Mumbai Indians v Kings XI, IPL 2014, Mumbai May 3, 2014

Mumbai Indians finally end losing streak

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Mumbai Indians 170 for 5 (Rohit 39, Anderson 35, Gautam 33, Pollard 28*) beat Kings XI Punjab 168 for 5 (Saha 59*, Maxwell 45) by five wickets
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Back on home turf at Wankhede Stadium, the venue of their unbeaten run the previous year, Mumbai Indians' batsmen held their nerve at the death to give their franchise their first victory of the season in six attempts. Mumbai Indians needed 41 off the last three overs but Kieron Pollard and Aditya Tare catapulted their side home with five deliveries to spare and ended Kings XI Punjab's victorious five-game run.

The home side lost their openers cheaply before thirties from CM Gautam, Rohit Sharma and Corey Anderson revived them. The asking-rate climbed again after Rohit and Anderson departed in the 16th and 17th overs, but Pollard and Tare were around to ensure Mumbai Indians were not letting it slip away.

It was Tare who wrested back momentum for Mumbai Indians when he lofted L Balaji for four over extra cover and pulled him over deep midwicket for six in the 18th over, which went for 16. Kings XI had Mitchell Johnson for the 19th, and Pollard has often been found wanting against quality pace from the likes of Dale Steyn.

But the allrounder never let Johnson get on top, lifting the first ball of the over, a full delivery, for six over long-on. Johnson followed up with a wide down the leg side. Pollard ran twos off the next two deliveries before inside-edging a yorker for four. A pull to deep square leg for four more and a single to keep strike made it 20 off the over. Pollard completed formalities by launching Sandeep Sharma's first ball of the final over for six over long-off. He ended on 28 off 12 while Tare was unbeaten on 16 from 6.

Gautam and Rohit had come together at 23 for 2 after the openers departed to Sandeep's swing and added 47 in 41 before Gautam fell to Rishi Dhawan. Rohit and Anderson took a six each off Dhawan's next over but the real push Mumbai Indians needed came in the 13th over bowled by Akshar Patel. Anderson slogged the left-arm spinner for four consecutive boundaries, and the 20-run over brought down the asking-rate to eight-and-a-half from ten.

Kings XI fought back as Balaji, Johnson and Dhawan put in four tight overs, which earned the wickets of Rohit and Anderson. The rate shot up to nearly 14 after Dhawan completed his spell in the 17th, but Mumbai Indians had more ammunition in the form of Pollard and Tare.

They also had Lasith Malinga, who gave away just eight runs combined in the 18th and 20th overs of the Kings XI innings. It meant that despite taking 20 off the penultimate over - bowled jointly by Zaheer Khan and Pollard after the left-armer left the field midway clutching his shoulder - Kings XI were not able to have the big finish they needed.

Their innings went similarly as Mumbai Indians' was to, barring that final surge. The openers could not do much before Glenn Maxwell and Wriddhiman Saha rebuilt. Even as Saha struggled to rotate the strike, Maxwell kept hitting fours and sixes with ease. He had motored to 45 off 26 before he mishit Harbhajan Singh to long-on.

George Bailey's move to promote himself ahead of David Miller did not work. Saha took over now, moving from 12 off 23 to 59 off 47, sweeping and pulling Pollard for three fours in the 14th over. His acceleration wasn't enough in the end.

Abhishek Purohit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | May 5, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    love the Indian commentary team ... Pollard's assault in the last 2 overs and smashing MJ .. was "average" stuff ..

    Pollard is not batting well and over rated ...

    I guess that is why this over rated , over paid guy has score the most runs for MI , and he has done it batting at #5 or #6 ....

    If MI's #1 to #4 were batting as horribly as Pollard, then MI would have made 180+ every game ...

  • POSTED BY cricket_ahan on | May 5, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    MI fans need to be OPTIMISTIC, since being REALISTIC of their chances is not really an option any more. I was sorely disappointed that they didn't retain any of Maxwell, Smith or Johnson. These are all match-winning players!! Anderson was a good pick up and will come good eventually imo, but letting the others go was a BIG mistake!

