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126 Runs added by Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma for the second wicket – the highest second wicket partnership for the Mumbai Indians against any side. It is also the highest second wicket partnership against the Chennai Super Kings for any side in the IPL.
32 Balls taken by Sachin Tendulkar to reach his fifty – his second-fastest fifty in the IPL after the 23-ball fifty against Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2010.
14 Runs scored off the last three balls of the match by Dwayne Smith (6, 4 and 4 off Ben Hilfenhaus) – most in IPL history. Mumbai Indians’ Rohit Sharma had also scored 14 runs off Deccan Chargers’ Dan Christian at Visakhapatnam on April 9, 2012. However, the Mumbai Indians needed 11 runs off last three balls in that match. 10 Number of times Lasith Malinga has inflicted golden ducks on opposition batsmen – the most by any bowler in the IPL. 7 Wickets lost by the Mumbai Indians while adding 25 runs to their total – from 134/1 to 159/8. This is Mumbai Indians’ worst seven-wicket collapse in the IPL. They had lost seven for 29 against Kings XI Punjab, also at the Wankhede Stadium, in IPL 2008. 5 Number of times chasing sides have won a match off the last ball in IPL 2012. This was the second such occasion for the Mumbai Indians, having done the same against the Deccan Chargers on April 9. 4 Number of ducks in Mumbai Indians’ innings – the most in an innings in IPL 2012.
CSK all-rounder reflects on his team’s last-ball loss against MI
By Hoshedar N. Gundevia
Mumbai 06 May 2012
Fans at the Wankhede Stadium witnessed some enthralling cricket on Sunday. As far as last-over finishes are concerned, the match between the Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings served up the hottest thriller of DLF IPL 2012 yet. The West Indies duo of Dwayne Smith and Dwayne Bravo shone bright during this game, but it was the former, who eventually outshined everyone.
While Bravo took two wickets in the 19th over to put the visitors on top, Smith ensured that the pendulum swung one final time in MI’s favour thanks to his big hits. CSK might have been stunned by Smith, but Bravo was not surprised at his international teammate’s exploits.
The energetic Trinidadian revealed his disappointment in a brief chat with iplt20.com after the deflating last-ball loss against MI.
After getting two wickets in the 19th over, did you feel it was game over for MI?
They had Dwayne Smith there, and he is one the cleanest hitters of the cricket ball. I still thought that they had a chance, and on any other day it could have gone the other way around. So it is unfortunate that, you know, we didn’t win the game. But I think it was a great effort by everyone. All the guys fought very well, and well done team Mumbai also for chasing down a big total.
It’s been an up and down season for CSK. What’s the reason for the inconsistency?
For the last three years, it’s been like that for CSK and it has never been the team that starts well or played a tournament consistently. But as a team, our aim is always to get the cup and that’s the most important thing. Hopefully, we get in the top four and take it from there.
What will it take for CSK to win their third title in a row?
Let us get in the top four first, then we will talk about the cup. This year, the tournament is a lot tougher and we are aware of that.
Sachin Tendulkar hasn’t really fired in this season and he played a good knock today. What are your thoughts on him?
He is one of the best players I have ever played against. Players like him score runs at will and especially in important games. We were hoping to get him out early, but at the same time we enjoy watching him bat. Even when I played for MI; it was a great experience for me.
You’ve taken a few blinders in your time. How good was Faf du Plessis’ catch of Tendulkar?
That was the catch, which changed the momentum of the game. He is one of the best fielders in the tournament, and I wasn’t surprised as he trains very hard on his fielding. It was a great catch to get the great player out. Players from the Caribbean are flourishing in this tournament. What’s the reason?
It’s good to see that the West Indian players are doing well in a big tournament like this. Hopefully, we can get some more West Indians to play in this tournament. We play our natural game and this is our style of playing. It’s good that we are doing well in this tournament, and hopefully, we can get some more next year.