Super Kings v Mumbai Indians, IPL, Dubai

McCullum, Mohit keep Mumbai Indians winless

The Report by Devashish Fuloria

April 25, 2014

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Chennai Super Kings 142 for 3 (McCullum 71*) beat Mumbai Indians 141 for 7 (Rohit 50, Mohit 4-14) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Agarkar: Dunk could be the X-factor Mumbai need

Keep your competition buried when they are down, say some. Chennai Super Kings, led by Mohit Sharma's best IPL figures and Brendon McCullum's second half-century in four matches, cemented their position near the top of the table with a crushing victory against defending champions Mumbai Indians, who are yet to register a win.

Super Kings had been alternating between good bowling and good batting performances in their previous three matches. In their fourth one though, they were strong with both bat and ball. As Mumbai Indians eyed a late surge in the last five overs, they lost their set batsmen, Rohit Sharma and Corey Anderson, in quick succession, before Mohit cleaned up the middle order in just one over to end up with figures of 4 for 14.

At the break, Mohit said it wouldn't be an easy chase for the Super Kings batsmen on the slow pitch. The way Dwayne Smith and McCullum played the first two overs suggested they had taken Mohit's advice seriously; only two runs came. However, with the words of their top performer honoured, Smith switched to his usual modus operandi, hitting three sixes in the next seven balls, all straight hits.

Once the chase was set in motion though, it was McCullum who took the front seat, blitzing powerful boundaries through extra cover and midwicket off successive Zaheer Khan deliveries. The sight of his fellow countryman Corey Anderson seemed to charge him up even more as he used his incredible bat speed to power three boundaries through the cover region.

With 51 runs in the Powerplay, Mumbai Indians' only chance in the match was to somehow dismantle the strong batting order. They did get a sniff as Smith and Suresh Raina departed in successive overs. That was to have no effect on McCullum though, who, apart from giving respect to Lasith Malinga, kept on peppering the boundary regularly off other bowlers and brought up his half-century in 36 balls.

Super Kings were almost level with Mumbai Indians' score at the 15-over stage, but they were in no mood to commit the same errors and cantered past the target with an over to spare.

Mumbai Indians had much to thank Rohit and Anderson, who revived the innings with a measured 84-run stand for the third wicket after the early loss of their openers. Both batsmen found it tough to push the scoring early on. A six by Anderson off the last ball of the 10th over signalled some intent, but the scoring-rate still lingered below six an over.

Rohit picked up the scoring from there on though, smacking a couple of sixes over the leg side as 51 runs came off the next five overs. But all hopes of a late surge were dashed once Super Kings got an opening with the dismissal of Anderson. Rohit, immediately after reaching his half-century, was caught in the deep off Ben Hilfenhaus and Mohit, in the 19th over, burst the balloon with three wickets, all with superbly controlled slower balls. The final total of 141 was 10 to 15 runs short of what Mumbai Indians would have eyed at one stage.

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Posted by StreetView on (April 27, 2014, 6:16 GMT)

@Tanuj Birua "Teach the other team a lesson"? Mind your words kid. Well, this is a sport ,not a war. Cricinfo is for sportive people and you should restrain yourself to FaceBook or YouTube if you wanna comment some posts like this :P

Posted by SatishTembey on (April 27, 2014, 0:25 GMT)

CSK is doing well. Ishwar Pandey bowled very well , though wicketless. It is strange that Dhoni never picked him for India, specially on foreign tours with green top wickets. Though Dhoni is propagating for young players, he hasn't given any chance to a young player - Baba Aprajith. Baba Aprajith is a good allrounder and was a key player of 2012 ICC Under 19 World Cup winning team. During 2012 U 19 World Cup, he scored 171 runs (avg 29) and bowled 50 overs in 6 matches. But surprisingly he hasn't played a single match for CSK.

