Mumbai v Rajasthan, IPL, 2nd qualifier, Kolkata May 24, 2013

Mumbai in final after tense finish

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Mumbai Indians 169 for 6 (Smith 62) beat Rajasthan Royals 165 for 6 (Dravid 43, Harbhajan 3-23) by 4 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Half-volleys hit straight to hand. A fielder found perfectly with a long hop. Crazy wide balls. A dropped catch to finally lose the match. Another night in the life of IPL. After which Mumbai Indians made it to the finals. Chennai Super Kings have already made it to the final. Chasing 166, which was thanks to Lasith Malinga's profligate last over, Mumbai were on their way with Dwayne Smith and Aditya Tare strolling through, but a spate of poor shots made for some late drama.

Mumbai were 70 for 0 after nine overs when Tare played a chip straight down long-on's throat. It was not an attempt at hitting a six. It was not an attempt to keep the ball along the ground. Nor was it a mis-hit. He was caught comfortably at long-on. While Smith continued to bat solidly, Dinesh Karthik cut a short and wide delivery straight to point. Mumbai were now 125 for 2 at the start of the 15th over, and Rohit Shamra was soon to make it 128 for 3 with a slog down the wrong line.

In the 17th over, Smith timed a half-volley a bit too well and found deep midwicket to fall for 62 off 44. In the next over, the 18th, Pollard did the same, and this walk had now become treacherous. Ambati Rayudu was the last of the recognised batsmen, and he responded with a six to cow corner to make it 16 off 10 balls. Two balls later, keeping with the spirit of the match, Rayudu mis-hit a full toss, Brad Hodge ran in from deep square leg, got under it, but dropped it.

In the last over, Shane Watson, who had had an ordinary time with the ball thus far, produced a moment of inspiration, an accurate legcutter to knock back Rayudu's off stump. With six required off four balls, and two new batsmen at the wicket, it was game on again. Rishi Dhawan, the young Himachal Pradesh allrounder, produced the other moment of inspiration, ramping a length ball over short fine leg. Game over.

Dhawan was one of the inspirational men for Mumbai with the ball. Brought in to replace Munaf Patel, who was ordinary when replacing the injured Dhawal Kulkarni, bowled ahead of Malinga, and kept it quiet. Harbhajan Singh came on and broke the sizeable but slowish opening stand when he bowled Ajinkya Rahane behind his legs. Harbhajan found a way to stay in the match. Of the six wickets that fell, he either took or caught five.

The biggest of those wickets was Watson, who top-edged him to square leg. Royals kept losing wickets until Dishant Yagnik gave them a total to defend with an innovative 31 off 17. Unsettled by that, Malinga bowled two sets of big wides and conceded 18 runs in the last over. That wasn't to be the last bit of ordinary cricket on the night.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | May 24, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    Dwayne Smith has been my favorite opener to watch in this yr's IPL it's a shame he wasn't given the place at the start of the season because if he had I'm sure he'd be up around Hussey an Gayle's run totals. I'm sure he'll get bid for good amount of money next auction though ! Pure Calculated Power.

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Personally I feel Rayudu's presence brings lot of energy in to the MI's game.No doubt he is not very effective with the bat this season.But then he is not getting much of an opportunities at present slot offered to him.People should not forget the immence talent he has got.I hope Rayudu will contribute to the success of MI in the final.

  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | May 25, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Smith should of been MOM.The only batsman to make half century in the match.Without that they might of lost the match,dispite what Harbajan did.

  • POSTED BY sunnirman on | May 25, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Pollard needs to be cautious when playing shots down the leg side. It has been 2 games in a row that he was caight playing down leg side. Dhoni knows it and he will set the trap. If Pollard recognises that then it will be game, set and Match Mumbai.

  • POSTED BY alarky on | May 25, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Congratulations Mumbai Indians for picking your best team and WINNING! I want to particularly congratulate Harbhijan Singh for his Man of the Match performance. I don't mind it being given to him this time, seeing that he was robbed of it not very long ago. However, I would not have quarreled if it were given to Dwayne Smith for his brilliant innings! Could you see SRT batting and top scoring in the innings, for a match of that magnitude and not given the MOM award? Even if the innings was four times worst than that, once his team WON, he would have been MOM. And if his team had lost, once he played the best innings of the match, he would have been considered for MOM. I'm just showing how extremely easily things have been made for this man throughout his career!

