Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2012, Delhi April 26, 2012

Mumbai face Delhi heat


Match facts

Friday, April 27, Delhi
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

Mumbai Indians travel to Delhi with a chance to join the home side at the top of the table at the halfway stage in the tournament. Currently, just two points separate the top seven teams and Delhi Daredevils would hope to consolidate their lead.

The two teams met in Mumbai ten days ago in a match that promised a lot. However, a Sachin Tendulkar and Lasith Malinga-less Mumbai Indians' team was blown away by Daredevils' pace attack to be dismissed for 92. Since then, Mumbai Indians have posted 163 and 171 in two matches against Kings XI Punjab, but their bowling has been taken for runs as well.

When he played alongside Malinga this season, Munaf Patel picked up ten wickets at an economy-rate of 6.34. In the last three games since Malinga's injury, Munaf has bowled 11 wicketless overs at an economy-rate of 8.81. The figures for Mumbai Indians' captain Harbhajan Singh reflect the same story. Harbhajan, who has just one wicket this season, had an economy-rate of 6.73 with Malinga in the attack. He has gone for nine an over in the absence of Malinga. However, Malinga has rejoined the team now and is likely to be available for selection.

Since their easy win in Mumbai, Daredevils' batting has been led by Virender Sehwag and Kevin Pietersen, who have scored 151 and 162 runs in the last three games. With Mahela Jayawardene and Ross Taylor waiting for their chance to fire, Daredevils' batting would hold the edge. In the last two games against Pune Warriors, Daredevils' bowlers have struggled to take wickets and stop the run flow. Against, a strong Mumbai Indians' batting, the Morne Morkel-led attack would hope to repeat their Mumbai performance.

Form guide

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Delhi Daredevils: WLWWW
Mumbai Indians: WLLWW

Players to watch

Sachin Tendulkar doesn't rely on big shots. Daredevils' pace might be more useful for Tendulkar to play his cuts and flicks. He would be looking to provide solidity from one end allowing other attacking batsmen to play around him.

In the first five games, Virender Sehwag scored 20, 0, 33, 32 and 7, wasting a few starts. But in the last two matches, he has scored two fifties at a strike rate of 180 and has looked intent to bat longer.

Stats and trivia

  • Sachin Tendulkar has hit 226 fours, the highest in IPL history. Sehwag is third on the list with 191. However, for all batsmen who have scored more than 1000 runs in the IPL, Tendulkar has hit the second lowest number of sixes - 21.
  • Irfan Pathan has bowled the most deliveries in the IPL - 1323.


    "Lord's is traditional, English. There are knowledgeable people. At Kotla it is intense, loud. I have lot of respect for crowd here. It's loudest than any other [ground]."
    Kevin Pietersen when asked to compare the two grounds

    " He [Harbhajan] is a good bowler and his time will come. I am sure he will come into his own."
    Shaun Pollock, Mumbai Indians' coach

    Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on April 27, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    ery good very nice cricket

  • Dummy4 on April 27, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    veeru&jaywerdne is done thair work dd must be won the match

  • NAVANEETH on April 27, 2012, 14:15 GMT


  • Dummy4 on April 27, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    @travis thomas...well seems that judging an outstanding player(triple centurion) in a way off a meaning less have seen how bowlers frustrated every time when he is keep going.really it wont surprise that of malinga taking the middle timber rolling..any one can take any wicket at any time N finally wen talking about SEHWAG....remember world have seen n enjoyed A CLASSICAL HITTER THAT ANY OTHER BATSMAN IN THE WORLD

  • Dummy4 on April 27, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Is there a way to drop Harbhajan Singh? He has done nothing during the season. His captaincy is below par, his bowling borders on the rubbish and his ungainly swipes with the bat, makes one wonder if this is the same man who had two back to back Test hundreds.

  • Dipanjan on April 27, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    With the inclusion of Sachin & Malinga, MI can take revenge of their hammering by DD 10 days ago. If pollard get his blade going..then God save DD. But the bowling is a matter of concern.Munaf & RP not even nearer to be in the squad. Johnson should be there if he is fit.

  • Ali on April 27, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    lol... Dehli do not hold a batting edge .... Mumbai's batting has under performed in this year's IPL ...

    but if the laws of Stats holds, Mumbai are overdue for a big score.. will one of Mumbai's class acts come good today?

    will Sehwag continue his run of form?

    will Malinga play? and what of Sachin ..

    even though, Mumbai are 7th, I think this is a dress rehearsal of the final ...

    if Mumbai win they will move up 5 spots to 2nd ....

  • Sanjeev on April 27, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Humm!!! lots of discussion going around. since both are my fab teams,,i would love to watch tight match. MI needs new captain,,,punjabi bhajji should be their main strike bowler. He is afraid to bowl now a days. :)

  • Kiran on April 27, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    I think now it's high time for MI to pick one additional batsman. Technically they are playing only 3 batsman, Sachin, Rayadu and Rohit. Other are all-rounders like Franklin and Pollard. I also think that Kartik should make way for some additional batter and Rayadu should again take responsibility of W.K. as he did since IPL-1. Bhajji also think to utilize his bowling resources properly. Under utilization of Robin Peterson and Franklin is hurting them long way. I hope something good happens and MI takes some actions.

  • Dummy4 on April 27, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    Bhajji should retire. Peterson bowled so well but given just 1 over and then he bowls Munaf who was bowling full tosses and he still persists with him instead of bringing in Peterson. Peterson could not have done worse than what Munaf had done. Drop both Munaf and Bhajji.

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