Mumbai Indians v Sunrisers, IPL 2014, Dubai April 30, 2014

Five defeats in five for Mumbai Indians

The Report by Alagappan Muthu
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Sunrisers Hyderabad 172 for 5 (Warner 65, Rahul 46) beat Mumbai Indians 157 for 7 (Pollard 78, Pathan 2-10, Steyn 2-20) by 15 runs
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Mumbai need to sort their batting order

Sunrisers Hyderabad gritted their teeth nearly 10 overs without a boundary. David Warner was muzzled so profoundly that he was striking under 100 as late as the 15th over. But then he woke up. He used the slow start as a foundation and collected a half-century that proved the difference. But his patience might have been a mere footnote had Irfan Pathan not delivered a brilliant final over. He had 20 to defend and the first ball of sneaked through Kieron Pollard's defences and seeing the back of a man who hit 78 off 48 balls is usually enough to seal the game, and it was. Pathan only gave away four runs.

Mumbai Indians were flummoxed by the pace and swing of Dale Steyn and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The asking rate rose north of 10 in the 5th over and at 31 for 3, recovery seemed a remote possibility. Only no one had bothered to clue Pollard in. After a jittery start, he remembered his penchant for brutality. Amit Mishra, a far cry from the one that turned up for India in the World T20, was razed for 27 in the 17th over. Rohit Sharma, who was confident today was the game Mumbai would pull off their much-needed turnaround, began contemplating an improbable victory. But much to the birthday boy's chagrin, his side just ran out of juice.

Sunrisers were conscious of their batsmen needing to provide better cover to their bowlers, and opted for Naman Ojha and Irfan to add depth. Ojha smashed the final two balls of the innings for fours and Irfan shouldered the burden of bowling the 16th and the 20th overs with consummate proficiency. Slower balls, yorkers and a refusal to hand width highlighted his two-over spell which ensured Steyn's fearsome bursts and Bhuvneshwar's control were not in vain.

In between though, Mishra braced against a clobbering at the hands of Pollard. The 13th over was biffed for 19 runs and signalled the first challenge from Mumbai. A daunting 87 off 42 was being chipped away. It didn't seem to matter whether Mishra gave the ball air or fired it in, Pollard revved up and mauled five of his six sixes off the legspinner, who ended with 0 for 54. At the other end, Ambati Rayudu ensured he wasn't lost in the slipstream during a 77-run stand for the fourth wicket. The equation was diluted to 31 off the final three overs, but that was when Sunrisers dug deep. Steyn, as ever, delivered when it mattered, ceding only four runs in the 18th, and Bhuvneshwar just seven in the next, to put Sunrisers ahead going into Irfan's final over.

Sunrisers' batting resources were lumped too tightly at the top and an early wicket prompted a change of tactic. KL Rahul's technical correctness was banked on to minimise the damage. Mumbai were adamant on not giving the batsmen any room and their fielders were no shy of hurtling after the ball if it was anywhere near their vicinity. They were desperate.

Rahul blunted the challenge, placing faith in his footwork against spin and nudges around the ground to keep the scoreboard ticking. He knew Warner was better equipped to lead the charge.

Harbhajan Singh did his best to plant doubts, constantly foiling Warner's attempts to blaze away in the early goings with a remarkable control of flight and line. Warner fronted 16 balls from the offspinner and could summon only nine runs. But as the death overs came, Warner found his touch. Batting both right- and left-handed, he inspired Sunrisers to crash 73 in the last six overs.

Pragyan Ojha was carted repeatedly over midwicket and the partnership with Rahul blossomed to 101 - Sunrisers' second hundred-plus stand of the season and that was the partnership that forced Mumbai into a position of having to win almost all of their matches in the India leg to progress in the tournament.

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ladycricfan on May 2, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    SRH looked more balanced with Warner coming in at 4 and Irfan showing some form. Youngster Rahul looks talented. May be future indian star in the making. SRH will win more games with this combination. AMistra's form is their only worry. He might come good in Indian pitches. Otherwise Rasool should replace him.

  • Naresh28 on May 2, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    Rohit Sharma has lost the spark that spurred him on when he captained MI to glory in the last IPL. From an Indian perspective batting has been a failure in this IPL - only Rahane is up there with the best. Bowling is much better with Aaron, Mohit, Bhuvi, Balaji, Sandeep, Chahal and Tambe - showing up for their franchises.

