Mumbai Indians v Deccan Chargers, IPL 2011, Mumbai May 13, 2011

Chance for Mumbai to iron out flaws

Match facts

Saturday, May 14, Mumbai
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

It's not quite a case of top versus bottom, but its close enough. Mumbai Indians have been table-toppers for most of this IPL season while Deccan Chargers are the basement dwellers, and were the first to be knocked out of contention for the play-offs. Expectations of a mismatch are not unfounded and it will take a particularly poor performance from Mumbai or a supreme effort from Deccan for an upset to take place.

Both situations have become reality once before in this edition of the tournament. Mumbai were bundled out for 87 to lose by 76 runs to Kings XI Punjab and Deccan were able to defend 129 against Kochi Tuskers Kerala. Nonetheless performances like these have been rare for either side and the difference in their form is as stark as this fact - Deccan have won as many matches as Mumbai have lost: three.

More victories will do nothing for their cause but Deccan will want to go out having fought as much as they can. They will need their batting to improve significantly to achieve that. Their highest run-scorer is Kumar Sangakkara with 306 runs, and they don't have a single batsman with an average over 28. It's time for the likes of JP Duminy, Shikhar Dhawan and Bharat Chipli to step up. Against the dangerous Mumbai attack, which boasts Lasith Malinga, Munaf Patel and Harbhajan Singh, that will be a tough task.

Mumbai have batting worries of their own, seeming to have problems with chasing targets. They will be expecting more from Kieron Pollard, who has been nothing more than a gentle giant. Even so, Ambati Rayudu's continued and promising form will be pleasing and Mumbai will hope that with Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma, he can carry the line-up. The Deccan bowlers, while not as menacing as Mumbai's, have put in a decent performance throughout the tournament, with Dale Steyn and Ishant Sharma leading the attack.

Form guide (most recent first)

Mumbai LWWWL (second in table)
Deccan LLLLW (tenth in table)

Team talk

It's unlikely that Mumbai will fiddle with their combination too much after the success they have enjoyed this season. The only area of concern may be at the top, but with Davy Jacobs still nursing an injured thumb, Aiden Blizzard will probably keep his place.

Deccan have the luxury of being able to experiment and may want to bring Cameron White back in as he is one of the names being mentioned as a possible captain when Sangakkara leaves. Daniel Christian has failed to impress and may get the chop.

Predict the playing XIs for this match. Play ESPNcricinfo Team Selector.

In the spotlight

Ambati Rayudu is only nine runs behind Sachin Tendulkar on the run-getters' chart and has shown his desire to stay at the crease for as long as possible. His 59 off 39 balls against Delhi was his most convincing knock and he will want to prove his worth marshalling the middle order, especially after being ignored by the selectors for the West Indies tour.

Pragyan Ojha was a purple cap holder in previous editions of the tournament and has 57 IPL wickets. He has only taken seven this season, but his hunger has not lessened. He enjoys a big stage and the match against Mumbai may just prove the occasion for him to excel.

Prime numbers

  • Mumbai's best scoring batsmen have been Tendulkar, Rayudu and Rohit Sharma. Andrew Symonds, who has scored the fourth-most number of runs for Mumbai, 127, is 160 runs behind Rohit
  • Deccan have bowled out their opposition only once in 11 matches, but all three of their wins have come defending totals

The chatter

"We don't mind losing from time to time. But the manner in which we lost the last game to King's XI was disappointing. I think that has motivated the team. They are very keen to get that right and play better tomorrow."
Mumbai's bowling coach Shaun Pollock says his team's collapse against Punjab has a positive side too

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • xylo on May 14, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    @Karn Mamgain - the verdict is out... and to top it, Steyn was not even playing.

  • dummy4fb on May 14, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    there should be a clause in IPL "that below two teams in the table by the end of the tournament the franchises to be penalised by teminating their contract and award the same to others franchises by auction as done before. Franchises dont care to invest money for arranging good team to fight out. For example take DC even college team plays better cricket than them. Except 2 players non other is even qualified to be playing first class cricket. Its high time to penalise the franchises who are earning without any input

  • shoeb_ak on May 14, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    After the shock defeat against Punjab, Mumbai will be looking to get back to their winning ways again.

  • Dhs2000 on May 14, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    @ArunRules - maybe it is because the match has already started?

  • dummy4fb on May 14, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    just imagine,.,pollard & symonds yet 2 hit their form,.,they can bat any team out single handedly on a given day, out guyz whirlwind about 2 start..........go on MI

  • dummy4fb on May 14, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    Everybody wants to see MI's defeat. Very great news for sport lovers, this is like football lovers, who always wants see the defeats of ManU/Chelsea.

  • ArunRules on May 14, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    I am interested in commenting in the Bangalore Vs Kolkatta match preview page. But there isn't an option to comment there. any idea why?

  • dummy4fb on May 14, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    @xylo - They have lost only one game chasing. They've already won like 4 games chasing. Haha, I feel sorry for your kind. As a matter of fact, no team has a 100 percent record chasing

  • xylo on May 14, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    it is simple. Make MI bat second... Sachin & co will reproduce the royal choke faithfully... especially if Steyn and Ishant hit their stride.

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