Mumbai v Bangalore, 1st semi-final, IPL, Mumbai

Settled Mumbai no one-man show

Bangalore's sloppiness with both bat and ball eased Mumbai's deserved path to the final

Cricinfo staff

April 21, 2010

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Anil Kumble delivers, Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2010, 1st semi-final, Mumbai, April 21, 2010
Anil Kumble had an uncharacteristically expensive final over © Indian Premier League

The heart of the matter is easy enough to locate. The Mumbai Indians, the only consistent team in this year's IPL, deserved to be in the final. Bangalore, who lost six of their last nine league games after starting so strongly, didn't. Bangalore never quite figured out what their strongest XI was, especially once Kevin Pietersen and Ross Taylor returned from international duty, and their sloppiness with both bat and ball eased Mumbai's path to the final.

As Anil Kumble was to say later, Bangalore did alright for two-thirds of the game. For 15 overs with the ball, they kept things under control, restricting a powerful line-up to just 107 runs, albeit on a pitch that was taking a fair bit of turn. Then, with the bat, they were well on course for nine overs. Two wickets in two balls though, and the game was pretty much up.

In truth, they should never have had to chase 185. When Pietersen finished a tidy spell by conceding just four in the 15th over, the pressure was on Saurabh Tiwary and Ambati Rayudu, neither with any international experience, to inject some impetus into the innings. Tiwary rode his luck as 17 came from a Jacques Kallis over and the match was transformed when the miserly Kumble (1 for 13 from his first three overs) was taken for 17 in his final over punctuated by two no-balls.

Dale Steyn returned to dismiss Rayudu in a 10-run over, but both he and Vinay Kumar were then hapless onlookers as Kieron Pollard freed those rangy arms and justified Mumbai's spending on him at the auction earlier this year. Neither helped their cause by bowling full tosses or good-length deliveries to a man who clears the fence with ease even when he mishits the ball.

Afterwards, Zaheer Khan, who captained Mumbai after Sachin Tendulkar went off with a hand injury, was asked how a bowler could respond to the kind of assault that Pollard unleashed. "You need to bowl your yorkers," he said. "And you need to be very clear in your mind about what you want to do."

Chasing such a big total against such a well-balanced bowling attack was never going to be easy, but with Dravid holding up one end, Bangalore made a game of it till almost halfway. Pietersen was again outfoxed by Harbhajan Singh, but it was the dismissal of Robin Uthappa, caught in the deep off a slower ball from Pollard, that was really decisive.

Bangalore also lost because their Indian players faded as the season went on. Praveen Kumar and Vinay, who started the season strongly, didn't distinguish themselves in the later games, while Manish Pandey wilted after a promising first stint at the top of the order. Uthappa's consistency and big hitting was a huge bonus, as Kumble was to acknowledge later, but the others didn't chip in enough when it mattered.

They now have a third place play-off and the possible consolation of a Champions League berth to contemplate. For a sweat-soaked Kumble, it was no consolation at all. "Every defeat hurts," he said. "We are professionals. Maybe some of the other players have other things to look forward to. But I no longer play international cricket. This is all I have. I still haven't got over losing in the final last year. This one will also take some time."

His team-mate of 18 years now faces an anxious wait to know if he'll be fit for the final. For much of the tournament, Sachin Tendulkar's runs piloted Mumbai's challenge. Today, with next to no contribution from him, the others proved that they're far from being a one-man show. Tiwary and Rayudu have both made huge strides during the course of this competition, and the fact that they didn't crumble under the pressure of a knockout situation augurs well for the future.

Both Sri Lankan pace bowlers did exceptionally well, but it was Pollard with his languid movements and awesome power that was the star of the show. They'll take some stopping in the final, no matter which team they face.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by meinYatri on (April 24, 2010, 12:37 GMT)

who do think will win IPL3 a quick poll

Posted by SachMo007 on (April 23, 2010, 4:39 GMT)

Rayadu's counter-attacking attitude, Tiwary's consistent & smart cricket, Pollard's final bursts with Sachin's purple patch has come good this season to aid the more consistent trio of Zak, Slinger Malinga & Bhajji... Tendulkar really wants this trophy and the ODI World-cup!!! He will get both!!