Posted by millsy24 on (April 26, 2014, 21:28 GMT)

I don't understand why Hussey is opening in this. He used to open for his state many years ago in long form cricket, but hasn't done that for years. He should be coming in at 4 or 5, that's where he is best. Ben Dunk is a gun bat and it also surprises me that he hasn't played yet, especially when they have lost every game. Give him a go. He was the best bat in the Big Bash out of all of them.

Posted by Venkatesh0718 on (April 26, 2014, 18:55 GMT)

@Arjun Cn : I don't think just swapping the batting order will work out for MI.If that was the case DD would not have finished at the bottom of the table last year.I agree it's just 3 games but when you're looking at entering playoffs it's too bad for MI.Do you think they can win 9-10 games out of next 11 ?? They should fight hard to finish at mid table.

Posted by ramz30380 on (April 26, 2014, 14:13 GMT)

@ Jose Puliampatta - Kings XI have only 2 batsmen firing - Maxie and Miller have scored 60% of the entire scores of Kings XI this season - which can go haywire as these two cant fire all the time... whereas for CSK - the top 5 have done well, so I do believe tht CSK has the best batting line-up in the current scenario!

Posted by Devadatta_Rajadhyaksha on (April 26, 2014, 13:32 GMT)

Worth trying the following XI (in batting order): Tare, Dunk, Anderson, Rohit, Rayudu, Gautam, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Malinga, Santokie, Ojha.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (April 26, 2014, 11:21 GMT)

CSK Team has vibrant players. Most of the foreign players are in their early 30s. They are experienced and also will last for the next two years. If Smith or McCullum stays for 10 overs they are sure to give a good platform for the middle order put up decent totals. CSK is on course for yet another play offs.

Posted by AltafPatel on (April 26, 2014, 11:17 GMT)

Mumbai has problem of under-using foreign players. they wasted Pollard since his inclusion in the team from 2010. they did same with MaxWell last year and didn't bother to retain him, now see what mistake they did.

Posted by MagazineReader on (April 26, 2014, 11:14 GMT)

Requesting again to test the CSK team with Raina/Duplesis[Since they are free thinkers ] as captain [& giving Mccullum the WK role],. Ideally I was expecting either Dhoni or Raina to get released to play with DD or RCB respectively while auctioning.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 10:13 GMT)

mumbai will take csk on in wankhede stadium. hoping for a Jayasuriya like inning from hussey or anderson and hope they keep their record of remaining unbeaten at home.hope atleast they make it to seem like they are struggling in uae.when tournament shift to india they will teach other team a lesson. good luck

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 9:03 GMT)

dont write MI off yet guys., agreed the auction diidnt go too well and it looks like picking hussey up was a mistake, but it's only been 3 games and this is T20 cricket, you never know who's gonna show up. Right now, I think rohit should promote himself to opener and play the order as 1.Rohit 2.Hussey 3.Tare 4.Pollard 5.Anderson 6.Rayudu 7. Gautam 8. Bhajji 9. Malinga 10.Ojha 11.Zaheer

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 8:26 GMT)

i agree with Suresh. Ya MI lost it in auction but not just for this yr ,it is for 3yrs. what they can do is give chance to other players in place of pollard,hussey,zaheer and see if they can win a game or two.players like rohit sharma,malinga should take rest in between the games as they have national duty too for their countries.India need fit rohit sharna for england and aus tour.

Posted by ramli on (April 26, 2014, 8:09 GMT)

When big hitting is not working ... the tried and trusted method of running hard and rotating strike is always there ... why are they not doing that? MI does not have a bad team either ... the roles of palyers need to be redefined and new strategies worked out ... then only MI can be revived

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 7:58 GMT)

Mumbai Indian lost the IPL in the auction. That's sums thier performance this year. They are sure to win the wooden spoon.

Posted by Blackholesun on (April 26, 2014, 7:35 GMT)


I took the WC T20 loss as another loss, but since you are talking about the logical side of the loss, I am interested in knowing it. Unless you have anything other than Sri Lankan bowling in last five overs, I do wish to know the logical side.

