Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2011, Mumbai April 21, 2011

Tendulkar and Dhoni, this time on opposite sides

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Match facts


Friday, April 22, Mumbai
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big picture


It is Tendulkar versus Dhoni at the Wankhede. It's only been 20 days since Dhoni catapulted that six into those very stands, sending a billion people into raptures, and reducing the battle-hardened Tendulkar to tears of joy. It's only been 20 days since these men collapsed into each others' arms, exultant at the end of an exhausting and rewarding campaign. Even the peerless manufacturers of IPL hype won't begin to suggest that game 25 is going to be a shade on that night. However, Tendulkar knows he has unfinished business.

Mumbai have begun the season well, winning three games without breaking a sweat. Brendon McCullum and Co. handed them a shock defeat, but otherwise they have not been tested at all. It was exactly how they went through the last edition as well, before Dhoni's yellow brigade pipped them in the final. A win tomorrow won't avenge that reversal, but could throw a huge spanner on Chennai's works as the season heads into the middle stages.

Chennai's worries, as always, are on the bowling front. Tim Southee and Albie Morkel have been unpredictable, but the spinners have been a bigger letdown. R Ashwin's lines have been too close to leg-stump, while Shadab Jakati has struggled to land two balls on the same spot. To add to Chennai's woes, the batting misfired in the middle overs against Kochi, potentially costing them the rain-affected game. Dhoni has sparked several turnarounds before, both for Chennai and for the other team that he leads. He won't mind the fact that this time his side will go in as underdogs.

Team talk


If Harbhajan Singh is fit, he is likely to come in for either Ali Murtaza or Abu Nechim. Both were impressive against Pune, though Murtaza, being a spinner, will be a like-for-like replacement. Davy Jacobs could return, relegating James Franklin to the bench. There's been a lot of talk surrounding Lasith Malinga, and it will be interesting to see if he can retain his focus on shattering stumps and toes.

Jakati's figures from the last three games read 8.1-0-94-0. Will Chennai drop him, given the lack of turn on the Wankhede track?

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In the spotlight


Doug Bollinger turned up after a long injury lay-off, and immediately settled into a lovely rhythm against Kochi. His ability to slant the ball away from the right hander and bring it back in without a visible change in action, could set up an interesting tussle with Sachin Tendulkar.

Last year, playing in a different shade of blue, Rohit Sharma and Andrew Symonds were the prime movers in the Deccan Chargers middle order. So far they have hardly got a hit this season, and will be itching to flex their muscles against Chennai.

Prime numbers


  • Suresh Raina leads the list of run-getters in IPL history, with 1487 runs. Tendulkar is 81 runs behind
  • Sachin Tendulkar is 11 runs away from regaining the orange cap. M Vijay is Chennai's highest scorer this season, but he is only 12th on the overall list

The chatter


"There is a real anomaly in Duckworth/Lewis, it is rubbish for Twenty20. When you don't get extra runs from D/L method, it is quite a big disadvantage."

Stephen Fleming believes rain cost Chennai the game against Kochi, but there won't be any rain in Mumbai

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Rushikey on April 22, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    Its simple, Mumbai will win.. because God is on their side :)

  • Rushikey on April 22, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    I am from Chennai... But I will always support Sachin anytime :)

  • pal69 on April 22, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    More chance of MI coz ... GOD,Jacobs,RAYADU,SYMONDS,Rohit,Bhajji,MALINGA,Munaf B-)

  • pal69 on April 22, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    More chance of MI coz ... GOD,Jacobs,RAYADU,SYMONDS,Rohit,Bhajji,MALINGA,Munaf B-)

  • Indiancampions454 on April 22, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    I think that CSK should play with 3 spinners including Randiv

  • pal69 on April 22, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    OF COURSE, MUMBAI WILL WIN.. SACHIN WILL WIN... WHOLE INDIA WILL WIN :-).....

  • shaan_write2me on April 22, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    MI wil outdo CSK, last time CSK luckily managed to win the finals but this time it wil not feature in the FINALE even.... MI ROCKS!!!!!

  • on April 22, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    There is Sachin, so no chance for CSK

  • on April 22, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    How can they blame for D/L or Rain for their loss against KTK? 9th over rain came, and after rain came they got 8 over, what they scored? 3 overs reduced, and what ever they scored in that 3 overs could easily been chased by KTK. Please admit the defeat!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on April 22, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    Living legend Sachin's MI vs The Man with the Midas touch Dhoni's CKS... Hope it will be a gr8 match to watch & CSK winning

  • Rushikey on April 22, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    Its simple, Mumbai will win.. because God is on their side :)

  • Rushikey on April 22, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    I am from Chennai... But I will always support Sachin anytime :)

  • pal69 on April 22, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    More chance of MI coz ... GOD,Jacobs,RAYADU,SYMONDS,Rohit,Bhajji,MALINGA,Munaf B-)

  • pal69 on April 22, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    More chance of MI coz ... GOD,Jacobs,RAYADU,SYMONDS,Rohit,Bhajji,MALINGA,Munaf B-)

  • Indiancampions454 on April 22, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    I think that CSK should play with 3 spinners including Randiv

  • pal69 on April 22, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    OF COURSE, MUMBAI WILL WIN.. SACHIN WILL WIN... WHOLE INDIA WILL WIN :-).....