Posted by   on (April 22, 2010, 23:53 GMT)

Pollard, was the best player in the match, hands down. His blitz of 33 off 13, his 3 wickets and that diving run out shows why he is worth every cent. Polly, Wish u all the best for the finals. Keep up the good work. i don't care what any one else has to say, today was the Kieron Pollard show, and we were entertained.

Posted by US_Indian on (April 22, 2010, 16:03 GMT)

Hey Guys, a well deserved win for MI. Ofcourse a very special thanks to the one and only SRT, who has been a thorn in the eyes and a clot in the brain of every opposition he has played against, who cannot identify any mistakes or plan a strategy to outdo him-thats what we call greatness.And the same can be said about the great Anil Kumble,even though he has got little lesser limelight, and in my opinion these are the two pillars on whom the bridge of indian cricket rests on and others are support acts but equally important. Now regarding MI's wins, apart from SRT who has been the fulcrum, others around him have done an awesome job, Zaheer,Harbhajan,Malinga,Pollord as expected have done commendably, but lesser known guys like Shikar, Rayudu, Sateesh, Tiwari, Murtaza have performed exceptionally well and credit should be given to them as well. I have observed Zak's captaincy skills whenever he got opportunity he has done a great job, hope indian selectors give a thought tothis aspect.

Posted by knowledge_eater on (April 22, 2010, 14:05 GMT)

As long as there will be players like Pollard, WI cricket will never die. Shame on WI boards for not providing proper feedback to players for last 2-3 years. I hope things have changed now. I hope they keep cheap ticket pricing in World Cup, thats the only way crowd will come. Whats astonishing is that he is just 22 even younger than me, what on earth !! Lol 0 % extra body fat on his body. May be Gayle needed some one like Polly to lift WI cricket. To be honest, he is confident, but he has never been cocky so far, I hope he doesn't get carried away. For shorter format when you have player like this who can do Fielding batting and bowling, you can sneak in many specialist. I hope we see more players like Polly from WI, may be IPL can be inspiration. Because world expect powerful athletes from WI. We probably won't see Walsh Ambrose Bishop, but more than 3 Sobers like players will do for me. I want CSK to be in final just to see how Dhoni plays Malinga hehehe interesting contest will be

Posted by shrijitnair on (April 22, 2010, 13:15 GMT)

Think Bangalore did the wrong thing by leaving White out of the playing XI.He is a much better batsman than KP or Taylor and packs the same kind of punch that Pollard has. Moreover cannot figure out them playing Kallis who has been a big disaapointment with the bat and ball.

Posted by don_quixote on (April 22, 2010, 13:15 GMT)

Excellent win.. I think Mumbai Indian deserve to win for multiple reasons but primarily because they have played hard, good cricket and the Indian players have really pulled their weight. I hope Chennai gets through to the final (as they are my second favourite team)

Posted by kennyluv on (April 22, 2010, 13:12 GMT)

'D Kieron Pollard Show' well done polly u continue to show your worth as a T20 Guru, your alround performance for MI shows the level of skill u posses in all aspects of the game. Congrats to the team it was indeed a wonderful team effort.

Posted by Philip_Gnana on (April 22, 2010, 12:02 GMT)

Well done Mumbai. Pollard taking the honours and well deserved too. He has been gracious in his appreciation in the fact that the management had shown faith in him - and he has be delivering when it counted. The team is well balanced and are rallying round each one. Smart decision to play Zaheer, Fernando and Malinga. They played their part. Bhaji with a key wicket too. Kallis did not know what hit him. KP not sure what he was supposed to be doing. Team Spirit that has been lacking in some of the other teams. Tendulkar has laid a foundation for the close knit team. He has to take most of the credit for the performance of his team. Never do you see him annoyed at a bowler for being irregular but more of an encouragement. Chennai is another well balanced team who have themselves to blame for their performance. It will be a good final to see Mumbai and Chennai (should they get through). Dhoni Vs Satchin - wow.

