Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings, IPL, Mumbai May 4, 2013

Mumbai caught in mid-table scrap


Match facts

May 5, 2013
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)


Big Picture

A team that hasn't lost a single home game this season takes on another that's yet to lose an away fixture. Either way, on Sunday, one team's sequence will be broken. Mumbai Indians are back at Wankhede Stadium where they have won all their four games, described as a "fortress" by their captain, Rohit Sharma. After three consecutive victories - during which their batsmen posted scores of above 160 - their batting suffered a rare meltdown against Sunrisers Hyderabad, managing an underwhelming 129 in a heavy defeat. Mumbai have been displaced from the top four following Sunrisers' win against Delhi Daredevils on Saturday and will look to regain lost ground. Close on their heels is fourth-placed Rajasthan Royals, who also have 12 points, and play later on the evening.

Super Kings are all but through to the playoffs, with nine wins from 11 games. Against Kings XI Punjab, they showed they could recover quickly from a rare MS Dhoni failure, courtesy Suresh Raina's first IPL century that took them to an imposing 186. Though they won by a comfortable 15 runs, the contest was a lot closer than that margin suggested. An area they need to address going forward is the bowling. In their last five games, their bowlers have conceded scores of 185, 186 and 171. Their batting, though, has been consistent and potent. They could be a change at the top of the order, with M Vijay likely to return for Wriddhiman Saha, who was carrying an injury on the eve of the game.

Form guide

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Players to watch

Michael Hussey hasn't had a constant opening partner, with Super Kings experimenting with the likes of Saha, S Anirudha and even R Ashwin at various stages. Vijay was the preferred partner, but a finger injury kept him out of the last three games. Saha has scores of 39, 13 and 18 and it's a chance for him to nail down the position, if given another opportunity. Vijay was also recalled to the India one-day side for the Champions Trophy.

Sachin Tendulkar has scored only one half-century in this edition, in Delhi. Save for his 44 against Pune Warriors, he hasn't fired consistently at his home ground. His dismissal in Hyderabad, bowled by Ishant Sharma, was worrying. Bowlers will look to attack his stumps.

Stats and trivia

  • Lasith Malinga needs two more wickets for 200 wickets in T20 matches
  • Mumbai have a commanding head-to-head record against Super Kings at the Wankhede, having won all their three games there


"The team has not been at its best this year, but is still very much in contention."
Mumbai Indians allrounder Kieron Pollard

"If you look at some of our fields that have been set, they have been quite different, subtle, but really different. I can tell you we are finding the right fields for different bowlers at certain stages of the match." Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on May 5, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    It could not getter bigger n better than dis.....clash b/w the Titans of IPL CSK vs MI..big ques is wat target will they give CSK to chase....chennai bats upto depth almost 10 out of 11 can bat....n the team is also in gr8 fav fo 2day is CSK.!

  • Dummy4 on May 5, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    what hapen to ricky ponting. Is he nit going to play again.?

  • Raag on May 5, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    if MI has to win this game, tendulkar should be rested first.they should try maxwell and open with smith and sharma. Any how chennai is not going to leave any stone unturned for winning this match. Difficult call who will win but i am always supporting chennai...CSK Rocks!!!!

  • Enthusiast27 on May 5, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    I would call MI an grossly over-hyped team an than over-rated team. I think that its high time that they concentrate on their game with proper resources(which they do have) and start winning games. On the other side, we have an astonishingly balanced team with the MAN who never loses his cool. I think that MSD must take a lot of credits for coming out every time with a smart team on the field than on the paper. All his accolades have given their 100 percent on the field, which is what the captain wants. I personally think that home games or away, it wont make a difference to CSK, be it the Wankhede or any other stadium. This game is for CSK, given their composure. CSK FTW!

  • Dummy4 on May 5, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    @satish_kumar...when I said finally, I meant the final point :) there cannot be a bigger CSK fan than me dude.... CSK rocks (Y)

  • Dummy4 on May 5, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    i hate both these teams..MI to beat CST

  • SEKHAR on May 5, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    MI vs CSK is easily the titan of the clash-of-titans.

  • vivekanand on May 5, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    MI should play: 1. D Smith 2. Rayudu 3. Karthik 4. Rohit 5. Pollard 6. Maxwell 7. Harbhajan 8. Johnson 9. P ojha 10. Munaf Patel 11. Dhawal kulkarni

    sachin is not doing enough at opening. should be dropped for this match as a break and try rayudu up. also, malinga is not in wicket taking form, replace by maxwell to strengthen batting.

    CSK should play: 1. M Hussey 2. Plessis 3. Raina 4. Badrinath 5. Jadeja 6. Dhoni 7. Bravo 8. Morkel/Morris 9. Ashwin 10. Jakati 11. Mohit sharma

    should try plesis as he is fit. play offs will be at slower pitches, so trying jakati would be a good option. they can even bring jakati at the expense of jadeja and keep badrinath as they can afford to do so due to comfort in points table.

  • Dummy4 on May 5, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    throwing R.P.Singh was biggest mistake made by mumbai. They have to go with extra overseas bowler due to this. Better way get one more batsman instead of Johnson or Malinga. Go for Phil Hughes.

  • Dummy4 on May 5, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    MI is a grossly over rated celebrity team, with a lazy captain! What's surprising is the way way media props them up !!! Rohit Sharma is time and again called with superlatives and punctuated often with "potential" as if to suggest that he is patronized for some hidden talent. MI management need to wake up and appoint an agile and athletic captain who can inspire and lead from the front, if they nurse any ambition to succeed in the chosen format.