Bangalore v Mumbai, IPL 2012, Bangalore May 13, 2012

Mid-table scrap heats up

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Match facts

Monday, May 14, 2012
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

Big Picture

Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore have played a big role in spicing up the race for the playoffs. A big win over Kolkata Knight Riders featured a significant landmark for Rohit Sharma and an excellent start to Herschelle Gibbs' IPL season, giving Mumbai Indians reason to not tinker with their opening combination again. They are currently third in the points table and can go at least one spot up should they beat Royal Challengers, and reach a position of relative safety vis-à-vis the playoffs.

Royal Challengers have won three in a row, including a nine-wicket demolition of Mumbai Indians last week, and would be desperate to keep that run going. After facing Mumbai Indians, they take on toppers Delhi Daredevils - not the ideal team to be facing in the event of a must-win scenario or being at the mercy of net run-rates. Mumbai Indians are a formidable opponent themselves, and Royal Challengers, currently No.5, will do well to push them back to a position of insecurity.

Form guide

(most recent first, completed games)

Royal Challengers Bangalore: WWWLL
Mumbai Indians: WLWWW

Players to watch

Chris Gayle has taken the batting plaudits for Royal Challengers but his opening partner Tillakaratne Dilshan has been building up good form as well. His half-century against Pune Warriors was his third in six innings; he's also outshone Gayle on occasion. How will he face up to his team-mate, and the IPL's best bowler, Lasith Malinga?

Herschelle Gibbs took little time to show his worth to the Mumbai Indians side, stepping out to smash Brett Lee for three fours over extra cover in the space of four balls. He adapted well, ceding the floor to Rohit who was the more aggressive of the pair, and didn't show any signs of rustiness or discomfort despite having to sit out the bulk of his team's campaign.

Stats and trivia

  • Rohit Sharma's century against Knight Riders was the 22nd in the IPL and the eighth by an Indian in the tournament's history. His 167-run stand with Herschelle Gibbs was the third-highest in the IPL.
  • Pragyan Ojha has taken the most wickets for a left-arm spinner in the IPL - 69 in 63 matches. Daniel Vettori is third in the list, with 28 in 34 games. Brad Hogg and Ravindra Jadeja top the list this season with 10 each; Ojha has nine.

Quotes

"But as far as talent and technique is concerned, I think Rohit is a little bit better than Virat."
Herschelle Gibbs

"The last two games, we have bowled well. The bowlers have stepped up and we are peaking at the right time which is good."
Virat Kohli

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Cric_Info1987 on May 14, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Harbhajan and Munaf should be banned from cricket for their life. Miserable captaincy by Harbhajan and miserable bowling by Munaf. I don't mind his attitude, but such sick bowling again and again....this is ridiculous. Shame on Munaf and Harbahajan.

  • Cric_Info1987 on May 14, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    I think Harbhajan and Munaf Patel both play only for the opposite team against MI. It's always been the case. This is 5th match, where I am again pointing out to everyone that harbhajan is making bad decisions on the field. There were 3 matches where he should have given peterson bowling because he had conceded 2 runs in an over on that pitch, but he didn't do it. He should have given Franklin the over because he had given only 4-5 runs in an over on that pitch. But he does not do all of that. Today, same with Smith, he was supposed to give smith the last over with only 10 runs from 2 overs. But he gives it to munaf bhai who usually plays for the other side and who had already given 21 runs in the earlier over to bowl the last over where he gave 24 runs. Excellent captaincy harbhajan. keep up the good work. You should never be selected in Indian team again.

  • PhaniBhaskar24 on May 14, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Its important that Kohli comes good with bat today. Its been while before his classy inningns. May be we can define this clash as "STYLISH VIRAT VS CLASSY ROHIT". Lets see who topples

  • arief07 on May 14, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Mumbai indians won the three matches against royal challengers in this pitch.It's the revenge time for the mumbai indians team.

  • Cric_Info1987 on May 14, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    I completely agree that RCB will win this match. But unfair to say that MI is solely dependent upon Malinga and RCB is solely dependent upon Gayle. As mentioned by someone every team has an "X" factor. So malinga is for MI and Gayle is for RCB. Both can single handedly win the match depending upon the pitch. Though in a case where Gayle fails, we have seen numerous times that RCB has struggled and even lost the tournament because of non-performance of Gayle despite being in the playing XI. Whereas, when Malinga is absent from playing XI, same is the situation with MI. But at the same time, it must be remembered that despite this, both teams have won matches without Gayle or without Malinga respectively. So don't be biased in your opinion. Play fair.

