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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • on May 12, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    @rocking -ipl : yuvraj will not play any international cricket beause of his cancer... and gayle can only perform against an ordinay bowler , not an international bowler.. he has no good technique to bat.. he only plays with his strength.... but shakib is a genuine allrounder...

  • on May 12, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    My team for MI: Sachin, Marathe or S Yadav or Levi, Rohit, Pollard, Rayudu, Smith, Harbhajan, Mallinga, Ojha, Munaf and Dhaval Kulkarni or Franklin

  • PhaniBhaskar24 on May 12, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    It is important that KKR stays focussed against MI. Its time for them to improve their record against MI. MI has to sort out their opening combination. It would be better if they have tired Pollard at top. They loose nothing even if he failes at top. But if he clicks, there chances of play off may be increased

  • Fawmy on May 12, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    @kaushal_raut, Shakib is always better player than Narine. Go back to the history, it will tell you the truth because your comment seems to be irritating BD fans.

  • The_Realist on May 12, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    @ kaushal_raut: Shakib played 3 matches. 2 wins, 1 loss. 1 MOM. so your logic is completely flawed!! hahahha...nice thinking though lol

  • Fawmy on May 12, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    The question always come on my mind that WHO WILL OPEN FOR MI? Still they don't find a good combination to open, even they played 12 matches. Nothing worked for them. They should try today with Levi and Smith, both are hitters and hopefully they can fill the bank in early overs. Drop BAJJI and STR, give chance to young players that who are warming the benches for nothing.

  • Fawmy on May 12, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    @Rocking-IPL, We have seen STR struggling in last couple of matches and he is not quicker between the wickets, of course… he is 40+ old and it's time to give chance young players. I love and respect STR but I recognized that he is not appropriate for forthcoming matches for MI. Come on friend.. we are in IPL season 5 not in 2, as per the present condition we can't go back to previous seasons to pick up a player, for example Yousuf Pathan for KKR, see his successes in previous seasons but now it's always question mark next to his name. Finally my conclusion is STR will be not suitable for this T20 format. (Sorry if I hurt U)

  • thufael on May 12, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    My Team 1. SRT 2. Smith 3. Rohit 4.Pollard 5. Rayudu 6. Dinesh Karthik 7. Thisara Perera 8. Harbhajan 9. Malinga 10. Ojha 11. Munaf

  • IJ-IPL on May 12, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Pollard is a good batsman. I wonder can he open the batting for MI or should he put played at no.4 or no.5 ? I agree with most comments that Dwayne smith should try an open the batting. franklin is not of any help to MI. he didn't even bowl in the last match (i feel that is harbhajan's fault). If franklin was in any other team, he would have performed much better. That being said, we should play the following foriegn players for this match (under harbhajan's captaincy): Dwayne Smith, Pollard, Peterson and Malinga. Remaining indian players should include: SRT, Rohit Sharama, Dinesh Karthik, Bajjii, Ojha/RP Singh, Munaf. Leaving one more space for including a specialist indian batsman from the local players or the bench.

  • on May 12, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Mumbai team Shuld Be Like This :-

    1.Sachin 2.Levi/Gibbs/Karthick 3.Smith 4.Rohith 5.Pollard 6.Rayudu 7.Bajji 8.Malinga 9.Munaf 10.Ojha 11.Chahal

    This Is Perfect One..If Levi Or Gibbs FiT Then Ok Or Else then Karthick Shuld Open The Innings Wid Sachin ...Cheers Mumbaiii \m/

  • kaushal_raut on May 12, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    I hope that Shakib should play today in place of Narine. So that MI can win easily. Lol.

  • IJ-IPL on May 12, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    @ Fawmy: you are partially right, I agree that there are several young players warming the bench for nothing and MI management should recognize that BIG NAMES are not going to be worked out in upcoming games. But with respect to SRT, I think he should continue playing because whether you admit or not, he has an excellent strike-rate and he has been the highest run-getter in the last 2 IPL. He is the third highest run-scorer in all-season IPL records despite playing the least matches and maintain a high strike rate. This year his average score is in the top ten run-scorer. I don't understand how you can ask sachin not to play for MI ? I mean it defies general logic.

