Monday, September 23, 2013

Spirited T&T bowlers defend middling total

Trinidad & Tobago 135 for 9 (Ramdin 48, McDermott 4-37) beat Brisbane Heat 110 (Burns 45, Rampaul 4-14) by 25 runs
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Denesh Ramdin plays a shot through the off side, Brisbane Heat v Trinidad & Tobago, Champions League 2013, Group B, Ranchi, September 22, 2013
Denesh Ramdin played a lone hand of 48 to give the T&T bowlers a reasonable target to defend © BCCI
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A fearsome attack led by Ravi Rampaul set Trinidad & Tobago's Champions League campaign off on a triumphant note, as they comfortably defended 135 for 9, against Brisbane Heat in Ranchi. An intense Rampaul was both economical and penetrative throughout his spells in the innings, and although Heat may have been pleased to chase so few, they were rarely granted more than a brief glimpse of victory during the chase. Rampaul finished with four wickets for 14 from 3.4 overs, with Sunil Narine, Rayad Emrit and Samuel Badree also contributing fine spells.
Denesh Ramdin played something of a lone hand to give his attack a reasonable target to defend, as he hit 48 from 38 after Heat had sent T&T in to bat. No other batsman breached 20 for T&T, as Heat's quick bowlers enjoyed the bounce in the Ranchi strip, as well as the slight movement early on.
Rampaul found swing early on, but it was his impeccable line that set the tone for T&T's bowling effort. Often pitching short of length, Rampaul cramped the Heat's openers for space, and soon dismissed captain James Hopes, who played on coming forward in the third over.
Rampaul's first spell lasted only two overs, but the rest of the bowlers matched his discipline. Heat had only lost one wicket at the end of the Powerplay, but could not manage a run rate better than 3.66. Subsequent attempts to reel in the required run rate were often short-lived, and retarded by dismissals. Only Joe Burns had the measure of the attack, but even he could not achieve a laudable strike rate. When Rampaul returned in the 16th over to break Burns' leg stump, the batsman had hit 45 from 43.
Ben Cutting's 17 from 10 only hinted at a revival for Heat and his run out, at the end of the 18th over, secured the match for T&T. Rampaul's last over yielded the two final wickets, as Heat were dismissed for 110 with eight balls still remaining.
Seventeen balls into T&T's innings, openers Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis had promised a profitable first stand, but their confident blows to the square fence soon gave way to tame batting errors, and No. 5 batsman Ramdin was at the crease sooner than he would have liked - after 4.4 overs. A four off an inside edge got Ramdin under way, but he found the middle of the bat almost immediately, as he guided a wide delivery from Kemar Roach over the slips for four.
Ramdin's progress steadied after those boundaries, as he rebuilt the innings from 38 for 3. He ventured an advancing six off Nathan Hauritz in the ninth over but, as wickets continued to tumble at the other end, Ramdin was content to deal in singles and twos. Jason Mohammed and Sherwin Ganga departed off consecutive deliveries, and 17-year-old Nicolas Pooran managed only 8 off 16 balls in his Champions League debut.
At 83 for 6 after 14 overs, Ramdin's hopes of setting a total close to 150 had grown slim, but he slogged a four and a six off Cutting in the next over to help inject some urgency into a stagnating innings. Ramdin was out not long after, but Samuel Badree, coming in at No. 10, engaged a previous avatar as a batsman and took T&T beyond 130 by striking two straight sixes in the 16-run final over.

