Indian Premier League, 28th match: Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians at Delhi, Apr 21, 2013
Delhi Daredevils won by 9 wickets (with 18 balls remaining)
21 April 2013 - day/night match (20-over match)

4.00pm Here's the change Dwayne Smith and Tendulkar opening, no Ponting at the top


Rishi: "I think Ricky should play in his favourite No.3 position to serve his cause."

Sai Sashank: "Looking at the teams picked... it seems like an absolute cracker of a pitch.. batsmen paradise.. aim for 220, sick of these low scoring games." Pitch is expected to be a flat, batting track but 220 might be aiming for a bit much.

Surya: "Smith opening with Sachin would give MI a positive start. Ponting can drop himself down the order, just like Dravid."

Shubham Agarwal: "Well well well..Johnson and Morkel dropped. The two best fast bowlers..we are in for run feast today.. Van der Merwe is a very good pick."

revanth: "@samba : captaincy is not such a concern for MI ,sachin led them to finals , bhaji won them champions league , they almost qualify for knock-outs. When you've so many stars captaincy doesn't matter too much !!"

Sushant S: "Viru / Warner mentored by Sir Viv . Wow..Exciting ."


Manu: "For the laymen like us, could you please tell us through figures (points, net run rate, etc.)how many matches will DD have to win in order to qualify for the next round?" Teams usually need at least eight wins to qualify, nine to be on the safe side, so Delhi can't afford too many slip-ups.

Firdaus Mohandas: "Wow...Morkel dropped. Just goes to show how desperate DD are."

Ranjan Kapoor: "Feel Bad for Rishi Dhawan.... Too much pressure on the freshers ... one match good or bad .. can change their future.."

Siddhesh v: "Really wish Sachin would come good. Given that he has retired from tests ODIs and doesn't play T20's for India, the IPL is the only chance to see Sachin unleash his entire array of shots in rapidfire Mode."

Ayush: "@Charlie : If we're being optimistic, then I believe than Kochi Tuskers can make a wild card entry into this IPL and go on to win it #DisappointedKTKfan"

Sahil Jain: "@Charlie - I still feel i can own the Taj Mahal! :-D"

Samba: "Am I the only one here who feels signing Ponting is a good thing. As a MI fan for 6 years, I thought captaincy the biggest concern for the team and Ponting is very suitable for t20 format. And we all know what Ponting could do once he's get going."

Nitin Jauhari: "Why in this world you would like to replace Mitchell with Dwayne when Mitchell was doing so good!! Not able to understand at all!!" Perhaps a change in the opening combination? With Smith at the top of the order to provide some momentum.

Tabrez Shaikh: "I would love to see Dwayne Smith open in place of Punter and Punter comes at whatever slot Tendulkar gets out, this will also boost the confidence of the other batsmen on crease with either Tendulkar/Ponting and at least one should be present at the crease till 15th over."

Siddhesh v: "@Rags, they needed a Captain. Simple as that. Sachin wasn't willing, Bhajji isn't exactly Mr. Cool and i see no one else experienced enough to take up that mantle."


Sahil Jain: "So we have Sir Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, all on the same ground at the same time (Let alone the likes of Jayawardene and Sehwag). Hope DD had recruited Sir Viv as a batsman instead of in an advisory role!"

Rags: "The signing of Ponting to me was MI's biggest mistake. They cannot leave him out & he is a liability as a batsman. Real Catch 22" This could be his final game Rags, especially if Mumbai suffer another big defeat.

Charlie: "I still believe the double deees will finish above the SRH on the points table whether or not they qualify for the semis"

Gazzu: "If I'm not mistaken in IPL 1, MI had lost their first 6 games and started off their streak with a spirited (even Ashish Nehra dived to save a boundary) win against DD. Role reversal on the cards?"

Ayush: "Did Ricky say that he likes playing in India? Probably because he isn't supposed to face Bhajji anymore!"

Sushant S: "When you do the same thing , you got to get the same result . Why did on earth did DD left out Morne again? Anyone remember the last year play offs?" Certainly a strange decision once more, even though Morkel wasn't quite at his best. His two overs to Gayle were terrific to watch, some of the best cricket in the swamps of mediocrity in the tournament.

3.30pm Mahela Jayawardene: "The franchise has planned for Viv to come down, this was the time he could come. He has already contributed in the 24 hours he has been with us."

Ricky Ponting: "Captaincy has been a lot of fun so far, would have liked to have a couple more wins. Last game was one we have to forget and move on from. I enjoy playing everywhere in India."

Toss Mumbai choose to bat

Ponting: "We have three changes: Dwayne Smith for Mitchell Johnson, Munaf Patel for Pragyan Ojha, Jasprit Bumrah for Rishi Dhawan."

