Mumbai Indians v Super Kings, IPL 2014, Mumbai May 10, 2014

Mumbai's home streak ended at 10

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Chennai Super Kings 160 for 6 (Smith 57, Malinga 2-15) beat Mumbai Indians 157 for 6 (Rayudu 59, Ashwin 3-30) by four wickets
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Hattangadi: Pollard and Anderson not utilised well

It's a tight Saturday prime-time IPL match involving the two highest profile franchises in the tournament. Guess who delivers when it's a big game? MS Dhoni is perhaps the best finisher in the limited-overs game, and when Chennai Super Kings needed a big hit in the final over, he duly obliged, as he has so many times in the past. It came down to 11 off the last over, and Dhoni responded by calmly whacking a six over deep midwicket before wrapping up the victory with three balls to spare.

The last time Mumbai Indians lost an IPL game at the Wankhede Stadium was back in 2012, so long ago that their openers were Sachin Tendulkar and Herschelle Gibbs. The 10-game winning streak at home was built on muscular batting and depth in the bowling, neither of which were in evidence today.

After the peerless Lasith Malinga had produced another superb Twenty20 burst to drag them back into the game, Mumbai had to turn to Kieron Pollard for the final over. #BreachTheFortress Super Kings had been tweeting all day, and when the fortress had to be defended from Dhoni in the final over by amiable medium-pace, there was only going to be one winner.

Mumbai didn't help their cause by again keeping their biggest guns in the holster too long - Rohit Sharma came in towards the end of the 12th over, Kieron Pollard got a look-in only in the 18th, and Corey Anderson even later. When Rohit walked in, the run-rate was still hovering around six. The inclusion of Lendl Simmons worked better than the ill-fated experiment with Ben Dunk, but they will still expect quicker innings than a run-a-ball 38 from their specialist overseas batsman.

On a surface where Super Kings brought in an extra spinner in Samuel Badree, and on which R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja got plenty of assistance, Mumbai's spin department featured only Harbhajan Singh. Though chances of qualification for the play-offs are becoming remote, there were a couple of heartening things for Mumbai fans - Praveen Kumar showed he can be venomous with the new ball, and Ambati Rayudu shrugged off a run of lean scores with a half-century that anchored the innings.

Super Kings looked to be in control for much of the chase, helped along by a stop-start Dwayne Smith half-century, though they were rocked by a couple of woeful umpiring decisions. Brendon McCullum was sent on his way though the ball was clearly headed down the leg side, and the third umpire decided Suresh Raina was stumped though the replays suggested otherwise. They were also helped by the umpiring in the 17th over, just as the nerves were beginning to jangle: Jadeja was dead plumb to a full slower ball from Malinga, but the umpire somehow thought the ball would miss the stumps. He wasn't misled by Jadeja waving the bat as if to suggest he hit the ball, and the call of leg-byes only made the decision even more inexplicable.

Before the late drama, perhaps the highlight of the match was the astonishing range of boundary catches and drops - Mithun Manhas put down a sitter at long-on, Harbhajan Singh misjudged the line and could only get one hand on a midwicket six at a crucial juncture of the chase, Samuel Badree judged the ball perfectly at third man but could only push the ball over for six early on, Jadeja caught the ball at deep midwicket but failed to let the ball go before crossing the line, Simmons juggled three times before pocketing the ball at long-on, Raina took a couple of difficult tumbling efforts at midwicket, and the biggest wow-moment was Faf du Plessis flying across to catch a brutal hit at long-on before releasing the ball mid-air as he headed for the rope.

While the packed house roared on all that athleticism, they had come to see a Mumbai win. They got the second best thing - seeing the biggest name in Indian cricket do what he does best.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 12, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    Harbhajan singh was performing well only in the home pitch. Comparing to him Chahal is bowling well even though condition not suites for spin. If Bhajji comes out of Mumbai surely he will get beaten. This MI is not great as that of previous IPL's one, looking like a minnows which can be beaten by any team in IPL. If pollard fails means they lost the match. Now they are depending on Pollard and Malinga only. None of others are worth to watch.