  • on May 12, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Tough Match 4 Mumbai...Both Hav Their Bowling Well But Commin To batting Order KKR Is Solid Than MUMbai...Theirs Openerz Are Well At Form...BuT Comming 2 Mumbai...TheY DidnT Have Their BesT Opener..Just Simple Suggestion...Take Out Franklin...OPen Wid Levi Or Gibbs Or SmiTh Or Else Dinesh Karthick Wid Sachin Sir...Just Give More Chances 2 Levi ...Like Gautham Givin Chances 2 Mccullem And Pathan...TheY Will Prove 4 Sure...Hope Mumbai Win This Tough Match And reach Their PlaYoff's...Come On Mumbaiii !

  • Fawmy on May 12, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    One thing for sure that if there no MALINGA Mumbai Indians supposed to be packed to go home in earlier.

  • IJ-IPL on May 12, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    @ Sehwag_Is_Ordinary: are you a real person or you come from 'fantasy land'. Your imagination is soo funny. It is like participating in a laughter-challenge competition and this joke would win the award for the century. a single match win against half-indian team (with the remaining half resting at home) in the Asia Cup does not make BD a world-class team. It's a long way before you can even dream of sun shine. I can beat my life that BD will not even some in the semi-final for the next 100 world-cups.

  • IJ-IPL on May 12, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Sehwag_Is_Ordinary: I think your shakib is only fit to play gully-cricket in his own country. ha..ha...you are dreaming dude...dreaming !!!! Wake-Up we will in International Cricket, not BD. one Asia cup is not the end of the world. We play 10 cups in a year. and win 8 of them. BD plays 8 cups in a year and qualifies only in 2 of them. Winning is still a dream for them. Shakib is a mediocre batsman and mediocre bowler. Since, he plays both he has become an all-rounder in the absence of Yuvraj and Gayle (both of whom are not playing international cricket). Once gayle starts to play for WI and Yuvraj starts to play for India again, shakib is not even going to remain in the list. ha..ha..ha..

  • Fawmy on May 12, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    Keep Harbajan as non-playing caption, we seen couple of captions warming up the benches. Adam Gilcrish…. SAOURAV GANGULY…. HARBAJAN should be included in this list.

  • Cric_Info1987 on May 12, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    "Best angali Cricketer award yestersay at Kolkata Anandabazar paper ceremony" what does that suppose to mean. Is it like an international award for cricketers ? Ha..ha...I doubt any other the other test-playing nations are even aware about the this. ha..ha...its like winning an award for Gully-cricket in your area. ha..ha...and then claim to be a better player than the whole-world. You seriously live in a fantasy world Mr. Sehwag_Is_Ordinary

  • on May 12, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    I feel a big 100 is on the cards for Bmac today. hes long due.

  • Cric_Info1987 on May 12, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    from these new posts today, what I have also come to realize is that shakib is the no. 1 all-rounder in the ICC rankings but it's an all-rounder, which means:::: (a)he can bat better than any other bowler and (b) he can bowl better than any other batsman. But it does not mean that Shakib just by merely being all-rounder can be justified as being a specialist batsman or a specialist bowler or for that instance better than any other bowler. For instance, Yuvraj was once the world no. 1 all-rounder for period of 2 years. He won the man of the series in the World-Cup (shakib is not even close to that). But still None of the Indians have still claimed that Yuvraj is better than Sachin, Sehwag, Jadega, Raina, Dinesh Karthik, etc. and they never said that Yuvraj could bowl better than Irfran Patan, Munaf Patel, Rp Sing, Ojha, Sreesanth, etc. I think many of the BD fans are new to cricket, they are not aware of what has transpired in the last few decade, they saw cricket only after shakib.

  • Cric_Info1987 on May 12, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Sehwag_Is_Ordinary: I think you really do come from the land of fantasy. You are assuming things from your own imagination. please read all the comments carefully. no person watching international cricket in the right mind would say that shakib is required in the present KKR team. He is only a replacement. He is an amazing all-rounder. But KKR does not need an all-rounder. Kallis ranks higher than shakib in the ICC ranking for batsmen. Narine is a much better bowler than shakib. If shakib could bowl as good as narine, then probably he would get a chance. but thats not the case. So I am hoping that narine is replaced with shakib is today's match so that MI could win this match with a big margin. ha...ha...go MI goooo MI win the match.

  • Cric_Info1987 on May 12, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    @ Sehwag_Is_Ordinary: I think you haven't read the comments correctly. They are supporting shakib's inclusion into KKR not because they want KKR to win, but because they want MI to win. Shakib simply will guarantee that his team looses.

