RCB v Mumbai, Dubai, IPL 2014 April 18, 2014

All-round RCB swipe aside Mumbai

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Royal Challengers Bangalore 116 for 3 (Parthiv 57*, de Villiers 45*) beat Mumbai Indians 115 for 9 (Chahal 2-17, Starc 2-21) by seven wickets
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Mumbai need to rethink batting order

Mumbai Indians slumped to their second defeat in as many matches against Royal Challengers Bangalore, who have now won two out of two. The defending champions struggled at the start, scratched around in the middle and crumbled at the death on a somewhat difficult surface seeing its first IPL match. For their opponents, it was the bowling again that set up the win, although their batsmen, minus the recovering Chris Gayle again, did not find it easy.

Mumbai's problems began at the top as Michael Hussey and Aditya Tare failed to make good after being dropped on 1. Mitchell Starc and Albie Morkel found swing and seam to go with some pace and bounce, and the Mumbai openers were tied down. Tare was beaten several times for pace, especially on the short ball.

Even as Hussey departed, swinging Morkel to backward square leg, Varun Aaron's speed and accurate back-of-a-length deliveries kept up the squeeze on Mumbai. Tare's struggle ended when he connected a short ball only to top-edge it.

Then came the decisive spell of the game. Young legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal tossed it up liberally, and lured Rohit Sharma into a half-hearted loft to long-off. Chahal stuck to his approach, and earned another big wicket of Kieron Pollard in his next over, the batsman trying to launch a six but only going as far as long-on, where Sachin Rana jumped to collect a sharp catch.

Ambati Rayudu and Corey Anderson pushed Mumbai past 100 but they never looked in control as no Royal Challengers bowler provided them any release. Ashok Dinda went for just 14 in his four overs. Mumbai were to collapse from 101 for 4 to 115 for 9 in the last four overs, batsman after batsman slogging and holing out in the deep.

Royal Challengers were to be reduced to 17 for 3 in the chase. Nic Maddinson could not keep out an inswinging Lasith Malinga yorker. Zaheer Khan then nipped out Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh in the space of three deliveries. AB de Villiers was the new batsman in. He had Parthiv Patel for company, but with only Albie Morkel, Sachin Rana and the bowlers to follow, Royal Challengers needed the pair in the middle to do the bulk of the job.

Which was exactly what de Villiers and Parthiv did, putting on an unbeaten 99 run-partnership that brought up the win in the 18th over. They had their nervy moments, but hung around to steer their side home. Parthiv seemed to have thin-edged Malinga to the keeper with 41 needed off the last seven overs, but Mumbai did not even appeal. It might have made a difference, it may not have, but in the end, Mumbai just did not have enough runs to push Royal Challengers.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • gaurav_92 on April 22, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    MI have been stripped of their alter-ego. Along with SRH their batting could be regarded as the weakest in the competition. Both teams have a stark middle order heavily relying on their overseas batsmen to score the bulk of the runs. Dunk should replace Anderson, who hasnt shown his ticker with the bat. Their bowling is pretty strong, Pollard, Saxena and Rohit can chip in as the 5th bowler. My XI: 1) Hussey 2) Tare 3) Rohit 4) Dunk 5) Rayudu 6) Pollard 7) Saxena 8) Harbhajan 9) Zaheer 10) Malinga 11) Ojha

    RCB is the team to beat this IPL their batting lineup betters CSK. Kohli, Gayle, AB, Yuvraj are massive names in T20. Parthiv Patel has been outstanding. Their bowling was a worry at the start of the tournament, however strong performances by Indian bowlers like Chahal and Aaron have proven otherwise. They need to drop Dinda, the 'best' death over bowler,

    My XI: 1) Maddinson 2) P Patel 3) Kohli 4) Yuvraj 5) AB 6) Zol 7) Morkel 8) Starc 9) Aaron 10) Chahal 11) Jakati/H Patel

  • rishmanisation on April 20, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    I disagree with the entire system of re-auctioning of all the players after every 3-4 seasons. It's not fair on the franchises who have these players.

