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The Preview by Siddhartha Talya
May 5, 2012
Match factsSunday, May 6
Wins for Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings in their previous games helped clear a few lingering doubts for both teams. Mumbai Indians just about held on, but got their opening combination to click. They had tried six combinations in nine games prior to that; with James Franklin and Sachin Tendulkar adding 50, they may have finally settled on one. But the middle-order collapse that ensued and the absence of Kieron Pollard due to injury pose another headache.
Super Kings' win over Deccan Chargers revived their campaign, helping them bounce back after a winless two weeks that involved two losses and a rained-out game. The win also kept them marginally ahead of competitors below them in the points table and with the tournament now well past the half-way stage, Super Kings need to achieve some consistency to retain that advantage.
Form guide(most recent first, completed games)
Chennai Super Kings: WLLWW
Mumbai Indians: WWLWL
Players to watch
It is probably safe to say that Lasith Malinga would be leading the wicket-taking charts this IPL had he played all of his team's 10 matches. He missed three due to a back injury, but since his return has continued to be his side's MVP, playing an instrumental role in his side's two wins in that period.
Suresh Raina, after an indifferent start to the season, has finally got going, making 44 and 32 in his previous two games. But he's been relatively restrained on a slowish Chennai track, and will hope the Mumbai conditions offer him a chance to be play with more freedom.
Stats and trivia
"Franklin gives us stability (in the top order), but we are still looking for a middle-order batsman who can fill Franklin's spot. We have Dwayne Smith (he has joined the squad as a replacement for the injured Mitchell Johnson) and hopefully he can fill that slot."
Harbhajan Singh on Mumbai Indians' middle-order problem.
"We have the best fielding unit in the tournament but still there are areas we need to improve like with our direct throws. For a team, there is always some scope of improvement."
* Stats do not include numbers from Saturday's matches
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