Posted by   on (April 22, 2010, 11:35 GMT)

I think the success for MI this season is the way their Indians rise up to the occasion.In first season it was totally a Sanath Jayasuriya show without any support from Indians.But in IPL3.0,likes of Rayudu,Tiwary really bolstered the middle order.I think for the final Duminy have to sit out while adding Bravo...

Posted by Daba on (April 22, 2010, 11:32 GMT)

MI Indian well deserves to be in final, The RCB Coach stated that Every one goes to the toilet the way sachin goes too, But I think RCB eats something else which sachin doesn't.

Posted by davedave on (April 22, 2010, 9:39 GMT)

Mr F couple of days ago you have said that cheenai and royal challengers would make finals and also asked me why I support Deccan and Mimbai for the finals. I was just wondering that today you have said that you are a mumbai supporter it is strange isn't.

Posted by riverlime on (April 22, 2010, 8:58 GMT)

This match could simply be summed up as"Polly HAS a cracker".

Posted by   on (April 22, 2010, 8:45 GMT)

it was fun watching da commentators talking 2 each other 4 atleast 20 mins last nyt on how 2 face ZAHEER ND MALINGA... d aonly thing dey were able 2 finally cum up was wid dat 2 score runs off dem, u need 2 get lucky edges...

even da commentators had trouble thinking of a shot sum1 can play on these two's bowling....

unfortunately, people got edges of Zaks bowling but da match was in our hands....

Posted by   on (April 22, 2010, 8:42 GMT)

dey have got da deepest batting line up till zaheer khan, dey have got da best bowling attack(ZAK HAS BEEN DA UNLUCKIEST, he has bowled alot better dan his figures show)

ND DA LOCALS R EXCEPTIONAL... i mean, Ali Murtuza is a Superstar nd so is rayadu, tiwary, nayar, dhawan ndall

Posted by prince2u on (April 22, 2010, 8:37 GMT)

Congratulations to MI. The way Rayudu constructed the Innings deserves many accolades. I remember when he was Under19 captain for Indian team, people used to say hez going to be the next big thing for India like sachin. However, because of stupid politics, he was out of Hyderabad team as the stubborn ShivlalYadav(Hyderabad Cricket Association) want to bring in his son for leading the Ranji team who is unfit to be in playing 11 and he forcibly removed Rayudu. So inspite of his best efforts, he could not play cricket for India and his dream got shattered when he joined ICL. Now, thanks to BCCI.They considered the players from ICL as well and now Rayudu can again work hard to fufil his dream of wearing Indian cricket cap. Way 2 goooo Rayudu...WORK HARD to fulfil ur dream and dont let down us. And Tiwari is also a hope for the Indian team who can replace Yuvi. All the best guys. Win IPL3 and make us proud.

Posted by davedave on (April 22, 2010, 7:48 GMT)

I think once Mumbai crossed 180 Bangalore was virtually out becasue Mumbai have the powerful bowlers. I don't agree with Kumble that he always said that they are good chasers but they have chased well only against the weaker opponents. If any team takes Uthappa out quickly even 140 can be defendable aganist them.

Posted by Quazar on (April 22, 2010, 7:39 GMT)

Unfortunate for Kumble...a man of character and great fighting spirit. Also for committed veterans like Kallis and Dravid. But it was fantastic to watch young greenhorns like Rayadu, Tiwari and Pollard rise to the occasion and get the better of the army of experienced pros in RCB. It also re-proved one of cricket's maxims (2 times in 2 years in RCB's case) - that chasing in a final / semifinal is a tough proposition, no matter how strong your batting (on paper).

