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

Mumbai face Delhi heat

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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

(most recent first)

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.

    Quotes

    "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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  • on April 27, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    ery good very nice cricket

  • on April 27, 2012, 16:09 GMT

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

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

    MI IS THE TEAM TODAY! SACH N ROHIT LL ROCK TODAY!

  • on April 27, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    @travis thomas...well seems that judging an outstanding player(triple centurion) in a way off techinic-less..is a meaning less words...world 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

  • 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_p 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.

  • Rally_Windies 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 ....

  • Mr.Nepal 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. :)

  • MANKIRAN 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.

  • 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.

  • on April 27, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    ery good very nice cricket

  • on April 27, 2012, 16:09 GMT

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

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

    MI IS THE TEAM TODAY! SACH N ROHIT LL ROCK TODAY!

  • on April 27, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    @travis thomas...well seems that judging an outstanding player(triple centurion) in a way off techinic-less..is a meaning less words...world 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

  • 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_p 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.

  • Rally_Windies 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 ....

  • Mr.Nepal 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. :)

  • MANKIRAN 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.

  • 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.

  • SushantBodke on April 27, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Harbhajan should be 'rested' for the rest of the matches. He is not doing anything.

  • AK_81 on April 27, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    @ aamir90: brother onyl 4 overseas player r allowed not 5...which u have selected for MI.......even if they play whole 11 overseas player they r still goin to be on loosing side as DD r to strong team to beat.....

  • on April 27, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    @PhaniBhaskar24 hahahaha that's hilarious! Malinga has almost always had the better of the unpredictable, technique-less Sehwag. I won't be surprised if he uproots his middle stump first ball when Sehwag will be trying to pull the ball! Malinga will have his work cut out, however, against quality batsman like Mahela, Taylor and of course Pietersen

  • on April 27, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    I THICK MI WILL WIN IN TODAYS MATCH MI TODAY SQUAD - SACHIN FRANKLIN ROHIT RAYUDU KARTHIK POLLARD HARBHAJAN MALINGA ROBIN PETERSON RP SINGH MUNAF

  • on April 27, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    to day the match b/n Sachin vs Sehwag, excellent match cmng up.. dont miss it

  • aamir90 on April 27, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    THE TEAMS WILL BE LIKE THIS: DELHI: SEHWAG, JAYAWERDENA, K PETERSON, N OJHA, C INGRAM, VENUGOPAL RAO, IRFAN PATHAN, M MORKEL, UMESH YADAV, S NADEEM & V AARON MUMBAI: TENDULKAR, LEVI, R SHARMA, RAYUDU, D KARTHIK, K POLLARD, T SUMAN , HARBHAJAN, M JOHNSON, MALINGA & M PATEL. MI WILL BE BATTING FIRST IN THIS MATCH AND MI VL WIN DA MATCH......

  • Mr-DHANRAJ on April 27, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    Again MI will take a Charge ......Because they Can Do....MI to Mission Possible.

  • on April 27, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    From the past two games Mumbai s playing with 5 main bowlers and 3 all-rounders.harbhajan is failed to utilize his bowler.like in last match Peterson should have given more overs instead of himself.Mumbai must play levi as an extra batsman.seven batsmen and four bowlers must be the combination.unfortunately there is no good replacement for Dinesh kartik in the team.according to me team should be like this.1.R Levi 2. S.Tendulkar 3. R.Sharma 4 K Pollard.5 A Rayudu 6.J Franklin 7.D Kartik(or give some one else chance) 8.H Singh(or he should be dropped like vittori)9.R peterson 10.C Mckay (or L Malinga when available)11 M Patel.you can see batting depth up to 8 with 7 bowling options...

  • The-love on April 27, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    I think DD are going to beat MI very badly today.Their all the players are in top form ,on the other side MI are struggling.They don't have any player who is performing continuously....although they have many match-winning players but except malinga i don't find anyone for whom you can be sure that he is going to perform today.... @phaniBhaskar24 Malinga is the same bowler who dismissed sehwag on duck in WC final....sehwag has never played malinga confidentally....I think story will be the same today....