As for Yuvi, he is not in his usual self for whatever reasons, but I think he has been given quite a number of chances, other players should get a chance. It's not only his batting, his fielding standards have gone down too.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (April 26, 2014, 7:03 GMT)


Missing Smith at the top...

Pollard needs to get in EARLIER to see 1 balls before he tee's off ...

Pollard is coming out of injury ! He cannot come in a just wallop from the 1st ball ..

MI management,,, is really, really incompetent !

MI management started messing up before the Start of the IPL ...

Tendulkar retiring was a BLESSING !

MI had to do NOTHING but retain the same team... minus Tendulkar ..

and what they did is get rid of some of thier KEY players..

Smith had been CARRYING Tendulkar , in 20/20 cricket ...

Posted by   on (April 26, 2014, 6:51 GMT)

CSK is a consistent team..

Posted by indopakfan on (April 26, 2014, 6:37 GMT)

KIERON POLLARD - THE SHAHID AFRIDI OF THE MUMBAI INDIANS TEAM!!! Performs once in 10 matches and is immediately hailed as Sir Gary Sobers' successor!! When will we realise that though he is an ouststanding fielder he is a mediocre batsman and a much below mediocre short an overpaid, overrated non performin liability....just like Pakistans dear Shahid Afridibhai!!!

Posted by Venkatesh0718 on (April 26, 2014, 6:34 GMT)

MI don't know how to invest money on players.They thought that CSK are fools and didn't pick Hussey and grabbed him.That proves MI's poor strategy.When you're looking to buy a player with heavy amount you should have three years plan, 39 year old overseas player who's not in touch with international cricket is not the one you'll look for.I'm pretty sure if MI were in place of CSK they would have retained Hussey, that's difference MI and CSK. They know when to retain which player.Picking Mccullum, Smith and retaining faf and let hussey, Albie go.Look at MI let smith, maxwell go and retain pollard(who's like Murali Vijay of MI) and pick Anderson based on one performance (that's quite often usual with MI who'd picked Richard Levi based on one prformance).I would say only malinga is a good overseas pick.They should've retained maxwell and Malinga and should've used RTM for Smith.

Posted by vipinchirackal on (April 26, 2014, 5:51 GMT)

@tanstell87please stop uttering nonsense.loos in the world cup finsl was mailny because of yuvi.players like kohli and bhuvaneswar tried their best but could do nothing because the mental stroke given by yuvi was so strong that nobody could have escaped from stop blaming other world cup tema menbers who took us to the final world t20 tournament

Posted by Siva_Bala75 on (April 26, 2014, 5:35 GMT)

Guys...just look at the 7 Indians man to man comparison between CSK and (MI). Dhoni (Rohit), Raina (Rayudu), Ashwin (Bhajji), Jadeja (Ojha), Mohit (Zaheer), Manhas (Tare), Pandey (Gautam- last match Bumrah). If you look at overseas players then it does not look that bad on paper though on form CSK is much ahead: Smith (Hussey), McCullum (Anderson), Faf (Pollard) and then Hilfy (Malinga). MI has just one winner in Malinga. This MI won't even make playoffs. Their only hope will be on Rohit, Malinga and Hussey to win for them. The rest are not match winners.

Posted by Antony_Lucas on (April 26, 2014, 4:01 GMT)

Pollard doesn't really look like he wants to be there. Dunk must come in at opener next match, with the option of slotting Hussey in at 4 or 5, potentially at the expense of Pollard

Posted by chikkubukku on (April 26, 2014, 3:59 GMT)

There is no use in blaming Rohit Sharma. You can not expect big things from him. It is beyond his reach and ability. He is kept in the limelight and given a facelift with very little performance during crunch times, to back him up. He is an ordinary cricketer, not the one as he is made out to be.

What surprises me was Mumbai has all the costliest and the best known people in their respective trades to back them up like Anil Kumble, Sachin Tendulkar, Jonty Rhodes, John Wright. What they have been doing during auction? No use blaming players. If one or two players click then others tend to support them and the team becomes a winning team. Here Mumbai has all costly acquisitions, both from player as well support staff perspective, but value they offer, no body knows.