  • mjrvasu on April 20, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    Here is a worst kept secret, about the Dubai Cricket Ground. For the afternoon game, the traffic to the ground was totally chaotic, to say the least. There was zero traffic management. It was shocking to see no coordination between the stands and the parking areas. Only 'Royals' and 'VIP's' got parking space. For the ordinary, but true IPL lover, who could only afford the lower class tickets, had to walk more than 1 km in 40 Deg C, in heat and dust, through unpaved paths that had only sharp stones and thorns along the way. Families, women and children had to endure this horrific experience. Little did anybody expected that this would happen in Dubai, of all places! It was a pathetic arrangement, no previous announcements in public domain about the parking woes and no proper directions. Many of the personnel employed for traffic management had no idea where which road was, they were in stadium area for the first time! All in all, it was atrocius. How did this escape BCCI?

  • ullasjp on April 20, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    wow look at the performances given by the Ex MI players certainly they are making MI management to think what they have lost. Smith- 66. Maxy- 95 MOM for Punj. Chahal- MOM for RCB in his 1st match for RCB. Karthik- 56 capt of DD. D.Kulkarni- 23/2 5.75 economy. Hope Johnson does nt add spice to injury

  • on April 20, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    I am not writing off MI they are the defending IPL and CL champion. I will agree they got the auction terrible wrong by not using right to match card for smith and not retaining Johnson a strike bowler. To solve this problem shama should open with hussey 2 experience solid bat putting runs on the board. Anderson in at 3 to settle and setup the onslaught for pollard, rayudu at 4 however if in the last 5 overs the fourth bat is required promote pollard. If for some reason hussey not playing to form bring in santokie to help malinga, which to me is the only wicket taking bowler on show for MI. Therefore tare will open with shama and santokie get the international spot. Its a hard pill to swallow but you did it with pointing and the end result was visible. My key to MI success in this tournament is santokie and malinga bowling. switching between anderson and hussey as the need requires

  • barryrichardsfan on April 20, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    Oh yes, they seriously need to rethink their batting order. It was always going to be a risk to rely on Anderson as he is just into his 1st international season; and Pollard is also coming without much match practice. Time for Rohit to step up.

  • MADHUR.KHOSLA on April 20, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    @jose This thing about too many cooks spoiling the broth doesn't hold any substance bcoz it was the same team management and support staff that helped MI win both IPL and CLT20. MI is losing bcoz their good players have been forcefully put into auction. I say give MI their last years team and they will do very well. Auctions should be done away with.

  • LongLiveTestCricket on April 20, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    There's no doubt MI were pathetic in the auction and it is showing in their results.They bought Hussey for 5 Cr and Anderson for 4.5 Cr so surely they could have bought Smith or Johnson with the RTM. Instead they used it on Ojha.There was no logic for retaining Rayudu at the expense of Karthik. Even if they wanted Rayudu in team then he wudn't have gone beyond 3-4 Cr in auction but instead they retained him and had 5.5 Cr deducted from their purse.Karthik as we saw went for 12.5 Cr and retaining him would have been extensively beneficial. They needed openers and tried for Sehwag but did not bid beyond 3 Cr so there was some scope there.There's no backup batter apart from Dunk so a lot depends on Hussey still. Difficult to believe that they performed such poorly despite stalwarts such as Kumble and Sachin being involved.They'll surely need to reinforce by looking for transfers or buying impact players at next auction.For the time being there is no option than giving Dunk/De Lange a go.

  • MADHUR.KHOSLA on April 20, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    Lot of people are criticising MI for not retaining Maxwell,smith,Johnson but guys u need to understand that only 2 foreign and 3 local players can be retained. so there was no way MI could have retained these 3.

    In my opinion MI is failing because of this stupid rule of auctioning the players. They had an exceptional bunch of players last season and now its all gone bcoz u can retain only 5 players and for that u have to pay a hefty price. MI was left with just 22 crores before the auction and had to buy some 10-12 players to make theirsquad. With so less money you don't expect them to buy back players like Maxwell n Johnson who are quite expensive. This auction thing has impacted MI very badly and teams like Kings XI n DD have benefitted the most by getting top players of other sides.

    IPL is based on the English premiere league and even there only player transfers take place. There is no auction. Auctions should not be there for already sold players.

