Mumbai v Kolkata, IPL, Mumbai March 22, 2010

Tendulkar and bowlers help Mumbai cruise

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Mumbai Indians 156 for 3 (Tendulkar 71*) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 155 for 3 (Gayle 75, Zaheer 2-27) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out

A graceful Sachin Tendulkar fifty was the highlight of Mumbai Indians' convincing seven-wicket win, which was set up by the bowlers who stuck to a strategy and restricted Kolkata Knight Riders to an underwhelming score at the Brabourne Stadium. Chris Gayle boosted Kolkata with a steady fifty, but the visitors will look back at the night and feel they pushed the pedal too late, despite keeping so many wickets in hand.

This IPL has revealed effective strategies used by teams to keep the batsmen in check. The tactic of bowling short at the body has worked well for Royal Challengers Bangalore, and today, Mumbai persisted with firing yorkers on the leg stump, cramping the batsmen for room. It was best highlighted in a passage of play in the Kolkata innings where they batted 37 balls without a boundary. Sixty-two off the last six overs was an improvement, but about 15-20 runs short.

The Mumbai openers began the chase in fifth gear by racing to 24 off two overs, all off boundaries. Shikhar Dhawan dented Shane Bond's confidence by smashing three boundaries off the first over, while Tendulkar gave Ishant Sharma a similar nightmare by fetching three more fours off the second, all crisply driven down the ground off the front foot.

It was as if Tendulkar was on a mission to hit Ishant out of the attack and further expose his poor form in limited-overs cricket. He was punished for bowling length to Tendulkar, punched through extra cover and pulled twice to bring up three consecutive boundaries. A flick for four past midwicket off Chris Gayle brought up Mumbai's fifty in just 26 balls, the fastest in IPL 3. The Kolkata seamers, especially Ishant, would have done well to learn from their Mumbai counterparts who varied their pace a lot more.

Spin was the only way to put the batsmen under pressure and when Ganguly introduced Murali Kartik, it immediately yielded a wicket. It dented the run rate as well as Mumbai scored only 19 off the next four overs. It was an opportunity for Kolkata to attack more and push for wickets but the bowlers couldn't sustain the pressure long enough. Saurabh Tiwary ensured Mumbai didn't lose their grip on the game by muscling Angelo Mathews over long-on and then smacking Gayle for two powerful fours down the ground.

Mumbai had the safety net of Tendulkar and even the dismissal of Tiwary against the run of play - caught brilliantly by Ganguly falling backwards - didn't shift the momentum. Tendulkar launched another assault on Ishant, bringing up his fifty with a flick over midwicket, and a cameo by R Sathish helped close out the match out in the penultimate over.

Mumbai's victory also highlighted the gulf in the quality of the bowling attacks. Suffocating Gayle is one of the toughest jobs in world cricket today but the experienced Mumbai bowlers found a way out - cramp him for width and fire it on the blockhole. It was also unusual seeing him being outscored by Sourav Ganguly, who's yet to find his feet in the game's most abridged format.

Mumbai kept firing in the fuller deliveries, varying their pace effectively to force Gayle and Ganguly to check their shots and drill the ball down the ground for singles. Kolkata were also guilty of not dispatching full tosses, hitting them straight to the fielders. They managed only ten fours within the first 15 overs. Mumbai in contrast, scored 16 in the same period.

Even the spinners stuck to the same plan. Harbhajan bowled over the wicket to the left-handers and adopted a flatter trajectory, firing it in before they could get under the bounce to scoop it away. A frustrated Ganguly tried to slog when he flighted one up, and lost his middle stump.

The promotion of Owais Shah, a lesson learnt from the previous game, infused some life and Gayle also started gaining in confidence. Shah's first boundary was a thick outside edge which flew to third man and his flick off Lasith Malinga to midwicket was the shot of the innings. Gayle then brought up his subdued fifty with consecutive boundaries. It was the only period which Kolkata had some semblance of command, as they added some respectability to the total. The bowling, though, let them down.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • dhavall17 on March 25, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    Ohhhh..Listened to Ganguly's postmatch interview? Bowlers didnt bowl well in the beginning..Dude, why you taking a dig at bowlers everytime..couldnt you see how badly u perfromed? 31 of 34..He should drop himself to the bench become a nonplaying captain and let someone come along and play..its time Dada..tk a decision..you cant play a match of this energy every couple of days..think it out..rotate playres atleast..

