9th match (N), Ahmedabad, Apr 14 2015, Pepsi Indian Premier League
(19.1/20 ov)165/3
Royals won by 7 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
79* (53)

That is all from this game for now. Good night

Steven Smith is the Man of the Match and also gets the Orange Cap. Smith: "I am doing it consistently now, moving across my stumps, it is working, no need to change it. We were trying to keep it around ten an over or under that, managed to do it for quite a while."

Rohit Sharma: "We did not start well with the bat, poor performance with the bat, thanks to Corey and Polly for bringing us back in the game. I think it was a decent score, not a great one but something to bowl at. Royals batted well. We have some work to do. We have to take responsibility with bat and be a little disciplined with ball. Aaron Finch does not look good right now. He will take a scan tomorrow."

Steven Smith leads Royals to three wins in three, while Mumbai Indians have suffered their third defeat in as many games. Their batting has been up and down, and the bowling has not been able to create any pressure. Super innings from captain Smith, stepped up against the opposition's best bowler at the end there.


yaniv: "Don't understand Rohit's tactics here. If you've decided not to bowl a bowler (Vinay) at the end, why don't use his quota completely in the beginning when he is containing the runs."

LM: "I think Mumbai lost to poor captaincy today. This score was defendable. Wrong choice of bowlers at wrong time"

Siddharth: "MI are notoriously slow starters in pretty much every IPL (2014 being the most classic case of all). At the same time, given the way RR's results went into free fall after they had won 5 of their first 7 games last year, I wouldn't read much into the points table the way it is now (except maybe the fact that CSK will continue to linger at or close to the top)."

Gopal to Faulkner, 1 run

wrong 'un, Faulkner hits it to the covers off the back foot, they go for the run, there is an appeal for a run-out at the bowler's end, really tight this one, third umpire decides that Faulkner has just made it as the bail comes off

end of over 1911 runs
RR: 164/3CRR: 8.63 RRR: 1.00
Steven Smith79 (53)
James Faulkner5 (5)
Lasith Malinga 4-0-41-1
Pawan Suyal 4-0-45-0
Malinga to Smith, FOUR runs

another one, makes slight room, bends the legs a bit, arches back a bit, and crashes another drive between extra cover and mid off

Malinga to Smith, no run

cannot get this full delivery past the bowler, who throws it back to the keeper and makes Smith hurry back into his crease

Malinga to Smith, no run

drives a length ball on the up, but straight to mid off

Malinga to Smith, 2 runs

works a slower short of a length ball behind square leg, takes the Orange Cap too with this couple

Malinga to Smith, FOUR runs

outstanding shot, down the track, moving inside the line, and dismissing a length ball between extra cover and mid off with total authority

Malinga to Faulkner, 1 run

slower length ball nudged to square leg

end of over 1812 runs
RR: 153/3CRR: 8.50 RRR: 6.00
Steven Smith69 (48)
James Faulkner4 (4)
Pawan Suyal 4-0-45-0
Lasith Malinga 3-0-30-1
Suyal to Smith, SIX runs

Smith all but seals it with another of his ridiculously well-timed checked pick-up shots over midwicket, that is some way into the crowd, moves across early, stands on off, and takes it from around middle and leg

Suyal to Smith, 2 runs

connects with this full toss but not well enough to deny Pollard running to his right from long on

Suyal to Smith, no run

misses out and is beaten as he tries to drive this full toss off the back foot

Suyal to Faulkner, 1 run

around the blockhole outside off, squeezed to long off

Suyal to Faulkner, 2 runs

fullish on middle, worked through midwicket, they press for the second, make it

aka: "Now Malinga has experienced quality too ;-)."

Suyal to Smith, 1 run

pitched up and skidding on middle, Smith cannot get under that and drives it to long off

Rohit turns to Suyal again

end of over 1715 runs
RR: 141/3CRR: 8.29 RRR: 8.00
Steven Smith60 (44)
James Faulkner1 (2)
Lasith Malinga 3-0-30-1
Pawan Suyal 3-0-33-0
Malinga to Smith, 1 run

slowish length ball on middle and leg, Smith calmly pushes it to long on, keeps strike

Malinga to Smith, no run

foxed by the slower one this time, was winding up but was left prodding outside off at the change of pace

Malinga to Smith, FOUR runs

four more, comes off a thick outside edge to the third man boundary as Smith throws the bat at a full one

Malinga to Smith, 2 runs

imperious drive past extra cover to a length ball, sweeper cannot prevent the second

Malinga to Smith, FOUR runs

exquisite from Smith, he purrs to his maiden IPL fifty, feet wide apart, bending to a yorker outside off and guiding it past backward point

Malinga to Smith, FOUR runs

Smith starts the over with a quality checked pick-up over midwicket, it was quite full but he leaned back a bit to get under it, deep midwicket is vacant

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