  • on April 20, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Chahal, a former Mumbai Indians legspinner who never got any chances with them, Yesterday he ran through them . He continues to give the ball air, pitches this up on middle and leg,

  • gaurav_92 on April 22, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    MI have been stripped of their alter-ego. Along with SRH their batting could be regarded as the weakest in the competition. Both teams have a stark middle order heavily relying on their overseas batsmen to score the bulk of the runs. Dunk should replace Anderson, who hasnt shown his ticker with the bat. Their bowling is pretty strong, Pollard, Saxena and Rohit can chip in as the 5th bowler. My XI: 1) Hussey 2) Tare 3) Rohit 4) Dunk 5) Rayudu 6) Pollard 7) Saxena 8) Harbhajan 9) Zaheer 10) Malinga 11) Ojha

    RCB is the team to beat this IPL their batting lineup betters CSK. Kohli, Gayle, AB, Yuvraj are massive names in T20. Parthiv Patel has been outstanding. Their bowling was a worry at the start of the tournament, however strong performances by Indian bowlers like Chahal and Aaron have proven otherwise. They need to drop Dinda, the 'best' death over bowler,

    My XI: 1) Maddinson 2) P Patel 3) Kohli 4) Yuvraj 5) AB 6) Zol 7) Morkel 8) Starc 9) Aaron 10) Chahal 11) Jakati/H Patel

  • rishmanisation on April 20, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    I disagree with the entire system of re-auctioning of all the players after every 3-4 seasons. It's not fair on the franchises who have these players.

  • mjrvasu on April 20, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    Here is a worst kept secret, about the Dubai Cricket Ground. For the afternoon game, the traffic to the ground was totally chaotic, to say the least. There was zero traffic management. It was shocking to see no coordination between the stands and the parking areas. Only 'Royals' and 'VIP's' got parking space. For the ordinary, but true IPL lover, who could only afford the lower class tickets, had to walk more than 1 km in 40 Deg C, in heat and dust, through unpaved paths that had only sharp stones and thorns along the way. Families, women and children had to endure this horrific experience. Little did anybody expected that this would happen in Dubai, of all places! It was a pathetic arrangement, no previous announcements in public domain about the parking woes and no proper directions. Many of the personnel employed for traffic management had no idea where which road was, they were in stadium area for the first time! All in all, it was atrocius. How did this escape BCCI?

  • ullasjp on April 20, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    wow look at the performances given by the Ex MI players certainly they are making MI management to think what they have lost. Smith- 66. Maxy- 95 MOM for Punj. Chahal- MOM for RCB in his 1st match for RCB. Karthik- 56 capt of DD. D.Kulkarni- 23/2 5.75 economy. Hope Johnson does nt add spice to injury

  • on April 20, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    I am not writing off MI they are the defending IPL and CL champion. I will agree they got the auction terrible wrong by not using right to match card for smith and not retaining Johnson a strike bowler. To solve this problem shama should open with hussey 2 experience solid bat putting runs on the board. Anderson in at 3 to settle and setup the onslaught for pollard, rayudu at 4 however if in the last 5 overs the fourth bat is required promote pollard. If for some reason hussey not playing to form bring in santokie to help malinga, which to me is the only wicket taking bowler on show for MI. Therefore tare will open with shama and santokie get the international spot. Its a hard pill to swallow but you did it with pointing and the end result was visible. My key to MI success in this tournament is santokie and malinga bowling. switching between anderson and hussey as the need requires

  • barryrichardsfan on April 20, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    Oh yes, they seriously need to rethink their batting order. It was always going to be a risk to rely on Anderson as he is just into his 1st international season; and Pollard is also coming without much match practice. Time for Rohit to step up.

  • MADHUR.KHOSLA on April 20, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    @jose This thing about too many cooks spoiling the broth doesn't hold any substance bcoz it was the same team management and support staff that helped MI win both IPL and CLT20. MI is losing bcoz their good players have been forcefully put into auction. I say give MI their last years team and they will do very well. Auctions should be done away with.

  • LongLiveTestCricket on April 20, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    There's no doubt MI were pathetic in the auction and it is showing in their results.They bought Hussey for 5 Cr and Anderson for 4.5 Cr so surely they could have bought Smith or Johnson with the RTM. Instead they used it on Ojha.There was no logic for retaining Rayudu at the expense of Karthik. Even if they wanted Rayudu in team then he wudn't have gone beyond 3-4 Cr in auction but instead they retained him and had 5.5 Cr deducted from their purse.Karthik as we saw went for 12.5 Cr and retaining him would have been extensively beneficial. They needed openers and tried for Sehwag but did not bid beyond 3 Cr so there was some scope there.There's no backup batter apart from Dunk so a lot depends on Hussey still. Difficult to believe that they performed such poorly despite stalwarts such as Kumble and Sachin being involved.They'll surely need to reinforce by looking for transfers or buying impact players at next auction.For the time being there is no option than giving Dunk/De Lange a go.