  • Siva_Bala75 on May 2, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    MI = Mentor Indians- there is simply too many of them

  • on May 1, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    It was a matter of time pollard start to fire but the team cant depend on him alone to fight. Everybody else need to step up

  • on May 1, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    @ LongLiveTestCricket....... do you have anything against Rayudu?? I think The guy did well so far compared to many other stars in the team. You can blame him for getting out at wrong times, but he did score the runs.

  • LongLiveTestCricket on May 1, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    What a masterclass from Steyn and Bhuvi.Despite asking rate coming down to 10 from 15 due to 17th over assault,they bowled with a lot of guile and even a fully set Pollard cudn't do much.Courtesy them Pathan had 20 runs to defend in final over and not 11/12 which would have proved extremely difficult for him.Bowled a length ball but luckily Pollard inside edged him.Watching the match, one thing was clear-beyond Pollard there was no one to take MI through to the winning line and at any stage if he would have been dismissed it would have been game over.He brought'em back with his assault on Mishra but MI were expecting him to do a lot.With multiple wicketkeepers selected in auction and in playing XI, MI bat order is a joke and Anderson just seems to be doing nothing.Retaining mediocre players like Rayudu for huge amount,RTM for Ojha while letting go of Smith,Maxwell,Karthik was bound to come back to haunt and so they seem listless bunch. Aahhh! they have KXIP to play next,so better pray.

  • on May 1, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    I think day was lucky for irfan , some people told man of the match irfan but both batsman out on full toss bhuvi bowl very well under pressure he gave on 7 run in second last over so path an get raydu wicket he bowl pollard only Yorkers bhuvi always bowl really very well against west Indians in tri series,champion trophy ,t20 world cup, in CSL match against d smith and also chris gyale when he made 175* last year.

  • Rally_Windies on May 1, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    The talent is there,

    the brains are lacking...

    Hajaban wasted the 19th over ...

    27 of 12....

    you needed 10+ in the 19th ... 7 was not good..

    in the 20th Pollard could not wait and see... he HAD to GO for it ...

    and even so, with 20 in 5,,, they should have sent in MALINGA ...

    that was their only chance of making 20 in 5 ....

    MI is behaving as though , they want Pollard to make all the runs by himself .... at this rate they should make Pollard open ....

  • CricLover316 on May 1, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    Anderson and Pollard have the same roles in MI side. But, Anderson really looks hopeless to say the least. Was expected a lot from him when he was picked. But Has no clue against Spinners and seems struggling on slow pitches even against pace bowlers. Just a one match wonder? Likes the ball coming onto the bat,is being terribly exposed. Pollard should bat up the order because MI have another Richard Levi here in Anderson. Has been tried at different positions,still nothing has come positive for him.

  • on May 1, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    When not getting from yr boler/batsman good performance , it is better to replace and should try from sitting on bench..............!

  • ladycricfan on May 2, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    SRH looked more balanced with Warner coming in at 4 and Irfan showing some form. Youngster Rahul looks talented. May be future indian star in the making. SRH will win more games with this combination. AMistra's form is their only worry. He might come good in Indian pitches. Otherwise Rasool should replace him.

  • Naresh28 on May 2, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    Rohit Sharma has lost the spark that spurred him on when he captained MI to glory in the last IPL. From an Indian perspective batting has been a failure in this IPL - only Rahane is up there with the best. Bowling is much better with Aaron, Mohit, Bhuvi, Balaji, Sandeep, Chahal and Tambe - showing up for their franchises.

  • Siva_Bala75 on May 2, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    MI = Mentor Indians- there is simply too many of them

  • on May 1, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    It was a matter of time pollard start to fire but the team cant depend on him alone to fight. Everybody else need to step up

  • on May 1, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    @ LongLiveTestCricket....... do you have anything against Rayudu?? I think The guy did well so far compared to many other stars in the team. You can blame him for getting out at wrong times, but he did score the runs.

