Bangalore v Mumbai, IPL 2011, 2nd qualifier, Chennai May 26, 2011

Can Mumbai reduce Gayle to a sideshow?

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Match facts


Friday, May 27, Chennai
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture


In the circus that is IPL 2011, Mumbai Indians have been the trampoline artistes. They soared through the first half of the season, putting more than daylight between themselves and the rest. Then they lost steam, and began hurtling towards terra firma. At one point they even had to deal with the possibility of missing the play-offs but, almost inevitably, they bounced back with two nerve-shredding wins against Kolkata Knight Riders.

Trampoline acts are fine, but can get repetitive after a while. Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore have provided real entertainment in their corner of the circus, led by the ringmaster Chris Gayle. He has done everything for them - he has twirled his whip to tame the wildest bowling attacks, and he has juggled batting and bowling duties without breaking a sweat, all without losing the inimitable strut and swagger that are part of his persona. He has rarely failed to entertain this season, and Chepauk will love to be regaled one final time on Friday evening. If Gayle's still in town on Saturday, though, they won't be rooting for him. Chennai Super Kings are already in the final, and will have the crowd behind them for the big game.

This virtual semi-final can best be seen through the prism of various mini-battles that will make up the contest: the battle of the tenses - the present, Tendulkar v the future, Kohli; the battle of the storms - Gayle v Blizzard; and the battle of the coloured caps - Gayle v Malinga. On a flat track, and in humid conditions that could herald a dewy night, the battle that matters most could be when the coin is spun.

Form guide (most recent first)


Royal Challengers Bangalore: LWLWW
Mumbai Indians: WWLLL

Team talk


Mumbai, like the rest of us, will be surprised by the fact that James Franklin has been their batting saviour for two games on the trot. Aiden Blizzard's form is good news, but the continued struggle in the middle order isn't. Kieron Pollard's strongest suit seems to be his fielding, and Mumbai should mull bringing in Andrew Symonds for him.

The silver lining in Bangalore's defeat in the first play-off was the manner in which their batting stood up after Gayle's early exit. Still, questions need to be asked about the role of Saurabh Tiwary and Mohammad Kaif in the lower middle order.

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

In the spotlight


In Bangalore's previous game, a television commentator requested Virat Kohli to smile more often than he swears and frowns. Kohli promised to do so, but less than an hour later he was back to his swearing best, when a fielder fumbled off his bowling. Regardless of his demeanour, Kohli's batting has put a smile on his fans' faces in the last couple of years. Bangalore coach Ray Jennings says being passionate and fiery is an innate part of Kohli's personality, and that should not be meddled with. Yet, tantrums don't sit well with someone touted as a future India captain.

Like Kohli, Rohit Sharma is another upcoming batsman whose attitude has come under more scrutiny than his ability. If temper is Kohli's problem, Rohit's is temperament. Rohit's woes were best captured by his shocking run-out in the eliminator against Kolkata. In moments such as those, it is tough to believe that Rohit is completely switched on at all times when he is on the field. He will be watched closely in the remainder of the IPL, and when he gets his opportunity in the West Indies.

Prime numbers


  • Franklin, Blizzard and Harbhajan Singh have better strike-rates than the more celebrated batsmen in the Mumbai line-up - Sachin Tendulkar, Ambati Rayudu, Rohit, Pollard and Symonds

  • Tendulkar has hit more fours (60) than anyone else this season. Kohli is third on the list with 54.

  • Gayle has smashed 39 sixes so far this season, well ahead of MS Dhoni, who is second with 21

    The chatter


    "Ambati Rayudu is a youngster and you let him react the way he does. He will mature. You just let him be. Harbhajan Singh has also always been aggressive. We have had characters in tennis like McEnroe ... We need characters like that in cricket."
    Sachin Tendulkar might not be a fiery character on a cricket field, but he sure likes to see some fire.

    Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 27, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    RCB is the best man....

    Mumbai are struggling

  • on May 27, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    well gayle sure showed u guys..very inconsistent ohhh plzzz the runs don't show that

  • SalilN on May 27, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    Its good with all overseas player!!!! Symonds suck this IPL, Pollard is little better where he can bowl and field as well....The addition of Franklin in the squad is a big improvement....TL Suman needs to be replaced with AN Ahmed as MI lack optional bowlers.....

  • abhishek999 on May 27, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    get saurb tiwari in opening slot

  • MastBania on May 27, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    RCB Will Win Today, Gayle Will Destroy All Dreams Of MI In Vain...

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    I LIKE T20 IPL CHENNAI SUPER KINGS R NO ONE

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    being a csk fan still i love to watch sachin smile more than vittori........so guys hv a huge cheer 4 d MI..........

  • SACR on May 27, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    tonight is going to be ABs night

  • on May 27, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    watch out for the gayle innings............... the power that makes every one in the stadium and watching live form home to watch with out closing eyes.............this is IPL4 you are watching an angry man power...