  • arief07 on May 14, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Mumbai indians is going to win the match

  • wealwayswin on May 14, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    @team_india_rocks, same dialogue of urs, please rest gayle or sell gayle to some other franchise, and then play, then you will know where RCB lies on. They wont reach 120 runs. Ha ha ha

  • VinViper on May 14, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Valavan you are exactly rit!!!!! These MI Blokes are nothing without Malinga!!!! But if you see the recent matches won by RCB it is very evident that it is a team performance and not one man show....Every Team would have one 'X' Factor in their team but Bangalore have 2 of them(Gayle and AB) and dilshan is no mug with the bat and agrawal is silently playing his role and kohli off late is joining the party!!!!! SO MI,CSK,DD,KKR PACK UP!!!!!( I dont think Kings XI and Rajastan Royals would make it to the play offs) Go RCB!!!!!!!!

  • Cric_Info1987 on May 14, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    What happens if both teams get 1 point each. I think, it will make it unfair for many teams, if any of the matches go without result from now on. This will mean that MI will have to win one of two matches remaining and RCB will have to win all the remaining matches to qualify. So, I hope there is a match today and we do get a result from today's match. GOD Forbid, if it happens to be a five over match, RCB will surely win with a massive score. But, i doubt Gayle can be that effective in 20 overs (considering that now it has rained and the bowl will be skidding on the pitch)

  • tienie on May 14, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    the Gayle storm and Mr cool @ calm AB will do it again

  • Cric_Info1987 on May 14, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Harbhajan and Munaf should be banned from cricket for their life. Miserable captaincy by Harbhajan and miserable bowling by Munaf. I don't mind his attitude, but such sick bowling again and again....this is ridiculous. Shame on Munaf and Harbahajan.

  • Cric_Info1987 on May 14, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    I think Harbhajan and Munaf Patel both play only for the opposite team against MI. It's always been the case. This is 5th match, where I am again pointing out to everyone that harbhajan is making bad decisions on the field. There were 3 matches where he should have given peterson bowling because he had conceded 2 runs in an over on that pitch, but he didn't do it. He should have given Franklin the over because he had given only 4-5 runs in an over on that pitch. But he does not do all of that. Today, same with Smith, he was supposed to give smith the last over with only 10 runs from 2 overs. But he gives it to munaf bhai who usually plays for the other side and who had already given 21 runs in the earlier over to bowl the last over where he gave 24 runs. Excellent captaincy harbhajan. keep up the good work. You should never be selected in Indian team again.

  • PhaniBhaskar24 on May 14, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Its important that Kohli comes good with bat today. Its been while before his classy inningns. May be we can define this clash as "STYLISH VIRAT VS CLASSY ROHIT". Lets see who topples

  • arief07 on May 14, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Mumbai indians won the three matches against royal challengers in this pitch.It's the revenge time for the mumbai indians team.

  • Cric_Info1987 on May 14, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    I completely agree that RCB will win this match. But unfair to say that MI is solely dependent upon Malinga and RCB is solely dependent upon Gayle. As mentioned by someone every team has an "X" factor. So malinga is for MI and Gayle is for RCB. Both can single handedly win the match depending upon the pitch. Though in a case where Gayle fails, we have seen numerous times that RCB has struggled and even lost the tournament because of non-performance of Gayle despite being in the playing XI. Whereas, when Malinga is absent from playing XI, same is the situation with MI. But at the same time, it must be remembered that despite this, both teams have won matches without Gayle or without Malinga respectively. So don't be biased in your opinion. Play fair.

  • arief07 on May 14, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Mumbai indians is going to win the match

  • wealwayswin on May 14, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    @team_india_rocks, same dialogue of urs, please rest gayle or sell gayle to some other franchise, and then play, then you will know where RCB lies on. They wont reach 120 runs. Ha ha ha

  • VinViper on May 14, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Valavan you are exactly rit!!!!! These MI Blokes are nothing without Malinga!!!! But if you see the recent matches won by RCB it is very evident that it is a team performance and not one man show....Every Team would have one 'X' Factor in their team but Bangalore have 2 of them(Gayle and AB) and dilshan is no mug with the bat and agrawal is silently playing his role and kohli off late is joining the party!!!!! SO MI,CSK,DD,KKR PACK UP!!!!!( I dont think Kings XI and Rajastan Royals would make it to the play offs) Go RCB!!!!!!!!