  • POSTED BY mar2000 on | May 25, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    Sachin ,if fit must be in the final eleven in order to beef up the batting . Posting a 190 or 200 is a must if you what to stand a chance against CSK. MI will have to be on top of their game to pull off this one . I look forward to a "good surface" and a great match .

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    @Dipanshu Mathur Go check the records first MI was the runner up in IPL 2010 did reach the semi-finals in the last two editions of IPL. Stop over sympathizing with RR. I am trying to say is that RR played with all their might, they had their share of luck in the from of overthrows, dropped chances and awful wides. MI is a very strong team and I am always in support of MI(my favorite). MI has been playing really wonderful cricket since IPL 2010 and hope they lift the cup this time around.

  • POSTED BY Phantom96 on | May 25, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    For sachin to come and play in the IPL final as his first game back after injury is a huge ask, but i still think it would be the right call, he should come in place of rayudu. To all those who will say that rayudu got mumbai to the brink yesterday that is not relevent, he has been woeful all season and has been given too many chances. sachin never have thrown his wicket away in that chase, he would have seen it to the end. If sachin does play, which he should, it will be intersting to see where he slots in. Tare and dwayne have been prolific opening and doubt the MI thinktank would mess around with the order, eventhough i would have him opening and tare in at 3. I dont think tendulkar will play, which is such a shame, he was finding his rhythem just before he got injured and was looking good. MI shall win IPL 2013, so hope sachin plays, and brings the cup to deserving MUMBAI

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    MI won! what an edge of a seat thriller,though some may asign it 2 mediocrity. nonetheless,2 best teams meet in the final & hope it 2 b a high scoring fiasco befiitting d top billing of MI & csk. it should b one heck of a game & all roads will lead 2 eden gardens. Lastly on a more critical note, with RR's loss, v will b spared of dravid's rag-riches speeches.Allthrough d tournament, they kept bluffing 2 b underdogs with no star-power[d facts prove otherwise] & gaining free epsionages, but that has finally deservedly ended. dravid c u in clt20 if u would play, though i seriously doubt !

  • POSTED BY sawnoff on | May 25, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    i agree with dork29 as it looked like both teams were desperately trying to lose. the events that unfolded on the day of this match, how the fans would respond. but praise to players, the positives of the match, Dywne's matured innings, Baggi's crucial wickets, yagnik's late onslaught, coopers' bowling, the intense last ball finish tare's responsible innings, Sandeep1978 you are right in-drawing the comparison for the past 47 days, 75 matches this has been the statement throughout and people seen to think that MI have reached was only a fluke, every team had equal opportunity, but not only 4 made to the playoff by their own effort and not by failure of somebody like last year (you know what i mean).

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | May 24, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    Dwayne Smith has been my favorite opener to watch in this yr's IPL it's a shame he wasn't given the place at the start of the season because if he had I'm sure he'd be up around Hussey an Gayle's run totals. I'm sure he'll get bid for good amount of money next auction though ! Pure Calculated Power.

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Personally I feel Rayudu's presence brings lot of energy in to the MI's game.No doubt he is not very effective with the bat this season.But then he is not getting much of an opportunities at present slot offered to him.People should not forget the immence talent he has got.I hope Rayudu will contribute to the success of MI in the final.

  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | May 25, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Smith should of been MOM.The only batsman to make half century in the match.Without that they might of lost the match,dispite what Harbajan did.

  • POSTED BY sunnirman on | May 25, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Pollard needs to be cautious when playing shots down the leg side. It has been 2 games in a row that he was caight playing down leg side. Dhoni knows it and he will set the trap. If Pollard recognises that then it will be game, set and Match Mumbai.

  • POSTED BY alarky on | May 25, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Congratulations Mumbai Indians for picking your best team and WINNING! I want to particularly congratulate Harbhijan Singh for his Man of the Match performance. I don't mind it being given to him this time, seeing that he was robbed of it not very long ago. However, I would not have quarreled if it were given to Dwayne Smith for his brilliant innings! Could you see SRT batting and top scoring in the innings, for a match of that magnitude and not given the MOM award? Even if the innings was four times worst than that, once his team WON, he would have been MOM. And if his team had lost, once he played the best innings of the match, he would have been considered for MOM. I'm just showing how extremely easily things have been made for this man throughout his career!