  • MADHUR.KHOSLA on April 20, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    Lot of people are criticising MI for not retaining Maxwell,smith,Johnson but guys u need to understand that only 2 foreign and 3 local players can be retained. so there was no way MI could have retained these 3.

    In my opinion MI is failing because of this stupid rule of auctioning the players. They had an exceptional bunch of players last season and now its all gone bcoz u can retain only 5 players and for that u have to pay a hefty price. MI was left with just 22 crores before the auction and had to buy some 10-12 players to make theirsquad. With so less money you don't expect them to buy back players like Maxwell n Johnson who are quite expensive. This auction thing has impacted MI very badly and teams like Kings XI n DD have benefitted the most by getting top players of other sides.

    IPL is based on the English premiere league and even there only player transfers take place. There is no auction. Auctions should not be there for already sold players.

  • on April 20, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Chahal, a former Mumbai Indians legspinner who never got any chances with them, Yesterday he ran through them . He continues to give the ball air, pitches this up on middle and leg,

  • on April 20, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    Yuvi was set by death overs, dhoni had just come so dhoni cannot be criticised. ...........

    Kohli was lone warrior with SR of 150 & yuvi wasn't even able to give strike back to him let alone himself hitting a few boundaries. He had no method, no timing

    But it wasn't his fault, It is Dhoni's fault that he keeps playing his favorite players & yuvi being one of them

  • Paki-Cricketlover on April 20, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    Poor squad selection by Mumbai team management... i wonder Mumbai's think tank's minds were gazing in the field at the time of auction... Highly shocking that MI haven't retained Maxwell,D.Smith and Johnson... these are the ones that made MI win IPL last year.... These are outstanding players... MI wil have to pay for their poor management decisions... Their so called star Pollard performs once in 7 matches.. and Corey Anderson a below average player will fail in evry match of IPL... MI will not even reach the playoffs this year...

  • choppa13 on April 20, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    Can someone enlighten me as to how the players are paid? Do the franchises pay for the players services at the auction and then the players are paid extra for every time they play? Or are they paid what ever they get in the auction regardless how much they play? Meaning there is alot of players on a paid holiday just warming the bench? So in light of that could the franchises opt to not buy as many players and spend more money on better players? Or do they have to have a certain amount of players on the roster? Sorry for my ignorance but as a kiwi im not familiar with how things work at the ipl. Cheers

  • Avi56 on April 20, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    it is actually emphatic win by RCB over mumbai considering finishing the match with 15 balls to spare and only 3 wickets down..the highlight of the season is the sense of responsibility the players have this season.Parthiv was overshadowed when with DC/SRH by Dhawan.Knowing that Gayle is not playing the initial matches he has taken the onus of giving RCB the start and showed maturity..Same with Chahal took the Responsibility of being the main spin bowler of the team in a team filled with Pacers.Also Starc showing maturity to spearhead the fast bowler..Am an RCB fan but it was such a delight to see Zaheer bowling like that and like the last match proved he is still one of the best bowlers of india..RCB have finally found the groove and shown depth in their batting and bowling which was not there previously all the best to the team and enjoy the game.

  • karnamgiridhar on April 20, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    Wow! Wow! Wow! these are just the words for IPL 7. the tournament is picking up its eciement with RCB showing indicating that they are here to win the title this year. But being a Bangalorean, I would have loved to see some of the Karnataka layers in the team, Uthappa, Appanna, Sreenath Arvind, Manish Pandey, Nair, all bein bought out by other teams. Neverthless, I love RCB for their vibrant combination this season. Hope Virat and his men will bring some glory to Mallyas diminishing empire. Good luck to men in red and yellow! would expect IPL to come to UAE every year

  • on April 20, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    Finals will be RCB vs CSK or RCB vs KXIP...

  • Antony_Lucas on April 20, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    It is easy to blame the players, but MI are suffering through poor strategy. MI learning too slow, and should have realised after the first match that Rohit needs to open. With the cluster of indian batsmen at the top youre almost willing them to get out to see what Pollard and Anderson can do. MI really lacking an international batsmen at the top of the order. Make the most of your resources and plug Anderson in at 3. Pollard is best left alone in dealing with the last 5 overs and shouldnt be promoted for the sake of it. It could turn around the next match so need to write of MI completely just yet. By not using Anderson with the ball, i suggest team management may be preparing him as a bench warmer, such a shame

  • on April 20, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    chahal was briliiyant!!!!!!!!!

