Mumbai Indians v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2012, Mumbai April 15, 2012

Clash of the heavyweights

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Match facts

Monday, April 16, Mumbai
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

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Two of the most power-packed IPL sides, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils, take on each other on Monday at the Wankhede Stadium after having had relatively long breaks, by IPL standards, of five and four days respectively. Mumbai Indians and Daredevils have had decent starts to the season. The Daredevils crushed defending champions Chennai Super Kings with nearly seven overs to spare in their previous game. Mumbai Indians overcame a stiff challenge from Owais Shah to beat Rajasthan Royals in front of a packed Wankhede.

The good news for the home side is that Sachin Tendulkar batted against a few throwdowns yesterday. Tendulkar has not played a game since injuring his finger in Mumbai Indians' season opener against Super Kings. Will they rush him into the playing XI? Richard Levi, the Mumbai Indians opener, said that they would take a call on Tendulkar tomorrow.

Tendulkar's replacements at the top of the order have struggled to provide starts but the heavyweight middle order and a world-class bowling attack have not let that come in the way of posting three wins from four games.

Daredevils look a completely different side with the availability of Mahela Jayawardene, Kevin Pietersen and now, Ross Taylor, who has declared himself "95% fit". Daredevils will have to figure out how to play all three overseas batsmen, though. Leaving out Roelof van der Merwe weakens the spin-bowling department, an area in which Daredevils are already short.

Players to watch

Lasith Malinga wrecked Daredevils for just 95 last season in Delhi. Malinga had figures of 3.4-1-13-5, and his maiden over was to Virender Sehwag, of all batsmen. It was Malinga who turned Mumbai Indians' previous game against Royals, bowling the rampaging Shah with a yorker.

Fresh from a match-winning 151 in England's second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo, Kevin Pietersen smashed an unbeaten 42 from 26 deliveries against Super Kings. The IPL may not be a big draw in England; Pietersen is here to enjoy himself, though.

2011 head-to-head

Mumbai Indians beat Daredevils in both meetings last year. Malinga was all over them in Delhi, and an all-round performance proved too much for the visitors in Mumbai.

Stats and trivia

  • Daredevils' 98-run loss to Mumbai Indians in 2010 was their second-largest in terms of runs, and the fourth-largest in the history of the IPL
  • Malinga's economy-rate of 4.54 is the best so far this season (minimum five overs bowled)

    Quotes

    "If the communication is good, doesn't matter, whoever you are batting with is alright."
    Richard Levi is not bothered about having batted with three different opening partners in four games so far

    Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY dork29 on | April 16, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Tendulkar not playing??? Then MI might actually win...I am a DD fan, but I would have been more comfortable if Tendu played...bcoz that would automatically mean MI will lose.

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Whoever wins today would move to number 1 slot.

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    DD is fav for today game no Doubt on that , DD have shewag ,Kp ,Mahela morne morkel also in good form , other hand Mi have some problem tendulkar still not fully fit openers also not click .

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    Though I'm a supporter of DD, but it doesn't really matter for me who is going to win this game. What really matters is to see some fantastic batting performance either by Sehwag or by Sachin.. I'm a fan of these two class INDIAN openers.. :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    if sachin play tody,,mumbai will loss da game

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | April 16, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Drop Franklin get PERERA in!

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    MI team: Sachin, Levi, Rohi, Rayudu, Pollard, Kartik, Bajji, Jahnson, Malinga, Munaf, Ojha.

  • POSTED BY justtogood on | April 16, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    When LEVI gets going the game will be taken away from DD, no Sehwag or KP will be able to save them today!!!! Malinga is also to good with the ball.....in effect you will only have 18 overs with him in Mumbai's team and DD have got a average bowling attack!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    DD is favourite for this game and the tournament as well...

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    DD is going to rock with Sehwag, KP, Mahela and Rossy going to take charge. Especially Sehwag is going to thrash Malinga Salinga, long time due from Sehwag and tonite he is going to give it back on face of MI. Cmon DD!!!

  • POSTED BY dork29 on | April 16, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Tendulkar not playing??? Then MI might actually win...I am a DD fan, but I would have been more comfortable if Tendu played...bcoz that would automatically mean MI will lose.

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Whoever wins today would move to number 1 slot.