  • on March 24, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    @RajjoGemini, you should also follow kabaddi

  • on March 24, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    @BondShaneBond: Please follow kabaddi and not cricket, you would probably find your kinda reviews there.

  • sysubrceq0 on March 24, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    @ BondshaneBond & RajjoGemini: If you guys really seen the match then you will understand what here it means "Classy Tendulkar". Gayle innings is boring... to score 75 runs he needed 60 odd balls .. which is not a typical Gayle innings.. and some of the shots slogged as always. In Tendulkar innings... all are classy shots without slogging and @ SR more than150. Guys, leave Ganguly alone... KKR is the only team who is more dependent on 4 Overseas players. IPL is all about 7 indian players to perform. 4 Overseas players cannot win all matches on consistent base.. What was Gayle doing till 15th Over... his SR was only 100- 110. KKR need to invest on good local players and get rid of the super hype bowler called Ishant who is good for nothing from last 3 years after AUS tour. They dont have strategy ..just playing without any plans.

  • Gk16 on March 24, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    @BondShaneBond: Do you consider hard earned money and stolen money to be the same as they are always referred to as money? Not to take credit away from Gayle but Sachin's innings was marked wit perfectly timed shots and classical technique while Gayle wasted deliveries and struggled against slow bowling like a newbie cricketer. Gayle is a terrific batsman and on his day he can destroy any team single handedly. But on this occasion u've to give credit to Sachin for playing such a knock... If you cant appreciate how he's pulling a bowler who is 2 feet taller than him frequently to the boundary, it shows ur lack of cricketing knowledge or plain jealousy. As cricinfo comeentary rightly put it "Ishant to Tendulkar, who has played cricket for longer than Ishant has lived"... I wud love to see u play a 20 yr old's bouncers when u're nearly 40 yrs old... pathetic comments from u.

  • ChetanS on March 23, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    Dont know what Mr. Tare was doing behind the wickets. Though good all round performance. Though Mumbai needs to improve as they need to beat Kallis and his team. As I see RC is going to sail straight into the finals....

  • alonedark on March 23, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    Sachin should play t20 wc this year,only this time because now he is enjoying this format

  • on March 23, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    Once Tendulkar started with his 1st four which was a perfect batting stroke it was evident that he was going to go on for a good knock. It was amazing to watch the Little Master to come up with an amazing match winning performance for the Mumbai Indians.

  • RedMage on March 23, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    Mumbai bowled brilliantly.i think sourav must bat down the order.young guns to be promoted at the top.sachin batted brillaintly... :)

  • Rajesh. on March 23, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    Yet another fine innings from Sachin to take Mumbai Indians home but amidst all this what many may have failed to notice is that Murali Kartik is still the best slow bowler in India after the retirement of Anil Kumble and this match only re-emphasized that fact !

  • dhavall17 on March 25, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    Ohhhh..Listened to Ganguly's postmatch interview? Bowlers didnt bowl well in the beginning..Dude, why you taking a dig at bowlers everytime..couldnt you see how badly u perfromed? 31 of 34..He should drop himself to the bench become a nonplaying captain and let someone come along and play..its time Dada..tk a decision..you cant play a match of this energy every couple of days..think it out..rotate playres atleast..

  • on March 24, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    @RajjoGemini, you should also follow kabaddi

  • on March 24, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    @BondShaneBond: Please follow kabaddi and not cricket, you would probably find your kinda reviews there.

  • sysubrceq0 on March 24, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    @ BondshaneBond & RajjoGemini: If you guys really seen the match then you will understand what here it means "Classy Tendulkar". Gayle innings is boring... to score 75 runs he needed 60 odd balls .. which is not a typical Gayle innings.. and some of the shots slogged as always. In Tendulkar innings... all are classy shots without slogging and @ SR more than150. Guys, leave Ganguly alone... KKR is the only team who is more dependent on 4 Overseas players. IPL is all about 7 indian players to perform. 4 Overseas players cannot win all matches on consistent base.. What was Gayle doing till 15th Over... his SR was only 100- 110. KKR need to invest on good local players and get rid of the super hype bowler called Ishant who is good for nothing from last 3 years after AUS tour. They dont have strategy ..just playing without any plans.

