Mumbai v Kolkata, IPL, Mumbai March 22, 2010

Tare fumbles, Kartik goes blind

Cricinfo staff

Fumbling times for Tare
Twice in the first over of the match, Aditya Tare failed to collect the ball cleanly. On both occasions the ball arrived at a slower pace than the Mumbai glove-man would've expected, but both times Tare was besides the line of the delivery instead of lining himself behind. He continued to fumble frequently, adding to the bowlers' and Sachin Tendulkar's frustration. Three overs before the Kolkata innings came to an end, Ryan McLaren's attempted yorker to Owais Shah went wide, but Tare was once again was slow off his haunches, and his dive came late as the opposition picked a few more extras.

Simon says not out
Dwayne Bravo picked a return ball from Chris Gayle and immediatlely threw at the stumps, finding the Jamaican halfway down the pitch. But Gayle, having been sent back by Sourav Ganguly, charged back home to beat Bravo's direct throw in the nick of time. Simon Taufel, the square-leg umpire, did the right thing to re-arrange the bails and avoid cutting the rhythm of the match, even if the entire Mumbai team pleaded him to refer the decision to the third umpire.

Bravo, bravo
After his first over in the second spell went for 13 runs, Bravo, before passing the ball to the captain, bounced it hard on the pitch in disgust but the rebound came back swiftly to hit him flush on the face. Bravo didn't wince, and the consummate cricketer that he is, was furious at himself for leaking runs.

"Sky is your limit", Dinda to Gayle
During the batting time out taken by Kolkata, 12th man Ashok Dinda rushed into the field, along with Dav Whatmore. As the Kolkata coach got busy with Owais Shah, Dinda threw the towel to Gayle and started pointing towards the top tier of the CCI pavilion, inspiring the West Indian to hit over the sky. Though the distance was within manageable limits for the 6'4" tall West Indian, it was a big challenge considering the Mumbai bowlers were firing yorker-length deliveries at him consistently; in the end Dinda's demands went unfulfilled.

Hazare presses the panic button
On the final delivery of the Kolkata innings, Zaheer Khan fired in a searing inswinging yorker against Gayle. Gayle had moved a step down the legside when the ball hit him on the toe of his back leg, which was easily half a yard, if not a full one, down the leg side. But the umpire Sanjay Hazare, reluctant initially, finally raised his finger after Zaheer started to appeal incessantly.

Kartik goes blind, makes Dada angry
Murali Kartik, Kolkata's best bowler, made an impact immediately by picking a wicket in his first over. And in the following over, he nearly snatched the prized wicket of Tendulkar, as the Mumbai captain's leading edge flew back towards Kartik. However, Kartik failed to sight the ball at all and came up with a late attempt which proved to be unsatisfactory. Ganguly, standing at cover shrieked at his bowler knowing well it would be the most important turning point of the match as Tendulkar was on 41 and the match still hung in the balance.

Ganguly gives extra workouts
Throughout the Mumbai innings bowlers argued with Ganguly about the fields he was setting. One fine example was when Angelo Mathews pushed Shane Bond back towards the third man and positioned Owais Shah at short-fine leg. The very next instant, Ganguly got Bond inside the circle while sending Shah towards fine leg. Mathews argued strongly, waving his hands, forcing Ganguly to reverse his decision. Ganguly's indecisiveness only added to the workload of his fielders.

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  • Puneet on March 24, 2010, 2:11 GMT

    Ganguly had earned the title of 'Dada' because of his game.. He was master at that time.

    But now we all should accept that he is a retired player. He himself should opt out of IPL because the way he is batting is not helping his team at all. His captaincy has also become fruitless. If he continued to impose himself on KKR then very soon he will lose whatever name, fame and respect he has over the years.

    And guys please stop comparing him with Sachin. Lets be fair to Ganguly; Sachin WAS and IS the best. he is very very much talented.. Ganguly WAS ONE OF THE best batsmen of India.

  • Naveen on March 23, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    Actually i wanted to reply on Ganguly's struggles but Cricinfo Staff was kind enough for not letting the readers to express their thoughts. Fair enough Ganguly has been bashed time and again by cricinfo repeatedly. Whenever he failed, they took their guns out. How about writing 2nd Innings (Test) average of Sachin? Or his not so good performance when India bats 2nd in ODIs. I dare Cricinfo stuff to write an article about that. Also, as Harsha bhogle mentioned, a batsman should not be judged based on average but by standard devitation. Take a comparison between Sachin, Sourav and Dravid in their last 20-30 innings. Find out the results for yourself...

  • Gokul on March 23, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    Kartik's drop of SRT was not the turning point in the game really, it was the first 10 overs of the KKR innings when the two Gs batted too slow and threw away the game at that point.

  • madhukar on March 23, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    KKR... what a team... they fixed their runs per 20 overs as around 150 to 160 .they wont achive if the target is more than that. they will not post more than this. With only one wicket fall.. what gail and shaw doing in 15th over.... gail played for his own not for the team.

  • harsh on March 23, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    dada pada throughout the match... wonder how did the ball stuck in his hand...and man.. mukesh ambani has to declare special gift for ishant to have played for MI in KKr colours :)

  • kritarth on March 23, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    cricinfo is always known for dada bashing...maybe it has some hidden agendas!! even before dada's historical comeback...he ws vry much humiliated and writtten off by cricinfo...and den after his comeback the vry same editor sambit bal ws begging for an interview wit sourav...and sadly dada oblidged !! Maybe talking about dada somehow helps cricinfo's popularity.

  • Dummy4 on March 23, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    Murli Karthik bowled brilliantly.- Yeah. He was one of the first Players selected by Saurav Ganguly for his KKR team. So why did he never find a place in Sauravs India Team?? Sure he could hit a left arm spinner at will... AND Those two catches that Saurav took....Gosh- I'd be careful if I were Saurav. It would have triggered the interest of the Drug Testing team.

  • Dummy4 on March 23, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    really karthiks blindness leads to Mumbai indians victory

  • Agnel on March 23, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    Ganguly or Hodge at one end right from the beginning and other strikers like Gayle, Mathews on the other will work good for KKR. Same strategy is adopted by RCB keeping Kallis at one end, keeping Dravid behind. So far, since Kallis has not been dismissed and has also picked up his game so much with a higher striker rate, Dravid hasnt got the chance to bat except once when a lot of wickets fell against the same KKR. RCB has top quality strikers in Pandey, Kohli and Uthappa, that even a guy like Morgan hasnt had to do much so far. KKR need to get their strikers going.

  • Amit on March 23, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    Lot of Dada bashing on cricinfo. Wonder why the catch he took does not find any mention on the website!!

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