  • on May 27, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    I believe today there will be a great drama, but chances are more with Mumbai Indians, as if malinga / harbjan will get rid of gayle / kohli in early overs. All the best to Mumbain Indians, Rock !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

  • on May 27, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    RCB is the best man....

    Mumbai are struggling

  • on May 27, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    well gayle sure showed u guys..very inconsistent ohhh plzzz the runs don't show that

  • SalilN on May 27, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    Its good with all overseas player!!!! Symonds suck this IPL, Pollard is little better where he can bowl and field as well....The addition of Franklin in the squad is a big improvement....TL Suman needs to be replaced with AN Ahmed as MI lack optional bowlers.....

  • abhishek999 on May 27, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    get saurb tiwari in opening slot

  • MastBania on May 27, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    RCB Will Win Today, Gayle Will Destroy All Dreams Of MI In Vain...

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    I LIKE T20 IPL CHENNAI SUPER KINGS R NO ONE

  • on May 27, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    being a csk fan still i love to watch sachin smile more than vittori........so guys hv a huge cheer 4 d MI..........

  • SACR on May 27, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    tonight is going to be ABs night

  • on May 27, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    watch out for the gayle innings............... the power that makes every one in the stadium and watching live form home to watch with out closing eyes.............this is IPL4 you are watching an angry man power...

  • on May 27, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    I believe today there will be a great drama, but chances are more with Mumbai Indians, as if malinga / harbjan will get rid of gayle / kohli in early overs. All the best to Mumbain Indians, Rock !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

  • on May 27, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    1st and 2nd orange cap holders vs ist and 2nd purple cap holders, should b a gud contest of nerves with gayle's out of ground sixes and malinga's yorkers.

  • on May 27, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    Pollard's batting has been pathetic; bowling not much better. He has made vital contributions to crucial MI wins via his fielding in the deep. No one else could have taken that running catch to dismiss Yusuf. He is peerless there. So will MI swap him for say, Symonds? I doubt. MI will make any other change?

    If Gayle fires MI have no chance. He will survive Malinga but Harbhajan could get him. Aravind could deliver some vital wickets.

  • on May 27, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    RCB has few stars in their batting department but MI is a more balanced team. If those stars shine tonight, then RCB will win. Chennai MAC stadium being a spinner friendly pitch, I think MI has more chances.

  • schathuranga on May 27, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    no escape, Malinga will challenge the gayl's power.

  • wycki13 on May 27, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    Sure Mumbai will won the match, other than Gayle and kholi no one is playing.... So 2 day is for Mumbai......SRT will rock.........

  • on May 27, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    Am surprised that most people say CSK is in 2nd place because of luck. The fact is they won their league matches convincingly and lost their matches quite closely. Something to do with NRR. At the end of the league stage, the fact was KKR dint win as many matches as CSK and MI inspite of winning 9 matches lost some matches very convincingly. Am a CSK fan but am not telling this fact just because of being a CSK fan. RCB vs RR was washed out at Bangalore. If it had been played, the places could have been different. Every team makes mistakes and they can still be at the top if the other teams make bigger mistakes.

  • Rusty78 on May 27, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    Andrew Symonds must be included in the Mumbai line-up. He's a big game specialist...you only need to look back as far as the final of IPL 2 to see that. He thrives on pressure situations and teamed up with his former arch-nemesis Harbhajan Singh, could prove to be the allrounder required to stifle Chris Gayle's pending heroics! C'mon Roy and go Mumbai!!!

  • div09 on May 27, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    my fault, take out symonds and put in suman due to the 4 overseas players rule

  • on May 27, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    MI have a bright chance of winning this ipl ,provided they dont make any changes to their side

  • on May 27, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    Get pollard and symmo up the order.... that should help them to settle.... Rayudu and franklin looks good down the lineup as finishers....RCB dont have depth once u get gayle and kohli out....

  • kingcobra85 on May 27, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    "What is IPL ? It is a competition where 9 teams will play hard to reach the finals to play against Chennai Super Kings!"

  • AjitNarayan on May 27, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    Chennai has luck? Badri- 396runs, Dhoni- 370, Hussey- 429, Raina- 430, Vijay-339... Ashwin 17wkts, Dougy-16, Morkel 15wkts to go with a couple of his cameos. Luck? I don't think so. More like team work and no 'heroes' like Gayle or Malinga. Enough said.

  • on May 27, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    If today and tomorrow rain comes what will happen who will be the winner of the ipl4,

  • on May 27, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    hello everyone, today's match promises to be a very intense one, with R.C.B the come back kings in the tournament and M.I, by far the most favourite of the I.P.L. My view is that for R.C.B to have a chance of winning they need to bat first and the top four needs to perform, Gayle, Tiwari, Kohli and A.B, although Gayle has been a destroyer in this game, he is a very inconsistent player, alongside him with this inconsistency is Kohli...I think M.I will come out victors of this match, due to the hunger to win, the experience and a strong, mostly consistent top order.