Super Kings chase 186 with ease

Chennai Super Kings 187 for 6 (Hussey 47, Raina 47) beat Titans 185 for 5 (De Villiers 77, Davids 52) by 4 wickets
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Michael Hussey set up Super Kings' chase, Chennai Super Kings v Titans, Champions League 2013, Group B, Ranchi, September 22, 2013
Michael Hussey made a chase of 186 look simple © BCCI
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Chennai Super Kings did what they set out to do, successfully chasing down a big total after putting Titans in to bat. They made it look easier than it was, certainly when Suresh Raina and Michael Hussey were at the crease. Dwayne Bravo batted breezily as well, ensuring the four-wicket win with seven balls to spare.
Super Kings had to recover from a bad start in pursuit of 186, after M Vijay was bowled by Roelof van der Merwe in the opening over of the chase. The South African side held the momentum at that stage, having already put up an impressive score courtesy of AB de Villiers' brutal innings of 77 and plenty of wayward bowling.
But the Titans' bowlers were more wayward, giving Raina and Hussey the freedom to settle themselves. The two batsmen also had to contend with a 10-minute break due to light failure after the first wicket fell. But once Rowan Richards, Morne Morkel and Marchant de Lange gave away 13, 24 and 14 respectively off the third, fourth and fifth over, it eased the run-rate pressure considerably.
The pair added 89 for the second wicket at over 12 an over before Raina fell to David Wiese in the eighth over. He made 47 off 28 balls with two sixes and five fours, having peppered the open field on the leg-side.
Hussey stayed on for a bit more, but also fell three short of his fifty, in the tenth over. His 47 came off 26 balls, with seven fours and a six. Similar to Raina, his dismissal too was a soft one as Super Kings looked to the next pair to finish the job.
Bravo and S Badrinath added 58 for the fourth wicket, with the West Indies allrounder bringing out his famous lofted shots on the off-side - he struck two inside-out sixes over cover. He fell, and was followed by Dhoni and Jadeja too, but Albie Morkel eased any nerves by picking up the winning runs in the 19th over.
Richards, the left-arm fast bowler, took three wickets, but it came too late for Titans to force the issue.
AB de Villiers was Titans' star with the bat. He was eventually dismissed in the penultimate over, but not before he had satiated himself with seven sixes and three fours in a 36-ball 77. There was hardly a mis-hit from his bat, and the sound it made for two off his sixes over midwicket was scrumptious.
He ran hard during the 76-run second wicket stand with his captain Henry Davids, who himself got 52 off 43 balls. Davids struck two sixes, one each off Jason Holder and R Ashwin. Their partnership also came at a superb rate, 12.32, with de Villiers contributing 43 runs. His fifty came off just 27 balls and his innings bloated Titan's total, with expensive overs in the middle-period: 14, 14, 17 and 18 came off the 11th, 12th, 13th and 19th overs.
But Dwayne Bravo pulled things back with two wickets in the 18th over and next over, when he took the skier offered by de Villiers off Ravindra Jadeja. Jadeja might have got the big wicket, but it was a truly forgettable day for him: apart from being spanked for 49 runs in three overs, he picked up a two-ball duck. Hussey and Raina, though, made sure his off day didn't cost Super Kings.

In-form Otago seek to trip up Mumbai Indians

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September 23, 2013
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Mitchell Johnson celebrates a wicket, Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings, IPL, Mumbai, May 5, 2013
Mitchell Johnson will have to assume a wider role in Lasith Malinga's absence © BCCI
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Mumbai Indians, the IPL champions, appeared rusty against Rajasthan Royals on a juicy pitch in Jaipur and with only three more matches remaining in the group stage for them, they will need to find their groove immediately. There aren't any such problems for the team they face next. Otago Volts came to the tournament as virtual unknowns but, given their three dominating outings in the qualifiers, they are now the team to watch out for.
Otago came into the tournament well-prepared: they played four Twenty20 matches in eight days in Sri Lanka and won all of them. The effect of match practice was visible in the manner they destroyed Faisalabad Wolves in their first match and Kandurata Maroons in the second. Sunrisers Hyderabad were expected to offer a sterner test, but they too were bulldozed in the final qualifier. Brendon McCullum, the Otago captain, has been in red-hot form and his presence has made an already strong batting line-up appear intimidating. Hamish Rutherford was solid at the top and Jimmy Neesham appeared unfazed by the quality of spin. Add Ryan ten Doeschate's all-round brilliance and a balanced bowling attack to the mix and it becomes clear why the team has won their last 13 T20s.
However, Otago's success in the qualifiers came on a Mohali pitch which offered some help to their medium pacers. In Ahmedabad, on a batting pitch, against a team with batsmen who hit the ball long, the Otago bowling could come under pressure.
Mumbai Indians might have failed to put up a good total in their first match, but they do possess serious batting ability in their ranks and their bowling has enough venom to sting the best. But the two major changes - the absence of Lasith Malinga and the presence of Sachin Tendulkar - to their XI from the latter stages of the IPL, when they displayed their best form, and a lack of match practice are the areas Otago will seek to exploit.
Watch out for
The availability of Mitchell Johnson for Mumbai Indians last season relieved the team of the headache of planning the fast-bowling strategy solely around Lasith Malinga. Johnson was excellent with the new ball, picking up most of his 24 wickets in his first spell, which meant that Malinga was preserved for the death overs. In the first Champions League match against Royals, he did generate searing pace and was denied the vital wicket of Sanju Samson by the umpire, but he also went for 38 runs in his four-over spell. Mumbai Indians will hope Johnson takes on the wider role of leading the attack and makes an impression against McCullum & Co early on.
Twenty-three-year-old James Neesham doesn't yet have the stats to make him a sort after player in the T20 market, but his all-round abilities are sure to invite attention. He picked up two wickets in the first qualifier against Faisalabad Wolves, but then shone with two impressive outings with the bat in the next two matches. Against Kandurata Maroons, he formed a useful alliance with ten Doeschate at a stage where the Sri Lankan side was on the ascendency and stayed unbeaten till the end. Against Sunrisers Hyderabad, he was keen to take the legspinners on, lofting them for a couple of huge hits easily. Neesham's big test will start in the main draw.

