Sydney Sixers v Mumbai Indians, CLT20, Durban October 21, 2012

Sixers eye top spot against winless Mumbai


Match facts

October 22, 2012
Start time 1730 local (1530 GMT)

Big Picture

Sydney Sixers are the only side who have anything meaningful to gain from this match, as they will aim to remain atop Group A in order to face the weaker qualifier from the other group in the semi-final. They will also be after that extra boost of momentum, and will want their reputation as the form team of the tournament undiminished as they approach the knockouts.

The Sixers' bowling against Mumbai Indians' batting shapes up as a crucial factor to the outcome of the match. In three innings, only one Mumbai batsman has crossed 40, and they are now up against the best pace attack of the tournament - though a slightly weakened one as Shane Watson has returned to Australia. If they are to save face and return with at least one win to their name, their batting will likely have to produce their best performance of the tournament.

Watson's absence is a big loss to any team, but so comprehensive have the Sixers' victories been that they will be confident of completing a group-stage clean sweep nonetheless. Brad Haddin and Michael Lumb have played telling innings at the top of the order, and others lower down like Steven Smith and Moises Henriques have also made significant contributions.

Watch out for…

Lasith Malinga has copped plenty of flak back home for his performance in the World Twenty20 final, and unfairly, that has only intensified as he has been among the wickets for his IPL side. Like Sri Lanka, Mumbai rely on Malinga for wickets, and if he can make inroads into a Watson-less top order, he could help hide the remainder of the attack, who have not been particularly threatening.

Pat Cummins has impressed with his pace, but with Watson absent, he will have to also take more responsibility when it comes to taking wickets. He has at times been predictable towards the end of an innings, and if he can introduce a few more variations into his game, he will help fill that Watson-shaped void better.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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  • M on October 22, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    @Ameya Bharat Bhagwat.....hahhahaa u must be joking...sticking around for years without any productivity.... whats the point..... and what sort of "MARK" he has made by the way..... has he invented anything new in cricket....He was and he is a selfish professional and he will always be like that selfish.... I say MSD has done lot more for Indian cricket in lot less time than what your SELFISH has not even achieved.....

  • Justin on October 22, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    @Milind Kandlikar - Yep and all they had to do in make sure that 4 teams automatically qualify for the main event. Perhaps after this year (with 1/4 making it past teh group stage) they will will have 5 or 6 IPL teams automatically qualify?

  • Dummy4 on October 22, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Ameya Bhagwat - You've spoken like one completely blind - blind to the reality of happenings for more than a year now, blind to the fact that no one is God - i.e. immortal - to continue retaining his place into forties when so woefully out of form, blind to the struggle your idol is putting up with each time he is at the crease even against ordinary bowlers. Yes, you are completely blind to the today's reality. You live in the past - over 7 or 8 years ago - alas, past is not present, is it? Quite hilarious it is, what you say

  • Dummy4 on October 22, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    Its hilarious to see people who are not even remotely connected to international cricket (except of course following it on TV) advising one of the greatest exponents of the game, ever, on His career and retirement! Seriously, are you kidding me? A guy (or God, in the right context) who has been there since the last 23 years or so, and has made an indelible mark on the game and its rich history, for god's sake doesn't need advise regarding how long He must continue to play, if at all! Lets lay to rest the discussion regarding retirement of someone who taught us the game!

  • Ali on October 22, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    And to all those who are saying that a true fan is the one who supports in bad times as to all those i must say one thing that for a true fan the most important thing is his star's respect...everyone knows that sachin's respect has got a significant dip during last one year just because of his horrible performance and stubborness..and he had some gr8 moments to retire but now he has made it immensely difficult for himself..he will be facing english bowlers who will only target him coz they know that this series might be his last series..and if he doesnt score than whatever he has done in last 23 yrs will be forgotten by ppl, which is v.v.sad for sure...thats why he should seriously think after today's CL match and may give a last go at england's tests..but its going to be THE MOST DIFFICULT series of sachin's life in my point of view...and apart from ahmedabad test, i dont see him scoring runs in this series..llets c wht he does..goodluck to him.

  • Fazeer on October 22, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    There is too much pressure on the other opening partner Smith due to Tendulkar unable to accelerate the runrate due his poor performance this leads to Smith downfall as he tries too many shots and pays the penalty by losing his wicket in order to maintain a good runrate. Mumbai is doing terrible mistake by playing as Tendulkar performance puts too much pressure down the line. I only hope legendary Tendulkar realise the mistake he is making.

  • Ali on October 22, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    According to me,this coming england series can bring sachin more humiliation than anything else..english bowlers must hv seen his weakness for that incoming delivery on which he gets bowled more often than not, and being a big fan of sachin, i would not want this to happen...coz if he fails against england then it would be very difficult for sachin to go for face-saving...he has been such a gr8 sportsman, but i think he has missed the trick to go for a perfect retirement timings..yes he could have prolonged his career had he been playing against bangladesh or srilanka in the future...but he will be playing eng,aus,pak and s.a in future, provided he delivers..otherwise Eng series will be nothing less than humiliation for him coz watching him play in CL, he couldnt even lift the bat which is a very sorry picture..i can even suspect his retirement coming in between the ENG tests..anyway goodluck to him..his only chance to come back to form will be the 1st ahmedabad test.

  • Dummy4 on October 22, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    Should DD win - IPL will have the last laugh and three title in a row.

  • Gavin on October 22, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar has no business to take his own time to decide when he wants to retire. This is from a once Sachin fan who still respects him for some of his past innings. He is however today well past his sell by date. In no profession, forget sport do you get to continue on and on and even get paid for it!!! This is exactly why there are Performance reviews and retirements. Besides, any team with SRT in it is playing with one less (non playing) individual and putting unnecessary further pressure on the rest. Besides having to reach a target with one less man, you also need to be careful not to get the great man run out..... Cmon Sachin, move on while there are still some who respect and appreciate you.....

  • Dummy4 on October 22, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    Agree, SRT should be left to decide when to hang up his boots. Only, that should not also mean automatic selection in team. The two are very distinct.Selection should be only on form as it is (or should be) with anyone else. No one (including SRT) can claim automatic selection in team till he decides to call it quits. He must produce runs as well, not just keep claiming that 'deep down' he still retains the passion and wants to continue etc.

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