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    At Android User - We MI fans are optimistic not just becoz of one win, but seeing the other teams results. Yes , agreed its a little shame to pray for other results to come in our way. But seeing 3 teams running forward and 5 others stay bottom, MI has enough chance to fight for the 4th spot. May be just 5 or 6 victories can taken them there. On the auction part, still we believe, strategies were poor. First win for us came with the power of old starts, Rohit Pollard , Malinga and Tare, only Anderson came to party. On the other side our last year team, Maxwell Smith are ruling this IPL. Lets wait and watch and be REALISTICALLY OPTIMISTIC

  • POSTED BY AbuDanial on | May 4, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    @vishwa1111 - Guess you are not a fan of MI. Raydu is no where near KArthik as far as the calibre is concerned. But DK didnt want to stay. MI had offered DK retention and as per reports he did not take it. So there is no point in trying to buy him in auction as he wanted to move on. One thing realy puzzles me is why on the earth Raydu was retained.

    As far as Anderson is concerned, as the other friend said SL players are not available full time this season, and on top pf that Correy has much more potential than Angelo (with all respect to the talen of Angelo).

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | May 4, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    vishwa1111 Angelo Mathews and the rest of the SL team are only available for part of the IPL, unless your name is Malinga or any other world class player then you ain't going to get picked. Mathews is a good alrounder and is proberbly better than Anderson at the moment but Anderson has a lot more potential than Mathews and will be a better all-rounder. If anything Mumbai do need a player like Sangakkara, someone that can ancor an innings.

  • POSTED BY vishwa1111 on | May 4, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    If mumbai wants to win they will have to buy kusal perera,sanga and mathews in next auction......How on earth anderson is better than mathews and raydu better than karthik.........????

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | May 4, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    MI team just resembles the Indian team. Win all the matches at home but get whitewashed in overseas conditions.

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2014, 2:04 GMT

    This match bridges the generation gap; A 42 year old Tambe was the best bowler, and a 22 year old Karun Nair was the best batsman in the same match,on the same pitch, in the same conditions! On another front...

    By and large, most of the "uncapped" Indian players, bowlers or batsmen,are doing well. Good boding for the future of Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 3, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    Mumbai Indians lost 5 KingsXl Punjab won 5 Now Mumbai Indians won 1, won't that be the first of many

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | May 3, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    Good to see a MI win after wht it looked like ages! But I still think its a long road as they have to rely on the results of other teams as well - after the result of the 2nd game RR is very much in contention for the last 4 alongside CSK & Kings XI, which leaves the other teams to fight against each other for the last spot

    With RCB, KKR, SRH & DD ahead of points with games to be played against each other - it will be tough for Mumbai to qualify - but as u know - anything can happen in T20 cricket! I think Kings XI, CSK & RR will qualify for the last 4!

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | May 5, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    love the Indian commentary team ... Pollard's assault in the last 2 overs and smashing MJ .. was "average" stuff ..

    Pollard is not batting well and over rated ...

    I guess that is why this over rated , over paid guy has score the most runs for MI , and he has done it batting at #5 or #6 ....

    If MI's #1 to #4 were batting as horribly as Pollard, then MI would have made 180+ every game ...

  • POSTED BY cricket_ahan on | May 5, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    MI fans need to be OPTIMISTIC, since being REALISTIC of their chances is not really an option any more. I was sorely disappointed that they didn't retain any of Maxwell, Smith or Johnson. These are all match-winning players!! Anderson was a good pick up and will come good eventually imo, but letting the others go was a BIG mistake!

