Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
20 | 20 Runs | MI: 124/8 (13 runs required, RR: 6.20)

  • Harbhajan Singh22 (9b)
  • PP Ojha0 (0b)
  • MA Starc4-0-32-2
  • PJ Cummins4-0-16-2

Ravi Shastri reports that Harbhajan kept sitting in the dugout even after the rest of the team had left. This loss hasn't sat well with the Mumbai Indians captain. And that's how it should be. Sydney Sixers, though, remain unconquered, even without Watson. That's all we have for you tonight. Tomorrow, for a change, we won't have two dead rubbers. And if we are lucky, Auckland might win the first match and make both games alive. So, see you on the flip side

Quotes from presentation
"This was a kind of a game that hurt more than last few games," says Harbhajan Singh. "137 was very much gettable in, not 20 overs, but 18 overs. I think we batted too slow in the opening part. We didn't take our opportunity. We didn't play well enough, and we didn't take responsibility, and this is where we stand. In all these games, we didn't get a start in the first six overs. These kind of games, you have to take the game away from the opposition by scoring runs in the first six, and that didn't happen, and that's an area of concern. Even in the IPL, the same thing happened. That's where we have to improve."

Strong words from, Harbhajan. No hiding behind excuses. And not afraid to call a spade a spade. The first six overs have cost them almost every match, and that could have been tough to admit for an Indian captain considering who has been batting in the first six overs

"This was our best fielding display," says Brad Haddin. "and I am proud of that. I am always awake [about his catches and Test chances], but my chance here is to lead this bunch and they are really smart and they know their role. Just score one more than the other team [in the semi-final]."

"It was nice to score a few runs in the middle," says MoM Steve Smith. "Our first game under the lights. Took a while to get used to it. It's always a good challenge to come out and teams like Mumbai and perform. I work on trying to be there in the end. Didn't work today, played a lazy shot. I try to get in the action as much as I can, I like the ball coming to me [about his fielding]."

So the defending champions bow out with no wins from this tournament. And you can't expect to win when you have an underperforming top three. Here are a few key figures: 117, 105 and 71, the strike rates of Smith, Sharma and Tendulkar respectively. Mumbai's think tank shouldn't be surprised they won't have anything to declare at the customs

And how awesome is Sydney's bowling? They are representing a local club, actually they are one of the two teams that represent their city, but this attack could be operating in Tests, and will still be better than half the world. And, mind you, there was no Watson around

19.6
4
Starc to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR, gets inside the line of a low full toss and flicks it away for four more. However, all this is mere consolation
19.5
4
Starc to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR, full and straight, the inside edge goes for four. Starc is not impressed. Harbhajan puts his hand up, like you would after the net cord has helped you win a tennis point. That's well done, captain

Back round the stumps

19.4
2
Starc to Harbhajan Singh, 2 runs, slogged away past midwicket. Comes back for two

Over the stumps

19.3
6
Starc to Harbhajan Singh, SIX, whoa... the ship is sinking but its captain is still staying back on it and swinging while he goes down. Moves across, then opens up the front leg, and absolutely smokes this length ball over long-off. I suspect Starc is a bit greedy here. Bowling length to get a wicket as opposed to yorkers. And with so many to defend, why shouldn't he be?
19.2
4
Starc to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR, moves across, flicks this length ball past midwicket. Nice timing from Harbhajan

"Cummins to Malinga: You like breaking toes? I like breaking skull." Well put, Ajay

19.1
0
Starc to Harbhajan Singh, no run, length ball, outside off, Harbhajan swings in another post code

END OF OVER:
19 | 2 Runs 1 Wkt | MI: 104/8 (33 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 5.47, RRR: 33.00)

  • Harbhajan Singh2 (3b)
  • PJ Cummins4-0-16-2
  • MA Starc3-0-12-2
18.6
W
Cummins to Malinga, OUT, what a take from Haddin. That's reminiscent of the man whose keeping stance he copies. Ian Healy won't mind taking such a catch himself. Sharp bouncer, following Malinga all the way, kisses the glove, headed towards fine leg, until Haddin dives full length to catch this behind his body. One handed, and that too with his left

SL Malinga c †Haddin b Cummins 1 (3m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

18.5
1
Cummins to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, moves across, behind the line, that's good to see. Pulls it into the ground, gets a single to midwicket
18.4
0
Cummins to Harbhajan Singh, no run, backs away and swings, is closer than where Malinga was, but nowhere close enough to the ball
18.3
1
Cummins to Malinga, 1 run, short of a length, into the body, dabbed away to point
18.2
0
Cummins to Malinga, no run, Malinga swings, but is about a furlong away from this short delivery
18.1
0
Cummins to Malinga, no run, short of a length, tucks him up with the angle

"So, Mumbai Indians... I wasn't good enough to be selected in the squad? That's funny. Have a safe trip back home.