  • Suja59 on May 12, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    Anderson is a good player and should play. Last year MI had Maxwell and never used him to his potential and see what he has done this year, given the opportunity to bat at No 3. MI should play both Anderson and Pollard at No 3 and 4. Rohit Sharma and Tare should open. Rayudu can come at No 5. On the bowling front, Harbhajan has been outstanding, having rediscovered the art of flighting the ball. MI need 5 specialist bowlers and leave out a batsman. Pollard should be asked to bowl only if absolutely necessary. I would therefore suggest the following team and order Rohit, Tare, Pollard,Simmons, Anderson, Rayudu,Harbhajan, Malinga, Praveen,Bumrah,Ojha

  • on May 11, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Its funny to see some of the comments are filled with hatred for MI .I agree CSK is the best team in the IPL .That is a no brainer .But the only team who have still got a positive record against tgem is MI .Also of the current teams who stand a chance for playoffs none can beat CSK .Even though KXIP has beaten them twice finals will be different game altogether .MI has the second best win percentage after CSK of course and maybe this year we did not get it right but the squad was pretty decent and maybe the useless support staff is to blame . Best of luck to other teams and lets see how they fare against mighty CSK .

  • on May 11, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    Cricket fan 111 .Same thing with harbhajan . He is bowling very well .In my opinion much better than ashwin and jadeja .Only indian spinner doing better than him is Tambe .He has managed to tie down most hard hitting batsmen .Can still be an asset in limited overs cricket but Dhoni will not include him.IMO he is much better than Ashwin in limited overs cricket .Sehwag could make a serious comeback too .He has been giving some good starts to his team and has now hit a fifty .

  • on May 11, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    In my point of view, MI Playing XI for next match should be like this. Aditya Tare, CM Gautam, Simmons, Rohit, Pollard, Rayudu, Harbajhan, Santokie, Praveen kumar, Malinga, ojha. With Praveen kumar and santokie opening the bowling and Tare and Gautam opening the batting

  • on May 11, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    Mi should manage their team well for next match they should play geniune fifth blower pollard and Anderson are not bowling well which have lost them a match.... So in my point of view santokie/lange/hazelwood should be replaced with anderson because Anderson is not batting as well

  • on May 11, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Chennai on the Top of the Table. So the Old IPL Folklore is gonna happen again!!! "IPL Is A Tournament Where Seven Teams Fight Themselves To Meet CHENNAI SUPER KINGS In The FINAL"!!!

  • on May 11, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Happy Chennai won a tough fight.Inclusion of Badree adds strength to spin attack but with only two quick bowlers, can Chennai manage end overs against tougher opposition with big hitters?

  • AltafPatel on May 11, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    MI deserve loss and will continue the same till Pollard, Anderson come lower down the order.

  • on May 11, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    Mumbai Indians should give up all those advisors sitting around their dug out which making irritate to watch. Their presence definitely create some pressure among their young players which we can feel during their matches. And also those big names contributed nothing to MI in spite they lose only their valuable players like smith, maxwell, mitchell. If they are not advised to retain those players means what advice MI can expect from them. And also one more thing did they are really valuable to provide advice for a T20 match bcoz all those big names proved nothing in T20 Intnl games ?? As of now MI can save some points only if matches playing in their home ground with this hopeless team.

  • on May 12, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    Harbhajan singh was performing well only in the home pitch. Comparing to him Chahal is bowling well even though condition not suites for spin. If Bhajji comes out of Mumbai surely he will get beaten. This MI is not great as that of previous IPL's one, looking like a minnows which can be beaten by any team in IPL. If pollard fails means they lost the match. Now they are depending on Pollard and Malinga only. None of others are worth to watch.

  • Suja59 on May 12, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    Anderson is a good player and should play. Last year MI had Maxwell and never used him to his potential and see what he has done this year, given the opportunity to bat at No 3. MI should play both Anderson and Pollard at No 3 and 4. Rohit Sharma and Tare should open. Rayudu can come at No 5. On the bowling front, Harbhajan has been outstanding, having rediscovered the art of flighting the ball. MI need 5 specialist bowlers and leave out a batsman. Pollard should be asked to bowl only if absolutely necessary. I would therefore suggest the following team and order Rohit, Tare, Pollard,Simmons, Anderson, Rayudu,Harbhajan, Malinga, Praveen,Bumrah,Ojha

  • on May 11, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Its funny to see some of the comments are filled with hatred for MI .I agree CSK is the best team in the IPL .That is a no brainer .But the only team who have still got a positive record against tgem is MI .Also of the current teams who stand a chance for playoffs none can beat CSK .Even though KXIP has beaten them twice finals will be different game altogether .MI has the second best win percentage after CSK of course and maybe this year we did not get it right but the squad was pretty decent and maybe the useless support staff is to blame . Best of luck to other teams and lets see how they fare against mighty CSK .