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    At Android User - We MI fans are optimistic not just becoz of one win, but seeing the other teams results. Yes , agreed its a little shame to pray for other results to come in our way. But seeing 3 teams running forward and 5 others stay bottom, MI has enough chance to fight for the 4th spot. May be just 5 or 6 victories can taken them there. On the auction part, still we believe, strategies were poor. First win for us came with the power of old starts, Rohit Pollard , Malinga and Tare, only Anderson came to party. On the other side our last year team, Maxwell Smith are ruling this IPL. Lets wait and watch and be REALISTICALLY OPTIMISTIC

  • POSTED BY AbuDanial on | May 4, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    @vishwa1111 - Guess you are not a fan of MI. Raydu is no where near KArthik as far as the calibre is concerned. But DK didnt want to stay. MI had offered DK retention and as per reports he did not take it. So there is no point in trying to buy him in auction as he wanted to move on. One thing realy puzzles me is why on the earth Raydu was retained.

    As far as Anderson is concerned, as the other friend said SL players are not available full time this season, and on top pf that Correy has much more potential than Angelo (with all respect to the talen of Angelo).

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | May 4, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    vishwa1111 Angelo Mathews and the rest of the SL team are only available for part of the IPL, unless your name is Malinga or any other world class player then you ain't going to get picked. Mathews is a good alrounder and is proberbly better than Anderson at the moment but Anderson has a lot more potential than Mathews and will be a better all-rounder. If anything Mumbai do need a player like Sangakkara, someone that can ancor an innings.

  • POSTED BY vishwa1111 on | May 4, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    If mumbai wants to win they will have to buy kusal perera,sanga and mathews in next auction......How on earth anderson is better than mathews and raydu better than karthik.........????

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | May 4, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    MI team just resembles the Indian team. Win all the matches at home but get whitewashed in overseas conditions.

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2014, 2:04 GMT

    This match bridges the generation gap; A 42 year old Tambe was the best bowler, and a 22 year old Karun Nair was the best batsman in the same match,on the same pitch, in the same conditions! On another front...

    By and large, most of the "uncapped" Indian players, bowlers or batsmen,are doing well. Good boding for the future of Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 3, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    Mumbai Indians lost 5 KingsXl Punjab won 5 Now Mumbai Indians won 1, won't that be the first of many

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | May 3, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    Good to see a MI win after wht it looked like ages! But I still think its a long road as they have to rely on the results of other teams as well - after the result of the 2nd game RR is very much in contention for the last 4 alongside CSK & Kings XI, which leaves the other teams to fight against each other for the last spot

    With RCB, KKR, SRH & DD ahead of points with games to be played against each other - it will be tough for Mumbai to qualify - but as u know - anything can happen in T20 cricket! I think Kings XI, CSK & RR will qualify for the last 4!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 3, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    I'm really surprised how the 'optimistic' mi fans have suddenly started saying mi is gonna make it to playoffs and stuff like tat... be realistic guys... teams who have started off consistently are not dumb... I'm not ruling out mi entirely cause they have quite a lot of match winners... but the same mouths who r feeling optimistic now were the ones who were lambasting their auction strategies a day earlier... so start being realistic...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 3, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    luv u CJ ANDERSON!!! keep performing to ur potential!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 3, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    MI need to win 7 from 8 to qualify.they could even qualify with 14 points if they finish with good net run rate.I think Mumbai can still qualify if they play to their potential.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 3, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    KXIP will no doubt make it to the playoffs... its Mumbai which needs more than a bit of luck to do it.... if they win all the remaining games they will be through

  • POSTED BY jimmyvida on | May 3, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    Rohit to open eh! After the tour of SA and NZ anybody would know that Rohit cannot play the swinging ball. If you did not realize it as yet, Bhumi bowled him with an inswinger. Lots of room between bat and pad. Rohit has not improved as yet. Taking him to England would be a disaster, although the tour is late in the season and seamers may find it difficult. Rohit needs serious coaching or his international career may end after the tour of England.

