Bangladesh series has once again raised the questions about Team India’s potency and caliber on foreign soil. On the other hand, the series lost against the babies has aggravated Dhoni’s inability to lead the team from the front. "I am really enjoying my cricket... if it is justifiable if you remove me (as captain) and Indian cricket will start doing well, and if I am the reason for all the bad that's happening to Indian cricket, definitely I would love to step away and play as a player," Dhoni said at the press conference in Mirpur after losing his cool. "I am always the one who is responsible for anything bad that happens in Indian cricket. Everything that happens is because of me. Even the Bangladesh media is smiling," he said sarcastically.But many veteran Cricketers backs Dhoni and requests the media and nation to respect him as he is the best till 2016 World T 20. "It is a decision he has to take. Look, you can't take away the achievements from him. He is India's best captain by far. He has done almost everything, be it T20s, ODIs, Champions Trophy or World Cup. He took India to the number one ranking in Tests. So his achievement is manifold," Gavaskar told NDTV. "He deserves respect and recognition for it and it should be up to him whether he feels up for the job, whether he has the enthusiasm. I do not think it would be fair to remove him as captain. It is a decision, which out of sheer respect for the man, should be left to him." Asked if it is beneficial for Indian cricket to still have Dhoni as the ODI skipper, Gavaskar said: "Yes, I think it is beneficial for Indian cricket to have him as captain. He still has a lot to contribute." Vengsarkar also came out in support of Dhoni. "I don't think Dhoni should be replaced. He recently led India to the World Cup semifinals and this series is the first series after that. He should continue as captain," he told PTI. Bedi, known for his forthright views on Indian cricket, did not want to single out Dhoni for the team's debacle in Bangladesh. "I am not blaming an individual; rather it was the team's lethargy that cost India the series. Regarding Dhoni's captaincy issue, I can't say much. Nothing is coming out clear at the moment. See what he spoke to the media was just out of sheer frustration. He was just being sarcastic," he said. "That's part and parcel of being a leader. You are lauded when victorious and criticized in defeat. He has already left the Test captaincy. About ODIs, I don't know. But it's the first time I have seen him ruffled and that's not a good sign anymore," Bedi added.
The second and final leg of India’s tour of Bangladesh 2015 begins with the first One-Day International (ODI) at Dhaka, wherein the teams would clash with a lot at stake. While this series will be a real test of Bangladesh‘s resurgence in the format, a full-strength India will have to watch out for the firepower in their opponents’ ranks as they have the ability to beat the best on their day. The last time these two sides clashed in a 50-over game, protests and anger sparked in Bangladesh over the supposed erroneous decision which went in favour of Rohit Sharma in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 quarter-final. Though India ended up thrashing Bangladesh in that match, the memory of that painful loss clearly resides in the memories of their fans. There would certainly be a lot of interest as to how Mashrafe Mortaza’s men handle the might of India. If Bangladesh played out of their skin in the 2015 World Cup, they roared against Pakistan in the series that followed, thereby repaying their ardent fans. A clean sweep (3-0) of a side as strong as Pakistan no more comes under the category of fluke, and Bangladeshi cricketers know they have entered a dominion they cannot wander about carelessly like they did in the past. The young guns in Soumya Sarkar and Taskin Ahmed will surely pose a threat to India, but Bangladesh will rue the fact that their batting mainstay Mahmudullah will miss out on the action. The presence of Mominul Haque in the middle-order should cover the chasm left by Mahmudullah’s unavailability, and if he combines with Mushfiqur in this series to do the bulk of the scoring, India will face a tough challenge. On the other hand, a full-strength India would aim to thwart the Bangladeshi rejuvenation with disdain.
