Mumbai Indians v Cape Cobras, CLT20, Bangalore September 29, 2011

Mumbai Indians look to seal semi-final spot

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Match facts

September 30, Bangalore
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture


The race for semi-final spots from Group A intensifies as Mumbai Indians and Cape Cobras clash in Bangalore. MI are on top of the table with two scarcely believable wins, while the Cobras are stuck in mid-table traffic after suffering an unlikely defeat at the hands of Dwayne Bravo and Chennai Super Kings. Another win for MI will confirm their passage to the semi-finals with a game to play. A Cobras victory, on the other hand, will open up the group and leave statistics experts fiddling with calculators to figure out the permutations.

The Cobras will have to recover quickly from the defeat but can take heart from their fluent victory against New South Wales in their first game. They won't mind the true bounce and the quick outfield at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, but will first have to shake off the slow-and-low hangover from Chepauk. Dale Steyn, who got clobbered by Bravo in his final over in Chennai, will look forward to a fresh start at his erstwhile IPL home venue, too.

Mumbai Indians have already played a game in Bangalore, the madcap low-scoring thriller against Trinidad & Tobago, and would have picked up valuable lessons from that outing. They will be hard-pressed to explain their position in the points table, given how abysmal their batting has been. In the absence of Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma and now Davy Jacobs, the top order is bereft of quality and confidence. Their bowling has been incisive, though, with Lasith Malinga and Harbhajan Singh doing the damage, with the support cast doing an adequate job.

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The doosra remains elusive but the floater is back, and there are fleeting signs of the trademark loop too. Harbhajan Singh has bowled well, and has also been proactive with his field placements. This time, however, he will be taking the field on the back of a personal reversal, having been dropped from the Indian team for the first time in years. Can he put the setback behind him and help continue his side's unbeaten run?

Twenty20 is the most fickle form of the game. Ask JP Duminy who batted attractively and bowled a crafty spell of offspin to derail CSK's chase, before shelling a sitter from MS Dhoni in the end overs. The drop did not cost Cobras much - Dhoni exited soon after without doing much damage - but it was the first sign of panic in their camp. Bravo sensed the opening and bulldozed his way through to victory. Duminy will want to shut out all escape routes against Mumbai Indians, coincidentally his one-time IPL side.

Team news


With the exception of Ambati Rayudu, the MI top-order contributed a handsome 21 in the game against T&T, including two ducks. They can only pray for a revival on Friday. T Suman might be shunted down the order, in which case Rayudu could open the innings. The team management hasn't yet named a replacement for Jacobs, which means Rayudu will continue to keep wicket.

The Cobras didn't do much wrong against the Super Kings, and will want to stick with their combination. Steyn may not be too keen to bowl in the slog overs, though.

Stats and trivia

  • With four wickets apiece, JP Duminy and Vernon Philander are currently Cobras' highest wicket-takers in the tournament

  • Lasith Malinga has been Mumbai Indians' best bowler with three wickets at 17.00. He has also been their highest run-getter with 52

Quotes


"We hope Malinga doesn't have to do it with the bat again."
Ambati Rayudu hopes the top-order gets the runs for Mumbai Indians


"I guess it was just my day. I pitched the ball in the right areas and they hit it to the fielders. I'll take the credit for that."
JP Duminy underplays his bowling skills

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • kolusu on September 30, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    hey i hope da cape cobras will be win today, all the best for both the teams

  • on September 30, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    In the last game, the 4 imported batsmen of MI together scored a total of 11 ( ELEVEN) runs! WOW !

  • WTEH on September 30, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    MI's came this far only because of Malinga . And still it was advertised as to watch out for Harbhajan and Duminy??? For what??? Ask the opposition if they fear any other player!!!

  • on September 30, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    @Raju1412.. Already they have won last two matches with luck , if they just win one of next 2 matches they can go to semi's.. so they have a good chance , but they are not the best side...

  • on September 30, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    i think MI should open with blizard and pollard....starting upfront pollard vl hv advantage of facing new ball n pacers n also feild ristrictions which cud hlp him launch

  • on September 30, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Out of 10 matches that have been played - 8 have ended in last over finish and 3 off then have been the last ball finish ..if still some one finds this tournament boring then I must say that he should stop watching the cricket or at least this tournament coz I do not think it can get better than this really - at least this year.

  • AbsNITR on September 30, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    Hey guys....who do u fancy putting ur money on 2nite??? Mumbai indians or da cape cobras.....

  • Kris on September 30, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    I firmly believe Cape Cobras should win for the tournament to get a lot more interesting.. Its become an unbelievably boring event.. its not even close to the UEFA CL that BCCI is trying to emulate!

  • on September 30, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    what had symonds done in both matches, if any indian player had done better than him, so using fifth overseas player as symonds is loss for MI.

  • Raju1412 on September 30, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    @Manoj Kannan:I don't understand...if MI wins cup definitely they should be better side..besides they cant win every match with luck...if other better sides are there, then they have to win the cup...for me that particular day whoever keeps cool and plays better cricket then they win...

  • kolusu on September 30, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    hey i hope da cape cobras will be win today, all the best for both the teams

  • on September 30, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    In the last game, the 4 imported batsmen of MI together scored a total of 11 ( ELEVEN) runs! WOW !

