Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings, IPL, Mumbai

Mumbai caught in mid-table scrap

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May 4, 2013

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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

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Posted by   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.!

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 10:13 GMT)

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

Posted by MrAryan 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!!!!

Posted by 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!

Posted by   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)

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

i hate both these teams..MI to beat CST

Posted by Sekhar_S on (May 5, 2013, 8:58 GMT)

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

Posted by vivek_khyati 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by hellraizer33 on (May 5, 2013, 8:20 GMT)

@lifeiscool :demolish is an interestingly offensive word. I hope you dont need to run to a find a place to hide yourself after the match.


Posted by lifeiscool on (May 5, 2013, 8:02 GMT)

CSK will demolish MI.MI won't even qualify to the playoffs.If Rohit Sharma can still get his place in the Indian Team,then why not Vijay.

Posted by hellraizer33 on (May 5, 2013, 7:50 GMT)

@Chakravarty Devulapalli : Ponting does not fit anywhere in the batting order. He is one of the best that we have seen but In India his records are not any better than miserable. Moreover the team you suggested has 5 foreign players so forget about leaving Rayadu and Bhajji alone. I am surprised that your comment still got posted :) . By the way what happened to Million Dollar Baby "Maxwell". He is not even considered. Such a bad planning by Mum think tanks. I wonder how do they think. Whats the point in wasting pollard down the order. In t20 the your best batsman should bat up the order. For Mum the 4 best are Sachin, Pollard, Sharma, Karthi not in order so these 4 should bat 1-4 in any order fixing Sachin's spot to open. I am a huge Dhoni Fan but I grew up watchin Sachin so for today its MI all the way for me. MI needs it more than CSK :)

Posted by aswin05 on (May 5, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

We are gonna witness what happens when an Unstoppable force meets an immovable object.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 7:07 GMT)

@Salman and LakshmananS, Wankhede is home ground of MI. Final's of 2010 IPL as held @ D.Y. Patil Stadium which was home ground of Deccan Chargers that year. So it's 100% success rate for MI @home ground i.e Wankhede.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 6:50 GMT)

Ponting needs to come back into the team and play@#3. kartik and Tendulkar need to open. Pollard #4, Rohit #5, Smith#6, Kulkarni#7, Johnson#8, Akshar Patel #9, Malinga #10, Ojha #11, Rayudu (12th man)

Bhajji doesnt deserve to be in the team at all and sorry for Rayudu this game.

Posted by Trakkan on (May 5, 2013, 6:43 GMT)

@Universalthinker, CSK may relax but still they win when it matters as they have winning combination and great captain. MI will think and plan too much and lose when it matters. It is the only team that has too many think tanks like Kumble, Robin, John Wright, Non playing captain like Ponting etc and have coach for every department. They are a confused lot which is proved by their buy of 1.5m Maxwell who is busy investing his money in markets. See how the MI discard Bravo is utilised in CSK and how Pollard is mainly utilised only as fielder.

We all know how MI lose once they are outside Wankhade. They have no chance of winning IPL as they choke in play offs.

Posted by ash_ipl on (May 5, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

Somehow got the feel that just one man will make all the difference between victory and defeat in this match between CSK and MI...!!!

Posted by Universalthinker on (May 5, 2013, 6:19 GMT)

MI going to win this CSK players are relaxed after getting place in champ tropy selection through lobbying

Posted by Pavinasen on (May 5, 2013, 6:19 GMT)

Can someone of influence please advise CSK on their death bowling.they have wicket takers as has been proved in this IPL,but the close finishes is mainly attributed to their bowling at the death.Any suggestion on their best bowling attack given the current team

Posted by Trakkan on (May 5, 2013, 6:00 GMT)

This match will be very interesting and very important for MI than CSK. MI are good in league stages only. Once in Play offs they are no match to CSK. When it comes to real pressure situation in play offs and that too outside Wankhade they are simply crumble. Remember their loss to CSK in 2010 finals and 2012 play offs? Their another biggest weakness has been the quality of their captains. Since play offs are going to be in Delhi I don't think there is any team that can seriously challenge CSK.