Despite missing out on what would have been his first double century in his 28th Test, Austrlia's Steve Smith has leapfrogged Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka, South Africa duo of AB de Villiers, and Hashim Amla in the latest ICC Test Rankings. It was Smith who stormed the runs from the past 18 months relentlessly. However, Sangakkara will have a chance to reclaim his number-one ranking when he features in the series against Pakistan, which starts in Galle on Wednesday. Steve Waugh spent 94 Tests as number-one -- more than any other Australia batsman -- while Don Bradman spent a record 6,320 days as the top-ranked batsman -- more than anyone else in the history of the game. Smith has gained 49 points from his efforts in Jamaica, which means he has also broken the 900-point barrier for the first time in his career. He now sits on 913 points, which has given him 24th spot on the list of best Test ratings ever. In the Rankings for Test bowlers, Australia fast bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood have also achieved career-best rankings to date. Starc has moved up four places to 21st after match figures of four for 84, while Hazlewood has also gained four places following match figures of seven for 56 and is now in 27th spot.
Indian Opener Shikhar Dhawan hits a brilliant unbeaten 150 off 158 balls while another opener Murali Vijay is playing with 89 as India ended up up by 239 runs without loss on a rain curtailed first day of the one-off Test against Bangladesh at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah on Wednesday. Indian Captain Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first. India took five specialist batsmen in the final list. This was Shikhar Dhawan’s Third century in Test Career and first century after 15 long innings. His memorable comeback has put a stop for his critics for a while and stopped selectors worrying about his form. The left-handed opener was dropped for the last Test match in Sydney. The Dhawan-Vijay duo helped India to put a huge total on board. This is Indian’s highest ever opening stand against Bangladesh in Test Cricket. Dhawan and Vijay resumed the Indian first innings at 107/0 after rain relented in the third session. Since the beginning of the play, India was able to maintain a healthy run rate. Dhawan in particular was immense in finding the gaps with ease. On the other hand, Muurali Vijay reached his 11th half-century off 98 balls with a boundary to third man.
"The days of learning are long over and my cricket team would be solely focused on delivering results," said India's new Test captain Virat Kohli, while addressing a pre-departure conference here on Sunday ahead of the tour of Bangladesh. "We have learnt a lot, I don't think we need to play with a mindset of playing to learn. Obviously, we learn about the game all the time, even when we are watching it on TV. But we have played long enough now, we know what we want to achieve as a unit. So, we really want to achieve rather than go out of a match thinking what we have learnt from it," Kohli said when asked about his expectations from the team. Kohli said fitness is a prime concern to ensure that his side keeps a steady look. "The team is looking in good shape. We conducted a fitness test yesterday because we feel that fitness is one area where we need to strengthen," he said. "Everyone is really excited for a fresh beginning. I am certainly excited about leading the team," he added. India will play a lone test match with Bangladesh from June 10 followed by One Day Internationals. "I have captained teams before. At a certain level, you learn while doing the job. Tests are a difficult ball game compared to one-day internationals or Twenty20 matches because you have to strategize for a whole day in one go," he said. "I have learnt a lot while captaining in Australia. The team's skills are good and I am looking to continue with the consistency. It's all about how you improve on your mistakes," he added referring to his stint Down Under when he took over captaincy after the shock retirement of Mahendra Singh Dhoni from the format.
Sepp Blatter was once again elected as FIFA President on Friday in Zurich. This was his fifth term and he achieved the feat despite the demands for his resignation from UEFA President Michel Platini and others. Platini commented that UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) could pull out of FIFA and withdraw from the World Cup if Blatter was re-elected. FIFA's big-money sponsors have also called for change within FIFA. Visa also warned Thursday that it could pull out of its contract, which is worth at least $25 million a year through 2022. The 39-year-old Prince Ali watched the scandal from a bird’s viewpoint as he was a FIFA vice president for the past four years, yet he tasted defeat. In 2011, Blatter was re-elected unanimously after his Qatari opponent was removed from the presidential ballot following a bribery scandal. Blatter then promised to fight against corruption and support key investigations of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests. FIFA’s own judicial bodies conducted those investigated in-house. The latest probes brought FIFA under scanner with federal law enforcement agencies spying more into soccer’s affairs. Swiss Police launched raids on FIFA's favorite luxury downtown Zurich hotel and its own headquarters early this week. As per the requests of federal prosecutors who are investigating the chain fraud, money-laundering and investigating bribery, seven men including Senior FIFA officials were arrested. The 2018 and 2022 World Cups — which are going to be held at Russia and Qatar, respectively — are in the spotlight of a Swiss federal probe and are suspicious for financial wrongdoing.