  • Cric_Info1987 on May 14, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    What happens if both teams get 1 point each. I think, it will make it unfair for many teams, if any of the matches go without result from now on. This will mean that MI will have to win one of two matches remaining and RCB will have to win all the remaining matches to qualify. So, I hope there is a match today and we do get a result from today's match. GOD Forbid, if it happens to be a five over match, RCB will surely win with a massive score. But, i doubt Gayle can be that effective in 20 overs (considering that now it has rained and the bowl will be skidding on the pitch)

  • tienie on May 14, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    the Gayle storm and Mr cool @ calm AB will do it again

  • Maddy_srb on May 14, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    tournment got turned to more interstng now. still not sure who will be in top 4. i want to see RCB, DD, KKR n MI in play offs.

  • on May 14, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    I would love to see Gayle and DeVilliers open the batting for RCB. If both click, it will be a 200 run opening stand.

  • cool2cool on May 14, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    @CricNcode : First I am not a fan of MI. Second apart from luck, different players have contributed to Mumbai's wins(and is the case with most of other teams) unlike only Gayle and Abey for RCB. Anytime 11 players are always better than 2 men army, check what happened last year in IPL final and CL final, when Gayle failed.

  • cool2cool on May 14, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    @Chethan Puttaiah: My friend you are actually supporting my comments. RCB won against DD because of Abey's knock of 65 odd. Most of the matches they won are because of Gayle and Abey.

  • matrix92 on May 14, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    I hope MI will do same as they did against KKR on their homeground. . .the bowling attack of MI is very wel then RCB. . If they wil make 160 plus then no1 cn chase it.

  • on May 14, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    Friends, feeling very happy as we all today just following Rohit &Virat. It's perfectly true, after Rahul / Sachin , these are the players we are concedering. Both Rohit and Virat are the best amongst all youngsters in the world. We are very proud about it. After Rohits inning against KKR, it was really pleasant scene I saw. When after KKR innings all were returning back, Rohit having smily chat with Das. It all means Rohit and Virat are the most famous cricketers in all parts of India. Just remember what Gauti expresses in presentation. Shane Warn, Sachin, Gauti, Virat himself, Gibs etc etc.......all praises Rohit. So guys, let's enjoy the era of Rohit / Virat. All the best to both of them. I love INDIA.

  • Valavan on May 14, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    @BharatSharma, please rest malinga or sell malinga to some other franchise, and then play, then you will know where MI lies on, it will be just another DC, scoring in excess of 170s and loosing. No malinga no mumbai indians, simple fact. cricinfo please publish.

  • nikhil_tawde on May 14, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Gibbs is wrong to say this based on one match as stats prove that kohli is a better player. Gibbs something in sharma which compelled him to say this. Although I never saw rohit as a better player than kohli, but I do hope that he is right and India gets a good player to replace the seniors. As far as today's match is concerned MI have a good chance of winning it if they persist with the same team as of previous match. Sachin should try to improve his strike-rate.

  • on May 14, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    Looking forward to seeing Zak vs Sachin ? Rain gods have other ideas...its pouring here in Bangalore..reminiscent of Maleye suridu Baa :) !!! Jai RCB !!

  • nandharox on May 14, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    @Akshay Vairkar

    Really ABD needs a platform? The very first match he played this ipl.. no gayle.. he was playing a lone hand for his team.. when no one scored.. Against kxip the score was 35 for 3.. he made 130 runs partnership with gayle.. against pune 3 overs 40 odd runs to score.. not a nice platform.. other end saurabh tiwary was wasting balls.. against deccan facing worlds premier fast bowler with rrpo 13.. not a easy task for any batsman..

  • Cric_Wiz on May 14, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Luv to see RCB in the semi or even final caz they ve so many power gun (Gayle, AB, Dilshan, Virat). Smash vajji's team.

  • on May 14, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    RCB will rip apart MI today ! GO RCB GO !!!

  • bibhutiking on May 14, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    a complete non sense from Herschelle Gibbs!!!!!!! Not only from Gibbs, all those associated with MI and Mumbai talks in same sense. Come on rohit bring an inning of matching quality that Virat has brought on occassions while chasing. Please Gavaskar, Shastri and co. STOP kidding.