  • on May 27, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    stop over hyping gayle. over the last two matches it's evident that he started to struggle or in other words, bowlers learned how to handle him

  • div09 on May 27, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    I think mumbai will win and i am looking forward to see malinga v gayle. It is 55% MI and 45% RCB because mumbai has more depth in batting and a much better bowling side. I think MI team should be: 1. Blizzard. 2. Tendulkar. 3. Rayudu. 4. ROHIT SHARMA/POLLARD. 5. POLLARD/ROHIT SHARMA. 6. Andrew Symonds. 7. Frankiln. 8. Bhaji. 9. Ali Murtaza ( because pitch will support spinners more. ). 10. Munaf Patel. 11. Lasith Malinga.

    Mumbai Indians will win IPL 2011.

  • maheerrr on May 27, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    mi and rcb looks like equal.......bangalore lost their last match vs csk bt in last 5 matches mi only won over kkr.........gayle need to fire........kohli is in good form of his life.............tiwary need to score............villiars and mayank doying good job............no need of kaif.............give chance to pujara or gautam.......bowling need to improve............good luck...........RCB......

  • on May 27, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    RCB baby.... They will lift the trophy this time. Im a kolkata fan but still...RCB all the way

  • on May 27, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    @ponraj mani CSK has nothing but luck on their side... adn of course today MI will win.... Even RCB have oly gayle and kohli int their line up... two douwm and Rcb lose the match.:)

  • SamAsh07 on May 27, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Gayles Razor Wind vs Blizzards Searing Cold. God this is gonna be one heckuva battle.

  • srinideva on May 27, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    I want to see the commentry team for the last two match of the play-offs, should wear shirt and vashti....

    please do it for south indians.

    it should be really awesome if they did

    welcome to the land of temples and Culture..........

    anyway chennai will rock again ..................

  • on May 27, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    RCB will lose today game, Bcoz they don't have luck (Confident). CSK always have luck (Confident). CSK will win this IPL.

  • on May 27, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    IPL is a game fighting 9 teams to each other to fight with CSK in the final. So the finalist will be MI, because CSK will defeat them. MY best wishes to MS Dhoni.DHO DALO Please.

  • on May 27, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    CSK showed again that they are best side in this IPL. Dhoni led his troops very well. I think CSK is not having best bowling and batting attack in this competition, but the team is united. Guys like S.Raina, S.Badrinath, M.Hussy played very well. Dhoni played some crucial knocks. This time also CSK will lift IPL trophy.

  • on May 27, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    everyone is tensed in RCB except gayle and vettori... if Kohli is future india captain , then god should save indian team if he continues the same , Kohli bowls a very bad delivery thrice in an over which is a full toss , and he shouts at the fielder for saving the boundary.. thats crazy... thats what happened to Yuvaraj in the first IPL season... he was an angry young man but now he is matured.. hope Kohli changes as years pass... on the other hand for Mumbai , Sachin is a great player but his captaincy is not upto the mark... lets see what happens tonight...

  • problem.installed on May 27, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    Waiting for another show of gayle....RCB....looks stronger than MI....!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on May 27, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    Luckily no "favorite team" this preview in Cricinfo. Last time their favorite was KKR against MI. in qualifier 1 it was RCB...They got it wrong both times or it is unlucky tag for the team..I dont want to see Favorite Tag on CSK in final..i will sue you...Say "Underdog" CSK up against so and so "nomadic Lions" or "Pack of Hyenas".....We know we are favorite, but for u Don't Say that..

  • on May 27, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    Chris Gayle is RCB's key player.if mi can get him out before he starts his star show and also get Virat kohli .they win the game

  • najnad on May 27, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    luck and luck playing big roll in csk's advance. firstly to second place, they did nothing for that. mi did all beating kkr. secondly to final. rcb bowlers gave them match and they advanced to final without struggle. you see it in dhonis silent laugh. they wll surrender final to rcb

  • k_biran on May 27, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    @ibbani first try to get past MI bowling attack, after that when RCB in final then u can dream about thrashing Chennai bowling attack

  • pulls05 on May 27, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    Kieron Pollard At No.3 f0r Chris Gayle... should give him this chance....At a BIG Match....

  • siddharth0311 on May 27, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    sachin is the best cricketer in the world and in my opinion he is the best mentor and captain, it had been proved by the continuous performance of mumbai indians. They now deserve to be the winner of IPL and champions league despite of their little failures.I hope then win....)

  • on May 27, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    Okay, I'm a MI supporter, but CSK deserved that win against RCB. They played superbly well, especially in the last few overs. Why are people trying to take credit away from them? It wasn't luck or anything... RCB got complacent after Dhoni's dismissal and paid for it.

  • pulls05 on May 27, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    For MUMBAI INDIANS: 1. Aiden Blizzard 2. Sachin Tendulkar 3. Kieron Pollard 4. Ambati Rayudu 5. Rohit Sharma 6. James Franklin 7. Tirumalasetti Suman 8. Lasith Malinga 9. Harbhajan Singh 10.Munaf Patel 11. Dhawal Kulkarni

    Kieron Pollard at No.3 for Chris Gayle. should take this chance for Kieron Pollard. He is waiting for our great entertainment at a big match. Please, my" GOd" Sachin,,give him this chance...& see wats happening .....