Fresh after Mumbai Indians won Indian Premier League (IPL) 8, appreciation seems to pour in from all corners for their players as skipper Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard bagged awards at the Ceat Cricket Awards, held at Mumbai. Rohit’s monumental 264 against Sri Lanka at Kolkata tilted the votes in his favour.The popular awards is keenly observed by the cricketing community and always manages to rope in the biggest stars in cricket. For Ajinkya Rahane though, this will be a year to remember as his steady performances throughout the year earned him the Indian Cricketer of the Year award. South African batting maverick Hashim Amla also earned silverware at the function, earning the best batsman award while Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath got the best bowler award. Amla was on the forefront of all good things that South Africa achieved in the past year. The classy batsman also beat Virat Kohli’s record for the fastest batsman to reach 20 centuries in One-Day Internationals (ODIs). Herath was tremendous against Pakistan at home, which will be remembered as Mahela Jayawardene’s last Test series. IPL did play a major hand in proceedings at the awards gala with Dwayne Bravo winning the T20 Cricketer of the year award. 19-year-old Rajasthan Royals sensation Deepak Hooda also garnered rich praise for his exploits over the last month and walked away the ‘Young Cricketer of the year’ award. There were live performances too. Bravo’s dance moves are already a rage with fans and here, the West Indian used the stage to put his singing skills to the test, crooning his new single ‘Chalo Chalo’. Australian pace legend Brett Lee wasn’t going to be left behind either and played the guitar to compliment a singer. There were several greats who bowed out of the game in the past year and former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara was on the forefront of it all. He won the International Cricketer of the year award while World Cup winning Indian all-rounder Kapil Dev was conferred with the Lifetime achievement honour. Awards in Brief: Lifetime Achievement Award: Kapil Dev (India) International Cricker of the Year award: Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) Young Cricketer of the Year: Deepak Hooda (Rajasthan Royals/India) T20 Player of the Year: Dwyane Bravo (West Indies) Indian Cricketer of the Year: Ajinkya Rahane Batsman of the Year: Hashim Amla (South Africa) Bowler of the Year: Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka) Most popular Performance: Rohit Sharma (India) Most Popular Athlete: Kieron Pollard (West Indies)
MS Dhoni will enjoy his home crowd's support in Ranchi as he will lead Chennai Super Kings (CSK) against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Qualifier 2 (semi-final) of the Indian Premier League 2015 Tomorrow's game is a knockout one. The winner heads to Kolkata to face Mumbai Indians (MI) in the final on May 24 while the loser goes home. This season, CSK have beaten RCB in both matches (home and away). Based on this, they will start as favourites and also the team will receive massive 'home' support. RCB, however, are in good form in recent matches. Though one can expect a close tussle between the two, crucial games as these ended up as one-side affairs, as seen in Qualifier 1 and yesterday's Eliminator. CSK, who have entered the playoffs in all 8 editions of IPL, are bidding to reach the final for a record 6th time. If RCB progress, it will be their 3rd (runner-up in 2009 and 2011). Here is your guide to Friday's (May 22) Qualifier 2 (Match 59) in IPL 2015 Who are playing? Chennai Super Kings Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Where, when and time? JSCA International Cricket Stadium, Ranchi May 22 (Friday) 8 PM IST Where to watch on TV in India? Sony MAX (Hindi commentary) Sony SIX (English) Sony AATH (Bengali) Sony KIX (Tamil, Telugu) Key players CSK - Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni RCB - Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Mitchell Starc Head-to-head record CSK - 11 RCB - 7 This season's meetings CSK - 2 RCB - 0 Squads Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Ashish Nehra, Baba Aparajith, Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Faf du Plessis, Ishwar Pandey, Matt Henry, Mithun Manhas, Mohit Sharma, Pawan Negi, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Samuel Badree, Suresh Raina, Ronit More, Michael Hussey, Rahul Sharma, Kyle Abbott, Ankush Bains, Irfan Pathan, Pratyush Singh, Andrew Tye, Eklavya Dwivedi. Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Mitchell Starc, Nic Maddinson, Varun Aaron, Ashok Dinda, Harshal Patel, Vijay Zol, Abu Nechim, Sandeep Warrier, Yogesh Takawale, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rilee Rossouw, Iqbal Abdulla, Manvinder Bisla, Mandeep Singh, Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Subramaniam Badrinath, Darren Sammy, Sean Abbott, David Wiese, Sarfaraz Khan, Jalaj Saxena, Shishir Bhavane, Sreenath Arvind. Umpires: Anil Chaudhary, Chris Gaffaney, Chettithody Shamshuddin, Krishnaraj Srinath