Jayawardene: "Three changes, Mendis have a bit of a sting in his finger, Roelof comes in, Russell in for Morne Morkel, Venugopal Rao for Manpreet Juneja."

3.20pm Greetings all, welcome to our coverage of Delhi v Mumbai. Delhi need a miracle to qualify after having lost six in six, but have recruited Viv Richards to help out in an "ambassadorial and advisory" role. Whether Richards can work that miracle remains to be seen, and why they signed him up even though their season is virtually over remains a mystery. In any case, we were just treated to the sight of Viv Richards and Sachin Tendulkar exchanging jokes on the field before the start of play.

Mayur hsn't given up yet: "Nothing is Impossible... come on DD..."


Pathan to Smith, no run, bit of inward movement first up from Irfan, defended down the track by Smith


Pathan to Smith, 1 run, pushes this one towards cover and sets off for a quick single

A massive cheer as Tendulkar takes strike, hiuge crowd in braving the Delhi summer


Pathan to Tendulkar, 1 run, seams in after pitching back of a length, defended behind square leg for a single


Pathan to Smith, no run, length ball outside off, towards extra cover, Tendulkar wanted one but Russell is onto the ball quickly and Tendulkar has to turn back


Pathan to Smith, no run, pitched up and outside off, Smith shoulders arms


Pathan to Smith, no run, closer to the off stump, defended from the crease to the off side

Aditya: "Good to see , Bumrah has another chance to prove, Venu,Russel & Merwe good all-rounder (especially batting which dd is seeking)"

chans: "Should I bribe you to get my comment posted?" In small, non-sequential notes please.

End of over 1 (2 runs) Mumbai Indians 2/0 (RR: 2.00)

    • DR Smith 1 (5b)
    • SR Tendulkar 1 (1b)
    • IK Pathan 1-0-2-0

Nadeem to Tendulkar, 1 run, Shahbaz Nadeem has been Delhi's best bowler this season, he starts with a ball on the middle and leg, clipped towards square leg for a single


Nadeem to Smith, no run, length ball on off, pushed off the front foot towards extra cover


Nadeem to Smith, 1 run, length ball on the pads, tucked towards deep midwicket for a single


Nadeem to Tendulkar, 1 run, length ball on middle and leg, more carefully working to the leg side, one more single

Kushagra : "The advantage and disadvantage that both the teams have today is that they were bowled out under 100 in their respective last matches."


Nadeem to Smith, 1 run, towards the pads once more, not much turn on offer, pushed towards mid-on


Nadeem to Tendulkar, no run, defended towards extra cover to end another quiet over

Manu: "I don't know what's the fascination with Andre Russell..he is yet to have a good bowling performance in the IPL so far and he can't hit against good bowling. I would much rather have young Sid Kaul and they should've went for an extra batsman."

End of over 2 (4 runs) Mumbai Indians 6/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • SR Tendulkar 3 (4b)
    • DR Smith 3 (8b)
    • S Nadeem 1-0-4-0
    • IK Pathan 1-0-2-0

prince poddar: "Interesting this: Mumbai is the only team in IPL this season, which has bowled their complete overs (means to all out) and have also played all the overs so far .. they also have scored equal runs to oppositions combined .. sounds to me like poor bowling performance and reason for their average season so far!!"


Pathan to Smith, no run, length ball on off stump from Irfan, 125.6kph, defended back to the bowler


Pathan to Smith, 1 run, on the pads, pitched up, eased towards long-on


Pathan to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar skips down the track, drives firmly towards cover, can't find the gap

Harsh: "Sachin needs to go for the shots. In the last IPL, he only scored runs when he went for the big hits from the start. We need to see a repeat."


Pathan to Tendulkar, no run, again Roelof makes a diving stop at point

Nick: "Just seen that David Warner has been in India for three months, played ten matches of cricket and has lost every single one, with Australia and DD. I wish I'd put a fiver on them losing their first 6 (7?) games..."


Pathan to Tendulkar, no run, length ball on middle and off, blocked back towards the bowler, Irfan moves to his left to cut that off


Pathan to Tendulkar, no run, looks to whip the legstump ball towards square leg but the ball rolls towards point instead

Adway Lele: "Dear Sid: You are under arrest. The notes have been marked. You forgot to mention unmarked notes." Clearly am a novice when it comes to bribery.

