Pune v Mumbai, IPL 2013, Pune May 10, 2013

Mumbai seek gains in mismatch

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Match facts

May 11, 2013
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

Big Picture

With a place in the playoffs at stake, Mumbai Indians face the easiest of their next four opponents first up in Pune. Pune Warriors have lost eight consecutive games and have no chance of qualifying and a win against them could lift Mumbai to second place, with 18 points. They come into the game after overpowering Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders at home.

If Mumbai slip up against Warriors, it will open up the table for at least two other teams vying for the playoffs - Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore. They return to the Wankhede for their next two matches - where they haven't lost a game - but Mumbai wouldn't want to leave too much for the last minute.

With nothing to play for, Warriors can only cause upsets in their three remaining games. Their batting was the biggest letdown against Knight Riders, with only two passing double figures in a tepid chase. Another loss will put them on par with their worst slump of nine consecutive losses, which they suffered last year.

Form guide

Pune Warriors LLLLL
Mumbai Indians WWLWW

Players to watch

It's to Warriors' misfortune that their star Indian player, Yuvraj Singh, hasn't fired in this IPL. Yuvraj averages a shade under 20 in ten games with no half-centuries. At times he has got starts but failed to convert. In his most recent innings, he fell for just 1. Having been overlooked for India's one-day squads for the Champions Trophy and the tri-series in the West Indies, the coming games will be his chance to get some confidence back.

The new responsibility of captaincy hasn't affected Rohit Sharma's batting. He leads the run charts for Mumbai this season with 430 runs at 53.75. Having replaced Ricky Ponting as captain, it appears as if Mumbai are looking to him as their long-term leader.

Stats and trivia

  • Since their IPL debut in 2011, Warriors have lost 32 matches, winning just 10. They have beaten Mumbai just once in three attempts.
  • Rohit Sharma has hit 25 sixes in this edition, second behind Chris Gayle.
  • Kieron Pollard has the most caught and bowled dismissals - 13 - in T20s.

Quotes

"He is very cool on the field. He takes his own decisions. We have a few seniors and as a youngster when a senior says something, there is a little bit of pressure but he handles it very well."
Pragyan Ojha on Rohit Sharma

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • .......junk on May 11, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    i want pune to win so that still there is a fight for playoffs , utthapa needs to come down the order manish needs to open and finch for at least once show responsibility ..u need to play mature innings not a 5 over blitz kreigh, u have the potential .and today is yuvraj's day bat 2 down use taylor you need specialist batsman have spinner in your side any spinner will do doesnt matter as long as he is left arm orthodox spinner and for MI you dont need my wishes you are a good team in ipl .i wonder why not give new players also chance rest malinga see if you can still beat weakest ipl team or no play blizzard and maxwell they both are awesome any one who follows big bash would play maxwell and blizzard .all the best give us a good show.

  • dummy4fb on May 11, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    best captain to MI lasit malinga or pollard o dont be confuse with sachin nd rohit

  • dummy4fb on May 11, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    wish punter would get to play the match! if maxwell and ponting get in place of pollard and dwayne smith mi would win the game

  • dummy4fb on May 11, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Just 1 game I would like to see maxwell instead of smith. I know that smith has been doing a good job for MI currently, but putting maxwell in now rather than when (and if) MI seal a playoff berth and with nothing to play for, I mean that won't do anyone any good. Also Rohit's captaincy well, I won't divulge too much into that as he is still not a regular in Indian cricket team... and also in comparisons with kohli in captaincy we would need to compare only whether he cranks up or no... whether he can pull rabits out of hat, well that is still a long way to go... no one apart from MSD has that capacity currently...

  • dummy4fb on May 11, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    With so many Indian players in his close vicinity, Dwayne Smith has adopted Indian players' approach, first thinking about his own performance & then think for the team (like Ganguly, Laxman & sachin Tendulkar). Dwayne Smith is doing the same, scoring runs for himself at low strike rate,,, probably thinking about next auction.

  • dummy4fb on May 11, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    @Damian Kerbex::::Damien, talking about ur proposed PWI lineup, its not possible to win regularly with this kind of combination, why you need 11 batsmen in a T20 lineup????? To be a good competitive T20 team, you should have 6 batsmen (including a keeper & 1 part time bowler), atleast 3 specialist bowlers (2 must be pacers) and other two can be allrounders. If you want ur number 9 or 10 to score runs then it means ur team is already in a BIG CRISIS situation. Without specialist wicket taking bowlers, you cant even defend a total of 180 consistently. Look at CSK lineup, 5 specialist batsmen (including wicketkeeper dhoni) + 2 batting allrounders + 1 bowling allrounder + 3 specialist bowlers.

  • .......junk on May 11, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    frankly speaking i feel like laughing when we compare rohit's captaincy with msd , spare me a moment i dont even see rohit perform in international circuit the way he is doing in ipl. he does not deserve to be selected before yuvraj , when yuvi left for few days it was not that he was not performing well .he deserves a place .and rohits heroics are short lived he has a team which is better than rest MI .so after ipl he will come back to square one where his next 5 games will be single digit scores .then one half century then again 5 games he gets a a gift .please concentrate on unmukt chand you need to groom him to replace sehwag which will be too much to ask still he is the only good option.

  • noushadpukayoor on May 11, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    today MI will win and sachin will show his master class...sachin,if you are in ground i dont need any girl friend..dat much we all are loving you,u r so dearest to us,so pls make a historiccal innings today for us...

  • dummy4fb on May 11, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    The best lineups are -

    MI - Sachin Tendulkar, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma (c), Ambati Rayudu, Keiron Pollard, Mitchell Johnson (honestly, he bats better than Harbhajan), Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, Pragyan Ojha

    PWI - Aaron Finch (c), Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Angelo Mathews, Ross Taylor, Mahesh Rawat, Udit Birla (he is a good fielder who can bat if he gets a chance), Wayne Parnell (can bat too), Shrikant Wagh (he must get a chance because he is a decent allrounder), Parvez Rasool (can bat) and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar

    In the PWI line-up, all of the players can bat, and many can bowl (Parnell, Wagh, Mathews, Rasool, Bhuvaneshwar, Finch, Taylor)

  • dummy4fb on May 11, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    @Nikhil, agree with you, Mi has to give chance to maxwell now, It will be more helpful in playoffs. Yes, I have already considered that MI will enters in Play-off.

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