  • aamir90 on April 27, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    THE TEAMS WILL BE LIKE THIS: DELHI: SEHWAG, JAYAWERDENA, K PETERSON, N OJHA, C INGRAM, VENUGOPAL RAO, IRFAN PATHAN, M MORKEL, UMESH YADAV, S NADEEM & V AARON MUMBAI: TENDULKAR, LEVI, R SHARMA, RAYUDU, D KARTHIK, K POLLARD, J FRANKLIN, HARBHAJAN, M JOHNSON, MALINGA & M PATEL. MI WILL BE BATTING FIRST IN THIS MATCH AND MI VL WIN DA MATCH......

  • on April 27, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    Big factor is MALINGA back in MI ! now we can expect a wonderful match.

  • on April 27, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    until i posted this comment there were 38 times Malinga mentioned and only 11 times Sachin mentioned. Now that shows how much of a impact malinga has on the MI side. (just watching)

  • aamir90 on April 27, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    THE TEAMS WILL BE LIKE THIS:

    DELHI: SEHWAG, JAYAWERDENA, K PETERSON, N OJHA, C INGRAM, VENUGOPAL RAO, IRFAN PATHAN, M MORKEL, UMESH YADAV, S NADEEM & V AARON

    MUMBAI: TENDULKAR, LEVI, R SHARMA, RAYUDU, D KARTHIK, K POLLARD, J FRANKLIN, HARBHAJAN, M JOHNSON, MALINGA & M PATEL.

    MI WILL BE BATTING FIRST IN THIS MATCH AND MI VL WIN DA MATCH......

  • on April 27, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    MI shuld play johnson in place of Mckay

  • zahidtaniv on April 27, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Well, I forgot Robin Peterson in my last post, he deserves to be in. But in place of whom?

  • on April 27, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    To Frank ,

    Mi love Mallinga and he is also getting money ..Only love of srilankans is not enough..Mallinga is still playing for srilanka as other srilankan players...

  • gannyboy on April 27, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    Karthik needs to bat higher, whenever he is in the crease he makes sure that the things move along at a brisk pace and its disappointing to see Bhajji not taking the ball when the teams in pressure rite now he is trying to play safe which is sad to see as a Bhajji fan.

  • PhaniBhaskar24 on April 27, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    @ all Malinga Supporters, pray that Malinga will take rest for this match also, as the batsmen he will be bowling at is sehwag. With malinga pace, Sehwag will work him around just like net practice. In terms of match, Delhi has a sligt advantage than Mumbai as they are in good momentum. MI to change their fortunes, remove Harbhajan as captain, give Sharma a go..as someone already pointed out

  • on April 27, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Well ,ALl Delhi fans ,Dont write off MI so soon ,They stiil win 4 other matches,The GOD is back this will give MI not only batting strength but also confidence,Inclusion of Mallinga will make the bowling attack more economical.I am expecting few chnages in the team..for gods sake please drop bhajji for 1 or 2 matches.You can play suyakumar yadav instead or any other bowler.Please dropp MUNAF and let nechim or Dhaval a chance to showcase their talent.In 1st 6 overs bring Ojha against Viry and petersen and tehn see hw many runs they will score.Come on Mi Lets Play like one...C u at wankhede..

  • zahidtaniv on April 27, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    My XI for MI today is: Rayudu, Franklin, Tendulkar, Sharma, Gibbs, Pollard, Karthik, Harbhajan, Patel, Malinga, Ojha, RP Singh

    Pollard should be there imo. On his day, he is just as devastating as Gayle. Plus, he has wickets to his name. Harbhajan needs to perform better with bowling today. And Gibbs should be given a chance. This is the man of the match of the one and only '438' match (along with Ponting of course).

  • on April 27, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    MI shuld include johnson in final XI in place of mckay........... is Johnson fit ???? its the revenge time for MI... the final XI shuld be... sachin, franklin,rohit,pollard,raydu,karthik, s.yadav, johnson,malinga if fit else robin peterson, harbhajan n munaf/rp

  • CAT1 on April 27, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    I THINK LEVI SHOULD BE PLAYED TODAY FOR THE STRONGER BATTING SIDE TO MUMBAI

  • on April 27, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Lasith Malinga should understand one difference, Mumbai Indians love untill u take wickets. but Sri Lankans love untill u death. that will be more valuable than $1million.