End of over 3 (1 run) Mumbai Indians 7/0 (RR: 2.33)

    • SR Tendulkar 3 (8b)
    • DR Smith 4 (10b)
    • IK Pathan 2-0-3-0
    • S Nadeem 1-0-4-0

van der Merwe to Smith, FOUR, launches that over mid-off for the first four of the innings


van der Merwe to Smith, OUT, tries to repeat and he's gone, Roelof strikes in his first over of the season, Mumbai made a change at the top of the order, but there's no difference in the result, another early wicket, and there's been no quick start either, Smith can't get this one over the man at mid-off, Umesh Yadav doesn't grab it on the first attempt, parries it high and settles under to collect on the second attempt

DR Smith c Yadav b van der Merwe 8 (13m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66


van der Merwe to Karthik, no run, watchfully defended by Dinesh Karthik, who comes in at No. 3, no sign of Ponting yet


van der Merwe to Karthik, no run, more defence, down the track


van der Merwe to Karthik, no run, blocks it once more, van der Merwe keeping it on the stumps, not giving much for the batsman to work with


van der Merwe to Karthik, 1 run, pushed towards mid-off for a single to end a successful over for Mumbai

End of over 4 (5 runs) Mumbai Indians 12/1 (RR: 3.00)

    • KD Karthik 1 (4b)
    • SR Tendulkar 3 (8b)
    • RE van der Merwe 1-0-5-1
    • IK Pathan 2-0-3-0

Pathan to Karthik, 1 run, short of length ball just outside off, 124.5kph, Karthik opens the face and steers the ball down to third man for a single

Sahil Jain: "So, Irfan whom Tendulkar recognized first as a future all rounder (remember Tendulkar vouched for his promotion at No.3 in the series against Sri Lanka) gets the better off him in his first two overs! Cricket can be so strange and entertaining!"


Pathan to Tendulkar, 4 runs, on the pads, Tendulkar clips it to short fine leg for a single, oh hang on, there are overthrows, Russell who was backing up doesn't stop the ball cleanly, Russell sprints after the ball as quickly as anyone does in world cricket, and dives brilliantly to stop the ball from reaching the rope, doesn't impress Irfan though

Nick Henderson: "Dwayne Smith just justified his selection ... said no one ever ... Where is Glenn Maxwell !?!?!?"


Pathan to Tendulkar, no run, defended back towards the bowler

Puneet Pathak : "it's official!!! mumbai indians opening slot is jinxed. no matter who turns up with srt, it's not gonna work... players of caliber of jayasurya, gibbs, pointing all tried in vain." Not to forget one-innings wonder, Richard Levi.


Pathan to Tendulkar, FOUR, short of length ball, more sloppy fielding from Delhi here, that was a driven towards mid-on where Ajit Agarkar, usually one of the safest fielders, dives over the ball, Irfan's mood doesn't improve


Pathan to Tendulkar, 1 run, worked towards cover point for a quick single

Jiten Surtani: "The awkward moment when The Master and a orange cap contender are batting against team whose backs are against the wall and the run rate is still under 4"


Pathan to Karthik, no run, short of length ball on leg stump, Karthik was advancing down the track, can't connect well enough and he sends the ball towards backward square leg

Shashank: "No disregard to the legend he is but still I believe any team would prefer a Maxwell or a Coulter-Nile coming at 4 or 5 rather than Ponting. I really hope he turns thing around today and proves me wrong."

End of over 5 (10 runs) Mumbai Indians 22/1 (RR: 4.40)

    • KD Karthik 2 (6b)
    • SR Tendulkar 12 (12b 1x4)
    • IK Pathan 3-0-13-0
    • RE van der Merwe 1-0-5-1

Ponting doing a Dravid here, by dropping down the order. Not too long before he does a Sangakkara by sitting out?


Yadav to Tendulkar, OUT, what luck for Delhi, Dinesh Karthik is gone after a terrific Tendulkar straight drive deflects off the bowler Umesh Yadav's hand on to the stumps, Mumbai's most prolific batsman of the season is gone, is Sir Viv the lucky charm?

KD Karthik run out 2 (9m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Rohit in at No. 4.


Yadav to Tendulkar, 1 run, short of length ball worked towards the leg side


Yadav to Sharma, no run, short of length once more, 144.5kph, slapped towards cover by Rohit

Suresh : "Glenn Maxell is busy sorting out his investments...he has got spare time..."


Yadav to Sharma, no run, fuller and just outside off, driven towards extra cover, Rohit wanted one Tendulkar didn't, he screams 'No,' and Rohit has to rush back, no direct hit so Rohit is fine


Yadav to Sharma, no run, short of length ball is slapped towards square leg, Mumbai struggling to find any momentum here


Yadav to Sharma, 1 run, short of length and outside off, steered down to third man for a single, 24 for 2 after the Powerplay, in which Mumbai have struggled to find the boundary, just two fours, that too one off a misfield

End of over 6 (2 runs) Mumbai Indians 24/2 (RR: 4.00)

    • RG Sharma 1 (4b)
    • SR Tendulkar 13 (14b 1x4)
    • UT Yadav 1-0-2-0
    • IK Pathan 3-0-13-0

Agarkar to Sharma, 1 run, length ball from Agarkar, whipped towards midwicket

24 equals the lowest Powerplay score of the season.


