Kolkata v Mumbai, IPL 2011, Mumbai

Teams target finish in top two

The Preview by Sidharth Monga

May 21, 2011

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Match facts


Sunday, May 22, Kolkata
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)


Sachin Tendulkar hustles between the wickets, Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2011, Mumbai, May 20, 2011
Sachin Tendulkar will want to improve his strike-rate © AFP
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Both the teams have got good news even before they start playing their last game. Kings XI Punjab, two points behind them, were the only side that could prevent them from progressing to the play-offs, and they lost to Deccan Chargers to clear the way. That doesn't make this game inconsequential, though. The two teams ahead of them are ahead by just one and two points respectively with one game to play. So Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians will be playing to make it to the elusive top two, for those sides get a second chance even if they lose their first qualifier.

If Chennai Super Kings (18 points) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (17 points) in the preceding game, the winner here will directly make it to the top two. If Bangalore win, though, Kolkata and Mumbai (both at 16 points) will look for a win big enough to take them past Chennai's net run-rate. There is all to play for on the final Sunday of the long and winding IPL.

Form guide (most recent first)


Kolkata Knight Riders: WLWLW (third in points table)
Mumbai Indians LLLWW (fourth in points table)

Team talk


Now is the time that teams will want to stop experimenting with their combinations. Kolkata, though, will have to wait on Jacques Kallis' fitness, who didn't bat in their win over Pune Warriors on May 19.

Mumbai haven't quite been experimenting too much, and despite three straight losses will feel comfortable with their XI. Except they need a suitable opening partner for Sachin Tendulkar. How they will hope that Davy Jacobs is fit.

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

In the spotlight


Deserving owner of the orange cap at one point in the tournament, Sachin Tendulkar has failed to score at more than a run a ball in his last five efforts. His strike-rate over the season has been 107.33. He will want to set the record straight in the final stages of the tournament.

Shakib Al Hasan has been used sparingly by Kolkata, but whenever he's been called on he has made an impact. Nine wickets in five matches is a strike-rate of a wicket every two overs - priceless. Will he be part of their plans in this crucial final stage of the tournament?

Prime numbers


  • Yusuf Pathan has yet to score to a half-century in his nine innings. That doesn't make him a failure, though. Used as an impact batsman, Yusuf has scored 221 runs off 150 balls.
  • Among bowlers with a minimum of 10 wickets this year, Lasith Malinga's strike-rate of a wicket every 11.3 deliveries is the best

    The chatter


    "We want to go out there and look to win the next game as they we would have a very bright chance of moving into the second spot in the table, so that's what we will focus on."
    Gautam Gambhir sets the agenda for the game

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (May 22, 2011, 18:41 GMT)

ON IPL 4-2011 TOO LENGTHY SCHEDULE MADE THE COMPETITION LESS INTERESTING. BUT SOME INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES FROM UPCOMING YOUNGSTERS AND ESTABLISHED CRICKETERS IS VERY GOOD AND ENCOURAGING. NOTABLE AMOUNG THOSE RAHUL SHARMA, S.ARAVIND,IQBAL ABDULLA,RAJAT BHATIA,S.BADRINATH,MANOJ TIWARY,MANISH PANDEY WORTH MENTIONING. I FEEL NEXT YEAR THE TOURNAMENT SHOULD BE PRUNED TO ONE MONTH SCHEDULE AND MAKES THE COMPETITION MORE INTERESTING.

Posted by Karthi_2K11 on (May 22, 2011, 15:19 GMT)

So, now that RCB has finished on top of the IPL points table, they have to be beware of the general rule of thumb that befell DD in 2009, and MI in 2010; and that is a finish on top of the IPL points table does not guarantee that they win the IPL trophy, except, as happened in the inaugural year, when a ragtag RR team finished on top of both the points table and won the IPL trophy. So, what is next for CSK ? It depends on MI to win against KKR for a chance to have a safety cushion (of one lost play-off match) against elimination in the play-offs, if the outcome of the first play-off against RCB goes awry for them again. And, they would also like MI to win so as to qualify for the Champions League straight-away, before they enter the play-off stage. Basically, an MI win would make today's RCB v. CSK match into a win-win situation for both these sides, as they will have a 1-2 finish. But first, MI, (and therefore CSK) have a certain Abdullah, Pathan, Lee & Kallis to contend with !

Posted by abdbuet on (May 22, 2011, 14:13 GMT)

@BONG_IN_CHENNAI .. haha .. u r joking ryt? or did u really mean that? i mean, r u ignoring the fact that even that 1 bad match couldn't hamper his remarkable SR of 12.1, v good average of 13.88 and decent economy of 6.88 overall (9 wickets in 5 matches)? And on Gayle's day, no matter it's Shakib or Murali is bowling, ryt (i think all team already felt that)? ... even after if you r standing on ur comment, mate, u surely have some family enmity with him, or u know nothing about cricket, sorry to say..

Posted by AusieBangaleeShameem on (May 22, 2011, 14:05 GMT)

Gayle bashed ALL IPL bowlers -- even just now he's done to all Chennai bowlers to score his 75 N.O -- he is in exceptional form, everyone knows that -- so forget about that particular match between KKR and RCB --- hope you've got it now BONG-IN-CHENNAI??

Posted by BONG_IN_CHENNAI on (May 22, 2011, 13:00 GMT)

Why do we all forget that spell of SHakib to Gayle in that 1st RCBvsKKR matchn ?

Posted by   on (May 22, 2011, 10:12 GMT)

Shakib Al Hasan has been used sparingly by Kolkata, but whenever he's been called on he has made an impact. Nine wickets in five matches is a strike-rate of a wicket every two overs - priceless. agree....

