge-----------------------2 over 9fulner---------------------4 over 10cooper-------------------4 over 11sresanth------------------4 over

  • hm007 on May 15, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    RR lost to poor batting and batting order in the end cost this. Lot of batsmen had an off day against a good mumbai attack. RR has done brilliantly in empowering young players but it cannot come at the cost of wins. Faulkner at 3 for the 2nd time was probably worth it assuming Dravid and Paddy knew something we don't but surely he did not deliver and this experiment should end here. Samson was nowhere at the start of the series but now a perm in the starting 11 and that is good enough in the name of empowerment. Having him ahead of watto against a strong bowling in a key match on a hard pitch is simply not done. If RR learns from this, Next match watto will either open or come one down. Maneria or someone should get a look in the batting order.

  • sweet2hrme on May 15, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    Yes sleding should be part of game. Pollard had döne nothing wrong. You can provoke any player but within limits. Sleding means mind games on the field. Sometimes it hurts but most times it works. Talking to Dravid incident yes he should not react like that saying few words to umpire straightway. Maxwell was given IBW he shown his anger to himself might be he was unlucky but never said anything to umpire. So sometimes decisions goes in your favour sometimes against. Its part of game.

  • gsingh7 on May 15, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    drop malinga as he is worst foreign bowler in mi squad. even johnson is bowling better than him.

  • PT03 on May 15, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    @Hariz: "MI teams n supporters really do not understand true spirit of game", look who is talking. You know who was the leader of Royals for first 3 season, Warne and he always uses sledging as a part of game (go and check YouTube, you will get many instances). So if you are a true Royals supporter and then you supported Warne during those days then don't behave like a hypocrite and please don't give your insights about how Mumbai and his fans should behave

  • on May 15, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    I think it could be a blessing in disguise for the Mumbai Indians, this innings of Tare. He looks like a good batsman, someone who can last until the 7-10 over mark. If Sachin comes back for the next game, I would love to see Mumbai try out Tare and Sachin for the opening partnership and remove Rayudu from the first XI. Rayudu has under performed and it's now high time he is axed, he's dropped important catches too! Had he held onto Brad Hodge's shot, the game could have been over long back. Remove Rayudu, keep Sachin and Tare at the top and retain Maxwell to improve the middle order and then I believe Mumbai will have a brilliant chance this year!

  • aviral2311 on May 15, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    Its Fair and 1 all for both the sides.. Watson started it by going after Maxwell or i shud rather say it was faulkner.. and then got it back from MI players.. So MI And RR both recieved and gave.. Thats it.. end of the topic.. Great Match played btwn them.. Hats OFF to Both the teams' players for putting up such a great fight.. waiting for this kinda show in near future..!!!

  • aktemp on May 15, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Watty has also proved time n time what he meant to team in all formats - be it in IPL, ODI or Test. Pollard should have shown this sledging when he bowls to "Watty". But poor Pollard does not have guts to bowl to Watty.

    Never mind!. Watty will give back his Medicine in "Play Offs"

  • on May 15, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    Baseball sucks,so u speak as if pollard scores every match..rr defeated mi by 92 runs in jaipur..and so wat shud've watto done..fight with pollard there?

  • on May 15, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    I think it would be fair to say that Sudhir Asnani cost RR the match. Had he not done such a blunder giving Dravid out, RR would have been on course. Dravid was looking in fine touch with that flick towards leg side. Moreover, Dravid on crease would have sealed one side. With Dravid gone, floodgates opened on both sides of the wicket.

  • Baseball-Sucks on May 15, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    @Tru_Cricket_Fan ; Dude, Malinga was expensive only in his 1st over. Its coz there was no urgency of maintaining RRR and he went for wickets. Did you see how set a fielder at deep fine leg n lured Watson to hook by sending shoulder-height bouncers. Watson got lucky to find top edge on both occasions. That's why Malinga was laughing. Then, did u see how bowled last 3 overs ? He simply saved the match. Thats why he is called "THE BEST".

  • on May 15, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    @ Harizs....Rahul Dravid is no doubt a great player.....but Sachin is also a great player....der is no point to make count their important contributions to their respective teams..be it ipl or for India. and for the team selection ...he is not to b blamed..Mi have good squad and they are selecting wt's based on the conditions...also RR have less star players...and only person to be blamed is RR owners.....nobody told to b so passive during auctions...and to b Fair....Watson is d biggest Sledger also Today , he and faulkner had their aggressive words...so all d MI players did was to return d favour back :).... Again Congrats Mumbai Indians for Bringing Best game to defeat RR....well done for keeping the fortress intact.....MI Rocks ......

