RCB v Mumbai, Dubai, IPL 2014

All-round RCB swipe aside Mumbai

The Report by Abhishek Purohit

April 18, 2014

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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
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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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Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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?

Posted by 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

Posted by   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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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,

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