Indian Premier League - 42nd match

Deccan Chargers v Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians won by 25 runs

7.58 pm local time: Mumbai are opening with their irresistible combination of Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya. Tendulkar has had two failures with the bat so far while Jayasuriya has hit blazing form in his last two innings. Both his awesome performances have come while chasing though and it will be interesting to see how Mumbai go about setting a target. They've normally bowled first on the seamer-friendly pitches in Mumbai and restricted the opposition to pretty low totals, giving their batsmen the luxury of a relatively pressure-free run-chase. Mumbai don't have Pollock today though and their batsmen will have to post a sizable score to contain the likes of Gilchrist and Sharma.

We're ready to begin, Vijaykumar will open the attack for Deccan, from over the wicket.

Toss, 7.30 pm: Word has trickled in that Adam Gilchrist has won the toss and the Deccan Chargers will field. This game will start on time by the looks of it, the situation is dire in Kolkata.

The massive news regarding the Mumbai team is that Shaun Pollock isn't playing. He isn't fit and Dilhara Fernando replaces him. They've also dropped Rajesh Pawar and brought in the wicketkeeper batsman Pinal Shah. I suspect Takawale will continue to keep wicket though. This is also Dwayne Bravo's last match before he leaves for the West Indies.

Mumbai Indians: 1 Sachin Tendulkar (capt), 2 Sanath Jayasuriya, 3 Robin Uthappa, 4 Dominic Thornely, 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 Abhishek Nayar, 7 Yogesh Takawale (wk), 8 Pinal Shah, 9 Rohan Raje, 10 Dilhara Fernando, 11 Ashish Nehra.

Deccan have made three changes to their team: they've left out Herschelle Gibbs, Scott Styris and Sarvesh Kumar and brought in Haladhar Das, Nuwan Zoysa and Chamara Silva.

Deccan Chargers: 1 Adam Gilchrist (capt & wk), 2 Shahid Afridi, 3 Halhadar Das, 4 Rohit Sharma, 5 Venugopal Rao, 6 Ravi Teja, 7 Chamara Silva, 8 Nuwan Zoysa, 9 Pragyan Ojha, 10 RP Singh, 11 P Vijaykumar.

Greg Chappell was at the toss with the captains. He's a pretty good commentator but he isn't on our commentators poll just yet. You can vote for some of your other favourites though.

7.25 pm: There might be a bit of a hiccup at the start of the Deccan-Mumbai match. The game at Eden Gardens between Kolkata and Chennai has been delayed due to rain, a dust storm and a partial power failure. Sounds dramatic doesn't it? It was too. So if that game gets delayed further then the start of this game might get pushed back because they televise the matches on only one channel on television. If I remember correctly, the start of one match in Delhi was delayed a little because there were technical problems with the television feed. Anyway this is me theorizing, the organisers may throw mud in my face and start on time.

The situation in that match is such that if it doesn't restart then Chennai will win by three runs on the D-L method. I wonder how long they'll wait before they call it off. The cut-off time is supposed to be 8.00 pm but the playing conditions are a little grey.

By the way, we've set up a commentators poll on Cricinfo where you can vote for your favourite television pundit. So if you prefer the bombast of Ravi Shastri, or Michael Holding's dry wit, or David Lloyd's hilarity click here and vote away.

7.15 pm: Hello champs and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the 42nd match of the Indian Premier League between Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians in Hyderabad. I'm George Binoy and I'll bring you the action as it unfolds.

Today's May 18, and the IPL is exactly one month old. This time last month, fans in Bangalore had just finished watching an enthralling opening ceremony at the Chinnaswamy stadium and were about to be treated to a Brendon McCullum special. How much has come to pass since then.

Deccan are out of the reckoning for the semi-finals, having lost eight out of ten matches, despite having one of the most high-profile teams at the start of the tournament. May be they have a mathematical chance, but it's a rather slim one.

Mumbai, on the other hand, have bounced back splendidly from a four-match losing streak at the start and are now hunting for their sixth consecutive victory. If they achieve it, it will be the longest winning streak of the tournament - Rajasthan and Punjab have managed five in a row.