If you expect a team that has players like Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Mike Hussey in the playing eleven led by a captain who himself is not a match winner, you are exepcting too much.

Posted by venvenka on (April 26, 2014, 3:51 GMT)

MI crushed , loved it . Revenge for last yr's final !

Posted by Dominic532 on (April 26, 2014, 3:24 GMT)

Another lost for MI.CSK played very well.Mohit was excellent with his bowling.And Mcullum batted intellgently and put no pressure on his team.Really good all round perfomance from CSK.Back to back good perfomance from CSK bowlers.And what we can say about the CHAMPIONS MI.They are playing POOR VERY VERY POOR.This team gone be the same weak team like first 3 seasons of IPL.MI captain Rohit come and play 45of 41 and got aside that he tried.MI will remain last on this ipl. They got fasinated by BIG NAMES like Anderson and Hussy.They don't know how to use the players.They are playing Pollard at 6-7 so you can think how poor they are. MI always buy big players in the auction for their dogout showcase.Last year not playing Maxwell whole year only 1-2 matches. Which is not enough to show talent.Bought Ponting and he is in dougout. But this year they don;t have good players. They lost the game when they scored 141/7.They know that CSK won easily. They have only star bowler MALINGA

Posted by crimsonbull on (April 26, 2014, 3:21 GMT)

@tanstell87. I do blame Yuvraj for the T20 World Cup final loss. What happened in Dhaka should stay in Dhaka. How does that have any bearing in the IPL you face different bowler. If the retired Dravid scored a duck in one of his test innings would you take away all his accomplishments?

Posted by sachin_equal_to_bradman on (April 26, 2014, 3:21 GMT)

@tanstell87: Its because of fans like you that we still get blames from other countries like we are too Emotional!!! Still you are not able to see the logical side of the loss foe WC T-20??? still you think the loss was not because of such great knock by UV in a World Cup Finals??? If you say YUVI deserves more chances then so too KAPIL DEV!!! because as per you we should always seen the reputation

Posted by tanstell87 on (April 26, 2014, 2:13 GMT)

hahaha people were blaming Yuvraj after World T20 loss...but the real culprits of that loss were Rohit who took 29 balls for 25 & Kohli who played 58 balls for his 77....

same is happening here....Rohit often throws his wicket away & its not helping pick an outdated Mike Hussey at the auction was a huge mistake....Hussey for Dwayne Smith - not a good choice by Mumbai...

also why not Santokie...he was star in World T20 still average players like Gautam & Bumrah are considered...

play this team

1. Marathe 2. Tare 3. Rayudu 4. Anderson 5. Rohit 6. Pollard 7. Harbhajan 8. Zaheer 9. Malinga 10. Santokie 11. Ojha

Posted by jokerbala on (April 26, 2014, 1:42 GMT)

Can never understand this MI " Respect for seniors above everything" else attitude. They had Mad Max for a whole season after getting him for 1 million and did not play him, played over the hill Ponting instead and now have Bought Hussey when he is 40 yrs old? Contrastingly , Chennai knew when to let Hayden , Hussey, Murali go . Stephen Fleming lead a superstar less Kiwi side of the 90s to puch above their weight . It is much easier for him to lead a side loaded with Superkings.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 23:59 GMT)

@Pradeep Somi GaneshBabu on (April 25, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

The most destructive "batting line up" so far, is not CSK, but just a two-some: M&M (Maxwell & Miller). Of course, in this match, CSK had its own M&M (Mac & Mohit)!

Once Faf & Dhoni (at his best show up), yes, you are right; CSK could be!

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 23:51 GMT)

@Half a dozen advisers of Mumbai Indians: Do you remember a few guys who go by the names of Glen Maxwell, Dwayne Smith, Mitchel Johnson, Dinesh Karthik and a few more of their calibre. Try to remember. Try hard! Anyway, the other teams will remind you.