  • on May 11, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    Cricket fan 111 .Same thing with harbhajan . He is bowling very well .In my opinion much better than ashwin and jadeja .Only indian spinner doing better than him is Tambe .He has managed to tie down most hard hitting batsmen .Can still be an asset in limited overs cricket but Dhoni will not include him.IMO he is much better than Ashwin in limited overs cricket .Sehwag could make a serious comeback too .He has been giving some good starts to his team and has now hit a fifty .

  • on May 11, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    In my point of view, MI Playing XI for next match should be like this. Aditya Tare, CM Gautam, Simmons, Rohit, Pollard, Rayudu, Harbajhan, Santokie, Praveen kumar, Malinga, ojha. With Praveen kumar and santokie opening the bowling and Tare and Gautam opening the batting

  • on May 11, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    Mi should manage their team well for next match they should play geniune fifth blower pollard and Anderson are not bowling well which have lost them a match.... So in my point of view santokie/lange/hazelwood should be replaced with anderson because Anderson is not batting as well

  • on May 11, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Chennai on the Top of the Table. So the Old IPL Folklore is gonna happen again!!! "IPL Is A Tournament Where Seven Teams Fight Themselves To Meet CHENNAI SUPER KINGS In The FINAL"!!!

  • on May 11, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Happy Chennai won a tough fight.Inclusion of Badree adds strength to spin attack but with only two quick bowlers, can Chennai manage end overs against tougher opposition with big hitters?

  • AltafPatel on May 11, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    MI deserve loss and will continue the same till Pollard, Anderson come lower down the order.

  • on May 11, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    Mumbai Indians should give up all those advisors sitting around their dug out which making irritate to watch. Their presence definitely create some pressure among their young players which we can feel during their matches. And also those big names contributed nothing to MI in spite they lose only their valuable players like smith, maxwell, mitchell. If they are not advised to retain those players means what advice MI can expect from them. And also one more thing did they are really valuable to provide advice for a T20 match bcoz all those big names proved nothing in T20 Intnl games ?? As of now MI can save some points only if matches playing in their home ground with this hopeless team.

  • ladycricfan on May 11, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    When Ashwin does well there are no comments. When goes for runs everybody comes out bashing. His around the wicket bowling fetched him wickets yet again, the priced scalps of Pollard and Rohit. Good win for CSK, good team effort.

  • on May 11, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    excellent win chennai. I hope MI is permanently laid to rest. everybody is talking about this useless team no matter they win or lose. and to have 5 mentors who cannot think of a way to return to winning ways makes this a bigger farce. as someone said money cant buy everything.

  • mjrvasu on May 11, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    Want to challenge Dhoni? Give at least 20 runs in over number 20. Otherwise you can wave goodbye to 2 points.

  • vivekanandanarulmozhi on May 11, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Mumbai is missing the 5th bowler. They need to play with additional bowler in place of Tare/Gauthum. I think their bowling goes even worst when malinga went to his national duty. So mumbai want their batsman to stand up and deliver their best.

    What to say about CSK, Some are comment about dhoni's slow batting. Just imagine what happen if he goes for big shot at 17,18 over and got out. CSK need win with safe and dont want to collapse the good start like other teams. We all know MSD is the master in the depth overs at limited overs. He already proved that in international levels also.

  • DaisonGarvasis on May 11, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    Though a nutral fan, its always nice to see Mumbai losing. The crowd boo every visiting team and expect everybody to support them. Yesterday they had one anyiclimax. Kept chaunting "Pollard" as soon as he walked in to bat. First ball?? Pollard GONE!!!

  • on May 11, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    It is sad that Polard and Anderson were under used in this game with less than 12 balls to play with and at the late stage of CSK innings lack of someone to backup Malinga was Obvious.

  • ladycricfan on May 11, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    It is almost certain that CSK will meet KXIP in the play offs. CSK bowlers has to get Maxwell early. Maxwell has some weakness with yorkers and CSK should try to exploit that. Even spinners should try some Yorkers against him.