"The last time these teams met Adam Gilchrist blasted a century off 42 balls to hand Mumbai a crushing defeat, their fourth in a row ... Deccan are yet to win a game at home and, languishing one spot above the bottom of the table, have seen the wheels come off their campaign. None of their bowlers has been able to provide early breakthroughs and the batting has been over-reliant on Gilchrist and Rohit Sharma. The big names - especially Herschelle Gibbs and Shahid Afridi - have flattered to deceive." Read Nagraj Gollapudi's preview for more insight into this match.

0.1

Vijaykumar to Jayasuriya, FOUR, Vijaykumar pitches outside leg stump and angles the ball into Jayasuriya's hips, he moves across and nudges the ball towards the fine leg boundary, he's begun where he left off in Mumbai

0.2

Vijaykumar to Jayasuriya, 1 wide, Vijaykumar strays down leg side again, Jayasuriya shuffles across to play the leg glance but misses, wide called

Vijaykumar goes round the wicket.

0.2

Vijaykumar to Jayasuriya, no run, better line and length, angling into the left-hander, Jayasuriya leans forward and defends on the leg side

0.3

Vijaykumar to Jayasuriya, no run, a good length ball pitches outside off stump and swings into Jayasuriya who strides forward and defends back to the bowler, the umpire has a word with Vijaykumar for running on the pitch

He goes back over the wicket now.

0.4

Vijaykumar to Jayasuriya, no run, good length once again, on middle and off stump, Jayasuriya has no room to work with and defends on the front foot towards cover

0.5

Vijaykumar to Jayasuriya, SIX, bang! Too full on leg stump, Jayasuriya moves forward and lifts the ball off his pads over deep midwicket for his 19th six of the tournament, he'll hit you there all day if you bowl that length

0.6

Vijaykumar to Jayasuriya, no run, good length delivery on middle and off, Jayasuriya defends off the back foot

End of over 1 (11 runs) Mumbai Indians 11/0 (RR: 11.00)
ST Jayasuriya    10* (6b 1x4 1x6)      DP Vijaykumar    1-0-11-0
SR Tendulkar    0* (0b)     

Andre Nel has arrived as a replacement for Bravo, he's sitting in the Mumbai dug out. This is Bravo's last game of the IPL. Nuwan Zoysa is sharing the new ball, from over the wicket.

1.1

Zoysa to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar strides forward to a good length ball that angles across him and drives towards mid-off

1.2

Zoysa to Jayasuriya, FOUR, mis-hit but it's four! Zoysa tests Jayasuriya with the short ball, Jayasuriya tries to pull but gets a top edge that falls safely at fine leg and goes for four, there's no fine leg, just a fielder at deep backward square

1.3

Zoysa to Jayasuriya, FOUR, this time Jayasuriya gets on top of the bounce of the short ball and pulls the ball along the ground in front of the fielder at deep backward square leg for four more

1.4

Zoysa to Jayasuriya, SIX, super Sanath! Zoysa bowls another short ball but Jayasuriya is ready for it, he swivels on to the back foot and pulls the ball far over the fine leg boundary, he's punishing his fellow Sri Lankan

1.5

Zoysa to Jayasuriya, no run, short of a length delivery angling into the left-hander, Jayasuriya moves back an defends on the off side

1.6

Zoysa to Jayasuriya, FOUR, he's creamed that through square leg, short of a length once again and Jayasuriya moves back and across and pulls the ball hard and flat through square leg, his front foot was in the air as he played that, what a start this is for Mumbai, if this were the Wankhede they'd be screaming "Suriya, Suriya!"

End of over 2 (19 runs) Mumbai Indians 30/0 (RR: 15.00)
ST Jayasuriya    28* (11b 4x4 2x6)      DNT Zoysa    1-0-19-0
SR Tendulkar    1* (1b)      DP Vijaykumar    1-0-11-0

Gilchrist has made a brave bowling change, bringing on the offspinner Venugopal Rao in place of Vijaykumar.