Would Anil Kumble, Sachin Tendulkar, John Wright, Johnty Rhodes,and Robin Singh compensate for the missing names. Money is not the main resource in life; people are. That too, the right people. Past is less important in life; present and future are.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 23:41 GMT)

MI made many wrong decisions at the time of auction. To go into a Tournament with bowlers like Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan was suicidal; both appear to have passed their prime long time back. There is a limit to what Malinga can do.Whatever they win this time can be taken as a Bonus. All the Best.

Posted by Lahori_Munde on (April 25, 2014, 23:20 GMT)

Serious braindrain in Mumbai think tank. Rohit has to open the inning and rest will fall in place

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 20:30 GMT)

revenge day wow loved it crushed...#dhoni #100th ipl

Posted by StuddSundar on (April 25, 2014, 20:19 GMT)

IPL winning combinations are developed right from the time of the auction. MI seem to have messed it up. They let go of some top performers and have acquired mediocre performers. The entire team needs an over haul. Hussey & Pollard have not clicked so far and they are short of a good Indian batsman in the middle order except Rohit Sharma. Dinesh Karthik was a precious asset for MI and instead chose to retain Rayudu who is of no use as he does not bring in the kind of experience DK brings. CSK on the other hand have played their cards strategically right by selecting Dwayne Smith, Brendon, Faf, Badree. With injury to Bravo, the team is not affected much. CSK now has their 8-9 core team fixed and will have to try out other players in the bench to figure out the best XI. In the process they may lose a couple of games, which should be fine. For the play offs and the final, CSK will have a very strong team to bring home the trophy.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 20:00 GMT)

Dear Rohit, you should try bowling for sure. At least on slow wickets; you would provide a much better option as MI anyways have very few bowlers in the current playing 11. Also i think we have benched a good player - Santokie. let's give him a chance. let us not make the same mistake that we made with Maxwell. Please learn to recognize talent. And give other benched players an opportunity to play before it's too late and we have no chance to return in the tournament. There is certainly something (everything) wrong with the team selection. Wake up1

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 19:48 GMT)

I think Mumbai Lost this IPL even before the tournament started.. classic example of losing a tournament in the auctions..

Posted by parikshit_Ops on (April 25, 2014, 19:03 GMT)

Hmm.. Again a wild heave from tare. Somebody needs to get in his head that he doesn't need to hit every ball. Best Fours in today's MI Innings were hit by this Young WK Batsman from Mumbai, Exquisite ones, Some Pure timing ones. But when you were 23 from 18, there was no need to play that Shot hitting M. Sharma over MidOn. So what if 3 bowls were dots, they were also because you didnt try single. Hope Tare learns from the mistake, but i am not expecting it to happen soon..

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 18:44 GMT)

csk getting everything right but very sad news for CSK z the no.1 bowler is sitting outside it's not a matter to play him but excellent bowler during power play .... huss s an extraordinary player he has not much time with mi I think he will be back for mi in coming games dont underestimate him he z the strong contender for orange cap with Gayle last year..... but an excellent win and this csk batting explains how to chase a small targets with ease.......

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 18:38 GMT)

CSK were the deserved winner. They batted and bowled well. Mumbai had no chance at any time of the match. They kept losing wickets regularly. They thought slogging out was the best prospect. It is not sunday everyday. McCullum was brilliant as usual with his batting. There seems a distinct approach to the fielding of the local players as compared to the overseas ones. One marvels at the stupendous catches taken by these foreign players. Excepting for Raina, Kohli and Jadeja none of the other local fielders ever go all out to take a great catch. They lack that special effort to try for the difficult catches. Imagine the catches taken by Smith, Lynn, Bravo ! Can anyone ever associate such catches with the local fielders. And the same aspects mostly apply when it comes to class fielding also. Even with wicket keeping Dhoni lacks the art of standing at the right place behind the stumps while accepting a throw from the fielder.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 18:36 GMT)

@ Rohanblue : If you notice, still every ipl team has best players in the side. It's all about how they all work as a team and having confident...more than that playing under clever experience cool captain like Dhoni.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 18:35 GMT)

good win for csk people talked about not retaining Mike csk now has best team some big hitter from word go bad auction for Mumbai they went for name instead of good players

Posted by BigINDFan on (April 25, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

I suppose Malinga will not claim responsibility for the losses in the same manner as he claimed credit for SL success in the WCT20 final :-) Wait Rohit is the captain now. The problem with MI is they lost Mitch Johnson and Pollard is useless in the middle order. They need to change the XI to change their fortune.