  • ladycricfan on May 11, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    When Ashwin does well, no comments. When he goes for runs all come out bashing. His round the wicket bowling yet again produced wickets, Rohit and Pollard, MI's most priced wickets. Well done Ash. Keep doing what you feel right according to the match situation. Smith sticking it out is good to see. He is learning well. He knows he will power some 6s to make up for the dot balls. Good team performance by CSK. Umpiring, specially by some Indian umpires is so poor. Mr kulkarni has difficulty working out angles, his lbw decisions are atrocious.

  • on May 11, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    If they could cook consider Pollard as a bowling option, then I'm afraid they are going to lose more number of matches. They can't win a single game. They don't have intensity at top. Most of them are playing selfish cricket. We don't want that to see. I agree Hussey have failed in first 4 matches, but there is nothing wrong in giving great many an another chance rather than giving those bits and pieces cricketers

  • on May 11, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    MI should play santokie, malinga, pollard, Corey or Simmons. Now malinga needs some support. Pollard and Corey not that good at bowling. What a blunder losing dwayne smith and Mitch.

  • chikkubukku on May 11, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    As expected Mumbai lost, Pollard failed, Rohit Sharma played to his potential. It was a clinical execution by CSK. The great think tank of Anil, John, Sachin, Jonty, Ricy, Robin (anyone else?) are not offering value for money to the sponsors. We saw Kumble telling commentators in an earlier match, that Anderson will target this over, this he said the moment Anderson hit a four. They are trying to win battles, remember trying to win only and not actually winning. They have failed to read the bigger picture and it is their misplaced faith in their collective wisdom, the fault lies. They are clearly proving that they are not master strategists, they are as ordinary as anyone else could be. The supporters of MI are clearly let down by these people. The sponsors surely will be worried more about them, than about the team. Great players need not be good captains or mentors, the exception being Rahul Dravid, Shane Warne Stephen Fleming. Sanjay Bangar is just the opposite.

  • on May 11, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    Laith Malinga is BEST. But MI haven't Gud 5th bowler & good any Attacking Bowler..

  • on May 11, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    Who will lead India after MS? Is a billion-dollar question. IPL has clearly shown that it is the leader who makes the difference. Not interms of scoring the finishing runs but in terms of managing , leading and making tough calls.

    Promoting Kohli to lead who fails to control his emotions and lead can affect his run machine!. Tendulkar was clear when it comes to exercising his choice between Captaincy and being the core run machine of the batting line-up. Its a tough call Kohli has to make probably he may get better with experience. Can it be Rohit? he atleast helped Mumbai Indians win the title last year but this time around he seems to be lost, be it the playing XI selection or the bowling combination or the batting order. Half way in the tournament and still the Mumbai hasn't got it right. The captain has to take the responsibility. Having witnessed Dhoni successfully leading India it maybe wrong on us to expect a "Dhoni Like" leader to succeed. Do we have options?...

  • on May 11, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    Good fight by MI, CSK were huffing and puffing to reach the target against an out of form team with mediocre bowling attack...

  • on May 11, 2014, 5:05 GMT

    It's a great Match though MI played with 13 still lost the match. Hats off to Dhoni and CSK. Even crowd as well as the commentators were very much biased in their Line of Business.

  • autocruise on May 11, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    Well what I think is Mumbai needs a good bowler to support Malinga.. Its must be depressing to see even for malinga when he does so well and bring them back in the game and no one is there to continue the job. That wasnt the case last time around malinga had johnson to depend on and Johnson and Malinga to depend on.. what a good combination that was.

  • LAKINGSFAN on May 11, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    If a team retains a mediocre player like Rayudu and let great hitters like Maxwell and Smith go, this is anticipated. Both Maxwell and Smith made MI repent for their decision.

  • on May 11, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    dhoni dhoni.... we love dhoni

  • on May 11, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    the standard of umpiring from indian umpires are poor...i mean u can make mistakes agreed even they are humans but waiting so long to take a decision is something which i have never seen(exception billy bowden against westindies vs australia)...and those decisions have been poor too...those two decisions against csk might have proved costly..both were starting to time the ball perfectly especially raina...BCCI need to do something...abt badree i guess he wont feature much...csk have set themselves a high standard of fielding..rayudu was dropped twice and went on to make 50 plus who should have been out for less than 10..as a fielder i believe ben is much better than badree...but i hope csk stick with badree for more games...not playing for sometime will make even the best fielders lethargic...