2.1

Venugopal Rao to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar strides forward to a full length ball and drives towards long-on, he runs towards the best seat in the house to watch Jayasuriya's brilliance

2.2

Venugopal Rao to Jayasuriya, no run, there's an appeal for lbw but it pitched outside leg, Jayasuriya shuffled across his stump and got hit on the pad after missing the flick

2.3

Venugopal Rao to Jayasuriya, FOUR, leg stump line and Jayasuriya moves across and sweeps powerfully past short fine leg for four, poor line

2.4

Venugopal Rao to Jayasuriya, FOUR, Rao hasn't learnt, he continues to pitch outside leg stump and Jayasuriya once again sweeps along the ground past the man at short fine leg, Zoysa is in that position

2.5

Venugopal Rao to Jayasuriya, OUT, he's gone! Rao's done it and the crowd comes to life! Jayasuriya gets down on one knee and sweeps another leg-stump delivery, he's hit it in the air and squarer this time, RP Singh is on the deep square leg boundary and the ball goes straight to him, he takes a flat catch and an extremely important one

ST Jayasuriya c Singh b Venugopal Rao 36 (15b 6x4 2x6) SR: 240.00

Gilchrist has a laugh as he goes to congratulate Rao. Dominic Thornely is the new batsman.

2.6

Venugopal Rao to Thornely, no run, bowled flat and fast on middle stump, defended towards the leg side on the back foot

End of over 3 (9 runs) Mumbai Indians 39/1 (RR: 13.00)
DJ Thornely    0* (1b)      Y Venugopal Rao    1-0-9-1
SR Tendulkar    2* (2b)      DNT Zoysa    1-0-19-0

RP Singh comes into the attack, replacing Zoysa.

3.1

Singh to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar moves across his stumps to a good length ball and defends back to the bowler

3.2

Singh to Tendulkar, no run, too full on leg stump, Tendulkar moves across and plays a superbly-timed flick towards midwicket where Silva dives to cut off the boundary

3.3

Singh to Tendulkar, no run, good length and length just outside off stump, Tendulkar strides forward and defends with a straight bat

3.4

Singh to Tendulkar, FOUR, that's a terrible ball, too full on leg stump, Tendulkar moves forward and across and flicks firmly through midwicket, Silva can only admire the shot this time

3.5

Singh to Tendulkar, 1 run, good length delivery on middle and off, Tendulkar tries to turn the ball towards leg but gets a bit of a leading edge towards mid-off, Tendulkar sees that the fielder is deep in the circle and scurries through for the single

3.6

Singh to Thornely, no run, RP pitches the ball short of a length and slants it across Thornely who waits on the back foot and tries to cut, he gets beaten by the bounce

"I think that dismissal of Jayasuriya was set up with that leg stump line. Does anyone else think so?" asks Anantha.

End of over 4 (5 runs) Mumbai Indians 44/1 (RR: 11.00)
DJ Thornely    0* (2b)      RP Singh    1-0-5-0
SR Tendulkar    7* (7b 1x4)      Y Venugopal Rao    1-0-9-1

Zoysa's back for his second over.

4.1

Zoysa to Tendulkar, 1 run, the slower ball on middle stump, Tendulkar leans forward and defends back past the bowler

Pollock says he's not playing because of a back problem.

4.2

Zoysa to Thornely, no run, cut off the back foot towards point, Thornely made room by backing away towards leg

4.3

Zoysa to Thornely, no run, good length on middle and off, the pace is slow from Zoysa, Thornely moves forward and defends towards cover

4.4

Zoysa to Thornely, 1 run, leg stump line from Zoysa, Thornely flicks the ball off his pads towards deep square leg for a single

4.5

Zoysa to Tendulkar, 1 run, the slower full toss on middle and off, Zoysa was looking for the block hole, Tendulkar moves back initially and then opens the face of the bat to steer the ball past backward point

4.6

Zoysa to Thornely, 1 run, full and wide down leg side, for some reason Thornely reaches out for it and dabs the ball towards fine leg, it would most certainly have been called wide if he had let it go

End of over 5 (4 runs) Mumbai Indians 48/1 (RR: 9.60)
DJ Thornely    2* (6b)      DNT Zoysa    2-0-23-0
SR Tendulkar    9* (9b 1x4)      RP Singh    1-0-5-0