  • VinViper on May 14, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    Y dont we replace Raju Bhatkal with the under performing Tiwary as he a handy bowler as well and giving Asad Pathan another go also is not a bad option....Anyways want some hammering from Virat today!!!! Its fun to see virat and Gayle celebrating in their unique style.....Go RCB!!!!

  • VinViper on May 14, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Hey guys sorry to say this but its about to rain in Bangalore!!!!! Fingers crossed!!!!

  • Duplessis720 on May 14, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    The four top teams MI,CSK,RCB and DD. I rather prefer RCB win this match because if they would win MI will go down and lose and RCB would qualify and face RR or KXIP and win to face CSK in their home town where RCB can lose and super kings would win the cup.GO RCB beat MI

  • pratap_wagle on May 14, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    Oh God.. It is raining here in Bangalore.... My office is close to the stadium and it is overcast here and it started drizzling :( worst part is it has been raining during this time during past couple of days.... I don't understand how the hell luck favors CSK all the time :(

  • CricketMaan on May 14, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    @Fawmy - True, but Rohit has not displayed tempermanent at this level..which Kholi has in abundant..that is what matters at this level..Technique and talent can get you there, but to sustain you need Temperment..

  • CricketMaan on May 14, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    @AB-14 - yes he is the NXT best player, if he had already proved in Tests, then he would have been 'THE Best player'..got it!!

  • on May 14, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    @ Bharat: So zaheers twin strike, murali's overs, dilshan's consistency with the bat don't count? Granted Gayle and ABD have been the star attraction but an effort is needed from the bowlers too to win.

  • on May 14, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    MummmmBaiiii Mummmbaaaaaiiiiiii Mumbaiiiiiiii Mumbaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

  • siawashi on May 14, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    For your information Mr.Gibbs 1 match or even 1 series cant decide who is a better player or has better technique, have a look at international stats there no comparison between two, and today i just wish he finds his form back and help chris and relief some burden from his shoulder. and the only bowler i wish to see be punished by chris is Malinga so chris please go after him and show him there is no armor in the world can stop gayle's bullet.

  • rsurya on May 14, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    Fielding first will win this match for mumbai, pragyan ohja against gayle should be avoided, same way malinga against gayle and dilshan should be avoided they will defend him, you cant take the wicket of gayle, but wait for him mistime a six and get rid off him no other way. Then introduce malinga and clear off those local batsmans. Playing levi for gibbs will surely payoff. 60 runs of vinay kumars 4 overs will be an easy target.

  • ANMs on May 14, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    It started to rain :( :( :(

  • AB-14 on May 14, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    EVERY INDIAN IS SAYIN THAT KOHLI IS THE NEXT BIG PLYER. HE HAS YET TO PROVE HIMSELF IN TEST MATCHES

  • on May 14, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    @ veerakannadiga as far as ur concern MI is only wining becs of Malinga.. NO rohit.. no smith.. tendulkar 70+ smith's 16 in the last over.. levi's blazing 50 in the opening match ..munaf's bowiling in couple of matches.. Herschelle Gibbs batting in the last match ..Ambati Rayudu finish couple of matches greatly......... looks like a team effort for me............. but yes u r right as far as RCB . they r only depend on GALE n ABD.......

  • DVindula on May 14, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    I think MI has the ultimate chance to book their seats in playoffs making a massive competition for the last spot in the points table.But in the other hand RCB fighting for their survival with full energy.Considering about their batting lineup Gayle must Open with Dilshan.Because they should have a regular opening combination if they are going through the tournament.Murali should be there as I think he is more useful than the previous skipper.Another thing to say.......I m a very cricket fan since I was born.But watching cricket matches continually makes me more tougher and non curios.I think IPL should hold 2 year by 2.That helps to increase the curiosity of the public.That will help to crowd up the stands.CRICKET SHOULD NOT BE THE MONEY........

  • Blessington on May 14, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Yes, that is good sign for Indian cricket. once it was SACHIN - DRAVID FRIGHT for the fans. well there next generation, to tag with where it would be Virat- Rohit fight for fans. As a die hard fan of Rahul i wish Rohit gains the upper hand...