Posted by dhana35 on (May 5, 2013, 5:31 GMT)

vijay will come back againg

Posted by LakshmananS on (May 5, 2013, 5:12 GMT)

CSK has already won in Mumbai against Mumbai in a final. Only difference it was at a different stadium. So 2 records will be broken today, One against Wankhade and the other against Mumbai

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (May 5, 2013, 5:10 GMT)

Tendulkar seems to save his best against CSK. But we have our new sensation Mohit Sharma this time round. Let's see how Tendu tackle him. Expect fireworks from Rohit and Vijay after being selected for Champions Trophy. Can't wait to see Malinga feeding yorkers to Dhoni for his helicopter shots. It's going to be a high scoring thriller. MI is going to lose their run of home wins. CSK is going to have their first win in wenkede.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

@anton_ego Hi dude, I am a huge RCB hater!! Shake hands!! LOL!!

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 4:54 GMT)

100% record? how csk won final in wankhede 2010... ?????????? and CSK gona make 8 in a row to set new record

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 4:38 GMT)

CSK r da team to beat dis season... and no doubt Mi will need some superlative effort to beat a side wit some rich batting arsenal... so far Mi has won batting first posting big totals.... they might post one today too, given CSk's avg bowling sometimes.. but beware MI , CSK back themselves to chase anything in front of them no matter how big the total is.....

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 4:14 GMT)

CSk should definitely try some young guys.Especially,Bowling is their big concern. Imtiaz Ahmed is a great prospect who can also bat well.Baba Aparjith is a young guy who can bowl a bit.Vijay Shankar is a clean striker of ball and he is good bowler. My team:Murali VIjay,Miachel hussey,Suresh Raina,Baba Aparjith,MS dhoni,Vijay shankar/Imtiaz AHmed,Dwayne bravo,Chris Morris,Akila Dananjaya,Ashwin,Mohit SHarma

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 4:13 GMT)

I say glen Maxwell is a very good option, he hasn't played a game yet and ponting could be back in the team as well

Posted by JBSA on (May 5, 2013, 2:55 GMT)

My Team for CSK:

F Plessis, M Hussey, S Raina, S Badri, MS Dhoni, D Bravo, R Jadeja, C Morris, R Ashwin, M Sharma, A Rajpoot/R More/I Ahmed...

But Dhoni would be going for

M Vijay, M Hussey, S Raina, S Badri, MS Dhoni, D Bravo, A Morkel, R Jadeja, C Morris, R Ashwin, M Sharma

Posted by Guru2807 on (May 5, 2013, 2:49 GMT)

@Kamal Ab ofcourse Vijay is not batting well and his form is very poor in this IPL.. but what do you mean by he is not a T20 player ? he is the only CSKian who has scored 2 centuries in IPL, his quick fire 94 on the 2011 finals was the main reason for CSK defending the cup.. He is not being consistent lately, but he will definitely deliver in the big stage..

Posted by srinideva on (May 5, 2013, 1:59 GMT)

some of the tricks can be tried out to beat MI. 1. sachin have to bat for 20 overs. don`t try to out him..he is our main target.. 2. Bring pollard at the 6th over..he is not gonna make it to the final overs..let face it. 3. Bring dhoni when malinga is on the roll.. 4. Clap when sachin makes 50 off 45 balls. 5. do not bowl the full tosses and loose balls to rohit, bcos he score majority of his runs on those catagory. If we do that he will back into his normal mode as Nohit sharma... 6. and all the CSK members should say rohit is next cricket legend in mars..No matter what he does.. 7. Finally, do not try to hit sixes where pollard is standing (esp.near by rope).

If all the above things won`t work, we have enough fire power to break the ice..

Posted by   on (May 5, 2013, 1:54 GMT)

MI firm favorites for this one considering how they're the only team that has a head-to-head record greater than 50%(they've won more matches than they've lost) against CSK and how CSK have never beaten them at this particular stadium. However even if they do beat CSK today I am still sure CSK would beat them in the playoffs/finals(assuming MI make it) because CSK are a better team in knockout matches. Many of CSK's wins this year have been tight last over finishes that could have gone either way so I wouldn't say they have been as convincing as the points table suggests so I hope they continue to improve and haven't peaked too early.

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (May 5, 2013, 1:53 GMT)

CSK is the backyard bullies. MI beat them once in their own backyard and they have 100% record at Wankhede..MI to win for sure..

Posted by Sathish_Kumar on (May 5, 2013, 1:42 GMT)

@Indra Prakash :"3. Finally it would be a record of 8 consecutive wins for CSK, some thing for the fans to cheer about.".. Tell me you are kidding please -SOMETHING to cheer about really ??. already CSK fans have hell lot of things to cheer about man..