  • on May 11, 2014, 3:19 GMT

    I don't understandd logic of MSD to wait till last over and increas the pressure. He does same thing in international matches. He is the best leader india got but this line of thought is not good tactics.

  • on May 11, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    never say tat man!!! its not tat he always has to wait the last over... he is a very sensible player... had malinga been given the last over then both him and jadeja would have attacked before tat and bought the equation close... no questioning the tactics of dhoni..he has time and again dine this...

  • on May 11, 2014, 2:52 GMT

    When a Player goes out from MI, he returns to Form..!! (Maxwell, Smith)

    At the same time, when a Player in Form goes to MI Side his Form drops down..!! (Hussey, Anderson)

  • on May 11, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    @impartial_guy

    Had Rohit made Lasith bowl the last over, Dhoni would've gone after the bowler who bowled the 19th over. His mind works like a calculator and he knows whom to target and when to target. And he is also capable of smacking Lasith all over the park. He has done it numerous times.

  • nareshgb1 on May 11, 2014, 2:00 GMT

    Always nice to see this "Mumbai" team losing - whats the need to send this Gautam up the order when Tare is around? Just compare their strike rates in the season. Looks like Kumble's word getting too much weight here. Serves this outfit right.

    Wih Sachin gone from the team, nothing matters.

    Go CSK go. And go whoever plays "Mumbai" next.

  • on May 11, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    those who criticise Dhoni finishing in the last over and Pollard bowling the last over are pointing towards same thing. But do you think a captain/ batsman of MSD's experience would get Pollard go through 19th over ?? He would atleast make batsman at other end have a real go and they are capable too.... Haters keep on hating... But one thing, after India had MSD there were not much loss for 1 run, 5 runs etc. MSD more often than not makes India to win if he is at tge crease

  • on May 10, 2014, 23:48 GMT

    MI - Classic example of money cannot buy you either intelligence not good judgement! Poor decisions to let go of some good players with this stubbornness not to send the power players early. Even if Maxwell was with MI, coming in at 5 onwards, he would have made less impact. Very conservative team!

  • ASK3 on May 10, 2014, 23:37 GMT

    @theimpartialguy, with all due respect, your idea wouldn't work the best practically; for example, 17 needed off 2 overs was the equation, if Sharma had bowled someone else (assuming he'd have bowled Pollard) instead of Malinga, Dhoni and Jadeja would have taken as many runs off that over as possible because they know that Malinga would be bowling last, really in a lose-lose situation when MSD is present and you only have 1 specialist bowler and one allrounder/part-timer.

  • on May 10, 2014, 23:01 GMT

    I think mumbai made a wrong move sending in pollard in almost 19th and 20th over resp. they should have saved them in the dug out so they would get enough rest for bowling in the coming matches. What a waste of energy!! (SARCASM)

  • TRAM on May 10, 2014, 22:02 GMT

    @impartial_guy, I dont think so. Dhoni would have finished the game in the penultimate over if it were bowled by Pollard. He has himself said more than once that he targets weaker bowlers. He knows exactly how many overs are left for each bowlers in the opposition. I agree he starts slow and hits only at the end. But the end-hitting will be definitely lesser bowlers as much as possible. He plans & targets.

  • kc69 on May 10, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    Ok here we are thinking that practically every team needs 16 points (8 wins out of 14 games) for playoff spot.Mi needs to win all their remaining games which looks unlikely especially after Malinga is gone and Zaheer is injured and for Delhi it seems to be over by todays loss now all we need to see that who avoids the bottom spot.As top 2 spots look to be taken by Punjab and Chennai.

  • Selfishkar on May 10, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    Once again Dhoni and Ashwin has silenced their critics. Those who still believe Harbajan is a better bowler, have a bitter pill swallowing him being wicketless when Ashwin took 3/30

  • on May 10, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    Too many cooks for Mumbai.. Send all consultants home!

  • Deepak_Toronto on May 10, 2014, 21:28 GMT

    MI Indians should replace following players: 1. SIMMONS - Bring back Hussey 2. Corey Anderson- Bring back Dunk 3.Gautam - replace with Sushant Marathe 4. Rohit 5. Raydu/ 6 Tare 7 Praveen Kumar 8 Pollard 9 Harbajhan 10 Ojha 11.Malinga MI desperately need one good wicket taking bowler . MI is having too many batsmen in reserves.