AB de Villiers put on another batting masterclass with 66 as he helped Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Rajasthan Royals by 71 runs in their Indian Premier League eliminator. De Villiers smashed four sixes in his 38-ball knock, putting on 113 runs with Mandeep Singh (54no) for the third wicket to help his side recover from being only 46-2 after eight overs on Wednesday. Dhawal Kulkarni (2-28) had bowled brilliantly for the Royals early on to dismiss Chris Gayle (27) and Virat Kohli (12), before the De Villiers show fired the hosts to a 181-run target. Ajinkya Rahane top-scored for Rajasthan with 42, but was the only bright spot, as they collapsed to 109 all out and were knocked out of the IPL. Having won the toss and chosen to bat first, Gayle looked to get things off to a flier and did hit one huge six and four fours in the opening overs - but he used up 26 deliveries to do so - before being bowled by Kulkarni with the final ball of the powerplay. Kohli - starved of the strike - fell in his next over, chipping a catch back to Kulkarni when trying to turn a length ball to mid-wicket. De Villiers and Mandeep showed little sign early on of the fireworks to come later in their innings - the latter looking particularly scratchy when taking six balls to get off the mark. Nick Knight and Dirk Nannes discuss the Royal Challengers' impressive victory over the Rajasthan Royals in the first IPL qualifier He did somewhat spoil Kulkarni's figures, though, with a four and a six off his final two balls in the 10th over to signal the assault - Bangalore were only 60-2 at the halfway mark, before proceeding to smash 120 runs from the final 10 overs. De Villiers brought up the fifty partnership and Bangalore's hundred with his first six, clearing mid-wicket with the first of two slog-sweeps for maximums off Ankit Sharma in the 15th over. Back-to-back sixes off Chris Morris in the 18th then took him to fifty, before he was run out six balls later. Mandeep too went through to a well-deserved fifty - the first not scored by the holy trinity of Gayle, Kohli and De Villiers this year for Bangalore - as the hosts reached 180-4 from their 20 overs. Virat Kohli praised the performance of Mandeep Singh as the Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Rajasthan Royals by 71 runs in the IPL Shane Watson (10) got the Royals off to a terrific start in their reply - crunching his Australia team-mate Mitchell Starc for back-to-back boundaries in the first over, but was gone - edging Sreenath Aravind (2-20) behind - in the next. His opening partner, Rahane, stuck around at one end but consistently lost partners at the other as their run-chase stalled. Sanju Samson was the first to go, edging Harshal Patel (2-15) behind for five before captain Steve Smith and Karun Nair - who fell in the same fashion as Samson - both departed for 12. Nair's wicket was the first of six to fall for just 20 runs as Rajasthan collapsed dramatically from 79-3 after 12 overs to 99-9 in the 17th. AB de Villiers put on another batting masterclass with 66 as he helped Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Rajasthan Royals by 71 runs Rahane’s valiant effort was finally ended - caught in the deep off Yuzvendra Chahal (2-20) by that man, De Villiers - before James Faulkner was unlucky to hit the ball into his foot and offer up an easy caught-and-bowled chance for Aravind to grab. It was the first of two wickets in two balls as Stuart Binny was then run out. Morris also fell for a duck in Starc’s next over. David Wiese (2-32) and Chahal (2-20) then grabbed their second strikes of the innings to dismiss Hooda before the final wicket of Kulkarni ended the innings and sealed a comprehensive win. Bangalore now fight it out with Chennai in the second IPL qualifier on Friday for a place in Sunday's final against the Mumbai Indians.