  • Faizal23 on May 27, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    csk is champion in IPL 4bcoz the final is in Chennai

  • on May 27, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    Here in chennai, everytime the Met. dept warns of a storm or depression coming, it always misses out and passes somewhere else. Eager to see what happens with this GAYLE storm!

  • on May 27, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    @ibbani: thats so funny. Getting out of a waist high no-ball is a luck? any batsman if he sees a waist high ball and can go for it does try to smash hit coz he cant get out and if he can get a boundary or six can well be the difference between winning and losing in T20.What u said is almost like saying that CSK was lucky with Gayle's wicket coz the ball turned!

  • sweetspot on May 27, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    Why is RCB so angry on the field? Starting from that old growling veteran Kumble, to the new growling puppy Kohli, their team is always serious and agitated. Gayle is the only happy face in that team. Everybody else is always tensed up, not enjoying or allowing us to see the joy in their face. Seriously, why can't some rookie like Arvind Sreenath smile a bit? Will his teeth fall off if he is cheerful? And the owners too! Why are they always sitting around like they will suddenly get pregnant if their team loses? Does it mean their cheerleaders are useless? They don't seem to be able to cheer anybody up in the RCB camp.

  • vimal07 on May 27, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    @vivekdhayalan: its completly insane.. y u cant note m patel (2nd highest wkt taker in tis season) and bajji . its not a 1 man army in battin side too:) infact v could say tat its a team leaded by an army(srt).

  • nata4u2c on May 27, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    Both mumbai and csk are doing grt. But they could only have one winer and that wil be the RCB. That man gayle is in enourmous form. And he wil single handly slaughter any oppositions they came up agains.

  • anurag4u10 on May 27, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    interesttingly MI had only lost to teams who did nt qualify for playoffs (KTK, KXIP, DC, and twice to RR) hope d trend continues and MI wins IPL 4

  • on May 27, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    kohli, gambhir, raina.... the younger brigade has been more promising in cricketing skills, but seem lacking when it comes to on-field conduct. Cursing and using bad language has become a fashion these days... which is bad. Its important to play tough cricket, but at the same time, its more important to respect your colleagues and opponents. Steve Waugh and gang were known for sledging but they were fore-runners in respecting each other and respecting opponents too... Difficult to produce another set of gentleman cricketers for India like Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Laxman, Kumble, sehwag, ... and even dhoni himself...

  • on May 27, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    @ibbani Lol...!!! Dude.!!!! for that RCB need to qualify for the final. Let that be done first. Then we can discuss How CSK won its qualifier 1 to get into final. People sitting in home can say that csk won due to luck. Try to understand that without performance no luck will thrown upon the team simply just like that.

  • cskwhistlepodu on May 27, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    ibbani - 1. the bottom line is CSK defeated RCB. 2. it was a waist high no ball. 3. first defeat MI, take one game at a time. 4. Again the bottom line is CSK defeated RCB.

  • on May 27, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    Good to know that my fav sportsperson, SRT follows my fav sport, Tennis ;)

  • prakash1986 on May 27, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    can't wait to see the orange cap vs purple hat battle.It is gonna be fascinating

  • teja099 on May 27, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    gayle must be the lucky mascot for rcb they are winning only if gayle scores in dat match or else they lost even with 175

  • on May 27, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    Well, Chris Gayle fears to Slinga Malinga. All the way he is found very disturbed to play his balls. I am sure, one perfect Block hole Yorker or a slower bouncer will calm this tornado. Mumbai is all set. Bring it on..

  • on May 27, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    Mr. naudurivsm you are not following IPL properly... this time in IPL teams are divided into 2 groups each of 5 teams... each team will play 2 matches (Home & Away) against their own grp mate.. and 1 match against the team in other grp... so hence each team had 14 matches..

  • schathuranga on May 27, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    gayle know the talent of malinga but indian writers dont.

  • schathuranga on May 27, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    nobody can compare with malinga.check malinga's ipl figures..thats all about him

  • schathuranga on May 27, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    Nitin, U forget Malinga....?

  • sonofchennai on May 27, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    @ naudurivsm: u have got the format wrong. all the teams don play each other twice..all teams play 5 teams twice and 4 other teams once making it 14 matches...also all teams play 7 home and 7 away..The playoffs are there to ensure that the most consistent teams don lose out of the finals because of 1 bad day..for ex., RCb were the table toppers bu they lost to CSK in the Q1..if it were a semi final, they wud not make it to finals but now there is a another chance...jus reward for consitency

  • on May 27, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    @ naudurivsm... Dude where have been so long? The tournament is almost finished and you still dont understand the format? Just check here by clickin the link below and you will understand everything:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Indian_Premier_League

    And if you cant see the link here, just google search, "ipl 2011 wikipedia" and you can read all explanation.