Posted by Issac_Samuel on (April 22, 2010, 7:34 GMT)

I am a Chennai supporter. But, honestly speaking, if there is one team which deserve to win the IPL-3, its Mumbai. Just Tendulkar with his bat alone can't win 10 league matches and semi final for Mumbai. Bowling and fielding are also good for Mumbai. Yesterday's match was also an example. So, they deserve it. Having said that, I will still look for Chennai to grab the cup not only that I am a CSK supporter but also due to the fact that they are the only team who are in semi-finals of all three IPLs but not to take the cup.

Posted by Quazar on (April 22, 2010, 7:24 GMT)

MI are indeed a terrific TEAM. The bowling unit is as world-class as it can get in a T20 game. And while the batting did seem too dependent on Tendulkar up until the Rajasthan Royals game in Jaipur, since then (perhaps due to less pressure having qualified for the semis), most of the batsmen have made telling contributions. Especially the big man from simply too explosive to contain! Let's just hope both the Little Master and the Big Blaster will be fit for the finals! They, as well as the tournament, deserve it.

Posted by akpy on (April 22, 2010, 6:38 GMT)

people will recall sachin's post-match interview after one of the initial games when asked about KP not firing, he said 'it will happen, no hurries'...a captain in only as good as his team and finally sachin seems to have a team which is wanting to excel but the individuals are also talented..picking up rayudu, satish, murtaza, pollard into the team is itself a good strategic move. RCB had a team full of international players except manish and vinay. MI had dhawan, tiwary, rayudu, satish, murtaza and to some extent nayar who were just v.good domestic players..this has helped. They really deserve to win as they have been the best team by far - but T20 is a lottery and hence, irrespective of result, well played MI..

Posted by TiwariIndia on (April 22, 2010, 6:37 GMT)

Disappointing show by RCB! It was MI's day though, one would have never seen Kumble bowling two BIG NO balls in one over, that too his final crucial over. I just hope they should be there in the Champions league. Not really bothered about the second semi final now, doesn't matter who wins, MI is going to be the winner this year. Would be great to see only cricket legends are lifting the IPL trophy. First Warny then Gilly and now SRT!

Posted by indianzen on (April 22, 2010, 6:19 GMT)

The team which brings out the Domestic players only can succeed. In this regard, Bangalore stands no where. Jumbo is trusting only on the international players and no wonder he lost it. infact its a luck for RCB to reach Semis. Mumbai indians trust Local players for every game and guys deliver and they succeed. Similarly in Chennai Super kings. Others all will wilt...

Posted by Narayan.Shastri on (April 22, 2010, 6:08 GMT)

RCB's approach is idiosyncratic to say the least. How can they always chase irrespective of the behaviour of the wicket. Anil Kumble should take the entire blame for his poor captaincy and team selection. I am sure the main culprits are the bowlers, mainly Praveen and Vinay. Vinay should have made his Test debut instead of putting up for slaughter in T20 World Cup.

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (April 22, 2010, 6:05 GMT)

I salute the great Tendulkar for his inspiring Captaincy has some pure genius knocks.....

MI will win!

Posted by   on (April 22, 2010, 6:01 GMT)

Very well said Umesh. People always will have Sachin the captain failure and "so called not finisher" because that is a very easy conclsion to draw.

Posted by   on (April 22, 2010, 5:52 GMT)

Bangalore have taken IPL-3 mathematically. They have played it like IPL-3 = IPL-2 + IPL-1. In the first half they played the same way they did in the 2nd half of IPL-2 but in the 2nd half of IPL-3 they played like how they used to play in IPL-1. They looked really strong in the first half even while chasing big scores but in the last 4-5 games they have collapsed under pressure.

Posted by Skorne on (April 22, 2010, 5:39 GMT)

Kieron Pollard is pretty much a machine. In his last few matches he has just come in and slaughtered the ball. With a team including Tendaulker, Duminy when he plays well, Tiwary, Malinga and Harbhajan, they are definitely not just a one man team.