Ballance, Stokes, Rankin in Ashes squad


Gary Ballance went past 1,000 runs in the season, Sussex v Yorkshire, County Championship, Division One, Hove, 3rd day, September, 13, 2013
Gary Ballance has scored 995 runs at 52.36 in the County Championship this season © Getty Images
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Gary Ballance, Yorkshire's Zimbabwe-born batsman, is the most surprising selection in England's squad to defend the Ashes in Australia.
Ballance is joined by Ben Stokes, the Durham allrounder, and Warwickshire's fast bowler Boyd Rankin as three England players who can only fall back on limited-overs international experience as they undertake their first senior tour.
A surprising selection perhaps, but do not suggest, as one observer did, that it could be perceived as "left field". England's management prides itself in long-term planning. "There are never any left-field decisions," said the national selector Geoff Miller. "He has performed extremely well for Yorkshire and for the Lions. He has justified his selection."
Monty Panesar, selected as back-up spinner to Graeme Swann, also wins England's trust after a troubled summer in which he was released by Sussex after urinating from high upon a Brighton nightclub bouncer in the early hours of the morning.
England have been assured by Essex, where Panesar has been on loan and taken 12 wickets in five Championship matches, that he has rediscovered his stability and purpose. England have taken those assurances on trust and it will now be incumbent upon them not just to monitor his behaviour, but contribute to his welfare.
Monty had his problems which we have worked hard to rectify - and he has worked hard to rectify - in the last six weeks or so," Miller said. "There is a very strong management in that side to help with all aspects. He appreciates he has made errors and he is very sure those errors are behind him."
Ballance, schooled at Harrow, is the latest example of England's trust in players of southern African heritage, following the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott and - it now seems temporarily - Nick Compton. Miller expressed himself unconcerned by the continued habit of drawing talent from afar, contending that all the players, Ballance included, had become successful in the English system.
Ballance made an inglorious second-ball duck on his England one-day debut against Ireland in Dublin, but the left-hander's aggressive middle-order batting has constantly showed up well for Yorkshire in a season during which he has so far scored 1,107 first-class runs at average of 55.35. England have also liked what they have seen at close hand on England Lions duty.