  • CAT1 on April 27, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    I THINK TODAY DELHI WIN ROCK FOR SURE BESCAUSE THEY ARE HAVING ALL THE CONSISTENCY PLAYERS AND THE FOREIGN PLAYERS FOR THEM ARE DOING GOOD. COME ON DELHI COME ON GO ON WINNING GUYS

  • MasterWIKI on April 27, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Yes .DD Should pick Andre Russel a Very Good All-Rounder ,Hard-hitter ,very good fielder a consistent performer for WI team.very much better option than Ross Taylor -( A overHyped Player rarely plays for his country or For His Team)

  • likeintcricket on April 27, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    Delhi has got real quality for Twenty20 cricket and their top five batsman are in great form. I would suggest them to move Taylor and mahela up for few games.Their bowling is also very balanced and full of good allrounders. If these teams play 5 games than Delhi can easily win the series but for a single game anything could happen. Remember Pune beat them easily at this ground.

  • on April 27, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    where is johnson MI have to choose johnson over franklin...and give opening slot to karthik with sachin

  • on April 27, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    It will be difficult for MI to stop DD.

  • Winners-2011 on April 27, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Harabhajan is not proving to be any better captain than Sachin (well, we all know Sachin is not a great captain). He thinks too much about hsi batting skills - in the last two games he moved him ahead of Rayudu and Peterson and got out for duck. What the heck he thinks about his batting skills. He has picked up Robin Peterson as a specialist bowler and gave him only one over though he bowled that over reasonably well.

  • on April 27, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    delhi should bring in russel for either jaya or ross cause both of them ar not in finest of touch...otherwise it must be a walk in the park for delhi as they have been unshakeable in the tournament so far... hope malinga is fit and give some hard time for delhi batsmen..... without malinga its been ram bina ramayan for mumbai......

  • Mr_pdl on April 27, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    it'll be show of DD again..they look settled at the moment ...where mumbai are still serching for their balance...without malinga they look weakest time in this Year IPL... see the lineup of delhi and their form....ok delhi go and wack the ball out of park...best of luck...

  • on April 27, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    I heard someone say that MI is acting like the UPA government - Harbhajan Singh playing the role of Manmohan Singh, and Sachin Tendulkar playing the role of Sonia Gandhi. Result - complete failure!

  • on April 27, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Did anyone notice RCB and DD have swapped their main foreign players ? Vettori, Nannes, AB Devillers and Dilshan were all DD players in season-1 but now all of them in RCB whereas Ross Taylor and Pitersen used to play for RCB and now in DD. :)

  • on April 27, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    GO Viru GO. Beat MI. With Sachin back in team and likes of Rayudu, Rohit, Franklin contributing with bat, it won't be easy to pawn their batting line-up down like we did in Mumbai. A lot will depend on Viru and KP, they will have to bat sensibly as Ross and Mahela haven't played big innings yet. Moreover, either Irfan or Naman will have to come to the party as you can't depend on top-4 batsmen always. Looking for a cracker of a match. The good news is Weather is clear so far in Delhi :) ! And yeah Morkel's overs should be saved for Pollard ! :)

  • on April 27, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    come on delhi blow the mumbai away ................u can do it

  • Tabrez_22 on April 27, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    Time for revenge Mumbai, Delhi must know they are not the only balanced side in this tournament. 1 all is expected today by the Mumbaikars, also would love to see these two team in final at Neutral Venue, will then come to know who is the best in this IPL. ;)

  • on April 27, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Delhi will easily win this match. It will be a walk in the park for them, for heck with MI they are not a team , just a collection of egoistic individuals.