  • POSTED BY laxmanrules on | May 3, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    Rayudu looks loke a spent force now. Time to drop the man.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 3, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    I am with mi they can still make it till playsoffs if teams like dd srh n kkr losses their most matches n mi win all matches too

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 3, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    kings 11 seriously needs to think abt dropn pujara he dont fit in t20 format.

  • POSTED BY mngc1 on | May 3, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    MI got the victory with a late blast. But they should not rely on this happening every time. The management should have their heads examined for leaving their biggest hitter so late in the game. With 2 overs to go Pollard had only faced 5 balls. Pure madness and lucky to win.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    Malinga should kept last two death overs then MI can restrict more runs and rohit sharma shuld open the inning..

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 3, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    @Facebook User Lets look at the numbers shall we? Punjab has 8 games left. 3 of those will be played in Mohali, a pitch which historically aides fast bowling and has good bounce. Tailor made for KXIP's attack. Besides that, it is a good batting wicket, which compliments KXIP's array of big hitters. I don't know what kind of pitch Cuttack will serve up, but lets consider that its neutral. So thats 3 more games down. Out of these 6, KXIP has an advantage in 3 and a 50% chance in the others. Punjab already has 5 wins and only needs 4 more to qualify. On spinning pitches, slower ballers do well too, so Dhawan and Balaji can provide that support. So, please tell me how their downfall has begun? Today, without reaching their full potential, they reached 168. On other batting paradises, just imagine what they will do. Also, for all Johnson bashers, go back and check, this only the second game he has done poorly in. He has been intimidating and is in the top 15 bowlers. Everyone has bad days.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    One thing I am pretty sure about-PUNJAB is gonna find extremely tough here in India.Unlike UAE where 70% of the wickets went to quickies, india doesnt offer much. The only teams to prevail in these conditions are CSK and SRH.Only genuine fast bowlers will get wickets here. Ans that goes to SRH.spin- none but CSK.I see punjab struggling here in India. Mitchell isnt in his prime form and AXAR isnt quite enough to provide them support.Their downfall has once again started.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 3, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    Sehwag time to retire buddy. time has caught up and you need to accept it

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 3, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    Congrats. MI for their first win.Hopefully MI can emulate Punjab with 5-0 record on the Indian Leg of the IPL 7. At one stage with 4 0vers to go things looked rather gloomy. But magnificent rear guard action by Tare woke up Pollard from his deep slumber into action. Tare got 16 off 6 balls whilst Pollard had 3 off 5 balls. When pollard saw Tare going all out for win, with 15 in an over from Balaji, Pollard responded by going after Johnson with a 2o run assault + a Six off Sandeep Sharma racing to win with 5 balls to spare! In the current mood Pollard was capable of getting another 30 off the last over. So he sent a clear message to other teams to be on the alert. Earlier a fine spell of swing bowling by Sandeep Sharma countered by a good innings by Gautam, Rohit Sharma & Anderson led MI into this chase of 168 runs. Punjab had to settle for< 50 run innings from Maxwell. Punjab had to accept their first loss by none other than 0-5 record MI. Indian pitches are different to UAE ones.

  • POSTED BY lian_14 on | May 3, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    With Perera gone to play for Sri Lanka, KXIP would want Bailey to get into some kind of form, not only because he's captain, but because he can add some stability to that middle order when he is in form. With the top order looking pretty good, KXIP wouldn't really need the only other overseas batsman in Shaun Marsh. He would just be going in when Maxwell usually comes in, so that means Maxwell would face less deliveries, which isn't ideal for KXIP. So with that in mind, I think it was important today that Bailey spent some time in the middle and because KXIP already have 5 wins under their belt, I think they could afford to experiment with the batting line-up today. And it's not like because Bailey went in ahead of Miller that the run-rate dropped or anything. He was a part of a pretty good partnership with Saha. And really it's just one loss. There shouldn't really be any changes to the team. It could have been any team's game to win with 40 runs needed off the last 3 overs.