5.1

Singh to Thornely, no run, RP appeals for leg before but the ball pitched outside leg, Thornely had moved across his stumps to work the ball behind square but missed

5.2

Singh to Thornely, no run, tight line and length on middle and off, Thornely waits in his crease and defends towards the off side

5.3

Singh to Thornely, 1 run, short of a length and wider outside off stump, Thornely moves back and runs the ball towards third man for a single

5.4

Singh to Tendulkar, FOUR, that's a gift, a full ball on leg stump, Tendulkar leans forward and clips the ball off his pads to the deep backward square leg boundary, he can probably play that shot in his sleep

5.5

Singh to Tendulkar, FOUR, short and wide outside off stump this time, Tendulkar reaches out for it and cuts the ball through cover for four more, that would have been wide if he had let it go too

5.6

Singh to Tendulkar, no run, good length on off stump, Tendulkar defends towards cover point off the front foot, Deccan have finished the Powerplay overs, Mumbai have scored 57 off the first six

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End of over 6 (9 runs) Mumbai Indians 57/1 (RR: 9.50)
SR Tendulkar    17* (12b 3x4)      RP Singh    2-0-14-0
DJ Thornely    3* (9b)      DNT Zoysa    2-0-23-0

Gilchirst makes a bowling change, Afridi runs in from over the wicket.

6.1

Shahid Afridi to Thornely, no run, defended back to the bowler on the front foot

6.2

Shahid Afridi to Thornely, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, Thornely gets on to the front foot and drives through cover

6.3

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, 1 run, that's a bit short outside off stump, Tendulkar moves back and pushes the ball gently into the gap at cover

6.4

Shahid Afridi to Thornely, 4 leg byes, Thornely moves back to a delivery on leg stump and nudges the ball off his pads past the wicketkeeper, Vijaykumar gives chase and crashes into the advertisement hoardings after he makes a desperate dive in vain

6.5

Shahid Afridi to Thornely, 1 run, defended on the front foot towards the off side

6.6

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar tries to play the reverse sweep but doesn't connect properly and can't beat short third man

End of over 7 (7 runs) Mumbai Indians 64/1 (RR: 9.14)
SR Tendulkar    18* (14b 3x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-3-0
DJ Thornely    5* (13b)      RP Singh    2-0-14-0

Spin from both ends now, Ojha from round the wicket.

7.1

Ojha to Thornely, 1 run, nudged off the pads towards square leg

7.2

Ojha to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar moves around his crease as the bowler runs up, Ojha bowls flat and straight and Tendulkar defends on the off side

7.3

Ojha to Tendulkar, FOUR, this time he backs away to make room and smashes the ball past the bowler with a flat bat, the ball races to the long off boundary

7.4

Ojha to Tendulkar, no run, missed stumping!, Tendulkar backs away to make room once again, he also comes out of his crease, Ojha shortens his length and beats Tendulkar's attempted loft over cover, Gilchirst fails to collect cleanly and allows Tendulkar to get back into his crease

7.5

Ojha to Tendulkar, 1 run, cut off the back foot past point for a single, the fielder should have stopped that

7.6

Ojha to Thornely, 1 run, played off the pads towards square leg for one more

End of over 8 (7 runs) Mumbai Indians 71/1 (RR: 8.87)
DJ Thornely    7* (15b)      PP Ojha    1-0-7-0
SR Tendulkar    23* (18b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-3-0

8.1

Shahid Afridi to Thornely, 1 run, bowled flat and straight on middle stump, Thornely moves back and defends to the bowler

8.2

Shahid Afridi to Tendulkar, OUT, caught! Gilchrist will be relieved, Tendulkar charges Afridi and tries to loft the ball down the ground, there is a long off in place but the ball doesn't get that far, Tendulkar skies it high in the air and Silva runs towards mid-off from cover and takes a well-judged catch

SR Tendulkar c Silva b Shahid Afridi 23 (19b 4x4 0x6) SR: 121.05

Nayar is the new batsman, he's come in ahead of Uthappa and Bravo.