  • sampi72 on May 14, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    Some of my friends need to leave out Dilshan and Murali & they need to inset Macdonald and Vittori...I think all of u are MI fans...Please analyse what is the turning point of RCB..For me ..it is the the desicion of Vittori sit himself in the bench and giving the chance to Dilashn & Murali...Most of my friends are worried about Dillys strike rate ..What Dilshan doing is to anchor the innings with decent strike rate to facilitate Gyle,Kohli,AB to go after the bowlling..The mistake done by RCB in last match was sending Thivary instead of AB.

  • on May 14, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    rohit play every ten out of one. He not having confident on himself first. He just home tiger. I have not seen him playing consistently. another one Yusuf Pathan. he also out of ten one match wonder.

  • on May 14, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Mi Has good chance to win this match ..see MIs away record ,They worn most of their away matches..RCB also lose many of thier Home matches.The pitch is good for batting and on this pitch RCB bowling sturggles.But again its 20-20.nothing you cna gurantee.A great inning from sach will also help to destroy RCB.Only thing need is wicket of Gayle.I agree AB is great player but only when he has good platform.So MI you knw the secrete to win this match .Bring Mallinga and Bhajji to bowl in tandum to Gayle.Let hope for the craker of the match.But MI will win and will definitely qualify for top Four....

  • Fawmy on May 14, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    "But as far as talent and technique is concerned, I think Rohit is a little bit better than Virat." Herschelle Gibbs >>>>> TRUE.... WELL SAID...

  • Fawmy on May 14, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    @ rsurya, As I understood, Dhoni don't believe Jadeja but he is using him for what they have paid.

  • Fawmy on May 14, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Well, this IPL season getting excitement, extremely key match for both teams, as I mentioned MI are having big names on their directory but except couple of players like Malinga, Rohit and Gibbs others not good in the battle field including Tendulkar, Harbajan and Pollard. Coming to RCB, of course they are very good in batting department and they have improved their bowling in last couple of games. Still I am confused that why Virat is captioning RCB, agreed Vittori is out of form but there are many experienced players then Virat like Dilshan and AB Deviliers. Willing to watch Gayle hammering MI bowlers and AB Deviliers should be batted No. 3 or 4. GOOOOO RCB >>>>

  • on May 14, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    I agree with Gibbs' assessment of Virat and Rohit. When Rohits playing well, he is absolutely sublime to watch. It's like he has forever to play his shots. However, having said that, he has horrible temperament. Can never finish games even when dominating and I definitely feels his issues are mostly mental and not because of a lack of ability or talent.

    Virat on the other hand is marginally less talented and the technique is sometimes left wanting. However, his mental strength and self belief are second to none. Even in the face of adversity, he always believes he can do it and has the temperament to follow suit and this is where the two have made separate ways and hence have had different outcomes.

  • IJ-IPL on May 14, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    I am sure that RCB will win today, no matter what MI have in store for them. It can be hardly believed that MI has the slightest chance of winning this match. MI is not capable of defeating only two teams in the entire IPL (not on paper and nor pratically): Delhi and RCB. They should hands down give it up before these two teams.

  • veerakannadiga on May 14, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    Rohit is good, Virat is better but Rahane is the best. Nice things happening for Indian cricket, the younger generation is here to stay. Make way seniors, (Sachin), thankyou for your services.

  • veerakannadiga on May 14, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    one man army (Malinga) vs two men army ( Gayle, ABD) ha haha..... If weather permits ( been raining afternoons all week) will make interesting watching.

  • Prajay1986 on May 14, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    come on RCB,.... win the match go to the top of the table...

  • sajidrock on May 14, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    During last match between Mi & RCB the day was RCB's from the very first over of the match it was RCB's day, MI couldn't build a good total to defend RCB and in fielding they miss few run outs and the most important Gayle's catch which was dropped by Smith and that was the turning point of the match, if u give a life to player like Gayle then u have to pay for it but everyday it won't be RCB's day, the last win against the strongest KKR team MI will definately continue with there good form. Hope Rohit to continue his batting in same manner and get his team home. Best of luck for both Mi & RCB.....

  • chapathishot on May 14, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    @some3guy: Talent has nothing to do with the consistency of scores by a batsman.It is the way they play that reveals the real talent.Yes Kholi is talented but a little less than Rohit.If Rohit can take a leaf out of Sachin's book and work on his consistency ,We will not miss Sachin once he retires.Regarding Kholi- Rohit ,It will be the next Sachin -Dravid fight between fans and will do good for Indian Cricket.