  • Gk16 on March 24, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    @BondShaneBond: Do you consider hard earned money and stolen money to be the same as they are always referred to as money? Not to take credit away from Gayle but Sachin's innings was marked wit perfectly timed shots and classical technique while Gayle wasted deliveries and struggled against slow bowling like a newbie cricketer. Gayle is a terrific batsman and on his day he can destroy any team single handedly. But on this occasion u've to give credit to Sachin for playing such a knock... If you cant appreciate how he's pulling a bowler who is 2 feet taller than him frequently to the boundary, it shows ur lack of cricketing knowledge or plain jealousy. As cricinfo comeentary rightly put it "Ishant to Tendulkar, who has played cricket for longer than Ishant has lived"... I wud love to see u play a 20 yr old's bouncers when u're nearly 40 yrs old... pathetic comments from u.

  • ChetanS on March 23, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    Dont know what Mr. Tare was doing behind the wickets. Though good all round performance. Though Mumbai needs to improve as they need to beat Kallis and his team. As I see RC is going to sail straight into the finals....

  • alonedark on March 23, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    Sachin should play t20 wc this year,only this time because now he is enjoying this format

  • on March 23, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    Once Tendulkar started with his 1st four which was a perfect batting stroke it was evident that he was going to go on for a good knock. It was amazing to watch the Little Master to come up with an amazing match winning performance for the Mumbai Indians.

  • RedMage on March 23, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    Mumbai bowled brilliantly.i think sourav must bat down the order.young guns to be promoted at the top.sachin batted brillaintly... :)

  • Rajesh. on March 23, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    Yet another fine innings from Sachin to take Mumbai Indians home but amidst all this what many may have failed to notice is that Murali Kartik is still the best slow bowler in India after the retirement of Anil Kumble and this match only re-emphasized that fact !

  • on March 23, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    Kolkata night riders playing one day and not twenty20

  • on March 23, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    Kolkata night riders playing one day and not twenty20

  • NahasAbu on March 23, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    Cheers to Mumbai Indians. As I expected a convincing win over KKR, would bring the team more confident and repeat the same form in coming matches. Sachin; God comes down to earth for batting, who can win over him then. Excellent and organized bowling shows how they are prepared to win the title. Only one worry, The keeper dint do well last match. Hope he will realise mistakes and hard work for a better performance

  • RajjoGemini on March 23, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    Yet again a biased article, Gayle scored 75 but those are not classy, Tendulkar scored 71 and they are classy. I bet if he had scored same no of runs and Mumbai would have lost, the article would still say classy Tendulkar. Runs from Tendulkar's bat are always classy as compared to the like of other players obviously cos he is God, come on cricinfo, grow up and stop being so biased. I am waiting for the day when he retires or drops his form ...

  • sheenu on March 23, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    Too bad Sachin does not play for India in T20 internationals!! It is so delightful watching him play. Even without slogging, his strike rates are among the best in T20 format. That is the class of this little genius.

  • ssenthil on March 23, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    I am wondering how the MI bowlers are managed to bowl this many yorkers and full length deliveries in a single match, amazing feat. I thought more than 30 deliveries are yorker and another 30 were full length deliveries. Even H.Singh manged to bowl some yorker length balls. Other teams should take note how to bowl to C.Gayle

    Sachin is awesome, amazing, wonderful, what can I say??? Great Batting great win, Go MI go, all the way

  • BondShaneBond on March 23, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    Once again the ever-biased analysis, Gayle scored 75 but those are not runs, Tendulkar scored 71 and these are classy, I bet if Tendulkar have scored 71 and Mumbai Indians would have lost cricinfo would still have called it "classy Tendulkar", runs from his bat are I-Don't-Know-Why always classier than someone elses even though they count as runs only...