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    DD is fav for today game no Doubt on that , DD have shewag ,Kp ,Mahela morne morkel also in good form , other hand Mi have some problem tendulkar still not fully fit openers also not click .

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    Though I'm a supporter of DD, but it doesn't really matter for me who is going to win this game. What really matters is to see some fantastic batting performance either by Sehwag or by Sachin.. I'm a fan of these two class INDIAN openers.. :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    if sachin play tody,,mumbai will loss da game

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | April 16, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Drop Franklin get PERERA in!

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    MI team: Sachin, Levi, Rohi, Rayudu, Pollard, Kartik, Bajji, Jahnson, Malinga, Munaf, Ojha.

  • POSTED BY justtogood on | April 16, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    When LEVI gets going the game will be taken away from DD, no Sehwag or KP will be able to save them today!!!! Malinga is also to good with the ball.....in effect you will only have 18 overs with him in Mumbai's team and DD have got a average bowling attack!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    DD is favourite for this game and the tournament as well...

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    DD is going to rock with Sehwag, KP, Mahela and Rossy going to take charge. Especially Sehwag is going to thrash Malinga Salinga, long time due from Sehwag and tonite he is going to give it back on face of MI. Cmon DD!!!

  • POSTED BY montys_muse on | April 16, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Delhi should be playing van der Merwe as hes not just a spin bowler but also a quality batsman in this format...

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    today must win mumbay to get the top place

  • POSTED BY viksy77 on | April 16, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    btw...does sm1 have any idea abt whr is varun aaron and when will he be back??

  • POSTED BY andrew27994 on | April 16, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Mumbai Indians ( My Playing XI): Levi, Sachin, Davy Jacobs, Ambati Rayudu, Rohit Sharma, Pollard, Karthik, Harbhajan, Munaf Patel, Chahal, Malinga. Delhi Daredevils ( My Playing XI): Jayawardene, Sehwag, Pietersen, Rao, Naman Ojha, Russell, Irfan, Nagar, Nadeem, Morne Morkel, Yadav.

    For Mumbai Indians, I would like to see the leg spinner Chahal play as Ojha hasn't been at his best this tournament. Chahal has a decent record in recent first class matches and also performed well in the Champions League 2011. He could be the surprise package in the IPL this year. As for Delhi Daredevils, I would like to see Russell get an opportunity because not only is he a useful all-rounder but has been in very good form against Australia. He was West Indies best bowler and fielder in that series and also played a very serious part in securing good totals for West Indies innings along with Pollard and Sammy. So he is tailormade for T20s.

  • POSTED BY rsurya on | April 16, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Franklin is like dhoni who bats slowly without any plan and succeeds rarely. Both were named bighitters in the history.

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    If Sachin is playing then 100% MI batsman will rock today...

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Hey.... Everyone is highlighting Viru, Mahela n KP. But one thing they must remember, Leading wicket takers are in MI side. Today is fight in between Malinga n Munaf for getting top order of DD... Comn MI...

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    @ Keval Borkhatariya 210 is far big I doubt Delhi will able to cross 100 against Malinga and Munaf. @Ravindra Kumar @rPramodya @Abdul Waki @Sam Yuvil: Delhi is not gona win. @G.SHYAM @MALAY10 Agree than Johnson is vetter bowler than Frank. Franklin is playing because he is all rounder. Johnson is injured so not in XI. @Rajeev129 Wishing to Sach play today. @Sunil Xavier That shows how team got big options like no other got.! @NUMASTRO Nice tagline.!

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | April 16, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    @Xavier, are u talking abt Lance Gibbs of west indies who played during 1934 ?

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    @SunilXavier : That was indeed a good joke !!

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    In this IPL V season, Delhi dare devils is on of the strongest team. In my view it can beat any team with their powerful batsman. For todays match my Eleven is Sehwag, Jayawardene, Naman, Peterson, Taylor, Rao, Irfan, Yogesh, Morkel, Umesh and Nadeem.

  • POSTED BY isurufdo247 on | April 16, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    thisara perera shd play 4 da place f james franklin........

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Why Franklin? Why not Perera? Remember how he played in WC final!

  • POSTED BY MAK123 on | April 16, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    Tendulkar or no Tendulkar - DD is the team for today!