  • IndCricFan2013 on May 10, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    This is the easy IPL that Dhoni is having. Usually the demands at the end are very high, score 14 runs for 4 overs continuously is an easy one that he had before. DR smith and Mac and Raina, now Faf are making it easy for him. Score 10 or 12 runs in one last over may hard for many, but for Dhoni that is the least test of his skills. Generally in the previous IPLs, Dhoni needed to score much more than that, not just one over, but many overs. The 19th over best bowler idea does no work with Dhoni, infact it works well for Dhoni. The teams needs to have two good bowlers at the end and bowl the best bowler 20th and 2nd best bowler 19th. Dhoni might get out in 19th trying to go for it. Then your best bowler can wrap it up, also if dhoni goes after the best bowler in 20th, it will be hard for him, if some like Malinga bowls 20th and 19th is bowled by a better full time bowler than Pollard.

  • Mannix16 on May 10, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    Malinga put his all and almost pulled out a win of nowhere.... Mumbai had a chance until Sharma put Pollard in to bowl the last over. Are you kidding me? Pollard went for 31 off 2 at an economy rate of 15, and Rohit Sharma thought it would be a good idea to give Pollard the last over against Dhoni instead of Corey Anderson? Apart from that, why isn't Michael Hussey given a chance to play? He was prolific for Chennai last season as an opener and Mumbai are having some obvious problems with their overseas opener (Ben Dunk and Lendel Simmons haven't done anything yet). When Malinga leaves to England, Mumbai Indians will be in total disarray. He and Harbhajan are the only 2 bowlers that are threatening

  • on May 10, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    Why no hussey for MI? MI team should go back release all retired super stars. Leave just robin Singh n jonty. Thy ell do a grt job.

  • Provost on May 10, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    @impartial_guy - you missed it completely....if the penultimate over was bowled by someone else, the game would be over by then (or close) and Rohit will get the heat for not utilizing Malinga.... no better way...the fault is not playing an extra spinner

  • on May 10, 2014, 20:24 GMT

    Was Suresh Raina out? Seems like we need another umpire who can help third umpire.

  • Twinkie on May 10, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    Mumbai Indians lost this tournament at the auction. The players they released, like Smith and Maxwell are sending them packing. Last year Smith was instrumental in their victories. Letting him go was pure madness! You get what you paid for, I guess.

  • on May 10, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    @impartial_guy, I think you got it wrong mate!. The fact is, Dhoni & CSK always have plan A in action but plan B up their sleeves, If you think keeping Malinga for the 20th would have worked well, then Dhoni would have gone hammer & tongs in the 19th over and would have almost finished the game by then or let 2 or 3 to score for the last over...

  • on May 10, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    If Pollard could bowl the last over, anybody from the stands could...lol

  • sweetspot on May 10, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    @IMPARTIAL_GUY - If Pollard had bowled the 19th over, you think Dhoni would have taken it to the last over? Game, set and match would have been done right there, with Malinga bowling just three overs total!

  • Sagar543 on May 10, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    Rohit will become virat when he wears a Mumbai jersey only.y cant rohit can show 10% of emotion when he is playing for his country.am bothered with his commitment /priority. he never displayed any emotion when he played for deccan chargers.unless he shows some commitment towards his country talented sharma will remains talented with out any use/purpose.until then steyn will keep on scoring more useful runs than him

  • on May 10, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    reasons for Loss of MI :- 1.giving pollard to ball last over... he has never been a good bowler. 2. Wasting Malinga, he should have given the 18th and 20th over to ball.....if it happened Dhoni won't get a chance to hit a boundry.... 3. Miss fieldings from MI... catches dropped... and I don't know who captains MI ( lol I know) but whoever he is he doesn't have proper leadership + lack of appointing bowlers at correct time will cost every match to MI.... Lastly with the recent captain MI will never win a match.... further Malinga's resignation in next week will let MI to its Knees...

  • on May 10, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    The logic behind Malinga bowling 19th over was to increase the runs required in last over. The runs needed will put pressure auto on the batsman. So even an average bowler can do it. But with Dhoni the runs required will make no differece. I want to make a movie on Dhoni called 'license to finish'.