  • PerfectTen on April 27, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    MIs need to up their game substantially if they are to pose any threat to the rampaging DDs. At the very top, it requires a more shrewd & intelligent man to lead the side brimming with talent - both overseas and domestic. Also, its high time they dropped that senile Munaf Patel to restore some dignity in their play. Looking at the behaviour of folks like Munaf, Pollard, Rahul Sharma (still a bachcha with nothing to show!) & now even Ashwin on the field, I feel its time for cricket to bring in yellow & red cards.

  • on April 27, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    The four foreigners for Mumbai should be Levi/Franklin,Johnson,Peterson,Malinga. Pollard should be dropped.

    Also from next season onwards BCCI should allow 5 foreign players per team

  • on April 27, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Finch must get a spot in place of taylor. this will make strong middle order.

  • on April 27, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Delhi daredevils ll goin 2 win dis game,it's good thing if dey want to play Russel,he s more handfull wit ball n bat...best f luck Delhi...MUNDE DELLI GAME...

  • on April 27, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    why not play Yuzvendra Singh Chahal - he seems to have a good domestic bowling record....

  • satish619chandar on April 27, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    Russel for Ross would be a good change for DD.. MI just need to get their act together.. Their big players in Pollard(batting) and Bhajji arenot helping.. Lacked death bowling without Malinga.. Munaf and RP might go unhurt with newball but will surely compensate for that in death overs with their pace and the length they bowl naturally.. Should they consider Mitch who was good in subcontinent whenever he toured here.. Are really wasting him. CSK would have used him better..

  • on April 27, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    DD has to pick up Andre Russel......

    - Chaitanya

  • MALAY10 on April 27, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    MI-without malinga bowling is simply hopeless, without him they are like deccan-giving too many runs, captain himself is bowling so pathetically that he has taken only one wicket till now,peterson needs to be given more overs to bowl as well as bat, rayudu needs to bat up the order, and karthik for god's sake has to stick around and make best use of momentum he is having.

    DD-entire momentum with them, no changes to be done except maybe send ross up the order and give him few more balls to settle before starting to hit.

    My bet is with DD but i have a feeling that MI might just squeak in to the finishing post

  • on April 27, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Andre Russel should have to play for DD , he is a great pinch hitter and he also bowls well

  • dariuscorny on April 27, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    why Rahul Shukla is not playing for MI?also Suryakumar Yadav they are genuine talents.but unfortunately carrying drinks to some ordinary players.MI management seems to be least interested towards nurturing young Indian talent now half of the tounament alredy gone they wud give youngsters some chance in some useless matches and agin they will be dropped.

  • squarepeg on April 27, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    DD has to pick up its momentum again. Even with Sachin, MI are not the same force and DD has a terrific batting line-up. Harbhajan has ceased to be a bowler who scares the opposition.

  • hari040761 on April 27, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    AS TAYLOR IS STRUGGLING COLIN INGRAM CAN BE GIVE A CHANCE TO OPEN WITH SHEWAG AND MAHELA CAN BAT AT NO 4. FOUR OVERSEASE SLOTS FOR MI IS FRANKLIN, MALINGA, POLLARD, JOHNSON. ALL ARE FAST BOWLERS.CAN BOWL 12 OVERS. MUNAF, HARBAJAN CAN BOWL FOUR OVERS. WHAT HAPPENED TO CHAHAL. GOOD SPINNER. MY TEAM IS TENDULKAR, FRANKLIN, ROHIT, RAYUDU, POLLARD, KARTHIK, JOHNSON, HARBAJAN, MALINGA, MUNAF, CHAHAL.

  • Zen21 on April 27, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Mumbai without Malinga is hopeless...It is pity that Harbhajan is afraid picking ball to bowl

  • LordOfTheLions on April 27, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    I Agree with Balumekka..... Other bowlers in MI does not perform and even cannot come close to Malinga. MI heavily depends on Malinga

  • LordOfTheLions on April 27, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    I believe, neither Tendulkar nor Sehwag will have a good score in this match..They donot have the class that Gayle has...Come on Gayle..

  • aries_d on April 27, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    Pollard should not be playing. The 4 overseas players should be Levi, Malinga, Franklin and Jacobs. Jacobs deserves one more chance. Harbhajan is not getting wickets and he should be given some rest. He is at the moment living because of reputation.