Agarkar to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar drives on the up, not timed too well, ball rolls to the right of the fielder towards long-on


Agarkar to Sharma, 1 run, fuller this time, speed gun says 113kph but didn't seem that slow, defended towards point for a single


Agarkar to Tendulkar, no run, shorter this time, square driven towards point by Tendulkar


Agarkar to Tendulkar, SIX, there's what the crowd wants to see, a short ball from Ajit and that is pulled away superbly by Tendulkar, who swivels as he plays that shot, all the way into the crowd


Agarkar to Tendulkar, 2 runs, punched towards long-on for a quick couple, Ajit Agarkar remains reliably expensive, 11 off his first over

Shivakumar: "All Mumbaikars @business!! Agarkar bowling to Rohit with SRT at non-striker end!!"

End of over 7 (11 runs) Mumbai Indians 35/2 (RR: 5.00)

    • SR Tendulkar 22 (18b 1x4 1x6)
    • RG Sharma 3 (6b)
    • AB Agarkar 1-0-11-0
    • UT Yadav 1-0-2-0

Victor: "@Shashank and all others, are you guys suggesting that two bit flashes / players are better than a proven torch / legend!! Seriously all this 20-20 has made a mess of cricketing sense amongst fans :|"


Nadeem to Sharma, 1 run, Nadeem is back, he starts with a length ball on the leg stump, worked behind square for a single

Cindy Fox: "I love this year's IPL. Bowlers actually getting recognition rather than just being batsmens' fodder."


Nadeem to Tendulkar, no run, length ball on middle and off, carefully played from within the crease

Satyajeet: "So who will open the innings for MI in the next match ? Any guesses."


Nadeem to Tendulkar, FOUR, Tendulkar was already in position for the lap sweep, plays the ball very fine, too fine for the man at short fine leg, and that's four more to SRT, points the bat at the umpire to make sure he gets four runs, and that it isn't signalled leg-byes


Nadeem to Tendulkar, 1 run


Nadeem to Sharma, 1 run, length ball is pushed to the right of Nadeem, who dives but can't stop that, Nadeem's quite a good fielder but this was too far even for him


Nadeem to Tendulkar, 1 run, length ball, played wristily towards midwicket, Tendulkar called for two initially but has to settle for one

End of over 8 (8 runs) Mumbai Indians 43/2 (RR: 5.37)

    • SR Tendulkar 28 (22b 2x4 1x6)
    • RG Sharma 5 (8b)
    • S Nadeem 2-0-12-0
    • AB Agarkar 1-0-11-0

van der Merwe to Tendulkar, 1 run, van der Merwe returns, driven towards long-off for a single


van der Merwe to Sharma, 1 run, length ball sliding down the leg side, played from well within the crease towards midwicket

Surya: "Umesh Yadav aside, there does not seem to be a genuine wicket taking option. Delhi might rue leaving out Morkel badly. Despite the early struggle, MI will post a healthy score. 3 (costly) overs from Agarkar/Russell will prove to be the difference."


van der Merwe to Tendulkar, 1 run, length ball on leg stump, tucked to short fine for one more

Jiten Surtani: "If Mumbai do a Chennai stunt, next match Harbhajan might open with his Idol !!"


van der Merwe to Sharma, no run, defended towards point


van der Merwe to Sharma, SIX, sensational hit from Rohit, who again shows why people rate him so highly, a flighted ball is cleanly struck over the bowler's head for six, effortlessly done


van der Merwe to Sharma, 1 run, worked to the leg side for a single, Mumbai finally getting a move on now, though the run-rate remains a shade below six

Time-out time.

About the SRT six, sanchit singla asks: "andrew caddik memories, anyone???" Here.

End of over 9 (10 runs) Mumbai Indians 53/2 (RR: 5.88)

    • RG Sharma 13 (12b 1x6)
    • SR Tendulkar 30 (24b 2x4 1x6)
    • RE van der Merwe 2-0-15-1
    • S Nadeem 2-0-12-0

Nadeem to Sharma, no run, can't time the ball at all as he looks to drive the ball through the off


Nadeem to Sharma, 1 run, on the pads, clipped towards midwicket

Viv Richards: "When you see the IPL, you can see why football means to the Brazilians."