Posted by   on (May 4, 2013, 22:33 GMT)

Common Chennai break your jinx at Wankhede against Mumbai and make it 8 wins in a row

Posted by   on (May 4, 2013, 22:29 GMT)

Drop albie morkel and bring faf du plessis instead of MVJ

Posted by anton_ego on (May 4, 2013, 21:42 GMT)

This game is a jackpot for me bcoz I don't like both CSK and MI. I would love to see either of the teams lose. I am a huge CSK-hater, so if MI wins, am gonna love it. Also if MI loses, it ll indirectly help my team RCB's progress. So in anyway, I love this scenario. I wonder if MI has the guts to make Sachin sit-out for one match to rejig the team, bring in someone to support Smith at the top, like a Maxwell. I would go with Maxwell, Pollard, Smith and Malinga and replace Sachin with a fast bowler like Munaf or Abu Nechim (who impressed last season). But do they have the guts to take that decision?

Posted by   on (May 4, 2013, 20:59 GMT)

Though CSK is probably through to the play offs and the result of this match doesn't affect them as much, this match is important to them for fewl reasons.

1. MI beat them at chennai, and CSK would not like to be beaten by the same side 2 times in a row.

2. CSK would rather face SH or RR in the playoffs than the star studded MI. So a great opportunity here to stop MI from getting those 2 points and hamper their progress.

3. Finally it would be a record of 8 consecutive wins for CSK, some thing for the fans to cheer about.

But I guess, MI might win this one, only on the presumption that perhaps the law of averages would catch up with CSK and they might have a bad game. But going into the match CSK definitely looks the more solid of the 2 teams.

Posted by dprasadh on (May 4, 2013, 20:56 GMT)

All the matches that MI has played, in Mumbai, this IPL season, they have batted first and won. Also, they have posted some very big totals batting first. The toss could be crucial, if CSK chose to bat first, then it would be interesting how MI chase for the first time in Mumbai this IPL. CSK, without any doubt, are the most complete team. Their entire squad has not changed a whole lot and they have stuck to winning ways, without trying too many different things as some teams have done this season. As one the comments had noted, MI sneaked a win in Chennai with Pollard taking that brilliant catch off of Dhoni. Had that not been the case, then it would have been curtains for MI in that game. With 7 wins on the trot and almost all of their players in form, I would back CSK to win this and cement their place at the top. Go CSK Go!

Posted by sboyipl on (May 4, 2013, 20:41 GMT)

Now CSK is going to beat mumbi ...just watch Go ahead CSK .you can do it for csk friend.just beat mumbi

Posted by GunnerWish on (May 4, 2013, 20:37 GMT)

man to watch: Kieron Pollard

Posted by CricketpunditUSA on (May 4, 2013, 20:30 GMT)

Looking forward to an excellent contest. Star Wars! Hope the match lives up to the expectatation. Both Vijay and Sachin will fire!! MI will win the match.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2013, 20:04 GMT)

Bad idea to bring in vijay.he is not an 20 -20 player.There are other good all rounders in bench.

Posted by adityatandel on (May 4, 2013, 20:00 GMT)

MI has usually found itself in this crunch spot over the past few seasons. Sachin & Ponting should act as guides in the team. These two are not as well adapt that some of the other young players to form in this format of the game. CSK is going to be a hard team to beat even if they are playing away from home.It'll be fun watching this contest.

Posted by IndCricFan2013 on (May 4, 2013, 19:38 GMT)

MI sneaked a victory in Chennai, thanks to Pollard's catch of MSD. Expecting CSK to do the same, sneak a win, it is a good time, MI under pressure and CSK on Top. CSK Vs MI games should not have been played that early in Chennai, since it is a treat to watch big guns against each other when they are settled in. I hope they play Faf du Plessis giving rest to Hussey.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2013, 19:11 GMT)

Given his form, it's high time Sachin gave up the opening slot for Rayudu, who has been underused this season. Rayudu has technique, talent and can hit the ball hard. Sachin can bat down the order may be at five or six and look to finish. Smith and Rayudu can give a flying start to MI.

Posted by NiranjanKumar on (May 4, 2013, 19:01 GMT)

It is going to be a nail biting finish. Mumbai have be very good when it comes to their home matches and CSK are coming from 7 wins on the trot. So it is going to be a really interesting contest. Am not going to miss this for anything else.

Posted by Punter.Pratik on (May 4, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

Crucial crucial game for Mumbai,they lose this and RR and SRH with a lot of home games left can put them out of contention..

Posted by HuzMaster on (May 4, 2013, 18:53 GMT)

It will be the match of the IPL 2013

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