  • KHAGESH_D on May 15, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    @harizs.please it was watson and faulkner who started the sledging. and if sledging brings shame on players and its a cheap trick, then faulkner went to the lowest level when he sledged an unapped player like tare in the first over.and what was the need for watto was just given a taste of his own medicine by pollard.and rayadu has won many a matches for MI, yes but he is definitely not someone who can keep his cool.and bhajji is way better a bowler any day for him to need to prove himself. and if rr is playing every member in the squad,MI is playing many uncapped players in every season,but never noticed.dhawal kulkarni is now getting noticed-after 5 seasons.

  • umakanth749 on May 15, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    MI won this bcoz of poor umpiring and no sachin

  • Baseball-Sucks on May 15, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    What a mediocre player Watson is. He needs a lot of luck to score some runs. It was so funny how Watson went to the umpire crying like a wimpy girl, to complain about Pollard. LOL He didn't have any problem with getting in Maxwell's face in the 1st innings. But when he got some of his own medicine from Pollard, he played that victim role. What a sore loser. These kinda players are bad for the game of Cricket itself.

  • on May 15, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    According to Mr Tal_Botvinnik, any bowling attack which doesn't have SL bowlers is mediocre :P And if u call Shane Watson mediocre...I don't know what you can call mathews and perera who are lucky to get an IPL contract in the first place. Shane Watson the the most valuable player in IPL.

  • on May 15, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    MI Finally Won....But from this game MI learn very good things, 1st they got very good opener who can open with sachin , maxwell will be deadly in the middle overs, Please through Rayudu out of the team he is not performing in this IPL

  • Tru_Cricket_Fan on May 15, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik: Malinga was expensive this match, he did play a clean game. I give him that. But MI are poor travelers, lets see how the Playoffs pan out. Some of their worst defeats came in away games (Delhi, Rajasthan and Hyderabad)

  • BRUTALANALYST on May 15, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Sledging has always been part of the game as long as it doesn't cross line or get physical I think it should be encouraged especially against guys like Watson who hands it out all the time to batsman but can't take it when the glove is on the opposite hand, today when he was out his face was priceless.

  • premclement on May 15, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Interesting how MI won most of their matches at "home" whereas Chennai won most of their matches "away". As the playoffs will be played in Delhi, looks like Chennai has the advantage over Mumbai during playoffs. As Dhoni mentioned yesterday, Chennai will be satisfied with 1st or 2nd positions in the table.

  • Tru_Cricket_Fan on May 15, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    Should be an interesting playsoffs. Neutral venue for all the teams. First Qualifier will be CSK vs MI, First Eliminator will be SRH vs RR. SRH and RR will end up on 20 points each. SRH is tough to beat and home and RR are poor travelers. My money is on CSK, they are big game players and their away record is much better than any of the teams. 5 victories in 7 away games. The slow and sluggish pitches of Kotla and Eden will help SRH the most.

  • Baseball-Sucks on May 15, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    SLINGA MALINGA...you beauty!!! Its fair to say that Maling won the match for MI. Well, that's why he is called "THE BEST". RR couldn't deal with the Malinga factor n they lost. :)

  • on May 15, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik : Dravid is still a gentleman whether you consider him one or not!!That was a horrible decision in a very crucial match and even the bowler wasnt interested in it!!There is no count on how many such incidents happening in IPL!! Watson maybe a mediocre player but Pollard is no better,we saw the other night how he struggled against genuine pace of Steyn which explains why MI sends him so late when pitch becomes virtually flat!!Watson had atleast scored tons of runs batting first in previous IPLs

  • Abitha on May 15, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Well played Mumbai. It is paining to see the decisions (wrong) going against the batsmen.My question is Rahul's dismissal. The ball was going over his head. Almost in all dismissals the Umpires refer for Foot fault, Height etc., before declaring the batsmen out (Imagine the agony of the batsman waiting in the lines) Why not here. Cricket is no more Gentlemen's game (at least in colored clothing). The mistake is with the fielder's also Once the ball beats the bat they shout "Oh", "Ouch" as if they are doing rehearsal for an Ad, claiming a catch thus putting more pressure on the Umpires. I am strongly advocating the DRS for IPL matches. The bad decisions takes the sheen of Cricket. Kashinath

  • on May 15, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    i think you guys didn't see how Watson was sledging when he was bowling...that's what reciprocated when he came on to bat. Just don't tell one side of the story alone

  • on May 15, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    Mumbai Indians seem hell bent on carrying on KKR's dirty work into the playoffs,almost everyone except sachin/malinga/johnson have a thing or two for wild antics and utterly disdainful acts!!You have Dinesh karthik taking catch on the bounce and appealing the other night,ppl like pollard sledging for no reason,Bhajjis antics needs no introduction. Rohits calm demeanor is the most hyped thing right now for he is neither calm nor honest and stop projecting him as the next captain for let him prove his worth outside of ipl at least on indian pitches let alone foreign ones.I would rather have kohli or gambhir as the next captain even though they are hot heads they atleast excel in some format !!