  • LongLiveTestCricket on May 1, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    What a masterclass from Steyn and Bhuvi.Despite asking rate coming down to 10 from 15 due to 17th over assault,they bowled with a lot of guile and even a fully set Pollard cudn't do much.Courtesy them Pathan had 20 runs to defend in final over and not 11/12 which would have proved extremely difficult for him.Bowled a length ball but luckily Pollard inside edged him.Watching the match, one thing was clear-beyond Pollard there was no one to take MI through to the winning line and at any stage if he would have been dismissed it would have been game over.He brought'em back with his assault on Mishra but MI were expecting him to do a lot.With multiple wicketkeepers selected in auction and in playing XI, MI bat order is a joke and Anderson just seems to be doing nothing.Retaining mediocre players like Rayudu for huge amount,RTM for Ojha while letting go of Smith,Maxwell,Karthik was bound to come back to haunt and so they seem listless bunch. Aahhh! they have KXIP to play next,so better pray.

  • on May 1, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    I think day was lucky for irfan , some people told man of the match irfan but both batsman out on full toss bhuvi bowl very well under pressure he gave on 7 run in second last over so path an get raydu wicket he bowl pollard only Yorkers bhuvi always bowl really very well against west Indians in tri series,champion trophy ,t20 world cup, in CSL match against d smith and also chris gyale when he made 175* last year.

  • Rally_Windies on May 1, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    The talent is there,

    the brains are lacking...

    Hajaban wasted the 19th over ...

    27 of 12....

    you needed 10+ in the 19th ... 7 was not good..

    in the 20th Pollard could not wait and see... he HAD to GO for it ...

    and even so, with 20 in 5,,, they should have sent in MALINGA ...

    that was their only chance of making 20 in 5 ....

    MI is behaving as though , they want Pollard to make all the runs by himself .... at this rate they should make Pollard open ....

  • CricLover316 on May 1, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    Anderson and Pollard have the same roles in MI side. But, Anderson really looks hopeless to say the least. Was expected a lot from him when he was picked. But Has no clue against Spinners and seems struggling on slow pitches even against pace bowlers. Just a one match wonder? Likes the ball coming onto the bat,is being terribly exposed. Pollard should bat up the order because MI have another Richard Levi here in Anderson. Has been tried at different positions,still nothing has come positive for him.

  • on May 1, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    When not getting from yr boler/batsman good performance , it is better to replace and should try from sitting on bench..............!

  • on May 1, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    The two batsmen, that MI dropped are the top run getters in this tournament so far, Maxwell and Smith. Missing those in their line up so badly, except Pollard's fire work yesterday. Game over for MI.

  • on May 1, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    Mumbai needed a player sum 1 lyk sachin who reads & plays the situation very very well.

  • on May 1, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    I think MI will not progress to playoffs this year unless they play extraordinary cricket and win all their remaining matches with good margin to boost their NRR.But I dont see this happening.

  • mjrvasu on May 1, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Somebody in Sunrisers please remove captaincy from Dhawan and hand it over to Sammy. Without taking away the credit from Pollard, the match was pretty much within the grasp of SRH. Shikar Dhawan looked to have completely forgotten the presence of Irfan Pathan in the XI, handed over a fatal 3rd over to Mishra, and even more suicidal 4th over to the same bowler - who was in fact the only hope for MI to achieve the target. The game was very nearly handed over from the jaws of victory by Dhawan. The match should have been comfortably won with Irfan bowling more than the meagre 2 overs at the end when every other regular bowler had bowled out. Dhawan's place in the XI would be questionable in another IPL team, but in SRH they don't have much of a bench strength. But certainly he is not captain material.

  • gnat9 on May 1, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    I would say that the Sunrisers almost lost the match after Dhawan made the mistake of handing the 17th over to Mishra. Had Pathan not made amends by taking Pollard's wicket immediately after, MI would have most certainly won the match. Dhawan and SRH were very lucky to get away with it. I wonder what Dhawan was thinking.

  • on May 1, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    i dont understand the batting line up of MI last night... Promoting corey anderson on top might be back fired if he had played next to rayudu then they might have scored those extra runs..

  • on May 1, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    Play parvez rasool instead of amit mishra .Its not just for 1 bad match .It is for his continous bad performance.Parvez is offie and can get some variety. So this looks best team

    1.Dhawan 2.Finch 3.Venugopal rao/Rahul. 4.Warner. 5.D sammy 6. N ohjha/V rao. 7.I pathan 8. K sharma 9.Rasool 10.B kumar 11.Steyn.