  • POSTED BY sajidrock on | April 16, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    MI are definately going to win, they also have stronger side, they also have players like Rohit Sharma, Pollar, Raydu, Malinga, Munaf & Ojha, todays match is definately going to be interested and it will be a tough match......i wil cheer for MI but the team who will perform better will win....

  • POSTED BY Prashanth12 on | April 16, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Daredevils have not won Three consecutive they LOST there 2nd Match to RCB.

  • POSTED BY sajidrock on | April 16, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    Mumbai Indians will definitely will today, do'nt forget Mumbai Indians are also playing with strong side will strong players such as Sachin, Rohit and the mighty inform Pollard and in bowling they have key bowlers such as Malinga, Munaf and Ojha....todays match will be interesting and nail biting match.....Come on Mumbai Indians........

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    I think Delhi Win Today match

  • POSTED BY MALAY10 on | April 16, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    I think the debate at this point in time is, more than dd batting Vs mi bowling, its going to be dd bowling Vs mi batting that's gonna decide today's winner.

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Delhi Daredevils With the finest batsmen from the world goin to rock today. Ross taylor should be played instead of merve bcoz batting power needs to be strong and i think by taking ross taylor it would be 100% power pack for daredevils. So if ross goin to play today the target will be 210 to the mumbai...KHELO FRONT FOOT PE...

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Delhi will we win the mathc, i Suppose /

    as per My View the 11 players will be, Sehwag, Mahela, Kevin, Naman, Irfan,Umesh,Merve, Morkal Yogesh,Rao,Nadeem

  • POSTED BY G.SHYAM on | April 16, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    Everyone is talking about bringing Johnson in to the playing 11 but I couldn't even see him in the dugout.Is he feeling Mumbai blues in summer!!!

  • POSTED BY G.SHYAM on | April 16, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    I just do not understand whats Franklin is doing in playing 11. MI should be better off with Johnson.

  • POSTED BY rPramodya on | April 16, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Delhi Daredevils are gonna thrash the Mumbai Indians with explosive batting from Mahela and KP and fire from Morne Morkel.

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    i wish to winner time is D.D i like swage and peterson to

  • POSTED BY MALAY10 on | April 16, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    Its high time that Mitchell Johnson is bought into playing 11 in place of James Franklin. Mitchell brings a lot to the team as a bowler rather than Franklin in any of the roles. And since anyways either of them comes at fall of 5-6 wickets, no of balls to be faced is less, Johnson/Franklin choice is irrelevant to face less balls, but Johnson will add more weight to bowling.

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    It is very interest match..but delhi going to rock this match with the help of KP,Mahela and Rossy .............

  • POSTED BY Rajeev129 on | April 16, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Sachin must not play this game. Whole world knows that Morne Morkel is much dangerous than Doug Bollinger in bowling bouncers.

  • POSTED BY Rajeev129 on | April 16, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    @Sunil Xavier: Its very clear that you have not followed cricket in last 5/6 years and only restarted watching cricket with IPL V.

  • POSTED BY div09 on | April 16, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    Mr. Sunil Xavier - Whenever its pollards day...the opposition has no chance and malinga is the best bowler in the world for limited overs and specially t20 and gibbs isnt that good...........we already have 3 people who can go at no.3 rayudu, karthik, and sharma and gibbs can only play at no.3 otherwise he will fail if an international player was playin at that position then maybe gibbs would be considered.!

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    pollard,malinga playing...gibbs not in playing 11... funny mumbai indians

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    it will surely be Delhi daredevils on the winning side. Winning 3 consecutive games is very tough in this unpredictable tournament. I think delhi should bat first and put on a big total on the board as batting first has always been helpful. Delhi can definitely defend a competitive total with their strong inform bowling line up. i hope irfan pathan bowls well today

  • POSTED BY addicted.samyam on | April 16, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    Jaydev Shah or Sushant Marathe should open with Richard Levi...instead of T Suman.. rest of the side should be unchanged from the last game. if sachin is not playing tat is.

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    @natasrik : yup rahane is playing well but he is inconsistent in odi's .. don't worry mate sachin himself don't plays every ODI match . my suggestion is if he performs phenomenal in ranji's & ipl .. he will open innings with sachin gambier kohli fallows , in ODI'S . lets think about T20 world cup : uthappa ?? rahane ?? shewag ?? with gambier very critical to choose among .!!