  • WTEH on September 30, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    MI's came this far only because of Malinga . And still it was advertised as to watch out for Harbhajan and Duminy??? For what??? Ask the opposition if they fear any other player!!!

  • on September 30, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    @Raju1412.. Already they have won last two matches with luck , if they just win one of next 2 matches they can go to semi's.. so they have a good chance , but they are not the best side...

  • on September 30, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    i think MI should open with blizard and pollard....starting upfront pollard vl hv advantage of facing new ball n pacers n also feild ristrictions which cud hlp him launch

  • on September 30, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Out of 10 matches that have been played - 8 have ended in last over finish and 3 off then have been the last ball finish ..if still some one finds this tournament boring then I must say that he should stop watching the cricket or at least this tournament coz I do not think it can get better than this really - at least this year.

  • AbsNITR on September 30, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    Hey guys....who do u fancy putting ur money on 2nite??? Mumbai indians or da cape cobras.....

  • Kris on September 30, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    I firmly believe Cape Cobras should win for the tournament to get a lot more interesting.. Its become an unbelievably boring event.. its not even close to the UEFA CL that BCCI is trying to emulate!

  • on September 30, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    what had symonds done in both matches, if any indian player had done better than him, so using fifth overseas player as symonds is loss for MI.

  • Raju1412 on September 30, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    @Manoj Kannan:I don't understand...if MI wins cup definitely they should be better side..besides they cant win every match with luck...if other better sides are there, then they have to win the cup...for me that particular day whoever keeps cool and plays better cricket then they win...

  • on September 30, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    y ambati is not picked in the indian squad , havin performed so well in ipl2 and ipl3, when saurab tiwary ,ravindra jadeja and many other playesr got the cahnce on the same basis

  • on September 30, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    Hoping Cape Cobras win this one... All the best... If MI go on to win the cup, its very bad according to me... because there much better sides than them who play better cricket.. lets see..

  • on September 30, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    i dont think any non ipl team allow more then two players in the side.

  • on September 30, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    Mumbai have no chance. They were very lucky against CSK and T&T. Malinga's all round performance is their only positive.

  • St.as.ram.rod on September 30, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur: Oh Poor Mumbai Indians, so unfortunate.... Rules are rules. And if they have 8 Indian player fit then they shouldn't be allowed to play. Also if we go by ur argument, it can be warranted that because of the extra Foreign player they have won those two close matches.

  • agam99 on September 30, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    Pity on people who r complaining abt overseas player issue of MI. When no other non-IPL has restriction of any overseas players then why should be such restriction be there for IPL teams in Champions League in first place ?

  • on September 30, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    MI playing with there 23 players squad not taking extra player only they want replacement for Jacobs. While RCB playing with replacement player(Gayle) and Nannes.

  • on September 29, 2011, 22:13 GMT

    So do Mumbai still get to play 5 foreign players now that we all know there are actually 8 fit Indian players available in the Mumbai squad with Suryakumar Yadav clearly fit. I can't wait to here an explanation on this one.

  • Gupta.Ankur on September 29, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    The author writes :" MI are on top of the table with two scarcely believable wins....." and still we have people complaining about MI having 5 overseas player exemption.....

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  • Gupta.Ankur on September 29, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    The author writes :" MI are on top of the table with two scarcely believable wins....." and still we have people complaining about MI having 5 overseas player exemption.....

  • on September 29, 2011, 22:13 GMT

    So do Mumbai still get to play 5 foreign players now that we all know there are actually 8 fit Indian players available in the Mumbai squad with Suryakumar Yadav clearly fit. I can't wait to here an explanation on this one.

  • on September 30, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    MI playing with there 23 players squad not taking extra player only they want replacement for Jacobs. While RCB playing with replacement player(Gayle) and Nannes.

  • agam99 on September 30, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    Pity on people who r complaining abt overseas player issue of MI. When no other non-IPL has restriction of any overseas players then why should be such restriction be there for IPL teams in Champions League in first place ?

  • St.as.ram.rod on September 30, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur: Oh Poor Mumbai Indians, so unfortunate.... Rules are rules. And if they have 8 Indian player fit then they shouldn't be allowed to play. Also if we go by ur argument, it can be warranted that because of the extra Foreign player they have won those two close matches.

  • on September 30, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    Mumbai have no chance. They were very lucky against CSK and T&T. Malinga's all round performance is their only positive.

  • on September 30, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    i dont think any non ipl team allow more then two players in the side.

  • on September 30, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    Hoping Cape Cobras win this one... All the best... If MI go on to win the cup, its very bad according to me... because there much better sides than them who play better cricket.. lets see..

  • on September 30, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    y ambati is not picked in the indian squad , havin performed so well in ipl2 and ipl3, when saurab tiwary ,ravindra jadeja and many other playesr got the cahnce on the same basis

  • Raju1412 on September 30, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    @Manoj Kannan:I don't understand...if MI wins cup definitely they should be better side..besides they cant win every match with luck...if other better sides are there, then they have to win the cup...for me that particular day whoever keeps cool and plays better cricket then they win...