Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Finally Delhi, but Feel Sorry for Mumbai

You just have to feel sorry for the Mumbai Indians.

They were the first team to win 6 matches on the trot in the Indian Premier League.

That too after losing the first 4 and looking like the worst team in the IPL. Worse than the Royal Challengers and the Chargers.

After that 6 match winning streak they lost 3 on the trot. Their last 3.

But thats not what you feel sorry for. Its how they lost the 3 is what you feel sorry for.

6 Days Ago

They played Kings XI Punjab.

Chasing 189 they looked well set to get there needing 34 of the last 4 overs with 7 wickets in hand and Sachin at the crease.

Over the next 4 overs they lost a few wickets and ended up needing 19 of the last over. Tough but they managed to take it down to 2 of the last ball.

The batsman got run out and MI lost by 1 run of the final ball.

3 Days Ago

They played Delhi Daredevils.

Defending 176, they had them down at 130-5 after 15 overs.

Karthik took the game away from them, however they still needed 8 of the last over, and then 2 of the last 2 before the ball went for a boundary.

MI lost by 5 wickets of the penultimate ball.

1 Day Ago

They played Rajasthan Royals.

Defending 146, they had them down and out at 103-5 after 17 overs.

A couple of overs later they were left defending 15 of the last over. It should have been easy. A few stolen singles, misfields, and a six later it came down to 3 of the last ball.

All they needed to do was keep the batsman down to 1. What does the bowler do? He bowls a wide!

MI defending 2 of 1. The batsman hits to the bowler. Bowler misfields. Batsmen run 1 and turn back for 2nd. Long off throws the ball in. Fielder on stumps misses. Batsman through for 2.

MI lose by 5 wickets of final ball.

You really have to feel sorry for them.

What they have done now is made their last match against the Royal Challengers a must win one.

Not only that but for MI to go through, the Super Kings have to lose today otherwise Sachin and his men in blue will head back home.

What they have also done is that they have ensured a Final Four spot for the Delhi Daredevils.

Finally, a team that I supported at some stage is there!

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  1. straight point said...

    they are in their own created mess...

    though i am doubly happy that they helped 3D in getting entry to SF...and my adopted team RRC, who is already in SF, finally thrashed them to senses (i hope so) :)

  2. Q said...

    Its RR, not RRC :-)

  3. Trideep said...

    Really feel sorry for them Q. This is not how it was supposed to end for MI

  4. Homer said...

    Its an object lesson on how not to plan a campaign.. Mumbai could have been the fairy tale team of the season, but just fell short.

    This season should stand Mumbai in good stead for next year if we heed the lessons learnt.

    Its all good.


  5. Som said...

    I'm afraid things would not have been that bad had Pollock continued to skipper the side. Almost predictably, Sachin was a huge let down as a skipper.

  6. Q said...

    Glad ur seeing the positives Homer.

  7. Q said...

    Sachin wasn't all that bad Som. He did alright I think. MI were unlucky in the last 3 games. Well some of the players let them down but surely its not been Sachin's fault.

    Plus it was always more of Sachin / Jayasuriya / Pollock than Sachin alone..

  8. Soulberry said...

    That's the nature of this compressed game...a last over or the last-but-one- over defeat in a 50-50 is the last ball equivalent to this version.

    MI did well to pick up their boots and kick some serious butt when all thought they were quite worthless.

    Things didn't quite work out their way...at least they won 6 till now unlike DC who lost almost all matches of which at least 7 were last over affairs.

  9. Anonymous said...

    Sachin's post-match comments was amazing... common sense would have won us the match!

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