  • Vicky_22 on March 23, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    I am thinking why Sourav Ganguly still wants to play T20. Pls somebody (Mr.Shahrukh Khan) tell him to sit out as an advisor .....then only KKR will see winning path.....

  • Gupta.Ankur on March 23, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    What is left to say about this man anymore,except : "Sachin Sachin Sachin Sachin Sachin Sachin Sachin............." You are the greatest.

  • Heartranjan on March 23, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    It was just mediocre stuff from KKR that caused an MI victory - even if the Almighty was batting in sublime form. A case in point was the bowling. Right from the first over, we saw that Malinga was bowling slower, and a lot of yorkers around leg stump. But no! Our Ishant Sharma wants to be Lillee here. Will someone please tell him that at his pace, even Henry Olonga can bludgeon his bouncers??

    About SRT's batting, well, I want to see what Ian Chappel has to say. All these Australian commentators are such self-appointed authorities on cricket. I remember how he was telling everybody who bothered to listen to him that it was high time SRT hung up his boots. I wish Mr. Chappel has something to say now. Eat your words, and keep your mouth shut for sometime. It will do you well, Mr. Chappel. You have gone senile.

  • on March 23, 2010, 3:33 GMT

    The match was good. Kolkata team was slight slow on run rate specially Dada. I thing Dada don't have 20-20 cricket capability now. if you make runs @ below 100 strike rate then you can not think to win the match. Sachin is great. he is booming this time. whether its test cricket, one day or 20-20. he is ever great player. he the legend. he is the God.

  • amitksingh on March 23, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    There is nothing in the world that stop SRT to give JOY to all of us and there is one and only way to do good for KKR is to get rid of Saurav Ganguly not from capationcy but from the team too. I've already told earlier about SRT, N his batsmans. I've also told about quality of zaheer n malinga. There is nothing left to say. Their records n performance do all. Saurav Ganguly is good for nothing in last match he singal handly manage to lose match, n with MI, the culprit is non other then CAPTION, its hard to digest why SRK giving chance to Saurav. In post match presentation party Ganguly was blaming to his bowlers, thats his trait, how could any caption in the world blame their bowlers for conceeding about10 run/over to batsman likes of SRT, Adam Gilchrist, Hayden, and Sehwag. The truth is Ganguly batted like a coward and not in this match he has been doing this through IPL. SRK needs to throw out Ganguly now, for his IPL team success. Mumbai Indian , dunia hila denge hum...

  • Notout_Naveen on March 23, 2010, 2:53 GMT

    I bow to master..I pray god to keep Sachin fit..rest he will take care...I am sure with this form he can conquere any thing (IPL3 or Worldcup 2011). East or West Sachin Tendulkar is the best..Love him. My whole hearted wishes to him to achieve more n more... Jai ho.

  • swat1999 on March 23, 2010, 1:15 GMT

    KKN once again prove that they never played for the team but for their personal needs. Eventually they faild to hit the ball despite plenty of wicket in hand. shame to captain DADA & company

    You never espect to win a tournament play like this. learn for others. Name, fame & money useless while you can't perform!!

  • MickyBrian on March 23, 2010, 0:57 GMT

    KKR really needed Brad Hodge for this match. Gayle and Ganguly and Shah could not handle the bowling. Thanks for the bulletin Kanishkaa Balachandran, you did much better than Sriram Veera who posted an outrageous bulletin for the KKR's previous game against Rajasthan. To Sriram: Where do you get off blaming Brad Hodge for KKR losing against Mumbai? What biased reporting. Tiwary striked at 85, Hodge at 106, Pujara at 116, Ganguly at 114 and Shah at 112. Hodge, Pujara, Ganguly and Shah all striked at between 6 and 7 runs per over - barely any difference in all their strike rates. Hodge only faced 34 balls, which was only 28.3% of the innings. To therefore single out blame to Hodge and praise Pujara, Ganguly and Shah is outrageous and is incongruent with the facts. I would push for you to be sacked as you have contributed to Hodge being sacked.

  • on March 22, 2010, 23:32 GMT

    Sachin, you have once again shown us that you are the god of cricket.. !!

