Mumbai Indians v Deccan Chargers, IPL 2012, Mumbai April 28, 2012

Deccan look to build on maiden win

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Match facts

Sunday, April 29, Mumbai
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

After a demoralising sequence of five straight losses, Deccan Chargers finally got their first win of the season with a strong performance against Pune Warriors. They will take the momentum to Mumbai where they face a battered Mumbai Indians side. They had lost to Mumbai Indians in Visakhapatnam - a game that should have been closed out by Chargers.

Chargers have faced a number of problems. Their batting line-up has been inconsistent, making three 150-plus totals and three sub-140 scores. One reason for that has been the failure of their captain Kumar Sangakkara and Daniel Christian, big name players who should be their pillars. Sangakkara has 83 runs from five games at less than run a ball and Christian has lost his place to Cameron White. That Chargers have posted high totals is largely due to the Shikhar Dhawan's 224 runs in the tournament. While their batting has misfired, their bowling has been unable to defend good totals. Apart from Dale Steyn and Amit Mishra, the others have been taken for easy runs. But in the previous game, Juan Theron replaced Steyn in a surprising move and grabbed two wickets. Another addition to the team was 21-year old Ashish Reddy, who made his debut. Reddy bowled his four overs for 32 and picked up two wickets. He consistently bowled a foot outside the off stump, which helped Sangakkara set his fields.

Mumbai Indians are back at Wankhede and will look to regroup quickly. They have now lost three of their last four games. They tried a new opening batsman in Delhi - their sixth different opening combination in eight matches, but that move didn't work as Aiden Blizzard was out for a duck. They also came to know on Saturday that Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson will not be available this season due to a toe injury. The team needs some good news, and a match against the bottom-placed team at home presents them the opportunity.

Form guide

(most recent first)

Mumbai Indians: LWLLW
Deccan Chargers : WNrLLL (Nr - no result)

Players to watch

If Ambati Rayudu's last two innings are any indication, he will be hard to stop. Rayudu scored a 17-ball 32 against in Mohali and bettered it with a 39-ball 62 against Delhi Daredevils. The Delhi innings kept Mumbai on track for three-quarters of their chase, even after they lost several heavyweights at the top of the order.

Kumar Sangakkara needs to step up after a disappointing run so far. If the burden of defeat was affecting his batting, it would have lifted a bit after the win against Warriors. Against Mumbai Indians, Sangakkara will have to take the lead in tackling Malinga, like Mahela Jayawardene did.

Stats and trivia

  • Dhawan was the leading scorer for Deccan Chargers in IPL 2011 with 400 runs. He is leading the charts again this year.
  • Mishra is the leading spinner in IPL, with 66 wickets.

Quotes

"He's been getting off to starts and playing reasonably well in the last couple of knocks, but he backed himself fully today and showed what he can really do."
Darren Lehmann on Cameron White's Man-of-the-Match performance against Pune

"I have got to lift my performance for myself and the team. I haven't been bowling well, the last two-three matches, I have gone for runs."
Harbhajan Singh has just one wicket in eight matches

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo

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  • Prabhash1985 on April 29, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Harbajan should be humble enough, and stop being arrogant. I was a Mumbai Indians fan ever since IPL started, but I now cheer for Delhi Daredevils. I cannot stop admiring Malinga's bowling, but I don't like the captain, so I don't want them to win. Be polite, humble, play gentleman cricket, pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease....

  • dummy4fb on April 29, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Great decision by Deccan to drop Sanga.. I think RCB should learn from it as well.. Dan is blocking murali..

  • Prabhash1985 on April 29, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    I was a supporter for Mumbai Indians ever since IPL was started, but I support for Delhi Daredevils. I wish Deccan Chargers will win this game. I don't like to see a bad behaving player captaining Mumbai Indians team, I'm sorry to say so. I admire Lasith Malinga's bowling a lot, Sachin's marvellous batting, but a swollen headed arrogant player, captaining them is so heart breaking... I wish Deccan Chargers will win this game. Somebody please understand that Cricket is not only about talent, but also about behaviour, too. Play gentleman cricket, I will return to Mumbai Indians...

  • dummy4fb on April 29, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Tendulkar probably knew that Bhajji would lose his place based on performance so he got him captaincy. DC should play Sunny Sohal and Biblap Samantray. DC's bowling is weak so Theron should play but the problem is to making room for him. Ideally Sanga should not play but being a captain his place is safe. That makes Duminy vulnerable.

  • assudoha on April 29, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    1. Dhawan, 2. Parthiv(wk), 3. I.R.Jaggil, 4. White(c), 5. Duminy, 6. Reddy, 7. Ankit, 8. Steyn, 9. Theron, 10. Gony, 11. Mishra.

  • dummy4fb on April 29, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    @pai11, MI can play with 5 foreigners and can get away with it as happened in Champions league!!

  • pai11 on April 29, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    @ Nilan Wasantha: there are 5 foreign players in the team that you suggested mate...

  • dummy4fb on April 29, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Play tanmay mishra in place of jaggi !!!

  • saager on April 29, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Cameron White and Shikhar Dhawan are in good form. Harbhajan took only one wicket in all eight matches. MI should be given a chance to Pragyan Ojha. HE is a good bowlers. Franklin should play today's match. Levi shold be given a one more chance He is a good batsman.

  • dummy4fb on April 29, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    1.Dhawan 2.P Patel 3.Sohal 4.White 5.Duminy 6.Ankit 7.Reddy 8.Gony 9.Steyn 10.Theron 11.Mishra

    1.Tendulkar 2.H Gibbs 3.T Suman 4.Rohit Sharma 5.Ambati Raydu 6.Kieron Pollard 7.Dinesh Karthik 8.Lasith Malinga 9.Munaf Patel 10.Pragyan Ojha 11.RP Singh/Mitchell Johnson-This team proves that you dont need to have 4 foreign players in IPL.

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