    2 good fast bowlers 1 genuine swing bowler. 2 spinners [one leggie and one offie] and one support pacer in d sammy .

  • Antony_Lucas on May 1, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    To those saying Corey Anderson is another Richard Levi, thats just absurd. Levi fell off the scene completely. Corey Anderson will play International cricket for another ten years. This is just a solitary tournament, one which represents a very steep learning curve. Anderson may struggle through this IPL but he will still feature prominently in international cricket down the line, his ODI and test pedigree will see to that.

  • sreehk on May 1, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    OMG! SRH "team management" woke up now. They have sorted their batting order by spreading Finch, Warner, and Sammy evenly at 1, 4, and 5. Also they got their team combination right with Naman Ojha(his role needs to be defined) and Irfan Pathan must be in their playing eleven given their talents and IPL experience. One thing they should ensure is to 'somehow' get Sammy in with at least 5 overs to go so that he can get those 4 to 5 sixes to make the difference. Rahul looks to be a fantastic talent who will improve with confidence. Their formula should be simple:

    Finch and Dhawan should bat peacefully till 8 overs. One of them should explode from there ensuring about 75 to 80 runs from 10 overs.

    Rahul/Dhawan should anchor with Warner/Finch at other end between 8 to 14 overs. Now players at both ends need to explode.

    With Warner/Rahul at one end get Sammy by 15th over. For Sammy, Pathan, Ojha and Karn will have licence to kill those last 30 balls.

  • Giant-Guru on May 1, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    Good wins for Sunrisers despite poor captaincy from Dhawan, who kept bowling A.Mishra who no doubt entice the batsmen, which is riskier when you are getting hammered, but Dhawan was keen on finishing his full quota of 4 overs for 54 runs. The captains need to think flexibly, that's not on display by Dhawan, neither when he is batting nor when he is using his bowlers, Irfan Pathan is an international bowler, played for Indian Team for a long time and was given just 2 overs to bowl. Have confidence in other bowlers like Pathan when Mishra who is a good bowler though was going expensive. If Dhawan's flop show continues with the bat SRH need to replace him just like MI did with Ponting last year. The SRH fans expects more out of the team that is such a good bowling side. I wish them luck being a supporter of SRH.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on May 1, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    To everyone complaining about Dhawan's decision, Mishra has been SRH's strike bowler for quite some time. He is out of form right now, but at that moment, it wasn't a terrible decision. Sammy and Pathan had gone for plenty too. Pathan had a woeful first game with the ball and was lucky to get Rayudu out with that full toss. So, Dhawan did not trust him enough. Even in the final over, Pathan's delivery to Pollard was there to be hit, he just missed it due to the pressure built by Bhuvi and Steyn. Pathan was quite lucky yesterday, although he didn't bowl too badly. He was a promising player but right now he needs to do some serious work to get back into form. He should still be played as he adds more to the team than Ishant but I do believe its time to include Rasool at the cost of Mishra. Karn Sharma is doing a better job (not by much) and Mishra seems to be in a rut. A break could help him gather his wits.

  • on May 1, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    Mumbai Indians are champ of making a super star turned into a flop star. Corey Anderson is the next Richard Levi.

  • vivekanandanarulmozhi on May 1, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    Poor batting by MI in last three over and excellent bowling by styen, bhuvi and irfan in last three overs

  • Nandu_Athadu on May 1, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    Watching Steyn bowling yesterday was a treat to my eyes.I feel pity for Steyn - awesome fast bowling, fast bowling at its best but still his IPL team ends up on loosing side, most often. Wish I could have born in the era of WI bowling quartet to witness the art of fast bowling. Dhawan has to learn more about using his bowlers. How can you give an over to Mishra to a guy like Pollard who can hit sixes at will when in full flow. That over almost cost SRH the match. MI will be back when they play India and Rohit will find his form on. But MI cant make to the play offs.

  • on May 1, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    I dont understand the people who are saying pathan bowled well. both the balls were half volleys... It was his lucky day. On any other it would be out of stadium

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on May 1, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    corey anderson is another richard levi.

