CSK v MI, Group B, CLT20, Johannesburg October 19, 2012

CSK, MI's fate in Yorkshire's hands


Match facts

October 20, 2012
Start time 1730 (1530 GMT)

Big Picture

Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians are not yet out of the tournament, but by the end of Saturday's round of Group B matches, at least one team will join Kolkata Knight Riders on the list of knocked-out teams. The match between the two IPL giants is preceded by a game between Lions, who are playing at their home ground, and Yorkshire. If Lions win, they will join Sydney Sixers as the second team from the group in the semis. However, if Yorkshire sneak out their first win, the winner of the match between Super Kings and Mumbai Indians will get a two-day lifeline, while the loser will be knocked out.

Both teams are evenly matched, having put 150-plus totals every time they have batted and having given away 150-plus runs every time they have bowled. The batting and bowling for both teams have been patchy and the thrust has mainly come from their overseas players. Big Indian names - such as Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, R Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh - are yet to produce a performance of note. Playing against each other, which they have done quite often, gives both teams an even (perhaps their best) chance to get the valuable four points to avoid the bottom finish.

However, irrespective of the permutations within the table, on Saturday, weather permitting, an IPL team will win. It has been that kind of a tournament for Twenty20 cricket's high flyers. A short format means that the teams' fates are decided even before they have got a chance to adjust to the markedly different conditions from what they are used to. That also means their best cricket could be round the corner now that they have spent more than a week in South Africa.

Watch out for...

Faf du Plessis has scored 43 and 25 in two innings at the top of the order. His familiarity with the South African conditions has allowed the other batsmen to play around him in the first six overs when the pitches are at their most responsive. If he can provide a strong start, the middle-order is likely to find the rest of the familiar Mumbai Indians' attack fairly comfortable to negotiate.

While Sachin Tendulkar has struggled as an opener, Dwayne Smith has teed off from the word go. He opened the match against Yorkshire with a couple of huge hits and like du Plessis for Super Kings, he will have the responsibility of neutralizing the threat from Doug Bollinger and Ben Hilfenhaus.

Stats and trivia

  • Suresh Raina is the only batsman in the two teams to score a half-century in the tournament. He made 57 against Sydney Sixers
  • Mumbai Indians have won seven of their 12 matches against Super Kings. In their only meeting in the Champions League, they beat Super Kings by three wickets.


"We'll be sending our masseurs and physios to the Yorkshire team to help them sort out all the hamstring problems of their fast bowlers. We want Yorkshire to get on the park fit for their game against the Lions and surprise them."
Shaun Pollock, the Mumbai Indians' bowling coach

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo

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  • John on October 20, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    CSK and MI out is a great outcome enabling more Aussie Test players to get back and start red ball preparation for the serious business at hand - beating the Saffers and regaining No 1 Test spot. With an ounce of luck Dave Warner will get back early as well. Cricket Gods continue to frown on Mr Srinivasan/ BCCI (poor IPL team performance away from the comfort blanket of low Sun Continental bounce ) for his errant DRS ways. Come on Srini your guarantee luck will change after you join the 21 Century!

  • Jay on October 20, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    I could care less ! Both MI and CSK don't deserve to be in the semis simply because of the MEDIOCRE bowling attacks they have. Even their batting is heavily dependent on the overseas players or 1 or 2 individuals. ONLY DD look a quality team mainly due to Morne Morkel and that SUPER batting line up. So here are my semi finalists: DD, Titans, Sydney 6ers, Lions. Hopefully DD can win the CLT20 this time but it's going to be tough.

  • Phani on October 20, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Tendulkar should opt out himself from these T20 matches atleast now. Its very high time. It already started playing in the viewers mind, that Tend would be out very soon. I am sure even sachin knows that his age would not permit him to play T20. Atleast, at the end of the career, be a wise man Tend. Let teams interest be put first...pls

  • Sami on October 20, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Without David Miller, there is no hope for Yorkshire, they are weak and do not deserve this spot in CLT20.

  • jayaesh on October 20, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    C'mon Yorkshire you can do it, just remember your proud history draw some inspiration and beat Lions, if not i hope it's rained off. Then MI are masters of there own destiny.It was wrongly stated when MI last match was rained out that it woudn't matter because if Lions and MI win all there remaining mathches then it's all about NRR and remember MI play last

  • Anand on October 20, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    I hope yorkshire win their match against lions.It would give slight edge to the two IPL teams.

  • Tushar on October 20, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    I think CSK should give this match away. They don't have a chance anyway :D But i guess lions will win, yorkshire is not a quality side. So this match will be inconsequential... I didn't think this group has good sides anyway, except the titans. The rest are way too inconsistent. I wish syd sixers and DD make it to the finals.

  • Sakthi on October 20, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Kulasekara should be in for any one of the aussie fast bowler

  • Rahul on October 20, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    LOL@Shaun Pollock. This match should have been scheduled earlier. Crowdpuller.

  • ADitya on October 20, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    Hoping for rain in Lions v/s Yorkshire and MI shows CSK who r defending Champions of CLt20.

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