Winners and losers

  • The extra batsman
  • Winners: Gary Ballance, Michael Carberry
  • Losers: Nick Compton, James Taylor, Ravi Bopara
  • England's selection of Ballance left doubts about cover at the top of the order, where Root remains inexperienced, so Carberry is added to a 17-man despite a modest record in red-ball cricket. Compton is the face that does not fit. England determinedly omitted him for the home Ashes series and there has been no backtracking.
  • The stand-by wicketkeeper
  • Winner: Jonny Bairstow
  • Losers: Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan, Steven Davies
  • Bairstow was the obvious choice. He will rival Ballance for the No. 6 spot and will pack his gloves just in case. Long-odds alternatives would have been to use the deputy wicketkeeper spot to blood Buttler on a Test tour, renew Morgan's commitment to the five-day game or recognise the keeping excellence of Davies.
  • The second spinner
  • Winner: Monty Panesar
  • Losers: Simon Kerrigan, James Tredwell
  • Panesar won by default as other contenders fell by the wayside. Kerrigan's method deserted him in a nervous Test debut and Tredwell was met dismissively, for the most part, in the one-day series. England will now have chance to monitor Panesar closely and need to do so supportively. Woe betide any official, though, who asks Monty for a urine sample.
  • The allrounder
  • Winner: Ben Stokes
  • Loser: Chris Woakes
  • England are not inclined to play five bowlers, so Stokes can brace himself for an inactive tour. Woakes made a Test debut in the final Test at The Oval but Stokes' talent and competitive edge, showcased during the subsequent ODI series, won the day.
  • The fast bowlers
  • Winners: Steven Finn, Boyd Rankin, Chris Tremlett
  • Loser: Graham Onions
  • Rankin secured his place as one of England's few successes in the NatWest series; Finn can rediscover his best form if he settles confusion over his run-up and whether he should be bowling more outswingers. Tremlett has been picked on faith rather than form, while Onions repeatedly found form but was determinedly ignored.

His pugnacious batting talents are now likely to make him a direct rival to another Yorkshire batsman, Jonny Bairstow, for the No. 6 spot. He can expect a place in the one-day squad, too: few can challenge his career average of 56 in 50-over cricket.
Stokes's aim will be to provide additional competition for that No. 6 position, although his opportunity is only likely to arise if England, who habitually prefer a four-strong attack, opt instead for five bowlers because of the need to accommodate two spinners. That prospect is rendered less likely by the changing nature of the wickets in Australia, some of which - Sydney in particular - do not encourage turn as much as they once did, a fact doubtless connected to Australia's inability to find a successor to Shane Warne.
England, in any case, fielded Stokes at No. 8 in the ODI series against Australia, preferring to view him as a bowler who bats, even though the player himself tends to the majority view that he is a batsman who bowls. He was sent home in disgrace from the Lions tour of Australia last winter, along with Kent's Matt Coles, for excessive late-night drinking, but he has since acquitted himself excellently and England's forgiveness is evident.
England included Chris Tremlett, too, after spending much of the summer anxiously looking for any signs that he could rediscover his form of past Ashes series and enable them to select a trio of physically threatening specimens in Tremlett, Rankin and Steven Finn. Tremlett has been selected on faith not form. Graham Onions, a perennial success on spicier county pitches, misses out.
There is reasonable news on Tim Bresnan. He is increasingly confidence of recovering from a stress fracture which was intercepted before enough damage was caused to necessitate a much more prolonged lay-off. He was not named in the squad but will travel to Australia and continue his rehabilitation with England.
"He will go out with the squad and when the time is right Andy will look at whether he can stay with the squad or transfer into the Performance Programme," Miller said.
England's 3-1 success on their last tour of Australia was based on the excellence of their top four - and they succeeded without the cover of a spare opening batsman. On this occasion, they have felt unable to take that risk.
Circumstances are slightly different, as England's top order struggled against Australia this summer. Michael Carberry offers the flexibility for Joe Root to slip back into the middle order if he struggles to make the opening job his own.
England have a strong Test record since losing the first Test to India in Ahmedabad last November, winning in India, drawing in New Zealand, overcoming New Zealand in the return series and taking the Ashes 3-0. It is the sort of record that persuades them their instincts remain sound.
That is particularly the case in their continued omission of Compton, with Carberry preferred as the back-up opener despite an inferior red-ball record and none-too-convincing appearance in the NatWest Series. England's management will not be swayed from the view that Compton's game became dangerously introverted against New Zealand - and successes for Somerset and twice against the Australian tourists have not changed that.
He has also suffered from a perception that outside his runs he gives little to the dressing room and because of his reservations about working with England's batting coach, Graham Gooch, who he feels does not understand his game. He also expressed his disappointment at his exclusion quite forcibly and this England management prefers its players verbally malleable.
The Performance Squad provides extra back-up. That group of players will arrive in Brisbane just before the first Test before moving to Perth and returning home shortly before England arrive for the third Test.
The ECB has had to delay one announcement. Ambitions were for new players' terms and conditions, to extend to the end of the current broadcast deal in 2017, would be announced today but wrangles over a substantial rise in salaries from a current base level of around £250,000 and the freedom to play for a longer period in IPL continue.
Negotiations were put on hold so as not to undermine England's Ashes challenge this summer. The aim is now to complete talks before England fly to Australia on October 23. If not, there will be fears of further disruption.
England squad: Alastair Cook (Essex, capt), Matt Prior (Sussex, vice-captain), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance (both Yorkshire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Michael Carberry (Hampshire), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Monty Panesar (Essex), Kevin Pietersen (Surrey), Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), Chris Tremlett (Surrey), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)