  • POSTED BY TSJ07 on | May 3, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    Now that KXIP has lost their first match there are few changes they can make which anyway were overdue.Sehwag is not scoring,is a liability in the field and doesn't bowl so in his place Mandeep is better choice who is very good fielder and an attacking batsman.MJ has not done anything except one match where he peformed better than average.He can be replaced with Hendricks or Perera though latter might be leaving soon but no harm in trying.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 3, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    Also, I know everyone's going to start commenting about how MI is going to win everything now. This is their first win in 6 matches. They barely got over the line, taking it to the last over. They were scratchy and had some lucky breaks in the beginning. No doubt they stuck it out and fought to the end and for that I give them full credit, but they have a monumental task ahead of them to make it to the play-offs. They still have to win 7 out of their next 8 matches, so pretty much another IPL record winning streak. @Manoj Patil and many others who think this, the UAE did offer up "mystery" pitches, but you can't complain about that. They were as foreign to other teams as they were to MI. Good teams find a way to play well in all conditions. MI has never done well outside India be it SA, UAE or any CLT20 held outside. There lies a weakness in their game and they need to address that rather than blame it on the pitches.

  • POSTED BY DinKJindal on | May 3, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    It shows you can't judge a team based upon T20 results. The top team (winning all 5 matches) losing to the bottom team (losing all 5 games), means even the worst team should be given similar respect.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    MI finally win .As the season has progressed I believe we did the right thing by not retaining johnson .Johnson gave too many runs in that second last over.That is why malinga is far better than any bowler as he gets his yorkers right most of the time. Johnson tried but coudnt.MI will be happy that most batsmen performed .Zaheer Bhajji Malinga Bumrah all bowled well.I hope MI dont lose Zaheer as malinga will go soon .MI will be short of good bowling then.For KXIP their run without a loss has come to an end .Anyways they are still one of the strongest sides .I thought MI bowlers did very well to restrict maxwell miller.It is not pujara but virender sehwag who has to go .He was strolling in the park and that is why he was run out .He has been only a bit better than viru. Pujara was elegant but I think he should have not htrown his wicket away.They are badly in need of a sixth bowler IMO and that should be a spinner.Maxwell can go for runs so it has to be someone else.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 3, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    Real IPL starts now...back in india. To me all games in UAE were lottery no body knew what to do after winning the toss. I back MI to win all remaining games.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 3, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    Tough luck but the streak had to end some time. Good that they got the shock about half way through instead of at the end when they will need to build momentum. They were a bit unlucky at the beginning, some tough catches and a lot of edges going to the boundary that kept the run rate up and didn't allow for pressure to build. I think KXIP bowled quite well and only gave it away in the last two but its fine since everyone has bad days. What was encouraging was that they did never seemed to hit full throttle and still reached 168, just goes to prove how strong their batting is. Pujara looked good today, mainly because he was actually playing his natural game instead of slogging. If he continues to play, he should not change that. Saha got into some great form after struggling there. This match also highlighted how Bailey needs to bat more. He came before Miller, unsettling the line up and perhaps cost the team some runs. He should come in at 3 the next game.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 3, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    finally Mumbai found the right batting order ....finally they put that guy gautam at the top of the order... good solid batting by rohit gautam and Anderson... pollard looks in very good nick and tare is proving to be a good finisher... Mumbai need a string of victories to lay a serious claim to a playoff berth but u never know!

  • POSTED BY Adrian.Rouget on | May 3, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    Bailey led poorly. Some strange captaincy calls. KingsXI better at chasing, so why bat first if you have the choice? Why bat himself before Miller and leave Miller with no time to get going? Bailey scratches around at crease and walks around with a grin all the time, looking lost on then field. Too many runs given away behind the wicket through poor field placing. Play Perera for a change. Bailey has done nothing of note in the first 6 games of IPL2014.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 3, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Well done Mumbai good knock from the guys allround effort

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 3, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    welcome to India KIX. .....