CSK is doing great but for the one blip called Maxwell in the first game. Hope we see CSK vs KXIP finals this year and Badree vs Maxwell in the final :-)

Posted by aliceashok on (April 25, 2014, 18:31 GMT)

Once again very worst performance by the Mumbai Indians. My question is simple. Why the top order or hard hitting batsman even not trying to hit boundaries while they were between 11th to 16th overs? Even though they got wickets in hand, mostly spinners would bowling those overs, but non of the ipl team players were seemed to attack those overs except kxip team especially Great Glenn Maxwell. For example, take today scenario, rohit and highly build upped pollard seemed nonsense and worthless batting. They simply let the spin overs without any attack which any team desperately needed to put high scores against strong batting teams like csk. But they hurt themselves. I don't know why all players making such big mistake. Giving away all spin overs , but they only make up their mind to attack very difficult last two uneasy overs. Really it is very foolish and brain less. They have to learn from pure sensible sportsman Glenn Maxwell. Salute you !

Posted by rajeshmailtocsk on (April 25, 2014, 18:30 GMT)

@Tanuj...yes u r right CSK will not win the cup, but one of the teams u mentioned have to face CSK in final ;) this is the definition of IPL man ;)

Becoming a champion is doesn't matter, but does u play like champion is matters!!!

Posted by aliceashok on (April 25, 2014, 18:28 GMT)

Once again very worst performance by the Mumbai Indians. My question is simple. Why the top order or hard hitting batsman even not trying to hit boundaries while they were between 11th to 16th overs? Even though they got wickets in hand, mostly spinners would bowling those overs, but non of the ipl team players were seemed to attack those overs except kxip team especially Great Glenn Maxwell. For example, take today scenario, rohit and highly build upped pollard seemed nonsense and worthless batting. They simply let the spin overs without any attack which any team desperately needed to put high scores against strong batting teams like csk. But they hurt themselves. I don't know why all players making such big mistake. Giving away all spin overs , but they only make up their mind to attack very difficult last two uneasy overs. Really it is very foolish and brain less. They have to learn from pure sensible sportsman Glenn Maxwell. Salute you !

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 18:26 GMT)

revenge is served best cold,with vengeance.Come on CSK,Keep roaring louder.BLEED YELLOW.

Posted by Provost on (April 25, 2014, 18:24 GMT)

Prior year IPL champion goes to the bottom of the stack (RR, KKR and MI) except the one and only CSK......that shows others are winning by fluke.....

Posted by switchmitch on (April 25, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

Ah well....They should seriously think about giving CSK a direct entry to the Semis. They are so consistent and clinical, it became boring 5 years ago...They should have the qualifier matches only for three places in the semis...

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

csk have been getting the best out of retires stars like hayden hussey muttiah etc but then knew when not to select them or buy back...hats off to the coaching department for that...and csk always had the problem of slow start even when they get 30-40 in most runs they end up 160 170 plus most times...with smith and mccullum u are sure one of them is going to give you a big start...raina looks off colous needs to calm down...threw away his wicket in the last two matches...bowling has been good for csk with mohit and pandey and ben doing damage...jadeja and ashwin will get the support from pitch in india...ash has done well jaddu has gone for runs...but its ok...overall its been good for csk..go csk...hope this time they win it...duplessi needs to step up..if he gets in form then csk will be the most destructive batting lineup(it already is)

Posted by IAMGOD on (April 25, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

Question to cricinfo: Why aren't the actual names like CSK, MI being used in the scorecards, fixtures & points table? Instead I only see Chennai T20, Mumbai T20.. :)

Posted by rohanblue on (April 25, 2014, 18:16 GMT)

its amazing how csk makes a perfect team every year, in 2012 they bought jadeja, he was awesome fr them , to go with that they had albie, jakati etc, last yr they bought mohit sharma and chris morris, they were brilliant, and this yr also they r looking unbeatable with smith, mccullum, faf etc, im a kkr fan bt really dhoni and csk is d best ever ipl team.....