  • shaan_write2me on April 22, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    MI wil outdo CSK, last time CSK luckily managed to win the finals but this time it wil not feature in the FINALE even.... MI ROCKS!!!!!

  • on April 22, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    There is Sachin, so no chance for CSK

  • on April 22, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    How can they blame for D/L or Rain for their loss against KTK? 9th over rain came, and after rain came they got 8 over, what they scored? 3 overs reduced, and what ever they scored in that 3 overs could easily been chased by KTK. Please admit the defeat!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on April 22, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    Living legend Sachin's MI vs The Man with the Midas touch Dhoni's CKS... Hope it will be a gr8 match to watch & CSK winning

  • CricFreax on April 22, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    CSK should play with Hussey,Bollinger,Plessis, Randhiv(or kulasekara),Ganapathy (or any indian spin bowler in case kulasekara is in),Raina,Dhoni,Anirudh,Vijay,Badri,Ashwin

  • on April 22, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    kulshekra must replace southee,but all the way csk will be the winner

  • KENNETH2007 on April 22, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    Hope chennai batsmen take the initiative and score reasonable total....and back up with Bollinger,Southee,Ashwin,Morkel,Raina....who else .....May be bring styris in place of badri ..... another bowling option.....

  • Al-Nakheel on April 22, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    ganapathy vignesh must replace jakati . He is a handy all-rounder

  • on April 22, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    saschin vs dhoni. whoever win no prob...but our support is always with our legend sachin.

  • marnadumadhan on April 22, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    CSk win today. Bolinger back into the attack...

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 22, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    The Difference is the guy from GALLE. Guess who he is.

  • on April 22, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    mumbai jitega.................................................

  • Yathohkaari on April 22, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    Jakati needs to perform or he needs to be replaced by a wicket taking bowler.,Because even ashwin in providing initial break through as he used to do!!

  • on April 22, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    CSK WIIL WIN THE MATCH BECAUSE THEY HAVE STRONG LINEUP

  • on April 22, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    AS much as we know about dhoni, he lead the CSk to Final of IPL 4

  • KadhirSArangarajan on April 22, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    Yellow will make blue succumb.Blue will really bleed now.

  • on April 22, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    More chance is CSK only .....ani,vijay,huss,raina,morkl,msd,bollin,ash,badrii,sharrma,souttheee....

    ----MI no chance against CSK...............

  • cheerer on April 22, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    I am not too much pleased with the IPL fixtures.....Teams like Rajasthan and Bangalore are having matches like an express train while the teams like Pune and Punjab are not busy at all.....Why is this? It is not good at all....

  • blondblackberry on April 22, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    csk wil peak at the right time.it is in the final stages of ipl they wil be dangerous.

  • GaganRonaldinho on April 22, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    Will have to say MI this time. CSK are out of form and are very unpredictable. Plus their bowling attack is nothing against the likes of Sachin, Symonds, Rohit Sharma, Pollard. MI has got this one in the bag, easy.

  • Raghupati on April 22, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    CSK must focus on their bowling rather than a misfiring middle order... Their batting rises to the occasion on the given day and against a strong team like Mumbai

  • on April 21, 2011, 23:58 GMT

    Mumbai should open with Blizzard along side sachin

  • on April 21, 2011, 22:48 GMT

    come on CSK we can do it. its time to wake up and show the world that we r champions.

  • on April 21, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    Probably CSK in the lowest IPL form ever. Its wake up time for Dhoni and his men.

  • on April 21, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    CSK will hope to give their Potential against MI and Game against MI wont be a walk in grass.It would be Cracking of a match.I support CSK

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  • on April 21, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    CSK will hope to give their Potential against MI and Game against MI wont be a walk in grass.It would be Cracking of a match.I support CSK

  • on April 21, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    Probably CSK in the lowest IPL form ever. Its wake up time for Dhoni and his men.

  • on April 21, 2011, 22:48 GMT

    come on CSK we can do it. its time to wake up and show the world that we r champions.

  • on April 21, 2011, 23:58 GMT

    Mumbai should open with Blizzard along side sachin

  • Raghupati on April 22, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    CSK must focus on their bowling rather than a misfiring middle order... Their batting rises to the occasion on the given day and against a strong team like Mumbai

  • GaganRonaldinho on April 22, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    Will have to say MI this time. CSK are out of form and are very unpredictable. Plus their bowling attack is nothing against the likes of Sachin, Symonds, Rohit Sharma, Pollard. MI has got this one in the bag, easy.

  • blondblackberry on April 22, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    csk wil peak at the right time.it is in the final stages of ipl they wil be dangerous.

  • cheerer on April 22, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    I am not too much pleased with the IPL fixtures.....Teams like Rajasthan and Bangalore are having matches like an express train while the teams like Pune and Punjab are not busy at all.....Why is this? It is not good at all....

  • on April 22, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    More chance is CSK only .....ani,vijay,huss,raina,morkl,msd,bollin,ash,badrii,sharrma,souttheee....

    ----MI no chance against CSK...............

  • KadhirSArangarajan on April 22, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    Yellow will make blue succumb.Blue will really bleed now.