  • POSTED BY rsurya on | April 16, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    Franklin replaced with perera or johnson will make mumbai unbeatable.

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    Mumbai will win 2day & also the IPL FINAL

  • POSTED BY Rens on | April 16, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    natasrik , Sachin doesn't want to make way for Rahane, he has to find one on his own!. Sachin did the same when he was young!. And if you really need some one to make a way for Rahane, why not Sehwag? So here the concern is not the love to Rahane, but the 'love' to Sachin.

  • POSTED BY senthil25 on | April 16, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    its going to be very good match Sachin Vs Sehwag & Jayawardne Vs Malinga.......good to see the blasting hits tonight.............i hope delhi will wins this match......becouse they having good hitters & sensible batsmans in there team, anyway its not going to easy when face malinga.........all best for both a teams....................

  • POSTED BY NUMASTRO on | April 16, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Salutaion! Today's a match between Mumbai Indians & Delhi Daredevils would be nerve locking bcoz both the teams are fully loaded. Batting, bowling, fielding all these departments are extremely good.

    In this particular "Heavy Weight Championship" match I'm in great favor of Mumbai Indians.

    Bhajji Kamaal - Mumbai Dhamaal is my slogan for this match.

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Well Mahela's got two consecutive centuries in his bag, with KP in the side, just Malinga won't be enough to stop the massacre

  • POSTED BY pai11 on | April 16, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    hope this will be a fantastic match. how i wish this was on a weekend!

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    espn cricinfo should also give views about the pitch and conditions

  • POSTED BY natasrik on | April 16, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    Whether Sachin plays todays game or not is immaterial but he definitely have to make way for the young Rahane, who has been playing well so far with the chances given. I know Rahane is not in MI team but now I am talking about team India in shorter form of the game (odi) keeping in view of the next world cup 2015. Sachin fans please don't compare Sachin with other players who are playing in the middle order. Sachin plays as a opener in ODI'S so one has to replace a opener with a opener.

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  • POSTED BY natasrik on | April 16, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    Whether Sachin plays todays game or not is immaterial but he definitely have to make way for the young Rahane, who has been playing well so far with the chances given. I know Rahane is not in MI team but now I am talking about team India in shorter form of the game (odi) keeping in view of the next world cup 2015. Sachin fans please don't compare Sachin with other players who are playing in the middle order. Sachin plays as a opener in ODI'S so one has to replace a opener with a opener.

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    espn cricinfo should also give views about the pitch and conditions

  • POSTED BY pai11 on | April 16, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    hope this will be a fantastic match. how i wish this was on a weekend!

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Well Mahela's got two consecutive centuries in his bag, with KP in the side, just Malinga won't be enough to stop the massacre

  • POSTED BY NUMASTRO on | April 16, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Salutaion! Today's a match between Mumbai Indians & Delhi Daredevils would be nerve locking bcoz both the teams are fully loaded. Batting, bowling, fielding all these departments are extremely good.

    In this particular "Heavy Weight Championship" match I'm in great favor of Mumbai Indians.

    Bhajji Kamaal - Mumbai Dhamaal is my slogan for this match.

  • POSTED BY senthil25 on | April 16, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    its going to be very good match Sachin Vs Sehwag & Jayawardne Vs Malinga.......good to see the blasting hits tonight.............i hope delhi will wins this match......becouse they having good hitters & sensible batsmans in there team, anyway its not going to easy when face malinga.........all best for both a teams....................

  • POSTED BY Rens on | April 16, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    natasrik , Sachin doesn't want to make way for Rahane, he has to find one on his own!. Sachin did the same when he was young!. And if you really need some one to make a way for Rahane, why not Sehwag? So here the concern is not the love to Rahane, but the 'love' to Sachin.

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    Mumbai will win 2day & also the IPL FINAL

  • POSTED BY rsurya on | April 16, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    Franklin replaced with perera or johnson will make mumbai unbeatable.

  • POSTED BY on | April 16, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    @natasrik : yup rahane is playing well but he is inconsistent in odi's .. don't worry mate sachin himself don't plays every ODI match . my suggestion is if he performs phenomenal in ranji's & ipl .. he will open innings with sachin gambier kohli fallows , in ODI'S . lets think about T20 world cup : uthappa ?? rahane ?? shewag ?? with gambier very critical to choose among .!!