Player of the Match
Player of the Match

20 | 10 Runs 1 Wkt | RCB: 163/5 (3 runs required, RR: 8.15)

  • Rahul Dravid71 (58b)
  • Zaheer Khan4-0-36-1
  • Lasith Malinga2.1-0-35-0

So, that brings the curtains down on a rare kind of game; Mumbai are disappointed despite winning. Bangalore are disappointed as well. The only people who are pleased are the neutral fans - we have seen a very good game here. Sid Monga is stamping out the bulletin at the speed at which he normally eats, so the final report should be up here pretty soon. On behalf of my colleagues, the Sids Vicious - Talya and Ravindran - and scorers Venkat Raghav and Binoy George, this is Nitin Sundar signing off. Cheers!

Tendulkar: "Yes, my heart is still pounding. The first half of our batting was great, but our bowlers came through well. The plan was for Malinga to bowl a tight (19th) over and then Zaheer would have had the cushion, but it did not pan out - this is Twenty20. Great stuff from Bravo." Ravi Shasri has it all wrong - he thinks Mumbai still have a chance. Talk about optimism. Even a mathematical miracle won't siffice though.

Kumble: "Too many runs in the last five overs. 15-20 runs. The way we bowled was really well.. Rahul and Virat took us to the last ball.. But it wasn't enough in a close game. We need to be positive and hold our catches against Lions." Well said, that.

Time for the presentation. Bravo is adjudged a deserving Man of the Match. "Hard luck, we are out of the tournament, but the aim was to win the game today and we did it. We had a very good day, and I must say well done to my team-mates." He is forlorn despite the win. Understandable.

Yogesh: "Actually what has put MI out in comparison to RCB & Lions is them not thrashing Guyana." True, that.

Paras, a fan of India, above all is disgusted. "Well done Mumbai! Within 1 stroke, you've eliminated 2 Indian sides.. excellent, keep promoting SA and Aussie sides by beating each other!"

Bangalore may be sad, Mumbai may be sadder, but Ben is surely the saddest. Or maybe he just analyses Fantasy Cricket closely. "That last ball was costly for anyone who had Kohli in the fantasy cricket. It not only dropped his RR below 200, it also deprived him of a 50 and probably MoM. So a total cost of 74 points."

What this means is that Bangalore and Lions will clash in a virtual quarter-final for the second spot from Group B in the semis. South Australia are of course already through with three wins.

Sadly for Mumbai, that is not good enough to take them through to the semi-final. Bangalore have done enough to ensure they are ahead in the NRR battle, and Mumbai finish a distant third with +0.221. Lions are at +0.716, and Bangalore despite the defeat are at +0.852. Sad from Mumbai's PoV, but they did not help their cause losing their first couple of games, especially that defeat against South Australia. Kohli seemed set to do the same thing to do them tonight - Malinga and Zaheer really crumbled under pressure, and Mumbai have managed to sneak a win here.. Just about.

Khan to Kohli, OUT, The answer is no! Spare a thought for Kohli, but put ypour hands together for Rayudu who has taken another swirler under the Durban lights! Zaheer has come apart spectacularly, he delivers another full toss on Kohli's pads, Kohli was probably expecting it again, and turned his bat a moment too early, it took a top edge and looped away to the upper reaches of the stratosphere. It took an eternity to come down, but Rayudu had it covered. He throws it up in relief. Kohli is distraught. Mumbai have won a superb game of cricket here.

V Kohli c †Rayudu b Khan 47 (30m 24b 5x4 2x6) SR: 195.83

Can Virat finish this off? 3 off 1! Is it a Super Over coming up?

Khan to Kohli, FOUR runs, Viraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat!!!!!!!!!!!! Another full toss on his toes, Kohli sees it even before Zaheer let it go, was swivelling around on his front foot even as it came and flicked it away with no fuss, down to square leg for four more

7 off 2.

Khan to Kohli, no run, misses this one! Length ball outside off and Kohli swings across the line. And misses. No bye this time!
Khan to Kohli, FOUR runs, KOHLI!!! Zaheer tries the yorker, misses by a foot, it is a full toss on Kohli's toes, with nerves of steel and wrists of rubber he turns it away and it bullets away to deep square leg
Khan to Dravid, 1 bye, Another slower ball! Another miss! Zak is back! Off cutter outside off, Dravid misses the pull across the line and they steal a bye.
Khan to Kohli, 1 leg bye, Zaheer has his wits about him, slower ball, off cutter at 114 kph on leg stump, Kohli did not see it coming, he was early on the pull, and made no real contact

What an over! 13 needed off 6! Kohli has played a blinder - going after Malinga, of all people! What an over! Zaheer to bowl the last.