  • prakash_mishra on April 20, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    MI is the most pathetic side in terms of resources this year. Seems some headless guy happened to sit in the auction. There is not much they can do this season apart from finishing at the bottom of the table, the trend which will continue for next three years, until the new auctions sets in PERIOD.

  • indopakfan on April 20, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    Kieron Pollard is the Shahid Afridi of world cricket...possibly the most over rated, mediocre player in the world....he performs in maybe 2 out of 10 innings and is immediately touted as the next Sir Gary Sobers..!!

  • j4884 on April 20, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    Varun Aaron's good bowling again today augurs well for Indian cricket. Hope the selectors keep Varun and Umesh Yadav in the scheme of things for the world cup. It was good to see MI giving a chance to Bumrah, he is an exciting talent and will only improve with each outing...Another good prospect is Pawan Suyal who is a left arm Fast bowler who can crank it upto 140+ and can swing the ball back in. Hope he gets a chance too...

  • on April 20, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    MI: Too many cooks also spoil the broth! John Wright, Anil Kumble, Sachin Tendulkar, Shaun Pollock (earlier), Johnty Rhodes, Robin Singh. Did I miss any?

    The stumble started at the auction table! CHOICES at every stage were dicey! At the auction, as well as in choosing the playing XI s. The crux of management is in making the right choices from among the alternatives. And not in adding more and more advisers, mentors and coaches.

  • on April 20, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    MI bad performance because of TOO MANY COOKS.. on both on field and off the field.With, Sachin, Wright,Jonty, Kumble,and Robin Singh all advising the players, all are getting confused. Rohit Sharma is not being able to marshall his eleven properly. What is contribution of Pollard in the 2 matches?Harbhajan Singh is surviving just because of Sachin. When all other spinners of other teams are taking wickets, Bhajji is never among the wickets.Before it is late, MI should quickly find out the solution and start winning.

  • on April 20, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    Among the Wicket-Keepers-in-waiting Parthiv is the most under rated guy. Yet I would prefer a 'younger' player like Samson to be groomed to take over from Dhoni when the time comes.

  • on April 20, 2014, 0:56 GMT

    Kohli is proving to be a true friend of Yuvi, that is i you are not convinced. They even proved to be partners in distress, by sharing a Bombay Duck!

  • Kruns on April 19, 2014, 22:17 GMT

    Batting Order is not an issue i guess it is the mindset , it is been Mumbai,s Habit to keep everything for last overs which would not always be in there favor...

    Only change in batting order can be Rohit coming at 3 as he is Mumbai,s best batsman and should get to bat most of the overs ....

    Mumbai have so many matches to Go its not far when Hussey would be amongs runs and they would look all together a Different team its only that this new people are yet to get along with the Mumbai team... Patience and all will be right soon

  • on April 19, 2014, 22:04 GMT

    Glen Maxwell, Dwayne Smith & Mitchell Johnson were not retained by Mrs. Ambani

  • on April 19, 2014, 21:44 GMT

    Top order batsman (hussy , adetya , raydu) failed to keep the momentum . Hussy is out of form . And hope he ill come back with prime form . But Raydu is not a T20player . He could not play a match winning innings , once he got good starting and he seemed to be in good touch . But he failed convert that into match winning innings . So rohit has to come up the order. Once top order can make some runs with better strike rate , then pollard and anderson will carry the innings . And MI got very good bowling attack .

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on April 19, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    This is why I wasn't ready to admit Yuvi's back in form. he needs to perform over a couple of matches first. MI need some serious overhaul. Huss isn't working out for them. He was fine for CSK, whose deep batting allowed him to play naturally, but here too much depends on him accelerating fast. MI should consider bringing in Dunk who has had a fantastic BBL, plays faster and has had more match experience than Hussey lately. Hussey is getting old and without regular international match practice, he will deteriorate. MI also desperately needs their all rounders to fire. I don't know how they can do this but they need this fast.

  • on April 19, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    Watch out for rohit. He has failed in 2 games and people still call him an amazing player. That's called a fluke or Bombay lobby effect. Precise

  • on April 19, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    MI should at least think now and stop going after big names !!!! I think one of the big mistakes they did was not buying back some of the former players of last year that contributed to their championship title.. Devon Smith would have provided the fire power at top and Karthik too would be very useful in the middle order, had they took them for this season.. ..( also players like Johnson and Munaf) Also going behind retired old stars is also something they have to think (Specially about aussie players where their team even ranks at 6th place iin T20)..