  • on May 15, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    Hello Dravid, you completly forgotton one man who is the capatain of the Rajasthan Ranji team who played some critical innings in the last IPL ? He is Ashok Meneria, you can ask Sanju to keep wicket and include Meneria in rhe eleven or you can include Sachin Baby be is also a left hander, RR need one or two left handers in the top 6

  • on May 15, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    @vijay2pvk: As a player u need to learn how to face "sledging". Thats part of a complete player. I dont see anything wrong with pollard who used a legal tool to get Watson into a false pit!

  • vxttemp on May 15, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    @vijay2pvk: You also don't worry dude. Even if MI loses finals/knockout, we will be with MI as long as Sachin plays.

  • SachBro on May 15, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik That "mediocre" Watson is so much better than many so-called all rounders of T20 in IPL (Pollard and Kallis for example). Go and check who had the maximum impact on games in all IPLs combined, it's definitely not Gayle, it's Watson. I'll have Watson in my team any day over any other player in IPL. And if you don't see that, you're just a blind fanboy, hence irrelevant.

  • I_Love_My_India on May 15, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    I wish Sanju Samson keeps the wicket and Sachin (Baby) comes in place of Yagnik. I have not seen this Yagnik good with the bat. One of the matches I saw was this where he made the difference at the end. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/626425.html

  • ddr3 on May 15, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    It was HALL GOL today i guess lol :P anyways MI has been the best team by far this season! and BRAD HOGG was really lucky today..scored almost all the runs riding on luck by edging and by sloppy feilding by feilders and got dropped too!

  • Tal_Botvinnik on May 15, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    Wonder where are the big Maha cricket pundits criticizing Malinga? Malinga the bowler who never sledges or sledged. he is a bowler with a plan and a smile.

    Dravid a great gentleman ?. Must have learnt how to sledge from Watson.

  • CSreekumar on May 15, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    Tare certainly played much better innings than Sachin and MI were 100+ in 12 overs when he is out. Please mix-up poor death batting display to his innings. FYI I am supporting Sachin and MI....

  • Abitha on May 15, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    In my sixty years of life I have seen bowlers getting wickets. This is the first time I am seeing UMPIRES GETTING WICKETS. Hope this trend stops here . I pity the poor batsmen. The recent HISTORY being Gayle,Gilchrist and now Rahul Dravid. Hope BCCI will put a fullstop to this by introducing DRS atleast in IPL. Kashinath

  • cricanalyst05 on May 15, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    and someone playing fantasy league tell me how is Ankeet chavan comes to be a proper batsmen?? Matches -13, Runs-12, Wickets-8... Batsmen?

  • cricanalyst05 on May 15, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    For me please give sanju the gloves and someone else in place of Yagnik..He is just over active in the field and doesnt contribute anything with the bat.. why is there two keepers playing in same 11.. please give some proper batsmen Yagniks spot if RR has to get to that Final..

  • Provost on May 15, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    RR had the same issue with CSK also in their home ground and it clicked for Watson.....it is not going to happen every time.... RR is cooked

  • Tal_Botvinnik on May 15, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    What a mediocre player is this Shane Watson, no guts to come out and play vs Johnson and Malinga (he may have hit 2 sixers but mind you one was a top edge) against the seaming ball. Even Dravid knows that and that's why he sends lesser known Samson,Faulkner before him. His big innings comes against teams with mediocre attacks like RCB or CSK or KXIP or usually opens on a flat track.

  • vijay2pvk on May 15, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Wow..MI likes to win this match by any cost. Pollard sledging with Watson who is in hot form. Is this a sportsmanship? Watson not even faced a single ball n pollard wants to sledge n give tension to watson.Shame on pollard. Don't worry pollard, MI will lose a crucial knockout stage match becoz of u. For every action there is a opposite reaction which u will face it soon.

  • Trakkan on May 15, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    @ramesh_rocks, Great interpretation, are you also going to say Pollard was run out without scoring much bcoz Sachin did not play? Don't understand why cant people just appreciate good work of an uncapped player? Looks like MI fans will be the last one to appreciate any good work of player who replaced Sachin

  • moscowman on May 15, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    I DO NOT KNOW WhY 3RD UMPIRE,4Th UMPIRE AND MATCH REEREE EXIST. As of now they are just overheads,with no responsibility. This IPL we saw a few umpires overeager to favour some teams. And wrong decisions giver turning the match on its head. A telling example was Rahul being declared caught beind without the ball touching the bat. What is the role of the above said officials? Just enjoying life. Technology when used is to be used fully. The three officials,at least the referee should intervene and take control.Or the DRS should be made mandatory,not to be let to the boards. I am disgusted,especially on certain umpires who raise their hands with alacrity supporting certain teams glaringly..