8.3

Shahid Afridi to Thornely, no run, beaten outside the off stump, Gilchirst whips off the bails but Thornely is safe

8.4

Shahid Afridi to Thornely, OUT, lbw! Thornely moves back in his crease and Afridi fires in the faster googly, Thornely doesn't pick it and gets struck plumb in front of his stumps, that's out and Harper thinks for a moment before sending Thornely packing

DJ Thornely lbw b Shahid Afridi 8 (18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

Uthappa is the new batsman.

8.5

Shahid Afridi to Uthappa, no run, defended towards the off side

8.6

Shahid Afridi to Uthappa, 2 leg byes, Uthappa moves across his stumps and flicks the ball behind square, that went off his pad

End of over 9 (3 runs) Mumbai Indians 74/3 (RR: 8.22)
RV Uthappa    0* (2b)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-4-2
AM Nayar    0* (0b)      PP Ojha    1-0-7-0

9.1

Ojha to Nayar, 1 run, Nayar moves across his stumps and flicks the ball off his pads behind square for a single

9.2

Ojha to Uthappa, no run, Uthappa moves back and across and defends a flat and fast ball back to the bowler

9.3

Ojha to Uthappa, no run, Uthappa tries to open the face and run the ball towards third man but misses

9.4

Ojha to Uthappa, 2 runs, Uthappa moves back and cuts a flat ball outside off stump towards Rao at short third man, he fumbles and allows the single

9.5

Ojha to Uthappa, no run, Uthappa moves back and across and paddles the ball towards short third man

9.6

Ojha to Uthappa, 1 run, Uthappa moves on to the front foot and pushes the ball towards long on for a single

End of over 10 (4 runs) Mumbai Indians 78/3 (RR: 7.80)
RV Uthappa    3* (7b)      PP Ojha    2-0-11-0
AM Nayar    1* (1b)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-4-2

10.1

Shahid Afridi to Uthappa, no run, Afridi bowls another googly, Uthappa leans forward to drive and inside-edges on to his pad

10.2

Shahid Afridi to Uthappa, 1 run, a bit too short and Uthappa rocks back and pulls hard but straight to the fielder at deep midwicket

10.3

Shahid Afridi to Nayar, 1 run, Afridi bowls full and fast on middle stump, Nayar moves forward and drives towards long off

10.4

Shahid Afridi to Uthappa, no run, Uthappa moves across his stumps and plays a deft sweep towards short fine leg

10.5

Shahid Afridi to Uthappa, 1 wide, that's too wide outside off stump and umpire Harper agrees

10.5

Shahid Afridi to Uthappa, 1 run, that's another googly outside off stump, Uthappa tries to cut but is late on the shot and gets an edge that nearly goes on to his stumps

10.6

Shahid Afridi to Nayar, 1 run, Nayar moves back and pushes a quicker ball off his pads for a single towards square leg

End of over 11 (5 runs) Mumbai Indians 83/3 (RR: 7.54)
AM Nayar    3* (3b)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-9-2
RV Uthappa    5* (11b)      PP Ojha    2-0-11-0

11.1

Ojha to Nayar, 1 leg bye, is that another missed stumping? Nayar charges Ojha and tries to loft down the ground, he misses and the ball hits the top of the pad and bounces awkwardly high past Gilchirst's right for a leg bye, that was too tough to collect

11.2

Ojha to Uthappa, 1 run, cut off the back foot, nearly from Gilchrist's gloves for a single towards short third man

11.3

Ojha to Nayar, 1 leg bye, Nayar tries to hit through leg but gets a leading edge towards point

11.4

Ojha to Uthappa, 1 leg bye, Uthappa plays the paddle shot towards square leg

11.5

Ojha to Nayar, no run, Nayar tries to drive but gets an inside edge on to his pad

11.6

Ojha to Nayar, FOUR, nicely struck! Nayar takes a step down and lofts the ball straight over the bowler with a lovely free swing of the bat, that was like a golf swing, the ball bounces once before going over the boundary

End of over 12 (8 runs) Mumbai Indians 91/3 (RR: 7.58)
AM Nayar    7* (7b 1x4)      PP Ojha    3-0-16-0
RV Uthappa    6* (13b)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-9-2

Rao replaces Afridi.