Nadeem to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar skips away from the leg stump and lofts the ball towards long-on, as my colleague Shiva points out, another century for SRT, 100 runs in the season


Nadeem to Sharma, no run, defended towards cover

Gaurav Harmalkar: "@jiten You mean, Harbhajan opening with Ponting? :P"


Nadeem to Sharma, 2 runs, Rohit brings out the sweep, down towards fine leg

Jordan Meyers: "If Mumbai really want an actual opening batsmen why don't they just pick Hughes?"


Nadeem to Sharma, no run, length ball on middle stump, defended towards the bowler

Siddhesh v: "@Victor, I don't think anyone is calling Maxwell a better player than Ponting overall, but its all about choosing the best players on a match by match basis. Given Ponting's recent struggles and the price MI have payed for Maxwell, it wouldn't be such a bad idea to give him a go and see if he can justify his buy."

End of over 10 (4 runs) Mumbai Indians 57/2 (RR: 5.70)

    • RG Sharma 16 (17b 1x6)
    • SR Tendulkar 31 (25b 2x4 1x6)
    • S Nadeem 3-0-16-0
    • RE van der Merwe 2-0-15-1

Russell has the ball now. He's been an expensive bowler in the IPL


Russell to Tendulkar, 1 run, on the pads, clipped to square leg for a single, 132kph

Harish: "When I clicked to watch the six of Sachin , I was surprised to see my comment below in it. 4 years ago I've watched the video that too because of Cricinfo only."


Russell to Sharma, 1 run, full ball on legstump, driven towards long-on


Russell to Tendulkar, FOUR, shortish ball, Tendulkar shuffles across and pulls that down towards fine leg, well struck by SRT, seemed headed only for a single, but Umesh can't cut it off, should have stopped that, Delhi's ground fielding not at its best today

Mahesh: "the way Sachin Tendulkar showed his bat after sweeping thats ball shows he still loves scoring those runs,...#hungry legend"


Russell to Tendulkar, 1 run, defended in front of point for a single


Russell to Sharma, no run, length ball on the pads, nudged towards midwicket


Russell to Sharma, SIX, full toss from Russell, poor ball and it gets the treatment, dismisses it over square leg for a six, and the run-rate perks up above 6, and Russell continues to find it difficult to stop the runs, 13 off his first

Eric: "Looking at some of the big buys warming the benches without getting a match, I start to think that sometimes franchises buy players not because they want to play them but because they don't want to play against them!!"

End of over 11 (13 runs) Mumbai Indians 70/2 (RR: 6.36)

    • RG Sharma 23 (20b 2x6)
    • SR Tendulkar 37 (28b 3x4 1x6)
    • AD Russell 1-0-13-0
    • S Nadeem 3-0-16-0

Nadeem to Tendulkar, no run, Nadeem bowling his final, Tendulkar can't get that away to the leg side as he wanted


Nadeem to Tendulkar, no run, dropped, a regulation caught-and-bowled chance, and that is put down by Nadeem, nice height and not to fast, hits him on the tip of the fingers, Tendulkar survives


Nadeem to Tendulkar, 1 run, driven down the ground for a single


Nadeem to Sharma, 1 run, another drive towards long-off for one more


Nadeem to Tendulkar, 1 run, full and down the leg side, went for the lap sweep, doesn't connect as well as he did earlier in the game, the ball dribbles towards short fine


Nadeem to Sharma, 1 run, Rohit skips down the track and caresses that towards long-off

End of over 12 (4 runs) Mumbai Indians 74/2 (RR: 6.16)

    • RG Sharma 25 (22b 2x6)
    • SR Tendulkar 39 (32b 3x4 1x6)
    • S Nadeem 4-0-20-0
    • AD Russell 1-0-13-0

Yadav to Sharma, FOUR, lashed down the ground by Rohit, driven powerfully on the up past extra cover, Warner dived to try stop that but it was much too quick for him


Yadav to Sharma, 2 runs, full ball on the pads, 127.8kph, chipped towards wide long-on, Tendulkar scampers back for the second

Acetone: "Aakash Chopra described the drop as = Nadeem just dropped the bragging rights in front of his grandchildren."


Yadav to Sharma, FOUR, an ungainly heave, just the sort of shot that works best in T20s, it was a short and outside off, Rohit slaps it over the bowler's head for four, for a moment I thought that would be caught by long-on but it was too wide for the fielder


Yadav to Sharma, 1 run, Rohit moves across and opens the face to steer the ball to third man


Yadav to Tendulkar, 1 wide, short and down the leg side, 142.7kph but a wide

Srini: "Nadeem dropping Sachin may turn out to be a blessing in disguise. DD would be gutted to see Pollard walk in now and start smashing them into the stands."