Posted by ramz30380 on (April 25, 2014, 18:13 GMT)

The lions are roaring..... Its disheartening to see such lacklustre performance by the Mumbai Indians. Yes, they messed up big time in the auction. I think they missed a trick by retaining Bajji, Ojha and Rayadu. Hussey has not been among runs, its sad to see a big player going run-less for 3 consequtive innings!

CSK - the team to beat, they are bowling well, batting well and fielding well! CSK shows how these small totals need to be chased carefully - a lesson for RCB and Rajastan, who ironically are playing tomorrow!

Posted by rohanblue on (April 25, 2014, 18:12 GMT)

biggest mistake mumbai made by releasing dwyane smith, mitchel johnson, dinesh karthik specially smith was exceptional fr them in 2012,2013. no body cn frget his last over heroics against hilfenhaus and csk in 2012 and retaining a super mediocre player like rayadu hardly made sense, they couldve bought him fr much less money....

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 18:05 GMT)

Revenge successful for CSK, shows they are the best IPL team, even when lost some of the matches against MI were close matches, anyways, its good to keep MI at the bottom of the table, so good teams like Delhi, KKR, SRH can do better performance!

Posted by Temuzin on (April 25, 2014, 17:59 GMT)

Oh well it was expected MI is no match to CSK. Look how easily CSK has beaten MI. BTW Mohit was freat when bowling.

Posted by DaveUSA on (April 25, 2014, 17:55 GMT)

It seems to me that the success of MI and RR in the 2013 season was more due to the senior players (Tendulkar and Dravid respectively) and the current captains (Nohit and Watto) were simply basking in the glory - now that they have to deliver on their own, it is a much different story!

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 17:55 GMT)

worst team off ipl

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 17:51 GMT)

but lion will not win the cup .it going to be mi ,rcb and kxip .

Posted by NikSaid on (April 25, 2014, 17:50 GMT)

Desperate time Desperate measures... IMHO... MI XI should be : BEN DUNK, HUSSEY/ANDERSON, Rohit, Raydu, Tare, POLLARD, Sushant Marathe, Harbhajan, Zaheer, MALINGA, SANTOKIE(97 wkt in only 52 match and 6 Econ!!)

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 17:50 GMT)

csk lost game for sachin in champhion league 2013 for that now mumbhai should lose i,e, ipl ( fake)

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

Mumbai clearly messed up at the auction

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

Mumbai. Do you hear our Lions Roar?

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

Finally some good news for DD.

Posted by varada59 on (April 25, 2014, 16:30 GMT)

csk has done well to restrict mumbai indians to 141.The teams so far chased down all high scores but struggled when the first innings score is below 150.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

exactly... a lot of teams over rely on retired stars to continue to be match winners... its never easy... ipl is as competitive as any Intl game... csk was always good at getting rid of dead rubber... be it Hayden or murali... its not wrong buying these players... but teams should not look at them as their only choice... backups r essential... mi clearly failed in tat... but bringing Corey at 3 was the only good strategy... he needs to be given time to adjust to the pitches and the IPL in general...

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 16:00 GMT)

Another loss for MI. Poor slection of team in auction will see them at the bottom of points table in this IPL.

Posted by MWaqqar on (April 25, 2014, 14:44 GMT)

When wil people like Murali and Huss realise that IPL is not easy. Player not playing international and domestic cannot just come and play IPL.I wonder most teams do not realise this. CSK however got rid of Murali earlier and Huss now. Some people were expecting Huss to be retained by CSK.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2014, 14:39 GMT)

good fr yung karnataka boy...

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