  • Cric_Info1987 on May 12, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    I think harbhajan should atleast now play some sensible cricket or otherwsie He should sit out like ganguly and let Rohit Sharma be the captain. Harbhajan does not have the caliber to be a captain. In which case the line-up looks more strong: 1. Smith 2. SRT 3. Rohit, 4. Pollard 5. Dinesh Karthik 6. Peterson 7. Rayudu 8. Malinga 9.Ojha 10.RP Singh 11.Munaf Patel. Harbhajan has now become a liability on MI just like ganguly had become on KKR. They should not include him anymore.

  • Fawmy on May 12, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    I can't comprehend why you folks do trust on Tedulkar, yes... he is an awesome player and top of the tree in everything but come on folks this this not his time, MI needs some energetic and young players bring them to upper four, but with Tendulkar I don't think they can reach their goal. There are several young players warming the bench for nothing and MI management should recognize that BIG NAMES are not going to be worked out in upcoming games, WAKE UP MI TEAM MANAGEMENT… Finally… we are going to see how KKR going crushed MI…. GOOO KKRRRR

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 12, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    good to see some good sense prevailing in Indians routing for Shakib who won the Best angali Cricketer award yestersay at Kolkata Anandabazar paper ceremony. But the thing is KKR doing well with the current team so there is possibly no need for any change. Best of luck KKR

  • on May 12, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    TO win V need to go with the following team 1.H.Gibbs, 2. SRT, 3. Rohit, 4. Pollard, 5. DK (wk), 6. D. Smith, 7. Rayadu, 8. Bajji, 9. Malinga, 10. Ojha / RP (depending on the wicket), 11. Munaf

  • Rick777 on May 12, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    MI will kick some KKR a.. today..

  • Cric_Info1987 on May 12, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    MUMBAI INDIANS :- INDIA (All matches of it are nail bitter , nos. of big name but never play to there full credential or strength) KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS :- PAKISTAN (One day they can play like a tiger against any team and another day they may perform like an associates , truely inconsistent team of ipl history) DECCAN CHARGERS :-BANGLADESH (Highly depend on their one or two key players)

  • Abhi_2410 on May 12, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    KKR V/S MI - gonna be a crackjack of a match !!!!!!!...........

    Hope MI will play as a team rather than individual performances like malinga and Pollard... ! y GibbS is not playing....??? y MI is only depending on der bowlers to d job wen batsman are not able to put enough runs...!!!! Richard Levi one match wonder..

  • on May 12, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    It's KKR, DD, RCB and CSK in the playoffs...

  • Cric_Info1987 on May 12, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    MI should hope that shakib plays today. this will guarantee the win required for MI. come on BD fans please force KKR to take shakib in the team. It will be great fun....ha..ha..ha...I would love to see the lock on your face after KKR looses their winning roll because they included shakib. ha...ha...

  • Cric_Info1987 on May 12, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    I agree with the comment that Pollard szhould be promoted up the order and dwayne smith should open the batting whereas, peterson should play at no.6 ot 7. and harbhajan should play after peterson. I think, the key in today's match would be to get Gambir and Brendon in the doug out early and then eventually make kallis waste the walls for him to give up his wicket. But these are just thoughts, I hope harbhajan comes up with some magic (highly unlikely from him).

  • Suresh123456 on May 12, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    @ SurlyCynic.... let me guess u r a csk fan... arent you ? come on man csk exciting team.... i know mi not playing good cricket at the moment but still much better than csk...

  • Cric_Info1987 on May 12, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    I dunno why Dwyane Smith and Pollard together can't perform for MI. These two WI batsmen can hit as good as Gayle. I mean, just imagine having two Gayle's in one team. I think MI needs to capitalize on this. IT will be a shame if harbhajan fails to utilize both of them. If he can't win this match he should resign just like ganguly.

  • Cric_Info1987 on May 12, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    It will so cool to see shakib play today. I wish KKR includes shakib in the team instead of kallis or Brendon. It will be great opportunity for the MI to win this match if they bring in shakib. Yo..MI...rock the world.

  • on May 12, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    i want dd,kkr,csk nd mi/rcb in playoffs .

  • rawcrickettalent on May 12, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    this shud be the semi final line up 1:KKR 2:Daredevils 3:RCB 4:Kings XI

  • on May 12, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    Shakib must play today in place of brendon macullum or jack kallis. he is an asset for any team. he is a star player and he will prove it if he get chance today.

  • on May 12, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    MI and KKR played twice last year,once in the last stage and once in the playoffs

  • b_13 on May 12, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    TO win V need to go with the following team 1. D. Smith, 2. SRT, 3. Rohit, 4. Pollard, 5. DK (wk), 6. Thisara, 7. Rayadu, 8. Bajji, 9. Malinga, 10. Ojha / RP (depending on the wicket), 11. Munaf

  • on May 12, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    shakib al hasan must play today, he will be the key man today if he plays

  • on May 12, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    Shakib should have given a chance instead of lee because the middle order of KKR are not working.