Posted by Rahul_78 on (April 22, 2010, 5:33 GMT)

I for ones want to take this apportunity to salute anil kumble. I am an ardent MI fan but you cant help but admire the fearce compatator that anil is. It is very easy for someone of his stature who took a wooden spooner so called test team to final and semi final of 2 seasons where 8 equaly balanced teams are playing 50 odd games and say he has done his job. But the pain and hurt that is visible shows that the man is not there to pocket cool millions and sit on his laurels. I so sincerly hope that kohli and pandey learn and pick some of this great mans qualities that will take them far in their career. It was very diappoitning to see kohli first geting abused and then cudled by his buddy pieterson in last game. Uthappa also pointed on the same fleetingly in his interview with harsha on cricinfo. U can tell a lot about a man by the company he keeps. I shudder to think tht in future indian ll be lead by the likes of kohli, bhajji, yuvraj and sreesanth. Thank god we still have MSD.

Posted by crazytaurean on (April 22, 2010, 5:30 GMT)

Its true Mumbai depend so much on Tendulkar, and the day he fires its a cakewalk for Mumbai Indians. But the tournament has also seen the rise of the lesser knowns Ambati Rayudu and Tiwary. Under the aegis of the Little 'Great' Master such young guns will find a whole lot of valuable experience, and thats what the IPLs for. Its the team grooming such young talents that have done well in the IPL. Whether it is Manish Pandey, Vinaykumar (BRC), or T Suman, H Singh (DC) or R Ashwin, M Vijay (CSK) or the Mumbai Indians. IPL is not about foreign players only after all !! Hope Mr Ganguly is listening.

Posted by Rosh1 on (April 22, 2010, 5:25 GMT)

The success of MI todate is an easy analysis. The batting of MI is good purely coz they are confident that they have a good bowling line up to defend any total. This confidence in the batsmen allows them to ease pressure and go for their shots. Look at the bowling attack of MI ... Zaheer, Malinga, Harbajan, Pollard who are all International players and then to make matters worse for the opposition they bring in Dilhara who is yet another International player. Which other team has a bowling line up packed with quality 4-5 international bowlers? In the line up they have probably the best T20 bowler Lasith Malinga who is carrying out the task silently.

Posted by   on (April 22, 2010, 5:13 GMT)

There are players who Perform well & become Man of The Match... But Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar Is Man Of No Match..He is Beyond Imagination..incredible.. But Bhajji...Khan.. Tiwari.. Rayadu.. & like of polard..Malinga & dhwans contribution can't be ignored..He all played as a Unit.. They were the most balanced side.. with world class Spinner.. fast bowlers..With good fielding side under the guidance of Jonty Rodes..

Posted by   on (April 22, 2010, 5:12 GMT)

just an awesome match..both teams played well but the royals lost a trick or two..i felt kumble should hv bowled the last over then pollard wudnt have scored that much..well i am a Mumbai Indian supporter so i dint want him to bowl but stating a fact..anyway well played mumbai..

Posted by sri1ram on (April 22, 2010, 5:10 GMT)

Damn damn.. The two teams that I hv been supporting all through have been Mumbai (half my life spent here) and Chennai (one third). It will be a tough call if they face each other in the finals. I will rave for MI anytime in the finals, but then I guess both of them hv their reasons to deserve winning, and I am going to go with Chennai - they reached two finals without winning, if they reach the finals now, they deserve the title ONLY IF they out-champion MI.

Posted by Vintej on (April 22, 2010, 5:08 GMT)

Job well done, MI! The South African choke affecting the RCB too. With the number of RCB personnel in the RCB team, the result is no suprise. The guys who were playing in the sub-comntinent or arrived early for the IPL did well. Examples are Kallis & KP. Others struggled. Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullam etc.