  • on March 22, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    It is great to see Tendulkar at his best even in the T20 format, showing the youngsters how to play. He scored quickly without taking risks. Hats off to Tendulkar

  • sysubrceq0 on March 22, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    good innings but not great innings compared to Kallis in this IPL. But one thing is sure.. Sachin shown his class to score runs at faster pace without slogging. 32 ball 63 and 48 ball 71 are fine examples... But oldies are playing very well in this IPL.. Hope Sahin maintains his class and scores as well in most of the matches in IPL too.

  • on March 22, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    Sachin always plays for himself there is no tension or fighting spirit evident in him when india is loosing i pity for the people who are supporting him

  • on March 22, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    Sachin continues his golden form...he should consider his form as a driving factor to make himself available for the T20 world cup this year...worth a try

  • NKSUDHIR on March 22, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    Very Well written article!!! It will be a one hell of a learning experience for Ishant Sharma to bowl length bowls to his senior teammate SRT. Mumbai Indians were very disciplined in all their acts: Bowling, batting and fielding. Sachin deserved to be on the top of the table as a captain. As a batsman he showed that he is a Super Batsman in any form of the game.

  • SarveshNakhate on March 22, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    SRT is the best......MI is gona rock IPL-3

  • on March 22, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    kolkota seems to be short of 30 runs whether they bat first or chase down a target. either ganguly scores fast or comes lower down the order..they are wasting angelo matthews' talents..its a blessing in disguise they lost early wickets in the opening match against dc and shah and matthews blasted them to a good total. mumbai did bowl really well tonight..never seen gayle block so many balls and also its his first match..good signs for kolkota in that but they need to be more aggressive in run scoring

  • Ravishankara on March 22, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    It is time for the fake IPL player to come out of the shadows - This time you have Kya Zyada

  • ManHOOS on March 22, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    boring ipl with some ugly boring indian crickets ICC should ban this tournment

  • Cric-101 on March 22, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    Tendulkar once again shows it doesnt need to rain sixes to end up with a strike rate of 160-170

  • Rajesh. on March 22, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    Yet another fantastic innings from Sachin but what this game also re-emphasized is that Murali Kartik is still the best slow bowler in India....................

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  • Rajesh. on March 22, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    Yet another fantastic innings from Sachin but what this game also re-emphasized is that Murali Kartik is still the best slow bowler in India....................

  • Cric-101 on March 22, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    Tendulkar once again shows it doesnt need to rain sixes to end up with a strike rate of 160-170

  • ManHOOS on March 22, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    boring ipl with some ugly boring indian crickets ICC should ban this tournment

  • Ravishankara on March 22, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    It is time for the fake IPL player to come out of the shadows - This time you have Kya Zyada

  • on March 22, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    kolkota seems to be short of 30 runs whether they bat first or chase down a target. either ganguly scores fast or comes lower down the order..they are wasting angelo matthews' talents..its a blessing in disguise they lost early wickets in the opening match against dc and shah and matthews blasted them to a good total. mumbai did bowl really well tonight..never seen gayle block so many balls and also its his first match..good signs for kolkota in that but they need to be more aggressive in run scoring

  • SarveshNakhate on March 22, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    SRT is the best......MI is gona rock IPL-3

  • NKSUDHIR on March 22, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    Very Well written article!!! It will be a one hell of a learning experience for Ishant Sharma to bowl length bowls to his senior teammate SRT. Mumbai Indians were very disciplined in all their acts: Bowling, batting and fielding. Sachin deserved to be on the top of the table as a captain. As a batsman he showed that he is a Super Batsman in any form of the game.

  • on March 22, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    Sachin continues his golden form...he should consider his form as a driving factor to make himself available for the T20 world cup this year...worth a try

  • on March 22, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    Sachin always plays for himself there is no tension or fighting spirit evident in him when india is loosing i pity for the people who are supporting him

  • sysubrceq0 on March 22, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    good innings but not great innings compared to Kallis in this IPL. But one thing is sure.. Sachin shown his class to score runs at faster pace without slogging. 32 ball 63 and 48 ball 71 are fine examples... But oldies are playing very well in this IPL.. Hope Sahin maintains his class and scores as well in most of the matches in IPL too.