  • POSTED BY mar2000 on | May 25, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    Sachin ,if fit must be in the final eleven in order to beef up the batting . Posting a 190 or 200 is a must if you what to stand a chance against CSK. MI will have to be on top of their game to pull off this one . I look forward to a "good surface" and a great match .

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    @Dipanshu Mathur Go check the records first MI was the runner up in IPL 2010 did reach the semi-finals in the last two editions of IPL. Stop over sympathizing with RR. I am trying to say is that RR played with all their might, they had their share of luck in the from of overthrows, dropped chances and awful wides. MI is a very strong team and I am always in support of MI(my favorite). MI has been playing really wonderful cricket since IPL 2010 and hope they lift the cup this time around.

  • POSTED BY Phantom96 on | May 25, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    For sachin to come and play in the IPL final as his first game back after injury is a huge ask, but i still think it would be the right call, he should come in place of rayudu. To all those who will say that rayudu got mumbai to the brink yesterday that is not relevent, he has been woeful all season and has been given too many chances. sachin never have thrown his wicket away in that chase, he would have seen it to the end. If sachin does play, which he should, it will be intersting to see where he slots in. Tare and dwayne have been prolific opening and doubt the MI thinktank would mess around with the order, eventhough i would have him opening and tare in at 3. I dont think tendulkar will play, which is such a shame, he was finding his rhythem just before he got injured and was looking good. MI shall win IPL 2013, so hope sachin plays, and brings the cup to deserving MUMBAI

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    MI won! what an edge of a seat thriller,though some may asign it 2 mediocrity. nonetheless,2 best teams meet in the final & hope it 2 b a high scoring fiasco befiitting d top billing of MI & csk. it should b one heck of a game & all roads will lead 2 eden gardens. Lastly on a more critical note, with RR's loss, v will b spared of dravid's rag-riches speeches.Allthrough d tournament, they kept bluffing 2 b underdogs with no star-power[d facts prove otherwise] & gaining free epsionages, but that has finally deservedly ended. dravid c u in clt20 if u would play, though i seriously doubt !

  • POSTED BY sawnoff on | May 25, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    i agree with dork29 as it looked like both teams were desperately trying to lose. the events that unfolded on the day of this match, how the fans would respond. but praise to players, the positives of the match, Dywne's matured innings, Baggi's crucial wickets, yagnik's late onslaught, coopers' bowling, the intense last ball finish tare's responsible innings, Sandeep1978 you are right in-drawing the comparison for the past 47 days, 75 matches this has been the statement throughout and people seen to think that MI have reached was only a fluke, every team had equal opportunity, but not only 4 made to the playoff by their own effort and not by failure of somebody like last year (you know what i mean).

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    @saurab kumar MI is very strong team then RR we have better record then and yesterday MI prooved this again ,,overthrow is bt watson is caused 5 runs only we can say because of luck rr got that 5 extra run my malig RR IS poor team by luck they reached in playoff otherwise in last 4 ipl they are not able to reached in playoff

  • POSTED BY PT03 on | May 25, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    @sachin_is_awesome, mandar11: This is all media hype, mumbai were better side but still no praise for them. How on earth a team with watson, hodge, faulkner, dravid, rahane be underdogs. They should check the big bash record to understand the role played by hodge and faulkner,about Watson everybody knows,he is MVP player in this IPL but still they are underdogs. Dravid is a legend but all the media coverage around royals was like a soap opera. Anyways now its mumbai vs csk, two teams that deserved to be in final,period.

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    RR lost the match just because of poor fielding, If the fielding would have been ordinary also, RR would have been won the match by at least 15 runs. Forget about exceptional fielding. Hodge dropped the crucial catch. costing at least 6 extra runs & a wicket at that period also Dravid failed to guide Cooper as Indian batsmen are very good hitter of length balls at the depth overs and Ambati Rayudu is a good batsman.

  • POSTED BY MAYURESHmagic on | May 25, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    Sachin if fit then he must replace Rishi Dhavan and Dwayne Smith can bowl 3 overs of Rishi Dhavan addition mumbai get extra batsman to post or chase big total.

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Is tendulkar in the Final???

