Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2012, Kolkata May 11, 2012

Mumbai aim to stay in top four

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Match facts

Saturday, May 12, 2012
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

Big Picture

The tournament is nearly 60 games old, and Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders are playing their first game. Knight Riders are on an upswing like never before. Part of their six-match winning streak included a comprehensive win against Delhi Daredevils, who have since reclaimed the No.1 spot. Knight Riders, now with 17 points, are back at Eden Gardens and a win will take them back to the pole position and closer to the playoffs. Their top order looks as stable as Royal Challengers Bangalore's, but should they fail, chasing a low total against them can never be taken for granted as there's Sunil Narine to be dealt with. He has rarely let the side down, maintaining a frugal economy rate as well as picking up wickets.

Mumbai Indians, now at No.4 (following Royal Challengers' win over Pune Warriors), have lacked the stability and consistency that has defined the current top two teams. Their bowling is always one notch higher when Lasith Malinga is fit. The batting though doesn't inspire the same confidence. They lost a good toss against Royal Challengers at the Wankhede Stadium and were pegged back early in seaming conditions. A continuing mystery is their handling of Kieron Pollard. Unlike Royal Challengers, who use their most attacking option - Chris Gayle - right at the top, Pollard often comes in at the lower middle order and has little time to play himself in and salvage late runs. Though Pollard isn't a natural opener, it wouldn't hurt to send him a couple of positions higher.

Mumbai need to play catch up in their remaining games to seal a place in the playoffs.

Form guide

(most recent first, completed games)

Mumbai Indians: LWWWL
Kolkata Knight Riders: WWWWW

2011 head-to-head

These teams played just once last year - the last of the league games - which Mumbai Indians won by five wickets at Eden Gardens.

Players to watch

Mumbai Indians have opening worries, starting with James Franklin. He has just two runs from his last two innings and didn't bowl against Royal Challengers. Herschelle Gibbs could have replaced him but his fitness is still in doubt.

Rajat Bhatia has been a regular in the Knight Riders' line-up and has picked up eight wickets at an economy rate of 7.04. He is an experienced campaigner in the domestic circuit and Knight Riders rate him highly.

Stats and trivia

  • Mumbai Indians have an overwhelming head-to-head record against the Knight Riders, winning seven out of eight games.
  • Mumbai Indians' Indian bowlers concede 7.50 runs per over, while the figure for the overseas bowlers is 6.76.

Quotes

"The middle order probably had some lack of runs but that's only because of lack of opportunities. We have been scoring runs at the top."
Knight Riders' coachTrevor Bayliss.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on May 12, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    @ rocking - ipl do u hav any idea about cricket??? how could u say world's best all rounder is a ordinary player..... SAKIB is best all rounder in the world.ICC isn't stupid that they ranked SAKIB because of his face.ICC ranked no. 1 all rounder because SAKIB owned it with his skill, talent and hard work. he is a real match winner.go get some cricket knowledge than come to comment about SAKIB

  • dummy4fb on May 12, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    @ rocking - ipl do u hav any idea about cricket??? how could u say world's best all rounder is a ordinary player..... SAKIB is best all rounder in the world.ICC isn't stupid that they ranked SAKIB because of his face.ICC ranked no. 1 all rounder because SAKIB owned it with his skill, talent and hard work. he is a real match winner.go get some cricket knowledge than come to comment about SAKIB

  • dummy4fb on May 12, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Should've played Abdullah instead of Shukla

  • Anthony-1986 on May 12, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    @ rocking - ipl i think u hav no idea about cricket.how can u say that world's no.1 all rounder is ordinary player..... go get some knowledge about cricket than come to comment about SAKIB. ICC isn't stupid that they ranked SAKIB no.1 just for his face.SAKIB is a real fighter a real match winner and a great talented all rounder.

  • ahmed_tur on May 12, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    Yuvraj Singh

    Batting and fielding averages Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St Tests 37 57 6 1775 169 34.80 3043 58.33 3 10 247 19 31 0 ODIs 274 252 38 8051 139 37.62 9192 87.58 13 49 827 144 84 0 T20Is 23 22 4 567 70 31.50 374 151.60 0 5 34 38 6 0

    Batting and fielding averages Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St Tests 37 57 6 1775 169 34.80 3043 58.33 3 10 247 19 31 0 ODIs 274 252 38 8051 139 37.62 9192 87.58 13 49 827 144 84 0 T20Is 23 22 4 567 70 31.50 374 151.60 0 5 34 38 6 0

  • dummy4fb on May 12, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Could this be the match of the tournament?!

  • kartickrajj on May 12, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    This year MI was play with just 10 players istead of 11.they take Franklin as All rounder .but he didn't bowl .he open the innings for them with strike rate of around 100. ambathi rayudu, dinesh karthik ,rokith sharma will be better option for openers.And they almost wasted the huge power of pollord.why they send him always at 6 or 7??.If they send pollord early they win the Final against CSK in 2010. Perara will be a good choice in place of franklin.he is a good finisher as well

  • dummy4fb on May 12, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    My Team 1.Tendulkar,2.Levi,3.D Karthik,4.K Pollard,5.Rayudu,6.Smith,7.Rohit Sharma,8.Harbhajan,9.L Malinga,10.Munaf Patel,11.RP singh

  • dummy4fb on May 12, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    @Rocking-IPL: If u think our Shakib is ordinary then how the how the hell is he the leading all-rounder in the world? I see u brought examples of Gayle and Yuvraj...there's no doubt these guys are class players but if u call Shakib ordinary and say that he's not gonna stay in that list once they start to play int'l cricket agn then we shall see that when time comes....btw let me add another thing...Shakib did become the no.1 all-rounder when Yuvi and Gayle were playing int'l cricket.

  • RANA_RAAD on May 12, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    KKR missusing Shakib,if kkr use Shakib as a replacement of pathan or narine,I think it will be better team.

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