Match report: M6 – MI vs T&T
Bengaluru, Sep 26: In what is an extremely rare occurrence in Twenty20 cricket, the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru saw the bowlers hogging the limelight and dominating batsmen all through the game. At the end of 36.2 overs that produced 197 runs for the loss of 19 wickets, it was the Mumbai Indians that left the field victorious. Mumbai Indians defeated Trinidad & Tobago by one wicket off the very last ball.
MI required 11 off the last over with three men standing. After a six from Lasith Malinga and a couple of run outs, it all boiled down to 2 runs off the last ball. With the field spread out, Y Chahal knocked the ball on the leg side and sprinted the fastest 44 yards of his life as the T&T wicketkeeper missed the stumps after collecting a wide throw.
After scoring 98, Daren Ganga’s spirited West Indians fought back to the hilt, taking the game to the last ball. Ravi Rampaul, the big medium pacer rocked the Mumbai top order by cleaning out Suman, Symonds and Franklyn in the span of five balls. Sunil Narine, the off-spinner, also weaved his magic for his 2-10 in four overs.
The quick breakthroughs encouraged Ganga to set an attacking field with a slip, a backward short leg and a silly mid off when spinners were operating. Samuel Badree and Narine bowled to the field and dried up the runs. R Sathish and Ambati Rayudu held fort for a while before the former perished attempting a big shot. So poor were the batting performances on both sides that Rayudu’s 36 off 47 was the highest individual score for the day.
Earlier, despite losing Adrian Barath early, T&T batsmen had got off to a flying start. But everything changed with one moment of casualness from Lendl Simmons. The T&T opener ran himself out by not grounding his bat while completing a run. His toes were on the line, but his bat was in air. Simmons’ fall triggered a massive collapse and T&T plummeted to their lowest total in a T20 match. The Caribbean boat sunk in 16.2 overs for a modest 98 runs.
Harbhajan did most of the damage to T&T by getting rid of Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin and Shrewin Ganga. He also took a sharp catch off his own bowling to dismiss Ramdin, to his own bewilderment. Malinga was firing in his yorkers as usual and had two wickets to show for it. Abu Nechim got two wickets courtesy some fine catching in the deep by R Sathish and Y Chahal and Kieron Pollard chipped in with one scalp as well.
Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 99-9 in 20 overs (Ambati Rayudu 36, Ravi Rampaul 3-17) beat Trinidad & Tobago 98 all out in 16.2 overs (Jason Mohammad 23, Harbhajan Singh 3-22) by one wicket.
Man of the match: Ravi Rampaul for his figures of 3 for 17 in four overs