  • on May 1, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    come on Mumbai.. bounce back

  • on May 1, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    Time for Mumbai to play Badree

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on May 1, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    Much improved performance by MI even if it was just Pollard. Dunk looked good at the top and a win or two could really go a long way. That said, MI might want to rest Ojha for a while just like SRH might want to give Mishra some down time. Both are being hit for plenty and aren't producing wicket. Legspin is all about rhythm and confidence and currently, they both have neither. They also have spinning reserves so it can't hurt to try. SRH's batting strategy was also nice. Warner had played in the middle order last year for DD and produced some good innings there. Although it is not an ideal position for him, it will have to make do. Surprisingly, SRH's spin department is its weakness now and unless they boast the fearsome bowling attack they had last year, they can't aim for the play-offs. This attack has gone for plenty despite the performances of Bhuvi and Steyn, so SRH might want to look into that.

  • Antony_Lucas on May 1, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    Time to admit that Corey Anderson was a hasty purchase. His talents of bowling in the middle and batting follow a good performance from the top order just havn't been given a chance to shine. He's due to be benched but the lack of bench depth suggests it may not happen.

  • anupkeni on May 1, 2014, 2:25 GMT

    Overseas record of Mumbai Indians: Tournament Year Venue Played Won Lost NR IPLT20 2009 SA 14 5 8 1 CLT20 2010 SA 4 2 2 0 ClT20 2012 SA 4 0 3 1 IPLT20 2014 UAE 5 0 5 0 Total(2009-2014) 27 7 18 2

  • on May 1, 2014, 2:09 GMT

    Anderson seems to be bit over rated, been a dissapointment in T20.

  • IndCricFan2013 on May 1, 2014, 0:36 GMT

    What Mumbai this year, Kolkata Last year and RR years before showed us that, staying at the top for two years continuously is much harder than winning the trophy. This makes us wonder how CSK can alone do it year after year staying at the top.

  • KumarSubramanyan on May 1, 2014, 0:33 GMT

    MI : A classic case of too many cooks spoiling the broth...Sachin, Ponting, John Wright, Jonty Rhodes, Kumble, Robin Singh..maybe a couple more !!! Once MI drop the excess baggage, they will re-discover winning ways..

  • on May 1, 2014, 0:28 GMT

    Fantastic Sunrisers. Mumbai team do not have conviction or the power force to go further. I will not be surprise if they not win even one match.

    Mumbai has lost it completely on the betting table itself letting go key players. Gud luck Mumbai Indians!.

  • BustIPL on April 30, 2014, 21:45 GMT

    There had been a big gap since Maxwell hit it it out and today pollard showed his show. These foreign players are IPL X-factor without which no one will watch the show which is quiet ulike BBL where aussies hand out stunning performances. Also, great to see the zeal of UAE indian community who were deprived of seeing indian players in the emirates. Rohit, Mishra, Dhawan all looked off color in this leg and we will have see them still provided we watch the india leg. Each IPL awakens the desire to find players for indian team and at this juncture when india have two back to back tournaments and english tour is coming there is a great need to find people in IPL. IPL players have largely flopped so far and all are in a hurry to draft Rahul/Irfan in indian team after today's game. Hopefully, Yuvi, Viru, Gauti will keep coming in indian leg as well.

  • on April 30, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    Missing link - DR Smith - continues to do well, now at CSK

  • on April 30, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    Too many cooks! Three former captains as coach / consultant / advisor roles, but none of them would fit well for 20-20 format. Good to Mumbai's use of IPL as a pension scheme for the retired players.

  • on April 30, 2014, 20:44 GMT

    i think mumbai 11 dunk gautam rohit raydu pollard anderson tare bhajji aheryass gopal zaheeer malinga

  • on April 30, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    Redemption for Pathan after the mauling he received in Dharmashala some years back ?

  • Nampally on April 30, 2014, 20:14 GMT

    In a battle to avoid the basement, SRH won ! It was surprisingly a well disciplined Pollard who carried the MI's on his shoulders & nearly won the Match. His massive hitting was facilitated by Dhawan giving Mishra to bowl his 4th over to a well set Pollard. It was like offering a sacrificial lamb to a hungry Lion. Pollard tore Mishra to shreds with 27 runs in the over which must have demoralised the whole SRH side. It appeared Dhawan was not planning to bowl Pathan after including him in the XI. But after watching the launching of satellites from Pollard, he was forced to bring on Pathan who immediately responded by sending Rayudu back. But instead of persisting with him, he brought on Steyn & Kumar to finish their 4 overs & leaving Pathan to bowl the crucial 20th over to Pollard. Gutsy Pathan struck by dismissing the "Rocket launcher" Pollard & pulling victory out of Defeat for SRH. For Pathan's 2 crucial wkts. of duo- Rayudu & Pollard - he deserved to be the MOM! MI's were soo close.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 30, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    God MI lost. Please release Malingaearly so that he can go to IRE/ENG to smash them like he did to India in T20 WC final and Asia Cup

  • TRAM on April 30, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    MI should hire S.Badrinath for #3 position so they fire at the other end. Badri can play the role Rahul played for SRH and at even better strike rate. And he is also a great fielder and team player.