  • on May 27, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    @Nothing_Lost_For_Ever - Don't worry, MI is also equally eager to settle last year's final score...

  • ibbani on May 27, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    CSK be ready,you have lost to RCB very tamely on a batting paradise. then won on luck while Raina was out of a waist high noball, otherwise, it was curtains by 11th or 12th over itself. by luck, CSK won in Mumbai against RCB. now it is even stevens, so the final is much awaited because Gayle is waiting for a surprise giving innings to CSK which he succeeded in the 1st, failed in 2nd,so the 3rd is a big one for Gayle, not only Gayle, Kohli, AB, Luke, all demolish the CHennai attack.

  • philibert on May 27, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    Gayle will win tomorrow battle

  • Vernacular_Press on May 27, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    Come on guys,CSK are champions.....Gayle played cautiously against chennai in both the matches.Afterall MI is an one-man army in bowling attack.For us KKR would ve been the toughest opponents.

  • nitintin on May 27, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    Kohli is the next Sreeshanth. He is a good batsman but will make a bad captain. Raina is far better. Even Yuvraj is better than Kohli.

  • Nothing_Lost_For_Ever on May 27, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    We need MI in the final to settle the score for our defeat during league phase.

  • on May 27, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    Anything can happen. The results depend on one or two overs as we have seen in case of MI beating KKR and chennai SK beating RCB. Let us enjoy the game. One positive aspect of IPL is it has brought the players from the whole world together and players from diferent countries havbe been fitghing like a team. As far as viewers are concerned we are enjoying the matches without any emotional attachments. We expect the politiations to draw a lesson from IPL and should deside to come together to create a world worthy of living for the future generation

  • naudurivsm on May 27, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    First of all - I have a confusion. There were top 4 teams that emerged out of 14 league matches each played. Then top 1 Vs top 2 - one semi final ( play off) - finalist 1 Top3 Vs Top 4 - second semi final ( play off ) - finalist 2 final should be finalist 1 vs finalist 2 - right ? Then what and why is this qualifying match again? MI vs RCB ? why ? I already have questions on the IPL format. 10 team each play other team twice, then there should be 18 matches each team have to play. but they played 14. so what is the calculation?

    any ideas?

  • ibbani on May 27, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    IPL will shortly be renamed as Injured Players League

  • on May 27, 2011, 2:23 GMT

    Where is Malinga's famous YORKERS ??? din c much of them last few games....he better get back on track or be ready to b thrashed by Gayle :P :) ;)

  • on May 27, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    gayle will score a 100 tmr

  • Randy_Wilson on May 27, 2011, 1:54 GMT

    @ Bheemz B'mal I disagree. Pollard isnt really good at all. just because some time luck come his way. Match 27. Vs Deccan Charger . he came in in the 8.4 Over. they were batting first he Made 0, 1st ball. Match 34th against Rajashthan, They batted first again he came in early at 10th over. he Faced 15balls and made only 4. Match 54th aganst Punjab, Chasing 163. Pollard came in at 9.1 Over made 12 from 7 balls. Match 66th vs Rajasthan batting first he made 20 from 18 balls, he came in around 11th over. Match 70th he came in 10 over. he made only 18 from 22 balls

    When Pollard come in Anytime after 15 Over he makes over 20 runs.

  • on May 26, 2011, 22:01 GMT

    Malinga should bowl all four overs against Gayle and take his wicket. The earlier Gayle gets out Mumbai can smile.

  • catsalive on May 26, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    Whether it is Mumbai Indians or RCB, chennai is ready. They would have come up with something extra to beat the champs.

  • on May 26, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    I guess Gayle storm is over as far as IPL is concerned. He seems to be have been sorted out at least by Chennai and MI should be paying close watch.

  • NCassie on May 26, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    It's good to see that there a 3 WI players in the top 3 teams, Chennai have Bravo, Bangalore have Gayle and Mumbai have Pollard....make the West Indian people PROUD! It's going to be a real cracker tomorrow.

  • on May 26, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    POLLARD vs GAYLE! thats the big picture... the reason why gayle is soo successful this year is because he opens the batting and capitalises on the power play overs... pollard however only comes in when they need 25 in 10 balls so he cant settle in. MI needs to promote him up the order!

  • on May 26, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    Gayle will be in trouble against Malinga - for sure he will struggle aganst the yorkers - so tomorrow will be the day of MUMBAI :))

  • on May 26, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    Here are the player of the match for both teams in this IPL 2011 -

    MI - Tendulkar,Malinga,Munaf(twice),harbhajan,pollard,rayudu,franklin RCB - Gayle (5 times), kohli,devillier, aravind.

    Key Players who are not featured above -

    MI - Rohit Sharma, Symonds,Blizzard RCB- zaheer , vettori

    Clearly MI have more match winners than banglore . So far MI have been losing only cos of their stupidity and banglore have been winning only cos of gayle. If RCB lose gayle cheaply, which they may considering Malinga, MI are gonna win.