  • POSTED BY nothingnew on | May 3, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    KingsXI short with one bowler . I think better to bailey should give his place to Perera . he is genuine all rounder. Viru can work as captain too . What a final over delivered by lasith malinga . just 3 runs . all the best

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  • POSTED BY nothingnew on | May 3, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    KingsXI short with one bowler . I think better to bailey should give his place to Perera . he is genuine all rounder. Viru can work as captain too . What a final over delivered by lasith malinga . just 3 runs . all the best

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 3, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    welcome to India KIX. .....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 3, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Well done Mumbai good knock from the guys allround effort

  • POSTED BY Adrian.Rouget on | May 3, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    Bailey led poorly. Some strange captaincy calls. KingsXI better at chasing, so why bat first if you have the choice? Why bat himself before Miller and leave Miller with no time to get going? Bailey scratches around at crease and walks around with a grin all the time, looking lost on then field. Too many runs given away behind the wicket through poor field placing. Play Perera for a change. Bailey has done nothing of note in the first 6 games of IPL2014.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 3, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    finally Mumbai found the right batting order ....finally they put that guy gautam at the top of the order... good solid batting by rohit gautam and Anderson... pollard looks in very good nick and tare is proving to be a good finisher... Mumbai need a string of victories to lay a serious claim to a playoff berth but u never know!

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 3, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    Tough luck but the streak had to end some time. Good that they got the shock about half way through instead of at the end when they will need to build momentum. They were a bit unlucky at the beginning, some tough catches and a lot of edges going to the boundary that kept the run rate up and didn't allow for pressure to build. I think KXIP bowled quite well and only gave it away in the last two but its fine since everyone has bad days. What was encouraging was that they did never seemed to hit full throttle and still reached 168, just goes to prove how strong their batting is. Pujara looked good today, mainly because he was actually playing his natural game instead of slogging. If he continues to play, he should not change that. Saha got into some great form after struggling there. This match also highlighted how Bailey needs to bat more. He came before Miller, unsettling the line up and perhaps cost the team some runs. He should come in at 3 the next game.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 3, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    Real IPL starts now...back in india. To me all games in UAE were lottery no body knew what to do after winning the toss. I back MI to win all remaining games.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    MI finally win .As the season has progressed I believe we did the right thing by not retaining johnson .Johnson gave too many runs in that second last over.That is why malinga is far better than any bowler as he gets his yorkers right most of the time. Johnson tried but coudnt.MI will be happy that most batsmen performed .Zaheer Bhajji Malinga Bumrah all bowled well.I hope MI dont lose Zaheer as malinga will go soon .MI will be short of good bowling then.For KXIP their run without a loss has come to an end .Anyways they are still one of the strongest sides .I thought MI bowlers did very well to restrict maxwell miller.It is not pujara but virender sehwag who has to go .He was strolling in the park and that is why he was run out .He has been only a bit better than viru. Pujara was elegant but I think he should have not htrown his wicket away.They are badly in need of a sixth bowler IMO and that should be a spinner.Maxwell can go for runs so it has to be someone else.

  • POSTED BY DinKJindal on | May 3, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    It shows you can't judge a team based upon T20 results. The top team (winning all 5 matches) losing to the bottom team (losing all 5 games), means even the worst team should be given similar respect.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 3, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    Also, I know everyone's going to start commenting about how MI is going to win everything now. This is their first win in 6 matches. They barely got over the line, taking it to the last over. They were scratchy and had some lucky breaks in the beginning. No doubt they stuck it out and fought to the end and for that I give them full credit, but they have a monumental task ahead of them to make it to the play-offs. They still have to win 7 out of their next 8 matches, so pretty much another IPL record winning streak. @Manoj Patil and many others who think this, the UAE did offer up "mystery" pitches, but you can't complain about that. They were as foreign to other teams as they were to MI. Good teams find a way to play well in all conditions. MI has never done well outside India be it SA, UAE or any CLT20 held outside. There lies a weakness in their game and they need to address that rather than blame it on the pitches.