  • johnjo on April 30, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    If this 5th Loss was not enough for Mumbai Indian - they running into KXIP storm next match. Not looking good for MI at home either.

  • WTEH on April 30, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    Well what do you expect when relying on has been players like Harbajan, Zhaheer and Sharma? Hopefully next year there will be meaningful recruiting.

  • GrindAR on April 30, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    KXIP - Perfect 10 MI - Perfect 0

  • BigINDFan on April 30, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    MI need a team change while SRH needs to get rid of Mishra for Rasool. Dhawan is fine as opener and captain since eventually he will get back to form although he is striking the ball well he is not patient enough. When you have Finch on the other end why go crazy.

  • on April 30, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    SD need not be replaced but mentored. Everything come with experience. SD, when couple of wickets fall and new batsmen are in, make use of part time bowlers. as suggested by others when best opposition batsmen are in, use your best bowlers. Amit Mishra, make sure you can fox indian batsmen with full tosses and flight as they do not have enough strength to repeat same shot. Do not do that on foreign batsmen with strength and also Dhoni, Jaddu, Shikar who can stand and deliver. you can use on others like Ambati, Ajink etc who do not have muscle but go for placement. For foriegn batsmen, give time for playing on back foot and they will be bowled 2 times 6 when playing back foot for spinners.

  • on April 30, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    Amit Mishra is proving on why he has never been a permanent member in national side.

  • on April 30, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    very few replies today just shows no one is interested in MI game.

  • on April 30, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    Rohit should not have given captaincy responsibility. After all he has ever been projected as talented but has never been consistent. How can he take the burden of captaincy also. Need not mention about the team selection which screwed every department of MIs

  • on April 30, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    Come on mumbai i know u can bounce back

  • Rally_Windies on April 30, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    MI had a team that consisted of Sewagh, Pollard,Malinga, Dwayne Smith, Maxwell, Hajaban Singh, Mitchell Johnson and Tendulkar ,,,

    They should have been the dominating force in 20/20 !...

    They have possibly the worst management in the IPL ....

    Now by missing 4 players Smith, Maxwell, Johnson and Tendulkar ... MI is at the bottom of the table ...

    If anything, the MI management should all be fired !

  • ramz30380 on April 30, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    I think Man of the Match shud be given to Irfan Pathan, he took out Rayudu, Pollard and Ishant Sharma out of the game!

    Just kidding... well done SRH & bad luck MI and Rohit who wasnt lucky enough to get a fitting bday gift!

    This loss has made it extremely diff for the defending champs. I say it again, this is why CSK is the best side across seasons because of their consistency in winning twice on a trot! It isnt easy - RR, DC, KKR & MI now proving tht getting on top is difficult but staying there is next to impossible - a feat tht only CSK has acheived this far!

  • on April 30, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    i am a huge fan of irfan pathan and he has done justice to his inclusion...but asking him to bowl his 1st over in the 15th over was not a good move by dhawan..loads of pressure on him, but he delivered. HOPE HE GETS MORE OVERS TO BOWL

  • on April 30, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    MI atleast fought today with the bat.It wont be easy for them now .But I wish they fight even if they end up on the losing side .Last 4 matches were very poor .At least they improved .Get in Simmons and gopal for ojha and anderson .Dunk should continue.