19 | 15 Runs | RCB: 153/4 (13 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 8.05, RRR: 13.00)

  • Virat Kohli39 (19b)
  • Rahul Dravid71 (57b)
  • Lasith Malinga2.1-0-35-0
  • Abu Nechim4-0-33-1
Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, length ball to finish, Kohli drives it out to long on. Retains the strike.
Malinga to Kohli, FOUR runs, The best shot of them all! This is high class bowling and even better batting! Full on off stump and Kohli goes through the covers with a scythe that was all timing! Tendulkar tumbled across to the left at cover and missed it. Through to the fence.
Malinga to Kohli, FOUR runs, Kohli is turning it on! Length ball from malinga this time, on off, Kohli has picked his spot and it is deep midwicket. Plants the front foot across and despatches it dismissively
Malinga to Kohli, FOUR runs, misses it by a foot this time! Kohli was waiting for it! 145 kph, full toss on middle, Kohli smacks it away across the line to the square leg boundary. Well placed too, deep backward square was running across
Malinga to Kohli, no run, You won't see too many better yorkers! Especially so in the post Wasim-Waqar era! 145 kph just outside off, Kohli's desperation came through in that wild swing. No contact.
Malinga to Kohli, 1 wide, Malinga tries to out-think Kohli who is moving around his crease and goes over board. Very wide outside off and called
Malinga to Dravid, 1 run, Malinga begins with a fast ful toss on off stump, Dravid is getting desperate here but can't time it, inside edge behind square on the leg side

Wondering how Nechim managed to pull that over back, after a first-ball six? Sriram Veera in Durban knows how: "After theat first ball-six.. Zaheerspoke to Nechim every ball"

18 | 12 Runs | RCB: 138/4 (28 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.66, RRR: 14.00)

  • Rahul Dravid70 (56b)
  • Virat Kohli26 (14b)
  • Abu Nechim4-0-33-1
  • Lasith Malinga2.6-0-20-0
Ahmed to Dravid, 1 run, well done Nechim! Short ball on off stump line, Dravid chops the cut into the ground, through to Rayudu, only one
Ahmed to Kohli, 1 run, wasted! Full toss on the pads, Kohli had to get it fine, but swung it square. Straight to deep square leg for one

Sachin runs up to Nechim, has some words of advice

Ahmed to Dravid, 1 bye, slow off cutter, drops it short, well done! Foxes Dravid who swings wildly at thin air. They pick a bye, Rayudu can't collect cleanly.
Ahmed to Kohli, 1 run, Nechim is flirting with danger, bowling these length balls. Kohli can't smash this, drills it down to long on, straight to the fielder
Ahmed to Kohli, 2 runs, this one is wider outside off and Kohli looks to go over the off side. Not so well timed, but he gets it out to an empty deep extra cover for a couple.
Ahmed to Kohli, SIX runs, What! A! Shot! It is a half volley, coming into middle and leg, Kohli plonks the front foot across and swings it out of the ground. Immense timing, lands well into the crowd!

Mumbai seem set for a win here. But I doubt if it will help their cause on the NRR stakes. Nechim to bowl his last over. Good returns so far for the young man.

Malinga to Dravid, 2 runs, Where are the fielders?! Another full delivery outside off, Dravid shovels across the line and gets it high out to deep midwicket. No one to take the catch.
Malinga to Dravid, no run, another bouncer, Malinga hits the deck at 128 kph, Dravid can't time it or middle it, bottom edge on the bounce to Rayudu
Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, bouncer, almost catches Kohli by surprise, he plays a nothing-pull shot instead of glancing it off his hips.
Malinga to Dravid, 1 run, Malinga send sin another guided missile, not his fastest, only 132 kph, but that is good enough if you get in the inch-perfect yorker. Dravid pats it meekly to mid off. The chase is losing steam here
Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, another very full ball, drifts away outside off and Kohli squeezes it out to deep point

RCB 2nd innings Partnerships

1st41JH KallisR Dravid
2nd9R DravidRV Uthappa
3rd22R DravidLRPL Taylor
4th28R DravidCL White
5th63R DravidV Kohli