Mumbai Indians v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2011, Mumbai May 6, 2011

Solid Mumbai await desperate Delhi


Match facts

Saturday, May 7, Mumbai
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big picture

Virender Sehwag has made 422 runs at a strike-rate of 178.81, the most in this IPL. Sachin Tendulkar is next, with 351 at 113.59. While Tendulkar might well reclaim the orange cap from Sehwag, the gaping difference between the strike-rates also reveals the gulf between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils. It has taken three outstanding performances from Sehwag to power his struggling side to three of their four wins. Tendulkar's solidity has been enough for Mumbai's strong bowling attack to defend par scores. Sehwag has had to be spectacular to make up for a misfiring batting line-up as well as a bowling unit lacking firepower.

The three most successful Mumbai bowlers have taken 42 wickets at 6.07 runs per over; Delhi's top three have 24 at 7.64. Mumbai must be one of the few Twenty20 sides whose batting serves the principal purpose of providing just enough cushion to their bowlers. What some may call a cautious approach has brought them seven wins in nine games, while even a furious churning of the playing XI hasn't worked for Delhi.

The two teams began their season facing each other at Feroz Shah Kotla, where Delhi ran in to Lasith Malinga who shot them out for 95. Their fortunes have followed the pattern of that game, and unless Sehwag can continue to fight adversity with another blinder, tomorrow could see Mumbai extend their stay at the top of the points table.

Form guide (most recent first)

Mumbai Indians: WWLWW (first in points table)
Delhi Daredevils: WLWLL (seventh in points table)

Team talk

Delhi surprisingly left out David Warner for Aaron Finch against Deccan Chargers and he should return tomorrow. They could also consider playing S Nadeem or Roelof van der Merwe as spinning options to add some variety. Apart from that, there should not be too many changes to the XI that played against Deccan.

Mumbai's problem is about dealing with too much of a good thing. Tendulkar and Ambati Rayudu have been so efficient, and Rohit Sharma so effective when required, that the others have hardly been needed. The only time they were, against Rajasthan Royals on a difficult Jaipur surface, they managed 94. That, and the fact that the top order, especially Tendulkar, has preferred accumulation to acceleration, seem to be the only niggles for Mumbai.

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In the spotlight

Morne Morkel may have not had the impact of a Malinga, but he has been Delhi's best bowler by quite a distance. The Wankhede Stadium pitch usually offers bounce, and Morkel with his natural short of a good length should enjoy it. Delhi's chances will depend on how quickly they can get through to the Mumbai middle order, and Morkel will be crucial for that to happen.

Munaf Patel has taken as many wickets as Harbhajan Singh, at a slightly better economy-rate. His role as second seamer behind Malinga has gone unnoticed, and as always, Munaf has gone about his job quietly. He has performed both roles admirably, taking wickets when needed as well as keeping batsmen in check. Expect more of the same tomorrow.

Prime numbers

  • Lasith Malinga's strike-rate and average in this IPL are both under ten, and his economy rate is below six
  • Mumbai and Delhi are among the four IPL teams who have an overall scoring rate exceeding eight an over

The chatter

"If we go too hard, we can get out for 95 also. We have to decide based on the track."
Sachin Tendulkar is not going to abandon Mumbai's steady approach at the top of the order

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • cric_freakNo2 on May 7, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    never underestimate 1-man-army.on his day no malinga can stop sehwag.and coming to orange cap,sehwag just need 2 more matches to keep it with him for ever and no batsman ,including sachin,can ever reach him .

  • AsherCA on May 7, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    Guys, get real - for Sachin to get the orange cap today, he needs to score 72 runs more than Sehwag in this match, not very likely. Given that MI have played 1 match less than DD & the lack of support Sehwag has from the remaining 10 DD players, Sachin might end up with the Orange cap with DD out of contention by the knockout, giving Sachin an extra 2 / 3 matches. ..of course, Sehwag's batting class being what it is, he might just go & win the next 3 matches with huge scores for DD & put the orange cap out of Sachin's reach.

  • Ralph007 on May 7, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    dude prudhvi70 Sachin will score no doubt about that. he will score for the team as he has done for 21 years ....not for any Orange cap.........

  • dummy4fb on May 7, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    Its gonna be Malinga vs Sehwag in the ultimate show down. The purple cap vs the orange cap.

  • dummy4fb on May 7, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    What is Irfan Pathan doing... with his price tag of 1.9 million, what a shame for him. He was such a good bowler in 2004 & 05. Not sure what had happened to him after words...

  • sankar8000 on May 7, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    @CricEshwar and HBK656

    Well Said! Totally Agree with you Guys!

  • dummy4fb on May 7, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    @Dilanz51 - Also to add that he's played about 15 games fewer than the other toppers - namely, RP, Warne, Ojha and IKP

  • CricEshwar on May 7, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    I am loving Sehwag performing the role of Sachin of 90s and has been pretty good at it. The last 2 games he played were very similar to Sachin's Sharjah heroics against australia. For now it looks like Delhi and Mumbai are late 1998 to 2004 India and Australia respectively. Still can't make up my mind whom to root for.

  • dilanz51 on May 7, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    comeon malinga u need just 4 wickets to be the highest wicket taker in the history of ipl.All the best man.

  • HBK656 on May 7, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    this match can well be termed Sehwag vs Mumbai Indians. That has been the trend usually with DD throughout this IPL. Also, this IPL has shown everyone out there that if the normally impatient and impulsive sehwag that we know, decides to bat so responsibly as he is right now, then India's average odi score over the next couple of years might be over 300 and in tests, it might be minimum 500+!!!

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