12.1

Venugopal Rao to Uthappa, no run, Uthappa leans forward and flicks towards midwicket

12.2

Venugopal Rao to Uthappa, 2 wides, Uthappa tries to sweep one down leg side and misses, Gilchirst doesn't collect and the batsmen run one

12.2

Venugopal Rao to Nayar, 1 run, Uthappa's safe! Nayar pushes the ball to cover and calls for the quick single, Ojha fields and fires the throw back at Gilchrist who breaks the stumps, Uthappa is just safe, direct hit and he would have been out

12.3

Venugopal Rao to Uthappa, 1 run, slog-swept through midwicket for a single

12.4

Venugopal Rao to Nayar, 1 run, Nayar steps out and swings the ball through square leg for one

12.5

Venugopal Rao to Uthappa, OUT, Afridi takes an excellent catch! Uthappa strides forward and lofts the ball high towards long-on, he's hit it pretty well and the ball looks like it may clear the boundary, Afridi's at long on and he moves towards his right, keeps his eyes on the ball and holds the catch about two feet inside the boundary, he makes sure that the momentum doesn't carry him over, there's a broad smile on his face for he's having a fantastic match

RV Uthappa c Shahid Afridi b Venugopal Rao 7 (16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 43.75

12.6

Venugopal Rao to Nayar, 1 run, played off the pads through square leg

End of over 13 (6 runs) Mumbai Indians 97/4 (RR: 7.46)
AM Nayar    10* (10b 1x4)      Y Venugopal Rao    2-0-15-2
DJ Bravo    0* (0b)      PP Ojha    3-0-16-0

Bravo is the new batsman.

13.1

Ojha to Nayar, no run, Nayar tries to work the ball through the leg side but misses and gets hit on the pad outside the line of off stump

13.2

Ojha to Nayar, 1 run, Nayar moves forward and outside the line of off stump and pushes the ball towards mid-on for a single

13.3

Ojha to Bravo, no run, defended back to the bowler off the front foot with a straight bat

13.4

Ojha to Bravo, 1 run, Bravo moves forward and punches a flat and fast delivery from off stump towards long-off

13.5

Ojha to Nayar, 1 run, Nayar steps out of his crease and hits the ball off his pads towards deep square leg

Slip in place for Bravo.

13.6

Ojha to Bravo, FOUR, superb placement and timing! Bravo stays in his crease, waits for the ball to reach him outside off and drives powerfully through extra cover, there's a fielder at long off but he can't run across quickly enough

End of over 14 (7 runs) Mumbai Indians 104/4 (RR: 7.42)
DJ Bravo    5* (3b 1x4)      PP Ojha    4-0-23-0
AM Nayar    12* (13b 1x4)      Y Venugopal Rao    2-0-15-2

14.1

Venugopal Rao to Nayar, 1 run, Nayar makes room and hits towards long-off for a single

14.2

Venugopal Rao to Bravo, no run, Bravo moves back in his crease and plays the ball to midwicket, Nayar wants the single but Bravo sends him back

14.3

Venugopal Rao to Bravo, SIX, sublime! Bravo steps out of his crease, gets to the pitch of the ball and flicks it high and far over deep midwicket

14.4

Venugopal Rao to Bravo, 1 run, driven off the front foot towards long off

14.5

Venugopal Rao to Nayar, 1 run, Nayar moves forward and flicks through midwicket for a single, there's a semi-direct hit at the non-striker's end but Nayar is safe

14.6

Venugopal Rao to Bravo, 1 run, Bravo steps out of his crease and drives towards long-off for a single

End of over 15 (10 runs) Mumbai Indians 114/4 (RR: 7.60)
DJ Bravo    13* (7b 1x4 1x6)      Y Venugopal Rao    3-0-25-2
AM Nayar    14* (15b 1x4)      PP Ojha    4-0-23-0

Afridi's back for another over.

