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..

  • 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.

  • on May 6, 2012, 10:17 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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......

  • 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.

  • 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..

  • 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.

  • on May 6, 2012, 10:17 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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......

  • 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.

  • GSP17 on May 6, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    @jumborck, Are you serious in saying bajji as spin attack? All the spinners in IPL are bowling better than bajji...

  • 30-30-150 on May 6, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Mumbai MUST open the batting with SMITH.. Drop Franklin down the order or sack him for good. Bring in the young, talented SK Yadav in the middle-order. Atleast he knows the conditions well and comes in as a good pinch-hitter. MI shouldn't have bought Perera for such a huge amount at the auction.. As expected, he is proving to be a waste. They should have gone for Andre Russell instead..

  • rsurya on May 6, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    2 worst captains based on their strategies are playing against each other the less worst will win anyway.

  • RajCSK on May 6, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    hussey and faf to open - albie and ben for attack. Raina, dhoni, badri and jadeja to follow......Best combination.

  • GSP17 on May 6, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    CSk should include mike hussey in playing XI in place of morkel... Bravo should bat before jadeja... All the best CSK !!!

  • Bruisers on May 6, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    @Sri Harsha Koduganti - Are you referring to MI?? If yes, then you are wrong. MI don't depend on any 2 players.. They win by teamwork unlike CSK.. Hahaha who has been firing for CSK? du Plessis and errrr.... Ashwin maybe? And for MI everybody has been contributing.. Rayudu, Rohit, Malinga, Karthik, Munaf, Ojha, Bhajji, Franklin. CSK is the team that's been winning due to one man heroics not MI..

  • on May 6, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    The biggest pbm with MI is with their strategy.Whats d point of opening with a pair..out of which one of the opener is a batsmen just by chance(read Franklin).T20 is just about cashing the initial overs(see how other teams are using first 6 over)..You cant expect Miracle from ur middle order and ask them to score 100 runs in last 10 ovr evrytime after scoring only 60 odd runs in first 10. I think Levi/blizzard shud be tried in more than 1 match and bring Franklin down the order..T20 is all about confidence n execution..

  • jumborock on May 6, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    MI has better pace and spin attack with malinga bhajji and ojha.CSK struggling with ashwin.

  • on May 6, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    GO CSK GO get the team who will depend always on two players and show what a team work means on the field and blast them away to get P2 at the end

  • rsurya on May 6, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Franklin opening will be a drawback for mumbai the scoring rate adds pressure to the immediate batsmans and more chances of them getting out. Franklin gets 25 runs in 25 balls, main thing is 15 of those balls are from powerplay. Mumbai leave it too late while chasing and need a miracle everytime to win. Sachin should play clam and help the aggressive batsman on otherside to get runs but the batsman on otherside is eating the balls like ODI. Stability in the beggining is ok but with this strategy mumbai can get maximum 150 that to if everything goes according to plan. Why cant you try levi at no 4 or 5.

  • loki897 on May 6, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    MI: Tendulkar, Dwayne Smith , Rohit, D Karthik, Rayudu, K Pollard, R Peterson, Malinga, H Singh, Ojha, Munaf I am afraid there is no Levi or Franklin Mr. Singh CSK: Faf du Plessis, S Badrinath, SK Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo, Albie Morkel, Yo Mahesh , Kulkasera/ Hilfenhaus/ Bollinger, R Ashwin, S Jakati Mr Dhoni I am afraid they can't be Michael Hussey because your XI is performing "performance more important than reputation"

  • on May 6, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Csk batsmen will relish the batting conditions in Mumbai after playing a lot on a dead chepauk pitch

  • on May 6, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    Sachin , Franklin , Rohit , Karthik , Rayudu , Perera , Smith , Harbajan , Malinga , Ojha , Munaf

    5 th bowler = franklin + perera + smith

  • on May 6, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    where is gibbs why dont they play him.......

  • on May 6, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    Only fifteen matches have gone into the last over?

  • on May 6, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Both mi and csk are not at their best, both teams havent performed to their potential,mi batting has been horrible, but csk have struggled too....should be a good contest...if smith plays today for mi then advantage mi...i expect a last over finish.....as an indian want SACHIN SIR to fire...whole india loves u sachin......go MUMBAI INDIANS....

