Mumbai Indians v Yorkshire, Group B, CLT20, Cape Town

Yorkshire vie for piece of Indian pudding

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October 17, 2012

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Match facts

October 18, 2012
Start time 1730 (1530 GMT)

Harbhajan Singh had plenty to ponder about after Mumbai Indians' defeat, Lions v Mumbai Indians, Group B, Champions League Twenty20, Johannesburg, October 14, 2012
Mumbai Indians will look to their captain, Harbhajan Singh, to exhibit his trademark fighting spirit © AFP

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Teams from Australia, South Africa and New Zealand have already humbled their illustrious IPL rivals, and that could be the inspiration Yorkshire - the only English team in the competition - need to score another upset when they take on the blue and flashy-gold festooned Mumbai Indians. At stake are first points for both teams and a chance to stay close to the two table toppers - Sydney Sixers and Lions.

Yorkshire, the runners up from England's T20 competition, came into the main group stage the hard way, unlike the No. 4 IPL side, scoring solid wins over Uva Next and Trinidad & Tobago, before being blown away by the Sydney Sixers pace attack in their first group match. Mumbai Indians do not pose a threat with their bowling in these conditions, except perhaps through Lasith Malinga, who the batsmen will need to be careful against. Yorkshire don't posses any internationally known batsmen, but as Gary Ballance showed against T&T, they do have the skill to surprise any team. They have lost their big name - the South African David Miller - to first-class commitments, so a lot will also depend on Joe Root, who hasn't fired in the tournament yet, to give Ballance support.

The fate of the match could be determined by how Mumbai's strong batting performs. They have innings-builders and big-hitters all the way down to No. 8. In their last game, the tactic to send Mitchell Johnson up the order backfired but the rest of the batsmen still put up a competitive 157 on the board. Sachin Tendulkar scored a scratchy 24-ball 16 and would be desperate for some runs to ward-off the cloud of criticism that has engulfed him lately and push Mumbai Indians to a safer position.

Watch out for...

The experienced Ryan Sidebottom is the leader of the Yorkshire bowling attack and he showed his worth in the crucial qualifying match against T&T in which he picked up three wickets for 13. Knowing that Mumbai Indians struggled against the left-arm bowlers - Dirk Nannes and Sohail Tanvir - in the last match, his form will be crucial. Sidebottom still bowls with pace and his accurate yorkers can test the best.

Harbhajan Singh had a bad start to the tournament. Not only did he appear short of ideas when Quinton de Kock and Neil McKenzie took control in the previous match, but his insipid bowling was dealt with easily. Harbhajan, though, led Mumbai Indians to the Champions League title last year with some fighting performances and his resurgence will be crucial if Mumbai want to impose themselves with the ball.

Stats and trivia

  • Sachin Tendulkar's strike-rate of 119.70 for Mumbai Indians is the second-lowest in their top-order, above only Dinesh Karthik's 115.76. But Tendulkar is the only batsman to score more than 2000 runs for the team.


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Posted by nikita_karthick on (October 18, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

karthik strike rate is 128 in T20s.....

Posted by AsherCA on (October 18, 2012, 15:06 GMT)

MI should go with 2 changes - Yadav & Munaf for Sachin & Dhawal. They have no other Indian options. Dhawal looks a little raw & Sachin - we all know he is useless in limited overs cricket now - worse he clearly does not play for the team....His slower than others 100 was the primary reason why Bangladesh managed to beat India in the Asia Cup...Even in T20 cricket, he is clearly unable to cross the run-a-ball strike-rate since ages, but selfishly refuses to retire (he gets money, the hell with his team, MI). I am sure most T20 teams in the world would love to have SRT in the MI team - there is then one batsman who gives MI's batsmen pressure for sure - if he makes runs, he consumes so many balls that there is scoring rate pressure for guys behind him. Else he donates his wicket to a mediocre bowler & encourages the bowler to bowl better at guys who follow him. Height of selfishness, refuses to move lower into the batting line-up.

Posted by ali.rizvi on (October 18, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

why munaf patel is not in playing 11. he is far better than kulkarni. Rayadu should be at no. 3.

Posted by phunny_game on (October 18, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

Everybody says their bowling is weak... But their biggest problem is the opening pair, i'v seen so many openers for mumbai in the last two seasons and still no settled opening pair. If their openers give them a good start, they are capable of making scores that even the worst of bowling attack would be able to defend... Their batting order is haphazard. I feel in mumbai, there are better indian players than foreign. Sachin, rohit, rayadu, kartik need to be in top 5, pollard can be sent in only if there are two or three overs left. And sachin should come in at no.3, he's the anchor in the line-up, openers should be explosive, not subdued...!!!

