Mumbai Indians v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2012, Mumbai April 21, 2012

Tendulkar set to return against Punjab


Match facts

Sunday, April 22, Mumbai
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

Big Picture

Mumbai Indians have had a five-day break since their capitulation to Delhi Daredevils in front of their home crowd. Their much vaunted batting line-up collapsed for 92, their second lowest total in IPL and without Harbhajan Singh's 33, the story could have been even worse. Since then, they have had good and bad news. Good news: Sachin Tendulkar will make a comeback after missing the previous four games. That should bring some confidence back in an otherwise inconsistent batting line-up.

But then there is the bad news. Lasith Malinga, who didn't play that game against Daredevils, is back in Sri Lanka with a troublesome back. In his absence, Mumbai Indians' bowling could lose its sting. Clint McKay, even with his regular changes of pace, doesn't pose the same threat, while RP Singh could be erratic. Harbhajan Singh is in a similar position to what Sourav Ganguly, his only victim in the tournament so far, had been - struggling to make an impact with his bowling. Ganguly acquitted himself with an all-round performance in Delhi. How will Harbhajan react?

Kings XI Punjab have problems of their own. Their team is overly dependent on their imports. They would hope to conjure some surprise in a match where the stakes are heavily in Mumbai Indians' favour. Azhar Mahmood has been a welcome addition and Parvinder Awana worked up decent pace against Royal Challengers Bangalore. However, Adam Gilchrist's availability remains uncertain.

Players to watch

Azhar Mahmood is a veteran of Twenty20 cricket. He has scored 2390 runs at a strike-rate of 143.97 and has 118 wickets against his name. The quality of his shot-making was on display against Royal Challengers as he slammed a 14-ball 33. A good all-round day for Mahmood could easily translate to a good day for Kings XI.

Munaf Patel will have the responsibility of leading Mumbai Indians' bowling attack. Munaf has picked up wickets, while being economical, and he would fancy his chances against Kings XI in a bid to get the purple cap back.

2011 head-to-head

Mumbai Indians played Kings XI twice in 2011. They won the home game by 23 runs after fifties from Tendulkar and Ambati Rayudu but lost the away game by 76 runs as they were bowled out for 87, their lowest score in IPL.

Stats and trivia

  • Sachin Tendulkar is the top boundary-hitter in IPL. He has hit 219 fours in 52 innings.
  • Praveen Kumar has bowled 208.2 overs in IPL, which is only second to Irfan Pathan's 212.3. Praveen tops the list for runs conceded with 1653.
  • Mumbai Indians' overall win-loss record is 3-5 against Kings XI


    "He's fine to play and is playing tomorrow."
    Robin Singh, Mumbai Indians' coach on Sachin Tendulkar

    "He has played a lot of Twenty20 cricket all over the world. You just saw, in the very first game, the way he batted for our team and the way he bowled."
    Piyush Chawla on Azhar Mahmood's debut in IPL 2012

    Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sourav on April 22, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    MI may catchup for Play offs but they have to pull their socks. There are always 2 major issues with MI batting especially : 1. They dont trust uncapped player like Suryaumar Yadav.He is a good batsman and should be given one more chance.They made mistake earlier by not going for Rahane.He would have been the perfect opener. 2. They didnt bought finishers.They let go Bravo.Again a majr mistake.and they keep buying oldies after Jayasurya failed in earlier seasonss. Playing XI - Sachin,Levi,Rayudu,Rohit,SK Yadav,Pollard,Franklin,Harbhajan,Mckay,Munaf,Ojha

    Dinesh Kartik was a good buy, but i feel MI need good lower middle batsman allrounders who can finish the game.Let Rayudu do the keeping. He kept in Champions league as well.

  • Jonem on April 22, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    1.Sachin 2.Levi 3.Gibbs 4.Rohit 5.Pollard 5.karthik 6.Rayadu 7.Parera 8.Harbhajan 9.Rp singh 10.Ojha 11. Patel Perfect playing 11 for mumbai indians

  • maherban on April 22, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    1 sachin 2 levi 3 rayudu 4 rohit 5 pollard 6 marathe 7 perra 8 bhajii 9 johnshon / mckay/franklin/peterson 10 rp singh 11 munaf this special commbination

  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    We would like to mitchel Johnson in playing XI. He is also a good hitter.

  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    I Think KXIP win the Today Match

  • Mohamed on April 22, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Without Malinga, mumbai indians are really weaker than Punjab and Deccan. Malinga has won 75% of the matches for MI. I hope they won't finish last in this year's IPL.

  • Amirul Islam on April 22, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    interest will be sky high as sachin is back for MI. good luck to the greatest cricketer & MI.

  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Some people think, malinga was the only key player in Mumbai Indians, i do agree with them, he can change anything anytime, he is best one they got, but to tell you Honestly, its not only him who can guide them to win, MI has a good batting order, after Sachin's come back, i think they gonna rock, but at the END Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar. KXIP is not at all a bad team, after Azhar Mehmood entry they seems to be strong enough. apart from this if the bowlers like DADA ( Ganguly ) can change the matches,Than i think Malinga's Absence is not big deal for Mumbai Indians. !!! Good Luck For MI & KXIP.. !!

  • Rohan on April 22, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    no one can stop mumbai with sachin in it!!

  • BHAVUK on April 22, 2012, 8:19 GMT


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