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Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai, IPL

Who is Dwayne Smith?

Ask a Mumbai fan. He'll tell you

Lloyd Mascarenhas

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Dwayne Smith hit the last three balls to the straight boundary, Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2012, Mumbai, May 6, 2012
Dwayne Smith: made Sunday evening very memorable for Mumbai fans © Associated Press

Choice of game
Two of the biggest teams playing at a stadium I hadn't seen before, on a Sunday evening in Mumbai, were enough reasons to book tickets as soon as they were available online. As May 6 arrived, I set out to the stadium with my fiancée, who is a die-hard Chennai Super Kings fan. As much as there was a match in the stadium, there was one between us, wearing our respective jerseys and chanting our team names.

Team supported
I was born and brought up in Mumbai, hence the loyalties lie there. And since Sachin Tendulkar plays for the Mumbai Indians, it simply affirmed my choice. Last year Mumbai nearly* made it to the IPL final and won the Champions League, so winning the 2012 IPL would be a dream for die-hard fans like me who travel from one end of the city to another to watch them in action.

Key performer
In a star-studded game, a relatively unknown player called Dwayne Smith took Mumbai over the line. The 14 runs of final three balls threw the crowd into a frenzy, and I think every Mumbai supporter will be hitting Google to know some more about this new sensation.

One thing I'd have changed
On a hot Mumbai afternoon, a 4pm start only adds to the misery of the spectators and players. Such games are best played at night, starting at 8pm.

Face-off I relished
Tendulkar v the Chennai bowlers and Malinga v Dhoni.

Wow moment
A toss-up between the spectacular catch taken by Francois du Plessis to dismiss Tendulkar and the runs scored off the final three balls by Smith.

When in Mumbai and supporting Mumbai, get the Mumbai jersey and feel at home with 34,000 other supporters. I blew the horn and waved the Mumbai flag too. It was quite a sight to see over 30,000 flags being waved when Tendulkar got to his half-century.

Crowd meter
The atmosphere was electric. The "Malingaaa" chant rose across the stadium when he'd run in to bowl, and the roars when Tendulkar walked out on to the field to bat would have turned a few people deaf for the next ten minutes. The Mexican waves also made the occasion feel special.

Close encounter
Malinga can be titled the "Son of Mumbai" because every time he walked close to the midwicket boundary, and waved and smiled, the crowd would begin chanting "Malingaaa…. Malingaaa…. Malingaaa".

Shot of the day
Rohit Sharma's straight six that hit the sight-screen was magnificent to watch.

DJ Clement the official DJ for the Mumbai team kept the crowd dancing and swaying to foot-tapping house music prior to the match. Once the match began they switched to popular Bollywood tracks. In between overs, the stadium looked like a venue for a live concert. During the strategic time-out 15 young lads did an amazing b-boying act which drew applause from every soul in the stadium.

Twenty20s v ODIs
T20s are convenient, compact and appeal to everyone. A good percentage of the stadium was made up by women and children, and that's the diversity T20 has brought to cricket. I hope to watch another IPL match with my mom and sister because I am sure they'll love it.

Banner of the day
A five-year-old girl was holding up a "Raina will you marry me" poster. It had everyone in our stand in splits, and goes to show the fascination for our Indian cricketers starts early.

TV v stadium
Watching a live match, and especially an IPL match, has to be on your list of "Ten things to do before you die".

It has to be a thrilling experience when you get to watch nearly 350 runs scored, 17 wickets fall, and a four off the last ball to win. Add to that some great shots, great catches and an exciting atmosphere.

Marks out of ten
9, for a great show, a fantastic stadium under lights, and a last-ball. An 8pm start would have made it 10.

*May 7, 2012, 0830GMT: It was incorrectly stated that Mumbai made it to the IPL final in 2011. This has been changed

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Lloyd Mascarenhas is a 25-year-old from Mumbai. He is a fan of Manchester United, the Mumbai Indians and Mom - the "m" factor seems to rule his life currently. He works for a real-estate company and watches as much live sport as possible.

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Posted by Vignesh on (May 9, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

CSK Qualification criteria is as simple as that they have to beat all the teams which is well placed above them in the table

Posted by Muthuvel on (May 8, 2012, 22:48 GMT)

comeon csk..TN,Kerala and SL are cheering for it.

Posted by Dummy4 on (May 7, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

It was definitely a great show by Smith. But I think the masterly innings of the MASTER BLASTER was not given the credit it should have got. Even his wicket was off an amazing catch by faf du plessis and should have been a boundary had there been any other fielder.

Posted by Dummy4 on (May 7, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

All ,y family was watching in TV in Sri Lanka.We all are Die hard fans of CSK. We couldn't make our dinner too. But CSK you guys are really amazing as when it was a clearly MI match they turned around superbly

Posted by Raman on (May 7, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

I agree with Ramani. Selecting Mike Hussey instead of Albie Morkel may be a better option. Hussey must open with Faf Du Plessis, and should bowl a couple of overs too. If CSK persists with M.Vijay, then his running between the wickets is a serious issue which must be addressed. He has got Faf run out twice- and both times against Mumbai.

Posted by Cricinfo on (May 7, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

Mumbai only made it to the IPL semis last year, and not the final as was written. Thanks to Karthik Ramachandra for pointing out our error

Posted by Dummy4 on (May 7, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

The only thing for which i can do anything,is too see SACHIN GOD TENDULKAR batting....FOR me,Cricket starts from SACHIN n will end with SACHIN

Posted by Dummy4 on (May 7, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

Last year Mumbai did not make it to the IPL final. RCB did :)

Posted by Dummy4 on (May 7, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

In MI vs CSK match, Smith played superbly at the critical stage. If CSK wants to win the remaining matches, some players, said to be all rounders, namely A.Morkel, Jadeja and even Raina should play like Dwayne Smith. Morkel has so far scored 75 runs and took 7 wickets. CSK management has to decide to continue with Morkel in the remaining matches. God has to save CSK!

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