  • on May 26, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    CSK is clearly the ManU of IPL ! Thrice finalist out of 4 IPLs ! Current champions, amazing management(in the auction), coach( fielding coach too!) , raina ( spirit of CSK! ), dhoni (Godfather! :P) , Vijay(destructive), Hussey (elegantly dangerous!) , Badrinath(a fighter in danger! ), Albie (Klusener Reloaded!), Bravo (Unpredictable!) , Saha( been MoM already in what 1 of the 2 innings he played?! ), Ashwin (India's best aggressive spin bowler), Jakati(man 2 beat @ home) , Dougie ( attack lead !). Flawless ! Some team wudn't even account for their 11.. Md Kaif?? I heard he's been in team for RCB.. Where is he?? I dint see a trace! :D

  • psychicsaint on May 26, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    people seem to forget chepauk is a spinner's paradise... though mi doesn't have a strong spin attack, gayle won't be able to score as quickly as he did in earlier matches... bhajji or malinga will castle gayle.. sachin loves to bat in chepauk.. unless virat plays another useful knock and abd shines, bangalore will face a lot of trouble in chepauk.. toss will be a key factor.. having said all this, whoever qualifies will regret their qualification on saturday because they will be thrashed by the defending champions who will lift the trophy yet again with a 100% win record at home.. csk rocks and msd rocks harder!

  • jadi501 on May 26, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    Love to see Gayle in action .RCB required his full mode and strength

  • on May 26, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    What is IPL? - its a cricket tournament in which 9 poor teams fight hard among themselves to play wit 'Chennai SUPER KINGS' in d final.. :P

  • on May 26, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    Gayle is going to roak in tomoro game............Mi fans awar

  • on May 26, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    @Rage468 Today's Cricket is not about playing shots once in a while and having a strike rate of about 50-60 at the end of the innings... Sheer power, Unorthodox shots down the ground like helicopter shot, switch hit are the watch words for today's cricketing world... and IPL is the proving ground for all Indian domestic circuit players and evn uncapped international players to show case their talent... So the bottom line will be to encourage IPL's success over the last few years and not criticizing it....

  • dilpat1962 on May 26, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    gayle can not do any thing in this match although he is a master all rounder

  • on May 26, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    @Krish50 How can you say about all CSK fans, Don't they wanna see Gayle storm? i saw it and feel its the quietest storm ever witnessed in IPL that took every opposition with it in group matches, somehow CSK passed it MUMBAI won't be that lucky :)

  • Rage468 on May 26, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    ipl has totally destroyed the true spirit of cricket

  • Rage468 on May 26, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    IPL has totally destroyed the true spirit of cricket.. apart from the international players in IPL, there is not a single cricketer who can meet the international standards. Not sure about the future of IPL but it will definately hurt indian national team drastically. I see no quality player in the indian team in next 10 years or so

  • Vernacular_Press on May 26, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    MI 's are easy to beat but i need RCB in final.>>>CSK fan

  • vipulc on May 26, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Virat Kohli & Gautam Gambhir along with Harbhajan Singh are the least suited to become India captain....they are just too arrogant and egoistic ....need simpler / calmer people like Dhoni, Kumble, Dravid or Sehwag ..... Raina is a better bet !!

  • Sandy1434u on May 26, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    This Clearly Shows that CSK fans are afraid of RCB... :-)

  • on May 26, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    I think AB deVillers has been most silent this season as far as RCB batting line-up is concerned... RCB cannot back completely on Gayle for their batting... People like AB, Kohli, Saurab and kaif should lend their bats to lift their score... But its Game ON for both the sides...

  • AdithUtd on May 26, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    If malinga or bhajji remove gayle early then MI will hav the last laugh reaching the final

  • Krish_Magic on May 26, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    All CSK fans support MIi only against RCB and would want csk to retain the trophy..but even if we lose in finals to mi, we would feel somewhat happy for the one man called sachin..

  • S.N.Singh on May 26, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    GAYLE WILL BE A PROBLEM FOR MUMBAI IF HE GET ON THE GO. WITH HARBHAJAN THERE IT WILL BE A TASK FOR GAYLE. THE ONE TO BE AFRAID OF IS KHOLI, HE CAN STAY THERE. MUMBAI HAS A BETTER TEAM ON PAPER. IF TENDULKAR STAY THERE THE HAVE A CHANCE TO PUT UP A HUGE SCORE. LIKE BANGALORE, MUMBAI SHOULD OPEN THE BATTING WITH POLLARD OR HARBHAJAN. IT IS ONLY 20 OVERS. I THINK POLLARD SHOW OPEN WITH TENDULKAR, BECAREFUL OF RUN OUT. MUMBAI SHOULD WIN. S N SINGH FLORIDA

  • Nampally on May 26, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    RCB's hopes are mainly dependent on Gayle's bat. If he bats well, they win. If he fails they lose. There are other batsmen like Kohli & de Vellier. But no body has the destructive power of Gayle.Each time Gayle failed, RCB lost.So Mumbai should focus on getting Gayle out early if they have any hopes of winning. Mumbai have preferred Pollard over Symmonds because of Pollard's potential. I agree it is time for Pollard to be on the bench.Malinga, Blizzard & Franklin have done well. On paper Mumbai is definitely the better side but Gayle can single handedly beat them if he is not dismissed cheaply. Ashwin did a number on him. Can Harbhajan do the same?