Yadav to Tendulkar, no run, keeps it on the short side, wide as well, SRT should have put that away, instead slaps it towards van der Merwe at point


Yadav to Tendulkar, 1 run, is that a run-out? a short of length ball is drilled towards mid-off by Tendulkar, they set off for a single, Rohit wasn't at his quickest, perhaps expecting the throw to go to the non-striker's end, instead Warner fires it at the keeper's end, needed a direct hit to get him out, Rohit's dive saves him before the keeper can take off the bails

Adway Lele: "If only Nadeem had held on to that catch, Pollard could have come in early enough to make the difference to the total."

End of over 13 (13 runs) Mumbai Indians 87/2 (RR: 6.69)

    • SR Tendulkar 40 (34b 3x4 1x6)
    • RG Sharma 36 (26b 2x4 2x6)
    • UT Yadav 2-0-15-0
    • S Nadeem 4-0-20-0

van der Merwe to bowl


van der Merwe to Tendulkar, no run, length ball outside off, slapped powerfully towards mid-off


van der Merwe to Tendulkar, 2 runs, chipped over the bowler's head for a couple, Tendulkar sashays down the track to play that one


van der Merwe to Tendulkar, no run, full and flat, heading for middle, Tendulkar has switched to all-out attack now, skipping away from the stumps, powers the ball but not past cover


van der Merwe to Tendulkar, 1 run, swept towards square leg, Tendulkar looking more and more adventurous


van der Merwe to Sharma, FOUR, power from Rohit, a full toss is dispatched, that wasn't too far from where long-on was, but it was travelling so fast that Warner couldn't stop that


van der Merwe to Sharma, 1 run, length ball is driven towards long-off for a single

Dinna: "I hope Ponting bowls a few overs to justify his selection today."

End of over 14 (8 runs) Mumbai Indians 95/2 (RR: 6.78)

    • RG Sharma 41 (28b 3x4 2x6)
    • SR Tendulkar 43 (38b 3x4 1x6)
    • RE van der Merwe 3-0-23-1
    • UT Yadav 2-0-15-0

Pathan to Sharma, FOUR, Irfan provides some cannon fodder there, short of length and it sits up, swatted away to cow corner for four

Ananth: "That Straight Drive off the 2nd ball of the 14th over would've gone rollicking into the side screen if this was Tendulkar from the 90's."


Pathan to Sharma, 1 run, length ball and outside off, Rohit steers that towards third man for a single, as usual Rohit Sharma looking at his best in the IPL


Pathan to Tendulkar, 1 leg bye, short of length ball just outside off, Tendulkar moves across and wants to paddle it, can't connect, a leg-bye results


Pathan to Sharma, FOUR, rubbish bowling from Irfan, a nice, hit-me full toss outside off, crashed through point for four to bring up his half-century


Pathan to Sharma, 1 run, that seemed a certain wicket when it left Rohit's bat, he flat-batted that short of length ball, top edge over the bowler's head and it lands exactly between long-on and long-off, a few yards to either side and one of the fielders would have taken that

Giri: "Rohit Sharma reminds me of some Pakistani batsmen. Lot of talent and dangerous but very lazy. Inzamam (Lite)"


Pathan to Tendulkar, 1 run, not really what you want to see, Tendulkar looking to slog, an ungainly shot towards long-off, flat-batted that one for a single


Pranjal: "@Ananth - Maybe not of the 90s, but this is Tendulkar nonetheless. A fact our ungrateful generation often forgets."

Saurabh Tewari: "Is your reason for not publishing my comments is the same as DD dropping Morkel?"

hamzah: "Irfan Pathan completing his quota for less than 30 isan achivement for DD..:)"

End of over 15 (12 runs) Mumbai Indians 107/2 (RR: 7.13)

    • SR Tendulkar 44 (40b 3x4 1x6)
    • RG Sharma 51 (32b 5x4 2x6)
    • IK Pathan 4-0-24-0
    • RE van der Merwe 3-0-23-1

Agarkar to Tendulkar, no run, slower ball from Agarkar, 112.5kph, Tendulkar moving about a lot around the crease, he wasn't quite in position to take advantage of this one, looked to run it down to third man but misses

Victor: "@Ananth, oh how I keep expecting SRT to turn back the clock during the IPL at least, let go of risk management but sadly at end of day have to go to youtube for it. I wonder if it's the elbow which restricts some of THOSE shots which we are reminiscing about..."