  • on May 10, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    msd d champ u cant stop him

  • on May 10, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    What ever others say Malinga is the best death bowler in Cricket..! No body has proved as much as him! Improvised batsman, short boundaries, strength bats, hitting mind than past still he keep producing..! what a champian

  • cnksnk on May 10, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    Dhoni politely pointed out that MI misread the pitch and did not take an additional spinner. Chennai got it right by playing Badree. One wonders what use are senior players acting as mentors, coach, idol, consultant and what have you, if you cannot read the wicket particularly on your home ground correctly. Very poor thought leadership.

  • on May 10, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    when DHONI is batting there Is no option but to resign yourself for a defeat...ultimate finisher.. just can't beat him... 99/100 timess he will finish the game

  • on May 10, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    On paper MI is a very good team While Sachin is behind the team. I think the captain is not up to the mark. He would have saved either MalingĂ , Harbhajan or Paraveen for the last over instead of Pollard who had already given 30 runs in 2,

  • TheUltimateTruth on May 10, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    @impartial_guy, I don't think Dhoni was waiting for the last over. He was waiting for the weaker bowler -- in this case, Pollard. If Pollard or Anderson had bowled the 19th over, the match would have been over right then. I believe he thinks strategically. He won't take on Maliga if he doesn't have to. This is also why CSK did not try to go for the low probability victory against Kings XI in the previous match. He figures it's better to reach the semis and finals rather than try to win a league match and possibly damage the NRR badly.

  • ladycricfan on May 10, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    It was a fantastic close match. Batting looked scratchy from both sides. I think the pitch has something to do with it. Mac was timing well when he got a bad lbw decision. Why was Raina given out? New comers Badree, Manhas and Pandey need to improve their fielding/catching. Malinga was fantastic as ever. MI's fifth bowler Pollard was very expensive today. Best finisher. Dhoni finished the game in style. Ashwin is my MOM.

  • mngc1 on May 10, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    After Simmons laid a foundation Pollard and Anderson should have moved up the order. Which other team would keep these two in the dugout until 13 balls to go? That is where MI lost the match. Just look at the top 2 teams and see where they play their hardest hitters.

  • on May 10, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    considering the way Pollard bowled earlier, it would have been a better option to go with Anderson in the last over though it'll be a tough ask from him. Also, i still don't understand some of the strategies by MI like wasting too many balls in the beginning overs. it looks like sometimes a hard core fan can plan better than the so called stalwarts in the team of strategists.

  • on May 10, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    Mumbai should probably get hussey in ... they can drop one of the foreign chaps - Simmons/pollard to get in an extra bowler ... pollard really cost Mumbai the match today

  • on May 10, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    There is a lot to say about this Game...Negative approach, & of course wrong attitude. What a pathetic batting order & 19 balls for Corey and Pollard. Are MI and Rohit Shamra there to win any of the Matches? Rayudu again not a choice for One down. See this attitude of Rayudu, He was standing into the crease while he was caught by jadeja. Corey was almost there and only 11 balls were left. Rayudu should have run and should have given strike to Anderson. This shows the Negative approach of the MI. They were never in the nice shape in this IPL and still they are way beyond the expectations. Even Long list of Tremendous Coaches, Mentor, adviser not helping MI to do something different and get over the line. Cheer Up Guys because its rugged time ahead.

  • impartial_guy on May 10, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    I don't know why everyone doesn't understand this. Dhoni is waiting for the last minuite, the last over. If I were he, then I would be glad that Malinga bawled the penultimate over, and not the last one. Get over it safely then comes the party. When Dhoni is there, give him the best bowler at the last. He will still wait for the last over and will be in trouble. Not that he will be totally failing in that bec he is such a good finisher. But still a better ploy with Dhony to have the best bowler bowl the last over to him. It just makes sense. I think I am smarter than the coaches there. Think for yourselves.

  • StevieS on May 10, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    There are some terrible captains in these IPL teams, who in their right mind would bowl Pollard for the last over!

  • on May 10, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    this is horrible team selection...With this current min squad with less options they have to work on a proper plan.. In this game, MI would have won had they gone with another genuine bowler instead of part time bowlers/half bowlers like Pollard or Corey.. Two overs of Pollard changed it in CSK's way.. when malinga too leaves for INT duty, MI will sink further... At least in nxt auction, get in some good local talented players and reliable Int players ( has to stop going behind old super stars and one night super stars !!! )

  • on May 10, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    undertaker, mourinho and now Mumbai Indians. . every streak has to end.