    So with the current mini squad with less variety/choice .. ,this would at least help them to overcome this loosing trend... 1-Rohit Sharma, 2-Hussy/Ben Dunk 3-Aditya Tare, 4-Corey Anderson/Ben Dunk/Hussy 5-Pollard 6-Raydu 7-Harbajan 8-Zaheer 9-Malinga 10- Bumrah/Saxena/Suyal 11-Ojha

  • StuddSundar on April 19, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    MI performance was terrible this afternoon and will continue to be throughout this IPL. The BIG names they boast of are not even BIG on paper. How on earth can MI let go off Maxwell and they seem to be content with Corey Anderson, who just had one good season at home. He will be tested in the sub-continent conditions. RCB on the other hand was fantastic, and as Kohli pointed out although their batting has BIG names, their bowling has been underestimated. Its their bowlers who have won the last two matches, of course not taking away credit from the RCB batsmen for their effort. This year could be RCB taking away the title from the so called mighty MI. We may witness a CSK Vs RCB final with one of them taking honours on that day.

  • on April 19, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    All mumbai fault in auction .leaving dwayne smith and Max well for hussey and anderson. i cant understand the logic.they should use right to match card for smith who was much more cheaper than hussey

  • on April 19, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    zaheer bowled well...he bought back them in the match but the run was too short for mumbai indians...In this team batsman lack of experience and talent!!!

  • vr.mandalapu on April 19, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Nothing is going right for MI at present. All the batsmen perished while trying for big shots which were not there in the pitch.Three top run- makers for Mumbai, Rohit, Pollard and Anderson failed in both the matches. Rayudu,though did the job of protecting one end well ,could not last till the end.This is some thing he should do consistently in future, leaving big hitting to others.

  • on April 19, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    yes RCB can be champoins..

  • on April 19, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    MI .. if u cud buy badrinath debranath das who wasnt bought in by ny1 ... u cud still make a gud team...

  • on April 19, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    i saw the score board after the match was over. And to my surprise Virat kohli out for a DUCK. For a second i thought i saw it wrong, then verified it again. Kholi has set such high standards that you feel a 30 in T20 and 50 in ODI is for sure from him. and have to see how long he carries after that sure 30 or 50.

  • on April 19, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    RCB will be IPL 7champians

  • on April 19, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    @Kashi0127- It doesn't matter which state players are playing for which city team cz after all It's INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE not STATE PREMIER LEAGUE OR RANJI PREMIER LEAGUE.. Remember KKR won 2012 IPL without much bengal players(There were few though like M.Tiwary, L.Ratan Shukla).. It's all about how Indian young players perform in such a big tournament with astronomical pressure to perform in front of huge crowds and crazy expectations..

  • Kashi0127 on April 19, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    RCB will and deserve to lose for not having selected a single Karnataka player. Would MI allow a team without Mumbai players?

  • on April 19, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    Zaheer khan you beauty! Two big wickets in one over snapped up by ZAK.. First Virat and then Yuvi.. Niw the match is in balance but only a bit cz AB is still out there..

  • on April 19, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    Why did Mumbai buy Cory Anderson when they have no clue how to use him. This is young talent with flare you give the papery unity to make big runs up the order. Don't put him under pressure every single game! This is not the 50 over game we saw him get big runs with free license. Give your big players more time at the crease!

  • on April 19, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    MI should have retained Dinesh karthik instead of rayudu and one foreign player(maxwell/smith/johnson) in place of harbhajan. Love for specific players have cost them a lot.

  • on April 19, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Wow blunders of auction are showing now on the field.. This proves that names doesn't matter much but talent does... MI belongs to number 8 spot this year..