  • POSTED BY saurabhkumar888 on | May 25, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    People just gimme a break. I am really tired of you all saying that MI won because of luck. RR were poor in the field. There were overthrows, simple catching chances let down(Hodge). Malinga bowled some awful wides ....well you don't count them as luck favoring you. Stop being biased. I feel for SRH they were a team with limited resources not RR by any means. RR has Dravid, Rahane, Watson(MVP), Hodge(most experienced T20 player), Faukner(leading wicket taker), Cooper(awesome death bowler) ....you name it you got it. Still i don't know how you can call yourself a team with limited resources. Just accept that you lost because of your own mistakes and stop blaming luck.

  • POSTED BY indopak11 on | May 25, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    RR have shown that dedication n love for the game can make u reach far ahead then others

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    @vishal_07 ...even I'm not up for people treating players as gods and c'mon even dravid agrees that the 2007 WC is the worst moment of his career and it is . Makes people forget every other achievement of his . I agree dravid may not be the best captain india has ever produced but he certainly wasn't a lame duck and as far as t20 is concerned most of us wouldn't have even thought that dravid today would be in the top 10 leading run getters in overall ipl editions , that too by hitting genuine cover drives and leg side flicks.

  • POSTED BY sandeep1978 on | May 25, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    Let us examine this 'Bunch of Superstars' team MI - only 1 of them (rohit sharma) currently plays for the national t20 team.Dwayne smith is not a 1st choice player in the WI team.Of the rest only Malinga and Pollard are regulars in their international teams.Pollard has yet to fire on the international level consistently. SRT and ponting are nowhere near their prime. Tare and Dhawan and rayadu r ranji players.Bhajji and Ojha currently dont feature in their t20 plans. So how r they superstars and the RR team underdogs? RD fanboys make it seem as if he led a team of unskilled labourers and farmers in the IPL.Get some perspective,guys. Most teams have equal talent. Excessive money is spent on players sitting on the bench, which only comes in handy in case of injuries. If Watson had suffered a injury, then RR would have had a problem.Otherwise,the teams r more or less equal.

  • POSTED BY dork29 on | May 25, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    This match has to be seen in the backdrop of the events of the last few weeks, The three extra boundaries conceded by RR through ridiculous fielding lapses by some of the best firelders, Malinga's wides, Hodge's dropping of a catch after doing everything right, Faulkner's bowling,the way MI batters batted and Malinga's last over, Dravid's poor captaincy ( Cooper being bought on only after openers were set, persisting with Vikramjeet even after he was visibly tired), ......all are telling a story which no cricket lover would want to hear. One got the feeling both teams were desperately trying to lose.

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | May 25, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Feel sorry for RR. Bad fielding , poor catching cost them the match. Smith and tare batted well. Rohit let the pressure get to him. Anyway well done MI for reaching the finals. CSK v MI . Two best teams in the league phase are in the finals. Mouth watering prospect. Whoever plays better on the day will win the trophy. Hope it will be CSK. All the best to both teams.

  • POSTED BY sachinisawesome on | May 25, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    I am tired of listening to MI won coz they had luck, It was a fluke. No Appreciation for Rohit for leading the team to the finals. He is a young leader and if he would have had malinga of last year then mumbai indians would be invincible. And as for the dropped catch and misfeilding it was HUMAN ERROR as were the wides bowled by malinga. Nobody is calling that luck for RR. I love Dravid but all I read these days is they had no spinners and limited resources. This was the team they Chose during Auction. As for the no spinners part I believe they had Hogg, Tambe, Harmeet and one more. Still they went with all pace attack. Can we just say that better team won. And if you ask me SRH were a team wid limited resources but they didn't get as much appreciation as RR. BE REALISTIC GUYS. Plz publish.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | May 25, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    Winning the cup doesn't matter, winning fans and hearts is what matters. RR and RD have done that...now let the tainted people win it, who cares. At the end cricket won, not the manipulators.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | May 25, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    You won hearts RD and RR. That's what fans want, and we got it from you. All the best for future and i hope only all the good things from now on happen to you, because you didn't deserve that last week.

  • POSTED BY Harshmeswanirafanadal on | May 25, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    Catches win matches brad hodge compensated for his amazing 54 in eliminator by dropping rayudu and the match. Great fightback by rr after getting Dwayned. If the middle order of rr was a little better then 180 woudve been enough.

    MI almost messed up Dwayne smiths efforts again.MI fan but gotta say win was a fluke. Oppositions fielding was only reason we won, nothing else. We will have to step our game up higher than ever to beat Chennai. Good luck Heart says MI but mind thinks CSK!!!