15.1

Shahid Afridi to Bravo, 2 runs, pushed off the front foot towards the vacant mid-on area for two, Afridi runs back to field

15.2

Shahid Afridi to Bravo, no run, Bravo moves across and tries to flick but misses and gets hit on the pad

15.3

Shahid Afridi to Bravo, FOUR, what a ball that is! The googly spits off the pitch back into Bravo who doesn't read it, he gets an inside edge that misses his stumps and runs to the boundary

15.4

Shahid Afridi to Bravo, 1 run, lofted on the first bounce towards long-on for a single

15.5

Shahid Afridi to Nayar, SIX, Nayar's slogged it and slogged it out of the ground! He got down on one knee, moved his front foot out of the way and lofted the ball high over midwicket, it didn't look well-timed at first but the ball travelled several rows back

15.6

Shahid Afridi to Nayar, 1 run, nudged off the front foot towards the off side for a single

End of over 16 (14 runs) Mumbai Indians 128/4 (RR: 8.00)
AM Nayar    21* (17b 1x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-23-2
DJ Bravo    20* (11b 2x4 1x6)      Y Venugopal Rao    3-0-25-2

Zoysa returns for another over.

16.1

Zoysa to Nayar, FOUR, clever clever shot, Nayar moves across to a full ball on off stump and scoops the ball past the fielder at short fine leg for four, he knew the fielder was in the circle and cashed in

16.2

Zoysa to Nayar, FOUR, the attempted slower ball ends up as a leg side full toss, Nayar clips it off his pads between the wicketkeeper and short fine leg for four more

16.3

Zoysa to Nayar, 1 run, once again Nayar moves across his stumps and uses the angle into him from over the wicket to guide the ball towards fine leg, Gilchirst has pushed the man back to the boundary now

16.4

Zoysa to Bravo, no run, that's an ugly slog, Bravo comes down the track and tries to pull towards deep midwicket, his bottom hand comes off the bat as he is beaten by the slower ball

16.5

Zoysa to Bravo, (no ball) 2 runs, Bravo goes inside out and lofts the ball towards deep cover, Zoysa had over-stepped so Bravo has a free hit

16.5

Zoysa to Bravo, 1 run, full ball on middle stump, Bravo comes forward and drives the ball hard towards long-on where Afridi fields on the boundary

16.6

Zoysa to Nayar, 1 run, Nayar backs away towards leg, Zoysa follows him with a length ball and Nayar nudges it towards point

End of over 17 (14 runs) Mumbai Indians 142/4 (RR: 8.35)
AM Nayar    31* (21b 3x4 1x6)      DNT Zoysa    3-0-37-0
DJ Bravo    23* (14b 2x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-23-2

RP's back into the attack.

17.1

Singh to Nayar, SIX, lovely shot, terrific, Nayar moves forward and across his stumps and picks a length ball which angles into him and lofts it high and far over long leg for six, he created the angle to hit behidn square by moving across his stumps

17.2

Singh to Nayar, 1 run, Nayar backs away towards leg this time and RP follows him with a low full toss, Nayar hits the ball hard to midwicket

17.3

Singh to Bravo, 1 run, fuller length outside off stump, Bravo drills the ball towards long-off with a powerful drive

17.4

Singh to Nayar, OUT, caught! Nayar falls at a crucial time, he backs away towards the leg side to make room, RP bowls the ball short and at pace, Nayar tries to pull but mis-hits it high in the air towards point where Rohit Sharma takes a simple catch

AM Nayar c Sharma b Singh 38 (24b 3x4 2x6) SR: 158.33

17.5

Singh to Bravo, SIX, how has that cleared the fence? Bravo pre-meditated the pull and went through with the shot even though it wasn't short enough, he didn't look very elegant but he's connected superbly and the ball clears the boundary comfortably

RP goes over the wicket.