  • Nampally on April 30, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    Despite rather clueless Captaincy of Dhawan, SRH managed to beat MI in a dramatic finish. For some strange reason, SRH management has kept Rasool on the bench & Pathan made only one other appearance. These are 2 of the best All Rounders who need to play regularly- Not Benched. Even when Pathan was included he was only brought on in desperation! Why on earth expose Mishra to Pollard when he is in full cry + when 2 seamers, Pathan & Sammy are available? Mishra bowling his 4th over to Pollard was the worst Captaincy move & nearly cost SRH the match! Dhawan has failed in batting & his captaincy is a huge handicap. Pathan actually saved SRH today even though he was treated by Dhawan as though he is a non player. Irfan Pathan at one time was considered as the Next Kapil Dev - a fast bowling all rounder, if Dhawan is not aware of him! Rasool & Henriques are other 2 players who deserve to be tried if SRH can advance to play off. But these changes should come from the Team management.

  • on April 30, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    Not all over Mumbai still there are some chances to go and well batting from pollard

  • on April 30, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    Great bowling by pathan in the last over!

  • on April 30, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    lot of positives for mi this match... pollard striking form... got an attacking opener in Ben dunk... rayadu played excellently... rest of the team must regroup and motivate themselves... and maybe axing Corey will do a thing or two for the team... he has been completely shattered by the weight of expectations on him

  • Temuzin on April 30, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    Poor Mishra has been severely exposed of his limitation by these batsmen. He has been hit for 101 sixes in IPL ( most by any bowler in IPL history.

  • Anurag_Chandak on April 30, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    Mumbai Indians purchasing players at an auction is like a child wanting the flashiest new toy. A couple of performances, and MI have to have that 'newest awesomest guy'. Case in point- Levi, Anderson, Maxwell in previous season,......

    Worst part is, once they are bought, they arent given specific roles! No wonder these players play well once they change teams!

  • on April 30, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    MI will do well to score 100 runs today.

  • on April 30, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    gonna be a tough chase for batsmen less mumbai

  • on April 30, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    Do not worry SRH, MI is a medicore side this year they will loose this game too.

  • on April 30, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan needs to be replaced as captain by Aaron Finch or Darren Sammy. They also need to look at Parvez Rasool instead of picking Amit Mishra regularly when he is clearly not performing,he needs to be rested for game or two. Rasool can bat too.

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  • on April 30, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan needs to be replaced as captain by Aaron Finch or Darren Sammy. They also need to look at Parvez Rasool instead of picking Amit Mishra regularly when he is clearly not performing,he needs to be rested for game or two. Rasool can bat too.

  • on April 30, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    Do not worry SRH, MI is a medicore side this year they will loose this game too.

  • on April 30, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    gonna be a tough chase for batsmen less mumbai

  • on April 30, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    MI will do well to score 100 runs today.

  • Anurag_Chandak on April 30, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    Mumbai Indians purchasing players at an auction is like a child wanting the flashiest new toy. A couple of performances, and MI have to have that 'newest awesomest guy'. Case in point- Levi, Anderson, Maxwell in previous season,......

    Worst part is, once they are bought, they arent given specific roles! No wonder these players play well once they change teams!

  • Temuzin on April 30, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    Poor Mishra has been severely exposed of his limitation by these batsmen. He has been hit for 101 sixes in IPL ( most by any bowler in IPL history.

  • on April 30, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    lot of positives for mi this match... pollard striking form... got an attacking opener in Ben dunk... rayadu played excellently... rest of the team must regroup and motivate themselves... and maybe axing Corey will do a thing or two for the team... he has been completely shattered by the weight of expectations on him

  • on April 30, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    Great bowling by pathan in the last over!

  • on April 30, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    Not all over Mumbai still there are some chances to go and well batting from pollard

  • Nampally on April 30, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    Despite rather clueless Captaincy of Dhawan, SRH managed to beat MI in a dramatic finish. For some strange reason, SRH management has kept Rasool on the bench & Pathan made only one other appearance. These are 2 of the best All Rounders who need to play regularly- Not Benched. Even when Pathan was included he was only brought on in desperation! Why on earth expose Mishra to Pollard when he is in full cry + when 2 seamers, Pathan & Sammy are available? Mishra bowling his 4th over to Pollard was the worst Captaincy move & nearly cost SRH the match! Dhawan has failed in batting & his captaincy is a huge handicap. Pathan actually saved SRH today even though he was treated by Dhawan as though he is a non player. Irfan Pathan at one time was considered as the Next Kapil Dev - a fast bowling all rounder, if Dhawan is not aware of him! Rasool & Henriques are other 2 players who deserve to be tried if SRH can advance to play off. But these changes should come from the Team management.