Champions League Twenty20 / News Heavy rain forces abandonment

Lions v Perth Scorchers, CLT20, Ahmedabad

Heavy rain forces abandonment

The Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando
September 23, 2013
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Heavy rains fall at the Sardar Patel Stadium, Lions v Perth Scorchers, Group A, Champions League 2013, Ahmedabad, Sep 23, 2013
Motera, which was scheduled to host another match later in the evening, took a lot of water © BCCI
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Lions captain Alviro Peterson had just enough time to win the toss and elect to bowl before a persistent deluge arrived in Ahmedabad to wipe out any chance of play. Ground staff covered the square immediately after the toss, and the fourth match of the Champions League was called off around 90 minutes after that, with the ground - on which another match is scheduled for 8pm - having taken on a great deal of water.
The teams take two points each from what would have been their first match in the tournament, and will now head to Jaipur, where they both are scheduled to play on Wednesday. They each have three more matches to play in the group stage.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Indian Premier League 2011 / Points table

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR For Against
Chennai Super Kings 13 9 4 0 0 18 +0.544 1990/245.1 1849/244.1
Royal Challengers Bangalore 13 8 4 0 1 17 +0.283 1833/219.0 1872/231.3
Mumbai Indians 12 8 4 0 0 16 +0.245 1687/235.2 1642/237.1
Kolkata Knight Riders 12 7 5 0 0 14 +0.403 1594/212.4 1565/220.4
Kings XI Punjab 13 7 6 0 0 14 +0.271 2108/255.4 1975/247.4
Kochi Tuskers Kerala 14 6 8 0 0 12 -0.214 1901/256.2 1989/260.4
Rajasthan Royals 13 5 7 0 1 11 -0.969 1553/229.1 1668/215.2
Deccan Chargers 13 5 8 0 0 10 -0.080 1942/259.2 1921/253.5
Pune Warriors 12 4 8 0 0 8 -0.033 1657/227.3 1739/237.4
Delhi Daredevils 13 4 9 0 0 8 -0.448 2031/258.2 2076/249.5

Points by match:

Result Date Team Pts Team Pts
8 Apr 2011
Chennai 2
Kolkata 0 Table | Match
9 Apr 2011
Rajasthan 2
Deccan 0 Table | Match


Bangalore 2
Kochi 0 Match
10 Apr 2011
Mumbai 2
Delhi 0 Table | Match


Pune 2
Punjab 0 Match
11 Apr 2011
Kolkata 2
Deccan 0 Table | Match
12 Apr 2011
Rajasthan 2
Delhi 0 Table | Match


Mumbai 2
Bangalore 0 Match
13 Apr 2011
Punjab 2
Chennai 0 Table | Match


Pune 2
Kochi 0 Match
14 Apr 2011
Deccan 2
Bangalore 0 Table | Match
15 Apr 2011
Kolkata 2
Rajasthan 0 Table | Match


Kochi 2
Mumbai 0 Match
16 Apr 2011
Chennai 2
Bangalore 0 Table | Match


Punjab 2
Deccan 0 Match
17 Apr 2011
Delhi 2
Pune 0 Table | Match


Kolkata 2
Rajasthan 0 Match
18 Apr 2011
Kochi 2
Chennai 0 Table | Match
19 Apr 2011
Deccan 2
Delhi 0 Table | Match