Agarkar to Tendulkar, 2 runs, low full toss on off stump, helped down to fine leg for a couple


Agarkar to Tendulkar, SIX, whoah! what a shot that is, the crowd goes bonkers as SRT hits another six, this was just helped along by Tendulkar, not trying to power the ball, moves across and paddles it over fine leg

Niranjan: "The problem with Rohit is that his innings is always one of the 2 extremes. If he converts some of the failures to a reasonable performance, he will be a far better player than he looks"


Agarkar to Tendulkar, 1 run, slapped towards cover for a single


Agarkar to Sharma, 1 run, a heave towards midwicket, badly mistimed, a single results

Bad-pun alert! Rohit: "Just realised no left hand batsman in Mumbai today.. Guess it will be a "one-sided" contest.. :D"


Agarkar to Tendulkar, 1 run, whipped towards the leg side for one more

Gowtham L: "Except Umesh Yadav and Nadeem, the Delhi bowling attack looks very weak at the death overs. If Yadav is going to bowl 18 and 20, who is gonna bowl 19. whoever it is, if pollard is in, he can dispatch them everywhere"

End of over 16 (11 runs) Mumbai Indians 118/2 (RR: 7.37)

    • SR Tendulkar 54 (45b 3x4 2x6)
    • RG Sharma 52 (33b 5x4 2x6)
    • AB Agarkar 2-0-22-0
    • IK Pathan 4-0-24-0

AaruC: "One day, ONE DAY, I tweet bad things about SRT and he hits a fifty. Always the case, isn't it? Just when you are about to lose faith, he slaps you." Am sure you aren't the only one.


Yadav to Tendulkar, no run, length ball outside off, Tendulkar moves away from leg stump, too far to be able to connect with the ball

Sumo: "Rohit reminds me of Salim Malik, especially the inside out shot Rohit plays"


Yadav to Tendulkar, OUT, well done by Umesh, full, wide slower ball, Tendulkar was looking to power every delivery, he has to reach out for this one, only manages to slice it to Warner at extra cover, gone for 54 off 47

SR Tendulkar c Warner b Yadav 54 (76m 47b 3x4 2x6) SR: 114.89

Ananth: "@ Pranjal - Agree with you and after seeing that shot off the 3rd ball of 16th, I still believe he will turn back the clock during this IPL as Victor has pointed out. Expecting the last 4 overs to be like the India vs NZ ODI when he opened for the first time #Wishing too much# :)" People, stop wishing for SRT to play like he did 20 years ago.


Yadav to Sharma, no run, third dot ball in a row, second slower ball of the over, outside off and Rohit can't connect


Yadav to Sharma, 1 run, lovely delivery from Umesh, a fast yorker, 144.5kph, Rohit does well to keep that out, manages to guide it to third man, terrific over so far from Umesh


Yadav to Pollard, no run, short of length ball outside off, Pollard looks to slap it through the off side, he misses, I thought there was some sound, but none of the fielders appeal


Yadav to Pollard, 1 run, full ball is drilled towards long-on for a single, just two off the over, top stuff from Umesh

End of over 17 (2 runs) Mumbai Indians 120/3 (RR: 7.05)

    • KA Pollard 1 (2b)
    • RG Sharma 53 (35b 5x4 2x6)
    • UT Yadav 3-0-17-1
    • AB Agarkar 2-0-22-0

Agarkar to Pollard, 1 run, short ball is slapped towards towards long-on, Pollard wanted two but quickly says no, no, no as Warner charges in from long-on


Agarkar to Sharma, 1 wide, full and wide outside off


Agarkar to Sharma, SIX, that was in the air for a long, long time as Rohit swipes it towards deep midwicket, it was a slower ball from Ajit, that sials past the midwicket rope for six, a man beyond the rope shells the catch


Agarkar to Sharma, no run, slower ball doesn't rise up at all and Rohit can't connect


Agarkar to Sharma, no run, well outside off, looked like a wide, not given, Rohit isn't too happy


Agarkar to Sharma, SIX, nonsense bowling from Agarkar, a knee-high full toss outside off, launched out of the park by Rohit, who is again showing just how good he is in the IPL


Agarkar to Sharma, 1 run, slugged towards midwicket to end another profitable over for Mumbai

Rohan: "Confucius say,"All those wishing for Sachin to play like he did 20 yrs ago run the risk of wishing he plays like the way he is now, 20 years hence" Assuming he never retires."