Posted by InsideHedge on (October 18, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

It's time MI take a call on Pollard. What is his actual role in the team? Either utilize him by promoting him up the order so he can make an impact with the bat or not play him at all. Using him as a bowling all-rounder only exposes the complete lack of intelligence in the MI coaching staff.

Posted by Nampally on (October 18, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

Mumbai's bowling is very poor with Harbhajan like a Non-playing captain. In the last match Kulkarni & Harbhajan very the 2 worst bowlers. Mumbai needs to replace grossly over rated Pollard with perrera or Franklin. They are both good economical seamers & can bat with more contributions than Pollard.It is strange that the current line up of an established IPL team is totally unsettled both is batting & bowling. Harbhajan's captaincy in the last match was irrational with questionable tactics. His field placing was bizarre. If they play like in the last match with losers body language, then Mumbai will lose even to a weak Yorkshire team. Mumbai needs to win the last 3 matches to advance. They need to play with greater intensity & show that they have the winning spirit.

Posted by baranasai on (October 18, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

It will be an interesting match.I still feel Mumbai may struggle as they did in their last match.Sachin may not be able to score much and the opening pair might waste so many balls and final pressure will be on middle order.The Mumbali bowlers willl again struggle to contain -so i feel this is again going in favour of Yorkshire than to MI. The present Indian teams have so far under prepared and not doing a good job to their experience.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (October 18, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

Mumbai Indians should change there personnel in next auction. Mumbai needs good attacking opener as well as solid middle order batsmen to have solid batting order. and Rayudu at 3 and Rohit at 4 is better than Rohit at 3 and Rayudu at 6/7. Mumbai Batting order should be Smith, Sachin, Rayudu, Rohit, Pollard, Kartik, Surya, Perera, Bhajji, Malinga, Ojha.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 9:00 GMT)

ipl teams up for one more loss. and i reiterate not largely because of the foreign players, but the rest-not good enough.

Posted by jimbond on (October 18, 2012, 8:31 GMT)

Agree with satish619chandar. Rayudu is the key to Mumbai batting. Actually they have so many Indian batsmen, that they should ideally not play any foreign professional batsman. Instead they should go for Malinga, and the three allrounders Smith, Pollard and Perera/Johnson. These four along with Ojha and Harbajan should be able to bowl 20 overs. The good thing about Rohit Sharma is that he is/used to be- a good finisher. Even if he comes in a bit late he should be able to adjust and find the boundaries. SK Yadav needs to be included somehow, and Rayudu should be in within the first five overs. Because of the ICL stigma is he not playing for India, but othewise he gas been in better touch than anyone else for the past three years.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

Ambati Rayudu was one big reason for Mumbai Indians turn around after the first two disaster seasons,he should have at 3. He bats aggressively and move the scorecard very fast,. Mumbai Indians Win only when Rohit Sharma should bat down the order.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

I'd have had Sidebottom at the World Cup.

Tough game for the Tykes, but come on lad's, nowt to fear but sky fallin on us heads....

Posted by rsurya on (October 18, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

Today mumbai will score 200+ and win with a huge difference. Thisara perera for johnson may help.

Posted by satish619chandar on (October 18, 2012, 3:34 GMT)

MI are purely under utilising Rayudu. This guy was one big reason for their turn arouns after the first two disaster seasons and suddenly Rohit pops out and pushes Rayudu to No.4. Then, top 3 plays out most overs and they promote Pollard, Smith ahead of Rayudu and leave Rayudu facing even lesser balls. I think MI should have Rayudu at 3 and Rohit at 4 on current form. Rayudu might fail but certainly he deserves his slot. And, stop promoting half bowler and 20% batter like Mitch above everyone. Bhajji can do a better job than Mitch!

Posted by Patchmaster on (October 18, 2012, 2:36 GMT)

I was always really bemused why England treated Sidebottom so badly and didn't get him in the T20 side before his retirement. He's a really clever bowler and is showing his worth now. Makes Stuart Broad look pretty ordinary, scores more runs than Broad too !

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 17, 2012, 23:18 GMT)

I can't believe how Kieron Pollard is wasted at no.6. Sending Mitchell Johnson up at no.3 was the biggest JOKE of the century. This can only happen in an IPL team. Do they even want to defend their title as CLT20 champions ? If they lose this game, it's curtains for them along with KKR in the tournament. Yeah they still have 2 games but winning them both is not a certainty in this format.

Posted by mngc1 on (October 17, 2012, 21:12 GMT)

High strike rate x more balls faced = best score. Yet MI keeps putting their lowest SR batsmen ahead of the big hitters. If they want to win this has to change. Their best SR bats must comprise the top 6 and look for at least 2 to come good on any day.

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