  • on May 12, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    why they are not taking gibbs....................he should be open with SRT.............

  • nishpapjibon on May 12, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    Shakib plyed only three game and did well and gave his best efrt.y yusuf still in the playing 11? whr shakib playd far btr thn him plz reqst kkr team managment do take ryt decision

  • veerakannadiga on May 12, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    KKR will easily win this one. MI qualifying for the playoffs is doubtful. This is what happens to a one man team (Malinga).

  • on May 12, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    i think yusuf should b given a few more chance lyk warner sehwag pollard he too is big hitter nd he hits lyk he wants 2 send every ball out of d stadium just mccullum performed aftr giving many chances in d same kkr must b hoping yusuf 2 come in form nd v all know wt he could do if he's in form nd if u r a cricket fan stop criticizing him as he'll lose confidence he's a weapon even for indian team if he's in form

  • on May 12, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    Thissara Perera is better than Franklin

  • on May 12, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    Kolkatta batting solely dependent on the captain provided he fails the team will struggle putting a competitive total on board.

  • arun105Citt on May 12, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    @Siddharth Oza... Sakib in place of Kallis such a bad idea. I would go with Dipak replace Baz with Bisla and bring Sakib in place of Yusuf. Bisla is not bad with Batting/form and he can easily fill what Baz is doing at the top. Sakib will strengthen the middle order and the bowling unit in Kotla.

  • rsurya on May 12, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    I am tired of seeing franklin opening for Mumbai, their team management don't know any strategy, If they again play franklin today then I wish mumbai don't move to the playoffs.

  • on May 12, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    MI is playing on their luck they are not playing upto their standards the worst batting in this IPL is MI and now they have to play 4 big matches with 3 big teams so its very tough for the MI to make it playoffs

  • knightrider96 on May 12, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    KKR should play: Gambhir, McCullum, Bisla, Kallis, Tiwary, Das, Shukla, Bhatia, Abdulla, Lee, Narine MI should play: Tendulkar, Levi, Sharma, Pollard, Karthik, Rayudu, Smith, Singh, Patel, Malinga, Ojha At Eden, you have to have spin options: Abdulla and Narine, but for KKR, they might want to keep Yusuf just because he can provide another spinner. MI seem set there with Ojha, Bhaji, Pollard and Sharma. Seam won't be a problem for Mumbai with Malinga and Munaf, but KKR will bring in the very lethargic bowling of Bhatia which could fool quite a few good batsmen. Of course Brett Lee has been terrific this year and will prove hard to handle. The top order will be solidified with GG, Baz, Bisla and Kallis, so it would be a great batting lineup with Tiwary heading the middle order and Das and Shukla able to hit finishing big shots. Mumbai would look to fire with inconsistencies bugging them all year. They need to find their groove now before playoffs. Big bnus if Levi finds his feet today.

  • on May 12, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Best-1.Gibbs 2.Tendulkar 3.T Suman(Highly underrated but good in my opinion) 4.R Sharma 5.Kieron Pollard 6.A Rayudu 7.D Smith 8.H Singh 9.L Malinga 10.RP Singh 11.P Ojha

  • nipun027 on May 12, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    I would love to see Pollard vs Narine battle................... The winner of this battle will surely ensure win 4 the team................

  • on May 12, 2012, 0:22 GMT

    I don't understand why you guys have karthik when he is not performing every day. here is my pick. smith, sachin, raydu, sharma, pollard, franklin/peterson, harbhajan, malinga, ojha, patel, rpsingh. if gibbs recover then remove one of the bowler and add him to it. but raydu is crucial in the middle. i have seen him playing like a pro when team wants him the most. sharma can't handle the pressure along so if the two wickets fall then sharma play his role and raydu rotate the strike and he is good at it. if you push him back he will not perform and soon you see him out. he is not a bang bang guy he is a wrist guy like rotate strikes and here and there he play big shot. This is the best team you guys can get but if you don't handle it well, i don't think there is playoff chance for this team.

  • on May 11, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    @ Dipak Basu u gave the answer to ur question drop yusuf and play bisla, kallis is in pathetic batting form sakib should definately play in kallis's position!!!

  • on May 11, 2012, 23:32 GMT

    Hope to see teams DD, KKR, RCB & MI in the semis....