  • POSTED BY Tash7 on | May 25, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    Well, that was a most predictable result...although it has to be said, Mumbai almost embarrassed themselves horribly again. Really, I'll never know how perhaps the best side in the IPL struggles so constantly. That being said, I really really feel for Dravid and RR...because when COMPARED to the rest of the teams this season, they really were"the underdogs". An ace test batsman(Dravid), an overrated allrounder(Watson) and perhaps the oldest man in T20 cricket(Hodge), NO SPINNERS and they proved with the spirited youngsters in RR that teamwork and proper mentoring almost always trump star-studded line-ups (Yes Mumbai that's you). Mumbai won- that was inevitable- again star-studded arrogance, and possibly the luckiest team this season...again. Regardless, kudos to you Dravid and RR! You rocked and gave me brief hope that sometimes spirit and effort triumphs arrogance and luck!

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    While every ball and runs scored are accurately documented, it might be prudent and interesting to document the "WIDEST" of "WIDES", as witnessed during the MI & RR match.

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | May 25, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    Well, the fairytale run has finally come to an end, hard to digest the fact that it was those fielding lapses that cost them the game in the end!! Anyway well played RR, had a great campaign!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    Rohit repeating the same mistake he did Vs chennai in th eprevious match eats away a lots of balls being to cautious and gets out with out any impact and pollard always wants to go in air aiming for only sixes when he is just needed to stay there and MIs final results depends on these guys taking responsibility and doing their best not only just going for sixes every ball they face

  • POSTED BY Vishal_07 on | May 25, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    @Ayush Antony, under Dravid's captaincy India also had a miserable WC 2007. If you are counting successes then you need to count failures as well. His personal form had suffered as well when he was the captain.

    Tired of people worshiping the stars. I am a big SRT fan but doesn't mean that you equate him to God and of course now people are overcompensating by piling on dismissive remarks which is equally stupid.

    While Dravid has played well in this edition of IPL, T20 was never his forte and that is not what defines Dravid, the cricketer. If you go by just this season then basically what you are saying is that Dravid took 6 seasons to be comfortable in T20 setting, and was dropped by his first team RCB. That is not exactly a stellar record!

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    What an amazing Match of Cricket that was. Pleasure for being the part of the match. I think Smith's Inning was the Highlight and the stand out performance of the Match. Great leadership shown by Dravid. It was very difficult for the captain to forget the last 7 days and reform the whole unit once again. Dravid, you are a great ambassador of cricket. Great Fighting spirit shown by the team. How emotional when Cooper cried after being ruled out of the tournament. A foreigner Player with lots of emotions and respect for the Game and for the Team. You are a true Champ RR. Hats off…. Surely gonna mis u in the finals.

  • POSTED BY amarnath79 on | May 25, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    Harbhajan at his agressive best is still the best Indian bowler in limited overs.

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2013, 0:10 GMT

    @mandar11....Rahul dravid as captain for india 1)Indian team broke the record for most consecutive victories batting second in One-Day International 2)led India to a historic Test series win, against the West Indies in their home soil in 2006 after 25 years 3) was the first captain to lead India to a Test match victory against South Africa on South African soil 4) won a test series in England after some 21 odd years which now seems an impossible task ..lame duck definitely...srsly..Tired of people ignoring dravids contribution to Indian cricket. It's time people respect the fact that Rahul dravid has given his heart out for tricolour as much as any other indian cricketer and perhaps more.

  • POSTED BY Swingit on | May 24, 2013, 22:20 GMT

    @Brutalanalyst I echo your queries for Smith, to me should be a shoe in for the Windies ODI side. However he will be in England on a county stint so I guess if any injuries (real or imagined) he can be drafted into the side. He was Mumbai's smartest investment this season and they will need him to fire again if they are to even challenge CSK in the finals.

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    I watched Rohit Sharma on DC & he always had the talent but he never came through in a lot of matches. Only highlight I remember is in 2009 when he scored 20 off last over vs kkr, other than that nothing memorable. Even in odis he has not done well, its frustrating to see him struggle. I hope he plays well in final, he has the talent but just needs to show intent when batting. Needs to look at virat kohlis innings in last game vs csk, complete demolition job in order to keep his team in the hunt. Needs to do the same, otherwise one of the biggest chokers in indian cricket. Even in 2009 ipl final he played enough balls to settle in but didnt carry on. Needs to do the same now, play few balls and then start getting singles. No need to slow innings down. Glad to see dwayne smith doing well too, he only got few chances on chargers as team was filled with aussies like gilly/symonds/harris taking up spots most games. Hope he carries on good form next game also :)