  • narvan on May 6, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    MI - FRANKLIN, SACHIN, ROHIT, KARTHIK, D.SMITH, RAYUDU, ROBIN, HARBHAJAN, MALINGA, MUNAF, OHJA. CSK - HUSSEY ,Faf du Plessis , RAINA ,BADRI, DHONI, BRAVO, MORKLE, JADEJA, ASHWIN, JAKATI, YO MAHESH. MI WILL WIN BY AS ALWAYS BY VERY LESS MARGIN.

  • on May 6, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    Always love the rivalry between MI and CSK! We love Sachin and want him to score well, but we also want CSK to win!!! CSK needs to pull up their socks nearing the business end of the tournament. Would like to have Faf and Mr.Cricket open the batting, we might have to compromise on one of Bravo/Albie. Hilfy seems to be the better option than doughie. Ashwin's form is a worry though. Overall, without Pollard, MI seems a bit depleted. CSK all the way!!!

  • tim3237 on May 6, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    Dunno the reason why Chennai's holding back Bollinger who's been their strike bowler for the last two seasons.....Chennai's got a strong batting unit, they should get Bollinger & Hilfenhaus bowling together in tandem.....should take a chance by dropping Albie Morkel....this should give them a potent bowling attack.....Go Chennai!!!!!

  • on May 6, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    CSk is going to set the scores straight this time in the season opener they slipped hope Hussy plays today if he does there is going it be big problem for MI bowlers MI lost 2 games where they went with extra fast bowler instead of Ohja but wont matter today CSK all the way i dont see a doubt on how they cant win .

  • on May 6, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    MI is all about Malinga, just can't imagine the price he'll go if he's auctioned

  • on May 6, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    MI should buy sri lankan or pakisthan or Indian open batsman 2 their team next year! IPL played in India not in South Arica or Ausi or NZ....!

    if peterson not bowling give the chanse to Smith...

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  • on May 6, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    MI should buy sri lankan or pakisthan or Indian open batsman 2 their team next year! IPL played in India not in South Arica or Ausi or NZ....!

    if peterson not bowling give the chanse to Smith...

  • on May 6, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    MI is all about Malinga, just can't imagine the price he'll go if he's auctioned

  • on May 6, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    CSk is going to set the scores straight this time in the season opener they slipped hope Hussy plays today if he does there is going it be big problem for MI bowlers MI lost 2 games where they went with extra fast bowler instead of Ohja but wont matter today CSK all the way i dont see a doubt on how they cant win .

  • tim3237 on May 6, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    Dunno the reason why Chennai's holding back Bollinger who's been their strike bowler for the last two seasons.....Chennai's got a strong batting unit, they should get Bollinger & Hilfenhaus bowling together in tandem.....should take a chance by dropping Albie Morkel....this should give them a potent bowling attack.....Go Chennai!!!!!

  • on May 6, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    Always love the rivalry between MI and CSK! We love Sachin and want him to score well, but we also want CSK to win!!! CSK needs to pull up their socks nearing the business end of the tournament. Would like to have Faf and Mr.Cricket open the batting, we might have to compromise on one of Bravo/Albie. Hilfy seems to be the better option than doughie. Ashwin's form is a worry though. Overall, without Pollard, MI seems a bit depleted. CSK all the way!!!

  • narvan on May 6, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    MI - FRANKLIN, SACHIN, ROHIT, KARTHIK, D.SMITH, RAYUDU, ROBIN, HARBHAJAN, MALINGA, MUNAF, OHJA. CSK - HUSSEY ,Faf du Plessis , RAINA ,BADRI, DHONI, BRAVO, MORKLE, JADEJA, ASHWIN, JAKATI, YO MAHESH. MI WILL WIN BY AS ALWAYS BY VERY LESS MARGIN.

  • on May 6, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Both mi and csk are not at their best, both teams havent performed to their potential,mi batting has been horrible, but csk have struggled too....should be a good contest...if smith plays today for mi then advantage mi...i expect a last over finish.....as an indian want SACHIN SIR to fire...whole india loves u sachin......go MUMBAI INDIANS....

  • on May 6, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    Only fifteen matches have gone into the last over?

  • on May 6, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    where is gibbs why dont they play him.......

  • on May 6, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    Sachin , Franklin , Rohit , Karthik , Rayudu , Perera , Smith , Harbajan , Malinga , Ojha , Munaf

    5 th bowler = franklin + perera + smith