  • Bruisers on May 11, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    High time MI opened the innings with Smith or Karthik, and give a few opportunities to Suryakumar Yadav in the middle-order. Suggested playing XI: SMITH, TENDULKAR, SHARMA, KARTHIK, POLLARD, RAYUDU, SK YADAV, HARBHAJAN, OJHA, MALINGA, PATEL

  • Bruisers on May 11, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    @TeamSelector - Players get their salary irrespective of whether they play or not. They get paid even if they suffer an injury and are ruled out of the tournament :)

  • batmannrobin on May 11, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    Mumbai and KKR met twice last year and not once as mentioned in this article . They met in the last of the league games and again in the eliminator which MI won by 4 wickets. Editorial miss :)

  • on May 11, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    please play sakib instead of yusuf!

    but which foreign does kkr drop? Kallis, Lee, Narine and Brendon are all doing well. perhaps bisla for mccullum?

  • TeamSelector on May 11, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    Does anyone know if the benched players (both foreign & domestic) get paid when they are not playing? Or do you have to be playing in order to get paid? Because it seems to me that would be a waste of resources to pay for (8-10) foreign players, when you fully well know that only four can play ... & there are quite a few domestic players who go through a whole IPL season without playing a single match.

  • Rally_Windies on May 11, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    I'd say Mumbai made 10-20 runs less than they needed against RBC ,

    Pollard came in in over 18... he could have come in , in over 10 .....

    the Mumbai think camp did not act quickly enough ... they seem to be accustomed to longer versions of cricket...

    you should always have your top 6 batters padded and ready to go from the start of a 20/20 game .......and be prepared to send in ANYONE .....

  • on May 11, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    franklin should be dropped Gibbs or Smith should open with the GREATEST OF ALL THE TIMES...... but seeing present conditions apart from Malinga there is nothing to cheer for MI, KKR has a slight edge...

  • on May 11, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    Well why not open with Smith. He opens for Barbados & WI in T20s.

  • on May 11, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Dwayne Smith is an excellent option to open the innings for Mumbai. he has a good record in this position.

  • SurlyCynic on May 11, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    Come on KKR, need a win to deprive MI of points. Hope to see the most exciting teams, DD, KKR, RCB and CSK in the semis. That would be best for the tournament.

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  • SurlyCynic on May 11, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    Come on KKR, need a win to deprive MI of points. Hope to see the most exciting teams, DD, KKR, RCB and CSK in the semis. That would be best for the tournament.

  • on May 11, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Dwayne Smith is an excellent option to open the innings for Mumbai. he has a good record in this position.

  • on May 11, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    Well why not open with Smith. He opens for Barbados & WI in T20s.

  • on May 11, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    franklin should be dropped Gibbs or Smith should open with the GREATEST OF ALL THE TIMES...... but seeing present conditions apart from Malinga there is nothing to cheer for MI, KKR has a slight edge...

  • Rally_Windies on May 11, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    I'd say Mumbai made 10-20 runs less than they needed against RBC ,

    Pollard came in in over 18... he could have come in , in over 10 .....

    the Mumbai think camp did not act quickly enough ... they seem to be accustomed to longer versions of cricket...

    you should always have your top 6 batters padded and ready to go from the start of a 20/20 game .......and be prepared to send in ANYONE .....

  • TeamSelector on May 11, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    Does anyone know if the benched players (both foreign & domestic) get paid when they are not playing? Or do you have to be playing in order to get paid? Because it seems to me that would be a waste of resources to pay for (8-10) foreign players, when you fully well know that only four can play ... & there are quite a few domestic players who go through a whole IPL season without playing a single match.

  • on May 11, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    please play sakib instead of yusuf!

    but which foreign does kkr drop? Kallis, Lee, Narine and Brendon are all doing well. perhaps bisla for mccullum?

  • batmannrobin on May 11, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    Mumbai and KKR met twice last year and not once as mentioned in this article . They met in the last of the league games and again in the eliminator which MI won by 4 wickets. Editorial miss :)

  • Bruisers on May 11, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    @TeamSelector - Players get their salary irrespective of whether they play or not. They get paid even if they suffer an injury and are ruled out of the tournament :)

  • Bruisers on May 11, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    High time MI opened the innings with Smith or Karthik, and give a few opportunities to Suryakumar Yadav in the middle-order. Suggested playing XI: SMITH, TENDULKAR, SHARMA, KARTHIK, POLLARD, RAYUDU, SK YADAV, HARBHAJAN, OJHA, MALINGA, PATEL