A timely half-century by opener Lendl Simmons and some quality bowling helped Mumbai Indians secure a place in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 final with a 25-run victory over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the qualifier 1 at the Wankhede Stadium here on Tuesday. Simmons rose to the occasion as he scored 65 off 51 balls, which was followed by Kieron Pollard's 17-ball 41 that helped Mumbai post a challenging 187/6. In reply, Chennai lost wickets at regular intervals and were all out for 162 in 19 overs. With this win, Mumbai entered the tournament's final which will be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on May 24.All is not lost for Chennai Chennai will get a second chance to make it to the final. They will face the winner of the eliminator to be played on Wednesday between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore, in the second qualifier in Ranchi on May 22. Lasith Malinga (3/23), Harbhajan Singh (2/26) and R. Vinay Kumar (2/26) were the pick of the Mumbai bowlers. Chasing 188 to win, CSK got off to the worst possible start losing opener Dwayne Smith without scoring off the fourth ball of the first over. A full toss from pacer Lasith Malinga hit straight into Smith's front pad which made it easy for the umpire to give the batsman out. Incoming batsman Faf du Plessis looked in fine form right from the start. The South African along with opener Michael Hussey didn't let the early wicket affect their scoring. With a couple of boundaries and sixes, CSK reached 46 in 5 overs. But the very first ball of the sixth over brought the brakes in Chennai's scoring as bowler Vinay Kumar got the vital wicket of Hussey (16). CSK were 46/2 in 5.1 overs then. Suresh Raina and du Plessis took it from there to help the team reach a score of 86/2 in 10 overs. But the over that followed saw the match swinging in the home side's favour as Harbhajan Singh got rid of Raina (25) and skipper M.S. Dhoni (0) in successive deliveries to help Mumbai stay in the hunt. Mumbai bowlers kept the bowling tight, making it difficult for the visitors to score. Set batsman du Plessis (45 off 34 balls), looking to up the scoring rate, departed in the 14th over off the bowling of Jagadeesha Suchith. It wasn't over yet. Dwayne Bravo (20), Ravindra Jadeja (19), Pawan Negi (3) all fell thereafter. Earlier, opting to bat, Mumbai got off to a modest start with openers Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel taking their time to get settled in the first four overs, scoring just 22. Simmons broke the shackles in the fifth over as spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was hit for two sixes. Thirteen runs were scored of the over. The over of Ashwin set the momentum for the home side as both the openers kept on striking the ball sweetly to all parts of the park thus bringing up the team's 50 in 6.2 overs. Simmons, who is Mumbai's leading run-scorer in the ongoing season, once again proved his worth as he made a mockery of the bowling, thus bringing up his half-century off just 38 balls. The West Indian also became the third batsman after Sachin Tendulkar and J.P. Duminy to score five half-centuries in an IPL season for Mumbai. A bowling change by skipper M.S. Dhoni worked wonders for CSK as Dwayne Bravo got Parthiv (35) caught at long off. Mumbai's score was 90/1 in 10.4 overs. Simmons (65; 51b, 3x4, 5x6) who was looking good for a big score fell soon after in the 14th over off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja. Incoming batsmen, skipper Rohit Sharma (19), Hardik Pandya (1), Ambati Rayudu (10) too went back to the pavilion in space of four overs. Kieron Pollard (41; 17b, 1x4, 5x6) chipped in with a late cameo to help Mumbai reach a challenging score.
