Deccan Chargers v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2012, Visakhapatnam April 8, 2012

Wounded Chargers take on hurt Mumbai Indians


Match facts

Monday, April 9, Visakhapatnam
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

This is a game between wounded and hurt teams. Deccan Chargers are the more wounded of the two. Already missing big names, they were without their two big hopes, Kumar Sangakkara and Amit Mishra, when they lost to Chennai Super Kings, who had been thumped by Mumbai Indians earlier, Chargers' next opponents. Now, though, Chargers are optimistic about Sangakkara and Mishra, who will both join the team before the start of the game. They will be hoping the two join them ready to play: Sangakkara is flying straight from a gruelling Test series against England, and Mishra is recovering from shin and shoulder injuries, and a hernia operation.

Monday provides Chargers a chance to upset the slightly shaky Mumbai Indians. It is not an easy job, though. Mumbai Indians have all the means at their disposal, except for Sachin Tendulkar who could miss another game because of his finger injury. They are more hurting than wounded after having lost to the unfancied Pune Warriors India. One big glitch, though, is that even after so many seasons they don't know how to use Kieron Pollard the batsman.

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Players to watch

Visakhapatnam proved to be a high-scoring venue, just the kind the IPL chairman wants. Richard Levi might not mind it either, with his Popeye arms and manic swings. A sample of it was seen when he scored a fifty on IPL debut, against Super Kings.

Daniel Christian is one of the few big names Chargers have in their squad. He has been more of a bowling allrounder for Australia, but for a weak Chargers side he might need to step up with the bat too.

2011 head-to-head

Chargers managed to upset Mumbai Indians in one of their matches last year, but were beaten comprehensively in the other.

Stats and trivia

  • Mumbai Indians have the services of the three leading wicket-takers in IPL history: Lasith Malinga (65), RP Singh (64) and Pragyan Ojha (63).

  • Sangakkara is coming off his worst Test series, which included two golden ducks and a total of 35 runs.


"We can't do anything about injuries. You can't control that. The way I look at it is that it gives the young guys a chance."
Chargers coach Darren Lehmann

"Dada [Sourav Ganguly] is a very special captain. He captained India for so long and so well, and made us believe we are match-winners. Today he again showed his skills as a captain with his bowling changes. I have learned a lot from him."
Harbhajan Singh returns the compliment after getting captaincy props from Ganguly

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on April 9, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    I think mumbai indian have a very good and balanced team!!!

  • Dummy4 on April 9, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    DC team doesnt have enough firepower, passion, players whom we can bank apart from a very few. Not many people would bet on DC to be in the semi's, i'm certainly not ..... are you confident enough?? Nothing is meant to be offensive, i just shared my thoughts.

  • Dummy4 on April 9, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Every team should have all kinds of players (nudger, big hitter, steady the innings). Duminy is not consistent enough, that is why he is in and out of SA team. Did Daniel Christian win any Big Bash T20 matches on his own ... he is a very good bowling allrounder. I'm not a big fan of Pollard either, he is musclar enough to clear the ground even if its mis-timed. You cant bank on such players, but the opposing teams knows what he is capable off which creates some panic. Pollard is tailor suited for T20 but not for ODI and thinking himself for Tests is unimaginable. Having players like Pollard, Yousuf etc., doesn't guarantee you success .. to be contd

  • Dummy4 on April 9, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    @ Mr.PALindrome - answers to questions raised. 1) I am not completely against class players like sanga, mahela etc., Their quality and class is unquestionable. They won more matches in ODI's but not in T20's. Mahela has proved his ability in T20 and he has more shots in his armour than sanga. Sanga hasn't made a bigger impact in T20. SL won more bcoz of Dilshan, Mahela and Malinga. Sanga's contribution is not a great one in T20, but in ODI's and Tests he made a niche for himself. Do you think Sangakkara would intimidate opposition or Pollard, Bravo, Yousuf etc., have a great impact on the opposition. No body is bound to make runs in every single game they play. Given the format they are playing there should be not many dot ball played esp in indian wickets which are mostly batting friendly .. to be contd

  • Ramesh on April 9, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    At the end of IPL 5, Punjab will feed on the bottom with DC hanging a level above them. Cameron White is good but the team is just about average.

  • Dummy4 on April 9, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    The team must have sanga,dhawan,parthiv,cameron white,daniel christian,Abishek Jhunjhunwala,Tanmay Mishra,Amit Mishra,Steyn,Sunny sohal,Anand Rajan

  • Dummy4 on April 9, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    No offence meant but Deccan Chargers and Kings XI Punjab are 2 hopeless teams.. I wish they buy some really gud stuff atleast in the next year's IPL and not sit clueless like they were in the last auction esp the KIXP.. How on earth can some1 let go Yuvi, Sanga, Irfan, Mahela, Shreeshant and not buy players who are atleast equal if not more better than them..

  • Varun on April 9, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Where is Mitchell Johnson? He has completed disappeared from the radar over the past few months. He is a fantastic bowler in all forms of the game. Of course, it will be difficult for him to get a game in Malinga's presence but where is he? He is never visible on the bench. Has he recovered completely from his injury or is he still in rehabilitation?

  • Varun on April 9, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    @ Christopher Harris: I agree with you completely. DC needs a couple of big-hitting T20 batsmen in the middle order that can exploit the foundation built by Sangakkara. Duminy is a good fit for that, but as you say, he has some technical flaws and still hasn't completely found his feet at the international level, but I guess the IPL is all about moulding young talent like Duminy (though he's been around playing for SA for quite a while now). All in all, the blame for DC's debacle should be placed squarely on the shoulders of the team owners and management for making unfathomable decisions during the player auction and transfer window. Why would they trade away Kevin Pietersen and Pragyan Ojha? It is unfair to the fans of the team as they will inevitably lose all or most of the matches they play in this season of the IPL. Ridiculous!

  • Rajeev on April 9, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    @Zaheer Hussain: Yes, they should discover a highly talented player from their under 18 players. But can you guarantee that they will not sell that player to other franchise after becoming superstar ?

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