  • on April 19, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    bad buy by mi hussy (5 cor ) Cory ( 4.5 cor ) Tare ( 1.6) Bumrah ( 1.2) = 12.3 cor

    godd buy if sehwag ( 3.2 ) Mcullum, ( 3.25) pathan ( 2.4) t. parera (1.6) , NAsheem ( 1) pankaj (.3) Munaf ( .5 ) Juneja (.1) , = 12.35

    XI - Sehwag , Mucullam, rayudu , Rohit , Pollard, Nasheem / T.parera , pathan , Bhaji, Zak , Malinga , Ojha

  • on April 19, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    i think mumbai is a team which have no big gun players like csk but they can retain the ipl

  • on April 19, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    MI are really looking bad .Those who picjed Hussey should remember that age catches on with everybody including the Little Master like last season.I expect him to score better as the tournament progresses though .Rohit has to pull up his socks .It is crazy that last season he was at 3 and now in spite of opening in Limited overs he is batting at 4 .Look at Kohli he has been No .3 in all forms of limited overs cricket since last year and thats why is a master at pacing games .He has to open in IPL or come at 3 only then will MI benefit.If your best batsman is a Rayadu then you are in trouble .After malinga leaves in a short time the bowling will be equally bad with Zaheer the only good one .This team will come 8 th .Its a shame they picked a slogger like Anderson and dropped Smith and Maxwell .

  • on April 19, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    MI are probably the worst outfit right now.... hussey out of his prime; rohit pollard and Anderson all looking woefully out of form and the others fail to inspire much confidence either... they should have targetted a couple of good Indian batsmen instead of going for Anderson who is clearly struggling on subcontinental pitches... its going to be a horror run for them this time ..

  • on April 19, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    Mumbai Indians has the weakest batting line up of this yr IPL. No planning in buying players at all,Other teams planned their team well but not MI. No jhonson,maxwell,smith,karthik. No replacment for them at all..Look for thus team after 3 yrs now..MI are going to loose plenty of games.

  • on April 19, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    The Mumbai Indian team selection is a shocker. The match winners of last season Dinesh karthik, Dwayne Smith, M.Johnson were not retained. N players like Rayudu , Harbhajan were retained. Mumbai Indians will languish at the bottom of the table this season.

  • on April 19, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    now MI shocked..

  • on April 19, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    MI going to loose another match.

  • on April 19, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    MI is not looking strong as if they were in d past so no worries for RCB even if Gayle opted out of d team.

  • on April 19, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    mumbai rocks.

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  • on April 19, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    mumbai rocks.

  • on April 19, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    MI is not looking strong as if they were in d past so no worries for RCB even if Gayle opted out of d team.

  • on April 19, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    MI going to loose another match.

  • on April 19, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    now MI shocked..

  • on April 19, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    The Mumbai Indian team selection is a shocker. The match winners of last season Dinesh karthik, Dwayne Smith, M.Johnson were not retained. N players like Rayudu , Harbhajan were retained. Mumbai Indians will languish at the bottom of the table this season.

  • on April 19, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    Mumbai Indians has the weakest batting line up of this yr IPL. No planning in buying players at all,Other teams planned their team well but not MI. No jhonson,maxwell,smith,karthik. No replacment for them at all..Look for thus team after 3 yrs now..MI are going to loose plenty of games.

  • on April 19, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    MI are probably the worst outfit right now.... hussey out of his prime; rohit pollard and Anderson all looking woefully out of form and the others fail to inspire much confidence either... they should have targetted a couple of good Indian batsmen instead of going for Anderson who is clearly struggling on subcontinental pitches... its going to be a horror run for them this time ..

  • on April 19, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    MI are really looking bad .Those who picjed Hussey should remember that age catches on with everybody including the Little Master like last season.I expect him to score better as the tournament progresses though .Rohit has to pull up his socks .It is crazy that last season he was at 3 and now in spite of opening in Limited overs he is batting at 4 .Look at Kohli he has been No .3 in all forms of limited overs cricket since last year and thats why is a master at pacing games .He has to open in IPL or come at 3 only then will MI benefit.If your best batsman is a Rayadu then you are in trouble .After malinga leaves in a short time the bowling will be equally bad with Zaheer the only good one .This team will come 8 th .Its a shame they picked a slogger like Anderson and dropped Smith and Maxwell .

  • on April 19, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    i think mumbai is a team which have no big gun players like csk but they can retain the ipl

  • on April 19, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    bad buy by mi hussy (5 cor ) Cory ( 4.5 cor ) Tare ( 1.6) Bumrah ( 1.2) = 12.3 cor

    godd buy if sehwag ( 3.2 ) Mcullum, ( 3.25) pathan ( 2.4) t. parera (1.6) , NAsheem ( 1) pankaj (.3) Munaf ( .5 ) Juneja (.1) , = 12.35

    XI - Sehwag , Mucullam, rayudu , Rohit , Pollard, Nasheem / T.parera , pathan , Bhaji, Zak , Malinga , Ojha