  • on May 26, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    Why are people jumping to conclusion so early? Can't wait for the game? Well, yes, I do believe that RCB rely a little too much on Gayle, as skyeshwin said. However, their non-Gayle players showed the batting prowess in the game vs CSK, which RCB would have won nine times out of ten. Yes, CSK literally snatched the game from them. Kudos to CSK for such an amazing performance. But people shouldn't ignore that RCB is still a good side with likes of Kohli, de Villiers, Tiwary in for the batting and Zak and Dan for bowling. MI, too, are an amazingly balanced side. Only worry is Pollard's abysmal run, but as Shastri would say, "When the going gets tough, the tough get going." I don't think much separates the three teams left in the tournament: CSK, RCB and MI. Again, KOs are a totally different game - game of nerves, that CSK seems to have mastered in recent times. My bet would be on MI, but I wouldn't be surprised if RCB steal the show. MI must be itching to avenge their last year's defeat

  • on May 26, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    Well, Chris Gayle fears to Slinga Malinga. All the way he is found very disturbed to play his balls. I am sure, one perfect Block hole Yorker or a slower bouncer will calm this tornado.

  • on May 26, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    sorry but tomorros comments will be ''unbeatable mi ride on malinga's 5 for'' ;)

  • on May 26, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    itz better to throw the ball to the boundary than allowing gayle to hit it outside the boundary ropes .... atleast some balls will be spared for IPL2K12 :)

  • on May 26, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    Guys give me a break...defneatly...RCB will loose the match......mumbai will beat RCB easily....bcoz GALE is the only one batsmen... surely...CSK ans MI will come for finals.. there...CSK will Bear MI easily....Lets see guys...

  • on May 26, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    if gayle goes early then the game is MI if not well we all no//////////////////////

  • on May 26, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    @ Karthik Lakshmi Narasimhan: According to you that is. You will know what happens in a little bit over 24 hrs.

  • on May 26, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    hehehe....Stark62 seems to have just woken up....anyways, CSK and Dhoni rock...and no storm is going to be strong enough to stop them from defending their championship

  • on May 26, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    Malinga vs Gayle dont miss it

  • raghu1122000 on May 26, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    If you see there is a pattern to both the teams wins and losses.

    Take RCB for example. If they have to be beaten and beaten soundly, it really takes a 200+ score to actually beat them convincingly. Say for example, with a 140-150 score, can they be beaten?

    Atleast their batting doesnt look like it

    On the other hand Mumbai has choked in some pretty simple chases.

    I really feel RCB has the edge tomorrow given the aggresiveness in their batting offlate.

    Mumbai sometimes just get to slow scoring mode

  • on May 26, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    Gayle wil be Knocked by Malinga.The thing is how Mumbai take there Batting.Which is letting them Down on most occasion in 2011 IPL.Batsman throwing there wickets at wrong time.Making easy match tuff for themself.If they can get there act together in Batting they will beat any international side also.Gayle won't be having a big match.There will be more words than action for Gayle in tomarrow's match.SRT & Malinga is the Key for MI.If he satys till end and Malinga do it with Ball.Then it is all over.

  • mitgop11 on May 26, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    Rayudu's reaction was acceptable as long as he respects the opposition. However, the fact that MI comes last in the fair play award table is disheartening. Munaf had a few spats, Pollard was up against Yuvraj once and Harbajan singh was not a good boy all tournament either. Now, what does that say about the MI leadership ? Either the captain is not inspiring them to behave like the way he has behaved throughout his life or MI owners push on for wins no matter how they come!

  • skyeshwin on May 26, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    MI will reach the final instead of RCB. This is because of the fact that almost all MI players- from Kulkarni to Blizzard have contributed to their wins so far. RCB is a team which rely heavily on 4 players- Gayle, Zaheer, Kohli and to a certain extent Aravind. Players like Kaif, Arun, Tiwary etc are there just to while away their time. Certainly a team like this don't deserve to be in the final. I hope the people of Chennai will come out in large numbers tomorrow to support MI......Way to go MI!!!!!

  • Notout_Naveen on May 26, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    I guess,If RCB bats first Bhajji would take on Gayle and will start the proceedings for MI followed by Malinga, both can trap Gayle's scoring rate right away.If Mumbai fails in execution and if gayle fires then he can single handedly take the game away from Mumbai... Bangalore can rely on Kohli who has been very consistent and AB who is due for a big score and one can expect him to fire tw..

    Sachin's wicket as always will be key for RCB and I expect Symonds for tw's game in place of Pollard...Mumbai could loose wicket of Blizzard early courtesy Zaheer Khan who has a wonderful record against left handed batsmen's...Mithun will be replaced by spinner Syed Mohammed who may bowl in power play ( As chennai pitch will assist spin bowling and Sachin oflate is suspectable to left arm spin bowling).