  • on May 14, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Before Rohit sharma lot of guys scored more than 400 plus in ipl2012 and waiting for Man of the series. for Sunil Gavaskar while in commentary he got Rohit name only. Why he and Shastri not coming out from Mumbai. so many guys and players out of Mumbai also their.

  • IJ-IPL on May 14, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    Is gayle for sale in the next season ? I mean, if yes then MI should buy him, they have alot of money to waste on big names anyways. I think Gayle will also warm the bench is MI buys him. Imagine, Gayle, Pollard and Dwayne Smith playing in the same team. Lolzzzzz...fantasy land...reality-->Gayle can single handed win the match for RCB, if MI wants to make things equal then they need to take Gayle wicket at the earliest because he has been the most destructive before MI. Its a one sided match if Gayle plays today.

  • andrew27994 on May 14, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    Though I am a MI supporter, I feel RCB have the advantage as this will most likely be a good batting pitch and they have all the fire power needed to score the runs. But as we have seen, RCB have always relied on their overseas players especially batsmen like Gayle, Dilshan and de Villiers. RCB's bowlers have hardly been effective this tournament though there are signs of improvement from their bowlers. At the same time MI have struggled with their batting for most parts of the tournament. The deciding factor in this match is undoubtedly Chris Gayle. Though teams have beaten RCB when Gayle has scored well, MI would find it even more difficult as their batting has been mediocre in this tournament. They have the ability but look as though they have no batting strategies.

  • Zen21 on May 14, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    It is weird that Gibbs commenting Rohit is better than Virat in talent!!!! Before making such comments, please analyse the facts & figures man! All MI won matches are last over flukes...anyway MI is not going to be in Playoff.

  • MadhavY on May 14, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    I wish both RCB, CSK enter playoffs they are two good sides and exciting to watch, MI are the most undeserving one of the remaining 7, but it seems only one of CSK, RCB can make it through unless something extraordinary happens

  • on May 14, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    @SurlyCynic Oh yeah!! Once Gayle and AB D fail , that's it for ur team... and common u think CSK is an exciting team this year?? OMG!!

  • on May 14, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    @cool2cool .. My friend this year RCB lost matches only because of poor bowling and not because of their batting. Remember they have beaten DD even without GAyle playing and also when he failed they won matches because of Dilshan and Devilliers. Don't make loose comments without studying facts.

  • rsurya on May 14, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    Oh god where is franklin, he brings stability at the top and he gradually gets the innings going and mumbai could reach 120 with ease, without him they are scoring 180, this is not fair. If you believe in someone believe till the end at least someday he will prove you. Watch dhoni believing jadeja, thats how you learn.

  • dialga533 on May 14, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    @liz dookhoo who would he replace? gayle, de villiers, and dilshan are all playing well and murali has been the pick of the bowlers for RCB this season.....

  • cracker2012 on May 14, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    @Madhavan.Varun "For some reason I have a feeling one of KKR or DD is going to miss out on top 4..."

    I have the same feeling.

  • on May 14, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    The pitch was not easy to bat on,only Rohit was able to dominate, that is why Kallis and Pathan couldn't chase it down, so Gibs played well, if Pollard and Smith came to bat, they could get out without any contribution.

  • on May 14, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    Mumbai Indians is really missing a genuine left handed batsman in the middle order. Any way they can sort this.. will definitely make an impact in the batting line up and the bowlers become unsettle.. All the best.. :)

  • CricNcode on May 14, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    @cool2cool-if RCB is a two-men army, your MI is no-man army...they are just riding their luck stealing some freak wins at the last ball! also, if two can do the job so be it...why bother remaining 9 if not needed!

  • some3guy on May 14, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    come on gibbs,kholi and virat are not even in the same league when it comes to talent. virat might have lost his form this IPL,but look at his ODI stats,he has an avg of 50,while rohit is barely crossing 30. 9 odi hundreds ahead of rohit and you say he is less talented than rohit? when you comment about someone's talent,you look at their performance in the longer versions of the game.

  • on May 14, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    go gayle go....rock the mi

  • on May 13, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    I hope Captain Daniel Vettori play !