  • cricanalyst05 on May 15, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    Yes Dravidmight lose his temper there..but this happens when you are given out even when the bowler doesnt even appeal like the one happened out there.. and i think Dravid said tht there..

  • cricanalyst05 on May 15, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    and about umpiring this is what it seems like.. umpires always favor stronger team when giving decisions.. but today it seems asnani thought dravid was going to walk back and he rose the finger.. I have seen this before too.. Umpire just giving decisions taking body language of players.. Boy this is harsh.. and very poor umpiring particularly from Indian umpires

  • cricanalyst05 on May 15, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Seems like sanju samson is going too hard on ball when he gets in within the power play overs.. Looks looks he should bat a bit lower down the order.. I always felt he is good at no 5 or 6..

  • srinideva on May 15, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    MI and their fans are same in one-way or another...win it any cost.. Fair play- what it means????!!! Pollard joins the sledge party..wondering can Watson do it in 2 in 2...

  • Trakkan on May 15, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    Dravid reaction shows IPL is very important for him. In his ODI international career very rarely he showed his aggression. Never dived and rarely attempted to score 6s. Same for Kumble. Sachin used to always play aggressive innings and sadly he is playing T20 at end of his career. While Dravid was a great batsman his attitude is very questionable.

  • srinideva on May 15, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    @Praveen Kumar, you would have think the same way for India when he is in team india...Wake up man..BTW, i don`t care about the MI, whether they play sachin or not but for India, he is not perfect at the moment..

  • ramesh_rocks on May 15, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    @CSreekumar look how much MI scored when Sachin played and how much now :P

  • on May 15, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    even if they fail or a hit pair doesnt matter even a batsmen score 100 in 17 ball. We need sachin to play in the match. We fell much happy even our god scores 1 run in the groud. Love u sachin.........We dont want to miss u as long as we can

  • CSreekumar on May 15, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    60/1 from 7 overs. hmmm.... Much better than Sachin and Dwayne.... Swap Tare with Sachin and see how it goes....

  • on May 15, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    Sachin and Dwayne dropped and look at the start. Please don't play those two again.

  • KM01 on May 15, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    Really cric_vk? Looks like Maxwell scored 23 of 17 balls more than almost all tenDULLkar (the old man)'s inings this IPL! Why don't you actually DO the analysis!

  • ladycricfan on May 15, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    There are so many colours in the world. There are so many different shades of blue in the world. Why two teams out of Nine have identical colour outfits?

  • ddr3 on May 15, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    lol haters said drop SACHIN and DWAYNE MI will have better start? Just see what happened?

    Conclusion: SACHIN and DWAYNE are the BEST openers for MI...so stop making your own analysis!!

  • ddr3 on May 15, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    lol haters said drop SACHIN and DWAYNE MI will have better start? Just see what happened?

    Conclusion: SACHIN and DWAYNE are the BEST openers for MI...so stop making your own analysis!!

  • ladycricfan on May 15, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    There are so many colours in the world. There are so many different shades of blue in the world. Why two teams out of Nine have identical colour outfits?

  • KM01 on May 15, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    Really cric_vk? Looks like Maxwell scored 23 of 17 balls more than almost all tenDULLkar (the old man)'s inings this IPL! Why don't you actually DO the analysis!

  • on May 15, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    Sachin and Dwayne dropped and look at the start. Please don't play those two again.

  • CSreekumar on May 15, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    60/1 from 7 overs. hmmm.... Much better than Sachin and Dwayne.... Swap Tare with Sachin and see how it goes....

  • on May 15, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    even if they fail or a hit pair doesnt matter even a batsmen score 100 in 17 ball. We need sachin to play in the match. We fell much happy even our god scores 1 run in the groud. Love u sachin.........We dont want to miss u as long as we can

  • ramesh_rocks on May 15, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    @CSreekumar look how much MI scored when Sachin played and how much now :P

  • srinideva on May 15, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    @Praveen Kumar, you would have think the same way for India when he is in team india...Wake up man..BTW, i don`t care about the MI, whether they play sachin or not but for India, he is not perfect at the moment..

  • Trakkan on May 15, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    Dravid reaction shows IPL is very important for him. In his ODI international career very rarely he showed his aggression. Never dived and rarely attempted to score 6s. Same for Kumble. Sachin used to always play aggressive innings and sadly he is playing T20 at end of his career. While Dravid was a great batsman his attitude is very questionable.

  • srinideva on May 15, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    MI and their fans are same in one-way or another...win it any cost.. Fair play- what it means????!!! Pollard joins the sledge party..wondering can Watson do it in 2 in 2...