  • on April 27, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    Let the best team wins. IPL - now been played fair and square by all players. IF Deccan chargers keep winning rest of the games then the Net run rate matters. I believe that the teams need to individually look at the NRR factor as this will decide in tough times. So suggest that all teams should make the most in 3 important things of cricket - Batting and taking quickly the runs, Taking wickets - restricting the opponents and Fielding effectively even if the batsmen plays wonderful shots - runs saved are runs earned. keep it up boys and keep the audience entertaining - that's what you guys are paid in Crores which is dream for every common indian. So keep up the good show.

  • on April 27, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    @ Indian boy. U forgot about Cornelius (CJ) De Villiers. Played a few games for south africa in 2009

  • on April 27, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    This will be a thumping win for DD !!! And good one @ India_boy

  • on April 27, 2012, 1:40 GMT

    im a die-hard mumbai fan...and i personally think that Mumbai at this moment is like Punjab...Gilchrist in not a good captain....and bcuz of that they have lost alot of matches and with david hussey as captain, punjab is a much better side....jus win Mumbai..harbajan is a waste....he has been out of form for soooo long.....he is not captain material and his bowling is a waste aswell....we need a new captain...give tendulkar his rest as captain .... honestly i think give sharma a chance as captain or even peterson

  • RashmiD on April 27, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    Now that Sachin has gone from MI to MP, let's see how he plays...maybe he'll attend a session of parliament before the match.

  • mngc1 on April 27, 2012, 1:04 GMT

    The same way Malinga's pressure makes it easier for the other bowlers, when the top order fails to score at a good rate it puts pressure on the others especially Pollard. MI PLEASE try Pollard at # 3 or 4. Use one high strike rate scoring opener as well - not 2 with 100 strike rates.

  • on April 26, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    @rsurya- If levi is there, Delhi wont open with Irfan at all, the will go all guns blazing with their spinners.....

  • India_boy on April 26, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    what is wrong with u people, are u even following the IPL? rsurya is saying Malinga will rip through Delhi batsmen except sehwag..yeah sure...with a back injury they will not risk him playing, they would want him for the playoffs. Nampally is saying Devilliers plays for Delhi...dude, that was looooong time back....wake up! AB De Viliiers plays for RCB now and Fannie Devilliers has retired, i dont know any other DeVilliers...please follow cricinfo, or at least a newspaper!

  • johnathonjosephs on April 26, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    For the Munaf Patel phenomenon, it is easy to decode. When you are bowling with a quality bowler who is bowling very well, you yourself as a bowler do not feel any pressure and can bowl naturally (what Munaf did in tandem with Malinga). When Malinga was absent, there were a bunch of rubbish bowlers and all the pressure was on Munaf Patel who obviously could not bear the pressure. What a bowler Malinga must be to do something like that. Delhi better watch out. I remember last year (or was it the year before that) when Sehwag faced his first maiden over in his life against Malinga (that too in T20!). Malinga is the difference between a Number 1 Mumbai side and a Number 6 Mumbai side

  • Robin-Hood on April 26, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    DD will win this match easily if Malinga is not playing. MI can't match the DD batting fire power.DD will win this match within 15 overs.

  • Robin-Hood on April 26, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Malinga vs Mahela would be interesting to see. Captain vs his strike bowler.

  • Nampally on April 26, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    This promises to be a battle of giants. If Mumbai can get the 4 batsmen - Sehwag, KP, de velliere & Jaya wardhane cheaply, then they will win. On the other hand if Mumbai's top 4 bats Tendulkar, Levi, Gibbs & Rahit fail, they would struggle with unreliable Pollard in the lower half. Both Mumbai & Delhi have questionable bowlers. Munaf patel, Malinga, Harbhajan, Ojha & Kulkarni are likely Mumbai bowlers with Morkel, Yadev, Irfan, Nadeem forming the bulk of Delhi bowling. Form & luck of the day for these principal batsmen & bowlers will win the match. On Paper Delhi look formidable both in batting & bowling. Can Mumbai top 4 batsmen scrush Delhi bowling for 10 runs/over? I expect Delhi to put up over 200 total if they bat first. Mumbai's batting cannot score these many runs against Delhi bowling unless Pollard & Rohit really bat at their best. I predict a Delhi to be the favourites to Win in a close encounter!.