  • POSTED BY mandar11 on | May 24, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    Thank god MIs have won and put an end this tale of how great RR are with "no stars" and how they deserve to lift the trophy. First of all why do people think RR have no stars..Dravid(top Indian Batsman), Watson(prolific aussie all rounder), Hodge(highest runs in T20), Tait, Rahane are these not Stars? Secondly Dravid's captaincy has been blown out of proportion by his fans. I like Dravid too but to say that he is a great captain and he is solely behind RR's success is little ridiculous. The same Dravid was a lame duck when he captained India even though he had better players in his team. It was the players who played well from time to time and got the success. What was RR strength was also their weakness..they had lot of these utility players who can bat as well bowl but they lacked one or two genuine good bowlers especially spinners..in the end that cost them the match. Well played RR but two best teams of the tournament are in the final so may the best one on that day win now.

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    @coldcoffee123 ..batsman can bat from behind the stumps after ball delivered..even bowler can overstep after he deliver the ball... so no surprise for me

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | May 24, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    Dwayne Smith has been Mumbai's Million dollar man this season every time it counts since his firs 2 games he was asked to open after Pondulkars poor start he has delivered ! I always knew he would if he was given the backing top class talent no idea why he isn't in W.I side.

  • POSTED BY rishabh_unplugged on | May 24, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    Rohit Sharma's innings was a disaster. He almost knocked Mumbai out with his not-so-clever 2 off 8 balls after coming in to bat in the 15th over. Lucky break for MI now they will go on and get the much deserved title.

  • POSTED BY thisisashish on | May 24, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    @Tom1m is Smith an Indian player?

  • POSTED BY Narabavi on | May 24, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    MI vs RR final still a possibility?

  • POSTED BY Tom1m on | May 24, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    Its worth observing here that in a crunch match it was the Indian players who came good. The overseas players, notably, Watson, Pollard, Johnson and Hodge could not influence the game. Anyways, I hope to see Dravid back next year and all the best to CSK in the final.

  • POSTED BY push_10dolkar on | May 24, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    Congratulations to Dravid for a superb season! Well done MI... finish it off now. This could probably be the last IPL season with all the controversy surrounding it. Get home the cup!

  • POSTED BY ddr3 on | May 24, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    MI almost made a mess of the run-chase once again after DWAYNE's dismissal!

    Apart from the 14 extra runs given by MI the poor shots by Pollard and Raydu almost costed the match for MI!

    With 41 needed of 24 balls and 8 wkts in hand..MI still managed to lose its way..RR might have lost after stretching it to the last over but CSK won't i guess!

    Hoping for a much better performance from MI in Finals!

  • POSTED BY Snambidi on | May 24, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    Despite playing himself very well& using bowlers wisely,it is I'll luck for Rahul Dravid

    who deserved a comprehensive Victory.

    Rahul Dravid is still the best & neat Batsman among seniors to day.

    I wish Dravid every success in future

  • POSTED BY ddr3 on | May 24, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    @Harmony111, lol you have even declared that it shall be a CSK vs RR final?

    But the match is saying something else...it shall be a CSK vs MI final :P

  • POSTED BY Ross_the_Boss on | May 24, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    Looks like MI will win this in a canter with plenty to spare. So it will be CSK Vs MI in the finals..surely the best two teams. Looking at MI's match-winning batsmen - Smith, Karthik, R Sharma and Pollard...i feel they will lift the Cup for the first time...Sachin's farewell gift?!

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | May 24, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Although I am a MI supporter I am rooting for RR equally. From a neutral PoV, it seems unlikely that MI will win this match now that RR have scored 165. Someone from MI will have to play a superb knock to win it else RR should win this by around 15-20 runs.

    I think we might have seen the last time Sachin played in IPL. Next year he would be one year older and in all probability would have retired from Tests too. Sachin might play a farewell match vs some low IPL team next year but in a professional setup that is unlikely. Too bad. But the same holds for Dravid too, we might not see him next year in gear. So one of these two legends is playing his last match in IPL. That sounds depressing.

    IPL1's final was CSK vs RR & RR won. This time too it seems it would be CSK vs RR. Things are coming full circle for IPL. Given the huge controversy around it, is this full circle saying something to us? Will there be no IPL in 2014? I have a feeling IPL is in HUGE trouble at the moment.