Love, Moises Henriques" Oh, Rohit, I was not aware of that development. You can;t blame me, though, for not following the IPL transfer window (add the name of the sponsor you want) religiously

Here's Cummins

END OF OVER:
18 | 7 Runs 2 Wkts | MI: 102/7 (35 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.66, RRR: 17.50)

  • Harbhajan Singh1 (1b)
  • MA Starc3-0-12-2
  • MC Henriques4-0-29-2
17.6
W
Starc to Rayudu, OUT, Rayudu goes too. Tries to slog, mis-hits it over mid-off. Smith runs back, takes it over his shoulder. He never looks like dropping that one

AT Rayudu c Smith b Starc 6 (11m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

This situation reminds me of Mumbai's best batsman last year: Lasith Malinga, who won then the Champions League with his hitting. Something tells me, though, that he is not likely to repeat all that

17.5
1
Starc to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, full, into the pads, worked away to deep midwicket

"Tell you what, if MSD was not the Indian captain, he would be very worried with KDK's batting form and Saha's keeping form as of now." Sundar, put those two forms in one man, and we are on to something

Here's Harbhajan Singh

17.4
W
Starc to Perera, OUT, short of a length, smashed right down mid-off's throat. Defending champions going out without a win

NLTC Perera c Henriques b Starc 2 (6m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

17.3
1
Starc to Rayudu, 1 run, full, angling in, driven to long-on
17.2
4
Starc to Rayudu, FOUR, full and straight, Rayudu slogs, gets an edge, wide of keeper. Haddin doesn't put in the dive. It was slightly too wide, but perhaps worth the effort

Round the wicket

17.1
1
Starc to Perera, 1 run, length ball, slogged to long-on

Starc is back. He has two up his sleeve

END OF OVER:
17 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | MI: 95/5 (42 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.58, RRR: 14.00)

  • AT Rayudu1 (3b)
  • NLTC Perera1 (2b)
  • MC Henriques4-0-29-2
  • PJ Cummins3-0-14-1
16.6
0
Henriques to Rayudu, no run, well bowled. Full, wide, just inside the guide line for the wide. Rayudu doesn't even try to reach it
16.5
1
Henriques to Perera, 1 run, full, angling in, he takes a single off the bat-pad
16.4
0
Henriques to Perera, no run, bouncer from round the stumps, he sways out of the line

Perera is the new batsman

16.3
1
Henriques to Rayudu, 1 run, pushed to cover
16.2
W
Henriques to Karthik, OUT, Karthik has done a Tendulkar. Think SCG, February 26. Charges down, hits the slower ball to mid-off, Henriques is waiting for the throw at the non-striker's end, thus standing in karthik's way, who tries to run around him. And in these cases, anything that can go wrong does. McCullum's throw hits the stumps direct, and he is not in the crease. Mind you. Henriques's back is to the batsman, and he has no clue where Karthik is running

KD Karthik run out 18 (29m 18b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

16.1
4
Henriques to Karthik, FOUR, short and wide, whiplash of a cut from Karthik, beats point and third man. Karthik the best Mumbai Indians batsman in sight

Mumbai Indians 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st52SR TendulkarDR Smith
2nd1SR TendulkarRG Sharma
3rd22KD KarthikRG Sharma
4th14KD KarthikKA Pollard
5th4KD KarthikAT Rayudu
6th8AT RayuduNLTC Perera
7th1Harbhajan SinghAT Rayudu
8th2Harbhajan SinghSL Malinga
9th20Harbhajan SinghPP Ojha

Champions League Twenty20

Group A
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CSK421100.945
PS4228-0.038
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Group B
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HH431121.193
BT4134-0.256
COBRA4134-0.955
ND4134-2.667
Qualifying Group
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