Bangalore 1
Rajasthan 1 Match
20 Apr 2011
Mumbai 2
Pune 0 Table | Match


Kochi 2
Kolkata 0 Match
21 Apr 2011
Punjab 2
Rajasthan 0 Table | Match
22 Apr 2011
Bangalore 2
Kolkata 0 Table | Match


Mumbai 2
Chennai 0 Match
23 Apr 2011
Delhi 2
Punjab 0 Table | Match
24 Apr 2011
Mumbai 2
Deccan 0 Table | Match


Rajasthan 2
Kochi 0 Match
25 Apr 2011
Chennai 2
Pune 0 Table | Match
26 Apr 2011
Bangalore 2
Delhi 0 Table | Match
27 Apr 2011
Chennai 2
Pune 0 Table | Match


Deccan 2
Kochi 0 Match
28 Apr 2011
Kolkata 2
Delhi 0 Table | Match
29 Apr 2011
Rajasthan 2
Mumbai 0 Table | Match


Bangalore 2
Pune 0 Match
30 Apr 2011
Delhi 2
Kochi 0 Table | Match


Kolkata 2
Punjab 0 Match
1 May 2011
Rajasthan 2
Pune 0 Table | Match


Chennai 2
Deccan 0 Match
2 May 2011
Mumbai 2
Punjab 0 Table | Match


Kochi 2
Delhi 0 Match
3 May 2011
Kolkata 2
Deccan 0 Table | Match
4 May 2011
Chennai 2
Rajasthan 0 Table | Match


Mumbai 2
Pune 0 Match
5 May 2011
Kochi 2
Kolkata 0 Table | Match


Delhi 2
Deccan 0 Match
6 May 2011
Bangalore 2
Punjab 0 Table | Match
7 May 2011
Kolkata 2
Chennai 0 Table | Match


Mumbai 2
Delhi 0 Match
8 May 2011
Bangalore 2
Kochi 0 Table | Match


Pune 2
Punjab 0 Match
9 May 2011
Chennai 2
Rajasthan 0 Table | Match
10 May 2011
Pune 2
Deccan 0 Table | Match


Punjab 2
Mumbai 0 Match
11 May 2011
Bangalore 2
Rajasthan 0 Table | Match
12 May 2011
Chennai 2
Delhi 0 Table | Match
13 May 2011
Punjab 2
Kochi 0 Table | Match
14 May 2011
Bangalore 2
Kolkata 0 Table | Match


Deccan 2
Mumbai 0 Match
15 May 2011
Punjab 2
Delhi 0 Table | Match


Kochi 2
Rajasthan 0 Match
16 May 2011
Deccan 2
Pune 0 Table | Match
17 May 2011
Punjab 2
Bangalore 0 Table | Match
18 May 2011
Chennai 2
Kochi 0 Table | Match

* Two finalists, and loser of the Qualifier 2 (Played on Fri May 27) will qualify for the Champions League Twenty20

Deccan prevail in low-scoring upset

Mumbai Indians v Deccan Chargers, IPL 2011, Mumbai

Deccan prevail in low-scoring upset

The Bulletin by Sidharth Monga

May 14, 2011

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Deccan Chargers 135 for 6 (Kulkarni 3-26) beat Mumbai Indians 125 for 8 (Tendulkar 37, Rajan 3-27) by 10 runs
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Tempers flared as Amit Mishra struck Munaf Patel for four boundaries in the final over, Mumbai Indians v Deccan Chargers, IPL 2011, Mumbai, May 14, 2011
Amit Mishra hit Munaf Patel for four successive boundaries in the last over © AFP
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Match Meter

