IPL 2013: Dinesh Karthik's brilliance seals thriller for Mumbai Indians against Bangalore

Royal Challengers Bangalore players celebrate the dismissal of Mumbai Indians’s captain Ricky Ponting © IANS

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Bangalore: Apr 4, 2013 

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 witnessed its first thriller as the Mumbai Indians lost to the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium. Chris Gayle’s brilliance took Bangalore to 156 and the home side were in control for majority of Mumbai’s innings. Dinesh Karthik then turned the game with a magnificent display of clean hitting to set up a last over finish. However, R Vinay Kumar held his nerve to turn the game dramatically in favour of the home side in the final over.

Mumbai’s new captain Ricky Ponting won the toss and elected to bowl first on a wicket that had some bite for the fast-bowlers.

In an innings with an unpredictable ebb and flow of momentum, Gayle’s brilliant knock helped Bangalore put up 156. The Mumbai bowlers kept denting Bangalore, but Gayle kept them in the hunt with a fantastic innings of 92 not out.

Mumbai’s opening bowlers started very well as Mitchell Johnson and Munaf Patel created the pressure on the Bangalore batsmen. Tillakaratne Dilshan was dismissed on naught as Johnson breached his defence.

In walked Bangalore captain Virat Kohli and he took the attack immediately to the bowlers. He was fearless in his strokeplay and nonchalantly essayed strokes. However, he fell against the run of play as the debutant Jasprit Bumrah trapped him leg-before.

It was a mixed debut for Bumrah as he surprised one and all with his unique action. He delivered the ball from wide of the crease and got it to move into the right-handers. His wayward deliveries were carted across the park, but he managed to scalp more victims. He ultimately finished with figures of three for 32.

Meanwhile, as wickets fell at the other end, Gayle waged a lone battle. He brought up his fifty off 38 balls and then shifted gears. An injury hampered his movements, but he made up for it with some magnificent hitting. He just stood and carted the Mumbai bowlers across the park to take Bangalore to 156.

In the slog overs, Gayle found able support in Arun Karthik as they took boundaries off every over. Gayle singled out Munaf for some treatment as his last two overs went for 17 and 16. The West Indian took only 58 deliveries for his whirlwind knock.

It was a sight behold as the two greatest batsmen of this generation strode out to open the Mumbai innings. Sachin Tendulkar and Ponting started off slowly and then got into their elements. Ponting was charging to the fast-bowlers and started off by smashing Dan Christian for a maximum over long-on.

Test cricket’s highest wicket-taker, Muttiah Muralitharan then joined the party as he bowled to the two greats. It was Tendulkar’s chance to turn things on as he smashed two fours to welcome him into the attack.

Things were going smoothly for Mumbai as the two greats were opening up. However, Tendulkar was run-out following a misunderstanding with Ponting. The duo had put on 52 in seven and a half overs. There was a bit of a doubt with the decision as it was a 50-50 call. The third umpire ruled in favour of Bangalore.

Tendulkar’s dismissal slowed down Mumbai drastically. The pressure gave way as Ponting was stumped off the bowling of Murali Kartik while trying to up the ante. The asking rate was rising and Mumbai were 62 for two at the end of the tenth over.

It was left to Dinesh Karthik and Rohit Sharma to resurrect Mumbai’s run-chase. Following a few quiet overs, they took the attack in the 13th over by milking eleven runs off Jaydev Unadkat. With the required rate mounting, Rohit lost his cool and was bowled by R Vinay Kumar attempting an ugly swipe across the line. Mumbai slipped further to 88 for three in the 14th over.

Bangalore maintained the pressure on Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik. Mumbai’s hundred came in streaky fashion as Rayudu charged to Murali Kartik and inside edged a four on the first ball of the 16th over.
Dinesh Karthik then broke the shackles with three consecutive sixes and a four off Christian in the 17th over.  He pulled the first maximum over fine leg, smashed the next over long-on and top edged the third over the keeper’s head. Christian lost his length as he bowled a high full-toss which was pulled for a four. The umpire called it a no-ball to add insult to injury. Dinesh Karthik then took a single off the last ball to complete his fifty. Mumbai were back in the game with 27 needed off the last three overs.

The carnage didn’t stop there and the legendary Muralitharan wasn’t spared. Dinesh Karthik swept the first ball of the 18th over for another maximum. The batsmen then dealt in singles as it boiled down to the final over — with Mumbai needing 10 to win.

Rayudu missed the first ball bowled by Vinay Kumar and the batsmen crossed for a tight bye. After a brilliant effort, Dinesh Karthik was dismissed trying to clear the boundary. It was getting tighter with nine needed off four deliveries and all the results were possible.

It was high voltage drama at Bangalore as Vinay Kumar bowled Rayudu off the third ball. Mumbai now needed nine off three deliveries and their hitter Kieron Pollard was at the non-striker’s end.

Harbhajan Singh came in and took a single. With eight required off two deliveries, Pollard smashed a four.

Tension gripped the stadium as Vinay Kumar ran in for the final delivery. Pollard could only manage a single off the ball ball to hand a two run victory to the hosts.

The game was certainly Mumbai’s after the Dinesh Karthik burst, but only gave it away in the last over.

Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 156 for 5 in 20 overs (Chris Gayle 92*, Virat Kohli 24; Jasprit Bumrah 3 for 32, Harbhajan Singh 1 for 21) beat Mumbai Indians 154 for 5 in 20 overs (Dinesh Karthik 60, Ricky Ponting 28; Murali Kartik 1 for 24) by 2 runs.

Man of the Match: Chris Gayle

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