Posted by oange_sky on (May 22, 2011, 10:00 GMT)

Hi All Buddy!! I am Sure !! Kolkata & Banglore will Play Final of this IPL. & it will be one sided game...

Posted by   on (May 22, 2011, 9:58 GMT)

CSK may beat RCB and KKR might clinch the 2nd spot by beating Mumbai Indians..Yusuf Pathan Manoj Tewary Gautam Gambhir Srivats Goswami Mark Boucher may bat well.In Bowling Iqbal Abdullah and Shakib Ul Hasan have a great day and they may bowl extremely well particularly Iqbal Abdullah.In Mumbai Indians Pollard Sachin Rayudu Rohit may do well but they would not be in a comfortable position against Iqbal especially.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2011, 9:16 GMT)

lucky kkr to have shakib. lucky shakib to have a team management like kkr. kkr is using shakib at those pitches, which are at sync with his abilities. in return, shakib is also delivering for the team. great combo. i wont be surprised, if i dont see shakib al hasan on the chennai pitch...

Posted by   on (May 22, 2011, 9:08 GMT)

winners of todays match will hold no. 1 and no.2 positions

Posted by   on (May 22, 2011, 9:00 GMT)

bhatia should be replaced by a proper batsman. with lee, balaji, shakib, iqbal as 4 frontline bowlers and yusuf, kallis and tendo as backup, bhatia is needless inclusion. insteada middle order batsman would be a useful inclusion.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2011, 8:41 GMT)

MI will not change team according to kolkata pitch play ray price in place of franklin and ali murtaza in place of kulkarni

Posted by   on (May 22, 2011, 6:51 GMT)

why kkr didn't picking up shakib.......?

Posted by   on (May 22, 2011, 6:31 GMT)

KKR,may keep the same team combination, last match wicket keeper did not justice his place,some easy stumping went by.In a crucial match it will matter.KKR management should give a second thought on wicket keeping issue.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2011, 5:40 GMT)

KKR should bat first in this match if weather is good and by doing this their batting might will be tested. If they can post 180 in Eden then there is every possibility of getting 200 in coming matches. There is no point in playing with extra bowlers.

Posted by Jyoti83 on (May 22, 2011, 5:32 GMT)

There is a very good possibility of KKR becoming 2nd if they wins against MI who are in a dismal form. Even if RCB wins they will surely edge past CSK's NRR as they are only .068 behind. GO KKR GO....

Posted by rPramodya on (May 22, 2011, 5:25 GMT)

In today's matches if Bangalore beat CSK, it will be tough for Mumbai Indians to make the first two because CSK's net run rate is higher.

Posted by BDWonder on (May 22, 2011, 4:30 GMT)

KKR should go ahead with winning combination rather experimenting again with new combination. Dropping Boucher was a good move.

Posted by AusieBangaleeShameem on (May 22, 2011, 3:21 GMT)

@Saikat Saha --- although Shakib Al Hasan is a priceless player but don't forget he's the captain of world's 8th ranked ODI team , while Morgan, Lee, Boucher, Kallis...are from top ranked teams.......(you know what I mean?)-- most people following IPL find no other reason apart from this --- KKR not use Shakib based on his performance!!!

Posted by shaileshij on (May 22, 2011, 3:14 GMT)

today CSK must beat RCB and MI must beat KKR

Posted by   on (May 21, 2011, 22:40 GMT)

shakib far better than morgan shakib should be picked up

Posted by   on (May 21, 2011, 19:44 GMT)

"Nine wickets in five matches is a strike-rate of a wicket every two overs - priceless" - why r they treating shakib al hasan like this ?

Posted by Karthi_2K11 on (May 21, 2011, 19:06 GMT)

Part 2: The last 2 matches of IPL version 4 (69th and 70th matches) are being played in Bangalore, and Kolkata respectively by the eventual top 4 teams (RCB v. CSK, and KKR v. MI, are paired respectively). Over the years, RCB has met CSK 9 times thus far, (in both the IPL and the Champions League) with the honours being almost even (CSK's 5 wins to RCB's 4) and they have played twice in Chinnaswamy stadium with a win apiece. The team batting first won both times. The other contest (MI v. KKR) - is more lopsidedly in favour of MI. The former has -overall- 5 wins against KKR in the 6 times that they have met, but the difference in terms of victories is negligible when it comes to playing each other at Eden Gardens, as both share a win apiece there. Both matches played there have resulted in resounding wins for the team batting second. It just takes a certain "Gayle-force wind," a blazing Pollard, a pacy Lee, or a "Sturm and Drang" De Villiers effect - to change all that at short notice!

Posted by Karthi_2K11 on (May 21, 2011, 18:50 GMT)

Part I: The last 2 games of IPL 2011 are virtual quarter-finals without the knock-out effect for the loser- a sort of dry-run before the real one ! This is because, the 69th & 70th matches, are being played by the eventual top four teams (RCB v. CSK, and KKR v. MI, respectively) in this season. Barring inclement weather or some other untoward incident, the 69th match is a battle for the top of the table, & the 70th match, is a battle for the 2nd place, and thus, a chance to have a "cushion" against elimination- if 1 match result goes awry in the upcoming play-off stage. CSK will be hoping that, if they lose against the formidable RCB- then MI beat KKR by a small margin, or if the next-to-worst threshold-case happens- that KKR beat MI by a razor-thin margin, then, CSK can still be 2nd as a result of a higher Net Run Rate (NRR) when compared to the winner of 70th match. If RCB were to lose, then the winner of the next match can jump to the 2nd place outright without NRR coming into play!

Posted by   on (May 21, 2011, 18:46 GMT)

I dont know why KKR not use Shakib Al Hasan correctly !!!!!!

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