    Both team have enough fire power to win on a given day.May the best team win..cheers!!!!

  • on May 26, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    @karthik lakshmi narayanan... Dont expect all too much... there are more die hard fans for csk in chennai... If MI comes to finals they ll be thrashed by csk.. ha ha remember previous finals!!!!!!!!!! sachin don't deliver when it is nedeed????

  • meastrostroke on May 26, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    neutral will support mumbai indians defintely......... csk supporters will support RCB for sure coz rcb will no less match collective effort put up by CSK or mumbai indians

  • Hasi_Niro on May 26, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    Get ready for the Malinga show..................

  • on May 26, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    @கார்த்திக்... you are wrong... chennai like sachin very much but still if MI come to final, chennai will support CSK more than MI... chennai the most knowledgeable crowd in the world..

  • on May 26, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    Mumbai Indians is the ManU of IPL.......can MI do t magic....???? I don't know what game the writer written......

  • elangop on May 26, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    Purple Cap (Gayle) against Purple Cap (Malinga) semifinals.. will be interesting

  • on May 26, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    this preview is not giving the complete picture... why only highlight GAYLE... please talk about the purple cap holder also... MALINGA... i think he is going to be the difference tomorrow , his performance will decide whether mum will win or not.. ( FYI - i am a CSK fan :D , its nice to watch others fighting for a place to compete with us - CSK - champions :)

  • on May 26, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    "Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages ... fasten your seat-belts for another show" GYALE AND KOHLI DE GHUMAKE

  • on May 26, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    Gayle got out when Malinga's copier bowled a Malingaish yorker to him during the Kochi Match... Now the original Malinga is going to bowl to him..... You know the results now :)

  • on May 26, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    /Chepauk will love to be regaled one final time on Friday evening. If Gayle's still in town on Saturday,//

    i disagree. tomorrow they will support sachin . if MI qualifies for final, then it might be a away game for CSK in home because of sachin

  • bheekuchatri on May 26, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    @Stark62:...too confusing? No wonder television ratings have taken a dip this year...

  • mogan707 on May 26, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    I guess MI cannot make Gayle a sideshow unless Malinga regains his initial venom that he had at the start of the tournament.I am a fan of MI but RCB are favourites to win both the matches.

  • kingcobra85 on May 26, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    if harbhajan in aggressive you guys say someone in the team must be like that but when sreesanth does the same he is out of control...same goes to kolhi....

  • rustyryan on May 26, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    Kohli- Future India's captain? You gotta be kidding. Let him mature first. On the field, He should be as sedate as his batting style. Don't want him to become the next sreesanth.

  • hakapuu on May 26, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    @Stark62: Dude where have u been!

  • on May 26, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Ironically this article has failed to mention about tournament's most successful baller Lasith Malinga.

  • abhi_cricinfo on May 26, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    My predictions on tomorrows headlines on cricinfo 1) " Gayle storm swallow Mumbai Indians " 2) "Ruthless Malinga crash-out Bangalore "

  • raghu1122000 on May 26, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    RCB is a neutrals favourite for sure

  • Stark62 on May 26, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    Huh?!?! o.O

    I don't get it!

    Wasn't kkr vs mi and rcb vs csk the semi's?

    Which means the finals should be csk vs mi!

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  • Stark62 on May 26, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    Huh?!?! o.O

    I don't get it!

    Wasn't kkr vs mi and rcb vs csk the semi's?

    Which means the finals should be csk vs mi!

  • raghu1122000 on May 26, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    RCB is a neutrals favourite for sure

  • abhi_cricinfo on May 26, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    My predictions on tomorrows headlines on cricinfo 1) " Gayle storm swallow Mumbai Indians " 2) "Ruthless Malinga crash-out Bangalore "

  • on May 26, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Ironically this article has failed to mention about tournament's most successful baller Lasith Malinga.

  • hakapuu on May 26, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    @Stark62: Dude where have u been!

  • rustyryan on May 26, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    Kohli- Future India's captain? You gotta be kidding. Let him mature first. On the field, He should be as sedate as his batting style. Don't want him to become the next sreesanth.

  • kingcobra85 on May 26, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    if harbhajan in aggressive you guys say someone in the team must be like that but when sreesanth does the same he is out of control...same goes to kolhi....

  • mogan707 on May 26, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    I guess MI cannot make Gayle a sideshow unless Malinga regains his initial venom that he had at the start of the tournament.I am a fan of MI but RCB are favourites to win both the matches.

  • bheekuchatri on May 26, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    @Stark62:...too confusing? No wonder television ratings have taken a dip this year...

  • on May 26, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    /Chepauk will love to be regaled one final time on Friday evening. If Gayle's still in town on Saturday,//

    i disagree. tomorrow they will support sachin . if MI qualifies for final, then it might be a away game for CSK in home because of sachin