  • on May 10, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    Excellent show by CSK once again...Wat a team...Whoa

  • on May 10, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    It's a great Match.. Hard to see Mumbai Indians after Malinga leaves the camp to play for Sri Lanka in England. What a bowler he is.. Really a great display of Yorker bowling...

  • Prakmca on May 10, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    Pathetic opening by MI...On what basis Simmons was selected and sent as opener? As a opener he wasted complete power play and after that also he was never stopped scoring less than run a ball.. 38 runs OFF 38 balls in T20....PATHETIC... Rayudu at the end, he made for earlier dot balls... But every time YOU CANNOT DO this.... He always very slow in the start... In T20s at least look forward to rotate the strike... Having Players like Simmons opening the innings, MI will never win and will be on the last row of points table....

  • simplesouthside on May 10, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    I think it was a great knock from Simmons having be his first game. MI need an aggressive start at the top and wasn't getting that from all they have tried, and CSk bowling was on target in them middle overs.

  • StevieS on May 10, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    Was Simmons playing for a draw? facing almost 1 1/3 of the deliveries while only going at a run a ball is just not good enough. Would of been better off playing Dunk who may of got 15 off 10 balls, same goes with the Captain.

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  • StevieS on May 10, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    Was Simmons playing for a draw? facing almost 1 1/3 of the deliveries while only going at a run a ball is just not good enough. Would of been better off playing Dunk who may of got 15 off 10 balls, same goes with the Captain.

  • simplesouthside on May 10, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    I think it was a great knock from Simmons having be his first game. MI need an aggressive start at the top and wasn't getting that from all they have tried, and CSk bowling was on target in them middle overs.

  • Prakmca on May 10, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    Pathetic opening by MI...On what basis Simmons was selected and sent as opener? As a opener he wasted complete power play and after that also he was never stopped scoring less than run a ball.. 38 runs OFF 38 balls in T20....PATHETIC... Rayudu at the end, he made for earlier dot balls... But every time YOU CANNOT DO this.... He always very slow in the start... In T20s at least look forward to rotate the strike... Having Players like Simmons opening the innings, MI will never win and will be on the last row of points table....

  • on May 10, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    It's a great Match.. Hard to see Mumbai Indians after Malinga leaves the camp to play for Sri Lanka in England. What a bowler he is.. Really a great display of Yorker bowling...

  • on May 10, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    Excellent show by CSK once again...Wat a team...Whoa

  • on May 10, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    undertaker, mourinho and now Mumbai Indians. . every streak has to end.

  • on May 10, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    this is horrible team selection...With this current min squad with less options they have to work on a proper plan.. In this game, MI would have won had they gone with another genuine bowler instead of part time bowlers/half bowlers like Pollard or Corey.. Two overs of Pollard changed it in CSK's way.. when malinga too leaves for INT duty, MI will sink further... At least in nxt auction, get in some good local talented players and reliable Int players ( has to stop going behind old super stars and one night super stars !!! )

  • StevieS on May 10, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    There are some terrible captains in these IPL teams, who in their right mind would bowl Pollard for the last over!

  • impartial_guy on May 10, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    I don't know why everyone doesn't understand this. Dhoni is waiting for the last minuite, the last over. If I were he, then I would be glad that Malinga bawled the penultimate over, and not the last one. Get over it safely then comes the party. When Dhoni is there, give him the best bowler at the last. He will still wait for the last over and will be in trouble. Not that he will be totally failing in that bec he is such a good finisher. But still a better ploy with Dhony to have the best bowler bowl the last over to him. It just makes sense. I think I am smarter than the coaches there. Think for yourselves.

  • on May 10, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    There is a lot to say about this Game...Negative approach, & of course wrong attitude. What a pathetic batting order & 19 balls for Corey and Pollard. Are MI and Rohit Shamra there to win any of the Matches? Rayudu again not a choice for One down. See this attitude of Rayudu, He was standing into the crease while he was caught by jadeja. Corey was almost there and only 11 balls were left. Rayudu should have run and should have given strike to Anderson. This shows the Negative approach of the MI. They were never in the nice shape in this IPL and still they are way beyond the expectations. Even Long list of Tremendous Coaches, Mentor, adviser not helping MI to do something different and get over the line. Cheer Up Guys because its rugged time ahead.