  • Andy99 on May 13, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    Come on. Do you even study stats? Gibbs was horrible. 26 dots in 58 balls for Gibbs. A strike rate of under 120 when the team scored over 180. Going at under 120 with Pollard, Smith and Rayudu all back in the shed.

  • Madhavan.Varun on May 13, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    For some reason I have a feeling one of KKR or DD is going to miss out on top 4...

  • on May 13, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    hoping devilliers magic again in this match......such a melodious sight to watch him play..................... @ Mayan Viljoen agreed that dilshan has not lived upto his standards in this IPL but u cant say he's out of form.......

  • cool2cool on May 13, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    @SurlyCynic: Your RCB is two men army and this year have lost when these two men have failed.

  • on May 13, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    here is the four team - DD, KKR, MI & RCS.

  • on May 13, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    Time will tell who destroys who....btw...i don't think CSK has been exciting at all this season...

  • loki897 on May 13, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    Mumbai Indians: Herschelle Gibbs, Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Dwayne Smith, Ambati Rayudu, Robin Peterson, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, RP Singh, Pragyan Ojha

    RCB: Tilkantre Dilshan, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Ab de Villers, Virat Kohli, Saruab Tiwary, Daniel Vettori, J Syed Mohammad, Vinay Kumar, A Mithun, Zaheer Khan

  • Prajay1986 on May 13, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    come on RCB,.... win the match go to the top of the table...

  • on May 13, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    I stick by my earlier comments in which I said that T. Dilshan is out of form. His usual international T20 SR is in the region of 170 -180. His SR for this tournament so far can not be better than about 120 or lower, on average, if I am not very much mistaken. To me this means that he is out of form and, therefore, uses up balls which Gayle, Kohli or De Villiers can use far better. To top the above, he doesn't bowl, something which his team desperately needs and the one or two times he did bowl he leaked so many runs that he had to be taken out of the attack immediately. McDonalsd should replace him. The latter is more than a decent T20 batsman and bowler, an excellent T20 all rounder in my humble opinion.

  • SurlyCynic on May 13, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Come on RCB, time to destroy MI. I really hope to see the four most exciting teams in the semis: DD, KKR, RCB, CSK. This game is vital.

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  • SurlyCynic on May 13, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Come on RCB, time to destroy MI. I really hope to see the four most exciting teams in the semis: DD, KKR, RCB, CSK. This game is vital.

  • on May 13, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    I stick by my earlier comments in which I said that T. Dilshan is out of form. His usual international T20 SR is in the region of 170 -180. His SR for this tournament so far can not be better than about 120 or lower, on average, if I am not very much mistaken. To me this means that he is out of form and, therefore, uses up balls which Gayle, Kohli or De Villiers can use far better. To top the above, he doesn't bowl, something which his team desperately needs and the one or two times he did bowl he leaked so many runs that he had to be taken out of the attack immediately. McDonalsd should replace him. The latter is more than a decent T20 batsman and bowler, an excellent T20 all rounder in my humble opinion.

  • Prajay1986 on May 13, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    come on RCB,.... win the match go to the top of the table...

  • loki897 on May 13, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    Mumbai Indians: Herschelle Gibbs, Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Dwayne Smith, Ambati Rayudu, Robin Peterson, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, RP Singh, Pragyan Ojha

    RCB: Tilkantre Dilshan, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Ab de Villers, Virat Kohli, Saruab Tiwary, Daniel Vettori, J Syed Mohammad, Vinay Kumar, A Mithun, Zaheer Khan

  • on May 13, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    Time will tell who destroys who....btw...i don't think CSK has been exciting at all this season...

  • on May 13, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    here is the four team - DD, KKR, MI & RCS.

  • cool2cool on May 13, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    @SurlyCynic: Your RCB is two men army and this year have lost when these two men have failed.

  • on May 13, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    hoping devilliers magic again in this match......such a melodious sight to watch him play..................... @ Mayan Viljoen agreed that dilshan has not lived upto his standards in this IPL but u cant say he's out of form.......

  • Madhavan.Varun on May 13, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    For some reason I have a feeling one of KKR or DD is going to miss out on top 4...

  • Andy99 on May 13, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    Come on. Do you even study stats? Gibbs was horrible. 26 dots in 58 balls for Gibbs. A strike rate of under 120 when the team scored over 180. Going at under 120 with Pollard, Smith and Rayudu all back in the shed.