17.6

Singh to Bravo, OUT, bowled him! Bravo backs away towards leg to make room and hit inside out over cover, RP bowls the full ball homing in on middle stump, Bravo misses and hears the sound of leather and cork hitting wood, RP's struck two vital blows

DJ Bravo b Singh 30 (17b 2x4 2x6) SR: 176.47

End of over 18 (14 runs) Mumbai Indians 156/6 (RR: 8.66)
     RP Singh    3-0-28-2
PR Shah    0* (0b)      DNT Zoysa    3-0-37-0

18.1

Vijaykumar to Shah, 1 wide, Vijaykumar starts his new spell with a wide down leg side

18.1

Vijaykumar to Shah, FOUR, full toss on leg stump, awful delivery, Shah steps out of his crease and glances the ball off his pads towards the fine leg boundary

18.2

Vijaykumar to Shah, 1 wide, Vijaykumar strays down leg side again, that's another wide, six runs off one ball so far

"I think half of Mumbai's losses can be attributed to the order of their batting line up. Compact players like Nayar should be batting up the order, with Uthappa coming late into the match for playing his cheeky shots," says Dheeraj.

18.2

Vijaykumar to Shah, (no ball) 1 run, now he over-steps and bowls a high full toss that Shah drives towards long-off, horrific over so far

Gilchirst will be wondering if he should have given Zoysa another go instead.

18.2

Vijaykumar to Takawale, 1 leg bye, full and straight this time, it's the 50th free hit of the tournament and only four sixes have been hit of them, Takawale tries to hit through the leg side but misses and gets hit on the pad

18.3

Vijaykumar to Shah, 1 wide, another wide down leg side, just the two legal balls so far

18.3

Vijaykumar to Shah, 1 leg bye, full ball angling into middle and leg, Shah tries to flick but misses and gets hit on the pad once again

18.4

Vijaykumar to Takawale, 2 runs, Takawale backs away to make room, Vijaykumar bowls a low full toss, Takawale drives towards long on

18.5

Vijaykumar to Takawale, 1 run, Takawale backs away and mis-hits the pull short towards midwicket, the length wasn't short enough

Sania Mirza is in the stadium and waves to the crowd as the camera pans on her. She's received with loud cheers.

18.6

Vijaykumar to Shah, 1 run, fuller length on middle and leg stump, flicked off the pads through square leg, Vijaykumar finishes a ten-ball over

End of over 19 (15 runs) Mumbai Indians 171/6 (RR: 9.00)
PR Shah    6* (4b 1x4)      DP Vijaykumar    2-0-24-0
YV Takawale    3* (3b)      RP Singh    3-0-28-2

Gilchirst went up to Vijaykumar and had kind words of encouragement for him, nice to see.

19.1

Singh to Shah, FOUR, short of a length outside off stump, Shah waits for it and opens the face to chip the ball past the wicketkeeper for four to third man

19.2

Singh to Shah, OUT, bowled him! RP takes the purple cap from Shane Warne, Shah backs away towards leg to make room to hit over the off side, RP follows him with a full ball and hits leg stump after Shah fails to connect with his swing, RP's now the highest wicket-taker of the tournament

PR Shah b Singh 10 (6b 2x4 0x6) SR: 166.66

19.3

Singh to Raje, no run, full delivery in the blockhole outside off stump, excellent ball, Raje tries to get bat on ball but fails

19.4

Singh to Raje, 1 run, full toss angling into the right-hander, Raje drives towards long-off for a single

19.5

Singh to Takawale, no run, Takawale backs away to make room and RP hits the blockhole outside off stump, not much Takawale can do about it, he gets beaten

19.6

Singh to Takawale, 2 runs, RP bowls a full toss angling into the right-hander, Takawale hits the ball towards long-on and calls for two and gets it too

9.36 pm local time: Mumbai have finished with 178 for 7, a competitive score. Jayasuriya got them off to a blazing start but Afridi pegged them back with quick wickets before Bravo and Nayar picked up the pace once again. Mumbai don't have Pollock today so the other bowlers will have to step up to contain Gilchirst. The pitch is aiding the spinners and Mumbai don't have any specialist spinners either. I'll be back in ten minutes for the run-chase, I wonder if Afridi will open again.

End of over 20 (7 runs) Mumbai Indians 178/7
YV Takawale    5* (5b)      RP Singh    4-0-35-3
RR Raje    1* (2b)      DP Vijaykumar    2-0-24-0
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