  • Balumekka on April 26, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Its astonishing to see how useless the other bowlers of MI when Malinga is not playing. With the extreme pressure created by Malinga, other bowlers easily get wickets.

  • rsurya on April 26, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    Another opening with franklin would cost mumbai a match. Levi would punish irfans first over and give a blazing start. Malinga will rip through delhi batsman except sehwag.

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  • rsurya on April 26, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    Another opening with franklin would cost mumbai a match. Levi would punish irfans first over and give a blazing start. Malinga will rip through delhi batsman except sehwag.

  • Balumekka on April 26, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Its astonishing to see how useless the other bowlers of MI when Malinga is not playing. With the extreme pressure created by Malinga, other bowlers easily get wickets.

  • Nampally on April 26, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    This promises to be a battle of giants. If Mumbai can get the 4 batsmen - Sehwag, KP, de velliere & Jaya wardhane cheaply, then they will win. On the other hand if Mumbai's top 4 bats Tendulkar, Levi, Gibbs & Rahit fail, they would struggle with unreliable Pollard in the lower half. Both Mumbai & Delhi have questionable bowlers. Munaf patel, Malinga, Harbhajan, Ojha & Kulkarni are likely Mumbai bowlers with Morkel, Yadev, Irfan, Nadeem forming the bulk of Delhi bowling. Form & luck of the day for these principal batsmen & bowlers will win the match. On Paper Delhi look formidable both in batting & bowling. Can Mumbai top 4 batsmen scrush Delhi bowling for 10 runs/over? I expect Delhi to put up over 200 total if they bat first. Mumbai's batting cannot score these many runs against Delhi bowling unless Pollard & Rohit really bat at their best. I predict a Delhi to be the favourites to Win in a close encounter!.

  • Robin-Hood on April 26, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Malinga vs Mahela would be interesting to see. Captain vs his strike bowler.

  • Robin-Hood on April 26, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    DD will win this match easily if Malinga is not playing. MI can't match the DD batting fire power.DD will win this match within 15 overs.

  • johnathonjosephs on April 26, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    For the Munaf Patel phenomenon, it is easy to decode. When you are bowling with a quality bowler who is bowling very well, you yourself as a bowler do not feel any pressure and can bowl naturally (what Munaf did in tandem with Malinga). When Malinga was absent, there were a bunch of rubbish bowlers and all the pressure was on Munaf Patel who obviously could not bear the pressure. What a bowler Malinga must be to do something like that. Delhi better watch out. I remember last year (or was it the year before that) when Sehwag faced his first maiden over in his life against Malinga (that too in T20!). Malinga is the difference between a Number 1 Mumbai side and a Number 6 Mumbai side

  • India_boy on April 26, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    what is wrong with u people, are u even following the IPL? rsurya is saying Malinga will rip through Delhi batsmen except sehwag..yeah sure...with a back injury they will not risk him playing, they would want him for the playoffs. Nampally is saying Devilliers plays for Delhi...dude, that was looooong time back....wake up! AB De Viliiers plays for RCB now and Fannie Devilliers has retired, i dont know any other DeVilliers...please follow cricinfo, or at least a newspaper!

  • on April 26, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    @rsurya- If levi is there, Delhi wont open with Irfan at all, the will go all guns blazing with their spinners.....

  • mngc1 on April 27, 2012, 1:04 GMT

    The same way Malinga's pressure makes it easier for the other bowlers, when the top order fails to score at a good rate it puts pressure on the others especially Pollard. MI PLEASE try Pollard at # 3 or 4. Use one high strike rate scoring opener as well - not 2 with 100 strike rates.

  • RashmiD on April 27, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    Now that Sachin has gone from MI to MP, let's see how he plays...maybe he'll attend a session of parliament before the match.