Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2012, Mumbai May 5, 2012

Teams aim for surge after wins

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Match facts

Sunday, May 6
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

Big Picture

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

  • Seamers have taken 310 wickets thus far in the IPL, out of 464, almost 67%. Spinners, though, have been marginally more economical, going at 7.26 an over as opposed to 7.82 *
  • Fifteen matches thus far in the IPL have gone into the last over.

    Quotes

    "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."
    Suresh Raina

    * Stats do not include numbers from Saturday's matches

    Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Bruisers on May 6, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    @Sri Harsha Koduganti - All that CSK fans can do now is talk about the past seasons. Come on now, don't say CSK is the best team of this season too.. DD, MI, KKR are way better than CSK..

  • dummy4fb on May 6, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    If the pitch remains the same used for MI vs DC where steyn teared MI lineup then tactical team selection will help. playing both bollinger and hilfenhaus will do wonders for CSK but dhoni will never think that. He has other ideas may be joginder sharma will swing more than bollinger who knows. Mumbai may drop robin peterson and make a serious mistake. He plays CSKs spin well and jakatis ball will be thrown out of the stadium.

  • dummy4fb on May 6, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    Expect mi to win a scrappy low scoring affair thanks to sachin and Malinga heroics

  • dummy4fb on May 6, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    @Bruisers:When MI played as a team can you show one Example CSK didn't have big stars but they are the best team and with Big money stars of MI they reached final just once poor team unlike CSK won championship twice you can say CSK depending on faf but what MI doing all the seasons ???

  • NGKannan on May 6, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    It is good for CSK to bring Kulasekara in for Morkel. Because he bowled death overs well in the past. And also Kulasekara helps more to bring down run-rate than Morkel against team like MI. Because one wicket can bring another batsman up-to 8th wicket. So it is difficult to reduce the runs by only taking wickets.

  • dummy4fb on May 6, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    MI should drop franklin & play perera. Perera is a match winner at international level and he's done that all over the world, Franklin doesn't have that potential. He's doesn't even have a NZ contract. If you give guys like Perera a chance they will pull through for you.

  • Venkat_Sravanth on May 6, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    CSK never seem to make anything in the last 5 overs of their innings...a big setback. Ashwin has to find his lost sting. CSK must try and win matches with their own strengths and not with the help of mistakes from the opposition. MI must sort out their middle order probs and be at their best. I hope MI wins. All the best to both......

  • dummy4fb on May 6, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    They tried all their Foreign players almost.....whey they r not trying gibbs....... they have to include smith also in the middle order in place of peterson ....... my MI will be :- gibbs, tendulkar,smith,sharma,raydu,kartik,franklin,bhajji,malinga,ojha,Rp/Munaf....

  • saicharan200 on May 6, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    Mi weakness is their opening......Sachin and franklin is not the best combination.......both the openers r not dat much aggressive and decisive in initial overs.....Sachin should open wid dwayne smith today.......franklin in the middle order........Dats enough....bowling will take care of malinga and co

  • rsurya on May 6, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    If the pitch remains the same used for MI vs DC where steyn teared MI lineup then tactical team selection will help. playing both bollinger and hilfenhaus will do wonders for CSK but dhoni will never think that. He has other ideas may be joginder sharma will swing more than bollinger who knows. Mumbai may drop robin peterson and make a serious mistake. He plays CSKs spin well and jakatis ball will be thrown out of the stadium.

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