With an eye on the much-awaited final, heavyweights Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) face-off in a high-voltage clash in the first qualifier of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here on Tuesday. A win for either team on Tuesday will ensure a place in the tournament's final at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on May 24, whereas the losing side will get a second chance to prove it's worth. It will face, in the second qualifier in Ranchi on May 22, the winner of the eliminator to be played on May 20 between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The two teams met twice earlier in the season where both teams won one mach each. On April 17 in Mumbai, CSK won the match by six wickets. Chennai posted 189 for 4 in 16.4 overs in reply to Mumbai's 183. In the return leg on May 8 in Chennai, Mumbai won by six wickets. The home side posted 158 after opting to bat. Mumbai chased this down with four balls remaining. On Tuesday, the 2010 and 2011 champions CSK will have to come up with a new opening combination as hard-hitting New Zealander Brendon McCullum departed to join his national squad to play in Test series against England starting May 21. McCullum scored 436 runs from 14 games and will be sorely missed. But veteran batsman Michael Hussey, who opened with McCullum against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on Saturday, is likely to replace the New Zealander. West Indian batsman Dwayne Smith will be back into the squad to open with the bat. Apart from the opening duo, in-form batsmen Faf du Plessis (313 runs from 14 games), Suresh Raina (321 runs from 14 games) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (328 runs from 14 games) make the CSK batting line-up formidable. Their bowling will primarily rely on leading wicket-taker Dwayne Bravo (20 wickets from 14 games) and fifth placed Ashish Nehra (18 wickets from 13 games) followed by spinners Ravichandra Ashwin, Pawan Negi, Ravindra Jadeja. On the other hand, Mumbai will be high on confidence coming into Tuesday’s match after their thumping nine-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday. Pacers Mitchell McClenaghan (3-16), Lasith Malinga (2-17) and spinner Jagadeesha Suchith (2 for 14) starred with the ball to bundle Hyderabad for 113. Chasing a small target, in-form openers Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel got off to flying start with a 100-run opening stand, thus chasing the target in 13.5 overs and steer team to IPL play-offs. The 2013 IPL champions will enjoy a lot of advantages at home and will look to make the best out of it. Malinga and McClenaghan (sharing 33 wickets among themselves) will aim to deliver once again and dethrone the rock solid CSK batting line up. Mumbai have a heavy middle order as Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya have earned their reputations of being clean strikers of the ball and are also effective while chasing a target.
Mumbai Indians produced a clinical bowling display to brush aside the might of Sunrisers Hyderabad, winning by nine wickets in a group stage match to advance to the play-off stage of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Sunday. Mumbai clinched the second spot in the standings with 16 points after the group stage with a superior run-rate, joining leaders Chennai Super Kings (18 from 14 matches), ahead of third-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore (16) and four-positioned Rajasthan Royals (16). Mumbai made their task easier at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in a virtual knockout match when they bowled out Sunrisers for a mere 113 runs. And then they had no problems in chasing down the small total, with their openers making short work of the task. West Indian Lendl Simmons (48) and Parthiv Patel (51 not out) showed commendable understanding, mixing caution with aggression, to put together a solid 106-run opening stand that snuffed out any hopes Hyderabad might have harboured to make a match out of it after getting shot out at 113. Earlier, a superb bowling display from Mumbai Indians enabled them to bowl out Sunrisers Hyderabad for a paltry total of 113 runs. Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner chose to bat. But their plans of capitalising on a pitch that was full of runs boomeranged spectacularly as they ran into trouble from the very first over of their innings. Shikhar Dhawan, one of their batting mainstays departed after just 1 run, getting bowled by Sri Lankan pacer of the last ball of the first over, putting an end to his opening partnership with skipper David Warner (6) that has been SRH's key to big totals in the tournament. But that was just the beginning of what was a miserable batting performance as they lost their skipper on the very next delivery, caught by West Indian Kieron Pollard off a Mitchell McClenaghan delivery. With their two best batsmen back in the hut, there was no way out for SRH who succumbed to the pressure losing wickets at regular intervals. Credit must be given to the entire Mumbai bowling line-up who delivered in unison, keeping up the pressure on SRH batsmen. They bowled a probing line and length and swiftly reduced SRH to 51 for five inside 10 overs with Hyderabad's other two dependable foreign imports, England's Eoin MOrgan (9) and Australia's Moises Henriques (11) also back in the pavilion. That broke the backbone of SRH's batting. Any Hyderabad's hopes of posting a strong total went up in smoke and they stomped and stumbled to 113. Mumbai's opening pacers Malinga (4/17) and McClenaghan (3/16) were spectacular. They bowled in tandem and struck crucial blows to their opponents. Their good work was carried on by the slower bowlers, spearheaded by Harbhajan Singh (3/18).