Ricky Ponting: Fair to say we were outplayed in all three departments. The pitch looked very good but it held up a little when we batted, full credit to RR for the way they batted. We need to address a few areas of our game that we need to talk about. I don't think the conditions were too bad, we needed to adapt quicker. The way they bowled a lot of slower balls, took the pace off it, they did well. It's better to lose these games early in the tournament than later.

Rahul Dravid: It was brilliant, couldn't have asked for better. Wanted our A game to come out, I think our A+ game came out. We discussed it during our meeting to get Yagnik out and try to unsettle the spinners. Demoting myself wasn't a big deal, had we lost a wicket early I would have come out to bat. We believe we are a good side and can beat teams, but it's early days in the tournament. Gives a lot of confidence.

Ajinkya Rahane, man of the match: Again I wanted to bat till the last over. We all know that Mumbai is a big team and we did a good job. That's my natural game, even last year I was doing the same thing and will love to continue doing that. Watson's a crucial player, Yagnik and Hodge did their job very well too.


revanth: "nayi soach should go to Dravid for demoting him self and going for all over attack MI !!" You hit it on the bulls eye!

Shahed: "How not to play T20 - Mumbai's lesson today. Surprisingly, they still have a +ve NRR after the game." Their wins against Delhi and Pune were huge too.

...and as always a last word on the man everyone loves so much. DISHANT: "Now it's clear who is the university and who is the gold medallist :) Yeah, Sir Jadeja is still the universe."


Bowled out for 92. No, this wasn't a track like the one on display in the first game today at Pune. It was on the slower side but not slow enough to merit such a performance especially after Rajasthan had scored 179/3 in their 20 overs. Rahane's half-century received some criticism for being slow but in the hindsight it was an innings worth praising, he batted throughout the 20 overs and allowed the other batsmen to get going at the other end.

Then Faulkner came on and grabbed three wickets, while Chandila and Binny got a couple of them apiece. Mumbai's top-scorer was Dinesh Karthik yet again but he scored only 30. Rayadu made 27, Johnson 11 and the rest went back quicker than they came in to bat.

Incidentally this is Mumbai's biggest loss in terms of runs in IPL history.

Faulkner to Malinga, OUT, ...but this time he's gone, on the stumps and Malinga misses, the leg stump is sent cartwheeling and Rajasthan have won the most comfortable of games here
Faulkner to Malinga, FOUR runs, inside edge and that's run away to the fence for a four! it was on a good length and Malinga was playing without moving his feet, no luck for the bowler

18 | 5 Runs 1 Wkt | MI: 88/9 (92 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 4.88, RRR: 46.00)

  • SL Malinga3 (9b)
  • PP Ojha1 (1b)
  • KK Cooper3-0-25-1
  • JP Faulkner3-1-12-2
Cooper to Malinga, 1 run,
Cooper to Malinga, 1 wide, down the leg side and it was another slow ball, Malinga fails to get a bat on that, wide called
Cooper to Malinga, no run, a very slow one from Cooper and Malinga could have played his shot twice, misses, through on the second or third bounce to the keeper
Cooper to Malinga, 2 runs, fuller from Copper and Malinga drives it through the covers for a couple of runs to get off the mark
Cooper to Malinga, no run, outside the off stump, fuller too and wants to spank it away, misses the outside egde
Cooper to Ojha, 1 run, short of length and tucked away to the leg side, off for a quick single too but Cooper quickly gets to it and tries to run him out at the non-striker's end, misses
Cooper to Rayudu, OUT, and now Cooper gets a late wicket, he was walking across the stumps and is trapped in front is Rayadu, and the ump has his finger raised

17 | (wicket maiden) | MI: 83/8 (97 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 4.88, RRR: 32.33)

  • SL Malinga0 (5b)
  • AT Rayudu27 (28b)
  • JP Faulkner3-1-12-2
  • KK Cooper2-0-20-0
Faulkner to Malinga, no run, defended on the leg side, he wanted a single but was sent back.
Faulkner to Malinga, no run, that's cut but not hard enough and falls just short of the point fielder
Faulkner to Malinga, no run, down the leg side and gets a bit of pad on that one, caught by the keeper but it wasn't off the bat.
Faulkner to Malinga, no run, another back of the hand slower one, gets an inside edge through to the keeper

Mum Indians 2nd innings Partnerships

1st4SR TendulkarRT Ponting
2nd6RT PontingKD Karthik
3rd16KD KarthikRG Sharma
4th5KD KarthikKA Pollard
5th30KD KarthikAT Rayudu
6th2AT RayuduR Dhawan
7th1Harbhajan SinghAT Rayudu
8th19AT RayuduMG Johnson
9th0AT RayuduSL Malinga
10th9SL MalingaPP Ojha