Pollard icing on the cake made by Rayudu & Tiwari (both wonderful hiitters). Would love to see Rayudu in DC next season, though. Good Luck to MI for the finals.

Posted by Najja on (April 22, 2010, 4:51 GMT)

M-I is definitely dependent on Sachin, not for his Batting but for his sheer presence. Like Gavaskar rightly said post match yesterday, SRT is the glue which keeps the M-I together as a team. SRT should be in the XI for the finals even if he's not fully fit. The best thing about M-I's wins off-late is that there is a cometition within the team for the 'Man-of-the-match' awards. In yesterday's match, to me, Tiwary, Raydu and Pollard were on the race. Raydu was excellent initially for playing through the pressure situation and later with excellent wicket keeping. Not just the catches and stumping, he saved almost every wides fired down the legside from going to the boundary.

Posted by   on (April 22, 2010, 4:43 GMT)

I want Sachin to win this IPL. By that means atleast he will be able to minimize the blames he got when he was Indian teams captain. People dont understand the fact that when Azahar, Ganguly, Dravid and Dhoni all had SAchin Tendulkar to perform. He had one job that was to prepare a bulding and give key to these captains. But unfortunately when he became captain, there was no Sachin Tendulkar to perform for him. He had to do all by himself. Here in this years IPL, he put together bunch of youngsters very well and led them by example. HOpefully if they go all the way and win the IPL, atleast then he will get the credit of being successful captain. .... Go Mumbai Indians... Go Sachin... Good Luck

Posted by Sayzuz on (April 22, 2010, 4:43 GMT)

This MI are playing like well oiled machine, they are a juggernaut. It would need an exceptional performance from the opposite team to get to the trophy, which seems like that MI has already has in its grasp. It is a well balanced unit and the best part is that the Indian players in the team are performing hence they are not dependent on the foreign recruits. Pollard is exceptional in all departments of the game, and he is everywhere. Hence, I wish them (MI) all the best for the finals. What a performance........Hip Hip Hurray

Posted by aspurohit on (April 22, 2010, 4:36 GMT)

MI really played like champs!! Emerged from an abysmal looking score at 15 overs courtesy Tiwari & Pollard. Pollard now has really justified his price tag(hope he does well in the finals too) Ambati Rayadu has been a doubt that he was the man in contention for the national team a few years ago( he still has a great chance ahead in TEST CRICKET atleast) And what to say about the Lankan bowlers.....they were simply superbb. Even a player like Ross Taylor could do nothing against Malinga delivering yorkers at will( watch him out at the T20 WC) Practically Sachin was almost absent in the match but the team really rallied and almost everybody contributed.......GO MI GO......just get the trophy in the finals. Hard luck again Kumble & Co. All the best for the 3rd place tie.

Posted by itssachin on (April 22, 2010, 4:26 GMT)

Seeing how MI has performed this deason.. they dserves to be the champions. Hoing the little Master is fit for the final and will lift the IPL 3 cup. The big advantage for MI thus season is how the young Indians has fared be it either Tiwari or Rayadu... good for the future of indain cricket... they need to be given a break sooner then latter.. GO MI GO..............

Posted by Pritish_XI on (April 22, 2010, 4:06 GMT)

Really think MI have briht chances of winning the IPL, irrespective of who they face in the it DC or CSK..

Posted by   on (April 22, 2010, 4:00 GMT)

sachin's presence on the field is itself a boost for the players and it is true for not mumbai only but for team india also.

Posted by   on (April 22, 2010, 3:52 GMT)

It was very important for RC Blr to scheme the startegies for players like pollard. kumble himself should have reserved for the guy because fast bowling helps hitting to be more easy. The batsman would have found it more difficult to convert a slow and turning ball in to six/four.

Even the orther finlaist should start thinking about this hard hitter who if not thought about will ruin any team with his hitting and murderous scoring.

Both CSK and Deccan have the slow and effective bowlers.

It may be against a convention to use the spinners in slog. But in 20*2 what is not a slog period.

Mumbai is too strong in their finishing. Unless controlled it looks to me they will sail through and be the champions this time. A score of 175 or more than that is looking effective enough to win the matches.

Its interesting how the finalist team is going to bowl to Mumbai Batsmen.

For bangalore they have to repent only those last 5 overs which ruined their chances.

Posted by Kaushalya_Gurudeniya on (April 22, 2010, 3:21 GMT)

Form of Zaheer Khan and Lasith Malinga is unbelievable. They both can fire yorkers at will. In the last game Malinga delivered 4 back to back yorkers in one over and it was amazing to see.

I think batting is always in a high note, but bowling is the key for Mumbai success!

Posted by raulraj on (April 22, 2010, 2:37 GMT)

may be Mumbai Indians are not one man show but tendulkar is one man who runs the show!!!!

Posted by kaarthik9925 on (April 22, 2010, 1:40 GMT)

I never agreed to the fact that mumbai were dependent on sachin too much .if you see the stats every one from rayudu ,tiwary,dhawan and harbhajan have contributed. Ambati rayudu is the talent which we know even before he joined ICL .Mumbai is the only team where the unknown domestic talent chipped in with some valuable performances like even ali murtaza saurabh tiwary satish with his fielding.Plus their top three bowlers are one among the leading wicket takers of this season.

Posted by   on (April 22, 2010, 1:36 GMT)

mumbai jeethegaaaa.........

Posted by Adityahms on (April 22, 2010, 0:20 GMT)

Truly said and MI deserve to be in the Finals. They were unlucky the first time, but this time they had planned it all the way. The Little Master and the Coaches did a fantastic job with all the people in the team. Hats off to them and if they play like this they are sure to WIN the finals no matter which team comes to face them.

Posted by Mehul_View on (April 22, 2010, 0:15 GMT)

Good luck Mumbai and best of luck to Bangalore for the third place play off. These were the two teams I wanted to play the final, but you can't get everything you wish for.

Posted by   on (April 22, 2010, 0:14 GMT)

Am a MI supporter and was ecstatic after they won. But was feeling down everytime I saw Kumble on the tv screen. He's a great player..long live Kumble..hopefully see you next year as well and if MI win this year...i will be a supporter of your team for the next..just for you mate.

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (April 21, 2010, 23:18 GMT)

I think Mumbai's bowlers have made the difference for them throughout. Once they made 185, you really sensed that RCB would have to be lucky to get close and it is no secret that good bowlers can be unplayable when they have something to defend. Zaheer, Malinga, Harbhajan alone you would bet on defending 170+ and Fernando and Pollard were good with the ball. Rayudu and Pollard deserved credit, more than Tiwari (he still looks too flukey) RCB missed a trick in chasing, sorry but in the subcontinent, chasing increases your chance of losing in an ODI almost always. Bat 1st and score big should always be the motto. I thought Kallis and Kumble were disappointing at the back end, it put even more pressure on Vinay and Steyn, they too were disappointing but the added pressure that was put unto them by the overs b-4 I honestly believed threw them off terribly, they are young and hopefully will learn for the future (I really get behind bowlers these days, they really need the support).

Posted by   on (April 21, 2010, 22:50 GMT)

I am happy Mumbai are into the finals but it was a bit of a one man show, it was called Polly wants a six lolll

Posted by   on (April 21, 2010, 21:45 GMT)

Agreed that the game was well in control upto 15 overs for BRC. Then the last 5 overs MI batsmen tilted the match into their court by slogging through barbarically. BRC captain and players were totally helpless. Later on, the MI bowlers were bowling thoroughly keeping a huge total behind them to defend.

Over all one can say that today was the day of MI and they just prevailed.

Posted by cheeseburgers on (April 21, 2010, 21:33 GMT)

It was two - man show this time : Pollard - Tiwary

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