  • POSTED BY coldcoffee123 on | May 24, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    Yagnik flicking from behind the stumps: Is it allowed? I do not think it should be allowed. If a bowler is penalized for overstepping, why is a batsman allowed to bat from behind the stumps giving him extra room and time to handle the ball?

  • POSTED BY Ross_the_Boss on | May 24, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    The momentum is with RR thanks to the onslaught by Yagnik. I feel Watson and Copper will be the key bowlers on this wicket. RR needs to send back Smith and Karthik fast though Rohit Dharma is due for a big one.

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    dravid has been playing well throughout his ipl. it doesnt seem that age has caught up with him THAT MUCH as it has with some other players that age.

  • POSTED BY ddr3 on | May 24, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    lol nice to see Dravid showing desperation in this year's IPL..from throwing in dives while taking run to getting into spats with umpires and opponents!

  • POSTED BY ddr3 on | May 24, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    Sachin should have played...he is fit as we could see he was bowling prior to the match!

    I guess he is just giving chance to Tare..though i don't think so Sachin will play IPL next year so its disappointing not to see him play!

  • POSTED BY ddr3 on | May 24, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    Sachin should have played...he is fit as we could see he was bowling prior to the match!

    I guess he is just giving chance to Tare..though i don't think so Sachin will play IPL next year so its disappointing not to see him play!

  • POSTED BY ddr3 on | May 24, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    lol nice to see Dravid showing desperation in this year's IPL..from throwing in dives while taking run to getting into spats with umpires and opponents!

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    dravid has been playing well throughout his ipl. it doesnt seem that age has caught up with him THAT MUCH as it has with some other players that age.

  • POSTED BY Ross_the_Boss on | May 24, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    The momentum is with RR thanks to the onslaught by Yagnik. I feel Watson and Copper will be the key bowlers on this wicket. RR needs to send back Smith and Karthik fast though Rohit Dharma is due for a big one.

  • POSTED BY coldcoffee123 on | May 24, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    Yagnik flicking from behind the stumps: Is it allowed? I do not think it should be allowed. If a bowler is penalized for overstepping, why is a batsman allowed to bat from behind the stumps giving him extra room and time to handle the ball?

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | May 24, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Although I am a MI supporter I am rooting for RR equally. From a neutral PoV, it seems unlikely that MI will win this match now that RR have scored 165. Someone from MI will have to play a superb knock to win it else RR should win this by around 15-20 runs.

    I think we might have seen the last time Sachin played in IPL. Next year he would be one year older and in all probability would have retired from Tests too. Sachin might play a farewell match vs some low IPL team next year but in a professional setup that is unlikely. Too bad. But the same holds for Dravid too, we might not see him next year in gear. So one of these two legends is playing his last match in IPL. That sounds depressing.

    IPL1's final was CSK vs RR & RR won. This time too it seems it would be CSK vs RR. Things are coming full circle for IPL. Given the huge controversy around it, is this full circle saying something to us? Will there be no IPL in 2014? I have a feeling IPL is in HUGE trouble at the moment.

  • POSTED BY Ross_the_Boss on | May 24, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    Looks like MI will win this in a canter with plenty to spare. So it will be CSK Vs MI in the finals..surely the best two teams. Looking at MI's match-winning batsmen - Smith, Karthik, R Sharma and Pollard...i feel they will lift the Cup for the first time...Sachin's farewell gift?!

  • POSTED BY ddr3 on | May 24, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    @Harmony111, lol you have even declared that it shall be a CSK vs RR final?

    But the match is saying something else...it shall be a CSK vs MI final :P

  • POSTED BY Snambidi on | May 24, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    Despite playing himself very well& using bowlers wisely,it is I'll luck for Rahul Dravid

    who deserved a comprehensive Victory.

    Rahul Dravid is still the best & neat Batsman among seniors to day.

    I wish Dravid every success in future

  • POSTED BY ddr3 on | May 24, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    MI almost made a mess of the run-chase once again after DWAYNE's dismissal!

    Apart from the 14 extra runs given by MI the poor shots by Pollard and Raydu almost costed the match for MI!

    With 41 needed of 24 balls and 8 wkts in hand..MI still managed to lose its way..RR might have lost after stretching it to the last over but CSK won't i guess!

    Hoping for a much better performance from MI in Finals!