  • MI
  • Malinga rips Lumb's leg stump Off the second ball of the game, Lasith Malinga removes Michael Lumb to push them into defensive mode.
  • MI
  • Mumbai stifle Deccan Deccan are as if in a choke hold, struggling to score freely, reaching 112 for 6 in 19 overs.
  • MI DC
  • Munaf goes for 23 Shikhar Dhawan and Amit Mishra unsettle Munaf Patel, hitting one six and five fours in the final over.
  • MI DC
  • Deccan come out charged Ishant Sharma and JP Duminy reduce Mumbai to 25 for 3.
  • DC
  • Debutant snares the big one With 60 runs required off the last five, Anand Rajan gets Sachin Tendulkar and TL Suman to reduce Mumbai to 83 for 6.
  • DC
  • Rajan holds his nerve in face of the rampaging Kieron Pollard to secure the win.
Advantage Honours even

For 19 overs Deccan Chargers, out of the competition already, seemed to be going through the motions. In the 20th, they came to life through Amit Mishra's four successive boundaries off his India team-mate Munaf Patel. Mishra and his India spin rival Pragyan Ojha then bowled eight overs for 34 runs on a turning pitch, sucking the life out of Mumbai's chase. A rollercoaster final over by IPL debutant Anand Rajan made for good drama too.

Mumbai, pretty much like Deccan, woke up in the last two overs of their innings, with 42 required. Kieron Pollard and Harbhajan Singh took 16 off the 19th, and then Pollard got stuck into Rajan, who had earlier removed Sachin Tendulkar and TL Suman in the same over. Rajan was chosen to bowl that last over ahead of the overseas pro and expensively acquired Daniel Christian. Pollard hit the first length ball for a huge six. Rajan's attempt at a yorker resulted in a leg-side wide. Pollard got a thick edge on the next, and dived a mile to complete the second run. Both teams' scores after 19.2 overs were identical: 119 for 6.

Pollard started doing what Mishra had, flicking a leg-side length ball for four. The debutant had to be under pressure, although an expressionless face didn't give much away. Kumar Sangakkara and Ishant Sharma, fielding at a very straight mid-on, called conferences every ball. Rajan's previous over had featured the wicket of the best batsman in the world. He was throwing it away now. Then came a smart slower ball, a split-finger one, outside off. This edge from Pollard carried to third man. Game over. Rajan didn't go delirious celebrating in true IPL fashion. He just smiled.

For a little less than the first half of the match, Deccan hadn't had much to smile about. From the moment Michael Lumb lost his leg stump to Lasith Malinga in the first over, Deccan lived a stifled life. Not one of the main batsmen, except for Shikhar Dhawan, struck at a run a ball.

Malinga and Harbhajan Singh were difficult to get away, and Dhawal Kulkarni sneaked in three wicket-taking deliveries. It seemed Mumbai had resumed normal service after their 87 all out in their previous game. Then Munaf began the last over, at 112 for 6. Dhawan hoisted the first ball for six. Munaf came back well with a yorker that brought Mishra on strike.

This is where the game started turning. Munaf bowled a bouncer, and the top edge flew over the keeper's head. Munaf had things to say to Mishra then, which didn't quite go down well with the Deccan batsmen. Dhawan too joined in the exchange. An attempted yorker now ended up as a full toss, and ended up at the midwicket fence. This time Mishra was looking for Munaf. The next was half edged, half guided past the keeper. Mishra and Munaf collided on the pitch even as the ball reached the third man boundary. Another yorker went wrong, and another full toss was clipped for four.

Deccan went into the defence with confidence. JP Duminy, who was beautifully done in by a loopy offbreak earlier in the match, bowled a beauty himself, opening the innings. That offbreak, pitching on leg, hitting off, removed Aiden Blizzard, and sent Mumbai into caution mode. Now with Mishra and Ojha turning the ball square, Deccan's 135 started to look a good total.

Ishant, too, chipped in with the wickets of Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma. With wickets falling around him, Sachin Tendulkar seemed to be stuck between caution and aggression. He too tried to go after the debutant Rajan in the 16th over, with 60 still required. He punched him for four first ball, but then saw Suman perish to a slower one. To the last ball of the over, he moved across to try and pull, and was caught dead in front. Ojha and Mishra came back to give just 11 off the next two overs.

Pollard's hitting in the final two, which brought Mumbai teasingly close to a win, went on to emphasise that he should be batting higher for Mumbai, who are now out of the crucial top two on the points table.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo