Indian Premier League, 1st Semi-Final: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Mumbai Indians at Mumbai, Apr 21, 2010
Indian Premier League - 1st semi final
Mumbai Indians won by 35 runs
21 April 2010 - night match (20-over match)

Time for the semi-final to begin. Nikhil writes in, "I feel Kumble will open the bowling, considering the hard top, hoping to extract some bounce, along with Steyn" Will be a good contests between him and SRT, if he does. But PK will bowl the first ball

Sachin Tendulkar has won the toss, and as expected in a big match, he will bat first. Abhishek Nayar is fit, is a "big-match player", and is in. Dilhara Fernando is in too, so is Lasith Malinga, ahead of Ryan McLaren. Ambati Rayudu will keep wicket. And JP Duminy has been picked ahead of Dwayne Bravo.

Anil Kumble says it is a good toss to lose, because dew could play a part too. They have brought back Praveen Kumar ahead of Pankaj Singh, and Ross Taylor stays in.

Toss Sachin Tendulkar: "We have played every game to win, that's the frame of mind we will go in with. Back in Mumbai, feels great." Sunny G says there is less grass than M Chinnaswamy. Anil Kumble says it's okay, and the pitch seems to have good bounce, so he is not displeased.

7.25pm Semi-final 1. Big match between two exciting teams. Hello and welcome. Kanye West would have said, "IPL, I'm really happy for you. I'ma let you finish, but Edgbaston 1999 was the greatest semi-final of all time. Of all time." Toss in five minutes


Kumar to Dhawan, no run, full, around off, slight shape away, left alone

Three slips in now


Kumar to Dhawan, 1 run, and he gets the edge, and it goes wide of third slip! Pitches middle and off, and swings away, and the genuine edge goes safe


Kumar to Tendulkar, no run, beats SRT on the flick, appeals for lbw, but the angle is taking it down the leg side

Only two slips for SRT


Kumar to Tendulkar, no run, gets this to straighten outside off, Tendulkar watchfully defends


Kumar to Tendulkar, no run, inswing now, good stuff, swinging towards the off stump from wide outside off, SRT is watchful in pushing it to mid-on


Kumar to Tendulkar, 1 run, finishes a good over with the outswinger, no big swing, but straightens enough to make SRT play a watchful push wide of mid-off

End of over 1 (2 runs) Mumbai Indians 2/0 (RR: 2.00)

    • SR Tendulkar 1 (4b)
    • S Dhawan 1 (2b)
    • P Kumar 1-0-2-0

Steyn v Tendulkar. Let the contest resume


Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, outswing, 140ks, Tendulkar shoulders arms


Steyn to Tendulkar, no run, shorter this time, and Tendulkar pounces on it, but finds cover-point


Steyn to Tendulkar, FOUR, looks for the huge outswinger, and ends up being too straight and too full, and Tendulkar is not going to miss them, flicking it past square leg


Steyn to Tendulkar, 1 wide, short and wide, Tendulkar looks to chase it, but is happy with the wide in the end


Steyn to Tendulkar, FOUR, shot! short and wide, and he cuts it between backward point and cover-point


Steyn to Tendulkar, OUT, Steyn has taken SRT out in the big one! Outswinger, slightly short, slightly wider of his reach, Tendulkar stretches out for it, is playing it away from his body, the ball swings away, Tendulkar checks the shot, and hits a low catch to cover. His first single-figure score this year! What a time to do it

SR Tendulkar c Taylor b Steyn 9 (9b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00


Steyn to Nayar, no run, this one goes away with the angle, Nayar pokes tentatively and is beaten

End of over 2 (9 runs) Mumbai Indians 11/1 (RR: 5.50)

    • AM Nayar 0 (1b)
    • S Dhawan 1 (2b)
    • DW Steyn 1-0-9-1
    • P Kumar 1-0-2-0

Kumar to Dhawan, no run, short, around off, pushed to point


Kumar to Dhawan, FOUR, overthrows! Looks to drop and run, but hasn't hit far enough of PK, and sends Nayar back. PK can run Nayar out, but misses with a wide throw, and KP from mid-on is there to collect the throw and there is nobody to back up


Kumar to Dhawan, 5 wides, tries the short one, goes down the leg side, and gets extra bounce that clears the keeper


Kumar to Dhawan, 1 run, another edge, and safe again! This time it lands inches short of Kallis at second slip. Inswinger troubling Dhawan here


Kumar to Nayar, no run, Nayar goes too far across to play this one, is beaten, and PK appeals half-heartedly. This one is angling across


Kumar to Nayar, 2 runs, flicked off the hips, gets a couple to square of deep fine leg


Kumar to Nayar, no run, accurate inswinger, pushed to midwicket

End of over 3 (12 runs) Mumbai Indians 23/1 (RR: 7.66)

    • AM Nayar 2 (4b)
    • S Dhawan 6 (5b 1x4)
    • P Kumar 2-0-14-0
    • DW Steyn 1-0-9-1

Sivaram: "Steyn's SRT dismissal sounds like a replica of the ball he bowled earlier this year in the India SA series to get Sachin (or was it Sehwag?). Crafty bowling - setting him up with the full outswingers and then shortening it a touch to induce the error. Top class!" Yes Siva, it was the Nagpur Test. But this one wasn't as good as Nagpur, slight luck involved here because Tendulkar didn't have to reach out for this one.


Steyn to Dhawan, FOUR, thrown up full, and fiercely square-driven away, over the infield


Steyn to Dhawan, no run, shortens the length, Dhawan stays back to defend it


Steyn to Dhawan, 2 runs, bouncer, 142ks too quick for him, but the top edge clears midwicket, only just


Steyn to Dhawan, OUT, slower ball, 118ks, and the KP-Kohli combine have got a run-out here! Dhawan drops to cover, wants a single, is sent back as Pietersen is swooping on it fast. KP tries the direct-hit, hits the stumps, and they want to take a single off the ricochet. It hasn't gone too far, and Kohli runs Dhawan out by yards. Nayar's call, and Dhawan pays the price for responding to the call. Kohli is pumped: this needed a direct hit because Steyn wasn't there to collect the throw

S Dhawan run out 12 (9b 2x4 0x6) SR: 133.33


Steyn to Nayar, 1 run, short and fast, cut away, one-bounce to third man

Rayudu is the new batsman


Steyn to Rayudu, 1 wide, wide down the leg side


Steyn to Rayudu, no run, back of a length, outside off, defended to point

End of over 4 (8 runs) Mumbai Indians 31/2 (RR: 7.75)

    • AT Rayudu 0 (1b)
    • AM Nayar 3 (5b)
    • DW Steyn 2-0-17-1
    • P Kumar 2-0-14-0

Vinay introduced into the attack


Vinay Kumar to Nayar, 1 run, back of a length, angling across him, worked away for one to midwicket


Vinay Kumar to Rayudu, no run, another mix-up, looks to drop and run to square leg, but is sent back


Vinay Kumar to Rayudu, no run, fuller ball, slightly outside off, presses forward and defends


Vinay Kumar to Rayudu, 1 wide, comes down the track, Vinay bounces him, is wided! How did the umpire judge the height of the ball vis-a-vis the batsman when it passed the stumps while the batsman was halfway down the pitch?


Vinay Kumar to Rayudu, no run, back of a length, punched to point, doesn't find the gap


Vinay Kumar to Rayudu, FOUR, shot! He is not getting bogged down. Gives him the charge, gets close to a length ball, and lofts him over mid-off


Vinay Kumar to Rayudu, 2 runs, comes down the pitch again, Vinay bowls a shorter one, Rayudu goes ahead with the slash, and slices it over the cover infield. The mis-hit clears the ring, only just

End of over 5 (8 runs) Mumbai Indians 39/2 (RR: 7.80)

    • AT Rayudu 6 (6b 1x4)
    • AM Nayar 4 (6b)
    • R Vinay Kumar 1-0-8-0
    • DW Steyn 2-0-17-1

PK gets a change of ends. To bowl round the stumps


Kumar to Nayar, 2 runs, back of a length, into the hips, and worked away nicely, wide enough of mid-on to come back for two


Kumar to Nayar, FOUR, short, into the leg side, not the best of connections on the pull, but he gets four off the glove. Too far down the leg side, was the bouncer


Kumar to Nayar, 1 run, bowls a fuller length, gets an inside edge, but it is safe and gets him a single to fine leg


Kumar to Rayudu, no run, back of a length, holds its line outside off, pushed to cover


Kumar to Rayudu, FOUR, every over PK has produced an edge, and every time it has landed safe, this time it is a top edge on an unwieldy pull from outside off, but the edge flies to the third man boundary


Kumar to Rayudu, FOUR, Rayudu rubs the salt in, lovely square-punch that bounces over cover-point and gets him another boundary

So a good counterattack here. It's not bad run-rate at all, especially after losing the openers early

End of over 6 (15 runs) Mumbai Indians 54/2 (RR: 9.00)

    • AT Rayudu 14 (9b 3x4)
    • AM Nayar 11 (9b 1x4)
    • P Kumar 3-0-29-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 1-0-8-0

Kallis into the attack


Kallis to Nayar, FOUR, Nayar moves across, gets inside the line of a leg-side delivery, and glances it fine. Not a great delivery, but Nayar is creating his leg-stump line here by moving across


Kallis to Nayar, 1 run, he does that again, but flicks this one squarer and gets only one


Kallis to Rayudu, 1 run, short delivery that cuts in towards his chest, he plays it with soft hands and gets a single to third man


Kallis to Nayar, no run, slower ball, moves across and works it to square leg


Kallis to Nayar, 1 run, full, outside off, pushed to long-off for one


Kallis to Rayudu, 1 run, dabbed to point for a single

Kumble calls for a time-out at the end of the seventh over. Bangalore want to slow things down a bit, these two have hit them back hard

End of over 7 (8 runs) Mumbai Indians 62/2 (RR: 8.85)

    • AT Rayudu 16 (11b 3x4)
    • AM Nayar 17 (13b 2x4)
    • JH Kallis 1-0-8-0
    • P Kumar 3-0-29-0

So Kumble comes on now


Kumble to Rayudu, no run, full, straight, fast, 95.3ks, hit back to Kumble


Kumble to Rayudu, 1 run, slightly outside off, hit to long-off for one


Kumble to Nayar, 2 runs, Nayar is playing a little cameo that will annoy the bowling side. Moves across the stumps, brings the lbw shout in, and then dabs it with soft hands into the leg side and runs hard for two


Kumble to Nayar, no run, slower, googly, Nayar misses, but it is spinning across, hence no lbw shout


Kumble to Nayar, 1 run, flighted outside off, drops and runs, Rayudu gets in through a big dive


Kumble to Rayudu, no run, ahh, gets him to play in front of his body, slower through the air, Rayudu checks the shot, it bounces in front of short cover

End of over 8 (4 runs) Mumbai Indians 66/2 (RR: 8.25)

    • AT Rayudu 17 (14b 3x4)
    • AM Nayar 20 (16b 2x4)
    • A Kumble 1-0-4-0
    • JH Kallis 1-0-8-0

KP to bowl now


Pietersen to Nayar, 2 runs, and boy does this turn? angling in, pitching middle and off, and turning away big time, and Uthappa is not sharp enough for it. But Dravid is, chases hard, and makes a sliding save at the edge of the boundary


Pietersen to Nayar, OUT, KP gets the wicket! turn, bounce, and caught at short fine. Premeditates a sweep, the ball is not full enough, and the top edge is dying when PK dives forward to complete the catch

AM Nayar c Kumar b Pietersen 22 (18b 2x4 0x6) SR: 122.22

Duminy the new man


Pietersen to Duminy, 1 run, flighted delivery, pushed to long-on

Arindam: "Very happy to see Rayadu firing this year. Hearing about him when he was only 15. People used to say this is just matter of time for him to get the India Cap, but becoz of some non-cricketing reasons he was not able to make the cut. But I think now he proved himself in this IPL. Looking forward to see him in India Blue and also India white jersey."


Pietersen to Rayudu, FOUR, long hop, Rayudu rocks back and pulls it between deep square leg and deep midwicket


Pietersen to Rayudu, 1 run, flighted, too straight, worked around the corner for one


Pietersen to Duminy, no run, shorter delivery, looks to cut but is hurried into the shot, and ends up playing straighter than he wants

End of over 9 (8 runs) Mumbai Indians 74/3 (RR: 8.22)

    • JP Duminy 1 (2b)
    • AT Rayudu 22 (16b 4x4)
    • KP Pietersen 1-0-8-1
    • A Kumble 1-0-4-0

Kumble to Rayudu, 1 run, pushed to long-off for one

Belford: "Do we have Duminy with a SR of 80 or 200 today?"


Kumble to Duminy, 2 runs, premeditated paddle, gets a low full toss, and helps it fine for two


Kumble to Duminy, OUT, poor shot. Quick delivery, 97ks, angled across him, and he looks to work it to the leg side from well outside off, and gets a leading edge to short cover

JP Duminy c Pietersen b Kumble 3 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

John from Pretoria: "I read Hindi better than Duminy does spin!" Meanwhile Tiwary is the new man


Kumble to Tiwary, 1 leg bye, full, turning in, beats him, but they steal a leg-bye


Kumble to Rayudu, 2 runs, over-eager Bangalore here. Hit between the bowler and straightish extra cover. Kumble and Pietersen both go for it, nearly colide, and neither man collects it cleanly. Pietersen shies at the stumps after having collected it, and ends up conceding an unnecessary overthrow. The positive for Bangalore is, the two men didn't collide

slip in for Rayudu


Kumble to Rayudu, 1 run, drops and runs to cover, and makes it comfortably

End of over 10 (7 runs) Mumbai Indians 81/4 (RR: 8.10)

    • AT Rayudu 26 (19b 4x4)
    • SS Tiwary 0 (1b)
    • A Kumble 2-0-10-1
    • KP Pietersen 1-0-8-1

Pietersen to Rayudu, 1 run, played with the turn, soft hands, gets a single to short fine

Slip in for Tiwary


Pietersen to Tiwary, no run, turns across him, big turn, beats him, pitches middle and turns big time


Pietersen to Tiwary, no run, big turn again, gets a thick edge, and Kohli is very good at point. It's too far in front of him but he goes for it, and dives in front and makes sure he collects it on the half-volley and doesn't let it go past him. Acrobatic


Pietersen to Tiwary, 1 run, full and straight pushed to long-on

Rayudu pulls out for the second time in this over. KP is trying to rush through his overs, Rayudu wants to make sure he is ready. KP not pleased with it


Pietersen to Rayudu, 1 run, short, worked away for a single


Pietersen to Tiwary, no run, flighted around off, defended

End of over 11 (3 runs) Mumbai Indians 84/4 (RR: 7.63)

    • SS Tiwary 1 (5b)
    • AT Rayudu 28 (21b 4x4)
    • KP Pietersen 2-0-11-1
    • A Kumble 2-0-10-1

Kumble to Rayudu, 1 run, stays back to a fullish delivery, gets a single wide of point

forward short leg in


Kumble to Tiwary, 1 run, low full toss, flicked away


Kumble to Rayudu, no run, looks to cut again, too full, gets a bottom edge


Kumble to Rayudu, no run, full and fast, hit back to the bowler


Kumble to Rayudu, 1 run, tossed up, but full and he gets an easy single to long-on


Kumble to Tiwary, 1 run, makes room and cuts, gets a single to deep point

End of over 12 (4 runs) Mumbai Indians 88/4 (RR: 7.33)

    • SS Tiwary 3 (7b)
    • AT Rayudu 30 (25b 4x4)
    • A Kumble 3-0-14-1
    • KP Pietersen 2-0-11-1

Pietersen to Tiwary, 1 run, Tiwary makes room, the ball pitches outside leg, turns away towards middle, he gets enough bat on it to get a single


Pietersen to Rayudu, 1 run, flighted around middle and leg, nurdled for one into the leg side


Pietersen to Tiwary, no run, nicely flighted around middle and leg, defended. Uthappa says, "Big shot coming up." Nice sledge


Pietersen to Tiwary, 1 run, flatter, pushed to midwicket for one


Pietersen to Rayudu, 1 run, short, cut away to deep point for one


Pietersen to Tiwary, 1 run, flighted on leg, dabbed into the on side for one

End of over 13 (5 runs) Mumbai Indians 93/4 (RR: 7.15)

    • SS Tiwary 6 (11b)
    • AT Rayudu 32 (27b 4x4)
    • KP Pietersen 3-0-16-1
    • A Kumble 3-0-14-1

31 in the last six overs, all bowled by Kumble and KP. And there have been two wickets. Time-out is over. Surprise. Kolhi to bowl. His Chris Harrisesque dibbly-dobblies


Kohli to Tiwary, 2 runs, short and wide and cut away, gets two to wide of sweeper-cover


Kohli to Tiwary, no run, driven into the ground and then to Kumble at extra cover, is sent back by Rayudu


Kohli to Tiwary, SIX, first six of the innings! Sees the legbreak coming, and slog-sweeps it for a big six over square leg


Kohli to Tiwary, no run, Kolhi's superb fielding creates a run-out chance, but he messes it up. Tiwary is looking for a single to long-on, but Kohli runs like a hare and makes a diving save, but goes for the stumps at non-strikers when both the batsmen are having a conference there. And Tiwary runs al the way back


Kohli to Tiwary, 1 run, cut away to deep point


Kohli to Rayudu, 1 run, short, pulled away for a single to square leg

End of over 14 (10 runs) Mumbai Indians 103/4 (RR: 7.35)

    • AT Rayudu 33 (28b 4x4)
    • SS Tiwary 15 (16b 1x6)
    • V Kohli 1-0-10-0
    • KP Pietersen 3-0-16-1

KP to finish off


Pietersen to Rayudu, 1 run, comes down the track and hits one-bounce to long-off


Pietersen to Tiwary, no run, backs away, KP floats this one gently on leg stump, turning away, Tiwary defends


Pietersen to Tiwary, 1 run, hit powerfully to long-on, along the ground


Pietersen to Rayudu, no run, short and wide, cut in front of square, Pandey makes a diving save at extra cover


Pietersen to Rayudu, 1 run, full ball, gets the inside half of the bat for a single to midwicket


Pietersen to Tiwary, 1 run, goes for the big heave-ho, gets the inside edge towards deep midwicket for one

End of over 15 (4 runs) Mumbai Indians 107/4 (RR: 7.13)

    • SS Tiwary 17 (19b 1x6)
    • AT Rayudu 35 (31b 4x4)
    • KP Pietersen 4-0-20-1
    • V Kohli 1-0-10-0

Kallis comes back


Kallis to Tiwary, SIX, slower ball to start off with, 118ks, and the mis-hit clears the boundary at cow corner. Good old-fashioned slog


Kallis to Tiwary, 1 run, full ball, hit to long-on for one


Kallis to Rayudu, 1 run, back of a length, no room, hit to long-off for one


Kallis to Tiwary, FOUR, Power. What power. Short ball, and he has bludgeoned it past midwicket. Tiwary is turning it on

round the wicket goes Kallis


Kallis to Tiwary, FOUR, and the inside edge gets him four too! Slightly slower ball, Tiwary slogs and the inside edge beats both the stumps and the keeper


Kallis to Tiwary, 1 run, angling into the pads, flicked very fine, but the short fine is almost a long stop

End of over 16 (17 runs) Mumbai Indians 124/4 (RR: 7.75)

    • SS Tiwary 33 (24b 2x4 2x6)
    • AT Rayudu 36 (32b 4x4)
    • JH Kallis 2-0-25-0
    • KP Pietersen 4-0-20-1

Kumble to bowl his last over


Kumble to Tiwary, 1 run, googly, helped away to short third man for one


Kumble to Rayudu, no run, charges down at him, Kumble fires in a short one, dot ball to extra cover


Kumble to Rayudu, (no ball) 1 run, thrown it up in the air, top edge, caught, but Doctrove has his left hand in the air. Kumble has overstepped!

Free-hit coming up


Kumble to Tiwary, FOUR, Tiwary comes down the track, Kumble bowls down the leg side, and he has hit it past short fine leg

Kumble is not happy


Kumble to Tiwary, SIX, he has flat-batted this short delivery for a straight six! What power, from outside off, and dead straight, and fast and flat


Kumble to Tiwary, 1 run, mistimes this sweep, one bounce to deep square


Kumble to Rayudu, (no ball) 1 run, and AK over-steps again. He is not happy, he is asking the umpire questions, Doctrove says you have got to rebowl. And it is a big no-ball, which Rayudu hits to long-on for one


Kumble to Tiwary, 1 leg bye, Tiwary charges at him, Kumble flights it on the leg stump, and he misses and takes a leg-bye

End of over 17 (17 runs) Mumbai Indians 141/4 (RR: 8.29)

    • SS Tiwary 45 (29b 3x4 3x6)
    • AT Rayudu 38 (35b 4x4)
    • A Kumble 4-0-30-1
    • JH Kallis 2-0-25-0

Steyn comes back


Steyn to Tiwary, 1 run, slower ball, checks the shot, nicely guides it for one to point


Steyn to Rayudu, no run, premeditates the charge and is nowhere close to this shortish ball outside off


Steyn to Rayudu, 2 runs, into the pads, helped away between deep fine and deep square for two


Steyn to Rayudu, OUT, slower ball, cramps him up, hit down mid-off's throat. Well bowled, time for the other KP, Kieron Pollard, to walk in

AT Rayudu c Kallis b Steyn 40 (38b 4x4 0x6) SR: 105.26

Business is about to pick up here


Steyn to Pollard, 1 run, back of a length, into the hips, worked away for one


Steyn to Tiwary, SIX, he has agricultured this for six over long-on! Such is the power in those shoulders that the mis-hits are carrying for sixes. Steyn would have thought the slower one had done him in, but it kept sailing and sailing

End of over 18 (10 runs) Mumbai Indians 151/5 (RR: 8.38)

    • SS Tiwary 52 (31b 3x4 4x6)
    • KA Pollard 1 (1b)
    • DW Steyn 3-0-27-2
    • A Kumble 4-0-30-1

What a time for Vinay Kumar to come back


Vinay Kumar to Pollard, 2 runs, slower bouncer, pulled into the ground, and they rush back for two. Very quick runners


Vinay Kumar to Pollard, SIX, slower ball, length ball, Pollard waits an extra second and monsters it over long-off. More timing here than power

round the wicket


Vinay Kumar to Pollard, 2 runs, and he flicks a yorker wide of long-on, and eases back for a second that many others would have struggled to make


Vinay Kumar to Pollard, SIX, yorker gone wrong! low full toss outside off, and Pollard lofts it over long-off. And makes it look easy


Vinay Kumar to Pollard, no run, dot ball! dot ball! Stop the press! wide outside off, perfect yorker, goes under the bat


Vinay Kumar to Pollard, 1 run, low full toss, hit to wide long-on, and he retains the strike

End of over 19 (17 runs) Mumbai Indians 168/5 (RR: 8.84)

    • KA Pollard 18 (7b 2x6)
    • SS Tiwary 52 (31b 3x4 4x6)
    • R Vinay Kumar 2-0-25-0
    • DW Steyn 3-0-27-2

Steyn to bowl. Pollard to face. Bangalore need to stop these two to keep the game alive


Steyn to Pollard, FOUR, full toss, thigh-high, and the outside edge goes for four past keeper. It's all happening for Mumbai


Steyn to Pollard, 2 runs, low full toss, and they steal a second after hitting it to long-on. Wide throw from Pietersen too


Steyn to Pollard, 1 wide, big wide down the leg side, and Uthappa does well to dive full length and saves four


Steyn to Pollard, 2 runs, full outside off, hit to third man, Pandey is done in by the spin, and the fumble is enough for them to come back for two


Steyn to Pollard, no run, bouncer, outside off, beats him on the pull


Steyn to Pollard, SIX, low full toss, clears the front leg, doesn't quite get hold of it, but still clears long-on. Carnage!


Steyn to Pollard, 1 run, lovely slower ball, comes through only after he has completed the shot, gets the single

Seventy-seven off the last five. Mumbai are looking imposing here. And it's pleasing that Rayudu and Tiwary, both prolific domestic batsmen, who have turned it around for them. And Pollard in the end was murderous. Huge chase for Bangalore. Do join us for it

End of over 20 (16 runs) Mumbai Indians 184/5

    • KA Pollard 33 (13b 1x4 3x6)
    • SS Tiwary 52 (31b 3x4 4x6)
    • DW Steyn 4-0-43-2
    • R Vinay Kumar 2-0-25-0





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