End of over 18 (15 runs) Mumbai Indians 135/3 (RR: 7.50)

    • RG Sharma 66 (40b 5x4 4x6)
    • KA Pollard 2 (3b)
    • AB Agarkar 3-0-37-0
    • UT Yadav 3-0-17-1

Yadav to Sharma, 1 run, shortish ball is powered towards midwicket


Yadav to Pollard, FOUR, whoah! unbelievable hit from Pollard, a slower shorter ball from Umesh, Pollard goes for the pull, the bottom hand comes off the bat as he plays that, still there is monstrous amount of power behind that shot and it races away to the square-leg boundary


Yadav to Pollard, 2 runs, badly mistimed as he clubs the ball down the ground


Yadav to Pollard, 1 run, short of length ball is hammered towards deep midwicket


Yadav to Sharma, SIX, superb hitting from Rohit, seriously stylish, length ball outside off, he flicks that over wide long-on for six, terrific timing, lifts the back leg in Caribbean style to top it off


Yadav to Sharma, OUT, looks for another six as he got a full toss, Rohit looks to clear long-on, hits very low on the bat so he doesn't get the power he wants, Russell takes an overhead catch at long-on to end a superb innings from Rohit

RG Sharma c Russell b Yadav 73 (64m 43b 5x4 5x6) SR: 169.76

cricket simpleton: "Whats the problem with this mumbai guys. out of total 6 sixes, 4 of which came of mr.agarkar. too much mumbai familiarity ? But still its so good to watch the vintage agarkar :P"

End of over 19 (14 runs) Mumbai Indians 149/4 (RR: 7.84)

    • KA Pollard 9 (6b 1x4)
    • UT Yadav 4-0-31-2
    • AB Agarkar 3-0-37-0

Shivakumar: "Dravid inspired Ricky!! Is Angelo watching??"

Masood: "While everyone is busy praising sachin, Rohit on the other side has been playing one gem of an innings"


van der Merwe to Pollard, 2 runs, van der Merwe to bowl the final over, he almost has a wicket off the first ball, a miscue from Pollard sends the ball towards sweeper cover, Nadeem puts down his second catch of the match, barely gets his hands on that, he was on his knees and sliding as he attempted to take that, in the confusion Pollard has charged back for the second, Rayudu has barely begun to run, Pollard screams at him to sprint


van der Merwe to Pollard, 1 run, only a single this time, down the ground


van der Merwe to Rayudu, 1 run


van der Merwe to Pollard, 1 run, outside off and that is slugged towards long-on


van der Merwe to Rayudu, 1 run, skips away from leg stump and carves the ball towards sweeper cover

What can Pollard do off the final ball of the innings?


van der Merwe to Pollard, SIX, it had been a terrific over till this ball, but the final one is a length delivery, a swish of the bat, not even off the middle of the bat but still clears Warner at mid-on for six, perfect finish for Mumbai

161 is a good score on this pitch, not easy to time it on this track. Rohit Sharma played a superb innings, Tendulkar hit a half-century and wasn't as fluent, before Pollard finished it off in his usual style. After the innings, Pollard says the ball is not coming on to the bat.

Donald: "Can my MSc student do his thesis on the probability of getting a comment posted on Cricinfo.... it must be right up there with getting a supermodel to go out on a date ..."

Angelo Matthews: "@Shivkumar, I would love to see my team put up a display where I dont have to come out and bat."

Akshay: "And the last ball shows exactly the reason why "Pollard - The Power House" should bat higher up the order."

Arungautham: "Million dollor question: Why Rohit is not converting these kind of form to International cricket. A big Mystery" Not enough mediocre bowlers?

Shahbaz Nadeem was once again hard to score off, giving away only 20 runs, and Irfan was terrific at the top of the order. Umesh is developing into a superb death bowler, mixing in the slower ball with pinpoint yorkers. Russell and Agarkar were bowled the quota of the fifth bowler and went for 50 runs.

Vinod: "So Andre Russel replaced Morne Morkel and bowled only 1 over!!"

Monsieur Candie: "@Akshay: You are wrong byddy, this is what pollard does the best, he comes in with 2 or 3 overs to go and plays a cameo of 20-25 to give the finishing touch to the innings...he is not suitable for building an innings like rohit or sachin have done in today's match."

Chris: "Donald -- sounds like it's time to give Kate Upton a call."

It's never enough. Raghu: "Sachins clogging the crease helps Delhi a chance. Mumbai should have scored 180 if not for Sachin."

Ayush: "For that flicked-from-outside-the-off-stump six (5th ball of the 19th over), Rohit should be the man of the match. What a stylish shot. Pity he can't recreate this sorta class and form for India." Shot of the match so far.

mohit: "@donald ask ur msc student to do research on what happens to rohit sharma when he plays for india i guess they r twins one plays for india one for mi"

sammydude: "@Vinod Andre Russel is there in the team to muscle up the middle order!"

End of over 20 (12 runs) Mumbai Indians 161/4

    • KA Pollard 19 (10b 1x4 1x6)
    • AT Rayudu 2 (2b)
    • RE van der Merwe 4-0-35-1
    • UT Yadav 4-0-31-2





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